2011 was an excellent anime year. Many people will remember first catching titles like Hunter x Hunter (2011), GOSICK and even Stein’s;Gate that year; however, we’re not talking about those shows this time. We’re looking at a somewhat obscure gem, one by the name of C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control. The series is about 19-year-old Economics student Yoga Kimimaro, a struggling student who works multiple jobs to put himself through school and make ends meet. He is one day approached by a strange man in a top hat who offers him a chance to make millions at a place known as the Eastern Financial District. This is an area where people stand to make loads of money by offering up their very futures as collateral. Kimimaro reluctantly accepts the offer; however, he now has to participate in weekly duels known as “Deals” against other people in the district, wagering his future in the process, coming to truly understand what money is really worth.
Really interesting concept
C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control has one of the most unique concepts coming out of anime in the past decade. While it does read like the widespread idea that money is inherently evil, it positions that discussion in a way that makes one question the idea of trading one’s own time for the money they need to live the kind of life they desire. Human desires and greed are at the forefront of this show; however, there are storylines running in parallel to this base concept that make C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control an interesting show both as a concept and in its execution.
The “Deals” are cool fights!
The “Deals” that Kimimaro and other individuals in the Eastern Financial District engage in are really flashy fights between individuals with their very futures at stake; however, they also have supernatural companions who accompany them in these duels and perform most of the combat. Imagine Pokémon fights but trainers are people putting their money where their mouth is (figuratively and literally) using avatars that are, in many ways, manifestations of the futures they have put up as collateral.
Overall, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control is a show that is very easy to get into and with just eleven episodes from start to finish, it’s incredibly easy to binge. The art and animation are also nothing to scoff at, with the show’s greatest visual exports being the Deals that happen in the Financial District as well as the overall appearance of the Financial District itself.