Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wicked Anime Reviews #13 [C]: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Anime reviews delivered directly to the face!

What's it about?
Kimimaro Yoga's dream is to live an ordinary life but that plan seems to collapse when a strange visitor appears who offers him the chance of gaining a large amount of money if he offers up his future as collateral. By doing so, Kimimaro gains an Asset: a being that follows his every command and fights for him in weekly battles known as Deals which take place in the Financial District. There he meets Souichirou Mikuni who seems to have a lot of influence over the Financial District and Japan itself. Mikuni offers his help and advice to Kimimaro as he reminds Mikuni of himself at a younger age. Then Kimimaro learns a terrible secret about the collateral used in the Financial District...

What rocks?
-The story itself is filled to the brim with deep concepts including the future, economy, politics, hope, corruption, greed, and taking control of your life. It also manages to play around with these concepts rather expertly and leaves you wanting more.

-The Financial District is an incredibly interesting location with plenty of potential.

-The character designs of the many Assets are stylized and fun to watch.

-Mikuni is a great character that becomes increasingly complex as the series progresses and gets the chance to shine with character development and powerful scenes.

What sucks?
-11 episodes turns out to be too long actually and I can't even imagine another series where I would dare say that. The first episode hooks you in easily and the final episode is beyond epic but the other 9 episodes in-between are filled with very little content. Kimimaro is either standing around doing absolutely nothing, asking questions and getting zero answers, or being completely indecisive about what to do.

-The ending itself was obviously rushed and the final moments of the series raise countless new questions which doesn't help matters.

-The series can be a little confusing at times as there are bits of information that are left vague on purpose.

-There are severe gaping plot holes that you could drive a truck through that diminish the overall meaning of the story.

-The majority of the cast is either one-dimensional or remains mysterious until the bitter end.

-The main character is not only boring but frustrating to watch since he only makes up his mind at the end of the series.

-A secret about Mashu actually makes the relationship between her and Kimimaro disturbing and gag worthy.

-The concept of Assets being used for battle isn't utilized as the majority of fights are either skipped as they're played off screen or they end too quickly. It seems odd to create so many character designs and abilities only to never use them.

Bottom Line?
If it wasn't obvious from the list of flaws above, I can't actually recommend this series to anyone unless you're intrigued by everything I've stated. That being said, it's not a bad series by any stretch of the imagination but its flaws will turn plenty of viewers away. It's still a decent series to take a look at and it doesn't take much time or effort to do.

This is Kylak signing out and staying far away from magical gambling duels.


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