“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.
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.