[see] Episode Two and Find Out What C Really Stands For

"As far as I can recall, he's the first person to win a Deal without knowing anything about it since you did. Sorry, Mikuni-sama, but your days are now fucking numbered!"

[C] stands for crap! Full-on grade A shounen-by-the-book garbage!

This sentiment will be the undertone of this entire post; if you can't take your guilty pleasure getting shredded apart, then run along.
Let's start with the battle, since that is the focus of this anime and also the first thing that happened.

Now, a proxy battle isn't a proxy battle without a proxy, and our Pikachu of [C] is none other than the adorable Mushroom-chan. (That's what Kimimaro called her, so who am I to argue?) Personally, I hate tsundere heroines and useless generic male leads - but, hey, that's just one girl's opinion. Clearly, people want this, otherwise it would not be the most popular setting that's been reoccurring lately.

I will separate the battle into three sense-no-makies, for easy digestion.

So, to begin: can anyone explain-aru to me how Kimimaro got his hands on twelve and a half million (12,500,000) yen? Now, if we all remember, the final scene of Episode One had him at the ATM, staring at five hundred and ninety one thousand (591,000) yen in his bank account; immediately proceeding this was his spiriting away into the Financial District. I can't claim that I was paying full attention at the time, so if anyone noticed him working part-time jobs for a few years while he was in the car, please do let me know.

Deus Ex Machina - oh, what would we do without you! So, we're still not tired of the random protagonist power-ups one-shotting baddies yet? Guess not. I must say, though: Mushroom-chan is one seriously expensive whore, costing a whopping ten million yen for her to put out. It was worth it, though, since it sealed the deal by popping her opponent's ball. (Damn, how many puns were in that one?) I call imba on that hero; nerf nao!

So, here's an overview of the fight with some basic math: the opponent used a series of lesser attacks (dubbed "micro"), which tallied up to a bit under ten million. On the Kimimaro side of things, the entire battle was little more than cat and mouse, where Mushroom-chan played meat bag for Kimimaro in order to build up suspense so we wouldn't call OP on that final attack; it's too bad that I still do. Here's the math part: Kimimaro's bank statement went from twelve million to thirty three million, which means the battle he partook in earned him twenty one million. This number also corresponds to his life points on the field in the big floating disks.

Kimimaro invested ten million into the final attack, whereas the opponent only invested five million in his own attack and so subsequently lost. From these givens, we can assume that your wealth represents both your health and attack points. The question boils down to: why do you use smaller attacks, when you can simply attack your opponent with an attack investing one yen more than your opponent's maximum?

An alternate analysis of the battle would be that it is not a attrition of money and rather that they are betting money on the result, in which case it means the opponent put twenty one million in the pot (somehow) and lost because Kimimaro was holding the better cards - in this case, the better Pokemon.

The rest of the anime was surprisingly more interesting, as we are introduced to the term Black Money (inb4 themes and symbolism). So, black money is basically Monopoly money, printed from the Bank of Midas that only Entrepreneurs can tell apart. Any significance to this? No, not really.

So, what was my favorite part of the anime? It was during that entire "I know your dad!" moment where Mikuni established himself as the seme of the twosome. "I know you from your father...now I'm going to molest you." Hells yes!

~*+ Rho