The causes of phenomenon “C” are murky, but more and more it seems like some sort of natural disaster that hits Financial Districts every once in a while and spreads outward like the shockwaves of an earthquake. But at the same time, the Midas Bank and its underlings are also growing more and more suspicious, and they may play some part in instigating such events, though I can’t see what they would have to gain from the collapse of a District. Masakaki and the “higher ups” are certainly playing an elusive game here. The whole system is hazy and the mechanisms are pretty confusing as well though, and it’s definitely bad when you have to pause the episode to fill in the holes mentally and process all that’s going on. We know that the money used by the Entres is basically on loan, with their futures and the futures of those affected by their futures on the line as collateral. When they lose that money then, those “futures” disappear from existence, though the changes will remain in the memories of select persons. With collapse however some unknown force drains the money out of the district, destroying the assets along with the nations involved. Supposedly upon bankruptcy then the Midas Bank will collect all the futures, but then why would the present completely disappear as well? This present vs. the future issue seems to have a pretty fine line and I can’t pinpoint exactly where it is.
The philosophical arguments continue of course since “C” destroys the present, but Midas money banks on the future. Mikuni attempts to stop the shockwave by applying his usual ideals, in essence by bailing out the economy. He gets the massive amounts of required funds by selling the future, and seems to be successful in saving most of Japan. However the act of printing all that money also seems to be a sale, rather than a loan, and as a result destroys much of the present as people disappear and the weekly birth rate drops to an apocalyptic total of three babies. I’m also not sure why Mikuni has control over everyone’s futures; the “darkness card” supposedly allows the bearer to run the “money press”, but it doesn’t exactly mean that they own the futures of the entire nation. It’s possible that he simply has so much money that his influence extends to millions of other lives, but then when Kimimaro suddenly shows up with darkness card of his own, things start to look rather arbitrary. Masakaki and his superiors are definitely messing things around.
So far, Mikuni’s methods seem to be rather disastrous though as large amounts of people that were supposedly the target of the protective measures disappear from existence, and the people remaining lose their futures and their hopes. The question is whether there will even be anything left after he’s done. Because of this, Kimimaro and Jennifer are extremely dissatisfied with Mikuni’s ideas, but the alternate solution seems to be no better and probably even worse. Then again, they technically don’t even have a solution at the moment aside from just stopping Mikuni. Their plan basically involves destroying the value of the yen which naturally would also bring the Japanese economy to a crashing halt. Step one is taking a ton of money from Mikuni and literally dropping it from the sky, and step two is getting everyone to exchange their yen to foreign currency. Obviously these measures cause hyper inflation as the yen hits rock bottom, exacerbating the problem and doing absolutely nothing to stop “C”. In short, they are destroying the country and its future in the attempt to preserve their own futures, and I’m left wondering if they even thought it through properly before springing into action. Mikuni is attempting to save the nation and sacrificing his own future along the way, but Kimimaro seems mostly concerned with himself and what he’s losing (e.g. his potential future daughter Msyu), and their method involves an awful lot of sacrificing others. His attitude seems to be that it’s okay to let entire nations disappear, as long as the people remaining still have something to look forward to. The underlying dilemma is whether its worth living a hopeless life, and as with all questions involving the meaning of life, I think it is impossible to answer.
There are a bunch of other smaller, underlying issues as well. The link between Kimimaro and his father is tightened as he finds out that his fathers asset looked eerily like Msyu, and Kimimaro comes to the conclusion that she’s probably his future daughter (and in turn his father’s granddaughter). Unfortunately if that was so, then that future should have been lost when his father went bankrupt, so I’m really not sure what to think. Msyu of course doesn’t really care for all the complex ideological issues, and too bad for her she had to settle her crush for a kiss on the forehead. I feel kind of bad for her too as she gets pulled along with Kimimaro’s whims, and now has to fight against the insanely strong Mikuni. I really do believe Kimimaro is chasing a red herring though, and the real problem is the whole Midas system and the overarching conspiracy. The extremely complex nature of the problems makes it even harder to see though. Even I’m not sure I’m following all the developments precisely, and there are so many things left unexplained; and with only one episode left to go, they probably won’t be.
I apologize for the extended delays of my posts; hopefully I’ll be back on schedule soon.