[C] – Control Review

Kimimaro is a young college student who works hard to earn his keep and could always use more money. It isn’t long before his wish is oddly granted and he is approached by a figure from the mysterious Financial District. This strange man, who seems to be able to bend basic physics, offers Kimimaro a deal. He will be provided with a new “account” and money, but in return he must participate in various battles with other account holders. His collateral if he loses? His entire future.

This show has a pretty large amount of violence that’s at least on par with the levels in Samurai 7. Which is strange because the fighting is mostly contained to just the “futures,” which are like avatars that can be ordered around by the account holders, fighting. Visually it can be a bit graphic though, with money flowing out of wounds in the Financial District like blood. Actual blood is shown as well.

Common language problems, a few da-ms and b-words flung about. Thankfully, it’s nothing frequent or overwhelming.

Not much here aside from one scene where a female investigator takes a shower and puts on her clothing again. No details are shown, but we do get to see her messaging with the back of her bra strap for no good reason. This same character also likes wearing her shirt unbuttoned enough for the top of her bra to show. Bikinis are worse, but it’s still a tad annoying.

The “futures” or “assets” of a person in this show often take strange forms. Many are human like, aside from having horns. This could be interpreted any number of ways, but that isn’t really talked about in the show. Largely this show focuses on the economics of its world and thus all symbolism, which is very likely to exist, is left unexplained.

Personal Impression:
This is definitely one weird mamma-jamma of a show. It’s short, but pretty packed full. The animation and music is all pretty good. In fact, the animation is really high quality. It’s also interesting to note, however, that the animators decided to integrate some CG into the mix. It’s well done and not too noticeable and actually works well for the world it’s in and the high line count animation masks it well. Unfortunately this blend makes the creepiness of some of the characters and the violence that much more vivid.
On the topic of the story, it’s straight forward enough on the surface, but the mechanics are pretty complex. In order to truly appreciate the show, one needs a pretty good understanding of economy and money exchange and how all of that works in the world. I only have the very basic idea down, so I got lost on many of the finer points of the show. Still, while that angle isn’t for everyone, it certainly made things more interesting than a run-of-the-mill show. It’s too bad the characters themselves were so flat, with any dimensions being seen only at the end and never fully addressed.
Overall this show left a pretty bland taste in my mouth. It’s not bad, but it’s not great. If you’re a proud nerd of economy or just want to taste-test a show that focuses on pressing world issues, this is a good place to look. It’s short too (only eleven episodes,) so it’s not something that will eat up too much of your life. Just don’t expect too much from the characters.

Personal Rating: Young adult

Episodes: 11
Languages: Sub only
Official rating: TV14
Genre(s): Action, cyberpunk, fantasy, economy
Website: http://www.funimation.com/c-control
Legal streaming: YouTube or FUNimation
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