"It just means that someone bought stocks from an Entre who had no chance of winning. Guess it's better to be a big dog's uke than to be smart. Har har~"

This week on [C], we got introduced to some new terminology and had a couple of burning questions cleared up (primarily questions like, "How much money does Mikuni really have?" "What is meant by your 'future'?" and "Why is Rho is watching this terrible anime?").

So, it's pretty obvious at this point that skill and ingenuity don't matter in the Financial District; it's all about how strong your Pokemon is and how rich your sugar daddy is. Take Kimimaro here, for example: it doesn't matter that he's a complete retard and never uses the skill that's been winning all his fights right off the bat. He just needed to sell some "stock" from his "asset" to Mikuni, and his account went back up to fifty million...which he then promptly invested every penny of into his attack. I think, at this point, you can start using Macro. It was said that Macro was rarely used because of the expensive minimum investment (one million) - however, Kimimaro has yet to even ever go under that baseline. Is Mushroom-chan broken or something? I swear, if he calls in a 1mil Macro one day and it's stronger than his 50mil Mezzo today, I'm just going to snap.

Why does Mikuni get to summon multiple assets onto the field when the rules specifically don't allow it? I think the anime is trying to justify it by having the goat butler give birth to it, or it probably has something to do with the White Knight (card? attack? ability? gibberish?). At least we've finally established that Mikuni has a whopping thirty something billion, rather than what the display had us assuming. You'd think that, in the Financial District, they would have displays that showed more than four digits.

During Mikuni's fight, his opponent went public at the height of his success, but later Mikuni overtook him by one percent. Now, what you may not have realized, is that all of the opponent's investors just lost a huge chunk of money. They bought in when it was the most expensive, and therefore they lose a percentage of their investment equal to the percentage that the opponent's net worth was truncated by.

Simplified: buying high and selling low is the fastest way to lose all your money.

Your "future", from my understanding, is what you have been fighting for. In the case of the sensei, that would be his children - but, luckily for him, he didn't want children that badly anyway. It makes me want to join the Financial District and fight for democracy, and then lose on purpose to see what happens.

Another nota-bene would be the fact that Kimimaro still exists means his dad wasn't really fighting for him after all. I first thought that Kimimaro would be more upset about that realization, but then realized he's probably too stupid to connect those dots. I suspect it will be used in a fight some episodes later, as a mindfuck by the opponent to make Kimimaro all sad-face ugly.

Apparently, Mikuni's purpose is to convert the residents of the Financial District from pvpers into carebears. Gotta say, that's worth a lot of minus brownie points. It also makes me wonder why more people don't challenge him, when he's all like, "Is not aboot winning; it aboot not pwning pplz futurez."

What the hell is with this hand scene? We stare at a hand zoom in for like half a minute while Mikuni explains his intentions. Was Mikuni actually slowly shoving his hand into Kimimaro's face? Also, his hand is disturbingly pixellated; he should really get that looked at by a doctor.

Are people finally starting to notice the horrible quality of animation in this series yet? Mikuni's fight literally had like eight scenes, and three of them were repeated. It's as if this anime is being done by one guy in his basement. When you have to repeat a four-second scene twice in ten seconds, something is very, very wrong.

~*+ Rho