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Samurai Flamenco episode 2 – I totally believe that you have a girlfriend

vlcsnap-2013-10-18-15h19m39s6It’s a bit of a last-minute decision, but Samurai Flamenco will be the 2nd show I cover this season. So that’s Monogatari and Flamenco for me, Kill la Kill and Hunter X Hunter for Shinmaru (since he’s obligated to cover anime that repeat the first word in the title later on in the title, which is why he covered Jo Jo). Not entirely sure about Inushinde, but I know he’s covering Galilei Donna because he made a draft ready for episode 2 post. Not that he’s written anything yet, beyond adding the tag “FUCK THE POLICE”. I guess he figured he might forget the tag and had to quickly make the post to remind himself. Tags are very serious business here at The Cart Driver Dot Com.

vlcsnap-2013-10-18-15h20m57s17What really had me settled on Samurai Flamenco was the manager. The scene that particularly got to me was her reaction to the manager of the young idol group trying to chat her up. She was perfectly happy to take the compliment about her star talent with grace, but as soon as the guy tries to chat her up in a slightly creepy way she just pulls a big “lolwhut” face. I like her because she’s evidently not a bad person, but very focused in her work in trying to cart around this pretty boy to make it big. I mean, you can hardly blame her for having not too much patience with her client. He’s a bit dopey all things considered, even leaving aside his midnight shenanigans.

Normally being a model in anime is just a way to show us how popular and amazing and handsome a character is with basically no focus on the actual being a model part. I figured it would be like that in Samurai Flamenco too, but it’s gone into way more interesting detail. It feels like a much more grounded route to becoming an idol than the shows that are supposedly about idols. The manager carting their product from venue to venue, desperate to get them any exposure that could raise their profile. While keeping the product happy might be important if they had any social cache, when you’re trying to build up one from scratch like this it’s a different ball game. It’s an investment in a pretty face.

vlcsnap-2013-10-18-15h23m30s18In trying to build this idol, they stamp out his personality and freedom. They pay for his incredibly nice apartment, but he doesn’t have any friends. He gets to meet rather popular idol groups but is forced to hide his action figurines when the manager comes around. The manager has as much lying on his success and you can’t doubt her desire to make him popular. If it takes a bit of tough loving then so be it. But in doing all that she’s manage to hide the thing that would make him popular with his silly Samurai Flamenco getup and the attempts to right the little wrongs in the world. Also try hide from the world his potentially homosexual relationship with a sexy policeman. Yeah, girlfriend, yeah we totally believe that. So where is this supposed girlfriend anyway mister policeman? Two episodes you’ve mentioned her yet not one sighting of this mysterious creature? Will you magically break up with her before she ever appears on screen huh?

…I hope we do actually get to see his girlfriend before the end. It’s rare enough that you get an already existing non-married adult couple in an anime. Don’t tease us by keeping her off-screen the entire time.

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23 Comments

  1. Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    I found it rather counter-productive of the manager to try crushing the boy’s face so much when she got upset with him; that’s what’s making her money, right?

    At any rate it was a nice episode; I quite like the main duo, as well as the themes the show is working with in general. The moment that sold the show for me was after he retrieved the umbrella–specifically his line to the thief: “Now let’s go find yours!” His earnestness to simply make the world a better place is endearing, to say the least. I’m curious to see how his character will develop over the course of this series.

    Random aside: Love the OP for this show.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      She’s just trying to make dimples in his face. Dimples are cute!

  2. teela
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    willing to bet the girlfriend is dead and he is just hung up on her for whatever reason if we go by the opening.

    THEY WERE SHARING AN UMBRELLA in Japan that’s like begging for fujoshis to get on with the shipping.

    • Kiraly
      Posted October 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Of course, SCAMP likes anime aimed at fujoshi.

      • shytende
        Posted October 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

        He recueved an e=mail on the first episode.
        That’s the only proof we have…

  3. Shinmaru
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I laughed a lot at the creepy journalist dude. Journalistic ethics are alive and well!

    • Pusswookie
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 6:31 am | Permalink

      Your seemingly arbitrary obligation towards anime that repeat the first word in the title is reallllly working out well for you.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted October 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

        I didn’t mean that sarcastically either. It actually is working out surprisingly well.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      He was a journalist? Damn, I thought he was the manager of the idol group. I’m bad at paying attention

  4. Erif
    Posted October 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    You should have covered Kyousougigaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

    That’s the only productive thing I have to say.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      It was a toss-up between that and Flamenco, but I felt like being mean to you.

      • Erif
        Posted October 21, 2013 at 3:48 am | Permalink

        That’s my Scamp~

  5. jherb33
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    i am very glad you are covering this anime. i think it has a good balance of humor and storyline (so FAR) – hopefully we will see some cool action stuff too…

  6. Leah
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Haven’t watched the second episode yet, but some peeps have been speculating that his girlfriend is one of the idols in the ending, and that’s why she’s so busy. People have been also speculating that the idols are the villains. If the three have been appearing in this episode, please dismiss this post.

    ((don’t worry scamp, I ship it too)

    • Shinsei
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      The idols ARE the villains, they’re trying to sink the ship that we’re all sailing on.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      That seems a bit of stretch since the idols seem kinda young for the policeman. But you know. Japan.

  7. Embok
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    It’s a long distance relationship. There’s inevitably going to be a breakup at some point during the series.

    I do like what the show is saying. Mainly Hero, because he’s the one actually raising questions about things we take for granted, while Cop is just saying “You’re right, but It Can’t Be Helped”.

    Maybe the idols are crossdressers who will develop a social media app that awards points for taking out your trash at the proper time.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      As someone in a long-distance relationship, your opening paragraph saddens me

  8. Someone Else
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    This anime…How should I put it, idealistic philosophy viewed in a realistic way? Wait, that’s kind of weird. I wasn’t sure about the first episode but the second one is pretty nice as we understand where his superhero values coming from. Also am I the only one who thinks the manager almost acts like a mother?

    The girlfriend is probably Senjougahara. Just kidding.

    It must be the manager, she has to be!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      The manager has no boyfriend because she’s too busy. She’s a career woman, she don’t have time for no man!

  9. Nagisa33
    Posted October 19, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    One of the points that made me happy from this episode was the idol being surprised from Pretty Boy singing about “Red Axe.” It hints that she’s a closet super sentai fan as well.

    • Jhiday
      Posted October 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

      The post-credits stinger pretty much confirmed that.

  10. Yajirobe
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I feel like this show should have been rotoscoped.

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