ImageEpisodes: 11

Status: Complete

Producers: FUNimation Entertainment (licensed), Tatsunoko Productions, Fuji TV, Jumondo, Sony Music Entertainment, Fuji Pacific Music Publishing

Genres: Action, Mystery, Super Power, Thriller

Rating: 13+

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 aunt after the disappearance of his father and the death of his mother, is a scholarship student whose only dream is to live a stable, ordinary life. One day he meets a man who offers him a large sum of money if he will allow his “future” to be held as collateral. From then on his fate is radically altered as he’s drawn into a mysterious realm known as the Financial District, where he must compete in weekly tournaments called “deals” in order to keep his money and avoid losing his future. (Source: Wikipedia)

That is the whole anime in a paragraph (it was too complicated to write something up myself).

Starting with the animation, it’s high quality. The character designs are unique and the whole setting of the Financial District reminded me of the style of Gankutsuou. There were times during the anime where the character looked more like a 3D model than the typical 2D. I thought this may have been some sort of mistake or part of the style because it was only with three characters. The battle scenes were incredible, I was able to get into the action. One fight scene was cut off, but in that one you know what happened and not seeing it makes a better impression on the watcher.

The storyline is original (I haven’t seen any series like it). It drives you around in complicated circles and doesn’t explain anything fully. Of course, in a short series like this there are bound to be unanswered questions. There were minor details that made me a bit squeamish (the deals start off at a countdown of 666 and other details like that) but the intensity of the deals and the wondering of what was going to happen next made those details disappear.

I did not really listen closely to the music playing in the back because I was so focused on what was going on. I think it must have been good because I was so engaged in the action. The opening (Matryoshka by Nico Touches the Walls) and ending (RPG by School Food Punishment) songs were good and fit with the anime. There were different types of currency shown in the opening and in the ending there were those scanning things that iphones use. I thought that was cool.

The characters were all their own individuals and there wasn’t a character like another. The main character, Kimimaro Yoga, is your typical anime hero (a guy who sets everything alright in the end) and how he figured out what was really going on could have been slower and not so rushed? It should have taken more time, it was like BOOM the collateral is your future and it starts disappear, BOOM oh noes what do we do, BOOM big machine starts making midas money, BOOM you now have darkness card that can stop it.

I usually don’t complain about short series, but this one was rather rushed (because where I was watching, it said it had 12 episodes instead of 11 so I thought there was more). The ending especially; you save Japan’s future and are now using freedom money, so now what? Then there was this one flashback or vision and that was not explained in any way. Since there’s no manga and I doubt there’s going to be a season two, those unexplained mysteries may be left unexplained. I am rating this anime a 4.5 out of 5. Superb animation quality and character designs but many things left unexplained.

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This guy, Mikuni, is my favorite character ah~ Just his voice is so~ Yay~

Did I forget to mention the english? It’s fabulous ~ 

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