Wouldn’t our lives be better if all our credit cards had cute demon girls inside them? Imagine them screaming with pain whenever you overdraw. That would have prevented people from overspending and halted the depression, that’s for sure.
Let’s get this out of the way: [C] is a lot of fun, but makes absolutely no friggen sense whatsoever. What exactly was going on with that fight anyway? Throw newbies into their first fight without explaining the rules and expecting them to be able to do anything of worth? Or maybe that’s a clever ruse to put people in debt right from the off so they have to return and bet again to try make that money back. Plus they’d be more inclined to return after their first battle because they’d have learned the rules now and can go pwn some n00bs of their own. That is, if this game has any rules whatsoever. The most hilarious part of all were the people commentating. “Ah yes, what skill of him to not lose his first match”. What skill? The only thing he did was swipe his card after being told to, and suddenly that means his cute demon girl can now cast a super powerful magical spell to beat the enemy. Even better was the revelation that he was only the second person to care about his ‘Asset’. Well off course he does. His Asset is a cute demon girl while everyone else’s are these massive ugly monsters. Oh, and who was the other person to care about his Asset? Another cute demon girl!
I really enjoyed watching the fight for the imagination put into it, but at least Yu-Gi-Oh pretended it had concrete rules. [C]’s rules so far seem to be you ‘invest’ in an attack, then gain that money back again off the other person if the attack hits. Your aim is to hit your opponent by either getting past or incapacitating his Asset using your own Asset. I’m seeing the parallels with real life economics here, but I don’t really see what they’re doing with them, or how any of that translated into the fight scene itself. Also, the cute demon girl is the representation of Kimimaro’s future. His potential of sorts. I can get behind the idea that they trade their futures away into black money to bet them in Yu-Gi-Oh styled battles, but why is his potential so powerful? More importantly, why does it take the form of a cute demon girl? I’m assuming they’ve put some thought behind this, since we had that mysterious guy say he was just like Kimimaro, and they both have cute demon girl Assets, but I’ve yet to see why or how this is the case.
I like keikakudoori’s theory that the black money is supposed to represent laundered money. If you are given fake money, but then can use that money to pay for something else, then has anything necessarily bad happened in either of those transactions? It’s still money flowing through the system and the bartered world works the same. I just like the idea of the black money in general. It’s a rather creepy concept that the money you are using to buy your 2 pints of lager and a packet of crisps is actually part of some persons potential. You are the eventual receiver of someone else’s future, yet you trade it away for such apparently minor things. Then again, I remember Kaiji went through the mathematics of how much one persons life actually is. How they spend their youth studying, floundering through lower paid jobs so they can eventually earn some half-decent money. 30 years of their life is barely worth €1 million (or $ or yen or whatever currency of your choice). How much is a persons future potential anyway?
Anyway, stupid internet meme time!