[C] The Money of Possibility And Soul Control – A Cult Classic In The Making

Wow….what can I say.  I just got finished watching the final episode a rather peculiar (to put it mildly) noitaminA show that styles itself by the rather bizarre name [C] The Money of Possibility and Soul Control.

What that means I’m not sure and I can say the same for just about any part of the show.  One would think the C might stand for “Control”, but I would argue it rightfully should stand for one thing and one thing only.  Chaos.  Chaos best describes the entirety of [C] and I can honestly be damned to name anything that I could point to and say the show did right.  This one has it all folks.   It has horrendous production values in the animation including regularly off model characters, bargain bin animation quality, lazy fight scenes and even honest to goodness jump cuts in the animation at seemingly random spots.  The show has no concept of how to tell a story either it would seem.

It begins rather abruptly with a young boy named Yoga Kimimaro being whisked away to a “Financial District” district where he is told by an insane clown man (that I swear looks like a concept for Johnny Depp in his next Tim Burton movie) that he can duel other people for money which the show refers to as Midas Money and we’re told can be used just like regular money in the real world.  Some rules are very quickly explained (though in the duels it seems almost anything goes) and so begins a series of duels between Yoga and various other people told very compactly and with not a lot of time to get emotionally attached to any of the characters.  This will become a problem later.

In any case we are treated to some rather mediocre fair told with very choppy editing (perhaps the shows biggest flaw among many) I might add wherein we are introduced to various people Yoga knows that are caught up in the Financial district as well.  One of them is a man said to be the king of the Financial District named Mikuni that forms a mentor relationship with Yoga and tries to pass on what he knows of things.  While choppily edited and a incredibly hard to follow at times (no idea why this needs to be the case other than some really sloppy storyboarding and direction) these episode are orderly compared to what comes in the second half.

It was here that I started to think that [C] has the potential to be a cult classic somewhere down the line.  After being treated to an incredibly cliche sick girl story to explain Mikuni’s motivations and to give him a background suddenly the show changes the rules.  The show must have been running out of time because now out of the blue the Financial District decides it’s collapsing (If the show ever explained why this happens other than it does I must have missed it) and the visuals get intense (still incredibly cheap looking though) and the show just goes berserk and launches into full on B movie territory.

We’re talking tentacle monsters printing money, characters with increasingly manic facial expressions and mannerisms, implications of furry romances, lolita demons monsters growing huge mouths and devouring other lolita demon monsters (these things are called “assets” and they fight for the human characters in duels), rainbow bubbles, buildings disappearing and to top it all off an incredibly poorly animated excuse for a final battle with the camera spinning around everywhere and the rule of cool apparently being applied as to how to depict it all.

The rule of cool seems to apply to the dialogue as well.  Economic jargon is sprinkled throughout the shows terminology for Financial District objects and grows in intensity of use exponentially as the show hits it’s final stretch to the point where the entire script ceases to make any sense at all.  I might be exaggerating a little here, but I promise you if I am it’s not by much folks.   As the shows rumbles on through this financial crisis character motivations and even the resolutions of them cease to resemble anything that resembles common sense, brutal Engrish starts to become an episodic mainstay,  episodes pick up in media res with no real connection to anything that happened previously and god help me what is happening half the time!  Arghhh….it’s hard to even describe!.

The final episode manages to reach new heights amazingly enough and while it brings up a few plot points that were previously established regarding the relationships between the assets and their human masters (don’t ask) and in the process makes me leap for joy at the prospect of a cohesive plot thread somehow surviving the chaos of the final act, the feeling is short lived.  For no sooner is this brought up then I am lost as to the argument that the two demon lolitas are having with each other and why I should care and the show decides to have an ambiguous, largely incomprehensible resolution to everything that honestly needs to be seen to be believed.

And honestly I fully recommend people check the whole thing out.  It may seem like I am ragging on it mercilessly (not that hard for me to do for a change), but honestly it was immensely entertaining on a level of marveling at an anime production gone horribly wrong and the laughs I had in doing so were genuine.  And hey, it inspired me to blog about something again (something I never thought I’d do) so obviously it must be something monumental.  So if you’re like me and have a taste for B-Movies I suggest checking out what I would call the best B anime since possibly Musashi Gandou.  It’s only 11 episodes so you can’t really go too wrong can you folks.

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10 Responses to [C] The Money of Possibility And Soul Control – A Cult Classic In The Making

  1. Pingback: C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control Review — 6.75 / 10.0 | Draggle's Anime Blog

  2. MarigoldRan says:

    Is it so bad that it’s good or so bad that it’s still bad?

  3. Definitely so bad that it’s good. ;)

  4. I got three episodes deep into this one, and could not sustain my enthusiasm for it. I was underwhelmed by the superficial references to finance and economics — which wouldn’t be a big problem, if it weren’t from what I found to be incredibly boring fight scenes and overall cast of characters to fight with/against.

  5. Arabesque says:

    ”what I would call the best B anime”

    I dont know, wouldn’t be better called …

    A C-Anime? *drums*

    I’m sorry.

    Anyway, I think that you are correct in a lot of the assessment (I have differing views on some points, mainly on the editing) but after the last episode, I’m sort of drained on trying to argue anything in favor of the show at the moment.

    I was sort of expecting a mess of an ending here, but the final episode exceeded all my expectations. It had 5 different directors credited on it, but it looked like it had 10 working on it. The direction (or rather, the lack of direction) was simply embarrassing to watch. I had very low expectations for the final episode, but it still managed to make me amazed at how horridness it was.

    I want to say that there was some moments of animation that looked quite nice, but the way the episode went down I could not bring myself to praise it, since it looked like every minute I was watching (as much as I dislike using the term) a continues train wreck.

    I love Nakamura, I think that he is a talented director, but man, it looks like everything went against him with this show. It’s a shame too, since there is an intriguing concept here. ”If only, at another time, with a better budget” seems what this show screams to me.

    I do think that this will be remembered as cult classic, a bit like Tron has grown to be more fondly mentioned in the world of cinema goers. Hopefully we can get a remake/continuation somewhere down the line (10 years?)

    ”a concept for Johnny Depp in his next Tim Burton movie”

    Oh you

    ”for the lulz” indeed.

  6. abscissa says:

    I really enjoyed this show. I decided to watch it because of it’s underlying meanings and the good thing about it is it’s not just really about economics. But I have to be honest, I find the business jargon quite awkward, I’m not complaining though since I get to learn something new. Oh, and the fight scenes in this episode are just so fantastic. I’m not really fond of battle scenes, but on this one… I give props on the fluidity of the moves, the emotion, the use of virtual reality…everything!

    I look forward to your C megapost. ;)

  7. Myssa Rei says:

    Normally I’m very forgiving of the shows I watch, but I won’t mince words with [C]‘s ending: it was a mess. And although Ghostie might not like the overwrought melodrama brough by the other noitaminA show (Ano hana), it was MUCH preferable to what we were given here.

  8. @Ghost: You saw what are basically the “good” episodes by comparison my man. The superficial economic jargon you refer to does as I mentioned get a lot more pronounced as the series goes on. The ironic fan favorite is and probably should be the part in the penultimate episode where the computerized Engrish voice that announces the duels flips out and starts spewing out terms like “M-M-M-MICRO MEZZO MACRO! O-O-O-OVERINFLATED ECONOMY” in a voice that sounds like something you might here from a Casino game announcing a jackpot. It’s honestly hilarious and everyone I know including myself cracked up at that point. The final episodes are honest to goodness hysterical even though I’m not entirely sure that was intended.

    @Arabesque: 5 Directors?! My goodness…that certainly explains a lot because it definitely had the feel of going in at least 5 different directions at any one time. I think 2 should be the maximum allowable number and only in the case where they can complement each other as opposed to getting in each others way.

    Anyway in all honesty the final episode was better than I ever expected to be in that they clearly decided to fudge it. It’s like they recognized that the show was long past the point of being taken seriously and said, “Hey, let’s just try and make this memorable”. I still want to find a way to get that cheesy entirely inappropriate vocal song that played over the ending. That part pretty much left me speechless.

    @abscissa: I don’t think there’s going to be any sort of megapost. This is pretty much all I’d intended. I finished up the episode and in my stunned speechlessness I felt I just had to blog cause I couldn’t very well use my own voice to describe it anybody at that time. My buddy told me to go for it, so here we are.

    @Myssa Rei: Soooooo 7 out of 10? ;)

    Anyway lets briefly talk Ano Hana. This show will end up being important for me, because it signaled the successful completion of a quest I had embarked on over a year ago, and that was to find a “Slice of Life” show not called Welcome To The NHK that could not only keep me going to the end, but satisfy me as to the time I invested in it. I think it’s the drama that helped Ano Hana succeed and the fact that it for the most part all felt genuine as opposed to ham-fisted. While it did occasionally slip into what I describe as some overwrought/melodramatic scenes (Honest to god this only ever seemed to happen whenever Anaru and Tsuruko shared the same scene) it was for the most part pretty heartfelt and the whole friendship theme as opposed to romance was probably just the kind of change I needed to get me invested in the character drama. Twas time well spent, though as much as I will argue that [C] will be a cult classic I’m not entirely sure I can argue the same for it as far as time being well spent goes unless I’m totally in the mood for that sort of thing.

  9. Marogareh says:

    Seriously, all the time while watching this I was wondering: is it my fault for being unable to follow the happenings of this show or does it really explains itself that poorly. Since I’m dumber than usual when it comes to economy I assumed it’s the former. Your post proved that I wasn’t alone in my confusion so I’m glad. Also, that whole Mikuni versus Kimimaro argument didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Just what were Kimimaro’s plans after defeating him? Thankfully at least the bgm was very good and I enjoyed the battles and happily embraced their ridiculousness.

  10. C is a good example of why I hate it when they make shows only eleven episodes long. It’s one thing when a show doesn’t rely on plot like a comedy. Or when a show is obviously supposed to have a sequel. But C just felt… rushed. I got used to the sloppy haphazard animation and was even getting into the plot somewhat and then all of a sudden everything got really serious and desperate and it made me wonder how long the Financial District had been around with everything moving at this exponential rate. To top things off they never really properly explained everything. It just rang hollow by the end.

    The one positive I get out of this is that they may make some figures for Mashu. Other than that, I just feel silly for having hope in this show. I thought it could become a cult classic myself, but that would have been if it had more production time, money and sense.

    And I’m also really sick of people being motivated by their sickly near-death sisters. But like missing parents, I’m sure it’s one of those anime tropes that won’t go away.

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