Let me assure you that on the surface, [C] is entertaining enough. The concept of fighting with assets and gambling with the future is fresh enough, yet the show seems to have much in common with one of the more successful shows this year, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
You mean GGsubs subbed them both? Or are they just popular?
No…that’s not the only similarity.
No. Let me explain:
1. Both shows revolve around giving someone power ..at a cost.
Much like Faust’s plight in the traditional German legend where dissatisfied with his life, he sells his soul to the devil , both [C] and PMMM have their protagonists sell their futures, unwittingly, to grant themselves power. In [C], Yoga (derp) is tricked , or even forced, into becoming an Entrepreneur, but he does a goddamn good job of doing it. Kyubey managed to persuade Sayaka into becoming a Puella Magi as well. Yoga gets lots of Midas Money. Sayaka gets her wish.
2. Both costs include despair and death.
We’ve seen what happens to people in the Financial District. “Nice-guy” Guild leader Mikuni straight out ruins a gambling addict in the first episode, and the addict commits suicide by leaping in front of a train. The entirety of Singapore disappears in the latest episode (which is hilarious because we’re the only SEA country to be affected by the SEA Financial District’s collapse). We’ve already seen Sayaka slipping into despair and eventually becoming a mermaid witch much like the one from Metalocalypse’s Mermaider video.
3. Both protagonists find out the costs…the hard way.
In both shows, someone they know gets fucked up the ass by the penalties imposed by the system. In [C] , Yoga bankrupts his teacher, causing his wife to become impotent and eventually divorce him, and his children to be erased from existence, leaving the teacher an empty shell. Sayaka and Madoka get to witness the spectacle of Mami’s head being bitten off.
4. Both involve the usage of feelings, to get people and cause them to despair.
This is highly speculative, but given how the collapse of financial districts causes people to become depressed and straight out disappear, the reason for the district’s existence might be so. In PMMM, Kyubey explains his botched solution for entropy : by harnessing the emotions and despair of pre-prepubescent and adolescent little girls in the most depressing way possible. (Puella Magi = girls eventually becoming witches . . . )
Kyubey (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and Masakaki ([C]) respectively.
Both are unexplained beings with the ability to appear absolutely everywhere. Both have white skin and smile constantly. Both offer promises of power without mentioning the drawbacks. Both are highly persuasive. Both probably want you dead.
7. Both have a protagonist with unclear motives.
We have Mikuni, who eventually reveals himself to be the leader of a Guild meant to limit the damage caused by the Financial District deals. At first he just observes. Similarly Homura tries to kill Kyubey in Episode 1, and then keeps appearing to remind Madoka not to make a contract with the white devil before finally revealing herself to have known Madoka from alternate timelines.
8. Both have no choice when they need to fight.
Entrepreneurs need to make a deal every week. Puella Magi fight whenever they find a witch or her familiar.
9. Both like to use terms from other languages. A lot.
[C] is a big fan of English. Watching the characters awkwardly try to speak English is kind of hilarious. Every fight is also accompanied with this rapper-like voice that announces everything. “OPEN DEAL.” “MICRO”. “A-A-A-A-A-A-ANGEL!” Puella Magis were one giant foreshadowing all along. Walpurgisnacht is used to describe the giant witches, and everything the witches are named after can be related to other languages.
10. There are multiple clones of the antagonists.
Kyubey has many, many copies. Masakaki seems to have a clone with a different colour palette residing over the South East Asian financial district.
11. Both are very vague and unexplained.
I’ll probably get some comments over this.
As popular as PMMM was, you have to admit many things were never explained. Where did Kyubey come from? Why Earth? How are their emotions even converted to save the universe? How will the energy be released into the universe? Why can Kyubey give them magical powers? Why do witches form? Et cetera.
Similarly [C] takes a lot of liberties, including “Why the fuck does the financial district exist”, ‘What’s its purpose?” , “What are assets exactly?” among others. Surely assets can’t be computer programs, seeing as how they have so much advanced programming and AI (it would seem) that Mashyu can actually feel emotion. And how in hell does that taxi enter the district anyway?
That’s all I’ll do for now. With [C] drawing to a close, one must wonder whether it can ever be half as successful as PMMM was.Nevertheless, I recommend you guys to watch [C] because it’s well, entertaining, and of course, I require your help in helping me prod Kluxorious into watching Puella Magi Madoka Magica so she can return to Earth from whichever planet she was dwelling on.