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Review – [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

I sort of swore I wouldn’t blog about any of the summer shows until I wrote my [C] review. Let’s just say it’s my way of saying a proper goodbye, haha. No, really. I’m serious here.

[C]’s world is vividly painted and full of creative ideas. Set in what looks like an alternate dimension, the Financial District is a place  in which people put their futures on the line for monetary gain. These people are called ‘Entrepreneurs’. Equipped with ‘Assets’, the embodiment of an Entrepreneur’s future,  they’re required to participate in a ‘Deal’ where they face off with other Entrepreneurs, in a 666 second battle every week. The main character, Kimimaro Yogo is a plain college student who ends up becoming a an Entrepreneur.

The concept itself is what drew me in, along with Kenji Nakamura in the director’s seat. The show did have a rocky start but gradually improved over time. The show itself focuses on the opposing stances of the main characters and attempts to deliver several messages at once, all relating to different aspects of the real world. This worked like a double edged sword for [C]. While  the numerous ideas presented were a great source of speculation and introspection, at the same it’s easy to get lost as to what [C] is truly trying to achieve. Given it’s 11 episode length, the show ended up biting off more than it could chew and haphazardly jumped into an entertaining but somewhat confusing conclusion.

Animation wise, the quality fluctuates a lot and the frequent use of clunky CG hinders the otherwise rich setting. There are a lot of weird proportions and distorted faces in places. I do admire the dynamic angles incorporated in each shot though. Another thing I loved about the show is the music, but then, this is Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagaan, Now and Then, Here and There). I love almost everything he comes up with.

If you’re willing to sit through some awkward looking animation, [C] has the potential to entertain with it’s unique world. As long as you try not to make sense of everything and apply suspension of disbelief accordingly, you should be fine. [C] is a worthwhile show, and while it’s not a classic it has enough things in it to keep you thinking.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

[C] 10 – 11: Maximum Trolling

And so, one of my favorite shows this season end. Okay, so I’m only religiously watching five shows this season.  So C being one of my favorites probably doesn’t say much. But I’m a person who filters out A LOT of what I watch.

I loved [C] and I’ll miss it. It’s a very flawed show though and the finale proved what I always knew. 11 episodes was simply not enough for it to tie loose ends as neatly as I would’ve liked. But [C] didn’t give up, it ran towards it’s end in full speed and what an entertaining ending it was. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a fight as good as Mikuni’s and Kimimaro’s. The angles and the energy put into this whole sequence was amazing and shedding some light on Q’s own motives was appreciated.

I’m not going to judge [C] now. So the part below this will be mostly be about my personal reflections.

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AnE – 09, [C] – 09, Tiger & Bunny – 11

It’s been a busy week and because of that, the stuff I have to blog about ended up piling up. So I decided to blog about the episodes I enjoyed the most first.

Ao no Exorcist 09

AnE really stepped it up this week. This was an incredible episode. I’d say that in terms of quality it’s up there with the second episode. The animation was fluid, the pacing was tight and the music blended in very well. I liked how the animators paid attention to the little things, like how the characters walk across the screen and facial expressions.

This also had a decent amount of character development. Specifically towards the main trio: Rin, Shiemi and Yukio although it was mostly centered on Yukio. I have a love/hate relationship with his character. I do admire his persistence to protect his brother, and I wonder if Rin constantly outdoing him will prove as a weakness later. The show’s really good with providing bits and pieces of the underlying plot and building relationships between the cast members. I especially liked Yukio and Shiemi’s first meeting.

The best part is definitely Yukio and Rin vs. Eyepatch-sensei. It was very well done and the animation was eye candy.

There are still a lot of questions than answers in AnE. But we’ve still got a long way to go and the great thing is that AnE is shaping up to be a solid show. The fact that it focuses on it’s characters a lot helps it stand out amongst a lot of other shows under the same vein.

[C]: The Money of Soul Possibility Control 09

Okay, this is what I did with this episode: I decided to disregard the underlying themes and concentrate on the plot for a moment.

Mikuni’s plan to protect reality looks as if it’s backfired, with him possibly overlooking the fine print in this dangerous deal with the Financial District. Kimimaro decides to side with Jennifer, and discovers that his father’s asset looks similar to Mysu. This episode functioned to bring things to full circle and did it quite well.

Kimimaro kissing Mysu on the forehead certainly incited some reactions, and I’d be lying if I wasn’t the least bit affected not because I wanted them to kiss like lovers but because Kimamaro, Mysu and the audience know that if Kimimaro intends to rescue what’s left of the future– he’ll have to part with her. With Mysu gaining more human-like emotions, their relationship feels more complex than it was when they first met.

I vaguely remember calling [C] the prettiest show this season, not out of sarcasm but out of the awe regarding the structure of the Financial District and the colorful beams of light that scatter across the screen. This episode brought back that same feeling of awe. The massive tentacle monster descends and Mikuni stands before a monstrosity, majestic and frightening at the same time.

Call it an unpopular opinion, but [C] has become the better NoitaminA show for me this season and probably one of my top picks. With only two episodes left, I’m eagerly awaiting the ending– regardless of the possibility of a cop out or a train wreck.

Tiger and Bunny 11

Things have gotten really intense, but it’s great to see some humor here and there. And Jake has certainly lived up to expectations of a proper villain, he’s shows no remorse and his eccentricity is reminiscent of The Joker. In that sense, Tiger and Bunny has been doing quite well in the superhero genre.

This was actually much better than last week’s. The heroes sit back as the higher ups form a plan. Ivan finally gets to use his real abilities and works as a spy upon Jake’s release. However, it seems that he’s in a pinch judging how this episode ended. Proving that a superhero going too public is more of a liability than advantage.

[C] 08 – The Disappearing Future

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.

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[C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control 07

You frequent  readers (Do I have any? LOL.) should know that I’ve professed my love for this show before. It’s also the only anime whose website I visit quite often because they’ve put up some character monologues that won’t be found in the episodes themselves and they actually have some commentary regarding the episodes that go way beyond the surface of the show. Because of this, I have admiration for the people behind [C]. It makes me feel like it goes beyond than simply telling a story, developing characters or achieving plot progression. Some shows that hope to be relevant do this and then toss in a vague moral message.

The good people behind [C]’s wikia have translated Oosaka Naoki’s (a staff member of [C]) commentary on each episode which you can read here. People have continuously questioned the nature of [C]’s ‘commentary’, and what better explanation is there than the words from someone who works on [C]? It appears he works in a field related to economics so his words may be invaluable.

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[C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control 06

Allow me to boldly proclaim that this is the best episode yet. I was really, really impressed with what was done here. Obviously, not everyone agrees but I thought that this was what [C] was going to be about. To me it was never largely about the battles, [C] was a social commentary and an observation of the many moral standpoints regarding money. It’s thought provoking but without feeling contrived.

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[C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control 05

I might be a minority here but I enjoy C’s battles. They’re a little too choppy (or poorly animated) to be considered ‘great’ but I like them nevertheless. I like seeing the various abilities of the Entres, they’re pretty creative and this is coming from someone who doesn’t look deeply into symbolism.

This show seriously has a lot of potential, the plot progresses and world itself is fascinating. It’s almost unfortunate that they weren’t able to adapt the original character designs a bit better, because obviously a lot of people watch for the eyecandy. That doesn’t mean I don’t find C visually pleasing though, the rich color palettes are lovely.You can see the budget is a bit tight but the studio makes it’s way around it when it can.

Mikuni is a man with a noble cause but Midas Money itself certainly can’t be a good thing. From one perspective, everyone profits from it. In the other hand, the repercussions may be dangerous. The scale could tip either way. However, it seems that he himself is already in too deep, a hint that perhaps even he can’t leave the Financial District for some reason but still tries to use the situation to everyone’s benefit.

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