Posted by psgels on 28 April 2011 with categories: 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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 02:32 AM)
    …And orange is still top of the poll…ugh. Seems like this is going to be torture for me. Kiznaiver was already trying my patience with those speeches but if Orange is even worse…oh boy…
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:34 AM)
    @Aidan, it got to the point where I had to take 15 minute breaks because it was so physically cringing lmao. I started sending screenshots of pages to my friend because we were cackling at how embarrassing it was. Like I shouldn’t be laughing at such serious topics but the execution is just terrible.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:32 AM)
    eh I thing my post just died when I hit send. Must’ve hit the character limit
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:31 AM)
    But yeah, if you want coherence you’re not getting it in Eva. As I’ve said, the project literally took a turn about halfway thru, so it is as disjointed as it can get. It was really amusing to me when it was still airing, everybody was confused as hell.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:17 AM)
    But the visual that supposed to represent the mental landscape of characters were precise and deliberate. And the framing, oh boy, that’s what nailed it. Dutch shots, low angle shots, ceiling shots, the uncomfortable tilts, the silent deep focus close-ups, the muted color pallets with accented reds, Anno is not considered a master for no reason.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:10 AM)
    @K-off: I can see the problems you have with the story. I personally pretty much got everything when I watched it the 2nd time thru, but some stuff are a bit burried. Most of the religious symbolism is there for the hell of it, the Eva Project people straight said it.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 AM)
    And you’ve never seen me fly of the handle, I was halfway asleep when I was typing that last night.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:06 AM)
    @Aidan: I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance, so that’s a strawman right off the bat. I’m saying it is part of what makes it great, and that is undeniable. I gave my two cents on Fate to demonstrate that I can be fair to other anime, and I don’t really have a bias when judging things. Liking something is not a bias. Although we all probably have some degree of bias or another.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 12:08 AM)
    @Mamamoo, oh no. How bad are we talking?

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