[C] and Ano Hana: Money, Business, Society and Friendship

Here at AOIA, we don’t have a particular theme for our writing. We just post whatever we can, whenever we can. Sometimes, we even post non-anime related stuff. But now, I’ll talk about our two shows in the most popular anime timeslot, noitaminA: [C] The Money of Soul and Possibility Control and Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.

We all know what [C] is about so I won’t give a summary or a synopsis of the whole thing. I’ll get straight to the point. [C] is about money and how it affects society. Based on what I saw on episode 1, I felt that I will really like this series. I was expecting something along the lines of Spice and Wolf, with all the economics talk and whatnot, and that will be an instant watch for me. We got something different. Some were pleased, and some were disappointed. I, for one, am absolutely happy with the results. Come on, who would prefer sitting through an economics lecture to seeing fight scenes with pixel-ized swords while using a universal currency as life points? Β Also, [C] looks like something that will deal with the more philosophical aspect of business transactions and economics. Is money just money after all? Is it something worthless, or is it there much more to it than what we take it to be?

A thing to remember while watching this show is setting your mind to what is money to you. Worthless pieces of paper, or your life. I feel that this series will challenge those notions about money, while providing us with business symbolized through fight scenes. You may also want to think about how society works today. Everything revolves around money: corporations, small-time companies, vending machines, music, food, school, everything. How people cope with everyday life using money and social connections.

The original purpose of money was very simple: it is the “lubricant” of exchange. People in the olden times used consumable commodities to trade with each other. However, people eventually fond it more convenient to just use something of non-practical value (gold and silver coins), as a standard of deferred payment. Eventually, money became very useful and important to today’s society that people would want to acquire money to do almost anything, while the intrinsic value of money is now almost zero.

A giant blade made of banknotes. Cool.

Now, your “worth” as a person can be expressed in numbers. Your assets and your liabilities; your net worth. The sum of all the values of everything you own and the things you are accountable for defines what you are to society. So far, I believe that is what [C] is going at. You are given money, and you “invest” it in the financial district, using this money to engage in “deals,” creatively made into a battle-style system. If you win, you get money. If you lose, say goodbye to your future. Just like real life entrepreneurs. Just compare the system in [C] to real life business. You’ll be surprised to see so much similarity.

If [C] continues and gets its stuff going right, we may be able to see yet another great show.

Now let’s move on to the other show in the noitaminA timeslot: Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, or Ano Hana for short.

As I see it, Ano Hana centers on rebuilding the good ol’ bonds of childhood friendship that almost all of us have back then. It shows how time has affected our group of friends that, by the time the story starts, got separated and went on with their own lives.

As people grow up and see the harsher realities of this small world we live in, we become less innocent and consider stuff like childhood memories to be trivial. This is where Menma came in. She was still like her old self, albeit a bit taller. She retained that innocence that a child has. I have seen many good tear-jerkers that involve children making tears pour out of grown men and women. Clannad is one of them.

Ano Hana has a potential to be one of the most touching tales of childlike innocence and purity that we can have, as well as bringing us that nostalgic feeling of having our own childhood gang back with us, and making us remember that they are very important, regardless of who we are now. It may turn out to be a story of true and pure friendship that we can remember for a long time.

This season’s noitaminA selection is very good so far, and I hope they’ll keep it that way or get even better.

Something to note: I’ll be gone starting tomorrow for two weeks so expect less frequent replies and such. I’ll still try to be online, though.

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19 Responses to [C] and Ano Hana: Money, Business, Society and Friendship

  1. Azure Hoshizora says:

    C looks like its going towards something dramatically philosophical and grand. And the first episode was unique though I kept expecting the financial district to look Madoka-ish…

    As for AnoHana, I can’t really relate to it much, I understand where its going and I can empathize but it just doesn’t hit the right spot for me…

    • @fkeroge says:

      I was quite satisfied with the unorthodox animation of [C]. The financial district is so well-done in my opinion.

      Well, I had some childhood friends back when I was still in elementary. We still hang out sometimes. I just felt kind of sad for their group because I haven’t experienced anything like that. Also, I’m weak to innocent lolis/children. For some reason, they always make my eyes water when they’re involved in drama.

      • Azure Hoshizora says:

        It just doesn’t have a very stylish feel to it, which was what I was expecting, well, I’m an artfag~

        In my case, the last time I saw any of my primary school friends was during graduation; even in the same secondary school we don’t even say hi to each other at corridors. Its the same when we’re no longer in the same class too, so in a sense. its become quite a norm for me I lost empathy for it…

  2. moichispa says:

    You’re right. This Noitamina season is quite good. Both series are different and really interesting.

  3. TRazor says:

    Come on, who would prefer sitting through an economics lecture

    I would. I’m an economics student and learning through anime gives me nerdgasms. Yeah, that’s how sad things are for me, really. But seriously, I just hope C doesn’t try to become some Yu-Gi-Oh with MSMM visuals. That would be plain bad. The music sets a good mood, so it’ll be harder to spot the plot flaws >.<

    AnoHana's review was pretty short compared to C's. Got tired along the way? Can't blame you. Pretty much the same thing happened to me, except I had a few more I was blogging about.

    With noitaminA, you never know. And that's what makes it all the more fun πŸ˜€

    • @fkeroge says:

      I don’t think [C] will go that low. We got some pretty nice things to think about in episode 1. You just have to have a right mindset. Watch it with your notions and thoughts on money and society. I think it will be much more enjoyable.

      For Ano Hana, I just ran out of things to say. The episode was pretty much self-explanatory. I don’t want to waste my time typing stuff that people can get from other blogs.

  4. Sebz says:

    REDEMPTION FOR NOITAMINA

  5. Nopy says:

    I was very impressed with the story in Ano Hana, it looks like there’s going to be some serious drama in the future.

    [C] was good, but I actually thought it was closer to an action series rather than one about economics and society. At least in the first episode, there wasn’t much discussion of currency other than “I don’t have enough”.

    • @fkeroge says:

      Ano Hana has some serious potential. I’m going to watch out for this series since I’m a sucker for tear-jerkers.

      I feel that [C] is going to be good. I’m sure of it.

  6. ~xxx says:

    Definitely impressed.

    Wished I could watched them all…

  7. 666!
    Whatever could it mean.

  8. Yi says:

    Haven’t seen either series, but [C]’s economic theme is very interesting. How do we numerically measure someone’s worth? In our society, there’s net worths for people that totals their bank accounts, possessions, and investments. But is there a way to include other aspects of a person, like their time, their social life, their connections, health… etc? I wonder if [C] will delve into this. If it does, I might get very interested in watching this.

    • @fkeroge says:

      I really enjoyed the first episode of [C]. I loved how I saw many themes that can be potentially tackled. Or maybe I’m just overthinking this?

      At any rate, I think you would really enjoy it if it does go into thought-provoking territory, based on what you write in your blog. ^^

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