Anime Review of C: The Money of Soul and Possibility
A series about economics where people fight to make a buck by proxy in the Financial District (a pocket dimension). The winners win real money while the losers end up with private insolvency. The premise was generally praised by critics as well as viewers and aspired to be a good proxy battle series as well as a social commentary on the economy.
C (or [C]) is an anime that combines economic satire with breathtakingly beautiful action. Created by Mononoke director Kenji Nakamura and animated by Tatsunoko Production, the series first aired as part of Fuji TV’s noitaminA block in April 2011 and captivated audiences with its mind-blowingly good-looking fight scenes and surprisingly deep themes.
Its plot centers on an Economics student named Kimimaro Yoga who finds himself in a world where it’s nearly impossible to make money. To combat this, he agrees to take part in an alternate-world tournament called the Financial District by mortgaging his future and fighting with creatures known as “Assets” against other Entrepreneurs who are also mortgaging their futures.
This unique combination of themes and styles leads to a captivating story that’s as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. With impressive special attacks and Dragon Ball-esque choreography, the action scenes are as exciting as they are eye-popping, while the illogical power-plays of the Finance District evoke the labyrinthine nature of modern finance.
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control features a unique cast of characters, each with their own story to tell. The series explores the intriguing concept that individuals can use their future potential as collateral to enter a parallel world and battle other Entres for cash and control.
The characters are interesting and well developed, even if their motivations are not as clear as they could be. Kimimaro, for instance, is a young economics student who understands the importance of money, and he is determined to become rich enough to support his family.
Mikuni, on the other hand, is more focused on the power aspect of the game and aims to dominate the Financial District. He is also one of the most ruthless and calculating Entres in the game, and he is not afraid to destroy everything in his way. He is an excellent example of how the greed of money can quickly turn someone into a monster.
Anime can cover everything from the silly and supernatural to the grounded and gritty. But sometimes a series manages to combine two completely different themes and styles, creating a unique show that feels like nothing else on TV. C is one such example. Despite its appearance as an action-packed shonen, it is actually a political and economic satire inspired by the financial collapse of 2007-2008.
The show’s art style is also a lot more realistic than you might expect, which gives it a very distinct look. The animation is also very stylized, but it doesn’t feel like a cheap imitation of Western cartoons. It reminds me a lot of Kenji Nakamura’s Mononoke, which used surreal and hyper-stylized animation to give unknowable concepts recognizable physical forms. This helps the audience make sense of a complex and confusing world.
The soundtrack for C: Control – The Money of Soul and Possibility is beautifully orchestrated with both opening and ending themes. The opening theme, “Matoryoshika” by NICO Touches the Walls and the closing theme, “RPG” by School Food Punishment are both worth checking out as they help to set the mood for this wacky anime. The soundtrack also has a few background songs that appear during each episode and help to add depth to the story. Have something to say about this article? Share it in the discussion thread! You don’t have to be a member to post. Click the button below to create a new thread.