22 CommentsC The Money of Soul and Possibility Control / By Scamp /

[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 7

After mocking Steins Semicolon Gate for it’s unnecessary punctuation (or entirely necessary, depending on whose theory you read in the massive amount of comments that post ended up getting), it does appear disingenious to then add square brackets into the name of this anime. That’s mainly because simply calling it C looks strange, like you forgot to delete the entire word leaving you with just the first letter. Just naming yourself ‘C’ is pretty dumb in the first place, although I suppose Noitamina had a limited number of characters to put into their two new titles. Maybe when they announced their new anime on twitter, they only go so far as “Our new anime for the Spring 2011 Season are Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai and C”, meaning to type Control but ran out of space.

It’s Angel Beats all over again! Sick little sisters being visited by their caring older brothers who vow to become a better person to cure their illness, whether it to be a doctor, donate their organs or earn lots and lots on money. Fair enough, it justifies his iron will, but in both instances it comes off as forced in to create sympathy for the character in question. In both cases we leap back in time to a different world in which little sisters are sick in hospitals. What is wrong with her anyway? Generic Anime Wasting Disease that claims 97.5% of anime relations. Unlike the Unspecified Illness That Requires Damp Towels To Be Placed On The Forehead, which merely leaves the character bedridden and breathing loudly until a love interest admits they care about them, Generic Anime Wasting Disease has no cure. Instead it hovers over the plot in the same way a blue whale doesn’t, corrupting various other plotlines with its cliche’dness.

Yeah, first half of the episode? Not a fan. Not even seeing Mikuni with red hair made up for the eye-roll inducing twists introduced here. The show was better off without telling us this and leaving how Mikuni ended up how he got here to our imagination.

Second half of the episode was considerably better though. It embraced what I believe is the core strength of [C]: The world is has created and how it explores the possibilities of this world. Face it, the story in C isn’t very good. Plot elements rather come out of nowhere and the whole thing comes off as not having a direction. Neither do I think the show is particularly well directed, which is rather ironic considering a large reason why this was hyped up is because Nakamura was the director. The pacing is off, with scene changes happening too quickly for us to get a feel for what the tone of the previous scene was supposed to be. But, as I said, where it excels is the Financial District and those who explore its possibilities. Not just the Financial District, but each character has a purpose is presenting a different way to approach the rules and what their own theories of how the world works. Whether they’re trying to fuck with the system, embrace the system, simply get by or ignore the rules altogether and get on with their work, each character here has a reasoning why they do what they do. They all have a story to tell and a different side to present.

The main question this episode posed us, and then refused to answer, was what did the assets form represent? They are meant to be the physical form of their potential future, but the show has made it clear several times that ‘Potential Future’ is such a vague term that nobody really understands what that means. One such theory I’ve been running with, and this episode gave fuel to, is that they represent something that could have happened in your future. Doesn’t Mikuni’s little demon girl look rather similar to his sister? Ever wonder why he holds her hand so much? Heck, you could push the theory further by the fact she literally eats his money, showing how much of Mikuni’s money it would have taken to keep her alive. If we run with that same theory for Kimimaro and Mysu. [C] has been pushing those two as a potential couple for a while now, so the possible future Kimimaro could have had was a girl who looked a lot like Mysu was who he ended up marrying. Sure, it’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s not like the characters themselves have any better ideas.

I d’awwd

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I d’awwd

    I laughed hysterically at the cheesiness.

    Your Noitamina tweet joke would’ve been better if it actually was 144 characters.

  2. LyricDawnhagen
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    I think you are on to something. When I saw the sick little sister laying in the bed, I was struck by the fact that I had seen those eyes before. Souichirou’s first asset has those exact same eyes. So Kimimaro’s asset being cute and affectionate could be the embodiment of someone he could meet and marry in the future.

    I think the form of the asset matches with the state of mind of Entre when they first enter the Financial District. Souichirou was focusing on his sister’s life or getting revenge for her death on his father. Kimimaro was just wanting a normal life, marriage and a secure civil service job. I was hoping we would get some insight on this from Kimimaro’s first Deal opponent. That he would say something that would account for the monster that his asset was.

    And I agree. I was just so touched by the sight of them sitting on couch together.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think we’ll learn about that fat bloke, but we did learn enough about his teacher’s life and we saw his asset. But I took a look back at his asset and it didn’t really connect to anything involving his kids. Maybe if his asset had looked like a giant sperm, then we might have been onto something

    • 3242
      Posted May 31, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

      So, you think that its possible Takako died due to the people that have nothing to do with the financial district already starting to take the financial district money so it was just in circulation there, and possibly made some of the funds for medicine she took never available to the hospital?
      I think your on to something.

  3. AkatsukigirlTy
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I’m so glad that I wasn’t the only one who thought that the whol sick relative back-story was a tad cliche!

    So, do you ship Kimimaro and Msyu Scamp?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      Yup, I’m shipping a college student and his credit card :D

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how many people became organ donors after Angel Beats!…

    And is it me, or is the art really wonky?

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

      It has always been wonky

  5. Posted May 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    i fell asleep the first time i saw this episode. yawn.

    i also liked the possibilities each character’s view on the world brings, but all this mysu/kimimaro shipping makes me think that kimimaro will somehow defeat the financial district/something plot-related and then mysu will disappear as a result, kimimaro will NOOOOO, and then he meets a girl in his uni that looks like mysu. not that i dislike mysu/kimimaro, it’s just so…ehhhh.

    i want lollypop lady to show up again.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

      Oooh, we could get a Bad End. Where Kimimaro goes bankrupt, loses his future, spends his whole life working in that convenience store, taking over the job of his 60 year old co-worker when he dies. Then one day in walks an attractive young women who looks exactly like Mysu. He goes to talk to her, but then she turns around and locks arms with a man. And there, right there, is where Kimimaro sees what his future could have been. Until he went to the Financial District. Until he sold his future away.

      • Posted May 31, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

        omg that would be so epic you have no idea.

        *gets banished for enjoying unhappy endings*

  6. fathomblessblue
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the first half of this episode.

    Terrible anime cliche no. 27: If you’re protagonist with a younger sister and she exhibits even the faintest signs of the sniffles, buy a black suit because she is f**ked! Also applicable to mothers (flashback exclusive).

    It’s truly testiment to the power of anime that they can take such a genuinely sad subject and make you completely unsympathetc.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      I yawned while watching After Story episode 18

  7. Avv
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    I am under the impression that the form of the Entres are replacements for the Entre’s futures. When an Entre joins the Financial District, they trade their future and receive an Asset. For Mikuni, Q has the same shape, mannerisms, and voice actress as Takako, who was taken away from him by some disease. Mikuni sees Q as his replacement for his little sister, rather than the form of his actual future. We know Kimimaro wants a girlfriend, which is why he tried to get together with Hanabi. Msyu fulfills that role as do most of those demon girls fulfill the roles of girlfriends and wives for all the other people of the Financial District. But you could argue that the form also matches their desires. Could really be either.

    I’m also thinking that Takako died due to Mikuni’s father’s loses in the Financial District. Notice how her condition turned for the worse at the same time his corporation began facing bankruptcy? If you’re wondering why it’s different than Ebara-sensei’s disappearing family, it’s because Ebara went completely bankrupt while Mikuni’s father probably did not. They would still have memories of what happened, like what happened to Sennoza’s charities. But those are just my thoughts.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      I like your theory about the assts. This would mean that, as soon as they entered the Financial District, these futures they hoped for can no longer happen. In otherwise, Kimimaro will be forever alone. Like that bloke who works in the convenience store

      Fuck, I think I’m onto something here…

  8. mcm38
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Well, the episode also had some better things we didn’t quite see that very often in other anime. The monologues for example. Each characters tought process and how they are related to their environement. I tought it was truly well done. Most other anime realy suck at doing those, due to the fact that they are always so alike. The toughts here are rather unique, advanced and make more sense.
    But the whole episode was just trying to show us more about each characters personality.

  9. poom
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny how you make fun of steins ; gate for its unnecessary punctuation and make a punctuation error in that sentence. “After mock­ing Steins Semi­colon Gate for it’s unne­ces­sary punc­tu­ation (or entirely neces­sary” I believe the it’s should be its…just so you know.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink


      Stupid denoting ownership apostrophes -_-

  10. tanukichan
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    About possible ending for this series, I think this post: http://animeotaku.animeblogger.net/2011/05/c-control-a-color-analysis-and-chromatology-of-the-series-and-the-ed/ provides some nice insights based on the color themes of the ED. Very interesting read, I must say.

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      haha that’s really grasping at straws

  11. Someone Else
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    C is for Cash >.>

  12. Posted May 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    oh btw, going along with the asset = physical embodiment of person’s future…

    the last guy kimimaro fought, his asset was “Angel”. and when he lost all the money that he had donated to the orphan kids never existed and his organization died or something. so does that mean his future was to be canonized? lol. or perhaps a ticket to heaven if we’re subscribing to christianity?

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