「Conflict （葛藤）」 (Kattou)
Kou Sennoza: smooth-talker, undefeated entre (almost), assets of 10 billion yen, and the prettiest pretty boy I’ve seen in a while. He’s a pretty interesting guy, offering his opponents a chance for a free pass on their deals. From my first impression, he seems like a good guy, as most of the characters do in this show, and is a pretty big humanitarian/philanthropist too. His soft exterior hides insane strength in the Financial District though, so far only losing to Mikuni, and has a pretty crazy-looking asset too (“Angel”) that completely crushes Msyu. That fight was really brutal to watch as Msyu got torn up again and again trying to protect Kimimaro, but all the sudden drama was also a little too melodramatic. After all of that, the way Kimimaro just suddenly won was too much of a stretch as well. He is getting better, but I just don’t see that level of upset happening.
As usual, there is no bitterness from the loser even though the real life losses were probably pretty bad given all the things he’s involved it. Sennoza takes it in stride since he wasn’t a fan of the deals in the first place (which is why he offered the pass). Even though I’m still a bit suspicious of him, I like this kind of cool, fast-paced, no-nonsense character. He’s in some ways similar to Jennifer Satou, the smooth blonde chick with the fast food visual aids, routine fan service, and misuse of the District taxi. Back on topic however, adding Jennifer into the picture makes two people who question the Guild now, and I suspect some of the others who refused to join had similar sentiments. The Guild is pumping Midas money into the real world economy, which I suppose would help with economic recovery (to a limited extent), but there are the unknown effects of Midas money as a possibly more malicious form of currency. I mean, it’s black, has esoteric symbols all over it, and has a name that forebodes disaster; it’s hard to shake the first impression that it’s “devil’s money”. The main issue brought up however is that Mikuni is hedging futures as collateral for stabilizing the current economy. Of course speculation is always risky, and investment backed up by people’s futures even more so could have pretty drastic results. The bigger fish you are in real life, the bigger effects even a small loss would have, as losing your stake causes former possibilities to simply vanish. I wonder if Mikuni has hidden motives, because I doubt he’s ignorant of the whole situation.
Their arguments are complicated, but what I got was two competing theories. Mikuni’s view is to focus on the present situation, to ensure that the future will exist, because the future is simply a continuation of the present. Sennoza and Satou’s view on the other hand is a focus on long range planning: to make sure the future isn’t ruined, or else there is no point in the present. It’s hard to see which is right or wrong in this case, so I’m thinking that there is no clear antagonist here, and instead the system is the real enemy — a kind of necessary evil. Kimimaro of course is caught in the middle of it all, and is leaning on the side of the Guild for now. However, his resolve is really weak and he wavers a lot. Kimimaro chooses to continue making deals, but he doesn’t want to win and apologizes when he does. Since he can’t be defeated if he wants to protect his future, this thing is just a lose-lose situation for him. For the plot’s sake though, I don’t see him pulling out.