I have no idea what the creators were thinking with this episode. Let’s start with the beginning. After Mashu and Kimimaro’s poor communication skills led to their defeat last week, they begin this episode with perfect teamwork and knowing their opponent. All of their cooperation issues from the previous episode are resolved. This could have been a good opportunity to develop Mashu’s character, whose most notable trait is that she likes ramen. But we skip all of that development and jump straight to the result. Well, it’s a short series, so maybe they didn’t have time.
Except then the next twenty minutes are spent with three different people spouting gibberish at Kimimaro (and sexually assaulting him). I honestly have no idea what the point of this was or even what their disagreement was. Something about Souichiro fighting for the present, IMF girl wanting to destroy the root of the problem, and the other guy fighting only for the future. I’m not sure how their actual plans result in these things though. Kimimaro has a big decision: let the other guy forfeit on his behalf, or fight it out. Here’s a brilliant idea for the two of them: instead of paying money to forfeit, why don’t you both just stand there and do nothing?! That would make everyone happy. But no, Kimimaro, genius that he is, decides after all of this discussion, that he must fight and win. And he proceeds to (apparently) bankrupt the guy, the one outcome that every single person wanted to avoid.
I say apparently because they skipped the only potentially interesting part of the fight. They had Mashu get beat up and bleed her black blood all over the place. Then she and Kimimaro hold hands, scream at the top of their lungs and walk forward into the light of battle… only to immediately skip over to the aftermath.
Somehow, we have romantic hints being dropped between Kimimaro and Mashu this episode, which came completely out of nowhere. I guess we can forgive the creators for this one, since we probably would have noticed if the two main characters didn’t have a net personality less than a block of wood’s. Also the IMF woman has transformed from one of the more interesting characters into a complete joke of fanservice fodder and fast food.
Overall I’m rather disappointed in the direction that C has taken. It has an interesting premise… but it hasn’t fleshed it out well, isn’t making the best use of its time, and the characters are completely uninspired. It took over from Fractale this season in more than just its timeslot.