Leading off yet another C post with a picture Mysu. It’s the most I can do for her, considering it’s hard to actually write about what she does in the episode. She’s not particularly relevant to the story as of yet.
Every term shouted out in the Deals in C are all economic jingo, as detailed by this bloke. I don’t know any of the terms, but armed with the knowledge that they are economic terms, I can make educated guesses at what they’re meant to mean. Trojan Horse, at a wild guess, probably means giving away some assets to a rival company as a token or gift of some sort, but it’s actually an asset that drains money away, possibly with lots of bad debts or something. Again, totally wild guess here, but whatever its real world equivalent is, there should be some of the same logic applied to the attack move used in the Deal in the Financial District. But nope, all it did was some horse head erecting a sparkly wall. It seems C is following the letter of the terms rather than the spirit. Scorched Earth is, in the words of the guy I linked earlier, “anti-takeover strategy where target company disposes of its prized assets to make itself less attractive to the prospective acquirer”. What it becomes in the financial district is simply a fire based attack.
I know I rag on about these Deals an awful lot, but they make up a significant proportion of the show and they’re as utterly baffling as on day 1 as they are now. Again, it’s the same old problem of the fights not having any meaning. A disembodied voice proclaims OPEN DEAL, lots of flashy lights occur, and at the end someone is proclaimed to be the winner.
What I did like was Kimimaro’s panicked rush through conversations with the various people he considered important in his life to see if anything bad had happened to them, if only because I could imagine myself doing the exact same thing. In the end, all that happened was he failed an exam and his aunt got appendicitis, a word I miraculously managed to spell correctly on first attempt. It reminds me of those kiddy shows that are all about friendship, where the villain isn’t effected by this sorts of tricks because he has no friends. Why would Lord Voldemort care if his aunt got appendicitis? Well, obviously it would work differently for him. All his money he used to buy up fancy magical artefacts would now be out of his hands. Or his precious snake would be caught in a meat grinder.
But enough Harry Potter and C crossover fanfiction, what’s still unclear is what the entire point of the financial district is. Ultimately what the Guild are trying to do is make it so nobody in the financial district loses any money ever. Conversely, that would mean nobody wins any money either, negating the entire point of the Financial District in the first place. They would get their original batch of yen from selling their future and that would be the end of it. What’s the point then? Is Mikuni simply trying to fuck over the Financial District by eliminating its entire purpose?
Despite what I said at the start of the post, I’ll talk about Mysu for a change. The show almost seems to be setting up some sort of romantic tension between Kimimaro and Mysu. A college student falling in love with his debit card. Well, maybe not going quite that far, but it’s certainly pushing a message of ‘you have to care for your asset’. Treat your assets like they are real people, feed them instant noodles and you too shall be a successful businessman. To which my only response can be “lolwhut?”. This wouldn’t have felt so insincere if his asset wasn’t a cute demon girl in frilly lingerie, but it also doesn’t make sense in the ‘real world’ either. What does loving your assets have to do with economics? Treat your employees right? I don’t get what they’re going for here. Then again, I don’t get a lot of things that happen in C.