C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – 11 (END)
Perhaps the crisis became so severe that the situation of the Financial Districts leaked out to the general public, but I’m not sure why the news media are reporting on C when only entres and certain organizations are aware of Midas money and Financial Districts. Regardless, as expected the value of the yen drops severely, with the exchange rate shooting to 3000 yen for one US dollar, which in turn cripples Mikuni and also destroys the value of the Midas money. Unless Kimimaro exchanged all his money before though, he would be in the same situation so I’m not sure exactly how he managed to beat Mikuni. I also think it’s kind of unfair being able to challenge anyone to a deal at anytime, especially outside the usual weekly battles, and also being unable to decline the said challenge without giving up half of one’s assets. It seems that Masakaki is just making arbitrary decisions, but the battle that results really is quite epic and the Pokemon-esque vibes are coming off strong with both sides calling multiple assets and attacks one after the other. That was definitely the craziest fight yet, and Mikuni and Q are incredibly strong as well; Kimimaro didn’t stand a chance without all factors falling into place favorably. Q was very scary, but in the end I think Msyu does manage to turn her against Mikuni, and she takes on Takako’s form just as Mikuni loses and C hits Japan. He admits his defeat, and that moment when Takako/Q disappeared was quite depressing, and he seems to be the big loser here.
In the end they state that they really do want the same ends, but disagree on the means. Mikuni’s methods save people by taking away their futures, but Kimimaro’s side is destroying countless people’s lives as well, and I’m somewhat biased against him because I feel that he really is the selfish one trying to save his own future. Destroying the value of the yen is causing some pretty severe consequences, as it pretty much bankrupts the country along with anyone else who had assets mostly in yen. Either by luck, some stroke of genius, or a combination of both, the whole situation actually turns out alright because of several factors. First off the devaluation of all the currency results in the negligible impact of “C” when it reached Japan. The mechanisms and causes of C are not explained, but from what’s shown it seems that it’s like a rapid financial crash that results in the disappearance of buildings, peoples, and other entities. My guess would be that it has no effect on an already broke country, since what’s already destroyed cannot be taken away; a forest fire cannot happen where there is no forest. In essence though the devaluation of the Midas money itself should have caused the disappearance of a large portion of country at least, but this is covered by the fact that Kimimaro gained a darkness card and therefore can reverse the money presses, though I’m not sure where he gets all the money.
Some of the details of how the money press and the Midas money in general worked got slightly confusing, but after a long discussion with Divine and reworking through all the causes and effects, some of it became more clear. Basically, running the money press in reverse returned all the Midas money (which was also now worthless) and returning the collateral that had been previously lost in deals. Mikuni had exacerbated the problem by printing more Midas money in attempt to save the present, causing the debt to grow ever greater. Because of his extremely widespread influence, his actions that took away many years of his future also had some drastic effects on the entire nation. But with the Midas money worthless now, the loan is also worthless, allowing all the futures to be returned. Kimimaro’s teacher gets his children back, Hanabi becomes a teacher again, and the city lives again. Of course, the process would have almost completely destroyed the present and the wealth of the country, though the scenes in the epilogue definitely do not show the effects of that. It is possible that the prime minister had some sort of back up plan (the “last resort” he mentioned), with a large reserve of USD or something similar that could salvage the economy at least partially. In essence it seems that the world was pretty much destroyed and recreated, with only a few select people remembering the changes and what happened. In the end, nothing about the motives of Masakaki and the Midas bank is really revealed. Though I seriously doubt they are looking out for the best interests of the human race, they do seem to be the masterminds of almost everything surrounding the Financial Districts, and simply play along with the decisions made by the Entres.
C was a pretty interesting series and has a very unique premise about finances set in a supernatural world in which “entrepreneurs” put up their futures as collateral and battle each other for money. Like I’ve said before, the fights are not central to the main plot, and the battle system is just a part of the whole. The action is more of a perk, and the battles are indeed very over-the-top with “entres” teaming up with their “assets”, using different degrees of “inflation” as attacks, and bleeding money when hit. The details of those aspects aren’t really delved into, so it can seem underdeveloped and confusing, but perhaps that is for the better. My main gripe with the show was that at times the plotline became quite convoluted, making the logic harder to follow. The first few episodes were mostly set-up, introducing the characters and the world of the Financial District, then the plot inched fairly slowly as the cast and their ideas are developed. In the final few episodes the story suddenly lurched forward and things snowballed at lightning speeds towards the climax, and as result a lot of explanation was left out or mentioned fleetingly, making it important to catch the little details. I’m not really sure what to say, but it does take some time to process what has happened. Overanalyzing everything does take a lot of enjoyment out of watching the series though, and perhaps it’s better to just take a fictional world for what it is.
There are some pretty deep themes that are explored throughout the story, and indeed the battle of ideals between Mikuni and Kimimaro forms the backbone of the show. They both have noble desires and perhaps the same ultimate goal, but with methods that are on two different ends of the spectrum. What made the whole situation so interesting was that there was no clear answer on who was right; save the present so there will be a future, or save the future so there is purpose in the present — living in the moment or for the future. The mechanics of the system makes it a lose-lose situation, but in the end everything does work out and thanks to various factors both the present and future are saved (most of it at least). It wasn’t a surprising way to conclude, but the ending was slightly bittersweet and I’m not disappointed.
C is not a series I would strongly recommend however, unless the premise really perks your interest. Most of the characters aren’t interesting, and I found the protagonist Kimimaro fairly unlikable too. To me, Mikuni and Jennifer stood out the most, and the assets are pretty fun to watch even if they aren’t particularly deep. The story can be a little confusing as anything involving the future can be very vague and hard to explain logically (like time travel), so it’s hard to breeze through all the episodes and understand everything. The themes are quite thoughtful though, even if the characters aren’t. In addition, there are many parallels with real world economics that can be drawn, and the analogies actually run fairly well after some examination.