It’s obvious: people go to extreme lengths for the sake of cash. Most blatantly, people can rob a bank, a gas station, hold others up at gunpoint, but such desire for money can be shown in other means as well. Questionable business decisions, moral ambiguity, participation in crazy game shows, money is quite often the motivating factor here. How far then, would people be willing to go for a large sum of it?
Life is Money is a rather interesting manga, asking this question, along with far more philosophical, psychological topics that are rather interesting. In a game where people kill each other by using “Mental Overs,” putting one’s body under huge stress through verbal attacks, there is a lot of room for clashing ideals, the effect of one’s history on who they are in the present and other such plot points. However, one of the main parts of the game that was presented, I feel, didn’t get such an explanation and focus: the taking away of the five senses.
Every day the game went on, a dice would be rolled that decided whether you had to have one of your senses taken away, or you got off free for the day. This allowed for some interesting psychological attacks, and made for rather unique plot points, but otherwise, this idea was not focused on explicitly, choosing instead to focus on character interaction and a mix of conflicts of their ideals, and psychological warfare. However, I’d like to further delve into what makes taking away the senses so debilitating to an individual, and, in-universe, what would make them so much more likely to “Mental Over.”
So yes. Today, we’re going to learn a bit more about neuroscience and psychology, relating to the ideas of sensory deprivation and solitary confinement. And yes, there will be spoilers, but trust me, Life is Money will still make for an interesting read in spite of them. Last thing before we get started: the manga does have some…creepy imagery, so if that’s not your thing, well, I warned ya. Sounds good? Aight. Let’s get into it!
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