Posted by psgels on 28 April 2011 with categories: [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control



After seeing so many 1-cour series screw up with their pacing, I’m glad to say that C actually knows that it should not slack off. For three episodes in a row, it has been straight to the point, with no intention to waste time. That’s definitely a good sign.

At the same time, this episode also leaves the battles for what they are, and instead focuses on the characters. Also, very important for such a short series. The introduction for that female with a lollipop was actually very good in the way that the creators turned her into a temporary narrator. These inner monologues of her were well written and took a good look at both who she is and what this setting is like.

This episode also showed the main character’s parents, what happened to them and also Souichiro’s reasons for participating in the financial district were a welcome addition to this series. If you want a mundane episode to bring some variation in the pacing, this is the way to do it.

At the same time though, I’m still a bit surprised that this show does have its share of cliches here and there. The disappearing father and especially being really angry at him for it have been done quite often now, so it’s going to matter even more for this show to make good use of them. The crying scene perhaps wasn’t the best way to do that, though. The acting in this series isn’t the worst of this season, but it also doesn’t stand out either, so that also will have to be compensated by something else.
Rating: * (Good)

6 Responses

  1. info600 says:

    it’s surprising that the visuals did not drop yet (that’s some battle with the illusions and fog). There’s also some surprising English and Engrish in the end (bravo w/ bringing in someone who can actually speak it fluently)…

    …btw, DAMN that cliffhanger…it literally left us hanging…

  2. Ziron says:

    I don’t know if all the hard cuts between frames were a stylistic choice or not, but they got real annoying real quick.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    1-cour: 1 season’s length, so between 11 and 13 episodes.

  4. Sev says:

    I was waiting for an episode to shed some light on the financial district and the main characters. Interesting how they keep making Mikuni a future kimimaro of sorts. The parallels are overwhelming, and even if Kimimaro is different in some of the details, Mikuni definitely is a possible future.
    I like it when they develop their antagonists so well.

    Also, clichés aren’t bad at all! Sure, some of them might seem a bit overdone to the point where you shrug when you hear about someone’s traumatic childhood, but they’re clichés for a reason. They’re easy to convey and even though they’re clichés, you can play with the expectations of the viewers by giving them your own twist.

    All in all, good episode!

  5. m says:

    I am in favor of changing up narrative structure, but I have to admit it was a little disappointing that the subject of our perspective shift was rendered so boringly. With the exception of when she voiced concern over the dissemination of the demonic money, it seemed that she couldn’t be bothered to exist as a person and was intent on being a spectator in her own life. That she is the ‘watcher’ character leaves her feeling one dimensional and like little more than an instrument for exposition. It’s possible that it’s all intentional, because even during her battle she played the same passive, nonexistent role. Maybe she’s established in this way to eventually throw aside the indifferent role of observer to perform a crucial action that enables the protagonist. Otherwise she’s the world’s most boring stalker.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:21 PM)
    Oh and I want to specify that I do understand the old civilizations were different from Vietnam, its just I caught that interesting comment from Vincent earlier.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:19 PM)
    How often and which of these old cultures would have made the best use of biological warfare, now I’m not saying that in the modern sense, but rather the sending diseased corpses/people back to the enemy to spread disease variety.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:08 PM)
    @Ninja: All hail Halliburton, The Federal Reserve and the 33 degrees.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:06 PM)
    And I don’t mean primitive in a demeaning way, I’m fascinated by their culture, but am strictly speaking from a practical, industrial perspective.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:05 PM)
    It is important to note that technology isn’t just military, it also factors to medicine (which is the difference of life and death for your troops), agricultural (to have food to sustain the campaign) as well as many other facets. The Vietnamese were in no way as primitive of a society as the mesoamericans tended to be at the time of the Spanish conquests.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:05 PM)
    @Emma Not just black gold, but red gold. and by that I mean that the blood of Middle Eastern Civilians and American Soldiers has been worth billions of dollars in defense industry contracts to companies like Halliburton, which, by the way, was also founded by one of the major architects of the Iraq War. I don’t mean that to imply that anyone individual schemed to profit from death, but it does illustrate the sinister ecopolitical motives that existed.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:03 PM)
    @Bam: Many would be content to give the troops just the quick motivational speech =<
  • Emma
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:00 PM)
    The point I’m getting at that, the intellect of an army can potentially whatever the military might that army personally has could potentially defeat a greater force.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:00 PM)
    It is noteworthy that after Cortés got to Tenochtitlan and saw the gold the fate of the Aztec empire (and to a whole the American natives) was sealed, since now they will never stop. Cortés famously burned his own ships to force his men to move forward; and forward they moved.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 11:00 PM)
    @Emma Yup. That’s asymmetrical warfare for you. It’s always been the bane of well-equipped professional armies.

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