C continues to strike me as something that can be looked at in multiple ways. Last time, I looked at the fates of those who ultimately lost everything and those who never had a chance. This time I felt like taking a look at the role of the unlikely organization lurking in the background, the International Monetary Fund.
The IMF has recently been in the news for all of the wrong reasons lately. The arrest and indictment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on rape charges has left it without a permanent head in the short term. It has also led to questions about the direction of the leadership. With the exception of brief caretaker periods, the IMF has been run by Europeans since its creation. Though there have been grumblings about appointing a non-European head, the present situation in the Eurozone and the votes of the EU and the US making up 43 percent of the vote means that a European will likely continue to lead the IMF.
Some of this frustration can be seen after the introduction of Jennifer Satou in C. Her character would seem to be the only one dedicated to the complete destruction of the Financial District, but I tend to see that more as her believing in the mission of the IMF. The flood of money from the Financial District would be causing all sorts of imbalances in global trade, so stopping it would go along with the IMF’s original mission. However, she runs into a wall with her superiors who seem not to have much of a problem. If people like Mikuni are keeping Japan afloat using money from the Financial District, then there is no immediate concern.
There’s a lot of criticism of the IMF that can be seen through C as a result. The use of Satou as a character is probably meant to reflect on the IMF not particularly caring about what happens in Japan. Another criticism would be of the IMF’s inability to act on a situation even if the systemic risk is obvious. In this case, if Mikuni ends up bankrupt from one of the battles in the Financial District, then Japan’s entire economy could collapse.
Back to the role of Satou in all of this, playing the part of the whistle blower would seem to come to nothing. She could choose to be corrupted and use her knowledge of the workings inside the IMF to make some money off of the system collapsing like she seems to want it to. I also don’t really have much of an issue with her being granted access to the Financial District even though it could seem a bit illogical that she would be allowed in. The markets are supposed to represent individual interests, and the likely conclusion for her will be that the Financial District exists in the manner it does because people want it that way.
C obviously strikes me as an interesting series. The action scenes hardly seem relevant, and instead it really is a story about the consequences individualism has on society as a whole.