C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control Episode 3
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Series Premise: [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control is a weekly televised anime series started in April 2011, an original story aired as part of Fuji TV’s Noitamina animation block. Kimimaro can only dream of a financially-stable life, when he is offered the opportunity by a mysterious trickster to enter the fabled Financial District, mortgaging his future as collateral to compete in tournaments where his very future is on the line.
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ep. tl;dr review: Kimimaro learns more about his father and the Financial District; More talking and less action makes for a bit of a slog.
Episode Summary: Kimimaro visits his aunt to learn more about his missing parents, and discovers a journal his father left behind with references to MIDAS. He then enters the Financial District looking for answers, where Mikuni takes him aside and explains his father was a powerful Entre who lost it all and hanged himself. Mikuni then offers advice for him to find something to focus winning for. Meanwhile, another Entre, Jennifer Sato enters the fray — but she is actually an investigative reporter trying to uncover the true meaning of the Financial District.
My Impressions: Blah blah blah more exposition blah blah blah more introductions and set-up blah blah blah. Granted, there’s a whole hell of a lot to explain, and we did learn a great deal more about the Financial District, Kimimaro’s past, and we were introduced to a whole new character (Lollipop Girl) that I’m sure will play a major role in the future. So, it was all necessary exposition. But I really hope that something actually happens soon, because I’m starting to get impatient. Much like some of the other science fiction shows from this season I’m watching right now (Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Tiger and Bunny), this is another one where I am becoming less impressed with each episode.
Well, at least there is one good thing that comes out of this episode, and that is the addition as Jennifer Sato as a major character. She appears to be a person of action and conviction, totally different from the indecisive and weak-willed Kimimaro. I’d much rather follow a strong character who is in control of her (or his) actions rather than one who is only being knocked around and reacting to things around him (or her).
Ah, but Kimimaro’s second
Digimon “Deal” Battle is now upon us, so we’ll see how that goes. Mysu, I choose you!
Oh, and Kimimaro? I know Mikuni seems like a friendly chap, but can you really trust anyone at this point? When there’s a fortune on the line, expect to get fucked over, so watch your back.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (July 2nd) and Episode 2 (September 22nd)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this series, then you might also like: Eden of the East or Gankutsuou.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I’m still a bit surprised that this show does have its share of cliches here and there. The disappearing father and especially being really angry at him for it have been done quite often now, so it’s going to matter even more for this show to make good use of them.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “The intrigue and mystery here doesn’t really let up, with this episode proving to also be a build-up episode. Unlike the previous episodes, though, this one was all about Kimimaro finding the justifications to finally take the Financial District seriously. I’m curious as to how Kimimaro’s participation in the Financial District will affect his status in the real world, and not to mention, his relationships with everything around him. Grade: 3.7/5.” – Emory Anime Club
- “C is a great show. Not the best, this season or otherwise, but it offers some degree of entertainment every week. Sure, some of the plot elements are a bit cliché and overused, but I suppose we can see past that and look forward to what they do with the interesting premise of the Financial District.” – The Kotatsu
- “Probably the best episode of C so far, if only for the lack of obtrusive CGI. The script is still as tight as ever and this time the show didn’t hurl us into the middle of a Deal, expecting us to find the nonsense that occurred particularly interesting. Admittedly this came with a whole heap of exposition, but that should at least increase our understanding of events in the later episodes.” – The Cart Driver
- “I hope he does man up a bit, it would make the story so much more interesting, if the guy end up staying a coward it would kind of ruin the story for me. I mean what is the point of setting such a great story if your main character is too much of a pussy to make anything happen out of it.” – Angry Anime Bitches
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Nichijou, Yondemasu-yo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Thumbs-down for Round Three: Moshidora, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Coming up next (in this order): X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono