C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control Episode 5
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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: Little win, little effects; big win, big effects.
Episode Summary: Kimimaro talks with Mikuni about the purpose behind the Starling Guild, which is to control the Financial District and mitigate its effects in the real world. By winning or losing by just a tiny amount, the positive and negative effects are tiny. But when the head of a major medical company is bankrupted in a Deal, the number of lives affected are tremendous, until Mikuni steps in to do damage control.
My Impressions: Boy, this show really likes to throw around nonsensical financial terms in English a whole lot, doesn’t it? If you’re here for a lesson in economics, then you are being sadly misled, because it’s all nonsense. Instead, you have the Entres yelling out “attack words” while their Pokemon monsters go about their dirty deeds.
While the Deal battles may be visually interesting, it’s all just gobblety-gook that are about as ridiculous as your average kiddie toy game battle, no different from, say, Digimon or Bakugan. The rules of the battle (as in the types of attacks, etc) are never really detailed or explained, and I don’t really care. That’s not where the real interest in this series lies.
Instead, it’s all about the back-room deals and machinations, as the Starling Guild tries to quietly take over the Financial District through numbers. Although I don’t really see them facing any concerted opposition, other than the omnipresent danger of basic human greed. Kinda lost in the bigger picture of the Starling Guild is Kimimaro himself, who is the focus of the episode but plot-wise gets relegated to pawn status. Given that he is the most junior of junior Entres, I really wonder what he could do, anyway. Mikuni definitely sees something in him, though, as he non-chalantly refers to him as his ‘pet project’. There’s something in Kimimaro’s past (related to his father, no doubt) that makes him a much more important cog than he realizes.
And once again, Kimimaro’s real life in the real world gets the short-shrift in this episode as well. We really are not getting any serious exploration about his newfound wealth and status are changing him. Bah.
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- If you like this series, then you might also like: Eden of the East or Gankutsuou.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “I have an inkling this story is setting itself to be darker than I first expected it to be. I find it hard to take C by face value, and it feels like we’re in for something deeper and probably more evil. When the professor mentions that his wife has left him, that was another huge blow. As if him losing his children weren’t enough, he loses his wife was well. It becomes more and more apparent that things will probably just get worse from here.” – Hachimitsu
- “This episode went in even more detail of how the financial district influences the real world and the effects it has, ranging from big companies to random individuals. The previous episode had that too, but this episode gave these topics the depth they needed to be actually quite interesting rather than shallow. In that way, it actually made good use of its characters by using the lead characters’ worries.” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “Honestly speaking, there isn’t really too much new information revealed in this episode, which makes a good chunk of the episode rather redundant in some ways.” – Emory Anime Club
- “I know I rag on about these Deals an awful lot, but they make up a significant proportion of the show and they’re as utterly baffling as on day 1 as they are now. Again, it’s the same old problem of the fights not having any meaning. A disembodied voice proclaims OPEN DEAL, lots of flashy lights occur, and at the end someone is proclaimed to be the winner.” – The Cart Driver