Anime Review: [C]: Control – The Money of Soul and Possibility

Tatsunoko Productions. Licensed by Funimation. (2012).

Tatsunoko Productions. Licensed by Funimation (2012).

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Synopsis:

Kimimaro is a cash-strapped college student who wishes for a stable life as a civil servant. His fate is altered when he meets a man who offers a large sum of money if he submits his “future” to be held as collateral. From then on, he’s drawn into the mysterious Financial District. 11 episodes. TV-14.

Review:

[C]: Control – The Money of Soul and Possibility is the type of show that gives off a “battle action game” vibe. Characters who have made a contract with the Bank of Midas are called to a parallel universe known as the financial district. Here, they wager their futures as they battle other entrepreneurs and their “assets” (which take a form unique to their master’s destiny) to make it rich.

Overall, The art is very clean. I also think the addition of “blocky-looking” patterns, particularly for the speech frames when characters communicate between worlds, was an interesting stylistic choice. Also, the blend of 3D effects in the financial district, and the floating scenery help to set it aside as an unnatural place. The character designs themselves are also unique, with wide faces, and almond-shaped eyes. The two main humanoid assets, Msyu and Q are cute too. The opening theme song: “Matryoshka” by Nico Touches the Walls, had a good level of energy.

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To return to the plot, I have to admire this show for being one of the more unique series I’ve seen in years. While the duels occur once in a while, those expecting a shonen card anime similar to Yu-Gi-Oh! may be disappointed. The plot emphasis of [C]  is a philosophical examination the effect economy has on the individual, and society as a whole. For example, [C] speaks to current issues such as the poor lending practices that led to the global financial crisis (2007-2008) by asking which is more important–the present or the future? It is also a very eerie watch, in that many of us are living its premise. Regardless of whether the present or future are more important, there is a parallel that this anime draws to commerce in general, and how as a workforce, we trade portions of our lives for paper.

One of the few complaints I have about [C] is that it only runs for 11 episodes. I adamantly feel this series would have benefited from extra time. As it is, the writers did a good job rounding out the main characters. However, I would have liked to see them developed even further.

In short: [C] is unique, action-laced, philosophical, and a bit of a “downer”. It was good, but would have been GREAT with a longer episode count.

Watch it here: http://www.funimation.com/c-control

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About Anne's Anime Blog

I am an astronomical anime fan. I enjoy watching it, collecting figures & merchandise, assembling models, and attending conventions. California burrito glutton. Let's be friends:)

Posted on April 30, 2013, in Anime, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I saw this on an AMV and was intrigued by the visuals. I like the sound of the story a lot.

  2. Got the OP single album for C and it included an album of NICO Touches the Walls. All their songs had a good level of energy in it.😀

    Here’s my favorite “Sudden Death Game” (couldn’t find a stream of it, just this live version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XN6mxm5IjS0#t=18s

  3. yes, and how nice if mashyu and yoga can be together again.

  4. yes, and how nice if mashyu and yoga can be together again. nonetheless, i like this anime🙂

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