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

[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 6

“Meet my Asset. I call him Angel. He’s a lovely person really. People just get a little intimidated by the fact he looks like an Angel from Neon Genesis Evangelion”. Come to think of it, I wonder if his asset really is a direct homage to Evangelion? Or maybe the Japanese are just really fucking afraid of Angels.

Stop checking out my Assets!

After spending the last post and a half on Steins;Gate talking about the animation directing, I’ve been more aware of the animation directing in everything else I watch. C in particular has an eye for how to frame a shot. It can be incredibly simple methods too, such as the above shot from Mysu’s point of view. Kimimaro is the old and busted, with dark shadows surrounding him and a look of glumness. Meanwhile, the new hotness has a brighter background and a radiant smile that makes his fabulous white shirt glow like its radioactive. Hence we get the idea that Mysu might just have the hots for our new fancy hot fellow, Sennoza Kou. Incredibly simple, but the episode is full of similar shots. Sure, C has more interesting stuff happening than Steins;Gate, but even the simple dialogue scenes have an eye for this sort of stuff. No Dutch Angles for the sake of Dutch Angles here.

That said, I can’t go on to talk about the animation again if I don’t mention the derpy CGI, which made its unwanted reappearance in this episode, often in scenes that didn’t exactly need CGI anyway. The one scene with the most movement was Kimimaro running away from the clown dog, and that wasn’t CGI, yet him strolling down the street was. Where is the sense in that? Also the directing in this episode had a rather strange approach. Entire scenes felt skipped, to the point that the change was jarring. Dramatic music would suddenly stop, as if to say “fuck it, bored of this scene, onto the next one”. While I would normally welcome the opportunity for any anime to move the plot a bit faster, it mainly just comes off as jarring in C.

Anyway, back to plot, this episode tried to present several viewpoints on the Financial District. The one that struck hardest for me was this episodes antagonist, because it goes back to what I said about the Financial District before. There is no way to win in the financial district. You can only keep playing until you lose. When you lose, your future gets destroyed, which we already know. But what really struck me about his explanation was that, because the Financial District causes people to sell away their futures, they come out again with no future. They can’t gain that future back either. All they can gain is money. Obviously they can use that money to then do something in the future, but their futures are still being slowly erased. Not only that, but by their futures being erased, they in turn destroy other peoples futures they had changed with their money. Because he lost a massive Deal, all those poor people lose the money the volunteer group had set up. Now imagine this on a much bigger scale. The more people that enter the Financial District, the more people sell away their futures, the more people it effects. Eventually it will reach a tipping point where there will be enough people in the country with no future, that it will turn into the whole country having not much of a future.

The Financial District is destroying the countries futures by taking the people with the most potential and extracting that out of them in return for laundered money. This money then filters back into society, resulting in massive inflation. This  won’t be cancelled out by the people earning more money either,  because it was their futures that were sold to make that money in the first place. Ultimately the only person who gains is the giant floating golden ring in the sky. The Financial District itself is the only thing gaining from all of this. So whose pocket is this going into? Masakaki, the Willy Wonka character? I’m tempted to blame him, but he doesn’t seem like he’d have any use for money. It’s probably an allegory for something, but for the life of me I can’t figure out what. National debt? It does make you wonder why people buy into this game, but then you might as well ask why people gamble at a casino when they know the house makes a profit at the end of the day.

C’s plot and world is certainly cool, but you know what’s less cool? Kimimaro holding his poor defeated Asset, building up the courage to go attack the scary angel and LOL NO here they are in a baseball court instead. I’m glad you have also realised that your fight scenes make no sense, C, but deciding to skip the whole thing and just tell us who won at the end isn’t really the solution I was looking for.

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21 Comments

  1. mcm38
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Wasn’t the sudden dramatic bgm turning off just the producer replying instead of Kimimaro ‘Hell no, I’m not making you charm my asset trough my hand.’
    And something Kimimaro said made me think about a possibilty. What if both of the dealers come to an agreement and decide to not use their assets in order to make the game a draw. How? By attacking each other with their mezo at the same strength directly.

    Btw, the title is The money of soul and possibility control. This may hint to controlling ones future, by selling your own soul.

    • q
      Posted May 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      If I’m not mistaken, doing that will make both sides lose money. But yeah, I can’t recall a rule saying they have to attack, so they could just stand a nice distance away from each other and wait for the time to run out..?

      • mcm38
        Posted May 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

        Already a Q fan I see. The sleeping beauty was it?

        But why losing when its draw? Why not just make it a draw? Where goes the pts to when its draw?

      • Scamp
        Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

        It’s like that fight with the two rich blokes. They both lost a lot because it was a vicious fight. They might both gain a lot of money, but they also lost a lot of their futures. It balanced out

  2. Posted May 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    I have thought from the first episode, and have not seen anything since to dissuade me, that C was an allegory for deficit spending. Unfortunately this seems like one of those shows where the people in charge know exactly what they want to do, but don’t have the time to do it right. Especially once Jennifer started her exposition the whole thing felt very rushed. Thankfully the ideas and the plot are interesting enough to make up for that so far.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      I think the rushed nature is mainly a directorial decision rather than simply not knowing how to pace an episode. That said, even being used deliberately it doesn’t work

  3. luffyluffy
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    I started playing the Stock Market Game in my Economics Class.

    You do not want to be my asset. 90% of the time I’m screaming at the computer in oddly sexual ways.

    • Scamp
      Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

      Ooh, I played that game before. The trick is to pick the smaller companies, because then you will make bigger gains. You will also make bigger loses, but who cares about finishing mid-table in the Stock Market Game

      • luffyluffy
        Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

        First I was 75/77. Then my Barnes & Noble stock jumped and I was 1/77 for the whole damn day. It took me 15 minutes to get home, at which point I was 2/75. Then, by the time the market closed, I was dropped down to 35/75.

        As you can expect, I was furious.

  4. AkatsukigirlTy
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow, that sure was an anti-climatic way to end the fight!
    Just when I was getting all excited! >.<

    Hmm, I can't help but think that Masakaki is just somebody else's lackey. I just get that feeling…

    • Scamp
      Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      I’d say the Financial District is the bad guy in of itself and there is no person running it. Masakaki is just an extension to do things it needs a human body to do

  5. Posted May 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Angel looks like a summon straight out of Final Fantasy! So awesome, I wanted to see that damn fight! Ah well maybe they want to save some action scenes for later on…

  6. Anonymous
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Considering their use of business lingo i would say:
    Angel = Business Angel

    See WP:Angel investor

  7. Posted May 22, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    More than the fights scenes and anything else really, I adore C’s plot and message. It’s really something else, and it stands out from the rest of the anime bunch in that C focuses on various aspects of life that most other anime don’t even think to touch. Namely, the social commentary on our society and our obsession with money.

  8. Posted May 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    as a liberal i’m going to say the financial district is alluding to large corporations taking people’s money, screwing people over and then not giving back to the government in form of taxes, but i’m sure a conservative would say that the financial district is the government overspending our money blah, etc. i’ll settle to say that it’s subjective, mostly.

    i enjoyed the first half of this episode. it was interesting to see different people’s takes on the financial district and their opinions on what should be done. then kimimaro had to go and have some massive melodrama over mysu and magically both come out alive. -___-

    • mcm38
      Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      Ikr; every dealer in the FD doesn’t realy let himself get bothered by the damage dealt to their assest no matter how cute they are. But our male lead just has to be the only one who does so. Is it the teenage hormones; his unexperienced life with females? Dunno either.
      But he is probably the only one immature enough to fall in love with a cute female materialization of his assets.

      • Posted May 23, 2011 at 5:17 am | Permalink

        it’s not even the fact that he all of a sudden is smitten with mysu. it’s just how they presented it with her all *COUGHCOUGH* “i’m sorry kimimaro!” *coughs out lung* and then he’s all like “*cries a river* NO DON’T DIE I LOVE YOU” and it’s all doom and gloom like they’re going to declare their love for each other before being obliterated, but then the power of love comes through and the beat the bad guy in one go. it’s like a bad soap opera had a baby with a bad shounen. the cheese was massively overwhelming.

  9. Ryu
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget he didn’t even have to fight the dude in the first place and decided to do so anyway and kill some kids because…?

  10. Posted May 24, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I honestly get that it was most likely budget constraints that kept the fight against the angel to a mere mention, but it was just inexcusable in context with the rest of the episode.
    I didn’t notice before, but you’re right in saying that this episode was pretty jarring with the plot developments, even if the different points of view on the Financial District were nice to hear.

  11. cyshtoph
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Hello! After reading your post I seriouslt wonder what is it really that is bought with the money Financial District provides.

    Considering the actual loss of futures – I suspect that it is one big trolling from Financial District for the purpose of distributing Midas Money (what for – no idea yet). Think about Kimimaro’s teacher that lost his children and wife and help Sennoza provided: there’s no way they could afford that without Financial District. What they did was taking one huge loan that they had no way of paying up. They bought both family and happiness of children. Now, if it is a loan, they should be able to somehow pay it back, weren’t they? But what if they can only do that with paying with real currency instead of black money? Then they’d have to have such a large sum from the beginning. As we know, most in financial district have no such money, as they gain and spend more every time they win. When they lose, they lose everything that was bought with that loan, lose the real money they earned with the help of black money and they end up exactly where they’d have been without Financial District. That would mean that what Financial District buys is indeed possible – but not default – future and possible control.

    What could Financial District gain from this? First is confiscation of all the work and potential gain that Power Brokers could make had it not been for the “risk free loan”, second, all the possible futures of the people not from the Financial District that would become true if the money used were real, third – time they could’ve spend in a normal way (they have no memories of changed past after a loss) and fourth – the weak currency of Midas Money slowly represses strong that is normal money and, as you’ve pointed out, increases inflation.

    To make it worse, that is exactly what Mikuni is doing with Japan’s economy.

    As for all the cuts coming out of nowhere and time skipping, I’d risk saying that it is quite well thought. If we are to focus on the story being told, remember that it does cover many weeks of their time (one deal per week) and that the show is too short to cover all of it, cuts are the best solution. It is common knowledge in psychology, that when faced with such dissonance in form of lack of continuity and integrity, when reminescensing all that happened (which almost everybody who watches [C] does – all the speculations), our mind tends to add fictional elements to the whole story based on what we already know, so it would stay coherent.The more abrupt cuts are, the stronger reaction from our mind and better accuracy of the whole process. In the end, after some time most will probably have the complete picture of the story with both real and imagined facts. Heck,it’s ingenious.

    Will drop by again,
    cheers,
    cyshtoph

  12. TheVoid
    Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:11 am | Permalink

    Angels look terrifying because there are Angels that look terrifying. They are like Lovecraft entities where they drive you mad just by looking at them or incinerating your eyes from looking at their true form.

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