Hello again, my aniblogging wonder. It was a refreshing change this week when I finally got some time off (even if it was to ward off some migraine >.>), to finish all pending Winter titles and I’m feeling quite good about Spring because yes, there’s a plethora of titles but some of them are actually good and promising enough to write home about. Every season I’m at the forefront to tackle original anime because it’s wondrous and lack cheat sheets with a lot of room for speculation. With C, I have some expectations because of the amazing crew behind it. I can only wish everything gels well together so without any further ado:
We are back to Kimimaro’s guilt-trip. Well, not specifically but you can’t call it a joy ride either because he doesn’t even know what he’s gotten himself into; though, he never had much of a choice to begin with. Masakaki shows Kimimaro the Financial District quite briefly before dropping the big DEAL bomb on him. Rather than giving him time to digest the mindboggling alternate world he has been thrown in, Masakaki produces a veteran DUDE as Kimimaro’s opponent for his first Deal. To tackle that he also introduces his asset to him: Msyu, a cute satyr.
No time for you to smell the roses, boy.
My face is HERE, where are you looking at?
Get your head back in the game, boy!
Taketazaki as I presume the typical baddie’s name, calls upon his asset Gig and starts iron-balling Kimimaro, the newbie. Of course, Kimimaro doesn’t know what the hell is going on but thankfully his asset is two steps ahead and saves him from harm’s way. Seeing her get hurt on his account, Kimimaro does a reality check and tries to learn the game ropes.
Mysu helps him make the last save by swapping his card and activating a special power Mezzoflation, which pretty much obliterates the opponent’s finishing act.
Of course, there will be spectators because there are many Entrepreneurs of Midas Bank. For keeping tabs on each other, the bank has a leaderboard, which displays stock holdings of everyone in the running. Also, any opponent can observe the ongoing Deal(s) and make bets for the result to not only gain profit but form their own opinions about Entrepreneurs fighting it out. Mikuni is one of seasoned veterans, highly interested in Kimimaro; his asset Q, goes to the degree of comparing them to be the winners in profiting from their first deal even without knowing the ground details and trying to save their assets in process.
Interestingly, Kimimaro’s is shocked during most of his interaction with Masakaki
Winning was quite a relaxant for Kimimaro, because he simply passed out afterwards. If you thought, Masakaki got less screen time, think again, he terrorized Kimimaro by popping up from different nooks and crannies after he woke up to remind him of the rules of Financial District and advice of continuing deals because bad things happen when you get bankrupt.
That’s a LOT OF CARBS, Kimi!
Our hero finally treats himself to some real food and pretty much zones out during his day thinking about the possibilities. Though, Hanabi warns that saving is the best thing because you would never know what might happen next. A small reminder here, this is still a very depression-facing Japan so money is tight and the news is rife with many societal crimes and suicides.
Mikuni gets Kimimaro’s background checked and visits him in one of the convenience marts he works at just when he was getting used to the concept of black Midas Money circulating with the real world money. Of course, it can’t be seen by the humans who are not Midas Entrepreneurs but it’s pretty much acceptable and used throughout.
Mikuni reveals his true identity to Kimimaro and suggests to give him a helping hand. Kimimaro is still adamant about living a ‘normal’ life rather than what he’s thrown into by accident. But isn’t that just an everyday thing? Normal is boring and facing challenges is what makes life worthwhile, at least that is what Mikuni believes. He’s a go-getter tycoon with many investments in process and constantly on the hunt for many other opportunities; in other words he’s a cash cow for Midas Bank. Kimimaro can actually follow his footsteps as he does share some traits with him along with a lot of potential.
It’s a wrap up with the blondie (Jennifer Satou) spying on the hotties.
Of course he had to wear those horns to match his asset. One-boobed asset has no fashion sense like his Entre.
Another midriff girl saving the day~
DUUUUDE, BUT YOU NO-COOL LIKE IZAYA!
New kind of Money Transfer, forget the hassle of visiting your bank. Simple. Easy. Pretty colours too.
Future opponents to face-off Kimimaro
TOO CLOSE!!! And I just watched Sekai-Ichi….
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Learned Facts about Financial District and Entrepreneurs:
- Midas Bank is indeed the only such entity that produces the Midas Money and issues the Entrepreneur Cards to randomly selected candidates.
- Every Entre has to Deal once a week, hook or by crook.
- Every Entre is assigned an asset, who is not only their property but help them out in fighting opponents as well. Usually inspired from one demon or the other, they have quick healing powers and can take a lot of damage.
- Asset is the embodiment of the Entre’s future, thus not unfair. You can easily say that a good partnership is needed to profit on Deals.
- Entre can communicate with their Asset via Midas Card any time of the day.
- There are four types of cards that can be assigned to candidates as depicted above. For now, we know that all the new entrants get the Sun symbol ones, while veterans might have a choice to upgrade their statuses (most probably coming from Silver, Gold, Platinum credit card concept).
- Veterans get more margins in Deals, which have both positive and negative outcomes.
- During a Deal: If an opponent gets hit, they lose money. If a cost is attached to an attack and it hits, the better makes profit.
- Non-Entrepreneurs can’t see Midas money, while Entrepreneurs can.
- Future as a collateral might not mean in spiritual sense rather using the potential of an Entre to get more money flowing in and out.
- Going bankrupt gets you banished from the Financial District but it comes with shocking repercussions in real life and thus it’s suggested to continue Dealing. This is not the complete information of course.
- It’s better to keep quiet about the Financial District because even if people were told about it, who would believe it unless they experience it themselves?
We got quite extreme reviews for C in the first impressions. However, if I go with mere count, 80% of the readers really liked this and wanted to continue, while the rest were either unsure with a small percentage quitting it. As I know I can’t make everyone happy, I’ll simply be siding with the majority for my own reasoning of course. Granted, the first episode was not as mind boggling as we were all expecting it to be; at least, not like Occult Academy but everyone knows how that ended, right? There were definitely faults BUT—which is a big but, it was filled with enough juice for hooking the audience. I mean, who didn’t like Masakaki? The human-form of Kyuubey, wheeling and dealing an innocent shounen? The protagonist just gets thrown into some srs bsns and what is not to enjoy about gambling your future for money, eh?
After the second episode, I can say, I LIKED THIS. This centralization over Money is simple genius. It plays true to the title of the anime. If you really think about it, money has a huge significance in everyone’s lives. Gets us stuff we want and gives us means to whatever end we would like. We work for it, we strive for it, we save it, we spend it and ad nauseum. In a depression-ridden Japan, this way of dealing money is ideal and you can’t even call this easy-money because your life along with your money is on the line and bankruptcy seems more like a suicide than getting out of the clutches of Midas Bank.
The bank in question is grand and the crux of this entire hubbub. I can’t wait to discover how Midas bank came about, who is behind Masakaki and his creepiness. I’m not sure he’s even human; an AI program that is directly connected with Midas bank and the real world? Not really sure because there’s been only two episodes but we will see. Of course, I don’t like everything about this. Animation went derpy with CGI and I hated it whenever it was visible on Masakaki (everything should be perfect with Masakaki, damn it!). I know that Tatsunoko Productions is not awesome like Production I.G or Brains Base but c’mon guys, pace your budgets and do a good job. Plot can actually fly!
Coming to the main characters, Kimimaro at least is not playing a wuss, which gives me a great pleasure; I hate whiny protagonists. Sure, he’s screaming ‘I want a normal life’ from rooftops but there’s something in him that doesn’t want that normal even if it’s subliminal for now. I especially liked the facts that small wants came together for him to reach out for money; small things like food, tuition fee, employment, the girl he likes being bullied to go out for drink to the same girl actually having a rich boyfriend. Different people have different ambitions in life and even if Kimimaro stresses on the fact that he wants a normal one; he shouldn’t have cared about his asset and simply forget all about Midas Bank. Like Mikuni observed, he has a lot of potential and the sooner he realizes it, the better.
For the record, if Mikuni turns out to be Kimimaro’s father, I’m going to kill someone; wouldn’t that be just too obvious and anime-ish?! For Jennifer, I can only say this: she smells like a journalist/detective. The ways she has been keeping tabs on Mikuni and Kimimaro might play a significant role in the plot. Also, SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TRANSLATE THIS, LIKE NAO! I wish I knew Japanese! AND, don’t forget to check the full version of OP Sequence. It’s good.
Preview: Of course, there’s no preview. But I have checked the official site as usual and got the title for the next episode: Conspiracy. Kimimaro will visit his old home and get to read his father’s diary; I have a feeling, he was/is a Dealer in Financial District. Also, we would finally get to know why Jennifer Satou has been tailing Mikuni/Kimimaro; maybe to get to the bottom of Financial District? Tune in next time for more theories. Ja ne~