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So, I was watching anime this week and I decided to get caught up on C. Let me tell you something, C is actually pretty deep. There are a lot of interesting moral angles involved with C that deserve discussion. One thing I particularly like is the good old question “Do the ends justify the means?” Since the people involved in the digimon battles… er… Deals are gambling their futures, even losing by 1% can have serious repercussions on their lives. The effects of going bankrupt drive most Entrepreneurs into suicide, since their entire future has been spent. That being said, more and more of the modern world is reliant upon the wealth generated from the sinister, and clearly evil, financial district.

Alright, so we have a stream of evil-looking currency pouring out of an evil-looking alternate world that is obsessed with the number 666. This money looks like whatever the local currency is to those who haven’t been to the financial district and doesn’t seem to have any sort of sinister effects… and yet, there is a massive counter of how much of it is out there circulating. Furthermore, the more money you win or lose, the bigger the effect on the real world… if a man loses a small amount, he might find that his house burned down… if he loses by a big amount, he might be charged with embezzling and his corporation will go under, leaving 10,000 people unemployed. These aren’t small effects… and everyone is required to engage in a deal every week, so they happen fairly frequently. The world keeps reforming itself to punish the losers… skyscrapers disappear and no one notices.

The money is clearly evil and it requires people’s futures… but people still want it. Even with the people who want to do good with the money, the question becomes whether or not they can do enough good with the money to counter-act the bad that comes from the losing side. Furthermore, it seems like most of the good works you can do with the money end up getting canceled out when you lose… The miracle drug you spent all that capital developing will get banned by the government, the orphans whose lives you tried to improve will all vanish from the earth… this is some serious stuff!

Of course, one of the main characters believes that he can control the system. He believes that, by limiting the win/loss ratio to as little as possible, he can control the detrimental effects, but still use the money. Of course, he has so much capital built up now… if he loses even once, Japan might collapse overnight. Still, he is working on the system. “Rather than see people starve in a clean and innocent world, I’d rather see them live in a filthy and impure world.” There are other opinions, though. There is a white woman who works for an international agency… with some bad Engrish. She believes that cutting all ties with the financial district is the only way to save mankind, no matter how painful that might be. She lacks the authority to make such a decision, however, so she just observes, looks conservative-sexy and eats a bunch without gaining any weight.

Basically, I think C is doing its best to try to convey something deeper and more meaningful. I’ve seen that go horribly wrong before, but it is a good start. It will eventually boil down to the ending, whether or not they can successfully tie it all up… but at the episode 7 mark: So far, so good.

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2 Comments

  1. That was a surprisingly deep review for a programming language…

  2. Can’t wait for C+


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