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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  • wicked
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 05:49 AM)
    @kaiser though those were published in japanese magazine, they were full on mangas
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 05:33 AM)
    @Prince, I Responded.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 03:48 AM)
    That said adapting manwha isn’t entirely unheard of, afterall kurokami and freezing got adaptations.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 03:44 AM)
    I was very surprised to see noblesse was adapted, I read early chapters of the webtoon before it really got going but just fell out of reading it.
  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 03:16 AM)
    Did anyone watch the Noblesse OVA? I thought the first half had rushed pacing but it got pretty good after that. Not to mention the animation is just gorgeous, they managed to get it to look like the webtoon.
  • prince
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 10:04 PM)
    I have commented on your Schwarzesmarken episode 4 review and also answered your questions so please check it out
  • wicked
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 07:26 PM)
    Fire dragon arc! Fire dragon dies in the 5th episode
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.

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