「Confidence （信用）」 (Shinyou)
Given the more passive episodes recently, the collapse of the Southeast Asian Financial District was quite an abrupt turn of events. It seems that the destruction of a District can cause entire countries to simply vanish, and the whole situation suddenly feels rather unsettling; things are getting creepy indeed. The Japanese financial system seems to be spiraling downward as well. The whole city in shock, and it’s becoming more and more deserted too as people disappear and life drains out. It’s like the depression suddenly took a major turn for the worse, and people are in a dazed state, including Hanabi. The country is slowly dying, and Souichirou’s guild rushes to deal with the crisis using a plan known only as “C”, which seems to use their standard approach to problems — injecting a large amount of money to stabilize the situation.
On the other hand, Kimimaro is trying to find a way to get back futures lost, but naturally it’s not that easy, and even Masaki claims not to know that much. Kimimaro really is naive though, and since he doesn’t really know what to do he just acts on his impulses without really thinking anything through. Money is only worth what people trust in it, and he’s not doing anything meaningful. While Kimimaro is starting to disagree with parts of Mikuni’s ideals, I don’t really know what to make of the situation. I don’t see Mikuni’s approach as absolutely wrong, but no clear “right answer” exists either. Kimimaro doesn’t have a solution anyway aside not participating at all, which doesn’t do anything to the fact that the Financial District will still be there. Mikuni’s idea is to attempt to beat the system at its own game… but at what cost? Kimimaro finds it wrong to use money hedged on people’s future, but on the flip side, what’s the point if everything now is simply gone? Mikuni is doing what he believes is the right choice, to save the very existence of entire regions and the people in them, but at the risk of destroying future possibilities. Or, as he thinks, is there “no fate but what we make”?
Aside from these very interesting issues that are brought up, there are a bunch of other weird developments. The IMF’s motives (aside from simple observation) is still not clear, but one of the central leaders in the Guild is working with Jennifer as well — apparently in secret. Also, it’s pretty clear now that the Midas Bank is up to no good, at least if I’m judging the manic laughter in the end correctly. Something’s up with Msyu’s past too; she’s somehow linked to Kimimaro’s father, and there’s a short hallucination that implies her to be Kimimaro’s future child or possibly his sister. The mystery thickens…