Hello, everyone. I know that I should be studying for finals (not that I need to do since they’ll be a cinch…), but I wanted to talk about a very interesting spring anime series that I watched recently after getting some precious free time, C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, a very unique anime. The synopsis:
The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal grandmother after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to avoid all this and live a stable life. One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he’ll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he’s drawn into a mysterious area known as “The Financial District.”
The opening and the ending of the C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control are some of the best I’ve seen so far this season. The music are pretty nice, with the OP song, “Matoryoshka” by NICO Touches the Walls, and the ED song, “RPG” by School Food Punishment. The visuals, however, are what really hooked me in. I won’t describe them; instead I’ll point you to the videos:
So, we get a very unique anime whose theme revolves around money and finance. Interesting. The characters are okay to me, but there is this one character who got me intrigued, Masakaki of the Chaos Bank’s Trade Division. He is a very mysterious and strange (antagonist, maybe?) character who has a very weird, but colorful personality. Right now, we do not know much about him, but it is obvious that he has ulterior motives for recruiting Entrepreneurs (the people who are forced to fight in the Financial District for money). I have no idea what motives, but I do think that this is a dirty business behind all this and that Masakaki is just one part of the mystery that is the Financial District.
The protagonist, Kimimaro, is a teenager who is only interested in having an average life with a steady average income, currently working two part-time jobs to meet ends and also to help pay for his college tuition. Of course, Masakaki ropes in Kimimaro with a “down payment” of 500,000 yen (equivalent to around $500) and that’s where the action really starts. His character development is progressing very nicely; I thought him to be kinda boring at first, but later on, he’s starting to become more interesting and fleshed out with the introduction of new characters.
And so we move onto episode 02, which is basically one drawn out episode of a “deal” (a battle between Entrepreneurs) with Kimimaro learning and being saved constantly by his “asset”, Mashyu. Apparently, an “asset” is kinda like a familiar who does battle for an Entrepreneur. Personally I find Mashyu quite endearing, with her rough manners and behaviors. Anyway, after the battle, we are introduced to another character, Mikuni Souichirou, who would appears to be the veteran, teacher Entrepreneur who sees himself the same in his young days as Kimimaro. However, it does appears that he has some secrets and motives (we do see an implied battle between Kimimaro and Mikuni in the opening sequence), so he is a mysterious character for now.
Next up in episode 03, we get introduced to a new character, Jennifer Sato, who is also an Entrepreneur. Jennifer is an agent dispatched to investigate Mikuni Souichirou as he has a mysterious background and has so many titles that it’s difficult to discern which is the reality of his life. In the midst of the investigation, she was approached by the ever mysterious Masakaki to become an Entrepreneur. Now, she is still going on ahead with her investigation of Mikuni with a new question: what is the purpose of the black money (Midas money) that are circulated into the real world from the Financial District? The Midas money is certainly a strange sort of currency; it’s black and only Entrepreneurs can see them in the real world, yet they are accepted as currencies. We also learn more about Mikuni’s background, even if it is only for a brief glimpse, but I strongly look forward to seeing the character developments in future episodes.
This is one series that I will definitely follow due to its unique premise about money and finances, and I do recommend picking this up if you like a drama thriller involving money!
Also, here’s a nice wallpaper!