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Check-in Station: C eps1-5 (Worst Stock Exchange Ever)

Every now and then I come out of my hole, look around and impressed by the landscape.  You start at the sky and sun (or moon depending on your mood) and work your way down.  The beautiful moments, and if you feel like it you’ll continue to look down at some of the rougher, less fun times.  What C  (The Money of Soul and Possibility Control) does is take you to the top of a false tower so you can imagine that wonderful sky without ever seeing it, your inevitable fate awaiting you.  The tower will eventually crumble and fall and leave you at the bottom of a hole you can never see out of.  Now you will sit in that hole and watch as the light passes by without ever seeing that beautiful landscape.  Now let me translate, that landscape is your future, your potential; and that hole is bankruptcy in the series’ Financial District.

I damned this show before ever watching it, but its creative concept has gotten my attention.  C takes a subject most people would probably rather avoid in their entertainment, financial peril and builds a series around the thrill of defying it and facing its consequences.

Our protagonist, Yoga is in a very easy to relate to situation.  He’s a college student without a lot of time or money, but with plenty of work and problems.  He’s constantly cycling between school, two jobs and mere moments of social activity, sustenance and sleep.  Then suddenly at the end of another rather crappy day he’s accosted by freakish Mad Hatter-like specter promising him hope.  What would you do?  It’s pretty tempting, so I imagine a majority of us would take this offer.  Eventually he does and we get to shadow his charcters (and a few others) as they’re whisked away to this “magical” Matrix-esque world of the Financial District.  A place where the fools who have bartered their futures for access to Midas Money (boy that should be a hell of a warning right there) and present gains.  The catch?  Well they have to have a duel once a week.  These appear to be fancy souped up card battles that I’m sure Yu-Gi-Oh would quickly and easily pick up on.  The other catch?  You’re banned from the Financial District for life if you go bankrupt and your “future” is lost.  The last part is extremely vague and almost unquantifiable until the Financial District collects.   And I won’t get into spoilers, but it packs one hell of a punch.  And this is what convinced me to give this show an honest shot.

C is not without its faults, but so far it claims interesting characters, Mikuni at the very least intrigues me.  I find the whole concept incredibly creative and absolutely ridiculous at the same time.  But the same thing brings participants into the Financial District compels me to keep watching this show.  Potential and mystery.

Yoga’s father committed suicide (a not uncommon outcome) after going bankrupt in the Financial District.  And with little to go on, and a bad decision already made, Yoga fumbles around looking not only for the answer to his past, but a reason in his future.

Apparently, the people running the Financial District have some strange taste and a sense of humor and assign everyone who joins a bank card which house an Asset, a near living and breathing artificial life form who is their main partner and weapon, and who also some how represents their bartered future.  This brings me to one of the other things I’ve enjoyed so far about C, Mashu.  Yoga’s Asset is rather attractive, fairy like girl with a nice and revealing character and costume design.  The wicked red and white goat horns are an especially nice touch.  She comes with a standard tsunderé personality,  a reasonable amount of information and some spare moé points to boot.  Her signature move, Scorched Earth is shounen-style magnificent.

And perhaps the biggest draw for me is Souichiro Mikuni, the de facto leader of the Starling Guild.  It is an organization of Financial District participants who work together to minimize the effects of the system on the world.  A novel idea, but this kind of thing screams for something to go horribly wrong.  It’s Mikuni’s goals and his past that intrigue me though.  He’s taken an unusually strong interest in a nobody like Yoga and I’ve yet  to believe he’s totally in this for the reasons stated.  Is he the Big Bad;  the Dragon?  Or is Mikuni destined to be that great influential big brother/senpai character that’s real future is to die and spur on the ones that follow him?  I’m anxious to find out.

The things that annoy me about C are rather numerous and at times in your face.  The most famous annoyance so far has been some egregious use of CGI.  It is really inconsistently used and often completely unnecessary.  I won’t get too into the subject, but it is terribly hard to ignore in HD.  Other than that, I think everyone who has watched the show has noticed and stated their piece.  They screwed the pooch on that one.  Nuff said.

The other annoyances are the sometimes sloppy, lazily choreographed fights, which have been getting better with time.  And the somewhat slow uninteresting pace the show can have from time to time.  I think I’m still working out the rules of the duels (*whistles*), but the show has done a decent job of explaining things  up to this point.  Besides buttf*cking Yoga and us by shoving him into a battle with no explanation and screaming at him for not getting things right, I can say that C has held the audiences hand through this much of its run.  I guess they just wanted to startle us so when they did offer their hand we’d not only take, we’d pay some g0ddamn attention.

This show has come a long way in only five episodes from being the series I most remembered for smashing a loli all over the body with giant steel balls to a series that has me grasping at its potential.  Now that we’re five episodes in we’re getting past the introduction phase.  At this point C is going to have to start showing us what it can really do or things will just fall apart quickly.  We only have eleven episodes to soak what this show has in, so time is ticking, fast.  See you at the Check-out Station finish line where, hopefully, this series will have raised its stock considerably.

Further Reading:

  • The dere-moe Project: it’s always nice to have someone explain the economic gibberish in this show.  We still get a better explanation than Yoga ever did.
  • Sea Slugs!: episode four of C being my favorite and most eye opening episode of the series so far.
  • Daydream Sanctuary: a much closer look and Yoga and Mikuni.
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