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[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 10



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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  1. mcm38
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Probably, the most fundemental difference between Kimimaru and Mikuni is their ‘love’ for their asset. Mikuni only loves one part, while Kimimaru treasures his whole future.
    Disregarding your own future will prove you’re doomed to get bankrupt. Even if it’s partialy. And Kimimaru who is the opposite will be able to make his future blossom this way. Isn’t that so in reality? People who get obsessed for example by betting their future on one impossible dream end up terrible, while people who think ahead and plan for their future tend to stand at top. (Offcourse it’s not always the case.)

    This episode was so far the most intense episode this season (, neglecting Huouoins pencilrush to the yuri bathshow).

    XD green Masakaki owned red violet Masakaki

  2. Mr. Anon
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    >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 if you watched the opening, from which it was always obvious Mikuni was the final boss. (Although not per se the big bad)

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I swear, this episode was beautiful. Seriously. I felt really bad for
    Impact though :(

    Seriously, this was insane. I’m finally excited for the ending of this! Excited in the “FUCK YEAH THIS IS GUNNA BE AWESOME” not in the “ugh, this is finally over”

  4. Posted June 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    I’ll have to watch this ep ASAP when i get the chance. I take it the macro flation finally appears?

  5. Posted June 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

    I suppose I should direct you to this. This wasn’t a pattern of deficit spending, but the result of actions relating to a downturn. Now I should actually get to watching episode 10.

  6. Posted June 18, 2011 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    This show makes little to no sense to me. I get how giving everybody in Japan more yen would cause inflation, but I don’t get how some dude in the back of an ice cream truck can hack into everyone’s bank accounts all over Japan, or who the hell was dropping the money from the sky (the IMF? I thought they weren’t doing anything, causing Jennifer to work on her own). I also do not understand how inflation saves the future. In fact, I thought the critique of Mikuni was that, by providing funds to the gov’t, he was causing inflation. ???

    • mcm38
      Posted June 18, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

      C, the wave is actually like a big black hole that can suck up everything. But when you act like Mikuni, and suddenly invest that much money in a country, the sudden power raise before it causes the inflation is able to negate a rampaging economy wave like C. And the country’ll only be affected partialy. Just like it did to Japan. But a country like the US that has superentre’s, which means huge loads of investments to build a power that can deflect C is able to just build a temporary dam.

  7. Posted June 18, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    i lol’d @ american economy bitch slapping C to go eat everyone else again. naturally the U.S. are the greedy bad guys. even american masakaki was all star-spangled with the hero cape. lmao.

    i highly doubt this whole thing is really about deficit spending anymore. deficit spending would just raise the national debt, which only means a country will inevitably cut spending and raise taxes in the future. no biggie unless you’re greece…or ireland for that matter who have to cut loads of spending and tighten their belts considerably. to be honest, after the whole money falling from the sky thing and after another econ class, i think this is about inflation. i hear in japan after their economy was tanking, the government imposed a program that would gradually cause brief periods of inflation in order to try and jump-start the economy. unfortunately this didn’t work since no one ended up spending their new money and saved it instead, so inflation remained. from what i hear, this is still a problem. what mikuni is essentially doing is exchanging the country’s future to print more money to pump into the economy, therefore increasing inflation. what he doesn’t realize is that printing more money at this stage isn’t helping at all, only harming.

    now to copy-paste the non-anime parts of that paragraph and add it to my homework.

  8. Posted June 18, 2011 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    economics… the worlds biggest blunder it seems…

  9. Posted June 18, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    [C] is just all kinds of intense right now, both symbolically and with all the frantic fights going on. All that development has finally led up to this, and I can’t say that the payoff is anything less than satisfactory.

    Though just like the deals in [C], real world economics are muddled, convoluted, yet altogether interesting to watch, and they can change on a dime for the most arbitrary reasons.

  10. Repel Lugubrious
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one who likes the senseless pokémon-ish battles?

  11. Nebulous
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I fundamentally disagree that “people are basing their the­or­ies around their own polit­ical lean­ings”. That implies we are retarded and are unable to read or understand any piece of literature or art for an underlying meaning at all. Which is of course nonsense. The reason people see that it is about deficit spending, is because it has clear allegories towards it, not because that’s what we want to believe.

    Yes the show has other, less clear implications that can be derived (such as the point the article makes about slow government intervention) but the problem with those points is that they are much less well founded and rely on a person to fill in the gaps with their own thoughts and not just deriving from what we see in the show. With any single “fact” one can create an hypothesis but in order to create a well founded theory one must have a variety of supporting facts. I believe the idea that C is a criticism of deficit spending is a theory and can be well argued using the facts of the what the show has given us. Not because of my “political leanings”.

    • Edvardaz
      Posted June 19, 2011 at 2:28 am | Permalink

      It is true what you say, but we can’t possibly know if the argument is just a critique of deficit spending. I think it goes far beyond that, to me it’s a critique of traditional economic theory, specificly traditional monetary policy. I think their point is that central banks shoudn’t exist in the first place. But still, we couldnt know if the author is making a libertarian austrian economics school propaganda, or if he’s just a communist, since I understand both groups are against central banks.

      Midas Bank is to me a clear allegory of Central Banks or the Fed, printing money without a real wealth sustent.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 19, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      People will interpret things differently depending on the culture they’re brought up in. I can’t remember the name of the show, but there was an American TV show about cowboys vs indians where the cowboys were portrayed as the heroes. Yet, when the TV show went to Australia, the aborigine people saw the indians as the heroes because that’s who they identified with. They saw the cowboys as the ones infringing on their culture, even though the show was never intended to be seen in that sort of way.

      The Death of the Author is a fancy communication theory term for the idea that what the original author intended doesn’t matter once it’s out to the public. If you can find sufficient evidence in the text to back up your claims as to how it should be interpreted, then your version is as valid as any other.

      This is a long-winded way of saying that different cultures will interpret the same piece of media in very different ways. How a Japanese person will interpret the message of C could be very different to how an American or a European would interpret it, because their mind is trained to think a different way.

  12. Posted June 19, 2011 at 4:48 am | Permalink


    Almost the end Nooooooooo!! T__T

  13. Posted June 20, 2011 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Time to go out of lurking!

    There’s this thing about [C] that makes you overlook all the obvious flaws of the show. It’s just… intense, like some adrenaline-filled Hollywood action movie. Sure, there are some rough edges here and there, but the pacing is so fast and exciting, I don’t really care about it anymore.

  14. Posted June 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I tried to save this episode of [C] until later this week, as I usually do with a series that I feel an obligation to blog but don’t really feel an urge to, but after reading this I decided to watch it the day after I saw it uploaded… and while I never regret doing that, this time I can say that it was the most exciting part of my day.

    Okay, so that day mostly consisted of Minecraft and catching up on obligatory fanservice animu, but this would’ve made that day a million times more exciting if I were busy fending off international terrorists for several hours beforehand.
    Though I’ll say, if one didn’t see the economics metaphors before, they sure would see them now.

    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      Woops, forgot that I posted here earlier. Oh well, the episode’s more fresh in my mind after writing an episodic, so I can contribute better than before.

  15. Posted June 24, 2011 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    This the whole keeping the present vs. saving the future plot kind of thing. One thing that piques me in this episode is Q’s flation ability, and I made a kinda random blogpost about it.

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