Finale of [C]: Japan wants to sparkle!
And so [C] ends with, in rough order:
- Horrible Engrish grammar
- Mysu return to my Pokeball
- Om nom nom
- Siscons are evil, or perhaps just misguided
- Lagann-hen finale punch up
- Reverse the polarity field
- Japan wants to sparkle
- 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.