Now that’s more fucking like it [C]. That was the show I got myself hyped up over pre-season. Shame it took you 8 episodes to get there, but better late than never I guess. Not that I’m going to be demanding “it gets better, I swear!” anytime soon. It’s still the same show it always was. But now it’s all coming together.
I’ve read some people say that the twists in this episode came out of nowhere, to which I say “were you not paying attention to this anime at all?” We’ve already established that people’s future were being sold away, and that every bankruptcy in the Financial District results in less of a future for country as a whole. The domino effect means that the more people go bankrupt, the more people the effect hits, until eventually we have a country of hopelessness. As I said before, there is no way to win the Financial District game. You are forced to keep playing until you go bankrupt. Therefore the logical conclusion to draw from that is every place a Financial District appears will eventually become a country of hopelessness. You don’t even need to draw in that many people. Just enough people with influence, or the potential to be influential, and any hits they take will shatter down through the system. Which is exactly what has started to happen here.
Basically, that charity worker bishie was right all along. I had originally sided with him too, but was rather put off by the fact [C] was presenting Mikuni as someone we’re meant to cheer for. I was having quite a bit of trouble understanding why his point of view worked. Why is he working for the present in return for destroying the future? The other option is merely he dream of rich people with problems? Sounded like a load of nonsense to me. Hence, I’m glad that [C] seems to think so too. Mikuni isn’t the overall villain of the series. He’s a man with power who has been blinded by his feelings, the curse of the little sister with the Vague But Totally Incurable Condition, so he’s been doing the totally wrong thing. Or has he? I’m not even sure what he has been trying to do anymore. Ultimately, the person I’m siding with here is the lollipop lady. The one who wants to fuck over the system and tear down the Financial Districts of the world. Mikuni isn’t the villain, it’s the big golden coins in the sky. It’s whoever is controlling Willy Wonka.
The idea of a lack of future is a rather unsettling one. The story of older men with no future and wasted lives again is the ones that get to me. The harshness of [C] is that the characters knew they once had a future, and now know they don’t have one. Both [C] and Steins;Gate have the present changing and only some characters being aware that there were changes, but in [C], the changes will always be negative. But the knowledge that now you will never have anything is even more frightening. You’re helpless, incapable of changing anything, doomed to failure. I said after episode 4 that the greatest tragedy is the unwilling killing of your own family. The greatest horror is the doom that doesn’t quite have you yet, but you realise how helpless you are to prevent it happening. All this, for what? Money? You sell away your country for some pocket change?
Is that what [C] is setting up? Money is not worth selling away your life for? Kimimaro’s ritualistic burning of his funds seemed to suggest that. Although I’ve learned to be wary in taking any one characters point of view in [C]. I think it’s told us enough times now that we’ve got to decide for ourselves what we think is the correct answer here. Or is it going to present an answer of its own? I have no idea, but thank fuck for a good episode! Not that it’s been bad until now, but it hasn’t exactly been earth-shatteringly good either. The end is in sight, let’s hope it can keep up this level of quality until then.