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.