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Set in a financially bankrupt Japan with only the government as a safe employer, ''[C] - The Money of Soul and Possibility Control'' (''[C] - Control'' or ''[C]'' for short) is an anime about economics, finances and [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield beautiful battles]] over money ending in private insolvency of the loser. In exchange for a prospective borrower's future (including his prospects, possibilities, lifespan etc.), an organization known as Midas Bank will take him on as an Entrepreneur and lend him a large, zero-interest sum of money under the condition that he participate in weekly "Deals" -- battles over each participant's money using {{familiar}}s called "Assets"--against other Entrepreneurs on an alternate plane called the Financial District.

College sophomore Kimimaro Yoga is sucked into the whole affair when he is approached by the alarmingly eccentric Masakaki from Midas Bank's Commercial Division, who offers him a loan as they need a new entrepreneur and Kimimaro needs money. Though he refuses, he is more or less coerced into partaking. Kimimaro quickly piques the interest of and is recruited by Souichirou Mikuni, a powerful and exceedingly wealthy--even by Financial District standards--businessman who leads the Starling Guild, a collective that seeks to minimize any effect the Financial District and its "Midas Money" might inflict on the real world's economy.

The series is directed by Kenji Nakamura, whose previous projects, ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' and ''Literature/{{Trapeze}}'', should be enough to tell you that MindScrew and mindbogglingly good-looking scenes await those who take this anime on. Broadcasted as part of the {{noitaminA}} block during the [[Spring2011Anime Spring 2011 season]]. It is produced by Creator/TatsunokoProduction.

Courtesy of FUNimation, subtitled episodes (and a few English-dubbed ones) are available on YouTube and [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=EL4LmzNBxhdcc&feature=plcp can be viewed here.]]
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!!This anime provides examples of:
* AboveTheInfluence: It's made clear in episode 7 that an entre can rape their asset without much difficulty, if they feel like it. Kimimaro ends up sucker-punching the guy in question. And later Msyu asks him to kiss her ([[InnocentFanserviceGirl she doesn't really understand the implications]]), and he politely turns her down.
* ActionPrologue: Every episode starts with this trope.
* AdultFear: [[spoiler:Kimimaro's teacher]] went bankrupt. As a result, [[spoiler:his children no longer exist and his wife leaves him...]]
* AnAesop: Mortgaging the future to preserve a comfortable present or any other short-term gain is a Very Bad Thing.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Kimimaro has a crush on Hanabi. She has a boyfriend. [[spoiler:Msyu has a crush on Kimimaro. He sees her as a daughter.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The website gives names and info on Entres and Assets that aren't named in the show.
* AlienSky: The Financial District.
** Shown in the 8th episode to be a different colour in different Financial Districts; whereas the Far Eastern Financial District has a red sky, the Southeast Asian Financial District's sky is green.
* AlternateCharacterReading: The ending theme, "RPG" by School Food Punishment, has "future" (未来) read as "you" (きみ).
* AlternateUniverse: [[spoiler: The final episode implies that Kimimaro steps into one when he rebuilds the future; it's possible that that means that Mikuni remained in the world without a future.]]
* AmbiguouslyEvil: [[FictionFiveHundred Mikuni]], [[InformationBroker Takedazaki]], and [[HumanoidAbomination Masakaki]]. [[spoiler: Mikuni is a WellIntentionedExtremist, Takedazaki is a GuileHero, and Masakaki is... [[BlueAndOrangeMorality we'll get back to you on that one]].]]
* AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield: The Financial District looks awesome.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: An "asset" is a representation of a person's future, and has the [[DontExplainTheJoke option]] of being like this. The "entre" is a representation (from a larger perspective) of a stock in the Financial District. "[[VisualPun In the red]]", [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futures_exchange futures]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bond_%28finance%29 bonds]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collateral_%28finance%29 collateral]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypothecation using collateral to "secure" debt]], and everything in the [[{{Fridge/CTheMoneyAndSoulOfPossibility}} Fridge]]. These are all common stock market methods of making and securing money. Even as early as Episode 1, you can see the names of ''people'' flowing down the trade bars in red (down) and green (up) arrows.
* TheAntiNihilist[=/=]StrawNihilist: Somehow, Mikuni manages to embody both at the same time. His ultimate goal, protecting the present at the cost of the future, is because he believes that someday the future will be destroyed regardless of how hard he struggles for it, so he'd rather protect the present, even though he's destroying millions of lives to do so. So he doesn't believe in hope of the value of lives in the ''future'', however at the same time he is fighting for an altruistic (if distorted) goal to protect the lives of people in the present. [[spoiler: It doesn't have a happy ending for him.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Regional/Metaphysical Annihilation for [[spoiler: Singapore]]. For Japan, [[spoiler: Regional/Societal Disruption, though in this case the "disruption" is actually beneficial to society in most ways]]. America [[spoiler: withstands the aftershocks of [C] without so much as a quiver.]]
* AuthorTract: It's basically a pro-austerity propaganda piece. But it is ''ever'' so [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome pretty]].
* BadassLongcoat: Mikuni, although he seems to just drape it around his shoulders without filling the sleeves.
* BareYourMidriff: Msyu
* BiggerStick: Mikuni's solution to almost every problem is to throw more money at it, and his wealth (and therefore power) is functionally limitless, [[spoiler: especially when he activates the Rotary Press]]. Appropriately, his Direct is a {{BFS}} instead of the dagger that most Entres use.
* BerserkButton: For Kimimaro, Msyu getting hurt. Can prove problematic, since it tends to scupper any elaborate strategies he has for a fight.
* {{BFS}}: All Entres can adjust the size and shape of their [[LaserBlade Direct]] according to their wealth and ability. Whereas most have a dagger-shaped Direct, Mikuni tends to swing around a blade the size of a small building.
* BittersweetEnding: Japan's future is saved as [[spoiler: C passes over it and the rotary press reverses to restore the lost future. However, in the process, Kimimaro arrives in a world that is very different to his, Mikuni's sister passes on and they can never meet again as he stays behind and disappears and Masakaki appears before Kimimaro gleefully revealing that the immortal FD will continue to go on with so many new bright futures ahead. However, on the plus side, there's a good chance that because of this, Kimimaro will be able to see Msyu again]]
* BlackBlood: If struck by a Direct, an Entre will bleed a slurry of black oil and cash. Assets that take significant damage also have the oil bit, as well.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: The "Angel" Flation used by Sennoza's asset, Karma.
* ButThouMust: Midas Bank makes you a member and takes your future as collateral, theoretically "if you consent." Kimimaro explicitly [[RefusalOfTheCall does not consent]], only to find that Masakaki has somehow spirited him off into a taxi headed for the Financial District. As with many [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the devil]], the Midas Bank is very flexible about what constitutes "agreement". They put the money in Kimimaro's account and when he withdrew some of it, they took that as consenting to the terms of the loan.
* CanisMajor: Jennifer's hulking, minibus-sized Asset György.
* CentralTheme:
** The "Midas Bank" is really a metaphor for [[spoiler:real-life central banks. What happens in the second half of the show due to Mikuni's actions is a negative representation of the effects of contemporary government and central bank policies (very roughly, injecting trillions of dollars "out of thin air" into the economy to bail out companies/buy government debt), which, according to Austrian-school Economics, make the economy look better in the short-term but results in much harsher consequences in the future.]]
** The deals themselves are a smaller-scale representation of the hidden costs of creating new currency. When new ("printed") money is issued to someone/something, it devaluates the currency and everyone else holding the same currency is worse off. Whenever Entres win a deal, they get Midas Money in exchange for making someone else's life worse.
* CoatCape: Mikuni wears his coat this way.
* CoolHouse: Mikuni has his house, garden, and pool ON TOP OF A SKYSCRAPER.
* CheshireCatGrin: Masakaki has a particularly worrying one, as does Takedazaki, the InformationBroker with the mouthful of gold teeth.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Entres each have a personal color motif. Kimimaro is blue and Mikuni is red.
** The QR code for one episode tells us that there's a CMYK colour scheme to the ending. Kimimaro is Cyan, Msyu is Magenta and the Financial District is yellow. It goes on to say that if you combine the three you get black which is the future.
** The "black" here is significant: the old stock market saying "in the black" means that the person/company/stock is making money. Of course, black can also mean greed, corruption, etc. On the same note, the stock market saying "in the red" is the opposite: the person/company/stock is losing money. Now which area had the red sky? In the same episode Jennifer has three burgers wrapped in Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. She offers the yellow one to Kimimaro. Eat the Financial District? That may also have a double meaning: [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_chip_(stock_market) A "blue chip" stock in the stock market]] is a stock that is notably well-reliable. Considering that magenta and cyan create blue when combined...
** Every Financial District has its own Masakaki, all in different colors.
* ConspicuousCG: Even human characters relatively close to the camera will be utilizing it, it seems.
** Masakaki especially, in-keeping with his uncanny appearance.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Lots of it, but Episode 7 is absolutely stuffed with this, to the point of being filler.
* TheCorrupter: Masakaki's initial M.O. is an attempt to get Kimimaro to take the loan with the possibilities inherent in all that money.
* CosmicHorrorStory: What the series is shaping up to be with Episodes 8 and 9.
* CounterfeitCash: Midas Money, which appears perfectly identical to normal cash to non-Entres.
* CurbStompBattle: the duel in the first episode can hardly even be called one.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Masakaki has yellow and lavender eyes; the latter match his hair. His equivalent in the Southeast Asian District has turquoise hair, and his eyes are half turquoise to match.
* CuteMonsterGirl:Msyu
* DealWithTheDevil: Midas Bank offers to invest in you or, more specifically, your future. They give you a bit of startup capital and then throw you into the deep end of what amounts to a basic futures contract - you agree to give away something (in this case, your future) for a fixed sum right now. [[spoiler: With a Black Card, you can also withdraw more money from the Midas Bank for more of your future but the effects can be equally devastating for everyone else.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: After Kimimaro defeated him, [[spoiler: and [[RetGone in so doing, retconned his children's birth, his marriage, and most everything except being an ordinary schoolteacher]]]], [[spoiler: his teacher]] has become a valuable advisor when it comes to handling the Deals and the consequences thereof.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: The Financial District and both credits sequences.
* DeusExMachina: In episode 10 you learn that Mikuni has a special card that lets him spin the Midas Money rotisserie and [[spoiler: steal the entire country's future]] in order to produce massive amounts of Midas Money. When the heroes can't [[spoiler: stop him,]] with virtually no explanation, the "higher ups" decide to [[spoiler: give Kinimaro one,]] thus giving him a fighting chance.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything :
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantitative_easing Buying government bonds and bailing out companies with money created out of thin air ?]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaaki_Shirakawa Masakaki]]?
** Easy loans [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_mortgage_crisis backed by collateral]]?
** Q is eating money. That's...[[ItMakesSenseInContext paradoxical]].
* DramaticThunder: Played with during the battle beween Kimimaro and Sennoza. The dramatic thunder is actually produced by Sennoza's [[ShockAndAwe lightning-wielding]] asset, Karma.
* DrivenToSuicide: Makita jumps in front of a train after losing to Mikuni. [[spoiler:Kimimaro's father hung himself after going bankrupt. Ebara is talked out of jumping off a roof, but later walks into oncoming traffic.]]
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The '''thing''' that attacks/eats the Southeast Asia Financial District when it bankrupts, and spins the Rotary Press when Mikuni activates it.]]
** [[spoiler: It also appears as the logo on Black Cards.]]
* EldritchLocation: The Financial District
* ElevenEpisodeAnime
* EvilLaugh:
** The Southeast Asian Masakaki as [[spoiler: The Southeast Asia district, and in extension Singapore, are wiped out of existence.]]
** Masakaki as he operates the Midas Money rotary press in in Episode 9.
* {{Familiar}}: It appears that given the series' DealWithTheDevil premise, this is what Assets essentially are.
* FemmeFatalons: Msyu
* FictionFiveHundred: Mikuni is so rich that:
** The only reason Japan stays afloat is because Mikuni is buying enough government bonds to stop the country's collapse
** He buys the real-world trillion-yen corporations of failing Entres to keep them from crashing.
** In episode 9, [[spoiler: He buys 80% of the companies and stocks in Japan to prevent Japan from being destroyed by C]]. Most of that was payed for by money from Guild members or his Rotary Press loan, rather than being a feat of his personal fortune.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Whenever we see Q, she is eating Midas Money. We find out later that [[spoiler: her Macroflation is "Cannibalization", where she eats anything made of money, including entres and assets.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: There are two blink-and-you'll-miss-it QR codes in the ED. The first one in the first episode basically amounts to "the ED was made in [[ProductPlacement Adobe AfterEffects, which is awesome]], and everybody should show us the videos they've made themselves with it". The second states that the anime was planned to be titled ''Control'' but was shortened to ''C'' when they found out that [[SimilarlyNamedWorks a show with a similar title]] would be on the air at the same time.
** It changes every episode adding some sort of director commentary to each episode.
* GainaxEnding: Technically speaking, there is no ending at all. It goes through the climax and then goes straight to credits. We the viewers have no idea what happens ''at all''. [[spoiler: Of course, theres always TheStinger.]]
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Msyu's introduction involves punching and slapping Kimimaro quite a bit until he gets with the program.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom[=/=]RedEyesTakeWarning: Q sports them when she enters the fray.
* GoldDigger: Masakaki implies that Hanabi is one; if Kimimaro has enough money, maybe he can win her away from her current boyfriend. No evidence as to whether this is true.
* GoldTooth: Despite being one of the least ostentatious Entres otherwise, Takedazaki has a full set.
* {{Gorn}}[=/=]DarkerAndEdgier: It starts getting darker around Episode 5, and then the fights start having ''lots'' of BlackBlood. Earlier fights, in comparison, usually have somewhere close to GoryDiscretionShot. The Angel fight (Episode 6) is where the series goes [[NauseaFuel full overdrive]], and completely averts discretion.
** [[spoiler:Meanwhile, Takedazaki, the shady InformationBroker, is a more straightforward example, dealing the decisive blow that wrecks the Far East Financial District and saves Japan.]]
* [[spoiler: GoodVersusGood: According to Masakaki's superior, everyone involved in the Financial District was a good guy who was trying to make the world a better place.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Happens to [[spoiler:Jennifer]] after the duel with [[spoiler:Mikuni]].
** Mikuni cuts [[spoiler:Kikuchi]] ''vertically'' at the climax of their deal but he survives as he doesn't get bankrupted.
* HornedHumanoid: All Assets have horns of some description. Some Assets are humanoid. Do the maths.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Souichirou Mikuni and his asset Q. He's quite a bit taller than the protagonist of the series and Q is a short, elfin girl. Meeting together her face is stuck right in his stomach, antlers not even reaching his shoulders.
* TheHypnotoad: Jennifer Satou's asset George has the Macroflation "Mergers and Acquisitions" which allows Jennifer to assume control of the opponent's asset. Unfortunately it appears that doing so puts an extreme strain on George and cannot be done more than once a Deal.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** They all start with "C."
** This also applies to the Japanese titles, except for the final episode, which has "未来" (Future).
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Kimimaro says this verbatim.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Q eats Midas Money and things made from Midas Money. This includes other Assets and Entres.]]
* ImprobableWeapon[=/=]LaserBlade: Money as ammo and weapons!
* IncestSubtext: [[spoiler:Late in the series, Kimimaro becomes aware that Assets are derived from the Entre's future and suspects that Msyu is his future daughter. This does not prevent him from exploring her tonsils with his tongue in the series finale as the Far East Financial District crumbles around them.]]
* InformationBroker: Takedazaki.
* InvisibleToNormals: Midas Money, while not invisible, appears like normal money to everyone but members of the Financial District. Of course only the initiated know the District even exists.
* {{Invocation}}: Each Asset's attacks and the scale of attack (Macro/Mezzo/Micro) are activated this way. However, in the first episode there is a flaw in the invocation system. Normally, Mircoflations are not named, the voices simply say "Micro" or "Microflation". In the first episode, once the card is activating the Microflation, the words "Bulk Sale" can be seen on the card. This is the only Microflation in the series that is named.
* JumpCut: They appear frequently; a director trademark.
* KillItWithFire: Msyu
* KissMeImVirtual: An Entre can "treat [his Asset] like a human, [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre if you know what I mean]]." Kimimaro is not thrilled with the guy who makes the suggestion. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that by that point in the series, he sees his own Asset as something of a daughter-figure.]]
* LadyInRed: Msyu
* LaserBlade: Made of cash!
* LastKiss: [[spoiler:Between Kimimaro and Msyu, as the latter vanishes along with the rest of the District.]]
* LayeredWorld: Even if someone doesn't fully lose a Deal; it affects the Real World. Losing a deal can result in financial problems, or a company having to lay off people or in ways not anything to do with money like failing a class or having a house set on fire.
* LightIsNotGood: Kou Sennoza is a wealthy philanthropist who distributes vaccines all over the third world. His rage is also something to behold, and he wields the Asset Karma, a nightmarish angel who attacks with lightning strikes.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: In the site's mini-drama/monologues, it's stated that Hanabi has known Kimimaro since high school and views him as a brother and someone to take care of. [[spoiler:Kimimaro ends up seeing his relationship with Msyu this way, with a dash of trying to be a ParentalSubstitute.]]
* LovecraftianSuperpower: The left half of Kimimaro's opponent's Asset at the end of episode 5 erupts into a mess of sticky insect limbs.
* LoveTriangle: Kimimaro has a crush on his classmate Hanabi, who already has a boyfriend.
** [[{{LoveDodecahedron}} Not that Msyu or Jennifer really help this situation either.]]
* MagicalGirlfriend: [[MemeticMutation Msyu Is Yours]]. [[spoiler:It ends up as a DoubleSubversion -- Kimimaro treats her as a surrogate daughter, turning down her romantic advances, before eventually giving in to his own feelings in the finale.]]
* MarketBasedTitle: Funimation changed the subtitle slightly from ''The Money of Soul and Possibility'' to ''The Money and Soul of Possibility''.
* MarshmallowHell: Jennifer applies one to Kimimaro.
* MeaningfulName:
** Midas Bank, after the mythological king granted by the gods the ability to turn everything he touched into gold.
** Every asset name and Flation attack has a hidden significance as well.
*** Gig, the name of the first giant asset fought, means an unattractive person. He is... not pretty.
*** Gyorgy, Jennifer's wolf asset, is named after a musical composer who had a fascination with wolves.
*** "Freeze Out", a Mezzoflation used by the asset Grue, allows her to freeze her body and attack. A Freeze Out in economic terms is when shareholders force each other to sell.
*** All flation attacks are named after economic phenomena:
*** "Bulk Sale", "Overheated Economy", "Pacman Defense", "E.B.O", etc.
* MessianicArchetype: [[spoiler: Kimimaro, for the future of Japan, like an economic messiah. He buys the future of the country and leaves the reality where he initially existed.]]
* MindScrew: To quote the first post of our very own forums: "What the ''hell'' did I just watch?"
** Which is appropriate, since RealLife financial stuff is also very much this.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: Of the protagonist's ''future''. They've managed to moe-ify an ''abstract concept''.
* MoneyToThrowAway:
** A convenience store customer complains that Kimimaro is not giving him the change he wants. Mikuni gives 50 000 Yen to shut him up.
** Kimimaro does this in episode 8 [[spoiler: when he sets fire to the entirety of his funds.]]
** We also have Q, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything who is literally eating money]].
** Finally, [[spoiler:Takedazaki does a literal example as part of his efforts to catastrophically devalue the yen. Out of a helicopter, no less.]]
* {{Mons}}: They're called "Assets."
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Masakaki gets shark teeth whenever he is excited about something evil happening. Appropriate too, since he's a ''loan shark''.
* MsFanservice: Jennifer and Msyu.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: ''Financial negotiations'' played out as extravagant, complex duels in an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Midas Bank. Gee, what are the odds on a loan from ''them'' having unpleasant, unexpected outcomes?
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In episode 6, Kimimaro faces Sennoza, a philanthropist who greatly helped the third world. He defeats him (it is implied that he actually bankrupted him), reversing almost all of Sennoza's work.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Masakaki looks weird even in comparison to the ''other'' supernatural beings.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace:
** Masakaki, naturally.
** Jennifer as well, it would seem.
* [[spoiler:NotAlwaysEvil: The beings running the Financial Districts, possibly. At the very least, their motives were slightly more benign than one might have hitherto suspected, even if they aren't too fussy about the collateral damage they cause.]]
* NotSoDifferent: In episode 9, Jennifer implies this about [[spoiler: Kimimaro and his late father]]
* NumberOfTheBeast: Used repeatedly.
** Naoya Makita, the salaryman in the first episode, uses a PIN of 666 to access the Financial District's services.
** In episode 1, it shows that the taxi fare to the Finacial District is 666 yen.
** Deals have a time limit of 666 seconds.
* OffModel: Sadly, for all the amazing work that went into the backgrounds, the characters have a small tendency to lapse into this. Stranger still when suddenly CG is substituted for traditional animation for the characters.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: episode 6 has Kimimaro fighting a truly strong opponent with an Asset that shoots lightning, after almost losing within the first few seconds, it cuts to the real world, showing the aftereffect and stating that he won.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Masakaki makes a bad habit of it.
* OldMaster: Kikusho - an old CEO and Black Card Entre in a Financial District full of young people.
* OlympusMons: Karma, Sennoza's (vaguely) angelic Asset that smites enemies with freakishly powerful [[BoltOfDivineRetribution lightning bolts]] and was only defeated once [[spoiler:(twice, after the battle against Msyu)]] in its existance, should count. Q, the most powerful Asset ever known, should count as well. And possibly Msyu.
* OneLetterName: the asset Q, and the phenomenon known as C.
* OneLetterTitle: the short title of the anime is simply ''[C]''.
* OneWomanWail:
** Used when Kimimaro's teacher [[spoiler:reveals to him that anything gained through Midas Money will be RetGone if you go bankrupt.]]
** Also used when Msyu is damaged to the point of near-death during the battle with Sennoza.
** And the end of Episode 8, during the [[spoiler: Lovecraftian ''thing's'' attack on the SE asia district]].
* OnlyAFleshWound: Given the abstract, symbolic nature of Deals, dismemberment, evisceration, and even ''being cut in half'' are not going to kill you, and they might not even knock you out of the match if you have enough money backing you up.
* PaletteSwap: Masakaki and the other Districts' Midas Bank reps are simply recolors of each other.
* ParentalAbandonment: Kimimaro's father left [[spoiler:and later committed suicide]] and his mother died. He's supported by his maternal grandmother.
* PerpetualSmiler: Masakaki.
* PhraseCatcher: Kimimaro has a lot of people call him "strange" or "weird" over the course of this anime, which is ironic since he [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal]].
* PintSizedPowerhouse: while Msyu is not abnormally small on a human scale, she is pretty small for an Asset (though not the smallest). During his first Deal, Kimimaro, faced with a [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever skyscraper-sized metal ball-throwing beast knight thing]], remarks that his own Asset looks pretty underwhelming compared to his opponent's, but when Msyu [[KillItWithFire gets him to let her use her Mezzoflation]], she proceeds to prove him wrong.
** If Msyu counts... what to say of Q?
* PowerAtAPrice:
** It doesn't get any more literal than "it costs money to use your Asset's powers," does it?
** The whole concept of Midas Bank,. It's probably the "simplest" way to make good money in a completely screwed up economic environment, but you constantly need to participate in "deals", and if you go bankrupt, you lose way more than just your money.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Midas Money is backed by the mortgaged futures of the Entres [[spoiler: and, in the case of money printed on demand from the Rotary Press, everyone else covered by the area of the Financial District]].
* PrecociousCrush: [[spoiler:Whilst her precise age is unclear, Msyu's crush on Kimimaro ends up coming across this way given his initial reaction.]]
* RetGone:
** Bankruptcy means that you lose your future -- or, more specifically, anything that Midas Money made possible for you. This can include shops, possessions, and even ''children''. This then gets even more extreme in episode 8 [[spoiler:with the revelation that '''''ENTIRE COUNTRIES''''' aren't safe!]]
** As a market reaches its dying days, even people and businesses not directly related to specific Entres begin to disappear in the blink of an eye. One minute a person exists, a second later ''nobody remembers they even existed''. This results in whoever isn't claimed by a bankruptcy ending up listless and confused, not knowing why they were there when whoever they came with no longer exists.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Whenever the movement of money causes something to disappear, only Entres will remember the way things were before the change.
* RousseauWasRight: The beings in charge of the Financial Districts put it best:
--> ''[[spoiler: You debated for a long time over what was right and wrong, didn't you? There is no right answer. Everyone is correct. Everyone fought to make the world a better place, and so the world is now better than it was before.]]''
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:The more the economy goes down the toilet, the worse Hanabi's mental state gets. Once Mikuni's bailout package has hit the market, she's barely functional.]]
* ShipTease:
** The conversation between Jennifer and Kimimaro ends with quite a bit. "I like your eyes", indeed.
** Q and Msyu?
* SignatureStyle: {{Mind screw}}y plot events and trippy, extravagant visuals? Sounds like a Kenji Nakamura anime, all right.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: In both Japanese and English, Q shares her actor with [[spoiler:Mikuni's sister Takako]].
* [[PantyShot Spats Shot]]: Msyu, flying around in that skirt, gets an upskirt shot whenever the camera feels like it.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS:
** Some viewers are split between Mashu/Msyu. Her name is spelled "Msyu" (as shown when it is written on Kimimaro's credit card ''in English'' in the very first episode) but it is pronounced "Mashu". This has to do with Msyu being a transliteration of マシュ, which when transliterated for Westerners (more for pronunciation) is frequently done as Mashu, but when transliterated for Japanese speakers (more for relation to the characters in use) can be Masyu. Just add an "a" to Msyu (seeing as Japanese basically, except for n, does not have double consonants), and you get the pronunciation. Easy for those who are fluent, confusing as hell for those who need subtitles.
** The name of Jennifer's asset György is apparently spelled "WWJF". The four-letter codes on the cards don't reflect the name of the asset. Kimimaro simply named his asset after the code on his card.
* SpoilerOpening: It's very vague, but it dictates what happens [[spoiler:in the final three episodes]]. Worldwide currency [[spoiler:inflation]], falling money [[spoiler:by using an airplane to drop it all in Japan]] which transitions to the US Dollar [[spoiler:that makes the Yen extremely worthless]], the four kinds of cards [[spoiler:of which only Black cards can control the EldritchAbomination that is Midas Money]], and the finale between Kimimaro and Mikuni [[spoiler:directly underneath said abomination for its control]].
** While the rest is very subtle, the battle between Kimimaro and Mikuni is very clearly spoiled, which is fairly significant because he does not become an antagonist until nearly the end of the series.
* StayWithTheAliens: [[spoiler: Mikuni remains in the destroyed Financial District. What exactly this means is unexplained, but from Kimimaro's perspective, he disappears.]]
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:Something is ''very'' wrong with Hanabi, and it only gets worse as Japan's future slowly peels away.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Played with, if you can believe that. Msyu's not wearing much beyond her bra and miniskirt, but she's also got lots of red markings on her body.
* SummonMagic: Negotiations involve summoning familiars called Assets to fight alongside you. Unlike some forms of Summon Magic, Entres (the summoners) are fully expected to fight alongside their Assets; it's not just Asset on Asset. Which means that it's possible to penetrate an opponent's defenses by bypassing the enemy Asset and going straight for the Entre.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Entres' eyes become gold when they deal or when they watch a deal.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: [=ATMs=] and Negotiations use English. Jennifer's boss at the International Monetary Fund is also voiced by a native English speaker, though Jennifer is not (since that character is not a bit part, most of her lines are in Japanese).
** GratuitousEnglish: Said negotiations use [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fridge/CTheMoneyAndSoulOfPossibility business lingo]] as {{invocation}} of their attacks, most which only makes sense in context. Jennifer Sato also spoke English in this manner in Episode 3.
** Episodes 9 and 10 have fairly long conversations in English that, while not perfect, is pretty damn good for anime standards.
* SweetTooth: Most of time, Jennifer appears eating a lollipop or fast food
* TakeOurWordForIt: All we get to see of Kimimaro's fight with Sennoza is Msyu getting beaten within an inch of her life. Somehow, Kimimaro wins, but we don't get to see.
** Sennoza explains the reason he lost is because he got hit by ''two'' Mezzoflations.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler:How Msyu survives her battle with the deadly, cannibalistic asset Q.]]
* TakeUpMySword: [[spoiler:Jennifer Sato gives her Asset to Kimimaro like this for the final fight. Particularly significant since her Asset represents her future, so as long as he has it, part of her future will literally survive.]]
* TechnicolorEyes:
** Entres in the Financial District can change their eye color to gold, with concentric black circles.
** Masakaki has white pupils and two concentric irises in lavender and yellow. His Southeast Asian equivalent has similar eyes, but with turquoise inner irises.
* TechnicolorFire: Midas Money burns bright indigo and violet. With glowing numbers flying out of it.
* TimeStandsStill: [[spoiler:One of Q's abilities, called "Economic Blockade". It allows her to effortlessly negate even enemy Macroflations.]]
* TitleDrop: Mikuni refers to some kind of event called "C" in episode 8, which is later explained to be the chain reaction caused by a Financial District's collapse. This may only partly be a case of a TitleDrop, since the title's "C" stands for "Control", but the chain reaction C appears to stand for something else.
* TheDeterminator: Kimimaro. [[spoiler: Later, Jennifer, in a very tear-jerking way.]]
* TheMasquerade: Of a sort. "There is no code of silence, but most wouldn't believe you, so I recommend silence." They don't seem to care if the whole world knows, it's just that the Financial District and its activities don't leave much believable evidence.
* TheVamp: Jennifer's recruitment pitch to Kimimaro was delivered while on top of him. This could be her vamping him...or it could just be lust, we don't know.
* ThrowAwayCountry: [[spoiler:Singapore.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Instant shoyu ramen for Msyu. This is unusual, as Assets do not actually require food; Msyu starts asking for them after seeing Kimimaro eating a bowl and expresses interest in the concept of food. Meanwhile, Q's is ''Midas money'', which Mikuni actually leaves in wine glasses for her.
* {{Tsundere}}: Msyu is a classic Type A.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Mikuni wears one.
* WeCanRuleTogether: A variant. Mikuni's original reasoning for having Kimimaro join the Starling Guild is because Kimimaro is one of the few in the Financial District who isn't actually obsessed with money and also doesn't want his opponents to have to deal with the deep repercussions that come from large losses in deals. These factors are what convince Mikuni to begin grooming Kimimaro to be his successor. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, Kimimaro doesn't agree with the practice of giving up the future for the sake of the present.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Mikuni is willing to sacrifice any number of potential futures in order to preserve the present.
** [[spoiler: Kimimaro, Jennifer and Takedazaki crashed the Japanese economy to defeat Mikuni and stop C.]]
* WhamEpisode: Episode 8. ''Dear god'' Episode 8. [[spoiler:Hundreds of people disappear at a time along with ''the entirety of Singapore'' due to the Southeast Asian Financial District's collapse. And this isn't the first time, either--apparently there used to be a Caribbean Republic.]]
** Episode 9. [[spoiler: The future of Japan has just been mortgaged to prevent the destruction of Japan in the present. This results in quite a few children vanishing just to keep the rest of Japan from going up in smoke.]]
* WomanInBlack: Jennifer.
* {{Workaholic}}: Kimimaro at the start of the series. The Financial District offers him... alternatives.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Masakaki has lavender hair, his Southeast Asian equivalent has turquoise hair, and the American one has green. We see several more in the last episode, different colors but all this trope.
** Q's hair is dark blue.
** Hanabi has purple hair.
** Jennifer Sato has white hair.
* YouTasteDelicious: [[spoiler: Q reveals that her Macroflation is cannibalization of Midas money and stuff made of money. She suddenly appeared next to Jennifer and said that she smelled something delicious.]]
* ZettaiRyouki: Msyu is Grade B, almost qualifying for Grade S. She doesn't wear stockings, but her humanoid legs do the job.

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