Full title: C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Genre: Action, mystery
Sub-genre: Drama, thriller
Flavor: Fighting, economy
Studio: Tatsunoko Production
Episodes: 11 (as announced/scheduled)
OP: “Matoryoshika” (Matryoshka?) by NICO Touches The Walls
ED: “RPG” by School Food Punishment
Airing status: Currently airing
Aired by: Fuji TV
Watchability factor: High (low probability to be dropped)
Rewatchability factor: Medium
Hateability factor: None
Recommendability factor: Medium
Characters I’d like to beat to a pulp using a spiky baseball bat: None so far but Masakaki has a high possibility to become my target, and Yoga at first almost become my target when I saw how he has a very low will of survival (referring to his first Deal)
For those who think this is yet another TCG anime, I’m gladly say that you’re wrong. This is no Yu-Gi-Oh whatsoever. Keep reading (and resume watching from where you left) if you don’t believe me.
C is the story about the chosen people (‘Entre’) trading their soul and possibilities (future) for the money from the underworld. Entre is a person whose offered a chance to make money in the underworld called “The Financial District” by engaging in a battle called ‘Deal’. The money gained from the Deal which is called Midas Money is tradeable in the real world and nobody would realize its existence except those “Entres” (to normal, non-Entre people, the money is unnoticeable as they appear the same with normal money to their senses). An Entre is given a special credit card as a ticket to the Financial District where all the Deals take place. Each Entre is also given a familiar called ‘Asset’, where the credit card also doubles as a ‘home’ for the Assets. The card also enables an Entre to communicate with his/her Asset. To maintain their income, Entres need to go to the Financial District from time to time (about once a week or so). To go there an Entre needs to summon a special taxi by inserting the credit card in any ATM and just do the necessary actions in the ATM menu display.
The story focuses on a college student named Yoga Kimimaro. Despite studying economics, he does not seek for wealthiness. For him to have “just enough” money is sufficient/adequate as long as he can live a stable life. However he do realize that he need money to get some things, and perhaps to win the love of his life.
One day Yoga was offered a chance by a super tricky ‘clown’ who introduced himself as Masakaki, to get more money from a method that he’s completely oblivious about. No matter how Masakaki persuade him Yoga managed to keep his cool although in the end he accepted it reluctantly. He may have accepted the offer but it’s more like he’s forced to since he was dragged into the game of special ‘Dealings’ and he didn’t have much choice to reject it.
Being dragged into the world of “Financial District” Yoga has been chosen as an “Entre” (probably the shorter form of ‘Entrepreneur’) who will have to engage in a Deal in order to gain the Midas Money. Yes, in this anime ‘Deals’ for the money are represented by a battle between 2 ‘Entres’, and each Deal will last for 666 seconds. Each Entre may have their Asset to fight alongside them in the Deal. Assets are very useful in a Deal as they have special powers that will activate upon the order of their master. Each special attack by the Asset costs money though, so the strength of an attack depends on how much money you spend for the special attack. You could also using your own special attack called “Direct” (probably named after “direct attack”) but it is usually useful when Entre’s are on one on one battle against each other. It may seem not as powerful as Asset’s special attack but most loses in Deals are done this way, where the loss of money are represented as blood-loss in the Deal. So far there’s no background on where the ‘Assets’ are originated from, although there are hints that they might be from their own world and they may know each other as well. Anyways it’s interesting to know that an Entre won’t die from an attack in a Deal. It’s as if everything happened in a virtual world ala The Matrix rather than in another dimension. Be alert that a hit still hurts though.
In the Financial District (I’m not sure yet whether it’s lucky or not) Yoga was offered a help by Souichiro Mikuni, in both ‘tutoring’ and money too. After sometime their relationship has somehow grown into mentor-mentee, though Yoga still have some reluctance about it. He even told Mikuni once “I don’t want to be like you”, implying that he feels Mikuni is some sort of villain. By the way, there’s one thing special about Yoga though. Although the Entres usually chosen randomly among people who are lusting over money, Yoga is also chosen despite he’s not the type who seek wealthiness. Perhaps this is another reason Mikuni is interested in him, other than they are sharing similar personal background/past.
Being somewhat a guide to Yoga, Mikuni invited him into joining a Guild of Entres led by him. Members of the Guild are to practice the fighting strategy of “making the amount gained/lost in a deal being as minimum as possible”. That kind of fighting strategy is adopted as an attempt to limit the flow of the Midas Money into the real world, fearing the impact of its usage on the real world economy, because according to Mikuni the amount of what you lose in real world depends on the amount of money you lost in the district (at least this one is confirmed to be true). Named as Starling Guild, although it appears that the Guild tries to minimize the negative impact from the usage of Midas Money, they also seem to be more like Mikuni’s attempt to control the Financial district. They may really have good intention but they still have this evil aura with them.
Winning or losing a Deal may be a different matter for different people. It is especially depends more on how much you lost than what you gained, because by winning the Deal you only gained money but if you lose, the loser may lost not only their money, but maybe some important parts in their life, given that the Midas Money represents their soul/possibilities/future (hence the “The Money of Soul and Possibility Control” in the title) . That means the loses doesn’t have to be in the form of money but may also the people dearest to you or anything else. So the scary part of losing the Deal is what you’ll lose is unknown. In a sense the Deal is like some sort of gambling. You know you’ll get more money if you win but you’ll never know the outcome of the deal, and you’ll never know what you’ll lose.
I’m pretty curious about Mikuni though. Despite his ‘good’ intention of starting the Starling Guild, a membership actually does cost quite a substantial amount of money. Not only that he seems to have more than 1 asset and I’m not sure how is that possible (I have yet to confirm if having more than 1 asset is possible though). There’s also a hint that the Financial district is slowly crumbling, based on one conversation he had at one time.
So what is the ‘C’ has to do with this anime? I have no idea either as so far I found no connection between the “C” and the story but it’s just a normal thing, even in Hollywood flicks where the title sometimes started to make sense only after the first half of the show. Not a big issue here but I have to admit that C only reminds of programming. The closest connection between C and this anime (based on real life element) would be Citibank, but that totally irrelevant.
The character design is so-so, not the best I’ve seen but certainly not bad. By the way I think if I’m offered the access to the Financial District, I might try opening a Deal too, though it’s a bit scary to think about the things I’d lost should I lost the deal. I might apply the Guild’s principle of not to allow too much gains/loses but I’d prefer winning little than losing big. Based on the story so far, the Financial District has been around since the beginning of trades in human history. Now I’m waiting for a few more episodes before I can write more about it.