Let’s talk about storytelling. The absolute basics right here. Things like flow and character development, the kinds of things that are so taken for granted that you don’t even normally discuss them. Samurai Flamenco gives me a good opportunity to talk about these most basic of mechanics because of how it very deliberately ignores these rules. It’s certainly interesting from a scholarly standpoint and whatever the hell it is that motivates them to do such a thing, but it does also demonstrate why these things are important.
When you write a story, the world you are set in is governed by a series of rules. Through the writing you establish these rules, and establish them early on. You also establish your characters and how they think and react. What their goals and motivations are. From here all the twists that occur should play out as a natural progression of the plot and the characters and world should react accordingly. Change is what makes it exciting (unless you are one of those weirdos that likes iyakishitty in which case these rules don’t apply to you), but that change it exciting because of how it effects all the already established factors. When L introduces himself to Light in Death Note as L, it marks a big change in the dynamic of the show, but is only exciting because you can foresee the ramifications this will have on the two characters and the world they’ve built.
Death Note is perhaps an extreme example since they literally write out the rules to you on a page in the first episode, but every story does this. Even your bog-standard Key drama. They establish the two characters and establish that there’s a bit of ~magical realism~ going on here, so when the little girl dies you can tell what effect it will have. Jarring and poor storytelling often comes from things not adhering to their own rules, such as when a character doesn’t react how the story has built them up, or plot holes occur when they don’t adhere to their own rules. This might sound like you can’t change at all, but that’s not the case. Attack on Titan made a regular habit of drastically altering the rules of its world, but it always came one twist at a time. That twist was huge, but you understood how it would effect the world it built.
In Samurai Flamenco, the changes are like they have basically thrown out all the rules established previously and created an entirely new one. Everything you once knew might as well be gotten rid of. The general outline of the characters is still intact, but how they operate in this world does not and you have to rewire your expectations entirely. It’s like how annoying it is when a show throws out its entire cast for a new one because it begs the question of why the hell you even bothered getting emotionally invested in the original crew in the first place. Which incidentally it seems like Samurai Flamenco has done too with this new team of sentai heroes.
Nobody reacts to these changes like the world had previously implied they should. None of the powers they were given are relevant anymore. Next to none of the character development matters. This is not a story. It’s an exercise in creating a text with no flow and no rules. It’s fascinating and weirdly entertaining in its own way, but I also have zero emotional investment in this thing anymore. At the very least this new set of rules it has randomly decided to wear are more enjoyable than the shitty superhero robes it wore last time with King Torture. But I have completely lost any attachment to this story or these characters.