I see you baby, shaking that asset ♪ ~
Hey guys, I’ll be taking over coverage of [C] from now on. We’re quite a ways into the series and assuming that it sticks to it’s 11 episode estimate we only have 4 episodes to go! So you might want to refresh your memory of [C] with the teams’ tag post on episode 1 & Kyo’s look at episode 2. Just to recap quickly, we’ve seen a twice now just how devastating the impact of losing in the Financial District is to the real world. Kimimaro bested his teacher in battle and in doing so pretty much wiped his wife and children from the face of the earth. I’m serious, they were flat out sucked from the space time continuum. Not only that but he also managed to destroy the dreams of small children in Africa that humanitarian Kou Sennoza was campaigning for. So yeah…Kimimaro is a bit of a bastard, but it’s okay MSYU’s cuteness makes up for all the death and suffering. And hey, even though they lost they didn’t have any hard feelings, that might just be the mental breakdowns talking but still…SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS.
This is episode is probably a good one to pick up from as it’s predominantly a flashback episode. We see Mikuni in his rock star phase being laid into by his Father. He eventually cleaned up his act – and got a haircut – to follow his Fathers wishes to get into finance and money exchange. Both legal or otherwise. Aside from having an over-bearing Father, Mikuni is also a victim of the “sick little sister” virus effecting 2 out of 3 supporting characters with shady morality.
Mikuni’s sister looks suspiciously like Q
His Father rises to a new level of Jackass when he tells Mikuni that he pretty much cares more about money than the welfare of his dying daughter. When Mikuni tries to go against him his Father has him knocked out and locked in his room. Jesus, the guy’s like 20 something, do you still make him sit on the naughty step, too?
“You, young man, are grounded!” *PUNCH*
After his little sister slipped into a coma, Mikuni could do nothing but throw himself into his work as a coping mechanism. He no longer had dealings with his Father outside of business. It was then Tim Burton’s Mad Hatter appeared to him like he did with Kimimaro, offering him an Asset and access to the District.
We switch back to Kimimaro, or more appropriately MSYU, whose musing about Kimimaro. She analyses his actions and emotions in an attempt to understand him better, while narrating a little more about Assets in general.
While watching TV, MSYU sees a couple kissing and wants to know more about it. Luckily we avoid the “Where babies come from” talk, Kimimaro hasn’t so much as kissed anyone yet either, and MSYU settles for just having a cute little moment to see us out to the end credits.
This turned out to be one of the episodes I liked the most. Mikuni is my favourite character in [C]. There’s just something about him; I love his type. Suave, sophisticated and seedy. Though we did get to see a more emotional and reckless side to him in the first half of the episode’s flashback. To have his Dad be such an asshole was hard to take seriously. It was overkill. I mean, I was just waiting for him to start kicking puppies and burning down orphanages and it made me laugh. I missed seeing the inflation battles but I can’t say it wasn’t a welcome change. I was just surprised, I didn’t think we’d get pretty much an entire episode dedicated to Mikuni. I guess I always had him pinned as that mysterious guy whose back story is always kept in the shadows. Generally I would say that’s a good formula, as it isn’t really necessary to know – unless it comes up later in the series – but I love Mikuni, like I said, so I enjoyed seeing so much of him.
The CGI isn’t as horrifying as it was in the start, as long as they aren’t moving about too much or speaking it blends not to shabbily into the rest of the show. The split screens with MSYU and Kimimaro do help up the cuteness level of their relationship. It’s similar to the whole “talking to someone through a wall” thing, even though there is an obvious barrier between them it somehow makes them seem closer. It’s a neat little trick that I think works well when you’re trying to show the bond between characters. MSYU herself is just adorable. I like her attitude and she’s smart. Kimimaro sure is lucky, she’s such an Asset to him! Hohohoho! Okay, I’ll stop…
With the exception of a few hit and miss episodes, [C] has been a pretty solid show so far. I find the finance stuff to be a bit confusing sometimes and it is very light on plot. It seems to be one of these shows that’s more about dodging questions rather than answering them. It would usually piss me off, but for some reason -cough- Mikuni -cough- I can usually overlook it. The pacing of this episode was very good, everything flowed and it was very easy to sit through. The only jarring part was the sudden switch halfway through to MSYU’s monologues. And again, it covered a lot of stuff we have already seen. Not very well thought out, and it didn’t advance anything at all. On the other hand, now that we’ve got Mikuni’s back story out of the way and we’re up to speed with everything, thanks to that soo needed recap, I’m hoping we get some plot crammed into the last few episodes.