English: [C] - CONTROL - The Money and Soul of Possibility
Synonyms: [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control
Japanese: 「C」 THE MONEY OF SOUL AND POSSIBILITY CONTROL
Apr 15, 2011 to Jun 24, 2011
22 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal aunt after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to live a stable, ordinary life. One day he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he will allow his "future" to be held as collateral. From then on his fate is radically altered as he's drawn into a mysterious realm known as the Financial District, where he must compete in weekly tournaments called "deals" in order to keep his money and avoid losing his future.
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Opening Theme"Matryoshka (マトリョーシカ)" by NICO Touches the Walls
Ending Theme"RPG" by school food punishment
I was surprised to see that most of the reviews for this anime rated it so low! I honestly thought it was a good anime!
The story is very original, the first with a setting and plot like this that I've ever seen. It does get confusing at points, especially near the end, but it really kept me entertained. I think it just needed a few more episodes to develop it more.
I really loved the art, it's just the kind I like ^^ I enjoyed how they made the creepy Midas guy (forgot his name ^^") kind of 3D, though it was a bit weird in the beginning and took some getting used to.
I like how the main character honestly has no idea what the heck he was doing in the beginning, and how he and his asset interacted. I think there should have been more episodes (once again) so that there would have been better character development, and I would've liked to have seen Masyu and Kimimaro interact with each other more and to have seen more of their battles.
This was a really entertaining anime. It requires a lot of thought, so if you aren't in the mood for a thinking anime, don't watch it. It has some action, but it's definately not a mainstream battle anime. It's interesting and has some cute little romance going on between the main chara and his asset. The only thing I really have to complain on is the ending. It just cut off. It seemed like a good 30 seconds or so was hacked off of the end. Other than that, I think it was a pretty good anime, and definately worth your time ^^ read more
First I have to say that this is only my second review, and I only write reviews for anime that I think are underrated. This review may be some what one sided, but I honestly feel this anime deserves a lot more respect than what it is given, so I'm here to balance things out a bit. Overall I give this anime a rating of 10, which may seem too high and simply not true, but I guess it all comes down to perspective right?
Not everyone believes in the same thing, not everyone sees things the same way. Some people live for the future and others live in the moment. That seems to be the basic underling philosophical concept explored in this anime, and the fate of Japan depends on how the main characters handle this question. They certainly could have done a better job at exploring the concept, but for an 11 episode anime you can't really fault them for giving it a good try.
Some people will dislike the philosophical nature of this show, they might even consider it to be contrived and convoluted, and an unnecessary addition to an otherwise great anime. It is of course moderately convoluted and hard to understand at points, with small holes in the plot and a lack of some character development. However, this anime is attempting to explore complex philosophical questions that don't necessarily have one right answer.
The core of the story is not economics, in fact it would be pointless to criticize the economic theories presented in this anime, because it is after all a fictional show and the validity of the economic reasoning presented herein is far beyond the point of what this anime is really about. To claim the philosophical struggle between wanting a good present and wanting a good future destroys this anime, is to claim the fundamental foundation of this anime should simply be ignored.
From the very beginning it is clear the underlying basis for this story is a struggle between two different paradigms and ideologies about what really matters in this reality. The economic overlay is simply a fitting way to present those philosophical conflicts and create the framework for a story containing characters who are given the chance to accumulate vast wealth and thus wield great power of the state of reality and the future of our reality.
Even if it comes off as nonsensical babble to half the people who watch it, there is always something you can get from an anime like this, even if half of it doesn't make much sense to you. The story isn't as disconnected and structureless as it may first appear, although it certainly isn't perfect either. The spectacular art and gripping action make up for any downfalls this anime may have, and you will certainly not struggle to keep watching this anime.
STORY - 9
The main idea behind this story line involves a hidden world of money and fierce battles (so called "deals"). The Financial Districts are other worldly realities where only a select few are granted access. These hidden realities exist in all major economic epicenters of powerful nations, and the people plunged into this world are given an "asset" (some sort of creature) with which they must fight for the security of their future. Each "Entre", as they are called, have different goals and motives for fighting these battles.
The story line of this anime is extremely unique, nothing else like it exists. That alone makes it worth watching, because the majority of anime made these days seem to lack any true individuality and just take from plots that we've seen over and over again. While it does have a few small holes, I feel they did an excellent job at fitting so much into 11 episodes. There was hardly any filler at all and even though there was a lack of character development they used their time wisely.
I felt that they had a goal in mind from the start and reached that goal in a more conclusive and satisfying manner than most animes are able to achieve. If you think they strayed off onto wild tangents and didn't seem to know where they wanted to take it, then I would say you need to watch it again and watch it much more closely this time. Although a bit predictable, they did build up the story in a meaningful way to reach their desired outcome.
ART - 10
The art is this anime is without fault. The style of the art has some very unique features, such as a sort of digital blocky overlay effect present in certain parts of the anime to facilitate scene transitions and the presence of an asset. It also uses a mind-boggling blend of 3D and 2D visuals that doesn't particularly disturb the overall feel of the artwork, but provides outstandingly detailed and colorful scenery that captures the imagination and jumps out of the screen, particularly in the financial district.
The characters are also moderately unique, especially the designs of the two lead assets, Msyu and Q. The character designs of these human-like assets will certainly provide all the cuteness and uniqueness one desires in appearance of certain female character roles. The quality of the art is very high quality and extremely detailed, and is probably one of the strongest features of this anime. It is very fluid and the emotional expressions of most characters are very clear and easy to read.
SOUND - 9
While I didn't really pay much attention to the sound, it was definitely very good quality and suited the anime very well. The action scenes had gripping and intense dramatic music and the emotional scenes had deep and heavy scores that echo the gravity of each situation nicely. The character voices were actually very good, and in particular I thought the voice of Masakaki was extremely well done, and helped a lot to enforce the ominous insanity of his character.
CHARACTER - 8
As I said, they did skip out a bit on character development, but it still deserves an 8 because the relationship development between the main character Kimimaro and his asset Msyu was actually very well done. I don't really get sucked into the relationship aspects of most anime, but I couldn't help admire the way their relationship grew stronger in this show, especially considering the way it started out.
Msyu had an undeniably adorable personality, however I felt like there was a lack of explanation and back story for her and all other assets. Her desires and understanding of the world wasn't very well explained, although I can understand why they avoided that for the most part. They did dive into it a little bit, but it seems like they decided to skip over it and just leave it as a bit of a mystery for viewers to discern on their own.
Kimimaro is a rather typical male lead character, the classic ordinary everyday guy constantly conflicted by morals and an inability to do things the right way until he is literally put through hell and finally realizes what needs to be done. While he may be overly stereotypical in a lot of ways, he does have a certain respectable uniqueness about him which seemed to be a necessary and key part in the development of his relationship with Msyu.
While Kimimaro does have a moderately developed back story revolving around the fate of his father, there is another Entre named Souichirou who attempts to befriend Kimimaro and mentor him on how to reduce any damage done to the real world by planning the outcomes of his battles carefully. Souichirou probably has the most detailed back story, he also has issues concerning his father, and claims to fight for the present reality.
ENJOYMENT - 10
There is no denying that the anime has an overall enjoyment factor of the highest degree when all aspects are considered - well it did for me anyway. It had all the necessary features to make a great anime in my opinion, the story was unique and fairly well done, and involved ideas that I really enjoy. The mix of a magical money world hidden away from reality and the philosophical concepts built around that world make for a story that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
The phenomenal art and the impressive battles only served to push my enjoyment level to the limit, and I finished this anime in less than three days because I just couldn't stop watching it. It could have been a bit longer but I have no real problems with the way they handled the story given the length of the anime. This is certainly an anime that is worthy of reaching my top 10 list of anime. I don't re-watch many anime series but this is one I would consider watching again. read more
[C] The Lack of Responsible Spending and Viewer Sympathy
It’s clear from my reinterpretation of the title that I flat out didn’t like it. I sat through the season hoping it would get better as it went along. It didn’t. So to sum up what this show did wrong: Almost everything… except the central concept and opening/ending scores.
Honestly, this anime didn’t give me anything to justify my watching it. Other than its interesting premise of another world called the Financial District which controls and inevitably destroys the economy of each respective country in the physical world, there’s nothing else to see here. Our protagonist, Yoga, Kimimaro, is a kid with no drive to do anything productive with his life. Right off the bat, we’re presented with the generic “guy with no redeeming qualities” to play with. Mr. Boring here hates his dad, has no girlfriend because he was too much of a wuss to ask out his childhood friend, is an econ major, and works part time at a convenience store to pay for living expenses. His existence is double its original worth once he’s paid a strange visit by a guy named Masakaki.
Masakaki is actually kind of an interesting dude because he represents the law of the Financial District and is a guide to those introduced into this new world. There’s not one of him as each District has their own Masakaki of sorts. Throughout the anime, he pops up several times to inform people of major events going on and announce duels between those involved in the District.
There’s a plethora of supporting characters but I’m getting too long-winded as it is with just the main ones to detail the rest so I’ll tell you now that the show isn’t worth watching for them. Msyu is Kimimaro’s Asset and eventual love interest. Blehh. Jennifer is an exec of IMF, an organization attempting to bring down the Financial District. She, for some reason, is always eating burgers when she’s out investigating. Hanabi is the childhood friend mentioned earlier. Takedazaki is an informant in the District and general creeper with a crazy laugh.
Now, everyone part of this other world uses something called midas money to duel others and spend in the real world which is why it gets screwed over. Apparently, almost all of them are money grubbers who only fight for their own benefit. Of course, bringing “fake” money into circulation in mass quantities throws off the balance of the economy. I won’t delve too deep into the logistics because they don’t matter and I don’t fully understand the system myself. Each person has an Asset which is like… an astral being?... I don’t know, anyway, they represent their respective owner’s future and they fight in battles (duels) against other Assets like their goddamn Pokémon or something. And the whole micro-, mezo-, macro- flation based attacks are just silly. There’s a bunch of other stuff that happens in between the fighting but it’s irrelevant to the overall scheme of things. For example, you don’t find out what C is until the end. The hell?
The show doesn’t do an adequate job of explaining anything in enough detail to really understand what’s going on at any given time. As the story progresses, it gets more convoluted once you see cities digitizing into nothing along with the people inhabiting them. Countries disappear by ways of economic collapse. Organizations inside and outside the Districts have a hand in abusing midas currency, trying to prevent the future loss of nations, or attempting to preserve the present condition of those same nations. The antagonist, Souichirou, is an advocate for the present. He’s a suave businessman who holds a lot of influence in Japan as he’s at the top of the chain in the Far East District. He blames his father for the death of his sister because he prioritized his company over family. Ironically, Souichirou’s ideals become more like his dad’s after the event in that he starts believing money is power. To me though, he’s just a kid with a lot of toys but wants to play with everyone else’s. A stubborn man who pushes his values onto others because that’s the only way he knows to gain control over everything and mold Japan to his liking because he doesn’t believe in a future anymore.
In the art and sound department, [C] tries to blend 3D and 2D animation together, like in the case of duels. However, sometimes they don’t blend too well and it just starts to feel disjointed. The character and Asset designs are pretty ordinary. Although, some of the Assets are definitely more out there than others in both looks and abilities. Now as far as songs go, I enjoyed them both. The rock opening paired with the fluid animation of currency falling from the sky and flythrough into the streets of the Financial District got me pumped up for what was to come but obviously the anime itself fell short of what the songs did to hype it up for. And the endings electronic beats, percussion, and great vocals served as a great way to close each episode as the show was in a way an RPG considering how Yoga and Msyu fought tougher opponents each time to eventually end up going against Mikuni, the BOSS if you will. I think partly why I fancied the ending score was because it reminded me of East of Eden’s ending for some strange reason. The voice acting was sufficient when it was in Japanese and god awful when they started speaking English. Seriously, everything was terrible when it came to the English talk. I’ll leave it at that and you can see for yourself if you still feel the urge to hear it firsthand. Fair warning, you could be audibly raped.
My final grumbles about [C] is that I couldn’t relate to anyone or anything in the show and that made it so every emotional event that was supposed to evoke something out of me just failed miserably. Msyu losing limbs and crying out in agony didn’t even make me blink because I knew that she’d regenerate right once the duel was over. Kimimaro’s attempts to be heroic were not only boring but obvious and as a result I started liking him even less as a character. His existence value started at zero and doubling a zero is still only zero. My indifference towards it all was mostly due to the weak character development as you can tell. Msyu was probably the only one whose character evolved (not a Pokémon joke) within the story and that’s only because she didn’t know anything about being human until Kimimaro came around and ate ramen noodles in front of her. I know, right? Eating?! That’s insane!
Ultimately, what this anime boils down to is its lack of any real flow to the plot and missed attempt at drawing emotion out of the viewers whilst giving us a crash course in finances which to say it didn’t do a good job of that either. Maybe, and I’m being generous here, if they didn’t do such a horrendous job of mimicking English speakers, I’d give it one score higher. Maybe. But if time was currency, I’d definitely spend it on something else worth my attention.
At the first time, i watch C, I think it's just another bizarre superpower anime. But after I watch it, I completely change my mind. The phrase that immediately comes to my mind is "bizarre but unique".
C: The Money Of Soul and Possibility Control have a comprehensive plot that rarely founded in 11 episode (only in Higashi no Eden). The level of originality of the story is above average. The anime proves that to appear different it's not a bad thing. The battle really looks like a kid battle for me, which a little dull because the poor execution that given. The problem is the story weighed so much that sometimes feels overloaded for a short anime.
The art is good and unique, the character has a unique design that rarely seen. The background is amazing. There are several scene and frames using CG, its add another attraction of this anime.
Like many anime, all of the sound aspects is decent. Not much to say in this section, but the ending tune kinda reminds me with Persona songs, which is good.
As for the character, we have a poor character development. Our character division is quite typical as well. We have our dull male leader, Yoga Kimimaro. He is another typical male lead that usually appear in shounen series, and we have Msyu the hero's partner. The most massive character development centered in Mikuni (because he has some interesting back story). Other character did not have a proper development.
In the end, C is another enjoyable series. Although the battle scene is not the main interest of this anime, but the enjoyment level of this anime is high. It is highly recommended for those who seeks unique settings, and for those who enjoy a short but good anime... read more
The biggest similarity of these shows is the same theme, the money. Also there are few miniature similarities in the story as well.
Both about the economy. ED sang by same person.
Very similar in the sense that both series involve a group of people who are given money which they can use to help improve the future
Similar type of argument, similar style.
one guy goes into a whole world made up of money. of course, money can bring out the worst of people, so this guy has to do something about it.
their both realistic in some sort of way in regards of how people will act with money around them.
Both involve money and both have fluid animations. Also, characters are pitted against each other like a game.
They have cellphones with money and it's a game, story is very different from eachother though.
But both are thrilling and you want to know what happens next!
Deal with some of our contemporary issues. While Eden of the East has a lighthearted comedic feel to it, C has a more serious, solemn tone.
In both anime, their premises are based on some sort of competition between chosen individuals, in a tournament that somehow involves money.
Gets lots of money, but doesn't use it how normal people would normally use, but get into the game.
Both have the same theme which is money and it is used in a game like manner. The money is used to try to make the world a better place.
Both revolve around the power and consequences of money
Both are short series dealing with economics and "saving" Japan to some degree. Both main male characters are involved in a "game" that eventually affects those around them. Their futures are dependent upon these games. Money is power and success - and when you run out of it, your game is over.
A great story, characters, and a very nice ending. It's also about a guy who fights in "another world".
Very similar story of entering another 'world' where you fight. Animation also seemed similar in style.
Although the content is different, both series share a strong similarity. The main characters are offered a way to change their life, possibly in a better way. After being thrown into an alter world in which they battle for power, they form teams in order to survive. In C the characters battle for more money ,while in Accel World they battle for burst points. Each battle won enables them to an upgrade of sorts, in C they upgrade to better ATM cards and in Accel World they level up. If you liked watching one of them you wont regret trying out the other.
Human world and fantasy world.
Both anime has the same concept of escaping the reality to another imaginary world. In Accel World, the citizens of imaginary world become avatars, and they must fight each other to gain Burst Points (just like gaining money on C).
The theme of fighting in another world with an avatar/partner is similar in both series. Action, drama, and fighting as well as romance are imminent between the main guy and girl.
The main character in both series gains access to a different world. In this world he fights for advantages in the real life. Both main characters stop fighting for the real life advantages and instead focus on figuring out the secret behind this new world.
C is considerably more serious than Accel World. Accel world is more or less a romance comedy with a VR twist. C, however, only has a tiny bit of romance and the main focus is on the plot rather than the characters.
•both contain a ordinary boy who was invited to join 'a different world' which is completely separate to the real world, but the 'world' they were thrown into affects and determines the 'you' in the real world.
•both protagonists have no idea what was to happen, and they find themselves forced to fight in the 'different world' to maintain there life back in the real world.
•both animes show how much greed/determination/selfishness can lead to bad results.
•both anime supporting casts differ completely around the main protagonist, which one is situated in a school, and the other in a university.
•both contain a romance/action/angst
•they are closely similar in which they are thrown into a 'different reality/world' and are forced to fight to benefit themselves in the real world, otherwise its game over in different senses.  read more
These two animes involve two parralel worlds which have an impact on the real world.
Both series involves battles in a parallell digital universe.
Battles occur in alternate dimensions and the results affect the real world.
Anti-social in the real world but a pro in the virtual realm, both series' main male protagonist makes a name of themselves in their perspective series. Both series adapts sci-fiction themes with a fantasy world setting. And in that world, there are wonders that defies the laws of nature. Although the main male protagonists' personalities contrasts a bit from each other, their spirit of fighting have a similar taste. They are also joined by companions including a main female protagonist with elite skills of her own. I recommend both series for fans of adventure and action packed drama.
Both the main characters are confused about what they want with their new powers, and they didnt really want it in the first place. Both the main source of power for the main character is a female which they kinda fall in love with, and its their best weapon ( Msyu and Inori). Both main characters are confused whether to follow a leader or find a new way. (Gai and Mikuni)
Well...if you like one, then you'd like the other. Both animes gave the same feeling. Storywise, C is better; but if it's some wicked music you want, then Guilty Crown. Art style is sort of similar, even the main characters look alike. Boy leading his normal life unwillingly gets sucked into something...BIG but he still goes through with it because it could save his country.
They both give out the same feeling. The main character made like a contract thing will a girl to protect.
Both have characters introduced to an unknown world, they have great power, and join a side that they end up fighting.
Similar Art Style, similar Story, Similar Character, main character in both show didn't want use their power to fight, the heroin in both show changed the main character's lfe and protected them, similar shit ending......
Both start with an interesting premise and have great visuals. But imo, both of them fall flat with unmemorable characters and a plot that doesn't seem to understand the rules of story progression that well.
Both of them have similar character and personalities.
Both of them has a good story plot and battle scenes as well
Conflict on how the society functions. Both main characters using the special powers they received to help/fix the problem in order for a better future. Mainly both stories follow through the saying, "The right to use my friends as a weapon, that is the sinful crown I shall adorn." Shu Ouma (Gulity Crown)
Both theme is power, Yoga and Shu, both a timid boy, goes through a dramatic turn and becomes more "mature" and more "powerful" and saves the world.
They're both about economics and have light furry motifs, though that second part shouldn't put you off.
Both tied around finances and Mikuni similar to Lawrence
Different times and places, but both are about money.
How financial gain (or loss) changes people; navigation through economics.
Economics/ Guy + Girl pairing
Both series contain supernatural themes with the main protagonist accompanied by a girl with gifts.
Both series contain the theme of economics.
Both series has comedy, drama, and also emotional moments.
Shows that focus on various problem in the discipline of economics.
C looks at some extreme cases where the entire world economy could collapse, whereas Spice & Wolf's entire show is based on market interactions, because our MC is a merchant.
A word of warning though. Don't take the ideas in C too seriously, especially if you are an econ major.
Both have a lot to do with the economy, inflation and things like that.
How the main character express their feeling towards others are similar. When they first enter the new world, their purpose is to win and, nothing stood in their way in till they learn the value of life. In C when some loses they lose a part of their future in RL, in S.O.A, they die in RL. So both come to a conclusion that they must find a way to win without causalities
Anime both goes into the digital world where they have to pursue to survive however in c instead of losing money and your future you lose your life.
Similar with the alternate / separate worlds and with the characters involved in the secondary world being coerced or forced into it. While inter-character conflict is the main focus from episode to episode, the over-arching theme is one of surviving within and fighting against the reality that they have found themselves a part of.
Both protagonists are normal students thrust into another world with their lives on the line. The characters in Sword Art Online are trapped within the game, while those in C can freely transfer from the normal world to the Financial District. Moreover, the story focuses on fantasy, action, and romance as both protagonists have a female partner alongside them.
Both are similar in that if you lose there are some real consequences to face. Both are visually appealing as well.
It happens in the same type of universe,the virtual one,but this anime happens in a world where the money is the most important
Both are AMAZING !!!! to be honest C: seems from the beginning a little bit Boring (1---->3ep) you dont even get it but then things change, this anime is dedicated to a genius ,SAO & C: are Similiar not about the world or romance in fact its about surviving its Awesome !!! as well for SAO(one is better than ...) on the other hand lets talk about the things arent similar about those animes :
1. C: (Its a virtual world but still not a game how ??? every moment he wins a duel he's money account increases on the other side if he loses every bit of money he won in this virtual world will disappear in the real world (Action/+8) Awesome
2.SAO: MMO RPG Game Amazing anime with such a wonderful story-line Action/Magic/Game/Survival/Romance(-)Thats my opp) Wonderful unfortunetly Second Season is cool still not like the first one .Rock N Roll (Dudera)
So after letting the show continue for a couple more episodes past the pilot episode i would have to say that these shows are similar.
While both animes deal with granting the master desires each anime deals with a different desire. In Selector Infected the show deals with winning battles to grant ones wish. While in C it deals with winning battles to gain money. Along with the chances of getting your desire granted both animes have consequences if you lose to many times. In both the animes it seems that the consequences both have a similar effect.
Also, in both animes they have an "avatar" that they do battle with in order for the chance of winning. Likewise in both animes when they are outside of the battle zone they can each talk to their avatars that are inside the cards.
As Selector Infected continues there may be more similarities between the two animes, but this is it for now. Although it is just a speculation i feel that they might have similar endings.
Every card has a unique character that can speak and battle with the master.
Character in a Card that can talk and interact with the main character. If you win you gain money if you lose you can go bankrupt.
Even though both settings have vast differences, the battle system boils down to characters commanding other characters. The aforementioned battles also take place in alternate realities
Both anime feature battles that take place in an "alternate reality" that only a select few know about.
People are required to partake and win battles for prizes and to "stay in the game".
In C, if you lose and can no longer stay in the game, it is likely that you will die or something so bad will happen that you'll want to commit suicide. You don't lose your memories related to what happened, which in turn makes it all the more traumatic for losers.
In Selector, you lose your memories related to the game. In addition to that, the wish of the selector becomes tainted into usually the opposite of what they want, which is similarly traumatic and near suicide-inducing as what happens to people who lose in C.
Within both anime, features a relationship between a "player" and a "familiar" that the player owns/plays with/talks to.
It just so happens that both anime feature tiny girls that appear to move in cards.
Both animes a=have similar elements and a similar feel to them.
They are basically about the protagonist fighting with an partner (avatar/asset) that lives in a card for something that they really want in another dimension.
Their wins and losses affect the real world and we learn that losses have some terrible consequences. As the stories progress, they become darker.
Wixoss and [C] both share a gamble of wishes and dreams: wishes that needed to come true and dreams that needed to be realized for the winner. Losing the game means the consequences of losing one's wishes and dreams, and more of what one could have hoped or thought for.
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