33 CommentsC The Money of Soul and Possibility Control / By Scamp /

[C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 2

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!

Explanation of sorts

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33 Comments

  1. RogerMooreFan4Life
    Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    This show isn’t very good.

    • v
      Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      opinions brah

    • ANON
      Posted April 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      This show is very good.

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted April 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

        Hey, don’t steal my nick. But I guess you can call me Mr. Anon from now on.

  2. Posted April 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    “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.”
    = GOOD IDEA! Didn’t realize that until you mentioned it… That makes sense. Explains why Masakaki had been “unfair”.

    “why is his poten­tial so power­ful? More import­antly, why does it take the form of a cute demon girl?”
    = People have different speculations on that. I’ve got my own too but maybe the show will provide an explanation on that in later episodes~

    • Scamp
      Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      I read somewhere else after this post that people in the Financial District were required to open a deal once a week. How they force them to make deals I don’t know, but that implies they don’t need any incentive to bring them back anyway

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted April 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

        >I read some­where else after this post that people in the Fin­an­cial Dis­trict were required to open a deal once a week.
        This is mentioned at least twice in this episode.

      • OHEMGEE
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 12:35 am | Permalink

        You are coming off as a bit hostile, Mr. Anon.
        Something wrong?
        Personal problems?
        Would you like to talk about it?

      • Mr. Anon
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 6:36 am | Permalink

        Well, I suppose that tends to happen to neutrally-written comments. I intend no hostile tone (lightly mocking at most! :) ), I was just surprised that he missed that.

      • Posted April 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

        Looks like I was wrong on the incentive (*WARNING: KINDA SPOILERISH*it was actually from a bid *END OF KINDA SPOILERISH PART*).

        There’s a rulebook of the Financial District at the official site, so hopefully the future episodes explain those rules already~

  3. KBKarma
    Posted April 24, 2011 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I’m a little surprised that they didn’t show him how to do anything as well. It implies that they normally DO teach people how to do money magic, but “forgot”.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

      Maybe he meant to teach him, but those inside the District automatically gravitate towards fighting newbies before the learn the rules for easy cash

      • Bob Bobsters
        Posted April 25, 2011 at 7:51 am | Permalink

        Could being thrust into the deal without understanding anything and making it up as you go along be basically the same as starting your own business? Big corporations that have been around for a while tend to snuff out or crush newcomers while it’s rare to see a new name build itself over an older more established business.

  4. OHEMGEE
    Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    I started this episode.
    But didn’t want to finish it.
    And then I was like, heck, if Scamp will stick with it I will too.
    I don’t know how I feel about this though.
    Will I stick with this for cute demon girls alone at the moment?
    yes.

  5. Posted April 24, 2011 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    This show is charitably described as visually unappealing. I can’t believe they thought using computer generated 3D characters in the same shot with 2D animated characters would look OK. Whatever nagging quips I had about the 3D animation in Tiger & Bunny are totally overshadowed by the design problems in [C]. And that’s without getting into the nonsense battle that could have been lifted straight from the cutting room floor of Rainbow Gate.

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted April 24, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

      Gankutsuou fuck yeah.

  6. Posted April 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    The BGM of this is fuckin’ cool.

    • Jared
      Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      That random chanting was pretty rad.

  7. Posted April 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I can’t say I was too impressed by this last episode, but I wasn’t left disappointed either.
    I was too busy laughing at the inconsistent fight. I mean hell, it’s less like Yugioh, with rules like quicksand, and more like Bleach, where no matter what strategy you use, it only matters how much raw power you have.
    Those were a ton of commas.

  8. Posted April 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Also, damn that meme thing for making me spit water onto my monitor. Again.
    I need to stop drinking water whenever I go here.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      keikakudoori

  9. Posted April 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Monster battle scene was good! And bloody! That was kind of different for a battle for me, I liked how bank terms were used as rules or power-ups.

    CGI was a bit out of place for me, but I will keep watching anyway.

  10. Posted April 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Msyu is the best character in this show. I just hope she can carry it until it gets around to making sense (no pun intended).

  11. luffyluffy
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Isn’t 2 Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps a tv show?

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

      Yup. It’s mainly what people order in a bar though. Just cause

  12. Edvardaz
    Posted April 25, 2011 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    As for the black money, I think it could be a reference to inorganic money, or money printed without any real backup in wealth, printed by the central bank or FED.

  13. Posted April 25, 2011 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    lol, as i was watching the battle scene roll out and people describing it, i was reminded of my first time opening and using my very own credit card…that sure was bloody, let me tell you that. and it also made no sense since the credit company was determined to charge me every weird fee they could think of before letting me cancel. AH GOOD TIMES <3

    potential metaphor (imho) time:

    "assets" = future self net worth? maybe what's his face grows up to be the next japanese donald trump. who knows o_o
    black money = borrowed money, like from a credit card company?
    newbies thrown into fight without knowing rules = LOL CREDIT COMPANIES SENDING APPLICATIONS TO POOR COLLEGE STUDENTS "it's so easy and low interest!"

    no idea how demon girl teaches him how to play, though. maybe he has innate business sense or something ;/

    • Scamp
      Posted April 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      The real problem is how does he have such a future net worth? He just wanted a quiet life, why is his future net worth valued so highly?

      • Posted April 26, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

        dont know if by quiet life he meant “financially stable” or just a normal 9-5 office job (ugh). maybe later on in life he decides to use his talents and build his own company or something.

      • Jared
        Posted April 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

        Speculah Follows:

        Future worth is a funny thing: it might account for his winning the lottery . . . or inheriting vast amounts of money from his absent father.

        Masasaki’s a good businessman: whatever he says about “random selection” he’ll always make sure he gets his monies worth. So, he doesn’t tell Kimimaro that his dad is a famous Entropyneur: if Kimi doesn’t ask why Midas Bank is so interested in his future, Masasaki certainly won’t tell him.

        . . . I should make a post out of this. I think I just figured out the ending of C.

      • Posted April 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

        lol. long-haired guy = his father? lmao. plot twist of the week ;x

      • Jared
        Posted April 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        I made the same call with Star Driver in episode 1, and that turned out pretty nicely.

        (The derp was it took me until episode 3 to figure out that Head and the weird guy with the “Fish Girl” were the same person. . .) ^ ^;;

  14. Posted April 30, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    LMAO. GEDDAN meme still exists? Now that made me go back on YouTube and re-watch all those Get Down videos…

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