Money. During this time of year, Americans spend the most of it. People work hard for it. And it cycles in and out of our lives easily. And we learn how much effects the lives of everyone in this country every day with stocks, prices and more. Yet, the effects have not been so grandiose than in Tatsunoko Productions’ and Funimation’s anime, Control – The Money of Soul and Possibility.
Control – The Money of Soul and Possibility deals with a struggling young Economics student named Kimimaro Yoga. Kimimaro just wants an average life making an honest living as a civil servant in the country of Japan. And after a recent scare of economic collapse saved by the Sovereign Wealth Fund, Kimimaro wants that more than ever. Yet, after working 2 jobs, he comes home to be surprised by a man named Masakaki, who looks like the love child of the Joker and Akio Ohtori. Masakaki gives Kimimaro a card which leads the young student to become an Entre, short for Entrepreneur in an alternate dimension called the “Financial District.” Now, Kimimaro fights along side his Asset, a horned girl being known as Mashyu, get into fights (known as Deals) once again against other Entres for financial supremacy. Yet, these fights seem to have direct and horrifying effects to anyone who loses a battle in the “Financial District.” And what do both the Entres Souichirou and Jennifer want with Kimimaro.
Control gives the old saying that “Money is the Root of All Evil” a whole new, terrifying aspect in this anime. If you win, you get more money, with the so called Midas Money making its way into the real world. If you lose, your “future” gets taken. Depending on how bad the lose, the repercussions get worse. This show really examines the effects of money on people, on businesses and more in a very entertaining way. The plots within the main characters of the show depict the various degrees of how money effects not only them but the friends around them: which help makes the show stand out.
The show moves at a great pace with intrigue about the Financial District, Souichiro, Jennifer and even Kimimaro’s own father. Every action has a reaction within the story. The show is 11 episodes so there is NO filler in this series. As money is being battled over in vicious battles, we learn the effects of their battles have on the rest of the country and possibly the world.
Control was done by Tatsunoko Productions with the English dub handled by Funimation. The animation is crisp, with not a single episode looking like it was a quickly put together episode. Considering the show is only 11 episodes, that attributes to that. Funimation, as usual, gives their A- game on this dub … by combining Veteran and well-known voice actors with some lesser known names. Todd Haberkorn takes the lead as Kimimaro while Souichiro is played by the very smooth J. Michael Tatum. Mashyu is voiced by current vet, Briana Palencia while Souichiro’s asset, Q, is played by Monica Rial. They all give strong performances here as Tatum and Haberkorn playing out the struggles of Souichiro and Kimimaro respectively feel heighten in this dub. Strong performances are delivered across the board by Rial, Palencia, and even other actors who play supporting or one off characters from Sonny Strait, Cherami Leigh, Scott Freeman and more. Great job by Joel McDonald and cast for a strong dub on a great, original anime.
Control is a strong anime with one of the most original premises I have seen in a very long time. Putting your future up as collateral while collecting or losing money is definitely an interesting way to set up this anime. It is excellently paced. With no filler, you get to see the conflicts build quickly but still can feel invested. One of the best things about this anime is the writing. There is no clear good guy or bad guy at all. There is always people who are getting money and the effects of those battles. This allows viewers to root for which ever character they please while still enjoying the intrigue of the “Financial District.” Control gives you possibilities and puts them on the line. It is definitely innovative and a fun watch.
Control – The Money of Soul & Possiblity is currently available in stores, thanks to Funimation. You can always watch all 11 episodes for free, subbed, on Funimation’s Youtube page. I highly suggest watching it and let it make you think twice about how you spend your money.
Till next time, keep an eye out for any guys with Top Hats talking about giving you Midas Money.