The last post set a few people off into various disagreements and theories as to what allegory [C] is trying to draw. I sided with the idea that it’s a criticism of deficit spending, but in real terms the only thing it will really make sense in is the world of [C] itself. That doesn’t mean it’s not meant to be taken as an allegory. While I don’t necessarily agree with EmperorJ’s ideas of what [C] is trying to convey, he does bring up the point that people are basing their theories around their own political leanings. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily politically opposed to deficit spending, but with Ireland’s external debt estimated to be 1224% of their GDP, it’s something that’s more likely to leap to the forefront of my mind. [C] still wants you to draw these allegories yourself, but the economics are anime-ised enough so that there is no single clear correlation between real life economics and the Financial Districts of [C]. A Japanese person would draw far different conclusions from the story than an American would. As would a right wing versus a left wing person. Unless [C] very deliberately tells us what it’s trying to say, which I think would ruin the effect anyway.
So with that out the way, onto the latest episo-MACROMEZZOMICROMEZZO MACROFLMEZZOMACROMICRO MEZZOFLATION! Holy crap was this episode ever intense. I mean, I could point out the flaws. I did that a couple of times during the episode, only to be swiftly interrupted by awesome shit going down, such was the intense pace of the episode. This was less the gambling of Kaiji and more sheer balls to the wall energy of Gurren Lagann. In fact, that’s a bad analogy, since the intense action in Gurren Lagann was a exhilarating joyful experience, while the action in [C] had an oppressive, trapped in an angry mob type of energy. It’s the repetition of the usual calls MACROMEZZOMICRO overlapping each other that create that atmosphere. It was the same with the fight against A-A-A-A-ANGEL. The deadening repetition combined with the chanting beat of the BGM make these scenes so oppressively exhilarating. For as nonsensical as the fight scenes are, nothing this season gets my adrenaline pumping quite like some of these latest episodes of [C] have. I’d be thinking “boy, they sure like shoving it in our face how much Kimimaro likes his Asset compared to the other entres out th- MACROMICROMEZZOFLATION OVERHEATED ECONOMY”
The plot of this episode was fairly easy to follow. Well, at least, in comparison to some of the other episodes. Mikuni’s has to prevent [C] charging back to Japan after America bounced the effects of their own [C] using what appeared to be the exact same method Mikuni used. Being the massive economy America is, Mikuni’s only method of gaining funds enough to repel them was to draw out of the countries own future again, draining even more of the potential future away from Japan. However the Midas Money he makes from this is still technically yen, so a group of dissenters within Mikuni’s guild, led by the golden teeth man, steal from his funds and distribute all the money amongst the people of Japan. Introducing that much money into the economy results in hyper inflation, rendering both the yen and Mikuni’s own money back worthless. But Mikuni has abandoned himself to this plan by now, and opts to open the press and draw from Japan’s future yet again. This is where Kimimaro has to step in. He can’t stop Mikuni from opening the press though, because he doesn’t have one of the black cards…oh wait, actually now he does. Deus ex Masakaki, who gave it to him for no reason other than shits and giggles. So now Mikuni has to bankrupt Kimimaro to get him out of the Financial District and stop him from reversing the press.
See? Pretty simple~
And so it all comes down to this. One final battle between Mikuni and Kimimaro. I could say this is what it would always come down to, but it’s only as recently as the last two episodes that [C] decided Mikuni was the villain. Except he’s not though, is he? He’s just another misguided man brought in by the Financial District. The villain is that big tentacled monster in the sky that Masakaki takes orders from. Can they destroy the Financial District? Well, first, Kimimaro will have to beat Mikuni. You’d think it would be easier since Mikuni’s money is worth nothing anymore, but by extension, neither would Kimimaro’s money. But wait, Kimimaro has something Mikuni doesn’t have. Love for his Asset. Or something along those lines. I don’t get how that’s supposed to translated into any sort of monetary funds to battle with, nor do I understand how MACROMICROMEZZOFLATION DIRECT SCORCHED EARTH CANNIBALISM A-A-A-A-ANGEL OVERHEATED ECONOMY
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