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First Impressions: [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility

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...CONTROL.

Sorry, I couldn't fit that last one in there. Although I could write out the full title for the rest of this article, [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, I think I will spare you all and call it simply [C]. This is one of the latest shows arriving in the Noitamina timeslot, and it's definitely one of the more unique shows this season. Featuring wacky jesters attempting to loan you money, questioning how much of the world revolves around money and a color palette that seems to think bright red skies are awesome.

Okay, maybe bright red skies are awesome, but at the very least they're distracting.

Hit the jump for my full thoughts.

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[C] has a great lineup of talent behind it, most notably Kenji Nakamura (Mononoke, Kuchu Buranko) at the director's helm. His quirky style shows through here, but it's still a little restrained compared to the inherent wackiness of some of his previous work – at least, so far. The story and script is being handled by Baccano! and Durarara!! writer Noboru Takagi, who is maybe not the first person I'd expect on this kind of show. Tatsunoko (yes, that Tatsunoko) is producing. Oh, and the music is pretty good too... Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, Katanagatari) is composing that, you say? Oh, yes. Oh, yes.

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So with that kind of a team, you'd expect the show to be AWESOME, right? Well, not necessarily. I actually don't know what to quite say about this show yet. It quite frankly could swing either way. Why? Well, let me explain.

The story starts out fairly interesting, featuring a businessman who enters into the world of the Financial District. He attempts to battle against (presumably) a very powerful user there called Mikuni who easily beats him in a battle of money. Essentially, they receive a credit card of sorts that summons a being that users command in battle, and duke it out over the dough. The exact details of the battle weren't made clear in this episode, but one thing that is clear is that the loser's money is dropped into the winner's account.

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We see the businessman return to the real world, and promptly commits suicide by jumping in front of a train. And riding on this train is our main character, Kimimaro Yoga. As you might guess, this student isn't really all that interested in money. He wants to live a simple and modest life, which is why when Masakaki, a mad hatter-esque character, shows up on his doorstep offering him bucketloads of cash in exchange for his future, Yoga initially refuses.

However, the next day, when he check his bank account he finds half-a-million yen has been added to it. At first he avoids it, but soon he succumbs and withdraws a bit of it. Oh, and look who's back: Masakaki. Withdrawing the money was essentially agreeing to his offer, and so Yoga is brought into the Financial District.

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I'll start with the art first, because that's going to be hit-or-miss for a lot of people. I find it interesting, mostly. Neither bad nor good, it sits in a weird state where I end up complaining about the poor CGI one moment and compliment the animation next. I think I'll need some time for the character designs to grow on me as well, because right now only a few are really standing out. It is apparently mebae's first time doing character design, so that may explain some of the absurdity I see in them. But mostly it's the terrible CGI that bugs me. Especially when they try to replace characters will CGI and it looks even worse. Just... no, don't do that guys.

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The storytelling is well-done as well, but some cuts felt too quick (and not intentionally so). We're given a fair amount of the usual anime tropes in framing and camera panning, so I suppose there's not much to discuss there. Thankfully, there were a few nice bits to lead the viewer on, such as when Yoga wakes up from his "dream" twice rather quickly. 

I can't go by without also noting that the opening and ending are pretty awesome, both with great music (NICO Touches the Walls and School Food Punishment) and visuals to boot.

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I hate to finish a First Impressions like this, but quite frankly, [C] is a "wait and see" show right now. It has a glimmer of promise and is mostly well-done in the technical aspect of things. But with a show so dependent on solid storytelling, we can only watch how things will advance from here on out. I'm willing to put my trust in Kenji Nakamura and Noboru Takagi though, so if you're looking for something that might surprise you this season, I'd say [C] would be a good start.

Hey, at least if it's terrible we'll still get an awesome OST from Taku Iwasaki!

[[C] will be streaming on FUNimation's video portal.]


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