「Cultivation （修練）」 (Shuuren)
The whole Financial District system is becoming clearer bit by bit, but I still can’t figure out what to make of the Guild exactly. So far, they claim to minimize the margins they win by, by “knowing their own powers” which allows them to control the deals precisely. With the size and money involved, Mikuni and his Guild have the power to manipulate the entire country’s finances, and can prevent catastrophes caused by huge losses as the economy commits to languish. However some aspects are still fuzzy, and it’s also finally confirmed that the “future” making up the collateral for the deal is very vague in the first place, and no one really understands it (except maybe Masakaki).
Risking one’s “future” is no small matter though, and even losing by a little in the Deals causes very palpable effects in the real world (e.g. what happened to Kimimaro’s professor). A small loss gives Kimimaro failing grades and sends his aunt to the hospital, which sucks but is a small hit given the amount of money that could be made. A big loss on the other hand gives Kikuchi a huge hit in the performance of his company, which in turn affects other industries and the lives thousands of people. Those with considerable economic assets can really affect the lives of humans of lesser means. Interestingly, Mikuni uses the assets of the Guild to purchase the failing company and minimize the effect on the real world, true to his goals. I wonder if he’s in this purely out of good will; however since he also seems to make a good profit in the process, I can’t see why not. He’s an amiable guy on the outside, and perhaps the Financial District and Midas Bank is the true villain.
Mikuni himself isn’t the biggest fan of the Financial District, but instead claims to aim to control the balance between the two worlds. He seems interested in Kimimaro in hopes that he will be a successor to him, and Kimimaro is certainly convinced and is participating in the whole deal. Too bad he’s rather pathetic as Msyu keeps pointing out, and is kind of dumb too. I guess that’s fine though — the protagonist doesn’t always have to be godly. Kimimaro isn’t obsessed with money, which makes him an appropriate candidate for joining the Guild. Money may be the root of evil, but without it our world would collapse, so using one’s power to moderate the system is certainly a noble pursuit. Still, I would find it boring if things were that straightforward. Bring on the conspiracy!
– Assets need the entres’ orders in order to attack, but I saw Msyu making dozens of attacks at the wall to break out, without Kimimaro’s orders.
– One million in Midas Money only shows up as 100 on the Midas cards, so some of the numbers involved may indeed not be their face value, instead expressed in different units.