All right guys, it was fun while it lasted. The Guillotine Gorilla moment was genius in its complete unpredictability and I felt thoroughly entertained for a brief while. But I think I’m happy now to call it a Jump the Shark moment. A true, almost definitive shark jumping moment, to the point that I can’t think of a single other anime that has that absolute clear a moment that completely shifted tone and content with once such an easily identifiable moment. I haven’t seen Happy Days that the phrase comes from, but I’ve done extensive research into it (I read Wikipedia and TV Tropes) and the key difference here is Jumping the Shark is supposed to be for a show that was starting to lose appeal and did something audacious to try mix things up. To pull a Guillotine Gorillla your changing moment has to come out of fucking nowhere. Otherwise, to quote from wikipedia:
For a show that in its early seasons depicted universally relatable…this incident marked an audacious, cartoonish turn towards attention-seeking gimmickry.
Seems to do a pretty good job of explaining SamFlam too.
Does it even count as meta superhero anymore? Samumenco doesn’t appear to be making any commentary on superhero stories anymore or trying to relate them to our lives. It just is a superhero story now. Having King Torture capture the lady character and torture her in ways that rip off her clothes and mention that she’s only here as bait for the male main character is the kind of thing shitty superhero stories do. You don’t get forgiven for doing this if the villain says “this is what villains do”. That only means you should know better. The only explanation here would be that the writers on Samurai Flamenco actually think these stories are good, in which case I can call the writers a load of idiots.
But hey, maybe it’s just me and my usual dislike of superhero stories when they start taking themselves so seriously. You know like how that Ironman movie was really cool when it was just a rich man in his house mucking about with machinery before a completely stupid villain came in with ridiculous schemes that made no sense whatsoever and resulted in battles that were completely stupid and had no tension whatsoever. Oh wait, maybe I’m talking about Samurai Flamenco there. Don’t worry though, it’s META! That means we can do all the same things in exactly the same fashion and nobody can criticise us, even if our meta commentary isn’t actually saying anything at all.
I’m still waiting for the camera to pull out and for a director to say “aaaaand cut” because right now that’s about the only explanation I’d be happy with for this arc. Either that or you’ve got to get even more ridiculous and become a completely different show altogether all over again. The monsters are from space and they try invade the earth so they build a Samurai Flamenco mecha and it eventually turns into Gurren Lagann. Now that I could possibly accept.