A salary man goes to the ATM and while none of his usual credit or bank cards work, a strange one does, causing the interface of the ATM to change as it offers him a Deal. So he accepts this and a taxi appears out of nowhere to take him to the ‘Financial District’.
It may still be too early to say something like this, but this season has so many interesting shows.
“Matoryoshika” by NICO Touches the Walls. Download.
Inside this space, a man named Souichiro Mikuni asks a girl known as Q whether money is really money and considers her response to be somewhat simple yet complicated at the same time, while he considers it to be irreplaceable. A strange man known as Masakaki then arrives to inform him that the Deal has been pushed ahead. Shortly after this the salary man appears before him and they both summon some form of familiars with their cards which they appear to be able to use as a form of blade to fight each other with, and despite the Salary Man charging in first, Souichiro defeats him instantaneously, telling him that just like him he wants as much money as he can get.
In an economics school in the real world, the protagonist Kimimaro Yoga is busy studying for things other than his major and when some of the other students approach him and his friend Hanabi Ikuta to see if they want to go with them to a party, he turns the offer down to go to his part-time jobs. For which on the train ride to the first one, the train is stopped by the defeated Salary Man committing suicide, at his first job he tells his co-worker how he just wants a simple life, and at his second his other co-worker is surprised that he can handle two jobs at once. And Hanabi tracks him down to give him some notes for the test tomorrow, saving him, and when he asks her if she wants to hangout after he finishes work, she tells him that she’s with her boyfriend.
When he gets back to his apartment he studies until he falls asleep, eventually being waken up by a knock at the door from none other than Masakaki. Who’s come to offer him a loan and doesn’t seem to take a simple no as an answer, going as far as to transport him to a space free from the restraints of time in the real world, allowing him to study as much as he wants as he explains the details and conditions for this loan. Telling him that he’s been selected as an Entrepreneur, or put shortly an Entre, and that in exchange for his future they will sponsor him on the condition that he spends money in the Financial District.
The next day he checks his balance to find that it’s suddenly risen by about 500,000 yen and when he goes to school he thanks Hanabi for the notes, and considers the previous offer from the other students. At his part-time jobs he finds that in his position, his co-workers would take the extra money, seeing nothing wrong with it. So he later goes and withdraws this, and as he takes it from the ATM, Masakaki’s voice asks him whether he’s accepting his offer, telling him that with it he could even win Hanabi’s heart and even brings up how his father ran off. And as he snaps back, Masakaki presents to him his card and welcomes him to the Financial District.
“RPG” by School Food Punishment. Download.
Among the shows for the upcoming season this one looked to be pretty interesting, as aside from it’s concept the composition for the series was going to be done by Noburo Takagi, who had previously done the adaptations for Baccano! and Durarara!!. However I can’t really admit that I have much experience with the director, Kenji Nakamura‘s work, so I don’t really know what to expect. As a first episode though, I’d say this one managed to live up to some of the expectations I had.
The characters we’ve been introduced all seem pretty good so far, beginning with Kimimaro Yoga voiced by Kouki Uchiyama (a particularly “new” awesome voice actor), a student who despite just wanting to live a simple life still looks to be trying to save an earn as much as possible, and the man who looks to be the antagonist for him, Souichiro Mikuni surprisingly voiced by Daisuke Hosomi who so far looks to contrast him quite a bit. Next to these two we also have Kimimaro’s love interest, Hanabi Ikuta voiced by Yui Makino, who appears to be quite close to him yet oblivious to him. In all though given that this was only the first episode, it could probably still be too early to draw such opinions on the characters, but that was the sort of impression I got from them so far.
To start with, the way that money looks to be used in this series is probably one of the things that interests me the most in this, there’s just so much potential for it. Such as whether it’s really important to have a lot of it and what it really means to have it. Let alone among all of this there will still be how each character views it to define them, whether it’s Kimimaro’s need for it as a necessity or Souichiro’s wanting it just for the sake of having it. So in all this looks to be an interesting focus for a series and it feels like it has a lot of potential to be pretty good.
It really also begs the question as to what you would do if you were placed in a similar position, whether you would really offer up your future in exchange for what could possibly be more money than you would ever need, it’s really just an interesting idea as it depends on one’s values and ideals. Which for the characters appeared to be presented quite nicely in this episode, whether it was Souichiro’s monologue around the beginning of the episode or the way that Kimimaro lived his life, spending as little as possible while earning as much as he could.
Aside from that the Financial district that the Deals throughout the series will take place is another thing that’s interesting about this series, presenting a different ‘world’ for things to happen in the series, and while I don’t have that much experience with them myself, I can easily see how it could be compared to the Persona games. Bringing in some form of familiars for the characters to fight each other with, which hopefully should be elaborated on in the next episode. Along with it, it also brought along the mysterious man, Masakaki voiced by Takahiro Sakurai who seems to manage this place and without a doubt gives the impression that accepting the loans he offers is akin to accepting a deal with the devil.