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C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「マトリョーシカ」 (Matryoshka) by NICO Touches the Walls
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「complication (複雑)」 (Fukuzatsu)

Money is power. Money is the root of all evil. That’s the theme in this supernatural finance series. At least, that’s the impression I got seeing a debt-ridden businessman making a deal with devil at a bank ATM, complete with an evil sounding machine voice, 666, and demonic taxi driver. I didn’t really know what exactly I was getting into before this episode, since the subject matter was unusual, but the potential is exciting. Mikuni Souichirou, who looks like some slick salesperson, is introduced along with Q who just seems like a hungry elf girl for now. Not too much is actually explained in the episode, but I’d posture that the “financial district” they are in is some futuristic alternate universe where the invisible hand of the market works and money is manipulated. It also happens to be where the man is sent to “make a deal” with Mikuni, which apparently involves debit card battles and fighting with monsters. It sounds weird (and is weird to watch) but looks something like an analogy for predatory market competition since we all know that bankers have no souls. Fighting each other for money seems fun to me, but the unfortunate anonymous man loses his stake and commits suicide shortly after. Thinking about it, gambling with stocks probably has the same effect when one goes over their means and loses it all.

There’s a lot of showing and not that much talking, so nothing about the setting or background of the story is revealed, though the synopsis Divine wrote in the preview explains some of it. I did enjoy this kind of setup, and after the action-packed beginning scenes, the main character is finally shown: Kimimaro the economics student, who to me seems like the generic poor and down-on-luck but hardworking protagonist. Then there’s also the purple-haired Hanabi who tries to help him pass his classes, but unfortunately for him, she’s going out with a richer guy (for now). And so as Kimimaro lives normally day to day, his life suddenly gets turned upside down (seems like a standard start).

On the other hand, some of these other characters are far from normal. What I assume to be the devil, Masakaki, a creep who looks like a cross between the Mad Hatter and the Joker, comes to his apartment, doing some teleportation tricks then taking Kimimaro to an alternate space. As soon as he showed up, it was clear that whatever deal he’s offering and that Kimimaro shouldn’t take it unless he has no use for his soul. And indeed, Masakaki wants his future in exchange for the position of “entrepreneur” in the Financial District. He is surprisingly calm at what he saw, largely ignoring the clown’s shenanigans, but unfortunately the bait of 500k yen randomly showing up in his bank account is too tempting and he gets whisked away, Back to the Future style. He’s still more honorable than me though, as the thought of having access to unlimited sums of money is probably too alluring for my greed, even given the consequences.

However, I do look forward to seeing what the position of entrepreneur entails for Kimimaro, and it’s probably similar to what Mikuni does (i.e. beating up people for their money). Minor aspects of production are also positive, and there are nice effects such as the fractured sidebars that Masakaki uses to talk, the wacky effects in the fight scenes, and the cash from various countries in the opening sequence. All in all, this should be an interesting show.


ED Sequence

ED: 「RPG」 by School Food Punishment
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April 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm
  • April 15, 2011 at 5:12 pmdis gai

    a good start

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:58 pmAlec

      True… However, I’ve a feeling it’s gonna fail.

      • April 15, 2011 at 8:23 pmShirt

        You say that about a lot of shows. lol

      • April 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm✙Croosboy✙

        hahahah. well its on Libra state as of now

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:12 pmillusion

    Dohoho, I finished watching this 5min ago. Awesome show, the animation was a bit wonky here and there but it was overall really great. Raged a bit at the golddigger with purple hair.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:14 pmDerrragons

    This was really confusing at the start then slowly started to make sense towards the middle of the episode.

    Back-the-the-future ….Back-to-the-future =)Grammar nazi ftw

    • April 15, 2011 at 5:17 pmProoof

      fixed typo, thanks

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:18 pmTriangle MAN

    This show is just to wierd i like how SHAFT is weird but im not a materialist and i dont care about money alot so im gonna pass on this one.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:24 pmClick

    Ehhhh….. I wouldn’t say Kimimaro is that generic. I mean, he does wish to have a generic lifestyle in the future, but that makes a bit special. Plus he’s not completely one-dimensional compared to say…. the characters in Hidan no Aria. So far though, this series looks pretty good.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:25 pmAiras

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:33 pmLordHuggington

    This show has some potential for discussing the nature of money, and its effects on people. I just hope it doesn’t get watered down with too many Pokemon-esque summoned monster battles.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pmSuppa Tenko

    I call Masakaki the Japanese Willy Wonka

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:37 pmamado

    the elf girl looks cute.
    the battles might end up something like bakugan or one of those dueling anime. the premise is interesting so il stick for a while.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:38 pmPeepQ

    This series seems really weird. I didn’t think it would be this ‘trippy’.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:40 pmRenminbi

    Was looking forward to seeing this one… glad that you’re covering it, Proof

    I do hope there’s much more to the story than the Digimon-like card battle scenes which looks great, but the concept is not exactly very enticing

    PS: Not all bankers have no soul. We work very hard to make a living like everyone else :)

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:43 pmSyllen

    school food punishment ED was the best part of this ep.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:48 pmbobbymarwan

    I think this anime is good enough for me, I can’t wait for next episode..

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:49 pmKarmafan

    I liked the 1st episode. It got my interest so I’m gonna keep watching and see how it plays out for now.

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:54 pmsarcastic_weasel

    Selling your soul for essentially 500,000 pennies? Too cheap, Mr. Generic Broke Protagonist. Hold out for at least 500,000,000. (Which is really still too cheap, but you’re generic and broke.)

    You can only afford a broken-down ride with the kind of scratch you just scored off of B grade Joker, and you won’t even have enough left over for a burger afterwards.

    Man, I could get this guy to paint my house for $50, I bet. :D

    Holding out hope it gets better because it’s Noitamina, but right now it looks like a generic battle series with Money Juice all over it.

    • April 15, 2011 at 7:27 pmZwei

      you don’t know the meaning of “generic” do you? ^^

    • April 16, 2011 at 12:56 amPandorakun

      You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

      • April 16, 2011 at 8:08 pmsarcastic_weasel

        I couldn’t remember his name if you came at me with a dog, a knife, and a gun. He’s as memorable as any other average anime protagonist (not very), and you can buy him in bulk at Costco.

        So he IS the definition of Mr. Generic Protagonist.

    • April 18, 2011 at 5:53 amdefunkt_bots

      did he actually commit his soul in the end? – i was unclear as the howls moving millenium earl pinku dude said that the first cash was an incentive to get involved?

      though i guess having got the ultimate debt debit card kimi is now a member of lloyds tsb…. i mean hell bank….

      did enjoy this opening episode a lot!

  • April 15, 2011 at 5:58 pmBook

    The “fractured side bars” are going to get old, really fast. They take too much room out of the already little screen.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:08 pmRockmanshii

    Stock exchange traders playing a children cards game.

    Hehehe so I’m not the only one who thought of Back to the Future seeing the taxi scene. “The potential is exciting”, this is exactly what I’m thinking, since when I first heard the atypical name of this show, it always picked my interest and I’m glad to see I wasn’t wrong keeping my eye on it. I’m expecting something really good from this.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:10 pmDawn

    The triple 6 mad-hatter creeps me out.

    Not gonna lie, I went from the ‘one-eye-brow-raised-wtf-face’ to the ‘WHOA-double-eye-brows-raised’ as the episode progressed from start to finish. I think they did a good job of creating that ominous atmosphere as he made the ‘pact’, especially with the creepy, electronic voice speaking to him.

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:16 pmJohnDoe

    Did the idea spur from bakuman?

    • April 15, 2011 at 6:22 pmOblivion

      Lol, the same thought passed through my mind when I first heard about it.

      • April 15, 2011 at 7:06 pmKerfirou

        heh, the moment I hear Bakuman from you two, I suddenly remember one of the manga.

        so, is this the so-called inspired by a manga inside a manga.

      • April 15, 2011 at 8:11 pmVenon

        yeah me too
        that`S the reason why i watched this
        its kinda interesting

        i really hope that this episode will continue

    • April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pmanishuma

      I ain’t gonna lie, I was thinking this got made because of Bakuman too. GO ASHIROGI MUTO LOL!

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:18 pmZwei

    best show of the season in the making ^^

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:23 pmcowazaki

    I didn’t watch it yet, but reading and scanning through this article it does remind me a lot about the manga from Bakuman

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:28 pmStereoman

    I loved the style in this show. Seems promising! NICO Touches the Walls is truly an amazing band ♥

  • April 15, 2011 at 6:59 pmstarblacks

    glad you’re covering it, this show looks like it might be able to explore the deeply embedded effect of money on society =D

  • April 15, 2011 at 7:15 pmAisu

    Masakaki was the best part. And the ATM.
    Didn’t really impress me as much as it seemed to for other people, so I don’t know where this will go. It’s too early to say considering how little info we have to go on with an original story such as this one.

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:19 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    WOW Yu-Gi-Oh! is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but seriously, are those gg subs on point?? cuz they really paint that Hanabi character to sound like a supreme Hater.

    • April 16, 2011 at 6:59 amFlappy

      Really hope it does not turn out like Yu-Gi-Oh!…

    • April 16, 2011 at 8:00 amAiron

      There’s nothing about this that suggests anything like a collectible card game anime. They’re using Debit cards, which makes sense since debit cards take funds from your bank account. I assume they’re using their cards like a source of power, more money makes you stronger, and losing a battle makes you lose funds from your account, weakening you until you lose all your money and you just kill yourself in disgrace.

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:21 pmShirt

    Willy Wonka’s gotten a new style. I like the new acid look.

    In the beginning of Bakuman, Mashiro and Takagi made a story about Money and Intelligence. This reminds me of that. Also, Yoga struggling as he is with school and two jobs is all to familiar. I think more than most can relate to him easily- making the show easier to watch. Though that doesn’t seem like it’ll last long. Either way, I’m sticking with this one.
    (..and yet another one for the list. Great. I have no life.)

    “Yes. [My Lord..]“

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:27 pmFlamingYu

    I’m getting Persona vibes from this show.
    I bet Kimimaro will have a match with Hanabi’s BF, for Hanabi. NTR coming soon.

    • April 15, 2011 at 11:54 pmPw3age

      It’s Persona with money, except this time they are called Assets. And Igor got a new Hat and cane.

    • April 16, 2011 at 3:52 amSerapita

      Yes, the first thing that came to mind when I watched that old man insert the ATM card was…

      “Oh, this is so persona 3″

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:37 pmjrj

    thanks for covering the show, Prooof!!
    can’t wait to see more of it, and I really like the evil sounding ATM with that english voice :)
    is it just my sub or Masakaki actually said that entre are supposed to use the money in the financial district? If so, then really this deal is more evil than it seems…
    at least we have an bad ass antagonist…

  • April 15, 2011 at 8:59 pminfo600

    I like where this show is going, Kimimaro’s gonna have a tough choice to make later for a love interest…(unless I’m VERY wrong)

    another thing, the battle system…refreshingly away from the norm of the other similar shows…

  • April 15, 2011 at 9:34 pmRequire

    lol Mad hatter! Anyways, I didn’t realize this was gonna be a cardplaying-esque show too. Still, it looks promising.

    And this is one of the first anime shows I’ve watched in a long time where the English voice over didn’t have a heavy Japanese accent. I was a bit surprised lol >.<

  • April 15, 2011 at 9:52 pmChalryn

    So I was taking a second look at this screencap of yours, after just finishing the episode myself, and found myself thinking, “What’s that supposed to be? Cthulu?” …And then it hit me: [C]thulu, evil demonic stuff… Coincidence?

    In any case, definitely intrigued, and looking forward to the following episodes. Count me on board.

  • April 15, 2011 at 10:25 pmLectro Volpi

    My wild card, please… there are no shows for me right now…. please be good!

    • April 16, 2011 at 2:33 amLectro Volpi

      Watched the episode, yeah inconsistent art is a let down but still not bad at all!

  • April 15, 2011 at 10:37 pmTofu

    I just finished watching it and oh god, the art is… no wait, those character faces are HIDEOUS! Plus, I dislike CG unless I, myself believe they have used the CG innovatively. D:

    Although I can’t seem to find anything to like about this episode, I don’t see myself dropping it as well. I’m going ot give it another episode and hopefully it will be better…

    If that clown was real…. I’m going to have nightmares now. “OTL

    The sad fact is I had my expectations from “Money and Intelligence” which was a name created in Bakuman. Having that in mind, I was no prepared for the battles, soul possessing credit cards and much more.

  • April 15, 2011 at 11:31 pmprejsu

    Oy oy, I’m a banker!! and I have a soul!!:P Prejudice is omnipresent…;)

  • April 16, 2011 at 12:56 amjabberwocky

    Почему-то Пелевин вспоминается, “Ампир В”.

  • April 16, 2011 at 2:45 amskylaris

    Ive never read anything from you before, so I’m pretty surprised with this impression. I’m grateful that you picked this series up since I was worried that someone would not cover this show.

    The show have a strong premise, one of the better shows this season.

  • April 16, 2011 at 2:50 amKagekyuubi

    As promising this series seems to be, the direction style annoyed me a lot. It’s like they tried to make up for the basic “fight for your life” plot by tacking on the money concept and being as edgy as they can.

  • April 16, 2011 at 3:17 amewok40k

    Money and the power, power and the money… so the song goes.
    Interesting metaphor for the lure of easy money in RL…
    But this isnt Madoka level of Faustian deal, still it can be fine plot.

  • April 16, 2011 at 4:02 amSerapita

    Comes to think of it… Masakaki is like evil-looking version of Kyubei…

    He’d lured you in with money, saying you only need your ‘future/soul’ as collateral, not fully explaining anything, drag you into alternate space…

    • April 16, 2011 at 9:14 amewok40k

      and he gives you a free sample of YY500k just like drug dealers do… hes evil, I am telling ya!

  • April 16, 2011 at 6:28 amAiron

    Hmm, between a Willy Wonka/Mad Hatter mix? So Johnny Depp in anime?
    This looks like an interesting anime, if it doesn’t go into multiple episodes of monster battles. In the end though, what is the anime going for. Is it only striving to show that Greed isn’t good? While it is a unique setting, the message is rather typical these days.
    Our average working-man Joe gets corrupt by money, becomes a success in the Financial District, probably dethrones Souichiro at the climax, then finally his deal with the devil is cashed in and he loses everything. I hope it doesn’t go that route because it’s just soooo predictable.

  • April 16, 2011 at 9:39 ammayu08

    this show has potential that I can say…

  • April 16, 2011 at 10:59 amduk3fleed

    wow. Astounishing

  • April 16, 2011 at 11:35 amAvalanche

    Hmm, I’m going to bet that at one point the MC is going to attempt to win the purple-haired girl over with money, gets rejected, and does something stupid. Which I’m going to guess is going to be either lashing out against the Financial District, or uses the logic “It’s because I don’ have enough money.”

    Oh, and the blue-haired elf is cute.

  • April 16, 2011 at 1:01 pmShrubbery

    Can’t wait to see the next episode. I can allready say for sure I’m gonna like Kimimaro’s ‘monster’.

  • April 16, 2011 at 10:12 pmiron2000

    Basically C is like Pokemon + finance stuff.
    (Or you can say its like Digimon or Persona/Megami Tensei)

    Entre = Pokemon trainer
    Asset = Pokemon

    I guess it might have the potential to be developed into a game.

    • April 17, 2011 at 1:45 amiron2000

      Wonder how money come into the system?
      As mana? As the asset power points?
      Or as the entre’s weapon when they turn black?

      Wonder whats the big coin-like district total assets counter spinning above the Financial District?
      Is there some last boss above Masakaki (and taxi driver) and also some grand scheme to this ‘game’?

      I love mysteries :P

  • April 17, 2011 at 12:48 amanishuma

    All I can say is, this smells like Shin Megami Tensei based on Money (Epic).First thing I thought about when i first saw Masakaki was Willy Wonka merged with the Mad Hatter (no idea how that works).Netorare action in play here, Protagnist’s love interest is off with another guy (sad and rage inducing to those not used to the genre, but Epic to me).

    Also, dare i say that I felt some No More Heroes vibes coming from this, the MC is definitely no Travis, and there wasn’t any comedy going on, but as far as the fights go and how they’re set up by Masakaki I see some similarities.

    Nico Touches The Wall and School Food Punishment (Overkill and Epic).

    Can’t wait till next episode.

  • April 22, 2011 at 2:15 amBluerise

    It seems as if it’s just Masakaki’s game as far as it goes. It’s different than I expected but that’s good. Going to enjoy this.

  • April 23, 2011 at 12:28 amJvP

    Seriously I like it pretty much!

  • April 23, 2011 at 1:11 pmShirikatsu

    Just watched episode 2, this show has serious potential and it’s getting a lot more interesting lolz

  • April 24, 2011 at 1:54 amMAXDOGG

    this show is as interesting as it gets. kinda reminds me of classics like paranoia agent, a weird yet interesting anime.

  • April 30, 2011 at 2:42 pmhaitechan

    At first I was like “WTF I’m watching?” but I ended liking it. Probably things will get clearer after a couple of episodes.