C – 07: continuing the philosophical debate, tarot symbolism, and Q’s monologue

The episode was, once again, great. It featured the backstories of Mikuni as well as developed the relationship between Msyu and Kimimaro more. I can’t help but think that the assets truly reflect the figurative futures of their entrepreneurs. Mikuni seems to care for no one but his sister, and his future seems to be mired with his sister perhaps getting well. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Q looks a lot like his sister.

Change her hair color, and put horns on her head, and you'll see Q.

I don’t know what to say about Msyu and Kimimaro, however. They’re clearly developing, and Kimimaro’s falling for Msyu just as she is for him. This may suggest that Msyu is his future – that they will end up together, or that she may be one of the important people in his life later on. I can’t say Msyu looks like Hanabi, however. There are certain points in the episode that I’ve noticed, but they were disparate from one another so I divided the post into sections.

The philosophical debate continued: the temporality of Heidegger against Merleau-Ponty’s

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One of our lectures in a philosophy subject featured a discussion on temporality. The essay was written by Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and I remember that it featured the concept of ek-stasis prominently. While I may have mentioned this term tangentially in the past, the concept states that man follows a continuous arc of time, and his egress into the future is a jumping out of his self (thus the term ek-stasis) into the future. Of course it’s a lot more complicated than that, and it doesn’t help that it’s been more than three years since my last lecture in philosophy. As I have had a lot more of philosophy than economics, I feel a lot more comfortable discussing the philosophical concepts imbued in this character drama that has economics as a backdrop.

I know I have rusted over time, however, but I have never forgotten the general gist of ek-stasis as explicated by Merleau-Ponty. I read more about it, so as to hone and remind myself a bit of that knowledge I gained back then, and so as not to be ignorant. The ethical battle occurring in Kimimaro’s mind is closely related to this philosophy of time. With more reading, clear similarities could be noted between the stance of Mikuni and Sennoza to the stance of Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger.

Ek-stasis is a philosophical concept introduced by Heidegger and elucidated further upon by Merleau-Ponty. In a nutshell, Merleau-Ponty illustrates that our then (past) and there (future) has to be situated in a here, or the present. I can’t go into the nitty-gritty because clearly, while I’m not ignorant I know not much about the nuances of philosophy in depth. Merleau-Ponty used the term ek-stasis in the sense that man, from his present, can jump into his past and his future. There can be no there without a here, and no then without a here as well. Everything is seated in the present. This is much similar to Mikuni’s philosophy, and more light has been shed on why he has been acting as such: it was because of his father’s lack of focus towards his family that his sister has been in a coma for quite some time. Because of his father’s failure to act, his sister technically has no future, because she is a vegetable in her present. Those last words her sister made towards him may have been what cemented his actions in the Financial District. In contrast to this is the Heideggerian priority of the there, or the future, reflected upon by Sennoza Kou. It is more mystical, but both have some merit in them: if there was no future to look up to, what is the use of the present? It’s a difficult debate with no easy answers.

More tarot symbolisms

The card the car is driving over seems to be The Empress. The next card will feature Death, as was made obvious by the skull.

I couldn’t help but notice in Mikuni’s flashback that the path illuminated in his way to the Financial District was the Empress placed alongside Death. From Keen.com,

Another intense card combination with similar results is when the Tarot card Death appears alongside The Empress. This means a longtime relationship will end because of a perceived grievance you have delivered to the other person. So much of The Empress card revolves around not realizing the effect you have on others as your pursuits of pleasure take you out of the daily struggle just enough to lose touch with how the world conducts itself. Death is numbered 13 in the Tarot, a higher echo of the number 3 held by The Empress. Both of these cards signal detachment. Death has no relationship to what came before or what ill comes after; it simply moves through with impunity, ending one chapter before another begins. The Empress is detached from having to worry about day-to-day affairs. She can get by on her looks and coast on her money, and she usually does.

Guess what happened between Mikuni and his father? Who is the one who seems to have lost touch with how the world conducts itself because of his pursuit? While this series will probably have no true relation to tarot symbolism and the Qabbalah, the fact that it’s accurate with the small details make me happy.

Q’s monologue

From our esteemed translator anon on /a/,

I am nothing but an asset.
I have no interest on the Entre’s feelings, personal life or on his activities in the real world.
Deals are all the relation between the Entre and the Asset.
That is the principle I believe in.
Nevertheless, my entre often summons me outside of duels, and under the pretext of “dates”, takes me on walks around the Financial District.
He will talk all the time, and enjoy meals alongside me.
To the other entres, it is quite an eccentric sight.
To me it is an unnecessary conduct, but as I see no reason to oppose it, I follow him.
The entre seems satisfied with just that.
However, when I am with the entre, my body enters an unexplainable condition.
As if my chest is tightening, or as if I want to reach out and feel his warmness…
Unique sensations not usually found in assets.
Perhaps that has something to do with the entre’s lost future.
However these are not debilitating and I can carry out my part as an asset.
That must be what the entre desires as well.

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8 Responses to “C – 07: continuing the philosophical debate, tarot symbolism, and Q’s monologue”

  1. Angelus Says:

    French existential phenomenologists? It wasn’t for nothing that the word “Francophoney” was coined!

    “There can be no there without a here”? That’s about as profound as “Every door has a doorknob” (from movie director Walerian Boroczyk’s ironic pastiche “Emmanuelle 5”). It follows merely from the definitions of “here” and “there”, and says nothing about “hereness” or “thereness”, or anything else for that matter. Such “philosophers” would do well to study Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and see how philosophy can be approached in a formal, systematic fashion rather than being concocted from pseudo-intellectual smoke and mirrors.

    Oh, and now you can see why I have no time for “Ethics”…


  2. Michael Says:

    Angelus! Haha!

    I actually read the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, but I couldn’t glean much from it. I do agree that their philosophy is essentially smoke and mirrors, because I really had a difficult time figuring out what they even meant in the first place. There’s also Marcel, who was … equally difficult.

    Haha. 😛

  3. Mira Says:

    Whoa. That looks ominous.

    I like how Kimimaro assumes the role of the everyman. He’s approached with different, conflicting ideas and he has to find his own based on what he’s seen, heard and experienced. As you said, there is no easy answer.

    Q’s monologue is intriguing. In a way, she’s probably experiencing human emotions because she’s tied with Mikuni’s future with Takako.

    Oh and I thought you’d be interested in Oosaka Naoki (A staff member in [C], but I think he works in the field of economics, there’s no information disclosed on this yet) here: http://soulcontrol.wikia.com/wiki/Oosaka_Naoki_Comments

  4. Sapphire Pyro Says:

    Thanks for sharing Q’s monologue *_*

    Empress and Death on Mikuni’s first Deal… it wasn’t the same with the other Entres? I can’t remember if they were shown at all. But if they weren’t, then there’s a possibility that the symbols on the path doesn’t exactly reflect on Mikuni alone?

  5. abscissa Says:

    I just stumble upon your blog as I’m looking for C reviews. You’re have been so insightful, I truly enjoyed reading your thorough C analysis. I also like the show it’s just too sad that I don’t have the resources about the Tarrot Cards and my knowledge about Business jargon is limited.

    But thanks to your reviews, especially the symbolism and philosophy behind C.

  6. Michael Says:

    Sapphire Pyro:

    You’re welcome! I haven’t recalled it to be such with the other Entres. And yes, there is that possibility.


    Thank you very much. I also have a limited knowledge of business jargon, but I do recognize this show’s backdrop is economics.

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  8. dana wills Says:

    The overall lesson of this reading is to take time this year to reflect on the differences between the inner and the outer world.

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