After the 3 week break, I get the feeling a whole lot of people will have jumped back into Samurai Flamenco and realised “holy crap I do not care about a single thing that is going on anymore”. Funnily enough that is what happens when you set fire to your original script a quarter of the way through the show and arbitrarily decide anything and everything can happen. You do start to lose emotional investment. I know I have. The entire story feels artificial now. Which they are doing something with and making commentary about in some interesting ways I will grant them that. It’s just hard to care.
I did quite like Masayoshi’s trip to his old police buddy’s house. It, and the scene where he berated a dude on the street, helped do at least the tiniest bit of connecting what happened pre-Guillotine Gorilla to post-Guillotine Gorilla. They have a human conversation with grounding in reality. They had worries and dreams which they spilled out over a cup of tea together. Masayoshi asked a dude on the street to put out his cigarette because he was in a no smoking area. This was the Samurai Flamenco I originally started watching. It was a little bit funnier maybe, but it felt like the genuine struggle of a guy who just wants to make a difference. Now he’s starting to make a difference as this is him wondering if he’s making the right kind of difference so going back to his friend for advice. It’s a really nice scene and gave me a tiny bit of hope for the future.
The actual superhero-ing though still feels like its operating in a different world. If it’s meant to be a funny parody of these super sentai series then it’s doing a terrible job of it. Welcome to Poe’s Law, where the parody of something is indistinguishable from the real thing. There’s no real jokes here. Just a power rangers anime. Let me break it down for you here. I’m going to be real. The realest: Power Rangers is a terrible show. It was always a terrible show. I never liked it as a kid, never liked shows inspired by it. I didn’t even like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is another super sentai team cartoon. Nor have I liked these series as an adult. So when Samurai Flamenco is basically being Power Rangers, it’s boring and stupid and completely divorced from the reality of pre-Guillotine Gorilla.
This is why, in spite of Guillotine Gorilla being so long ago, part of me still holds onto the idea that this is a TV show. Nothing that happens here appears to have anything to do with the real world. They are just TV stars, appearing on daytime talk programmes and being recognised in the street. They’re actors whose actions have no relation to reality. That’s why Red Axe is here. It’s a TV deal he sprung up on his trips to ‘Africa’. That has to be the case. It has to be. It goddamn has to be!