With the airing of the final episode of [C], Tatsunoko Productions has shown its ability to produce quality animation, with little QUALITY shots and great-looking fight scenes.
Tatsunoko Productions has also shown, in the same episode, its ability to not give a damn.
Previously I had already wrote about the problems that [C] faces. Well, guess what Tatsunoko Productions didn’t succeed at fixing.
But first, a summary of episode 11. By the powers of Deus ex Machina, Kimimaro defeats Mikuni and turns back the rotary press. However, before that had happened, the yen’s value, ‘the world’s most powerful currency’ according to the characters (no wonder my dad hates Japan) , had fallen drastically, reducing its value so that 3000 yen was converted to only 1 USD, and causing all the Midas Money to disappear and for reasons unknown, [C] to pass over Japan without any impact at all, because you know, Japan is the new holy land. The financial district crashes and the assets disappear. Afterwards , Kimimaro goes on a stroll through the park with Masakaki while looking at little children. Turns out the financial district is still there, but everyone lives happily ever after. The end.
It would appear as though Tatsunoko Productions was just rushing through everything and hoping to end [C] as fast as it could. Not only did they not resolve the problems we see from the previous, oh say around 10 episodes, they also outdid themselves by resorting heavily on Deus ex Machina and opening up even more loose ends for the viewers to fix themselves.
Let’s go back all the way to when [C] was just airing. The choice of timeslot and director alone was promising. Many people were discussing [C], calling it ‘economics and battles’, and whatnot. It seemed set to be the best show this season. I actually enjoyed it at first, until episode 3 or 4 , which is when I realized that….nothing really made sense. Same thing in this episode. It was as though Tatsunoko Productions’ aim was to save Japan in the show from [C] alone, by any means. Even after the yen is destroyed, returning the rotary press somehow solves all the financial problems Japan and its now-useless yen was facing. Don’t ask why – it just does.
Here’s one of several problems: rotating the rotary press backwards doesn’t give them back wonderful futures. It’s supposed to give back their original futures – you know, with Japan recovering from economic collapse, as detailed in the synopsis. Yet when we return it’s all rainbows and sunshine. All the problems are gone – poof! [C]? What’s that? The assets disappear, sure, but Japan is saved as though nothing happened! Huzzah! They switched their official currency to the US dollar because that automatically solves everything because USA has ‘maneh maneh supra-entraproneurs.’
That’s not the most confusing thing about the show.
What happens after Yoga saves Japan? He gets a speech from what looks like Masakaki’s higher-up, who strangely isn’t Cthulhu, but some robed man who looks a little bit like Je- …..like Masakaki, but not dressed like Willy Wonka. The man behind the Financial District. So, what was the purpose of the financial district anyway? It forces people to gamble with their futures, it is not held by any law from any country or political power, and it can change your future as much as it likes. It knows your future. The money it prints affects the entire country. It’s not even held down by the laws of physics and occupies no real physical space. Yet for some reason we never do find out the purpose of the financial district, at all. Not even a feeble attempt at explaining its existence. So who the fuck is this guy? We never really do find out, because if we did someone might have asked about the purpose of the financial district too , and it’ll all come crashing down……
Oh wait, this god-like figure tells us that ‘everything exists for a purpose’ and the purpose of the Financial District was to guide everyone towards a better future. Way to write that off, Tatsunoko Productions. The idea of a Financial District based on the removal of one’s future in exchange for money and forcing people to fight is indeed very helpful. I’m quite sure more damage was done than anything else.
And then he sends Yoga back to whence he came, claiming the world is now complete. Everything is back to normal, he claims , but Masakaki is still there , and so is the Financial District, and the phantom Taxi, and even the collateral=future gimmick. (This is why I’m an agnostic.) Oh, still don’t believe this guy is some kind of narrow-minded god? All the dead people revive, including Jennifer. Hell, he could have been having a fancy daydream for 11 weeks and we wouldn’t even know it.
Speaking of crashing down, how about that fight between Mikuni and Yoga? The yen falls, so Mikuni’s attack weakens and thus Yoga gets an advantage. Why isn’t Yoga affected? Has he been playing with American Midas Money all this time? Oh right, he and Mashyu both have plot armor+7. Pity the fool who didn’t upgrade his plot armor. It’s also revealed that Q is actually based off Mikuni’s sister, and takes her form – or some might say, she is his sister- leading to a whole new string of questions where their answers will never see the light of day.Thus, the show ends, a collection of untied loose ends and attempts to seem cool, leaving its viewers to only speculate for themselves.
Several plot lines are simply forgotten, such as the existence of Kimimaro’s father, which was a major plot line for the first half of the show and then promptly forgotten, Mashyu and Kimimaro’s relationship which ends on an incestuous tone, as well as the whole concept of the financial district and its unseen higher-ups, are all left dangling. The show, with all its attempt to seem economical with its liberal usage of economic strategies, its attempts to look cool by using English words (In the logo for [C], there are numerous words starting with C hidden in the logo itself, such as collateral , capital and for some reason,correct me if I’m wrong, chocolate) and its various ever-expanding plot lines left me disappointed.
For the director of Trapeze and the legendary noitaminA, [C] should have been much better. From the start , it was hyped to be the best show this season, with its attractive promises of a blend between economics and action, but instead of a blend, we only get a trainwreck.