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.