C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – 02
「Coincidence （暗合）」 (Angou)
This is getting pretty interesting to say the least, as Masakaki whisks Kimimaro away to the center of the Financial District, a giant stock exchange in which entres (entrepreneurs) and their assets fight in “deals” for each other’s money. No time is wasted as Kimimaro activates his Midas card along with Msyu, his asset, and gets thrown right into the action against veteran Taketazaki and his asset Gig. Msyu may claim to be a noob, but she knows what she’s doing as she’s forced to save Kimimaro a couple times, getting beat up in the process. Those wounds would probably be fatal, but luckily she heals incredibly quickly. Apparently there’s no monetary loss if assets get hit, but it’s still pretty brutal watching her getting crushed and sliced over and over, and several times I really thought she was going to die.
Kimimamro is completely clueless of course, and Msyu slaps some sense into him. Getting thrown off a cliff is the best way to learn how to fly however. With on the spot instruction they manage to pull off a massive attack that destroys a large radius of the district and wins the deal, though Kimimaro collapses afterwards. He’s such a shrimpy guy; Msyu was clearly the one taking all the damage. The assets are pretty interesting characters for sure though. They are like monsters summoned in a card battle, but also in a partnership relationship with their entres. Msyu is sort of a elf-vampire cross, like Q, and it looks like she, and other assets, live in the cards, working out in their spare time and talking through the fractured sidebars. Interestingly, they can also look out through the hole in the card or alternatively, slap people through it.
I’m not sure what “your asset represents your future” means, but the whole Financial District and Midas Bank thing is pretty fascinating as well. For one, there’s Masakaki who randomly shows up in places and still creeps the hell out of me, though he does look pretty funny. Midas Bank issues currency too, though only those who’ve been the Financial District can see the difference. So far, I would speculate that the financial district hedges bets on the futures on the entres, while supplying them with money to fight with in deals, in which they name a price on each attack and collect the money if it hits. It seems like entres are fairly rich in real life too (as long as they don’t go bankrupt). For example Mikuni Souchirou seems to be a pretty big fish in the real world, dealing with high level corporate stuff and flashing money frivolously. He’s been watching Kimimaro with interest, since Kimimaro’s situation mirrors his. As his asset Q explained, Kimimaro is the first to win a deal without knowing what was going on, since the time Mikuni pulled off the feat. Kimimaro of course also has a ton of money now, even if he’s not exactly enthusiastic about it. Mikuni encourages him to fight; however in the end he’s not the only one with eyes on Kimimaro.