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

[C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episode 8

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.

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  1. mcm38
    Posted June 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s getting from good to interesting. And we just got a clue that Msyu might be his future daugther with a father complex.
    Mikuni is imo, doing the wrong thing, because he has no other choice. He knows the future will be sacrificed for the present, but can’t find any other solution. He doesn’t know any better solution than this.

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted June 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      >Msyu might be his future daughter
      Being a representation of his daughter was the most immediate possibility (the presence of Hanabi precluding the chance of her being a representation of his future girlfriend). It was also a pretty uninteresting possibility, so I’d hoped this wouldn’t be it. But it seems like it is … ah well.

      Maybe Mikuni and Kimimaro caring about their assets is because they’re representations of people related to them?

      • mcm38
        Posted June 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

        XD does that mean that man who was harrasing his female asset has a future wife he’ll harass?

    • Posted June 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      I took the Mashyu scene to be the sister that he never met. It would help explain the extent of loss Yoga’s dad suffered… although it leads to a sort of weird, Luke x Leia romance vibe.

    • Anonymous
      Posted June 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      That scene gave me the idea that Mashu was his little sister, but his father lost in the financial district, making her disappear. His teacher, Edgar(?), pointed out that he was still there.

    • mcm38
      Posted June 5, 2011 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      To the guys claiming it was his lil sis. That doesn’t make sense, cause if the FD took his daughter why didn’t he also take Kimimaru, who is also a kid and part of his fathers future.
      And if you’re gonna counter me with that crazy subordinate of Mikuni (or was it the crazy information guy) who seems to relate Mysu with Kimimaru’s dads asset. It could very well have been his granddaughter instead of his daughter, as a representation of his assets.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      The problem with theorising what Mysu represents is we still don’t know what an Asset is supposed to represent. Some vague notion of what their potential was. The show has tossed us a cookie regarding Mysu being a daughter of someone and Mikuni’s Asset looking like his sister, but these could also be red herrings

      • mcm38
        Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

        Probably. Can’t imagine that huge monster of an asset to represent any future acquintances of his master.

  2. Posted June 5, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    I am so conflicted about this show. I just don’t know what to make of it. When one says the choices are the future at the cost of the present, or the present at the cost of the future, it sounds like we have two alternate philosophies that have been juxtaposed, but in practice it looked to me as if both guys were using their Midas money to help people in the real world. Not much difference there.

    Maybe this will all get clearer as we finish things up, and honestly I give them props for attempting to make some sort of statement, even if it ends up a muddle in the end. I respect that kind of ambition, especially when so many other shows don’t require two brain cells rubbing against each other to see where they are going.

  3. 3242
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Personally, I go with sort of.. both Mikuni’s and Kimimaro’s reasoning. Sort of.
    I think, that if not getting rid of the financial district altogether, they should all go with Mikuni’s method of win/lose as little as possible, along with never. Ever. Touching. The. Money. Ever. Since, if nobody is going bankrupt, and nobody is spending it, I cant see the effect.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      They’re still selling their futures away though because the Financial District exists. That’s why I’m on Lollipop Ladies side

  4. Posted June 5, 2011 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Best episode so far I will have to say :D

    Some awesome stuff so far!

  5. Posted June 5, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    i really liked that this episode is setting up for the ending, not like other anime where the ending is being hastily set up in the second to last episode after having pointless episodes prior.

    hmm…don’t know which character to side with. i guess i’ll side with lollypop lady for now although i have no idea what her great master plan is for getting rid of the FD. i’m taking an econ class right now so maybe that’ll help in understanding some of the point-of-view some of the characters have XD

    mysu being related to kimimaro….getting eww vibes but at least we (probably) won’t get the ending i predicted. phew.

    • mcm38
      Posted June 5, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      >mysu being related to kimimaro.…getting eww vibes but at least we (prob­ably) won’t get the end­ing i pre­dicted. phew.

      If it’s about an ending in which our student boy and his credit card are going out together, AMEN!

    • Scamp
      Posted June 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think Lollipop Lady has a plan. What they’re doing is trying to come up with a plan. I have no idea how you’re supposed to get rid of the Financial Districts because nobody in the show seems to understand what they are either

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    C would be better with a character named Jim

  7. Anonymous
    Posted June 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    “As I said before, there is no way to win the Fin­an­cial Dis­trict game.”

    An interesting game. The only winning move is not to play.

  8. Posted June 6, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    Personally, I think [C] episode 8 is more of a huge revelation episode, and is totally well executed.

    And it get more interesting from this point on.

  9. Repel Lugubrious
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    At first I was on the I think Msyu is Yoga’s baby sister that the FD took after daddy went bankrupt. But the Msyu is Yoga’s yet to be concived daughter theory has it’s own appeal.

    As for who’s idea’s are best with regards to the FD. I’d say that Mikuni take’s the cake. I mean he’s going to save a large portion of Southeast Asia from being eaten by something that looks vaguely like Cthulhu. That seems like a big deal to me, and sort of reminds me of the stuff going on in Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain atm.

    The way midas money works looks a lot like the way real money works, so right now I have no idea what the creators of this show are trying to pull. Maybe they want to tell us that money is bad or something… who knows.

  10. Posted June 7, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    With everything finally unraveling bit by bit, [C] has finally given up on the (needed, granted) exposition and begun to really show its true colors.
    The only thing that I didn’t really like was the focus on Yoga and his interactions with his professor; I think it would’ve functioned far better just watching everything unravel bit by bit from the point of view of each character. At least a bit more, anyway.

    There were also the issues brought up of Mashyu’s birth and Hanabi’s hopeless attitude toward her brief student teaching career that felt a little shoehorned in. I think they’re important, but this episode was chock full as it was without those two plot points
    squeezed in.
    Again, solid episode, and it’s good to see things kicking into gear.

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