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[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 5

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.

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  1. CS
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Either way that scene with her eating is totally cute.

  2. CS
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I hope it’s something they removed from his memory something small and slightly significant but small enough that even us the viewers didn’t don’t notice till the end.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      Well he did only lose a little bit of money, so all he loses shouldn’t be more than just a test failure

  3. Anonymous
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Every term shouted out in the Deals in C are all eco­nomic jingo

    Not to mention, the images that appear are very possibly tarot inspired. Example being Poison Pill that looks much like a Queen of Cups. At this point all that smells like symbolism for the sake of symbolism.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Can’t believe I missed the opportunity to make an Obligatory Evangelion Comparison

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank god this shit’s only 11 episodes

    • Scamp
      Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

      Better than Tiger and Bunny

      …actually, this weeks T&B was really good. C was better for the earlier episodes, but T&B has caught up recently

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 16, 2011 at 12:33 am | Permalink

        This is going to be exactly like Fractale and Madoka was.

        Everyone begs you to blog one, you blog the other, the other turns into shit while the first one flourishes.

        It’s a vicious cycle.

      • Scamp
        Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

        No, because I have nothing to say about Tiger and Bunny. It’s not got much worth discussing. C, on the other hand, has plenty to discuss. I made the right choices this season

  5. Mr. Anon
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Msyu sticking her mouth up to the hole in the card to be fed made her look like a fleshlight.

  6. Posted May 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    Mysu! The real reason I am still watching this she is quite cute and that outfit <3 Makes me want to do fan art of her and Merry Nightmare together!

    Lol falling in love with his debt card hahah

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink

      A col­lege stu­dent fall­ing in love with his debit card.

      sounds accurate to me. lol. this is now my OTP.

      i guess taking care of assets would mean to know that money alone doesn’t make a business flourish, you need incentives to make customers purchase and incentive to keep good employees in the company (thus the birth of coupons and employee discounts/benefits). in the retail world at least.

  7. vcb
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    An offtopic question. What do you think about Honey and Clover

  8. alexvoda
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Scamp, I think the fact that the fights have no apparent meaning is intentional.
    They are only there to make Mikunis plan more difficult (If you don’t have to participate in deals the situation would be a lot more static, which is just what he wants).
    Other then that and a a chance to show booms on screen, deals i think are entertainment for for those watching.
    If you think about it, Midas bank and the black money is kind of a metaphor for the fractional-reserve system that creates money out of nothing.
    So fights in the financial district have no meaning outside just like backstage changes in the banking system have no meaning for common people.

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:08 am | Permalink

      I’m not sure about meaning, but those backstage deals do have an effect on common people, which I think is the whole point, that something artificial like futures trading–a practice based on trades around intangible “assets”–has so much impact on our lives when it shouldn’t by all the laws of nature. The Financial District itself was probably created out of some vague notion that it has value, and people flocking to it and waging their own futures sustain its worth.

      This show is clearly a metaphor in every aspect of it, from the Nokemon fights to the idea of a separate world twisting the real world in unpleasant ways, and that’s all it can do, really. If Mikuni’s intentions are genuine, he should just take over the Financial District, change the rules so people can leave their contracts and end it. But I’m sure that’s not going to happen, the show wants to make a point that the reality is economists created a monster they can’t control, however, that it’s purely imaginary.

  9. mcm38
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t it just mean treasuring your assests like you would do with ppl important to you. In other words, make sure you don’t treat your assest badly, so wasting them and making their value drop is out of question.

    Also ppl who enter the Financial District change for the better/worse. This could mean the purpose of the FD is to teach humans and give them an oppurtunity to max out their future capacity. The ppl are probably selected according to their future strength.
    Teach them what? Probably the importance of hard work, planning, intelligence, strength and various other factors related to a fortunate life.
    The black money therefore can be assumed as a symbol to remember them of this fact continuously.
    But you can say here, this lesson is not grasped by every human in the FD. And they keep outbalancing the original world by their greedy acts. So the FD is actually a disease to humanity. But isn’t all other ‘bad’ things originaly created with the objective of bringing happiness to humans? Such as weapons to protect oneself from dangerous animals suddenly turn into enemy massacring object.

    Well, I might also be thinking too much.

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