This was the apocalyptic future the show was talking about from the very start. The Southeast Asian Financial District collapses and an entire country is wiped out from the globe. Since the Financial Districts are built to be dependent on each other just as how real world economies are, the Starling Guild is taking countermeasures.
In a nutshell, [C] serious’d the fuck up and boy was it good. I for one, have been waiting for an episode like this. The city continuously undergoes frightening changes, but upon Ebara’s suicide attempt it’s then you realize that it’s not just him. Everyone else may be going through the same feeling of numbness, however, unlike Ebara– they are unaware of what it is exactly they’ve lost. In that sense, what looks like an over-exaggeration typical in anime is in fact something real. These are feelings we may not have noticed happening to us or the people around us.
The short segment featuring Hanabi as she destroys the letters her students sent her implies that she has lost hope of ever becoming a real teacher, as that possibility has been snatched away without her knowing it.
Kimimaro attempts to restore Ebara’s children, but Masakaki and the information broker provide no feasible means to do that. The information broker does suggest to pay Ebara money as compensation, an indirect reference to the tradition of blood money. Kimimaro bringing back Ebara’s children bears no meaning though, as his professor dies in a tragic car accident.
It is then Kimimaro realizes that no amount of money is worth the future. As he returns to the Financial District, he shares a brief conversation with the information broker. I found the information broker’s motivation extremely intriguing. He desires money so he can earn trust. Trust is an intangible thing, something that has no form but is highly valued in human society. His is no different from most of us, we attempt to procure money so as to procure intangible concepts such as power, respect,– happiness.
He also raises the question of which would you trust more, money or the future? The future is uncertain from the very beginning, no one can predict it or see it. Rather than that, to him, it feels right to believe in something that is before your very eyes rather than something you may not be even alive to experience.
Thrown in between is a surreal dream, in where we enter a hospital room where a mother holds her baby and the father gives her the name Mysu/Mashu. It turns out that this is Kimimaro’s dream and we are once again given something to ponder about. The information broker told Jennifer that he feels like he’s seen Mysu before and Kimimaro’s case has something to do with his father. If this is true then perhaps, two related people such as Kimimaro and his father becoming Entres could cause a glitch in the Financial District’s system as those two obviously share a future but still have the potential to create their own futures. So, I’m not jumping on the Mysu is Kimimaro’s daughter bandwagon just yet. So I’m trying to withhold any further speculation on that very cryptic dream.
In Kimimaro’s case, he returns to the Financial District and burns his money. Mysu doesn’t protest and supports him all the way. He then returns to the guild and questions Mikuni’s way of doing things. Mikuni is already convinced that what he is doing is the right thing and brushes Kimimaro off and challenges him to make a decision.
The episode ends with the Southeast Asian district collapsing, the assets dissolve into Midas Money and and entire city is shown to be slowly disintegrating. A character that looks like Masakaki is seen laughing as the district dissolves and that giant tentacle monster is just scary. Argh.
So far, Mikuni has deduced that the Financial District has no will. If that were the case, then all this destruction is not premeditated for any greater purpose other than for the sake of entertainment. Feels bad man. And it like every other organization or guild in anime, someone is bound to turn against you. This is hinted by the megane character who is seen discussing things with Jennifer. This guy is definitely going to fuck things up for Mikuni.
I’ve actually started to grow fond of the Starling Guild members. Especially the eccentric guy with those crazy shirts, he’s actually quite entertaining. You find yourself rooting for them but at the same time, you want Kimimaro to find the reset button for this shit and fix things. I wouldn’t be surprised the show goes the Godoka route.
From here on, this could go better or worse. 11 episodes is just not enough for [C] to fully explore all the wonderful ideas it’s presented to us. Despite this [C] has consistently been a great show so far, it’s thought provoking and pretty well meaning. It’s a shame that time constraints and budget constraints prevent it from achieving its full potential. Of all the shows this season, this has shaped up to be the one with the best ideas and feels most relevant.