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C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control Review

July 6, 2011

story 3/10

C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control screenshot

I imagine the executive meeting that inspired this dull, jabbering insult to my intelligence went a bit like this.

Director: I’ve been thinking lately we should do something deep and relevant about today’s global financial situation. It’s been all over the news and I think the kids would appreciate someone really bringing it down to their level.

Exec: Uhh, really? But finance is like so BOOOOOORING.

Director: Well, of course we could spice it up a little, you know, give it a representational hook or gimmick. I have one or two ideas that I think would really -

Exec: Oh oh oh! I’ve got it, I’ve got it! MASCOT BATTLES!

Director: What?

Exec: Write this down! It’s not often I get such inspirational flashes. I can see it now - economic conflicts figuratively enacted through pet monsters! ‘Cause everyone likes Pokemon, right??

The result, ladies and gentlemen, is this show, the worst possible marriage of everything that shouldn’t exist in anime. Dry, abstract exposition about money combined with utterly mindless battles between metaphorical creatures that have no real-life relevance. Burrow deep enough and C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control appears to contain a human tale about taking huge financial risks for the sake of loved ones. That this is mere veneer becomes clear the moment we ask why the characters don’t just work overtime, get a second job, or aim for promotion, considering any of these require less effort for more guarantee. The financial battles are vehicles for an impending apocalypse caused by some… thing that gets no explanation. All we know is, at some point, a digitised whatsit begins to sweep through Japan and the hero has to do stuff in the ether to make it go away.

Not that the fights are any good either. Occurring without reason or logic, they generate about as much friction as a limp dick. Just as one combatant summons giant balls of fire, the opponent blocks with an inexplicable beam of sparkling blackness, all the while an electronic voice yells nonsensical financial jargon not even the Wall Street folk would enjoy piecing together (how to counter sensibly when your enemy has just thrown a hail of MACROFLATION!!?). There are no recognisable dimensions to the battles, no identifiable limitations that tell me ‘this person is highly skilled compared to that person’. Thus we must take for granted that Souichiro Mikuni, the cool, mysterious rich guy, is unbeatable because everyone says so; when he fights, I can’t actually tell.

animation 4/10

I’d like to put a message out there for the kids growing up on a diet of C-like atrocities: animated backgrounds full of feeling, atmosphere, and texture do exist. For evidence, look to Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica or Eden of the East. The polygonal edifices we get in C bring to mind the artistic sensibilities of a McDonalds restaurant - cold, garish, and above all cheap. Effects happen, shapes and colours and patterns zoom past but none of it serves any discernible purpose except to distract us for another five seconds.

sound 7.5/10

In moments when the plot wholly eluded me, the score managed to restore some of the potency of the situation. Unfortunately, sandwiched between unmemorable opening and closing themes, and voiced over by a crap script, the courageous cinematic soundtrack gets entirely lost.

characters 3/10

If there’s anything anime needs more of, it’s teenage boys trying to get stronger. I’m being sarcastic, of course. What anime needs more of are characters I can tell apart from all the others. C’s cast melts into a giant pot of tokenism and archetype that effectively abandons the audience to apathy. I’m surprised, for instance, that the bland, pineapple-haired protagonist (had to look up his name, Kimimaro Yoga) was thought qualified to be one when his only notable features are being nice and harbouring angst about his long-lost father. The only vivid performance belongs to Masakaki, the guide of the alternate dimension in which the battles take place; he is a nod to Willy Wonka that strips away all the child-friendly veneer and replaces it with a chilling pitilessness.

overall 3/10

Colour me spoiled if you will, but I like to spend my time watching things that I understand. I like characters for which I feel empathy doing things I could imagine myself doing if I were in their situation. Most of the financial jargon the target audience will struggle to relate to and anyone who does will snooze simply at the banal abstractedness of it. Instead of a poignant metaphor on the dangers of economic risk-taking, we get a discombobulated mess that farts a host of vague concepts. The only emotion this show inspires in the process is boredom.

Anime Info

Kimimaro Yoga could use a break. At nineteen years old, he's not only a student at Heisei College of Economics, he's also a part time employee and flat out broke. So when an eerie man offers the boy a special ATM card and an exorbitant amount of cash, Kimimaro gives in to temptation – but there's a catch. In exchange for his good fortune, Kimimaro's very future is put at stake, held as collateral by the Bank of Midas and tied to the amount of yen in his bank account. In addition, he must participate in a special battle every week in the mysterious 'Financial District' – a battle where losing against one's opponent can mean bankruptcy, a fate that carries an unthinkable cost in the normal world...

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cantankerous avatar cantankerous
Jun 29, 2012

This is one of the worst reviews I've ever seen on this website.

How can anime that's original, innovative, deep, with action, meaning, and philosophy for a change get a 3/10?

This anime is not about finance and the economy. In fact, there's little actual economics in it. The few terms that are used are something everyone should know, and that are taught in school.

It's mainly about time and the relationship between present and future, wrapped in a financial backgrounds story.  It's indeed a very abstract, yet beautiful, story.

The story was great, the animation was also beautiful, and the characters were very interesting. The only flaw is, IMO, that it was too short. They should've gone for a 24-episode season for better character development and more insight into how the financial district works.

The end was also beautiful.

This is undoubtedly one of the best animes I've ever seen, and it's really a shame that it's been reviewed, not only on this website but all over the web, by very ignorant people who make the typical mistake of criticizing what they don't understand.

This anime deserves at least a 9/10.

MOJ avatar MOJ
Apr 13, 2012

@astfgl

You would hardly expect them to make the show based off real economics now would you? The show was designed to appeal to a large group of people, mainly teenagers with a BASIC, not advanced as some people claim, understanding of economics.  Not only am i an economics student but i have a hell of a lot of money in the stock market so i can understand what you mean about the investment parts being ridiculous, but you must keep in mind that they added in more than just the "financial value" of the money (i.e. human futures were at stake). This show was kind of like a parody and the relation to economics, no matter how crude or simple it may be, was a nice addition.

And for those people complaining about the designs of the monsters, i mean who cares what they looked like? They were meant to represent individuality of the person controlling them. A part of their "future".

People really need to watch an anime before judging so badly of it. Sorry you couldn't understand the intricacies but that is hardly the anime's fault now is it? It caters to a certain group of people and it does that very well.

Omniscient avatar Omniscient
Apr 10, 2012

I do not agree with this review, I thought it was atleast a 5/10 due to the animation.

MikeSinner avatar MikeSinner
Apr 5, 2012

I'm putting this on pause for now. Really good animes I can watch in one blow, but this...

With the episode count I also highly doubt they will even come close to closing the giant gaps in the story that have been torn by lack of logic, opened cans of storyline that are then left to expire and the question of any type of relevance to what your...

(Geez, just shut the mediaplayer 5 minutes ago and already forgot what they call their sidekicks...)

What those things you summon look like. Why is it a pretty girl for one person and a similar good looking girl that suddenly explodes into some kind of crab-creature for the other. And speaking of that one, why did they even give us a clifhanger on that crabwoman, just to completely ignore that battle in the next episode?!

I mean, they aren't really making sense with their finacial situation either way, so might as well make it a 'proper' battle anime, right?

Ok.... Guess not then.

And OMG! Who OK'd the CG character designs?! That looks terrible! I've seen cheap, half-assed hentai that used better CG than this. At least they bothered to make the movements look more human and did a better job on shading!

astfgl avatar astfgl
Apr 5, 2012

so, no1 will probably ever read this but I'm bored so I'm gonna write it anyway...

here it goes

I could not agree with the review more!

All of you in the comments who say "studied economics and that anime is so great, because it tackles the financial crisis and whatnot" either are lying about studying economics,

because if you had you would understand that this anime has about as much in common with real economics as pokemon has with mma (2 pokemon fighting with each other = two guys fighting with each other... catch my point?),

or you really need to revisit some semesters of your economic classes because you clearly have not understood what it is all about.

sorry if that sounded kind of harsh but that's how it is (btw 5 years in economic school and planning on studying economics, therefore I think I know what I am talking about since I had to learn this stuff and also plan on studying it)

the battling of the "monsters" and the "invested money" made me laugh so hard I almost fell from the chair. I actually believed that the show would turn into some kind of parody at some point, but they were really super serious about this stuff...

cheers

lil sidenote, can some1 specifically say which part of the show has anything to do with real economics? please enlighten me because maybe I am completely wrong (although I seriously doubt it...)

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