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C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – Episode 3

So you will be interested to know that I have finally figured out how to parse C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control’s subtitle, and it makes a lot more sense now.  See, to begin with, I had parsed it as ((The (Money of Soul)) and (Possibility Control)). But now, I have realized, the intended parse was (The (Money of ((Soul and Possibility) Control))).  This makes Money the undisputed head of the subtitle, but it certainly does seem as though a particular sort of Money is going to be important.  There are black bills mixed in with the regular, discernible only to those who have comprehended the true nature of the Financial District.  We have been told that there is nothing especially sinister about them, but who are you going to trust, some conspiratorial character in the show, or the title itself?  We’ll find out by watching episode 3 of C.

(Before we do, though, I’d like to briefly agitate to add parenthesis matching to the WordPress posting interface.  It comes in super handy if you need to for some reason parse a phrase for your readers, and it’s not like it’s useless for ordinary text.  (So long as you ordinarily embed parentheticals (and why wouldn’t you)).  I’m used to doing work in Notepad++ which handles these things for me, so having to count parens by hand feels like a descent into barbarism.  Okay aside over let’s watch anime.)

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C The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – Episode 2

I’m going to have to watch C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control sometime, and if I keep putting it off out of fear it won’t be as good as the first episode/capsule description, I risk falling fatally behind on spring season.  I’m following 7 shows, that’s 1 a day, and I’m already a week or two behind.  Let’s just get it out of the way and watch episode 2 of C.  As I recall, the dude was just in… the place?  Ok I don’t recall much.  Well, this will be an adventure, then.

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C The Money of Soul and Possibility Control – Episode 1

Ok, C, the money of soul and possibility control, or whatever that ridiculous name was, has been called the worst anime of the season and indeed of some time by a certain other online anime commentator.  That doesn’t bode well for it being a the brilliant ironic masterpiece that I had hoped for, but then, it is the nature of irony to be object-level indistinguishable from sincerity.  Irony and sincerity are like the twins from Ouran High Host Club: they’re hard to tell apart, they keep switching places with each other to try to fool you, and they are super hot when they start making out.  However, I am like the female lead from Ouran High Host Club: I can tell them apart even when others can’t, and I often dress in men’s clothing.  So, let’s put my incredible discriminatory powers to work on episode one of C!

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Spring Anime Season 2011 – Get Overwhelmed

Well, winter is well and truly past, it was like 70 degrees out today, so we had better hurry and turn our attention to Spring Anime Season 2011. I know some shows have been airing for two weeks now, and I am interested to hear your reactions to them, but I am just now starting this season’s shows. And good gracious, there are a lot of shows to choose from. I hope some of you guys will explore some of these for me, because… well maybe I will just list all the shows I’m interested in.

Nichijou (Daily Life): Kyoto Animation finally doing something other than K-On Exclamation Point Emphasis Theirs. I’ve lost a lot of the reverence I’d had for them, but I enjoyed Lucky  Star, so a school life comedy by them is at least worth checking out.

Sket Dance: It seems like it’s the same sort of idea as Haruhi’s SOS-dan, but played more straight. In fact, I’m not sure of the chronology, Haruhi’s SOS-dan might be a direct parody of it? Anyway, it seems like it will be laid-back character driven comedy, and that can turn out really well.

C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control: Well, let me just quote the description – “The Japanese government was rescued from the brink of financial collapse by the Sovereign Wealth Fund. For its citizens, however, life has not improved, and unemployment, crime, suicide, and despair are rampant. Kimimaro, raised by his maternal grandmother after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to avoid all this and live a stable life. One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he’ll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he’s drawn into a mysterious realm known as ‘The Financial District.'” Ok, now let me repeat the last couple of sentences of the description, but this time in bold font. “One day, however, he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he’ll agree to pay it back. From then on his fate is radically altered as he’s drawn into a mysterious realm known as ‘The Financial District.‘”

Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko (The Weirdo Girl and the Young Man) – Where Shaft leads, how can I but follow? Especially if it’s a love story with a weirdo girl who claims to be an alien.

Steins;Gate – The sequel to Chaos;Head, which I enjoyed.

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san (He’s Calling You, Azazel) – A comedy/mystery show about a detective who summons demons. There is the danger that the “comedy” will be in the form of demons behaving wackily, but that should be easy enough to tell from the first episode.

Kaiji Season 2 – The continuation of Kaiji, which I enjoyed.

Toriko – He collects rare ingredients, because he has strong arms. You can do anything, so long as you do it with Passion, Friendship, and Justice, and it will pull me in for at least an episode.

The World God Only Knows Season 2 – The continuation of The World God Only Knows, which I enjoyed.

Hanasaku Iroha (The Fundamentals of Flower Blooming) – A drama about a big city girl who winds up in the country working at a hot springs. I’ve been hearing good things about this.

A Channel – Another school life comedy. It’s really hard to separate the wheat from the chaff from this sort of show based on the premise, because the premise is always “four friends talk about nothing much”.

So that’s eleven shows. Of those, the two continuations are probably safe bets, as are the Shaft show and the critically acclaimed drama. If we assume 50% yield on the rest, that gives us seven shows to follow, which might be pushing it a little. Well, we’ll see how it goes.

If you have opinions on one of these shows, or even better, opinions on a show I left off (“How could you forget about Sofuteni, Locus! The chick has pink hair!”), I am eager to hear from you!