「Conspiracy （陰謀）」 (Inbou)
There’s a good portion focused on the blonde haired American-Japanese entre, Jennifer Satou, of whom we only saw glimpses of last time. From first impressions, I like her character. She seems strong, but is also pretty composed, unlike our main protagonist who gets worked up very easily. A lot of the episode narrated and shown from her point of view as she explains some of the stuff involving the financial district such as the micro, mezzo, macro-flation attacks. She is somewhat of a spy investigating the Tokyo District and Mikuni for the “Organization” (the IMF), and is also following Kimamaro around pretty closely. From what she says, I’m getting the impression that the Financial District like a mirror of the real world finance, with Districts in various financial centers of the world. Mikuni seems to run the place, or at least has a lot of influence in it. He really is still a mysterious big fish though, and I’m also suspecting that there’s something wrong with the Midas money, and it may have some sort of hidden effect.
On another point, the assets are still pretty intriguing this time around. Q and Msyu seem fascinated by each other, and Msyu is curious about the other assets as well. That aspect isn’t explained and the point may be minor, but I still found their reactions to each other to be quirky. I mean what/who are the assets really? They spend most of their time floating around in the little rainbow world of the Midas card. Their whole existence is pretty fascinating as they materialize through the cards easily with just a swipe, they talk through subtitles, and the vision through the hole in the card (and other objects) is also different, like a magic disappearing trick.
As for what Kimimaro is up to, he went to visit his aunt Kyouko in hopes of finding more about his parents. I know he’s still reluctant about the whole deal, and still just wants a normal and stable life. Perhaps his talk with Mikuni had spurred him to find out more more about his father. What he discovers reinforces his wishes, as he finds a link with the Midas Bank. It turns out his dad was an Entre and his greed bit him in the ass when he went bankrupt and lost his future. I don’t know if Mikuni has any personal interest for persuading Kimimaro to stick around in the Financial District, but he does help him out in several ways such as finding a contact who knew his father. Mikuni also helps him realize that his father was actually trying to make money for the family, unlike Mikuni’s own dad. However I still feel that Kimimaro’s new position (the one Masakaki offered) is not explained enough, and he really should do that before he ends up like a certain other antagonist who made shady deals with kids. So far, Mikuni does seem like a good guy and his long talk with Kimimaro would have me convinced, and of course, we’d probably have no story if Kimimaro decided to pull out. In the end though, there’s a twist when he meets someone he knows. This story could still go anywhere.