As much as pulling the Guillotine Gorilla card appears to have basically ruined Samurai Flamenco, for that single glorious moment when the policeman’s head got chopped off, it was pure and utter madness. I have never, ever seen a shift that drastic and that completely out of the blue in my life. There was NOTHING hinting that this would happen. Watching twitter completely explode with a series of people just typing out whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat was baffling before the event because it was hard to sum up in a tweet what happened. Saying Guillotine Gorilla didn’t give it away. Saying Samurai Flamenco started channelling Blood-C gave a little indication, but certainly not the nature of it.
What continues to be crazy about this moment since it happened is how the entire show continues to treat that moment like it was just natural proceedings. On some level that could be construed as the point, but someone’s lines have clearly been crossed. For as drastic a twist as it was, it wasn’t presented in the same vein as a Madoka episode 3 or a Code Geass episode 22 where the scene itself had a certain amount of gravitas to the directing like it knew this was Big Shit. People seemed a bit freaked out by Guillotine Gorilla but not as much as you’d think a policeman’s head shooting out a window would do. It’s so shocking that even now I’m still waiting for them to pull the curtain back.
As much as it might have ruined the anime though, I will always have that moment. I will always have that singular moment a man morphed into a gorilla with a guillotine in its chest. For that moment, I had to give this moment a space in this 12 days. It would have felt wrong to ignore it.