C was the show I was looking forward to the most this season, being an original story in the noitaminA timeslot, and I was not disappointed. C appears to consist of two worlds, the real world and the Financial District. From what we’ve seen so far, it appears that Entrepeneurs (abbreviated “entrees”) fight each other for money in the Financial District using both money to control possibilities and some sort of oni-like partner. They bet their future on the fight.
The first segment served as a teaser into the world of the financial district, while the second half took a step back and introduced the main character as he entered into the new world. I already like a character who reacts to a crazy clown guy appearing in his nightmares by ignoring him and continuing to study. His devotion to a government job is a bit odd, but I’m sure we’ll see why in the future. His co-worker doing the shelving is awesome too. Best side character this season.
C seems like to be signaling that it won’t make the same mistake of Fractale in ignoring world building by dedicating the entire first episode to the world and only a few characters. With such a short timeslot, the creators need to use every moment to the fullest, and so far they’re succeeding. The setting is unique and engrossing. But the CG for the Financial District was questionable… Hopefully we won’t see too much of this, or it’ll take some getting used to.
I wish that more studios would take the chance to make anime original works. To overgeneralize broadly, I feel that original works are of higher quality than manga and visual novel adaptations. Maybe it’s just that they’re better suited to the medium, or more likely, the creators just put more effort and resources into an original work.