C – 08: Hanabi’s monologue, and purple destruction

The episode surprisingly began at a different Financial District shown by the different central sun, and the different background. It seemed that the Financial District of Southeast Asia was falling apart. (That’s where I belong, by the way.) The viewer is introduced to what will happen when a Financial District becomes bankrupt: the entire area it controls disappears into nothingness. Mikuni again attempts to maneuver to minimize the effect of the bankruptcy, but he’s having much difficulty, as it seems that the Financial Districts were constructed to be reliant on one another. If one falls, the others are adversely affected.

Some people want to watch the world burn.

Ebara is at the nadir of his life, being unable to do anything and failing to obtain the children that he greatly treasured. Without Kimimaro’s intervention he would have certainly died earlier, but he still faced a tragic end later on anyway. No solution is offered by the Financial District, although the gold-teeth man offers direct reparations, to little avail as Ebara encounters an accident later on.

I saw this episode as more of the turning-point of the series: it is, after all, the episode where Kimimaro finally decides to act willfully, not minding the consequences and the opposition along the way. He has seen people fade out of existence, and is not comforted by a tenuous present leading to an unstable future. He would rather have a future he could believe in; this is in direct opposition to Mikuni’s aims of preserving the present, no matter what the future will become. Ironically, I see that Mikuni’s also trusting in the future: he hopes that his sister will be revived, and thus tries his best to preserve her vegetable state because of that hope. Hope is not rooted in the present: it is a belief that something will occur in the future through one’s diligence and hard work. Mikuni seems to be quite a hypocrite, no matter what he says.

I think it’s undeniable that the final scene of the episode was the most jarring. The only one left in the wake of destruction was a Fool similar to Masakaki. I’ve inferred in my previous posts that Masakaki may very well be the final obstacle of the series, primarily because The Fool is described as Nothing and Everything: it is considered by some to be the most powerful trump card in tarot mysticism. How the blue-haired Masakaki laughed as Singapore was being destroyed inspires a lot of suspicion – and makes it seem as he had planned the occurrence of the entire disaster. It’s really apt if the Fool was both Everything and Nothing.

Among other things, I’ve noted that the CMYK color wheel is observed with regard to the sephirot symbolisms at the back of the Entrepreneurs: Jennifer has a magenta colored one, while Kimimaro has a cyan-colored one. Others have yellow.

Her sephirot is magenta.

Finally, I think the reason behind Kimimaro’s money burning is symbolic to him: he recognizes that no amount of money can be exchanged for the future of a person, and that paper money is inherently worthless without people trusting what it represents (Taketazaki reaffirms this idea). I also think, despite my want of an economics knowledge, that he’s making the money more valuable: if more money circulates, then the less it’s valuable, I recall. That’s what happened to the Weimar republic and more recently, Zimbabwe where due to their excessive money printing their currency was essentially valueless. An economics major should correct me if I’m wrong, though.

The series is shaping up to be great, despite still distant from being a masterpiece, at least for me. It’s a great episode with a lot of areas one can discuss (like the strangeness of Hanabi, for example), but I find that focusing on the symbolism and the gist of the episode (as I did with this post) is what I wanted to do.

Hanabi’s monologue

Hanabi

Kimimaro? He’s a classmate from back in highschool. Even back then he was already boring.
Girlfriend? *snort* Of course he doesn’t have one. It’s like, he’s so stiff sometimes, no fun at all.
His face is not bad, so every now and then he gets girls confessing to him, but he always rejects them.
“I can’t go out with somebody I don’t really like”, he says.
I told him “it’s not like you’re marrying them”, you know?
But he doesn’t listen.
So even now he’s never had a girlfriend.
What, me?
Oh, he’s a good guy, and we get along, but it’s not like that.
Even though we’re the same age, he feels like a little brother.
Just looking at him I end up wanting to take care of him.
It’s because of his nature, definitely.
But really, he’s lived a rough life. Although in these times, it’s no surprise.
Sometimes I also sometimes feel really insecure, but I really don’t want to be discouraged, so I’m working my hardest for the Teacher Competency Test.
I love children, so I feel this is the only thing for me, but…
But recently it’s been a little strange, hasn’t it.
Sometimes I start thinking about a lot of things and just space off.
When I come to, it’s been like two hours.
My head understands, but my feelings just refuse to go along.
I’m hopeless, aren’t I?
…and recently he’s been so lively…
I have to do my best too.

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5 Responses to “C – 08: Hanabi’s monologue, and purple destruction”

  1. info600 Says:

    with all these monologues from the recent episode EDs, I ‘m curious to what did the first 4 QR codes showed (only because you haven’t realized it before ep 5 or they weren’t as interesting)

  2. Miracle Falcon Says:

    Hm. I’m noticing a few things that I’d like to point out to you. First and foremost, I think I’ve found a link to the letter C in all this: it corresponds to Gimel in Hebrew. If you’ve ever played with a dreidel, you know that whoever gets Gimel from it gets everything in the pot. Looking up more, I found this on wikipedia:

    “It is written like a vav with a yud as a “foot”, and it resembles a person in motion; symbolically, a rich man running after a poor man to give him charity, as in the Hebrew alphabet gimel directly precedes dalet, which signifies a poor or lowly man, from the Hebrew word dal.
    The word gimel is related to gemul, which means justified repayment, or the giving of reward and punishment.
    Gimmel is also one of the seven letters which receive a special crown (called a tagin) when written in a Sefer Torah. See shin, ayin, teth, nun, zayin, and tsadi.”

    The crown may possibly relate back to the Sephiroth, as the crown, Keter, is the part at the top, which apparently represents absolute compassion.

    Just in case, I do want to mention the significance of the King, Midas. Of course you’ve heard of the Midas touch, but since you haven’t brought it up in any of your writings as far as I’ve seen, I feel it is worth looking into, as it’s an apt fit for this corporation. They bail out countries, so they bring wealth – but Midas eventually became unhappy with his ability, and was eventually given the ears of a donkey (which, incidentally, would seem to me to relate back to the idea of the fool…) Apparently Midas was given the ears of a donkey after thinking that the music played by a satyr named Marsyas was better than the music played by Apollo. Although this is stretching it, apart from looking like the devil, I do think Msyu looks a bit like a satyr, and Msyu sounds damn similar to Marsyas. We’ll have to wait for the series to pan out to know if there’s any link, but if Kimimaro begins to find Msyu overly appealing, I might be on to something. (What’s more, Apollo is the sun God, of course, which is Kimimaro’s cards’ symbol. It also looks a lot like the giant gold coin floating in the financial district, acting pretty much as the sun there. If he somehow chooses Msyu over the financial district, this may pan out properly also).

    That last one is a stretch, though.

    I do want to say that I don’t think you’re looking into the economics of this enough. While some of the fights have clearly had elements that are just for show, I think C is still pretty good at mapping out the relation of the REAL financial districts of the world with how they act in reality. Take a look at the bailout in the United States, for instance: we can’t just punish Wall Street over here because doing so would continue to screw us all over, since we need the money that comes from the financial industries to invest in companies. At the same time, the more interconnected Wall Street is with the rest of the economy, the more vulnerable the US economy is. C has done a very good job at capturing the dichotomy of how we need the financial industries and how they are dangerous – it is, in essence, a deal with the devil. You are not incorrect to continue to look at the tarot symbolism in this show, but I believe that it serves as a commentary on money, not just as some way to say “look, we have symbolism!”

    I believe what we need to know is how the South East financial market failed. Episode eight nailed it when the characters recognized that money only has value with trust, and that’s a big part of why the financial crisis hit so hard back in 2008: people realized that the mortgage backed securities they’d been trading didn’t deserve the AAA safety rating they got, and so the value people were willing to pay for them plummeted. It’s more complicated than that of course, but, after housing prices began to decline, that’s basically what started the collapse in the US. So how did the South East financial market lose money? Based on what we’ve seen, there’s got to be a way for the financial districts in the show to lose money, but hell if we’ve seen it yet. Hopefully the next episode will explain, and at that point, we might have some more economic ideas to discuss.

    On the topic of the CMYK color model, I did think there’s been one thing missing from your discussion: the significance of black. If you combine Msyu, Kimimaro, and the financial district, you should get black, correct? But it doesn’t seem that anything bad is coming from that quite yet. If Kimimaro is to be the hero of the show, it should in fact be that the combination of the three is a GOOD thing, and the color black DOES back that up. To be “in the black” is good for economies – to be “in the red” is, of course, bad. This is actually why Black Friday is called Black Friday – not because shopping is inherently evil, but because almost all businesses are in the black on that particular shopping day. Again, we’ll have to see where this goes, but black could still be positive.

    Lastly, I want to ask: do you know how Lehman Brothers contributed to the financial crisis in 2008? They mention Lehman in episode 8, and this might be tying the real world crisis into the show… Which would entertain me greatly. Now might be a time to read up on it if you don’t know about it, it might help you analyze the coming episodes. Just a thought.

    Your posts have been good reads, and have got me thinking. But I think we might yet come to different conclusions about this show.

  3. Michael Says:

    Miracle Falcon:

    Wow, thanks for that write-up. You’ve done very well with the symbolism; I’d have to look into the economics more, but your write up was amazing. That was a great catch with the Gimel, as it also ties very heavily with the show’s symbolism.

    Thank you very much.

    info600:

    It’s on soulcontrol.wikia.com. Enjoy! Thanks for the comment.

  4. Acanto Says:

    Michael: I’ve written you an e-mail about the hidden meanings of [C]. I would’ve posted everything here, but it’s a bit too long for a comment. I’d appreciate to have some feedback, though 🙂

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