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
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:20 AM)
    @Bam: Adaption, Nicholas Cage =< a guilty pleasure actor to watch for the most part and little more.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:12 AM)
    @Bam: The more you mentiom Synecdoche, the more interested I get. Malcovich was a creative idea for a film and Eternal sunshine was a good spin on the romance genre which gave Jim Carrey a film worth acting in.
    Riki-oh if anything is just a heck of alot of fun.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:05 AM)
    So I naturally offsetted the mentally strenuous movie with a healthy dose of Riki-Oh, which I also just watched for the first time. I think it goes without saying that it was magnificent! This is late 80’s gold condensed into two episodes. What’s weirdly jarring about it is that it tries to add depth to the absurdity by including some serious, and still relevant, themes about the private prison complex which made it an even better popcorn flick for some reason.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 05:58 AM)
    Charlie Kaufman is also responsible for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich, so it goes without saying that his works are atmospheric and thoughtful. Synecdoche is by far his bleakest story yet, and it was a tough pill to swallow; although if you watch it you’ll see that sincerity regarding death is actually a crucial point of the movie.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 12:52 AM)
    Well in the case of Samuel Jackson playing nick fury, I never truly gave a crap about the comic book character. But I have never taken Jackson seriously as the head of shield. It hard to see him as a dependable leader.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 11:29 PM)
    Synecdoche, New York:
    What a great film. Charlie Kauffman’s directorial debut is a post-modern surreàl piece about fear of death and mortality. There are few editing and pacing issues which a more experienced director could’ve ironed out, and the very nature of the movie begs to be called pretentious and boring by shallow viewers. Yet this is still an honest and meticulous piece of artistic filmmaking which shouldn’t be missed by those who enjoy the craft.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 10:56 PM)
    I did think some of the outburst though in death parade 04 were verging too far on the melodrama though.
    Still like Garo this week, still a very watchable episode.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 10:35 PM)
    Come to think of it In kingsman they changed the villain to be black also. Of course all this I consider pretty minor. Moreso I’m tired of seeing Samuel L Jackson playing himself in everything.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 10:28 PM)
    But in the case of the Marvel stuff, with Nick Fury and Human torch, I know its a crap complaint but for me its a case of “He doesn’t look close enough to the comic”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Jan 30. 2015 10:16 PM)
    @Aidan: They think they are promoting diversity but all it ends up being is completely tokenistic to the core.
    The fantastic 4 have always struck me as characters that were too difficult to get right/write.

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