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[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 11 (finale)

Finale of [C]: Japan wants to sparkle!

And so [C] ends with, in rough order:

  1. Horrible Engrish grammar
  2. Mysu return to my Pokeball
  3. Om nom nom
  4. Siscons are evil, or perhaps just misguided
  5. Lagann-hen finale punch up
  6. Reverse the polarity field
  7. Japan wants to sparkle
  8. OMG sequel hook!

Because stencil punch ups will always remind me of Lagann-hen.

Not sure how I feel about the [C] finale. The final fight scene was cool and all, what with swooping camera angles and MICROMACROMEZZOFLATION, but the way Kimimaro won was to punch Mikuni in the face and tell him to stop being a siscon. There was the whole rendering his weaponry useless by crashing the yen and making it nothing more that pretty pieces of paper that enabled Kimimaro to punch him in the face, but being a siscon is what it boiled down to. I get the logic was behind Mikuni’s actions. Very flawed logic, it must be said. Fuck the future and maintain the present status quo. But what bugs me is how the whole thing was simply for his sister. It manifested itself in a greater picture, trying to maintain the Japanese economy on life support instead of charging in and repairing it. But anyway, once that was sorted, how did Kimimaro fix the problems caused by the Financial District? By reversing the polarity field! So why didn’t anyone do this earlier? Because they didn’t have one of the black cards, which Kimimaro came upon through nothing more than a Dues Ex Masakaki. If he had earned it somehow, I wouldn’t have had such a problem, but Masakaki gave him the black card for no reason other than the lulz.

Then when the combubulated polarity was escheshed through the hypertombubulator, Japan started sparkling and the Financial District disappears. I get the in-world logic as to what’s happened here. The Assets that were a representation of each persons future, taken as collateral by the Financial District. Reversing the process meant turned back into the potential future of each person. This means Japan as a whole has a future again. But then why did everything turn back to super happy land again? The Financial District works both ways you know. The very reason people sold away their futures to the Financial District in the first place is to earn the money to improve the present. The scene at the end with teacher showed his kids had returned. However, the only reason he was able to have those kids and support a family was through the extra money earned through gambling in the Financial District. It works both ways, and [C] seemed to have gotten so wrapped up in its message that Mikuni’s method was bad that it forgot what the Financial District enabled in the first place.

As for Mysu, I simply don’t understand what she had to do with the story. What was her relationship with Kimimaro supposed to be? Trust your assets? I don’t get what they were going for with her. But what I found more annoying was [C] decided that what it needed was even more incest! It was heavily implied that Mysu was Kimimaro’s potential daughter or sister or representation of the ideal of daughter or sister. Something along those lines anyway. In the earlier episode when Kimimaro rejected her by simply kissing her on the forehead, I thought that was a very mature and clever way of depicting their relationship. Yet in the end, they get their final kiss for the shippers and disappear forever. It rather ruined what they had set up and just came off as creepy, in an Evangelion Mummy-Rei esque way, except without the show itself realising how creepy it was.

The real world allegory being shown here? Fucked if I know, I’m not an economics student. It’s especially difficult to settle on one message it has, because of how everyone interprets it differently. Reading various forums, blogs and twitter folk, each person sounds so utterly convinced that their own interpretation is the correct one. Throw out enough fancy sounding economic terms with enough confidence and your interpretation sounds reasonable to me. The truth, to anyone who thinks they have this show figured out, is that [C] is too abstract to pinpoint exactly what it was going for. The Financial District is used as a broad commentary on various real world economic structures. Not a bad thing by any stretch, but to think that you are right and everyone else’s interpretation is wrong is narrow minded and stupid. Knock yourself out in creating theories though. That’s precisely what [C] wants you to do.

More than anything though, what (re)struck me about the [C] finale is how many problems this show has. The latest episodes were great, bringing its interesting ideas to the fore and ramping up the excitement and the intensity. I had gotten myself excited for the finale. But with raised expectations comes a harsher critical eye, and the old problems waved their hairy bums in my face once more. Characters with well-developed motivations but near non-existent personalities. Great animation quirks but with horrible CGI characters that don’t mesh well with the scenery. Fantastic ideas with it’s setting, but pulling methods of solving issues out of nowhere. Intense fight scenes that make not an ounce of sense. [C] was far from a waste of time to watch. But it had several glaring flaws that prevent it from ever being held up as an example of an anime that Did It Right.

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33 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    If anything should have reminded you of Gurren Lagann it should have been a kiss that ends with a dissolving rainbow sparkles.

    Episode 11 might have been the best episode.

    off topic: I wasn’t lying with I said I was picking up Steins;Gate again. I’m on episode 9 now.

    • Posted June 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      Damn you’re fast.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

        I had nothing to do, so while I watched for Tiger & Bunny so I just started watching out of boredom. I just finished episode 12 about half an hour ago.

      • Posted June 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

        Oh yeah! I wanted to ask you, how did you like the new episode?

      • luffyluffy
        Posted June 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

        I laughed.

  2. Nebulous
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    That fight was AMAZING.

    In other news C makes no sense whatsoever. Still think it was a criticism of deficit spending as the main way to pay back your debts is to devalue your currency via quantitative easing and whatnot. Also, Hyperinflation is a horrible, horrible, horrible thing; I don’t know what crack they were on that they thought it would be a magic bullet to all the problems.

    Agree with 100% of what you’ve written (as usual). Still an enjoyable show which is what is important at the end of the day, sometime I lose sight of that.
    Mimimimicromezzomacrofaltionnnnnn

  3. Redcrimson
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I feel like the writers of this show couldn’t decide what to do and just said “Fuck it. Let’s do everything. What could possibly go wrong?”

    [C] could have just been Yu-gi-oh with money and been half-way decent. [C] could have been a trite, but possibly passable Sudden Magical Girlfriend anime. [C] Could have been an intelligent Lovecraftian thriller with economic metaphors.

    But I have no idea(and I’m not sure anyone does) why it would try to be all three. At the same time. With only 11 episodes.

    • Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

      I think this sums up my thoughts on the series almost perfectly. Not only did it jump around without ever deciding what it was actually about, but I found the whole series far too annoyingly abstract to ever get a handle on what actions carried what weight, or where the plot was going.

      For its miasmic cloud of conflicting rules, circumstances, and systems, C never stopped to explain anything in definite terms. Eventually I just ran out of patience trying to derive the most likely answers to the dozen questions piling up every episode and adopted a theory of “stuff happens without any rhyme or solid reason” -which, I’m guessing, is exactly the same explanation the scriptwriter gave.

  4. Mr. Anon
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    >Because they didn’t have one of the black cards, which Kimi­maro came upon through noth­ing more than a Dues Ex Masakaki.
    Wasn’t Kimimaro’s card black from the start? It’s just that we had no idea that its color had any significance. So it’s not Deus Ex then, instead it’s some other kind of asspull.

    (I was tempted to put a [sic] after ‘Dues’ when quoting you :P )

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      No, it had the cresent moon on it at the start, but then later changed to that special card with the octopus thing on it

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted June 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

        Oh, okay.

  5. Anon
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    ash/kimimaro: “georges, come back! go msyu!”
    msyu/pikachu: “msyu!”
    ash/kimimaro: “msyu! use scorched earth!”

    you get the idea.

    the only complaint I have personally is that they tried to fit everything in 11 episodes, although it was fun to watch, as you said, it had glaring flaws.

    much like angel beats.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think more episodes would have helped. People say it needed more episodes to explain itself in, but I don’t think the parts people wanted explaining were stuff [C] necessarily had the answers to anyway

      • alexvoda
        Posted June 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

        I agree, more episodes would have only allowed it to self-destruct before it ended.

  6. mcm38
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    If you want a simple rough main allegory:
    Use your assets(everything you own) thoughtfully, so you won’t lose it’s future value.

    The last episode reveals another message, but that one is to complicated even for me. (economics student)

    Well, I at least enjoyed it (except for not getting why Mysu suddenly had the urge to kiss Kimimaru for no reason) instead of getting myself worked up at every f*cking flaw and fail(, like in Rosario+f*cking pink haired transforming to white hair Vampire just to add another char to the f*cking ecchi useless harem).

  7. Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Aside from the token romance, it was a decent if ultimately unsatisfying ending that solved the problem while simultaneously not resolving much beyond “Everything’s back to normal officially. Any questions? Yes. Too bad.” . Then again, the lack of badass chanting during the fight kind of spoiled it for me.

  8. abiareverse
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:26 am | Permalink

    You couldn’t have pinpointed my feelings about this show better. Especially the Kimimaro X Mysu deal, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one wringing my hands at that scene…They had the father / daughter thing going on, then… ARG! Reminded me of Honey and Clover again (I’m talking about Hagu x Shuji), but if Honey and Clover’s not your cup of tea, then you can just ignore me…
    Putting aside my need to dissect relationships, the only things I got from this series is that Masakaki would be SO awesome to cosplay and using economic-related battle cries can be cool too.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      [OPEN DEAL]

      [DIRECT]

      [MICRO]

      [CLOSING]

      [YOU HAVE GAIN]

      [YOU ARE BANKRUPT]

      MICROMACROMECMICROMEZZOMCA CANNIBALISATION

  9. Azure
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    The whole deus ex Masakaki thing was more of deus ex godly Masakaki in robe though. Since he was following his higher up’s orders. How did the whole of Japan get better? Where did Yen go? Did it disappear due to the events in the final battle? Why does it seem like everyone doesn’t know Kimimaro and where did that photo of him, Msyu, siscon Mikuni and Q come from?

    I had absolutely no idea what happened in the end but it was awesome, shiny&sparkly and FABULOUS.
    Well, it was entertaining, all the fight scenes and flation battle calls.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      That’s a good question actually. If everything reverted, then why did the yen disappear? Oh well, probably better not to think about it too much

      • alexvoda
        Posted June 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        The fact that japanese Masakaki is still there makes this all the more confusing.
        If he was’t it simply meant the japanese FD was destroyed and Japan switched to the american FD just in time so it wasn’t affected.
        But he is still there, so i don’t know.

        Also if you systematically eliminate currencies like this what happens when there is only one left and [C] comes?

    • Anonymous
      Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Where did Yen go?

      Are you blind? Halfway through the episode we see that all the Yen notes, now having all turned black, start disappearing. Having transformed into Midas money and being collected. Cue Japan switching over to the US dollar. End of the episode, all of Japan has switched over to the Dollar and the Yen has disappeared, although magically now instead of just getting pulled by the government.

      where did that photo of him, Msyu, sis­con Mikuni and Q come from?

      Probably a picture taken by goldyteeth, the one he was given episodes ago.

      If everything rever­ted

      Not everything reverted. The only thing that got reverted was the future that had been turned into assets. Hence they disappeared and the future returned. Probably also why it was so much more super sparkly happy fun times (with Kimimaro sitting in the shade, watching the new world pass by him, before finally accepting that and stepping into the light) because the Financial District has yet to set up again and no future has been turned into assets yet.

      Also if you sys­tem­at­ic­ally elim­in­ate cur­ren­cies like this what hap­pens when there is only one left and [C] comes?

      You start a new one. Simple as that.

  10. Monty
    Posted June 26, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    The very end is what threw any attempt at coming up with an allegory out the window… Would have made alot of sense if the trade was miserable present for good future, but its even better present in trade for good future? Makes no sense. But then ending on a miserable present wouldn’t have been very pleasant.

    I also thought the card was black from the beginning…

  11. Posted June 26, 2011 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    i used to have an inkling of a theory as to what was going on economically, but that’s all out the window now. you can’t just magic the economy back to normal. reminds me of the dtb ending where no questions were answered at all and we’re just left with even more questions. i’m done.

    THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BLEACH IN THE WORLD TO CLEAN MY EYES OF THAT KIMIMARO/MYSU SCENE. ARGHHHHH. why japan, why ;(

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      DTB was made up as it went along, there was nothing to make sense of. Kinda like Evangelion

      • Posted June 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

        i was going to say that the ending reminded me of the evangelion ending originally, but then i remembered that the eva ending made me rage beyond all reason, whereas this ending just made me wat.

      • romulus
        Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

        Have you seen End of Evangelion? Cuz they knew too that the TV ending sux so they made a different one.

      • Posted June 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

        I’ve seen both, and personally all End of Evangelion did was make me rage beyond a litany of different reasons. To this day I am baffled at why anyone considers it a “great” anime.

        Is it for the characters, all of them universally loathesome except for Rei, who is too impassive to make me angry?
        The character development, where- uh… Rei… starts to talk a bit more at the end?
        Is it for the plot, here meaning “the result of Gainax’s weekly game of darts”, without structure or direction?
        Is it for the random symbology that exists for its own sake?
        Or is everyone just like me, only there for the disturbing scenes and weird Angel designs?

      • Posted June 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        OMG END OF EVA -____-

        i mean, the ending of the tv series made me rage just because i thought it was a shitty way to “resolve” anything. ok shinji doesn’t have to be a whiny bitch anymore, but what about the end of the world guys.

        i shouldnt have asked that question, since the end of eva movie felt like it was conjured up out of nowhere with as many religious themes as possible tossed in just for fun and shock factor. plus the ending had even more wat than the tv series ending, if that’s even possible.

      • Anonymous
        Posted June 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

        but what about the end of the world guys.

        What about it? It is completely irrelevant to the story being told in Neon Genesis Evangelion. They even state at the beginning of episode 25 or 26 that they’re only going to focus on Shinji, because it would take too much time to look at every single character in the show.

        so they made a dif­fer­ent one.

        That’s the same ending as the TV ending only told from an outside perspective instead of inside Shinji’s head. It was made to make more money because a ridiculous number of people wanted more robots.

      • Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

        What about it? It is com­pletely irrel­ev­ant to the story being told in Neon Gen­esis Evan­gelion.
        lolwut? irrelevant? are you serious? “listen guys, no one cares about the central plot, so lets just focus on the whiny character and call it a day”

        just another day at gainax central.

      • Anonymous
        Posted July 2, 2011 at 1:34 am | Permalink

        are you ser­i­ous

        Did you watch the show? Did you watch the show at all? The end of the world setting is just the frame (and at first also the drapes covering the painting). The painting in it, the actual story, is not about that frame surrounding it. That you call said frame the central plot is stupefyingly worrisome. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a coming of age story (like many robot anime). Did you notice that? Did you understand that? The world ending or not, is completely irrelevant to the story that NGE wants to tell. That’s why it steps away from the whole point. NGE removes its cloak at the end to show the person concealed within.

  12. romulus
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    OK so now that [C] is over for good, I realised that lately in every season there has been a similar series. A new genre? Maybe. Probably just a successful way to get money, but Angel Beats, Fractale and C shared some traits which should not be overlooked.
    Firstly, they are original productions lasting merely 11 episodes. Secondly, pre-season they are remarkable for having an interesting summary and promising staff/studio. Many people expect them to be good. Thirdly, they feature a protagonist, who encounters a group of people in an another world and fights for a cause. Another similarity is that they raise questions in the viewers, (encouraging debate) but they hardly explain anything in the end.
    On the bright side, they entertain many different people, selective ones and the “for the lulz” type alike. HQ animation, badly explained/shallow characers, catchy OP/ED, not explaining many things, and of course a fight which could change the world. The creators have no source material, so they are free to do whatever they want.
    This time I’m afraid No.6 will make me expect/watch 11 episodes which I will regret later. I think the questions raised by these animes does not deserve the debate, because no matter how well it’s executed, the general stucture has more holes than Swiss cheese. Don’t think about answers, because the plot holes are deliberately kept this small – to conceal that they don’t care how it turns out. At least Steins;Gate and NIchijou runs for a whole season, so should No.6 turn out like this, I will be able to drop it without a care.

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