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[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 3

Enough hiatus-ing. Back to writing about cute demon girls wearing frilly lingerie encased in credit cards. You know, the important things in life.

I did watch this episode when it came out a week ago, but deadlines reared their ugly heads and forced me to drop everything. When I came back to write about C, I had to watch the episode again because all I could remember about the episode was there was a load of exposition. Hence I picked up on a few things I hadn’t noticed first time around, such as our girly here going through some timeskips. That’s my theory anyway. You know how the guy with the camera said time moves differently in the financial district? Well, the lollipop lady kept having scenes that implied time was moving faster than she could keep up, such as the fast food place changing from doughnuts to takiyaki or her thinking the police-girl was new when she had in fact been there for ages. Especially when you consider how much time she spends in the financial district, although it does seem strange that she wouldn’t notice there were timeskips. Or maybe she is noticing, hence why she got all annoyed when the doughnut shop changed into a takiyaki one.

That’s all speculation anyhow. The episode itself was mostly devoted to how the financial district works, who is this Mikuni guy who runs it, and Kimimaro angsting over his dead dad. That last part honestly kinda bored me. ‘Your dad was saving up money for his family all along’ felt rather lame and cliche, although what I do like is how much the show pushes that it’s all solely about money. The entire conversation about who the money was for all boiled down to “you need money for that”. I like how the show really pushes that angle. This is all money. Not a message about keeping your humanity as it is in Kaiji, nor about the importance of friends and family. At it’s core, C is entirely about money, and I hope it keeps that heartless edge to it. Or is it heartless? Why do we say money is so heartless in the first place? Wasn’t C saying with that scene is that money and wanting more of it isn’t heartless? Again, I do hope they stick to that core theme of money and don’t go running off into friendship and family bonds and all that.

Oh, and please don’t make Mikuni be Kimimaro’s dad. That would push the lame and cliche quote up 100-fold.

The Deals were explained to a certain extent, but it ended up being a whole load of lingo that didn’t really explain anything more than what we already knew. Mirco, Mezzo and Macro might as well be Light, Middling and Heavy attacks on a computer game, the end result is the same. We already knew that the more you bet in a Deal, the more money you could potentially come out with and the more you could potentially lose if you screwed up. Just like the business world! Yep, that’s definitely what it feels like C has been pushing with these Deals. The Real World is full of Deals when you try to set up a business or invest in anything. The more you invest, the more you could lose but also the more you potentially end up making. Also, when you gain money, someone else is obviously losing money. It’s not quite a zero-sum game, but it’s pretty close to one. One thing that bugs me is how can the lollipop lady play it entirely safe? Sure, she can never bet too big, but doesn’t the money the opponent gain come out of her account? Or does it come out of the big shiny gold coin in the sky (metaphor for The Public)? Does it not matter how Macro or Mezzo your opponents attack is because the money isn’t drained from your account?

Probably the best episode of C so far, if only for the lack of obtrusive CGI. The script is still as tight as ever and this time the show didn’t hurl us into the middle of a Deal, expecting us to find the nonsense that occurred particularly interesting. Admittedly this came with a whole heap of exposition, but that should at least increase our understanding of events in the later episodes. As of this episode, I’m unsure where they’re going with this scenario, but it’s still fun to watch unfold.

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  1. Mr. Anon
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    It seems to me that we’re seeing debit cards here, not credit cards.

  2. LyricDawnhagen
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    I think what the lol­li­pop lady experienced was not a time shift but a probability shift. It looks like the world is actually changed based on the deals made (fought) in the Financial District. When someone goes bankrupt or a major deal happens, the world changes. I remember in an earlier episode we were told that when someone goes bankrupt in the Financial District, it would have major implications for them in the real world.

    I think this was a real world adjustment to the “new” future based on a deal. She did comment “That was a big one” (or something close to that). It also seems, like seeing the black money, that only the people involved with the Financial District sense these changes.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, I like that theory. I like it a lot. So it’s effectively altering space time so that what could have happened now doesn’t because people sold their futures. Mind you, that doesn’t really explain how it can effect the present or the past, but hey, the idea is cool enough that I’m willing to run with it for now

      • 3242
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

        Well, if in future it takes away a persons job for example, in order to completely take it away all possible ways for that person to climb back up again in the world would probably involve changing some of their past too…

      • mcm38
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

        It’s highly unlikely that’ll happen. It seems more so to me, that the financial district, which is making ppl fight each other with their future and assets, only trades that lost future points.
        Which is to say, like someone being able to become both a succesfull teacher at an university and also owning a family restaurant. When he fights with an opponent who has a future to become a succesfull salesman, is using his family restaurants assets to fight.
        If the stronger succes of the salesmans future is able to defeat the family restaurants financial ability some of the owner of the family restaurant asset will lose it’s profit and that profit of the future will be transfered to the salesman future owning guys succesrate.

        Sorry for a bit complicated example of my thoughts. My exams are cracking my head atm, can’t think so clear.

      • LyricDawnhagen
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

        I might be reading too much into the scene, but when Lollipop Lady had her moment of probability shift, the camera was rather focused on the girl that was walking right into the camera. When everything reset with the new future, she did not return. The same thing with the police officer being different. It looks like these deals and such are molding the world on the fly. People disappear because a deal changed their future as well as the future of the player. It is the ripple effect.

      • mcm38
        Posted May 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        Next episode which aired today, confirmed I was wrong before. Not only the future changes when sb goes bankrupt. And the guy doesn’t necesarrily go crazy and suicides. The teacher had his 3 children taken away from him. So the past, present and the future is changed by it. On the other hand there is a way to decrease the effects of a bankrupt as much as possible.

  3. Posted May 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    i like lyricdawn’s theory ^ also timeskips would give more probability to the theory that long-haired guy is kimimaro’s dad, which WOULD be lame. although i’m certain that they’re closely related somehow.

    i like this new lady character although her lollypop annoys me ;/ she kinda reminds me of kirihara from DtB in a way.

    i’m sure you already know, but macro and micro also refers to types of economics (no idea about mezzo). micro deals with much smaller, isolated economies while macro deals with the global/national economy.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

      How would the guy hold down so many jobs though if he was too busy time-skipping the whole time?

      Still, something is going on. At least we can agree on that

      • Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

        well the lady did say that if you call him at one of his jobs, he never responds, thus her theory that all his jobs are farces of some kind. still weird that these are all high-profile type jobs like CEO’s of companies and the like. i guess we’ll have to see <_<

      • mcm38
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

        Lyricdanhagen is correct. The thing about the title’s. It’s the result of him winning all those deals in the past. This creates the possibility that you winning deals and getting your oppenents point/future. Him not responding to any calls is probably:
        1. To keep a low profile because of a certain rule in the financial district that only applies to him.
        2. He doesn’t have time to attend all of the duties physically, because of his busy job as the financial districts leader, even if there were timelapses.
        3. The titles and seats are a results of him winning deals in the financial district and it doesnt matter if he attends to them, they’l automatically be still his. (which I personaly think is the most appropiate reason)
        4. He doesnt answer calls, because it’s a hassle. (-.-)

        Yet we still wont know 100% for sure.

      • LyricDawnhagen
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

        It might be that all those “jobs” and titles are just on paper. He said that his job was to use large amounts of money to help the country. So all those positions and titles are just there for him to have a way to funnel money and maybe exert pressure when necessary.

        From the way Lollipop Lady (I wish I knew her name) was describing him, he is the power behind the throne. He uses proxies to do the dirty work and he remains invisible behind all those unimportant titles.

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think Mikuni and Kimimaro are related. Kimimaro had a photo of his father anyway, didn’t he? He would know it was Mikuni.

    But the father flag’s already been triggered, how sad.

    Oh yeah, Mikuni is delicious. dat scruff bro

    • Scamp
      Posted May 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

      He wasn’t wearing a scruff in the photo

      Obviously not Mikuni

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

        Who says Mikuni didn’t grow it afterwards?

      • mcm38
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

        Oh right I forgot you were female. No wonder I didn’t get what you like about him.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

        Fact of the Day: I have a fetish for facial hair.

  5. mcm38
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    That Financial District seems nicely put together. I hope they won’t add a lame play to it like bending the past and bringing out a father-son drama.
    Yet, I doubt that’l happen, since C seems to clever to do such a dumb play. Also age difference makes it seems highly unlikely for them to become father and son. Also none of Mikuni’s reactions gave him away as Kimimaro’s potential father, if there is no classic plot like losing memory after blablabla.
    But that won’t happen if you ask me. C is probably going to focus more on the connection with present actions to the future lifecourse and like Lyridawnhagen said changes to the real world.

  6. Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    I found the exposition to be the lesser of two evils. Best to take an episode to learn it, through the point of view of a different character to avoid feeling like too much of an info dump, than to be confused and have it explained piece by piece over the course of the series.
    For some shows, this’d work. But not for [C].

  7. Anonymous
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Scamp is back? We’re getting new posts? But I’ve not yet finished taking over this place yet.

    There’s also nothing cute about that horned freak in the card. Needs less ridiculous clothing. That means more clothing you dirty minds!

  8. mcm38
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Classic ecchi play to attract more viewers, is what I would say before. But it’s just the ‘cute’ concept for the Japanese. Same thing like having a young cute girl turn into a mahou shoujo and make her fight monsters. I mean come on? Cute little girls are supposed to be kind friendly and peacefull.

    • mcm38
      Posted May 6, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

      This one was a reply on Anonymous. I prob clicked the wrong link.

    • Anonymous
      Posted May 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

      She’s not a cute, young girl. She’s a demon. A monster. Probably some spawn of one of the chaos gods. SHE MUST BE PURGED. FOR THE EMPEROR!

  9. Philippe
    Posted May 6, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    > One thing that bugs me is how can the lol­li­pop lady play it entirely safe? Sure, she can never bet too big, but doesn’t the money the oppon­ent gain come out of her account?

    she is hitting opponent once then running until time limit ?

    the rule is here : http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?s=265fd51d8658501e13c7a22d6f87e731&p=3584979#post3584979

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