Japan’s ingrained racism against people with hairy arms. Who’s this person with all these manly features like hairy arms and chest, glorious sideburns and darker skin? He must be a compulsive liar! Although on the other hand, he managed to become Japan’s action hero and likes to stand with the Japanese flag behind him. It’s more a Chuck Norris situation where his exaggerated on-screen persona is glorified until you strip back to the real man and realise what a nutter he actually is. I wonder what his story is? Son of an American soldier and Japanese mother, he became the symbol of Japanese hope under the Red Axe persona.
Here’s something I don’t really understand about Miss Manager is her model is currently being mistaken for the latest online viral sensation. Surely if she has any sense she’ll want to capitalise on his new-found popularity. Isn’t the whole reason he’s appearing on these polls in the first place because he confessed to really liking the Samurai Flamenco videos. It’s also why he’s been chosen to appear on these stupid chat shows that, according to some folks I’ve heard from who live in Japan, make up about 90% of television. Evidently this isn’t the most prestigious chat show when their guests include a sleazy journalist and a guy whose entire gimmick appears to be that he brings a bottle of mayonnaise with him everywhere he goes. No really, look a the chat show panel and you’ll see a guy at the top right with a bottle of mayonnaise.
That mayonnaise thing is indicative of something I really like with Samurai Flamenco. All these little visual gags that give the story flavour, such as the frightened face on this kid when the big friendly superhero guy gives him a hug. Or the facial expression changes on Miss Manager whenever the journalist tries to change the subject away from her idol and onto the possibility of a romantic date-oh. The show isn’t very well animated at all, and looks particularly drab in the colour department, but I like its attention to detail and how the characters hold themselves. There’s thought put into what kind of face their pulling at each moment, even in moments where it’s just the two of them chilling at home watching old superhero movies together.
I like that the police dude has become friendlier with Hazama where now he doesn’t even think about chilling at Hazama’s place with some curry and superhero movies. He’s even the one to suggest they should get the movie out (blu-ray, laserdisc, dvd, vhs you decide!) and seems to be genuinely enjoying himself. One thing that stuck out to me in the opening song is there’s a shot of police dude standing on a cliff wearing a fancy suit with a bouquet of roses in his hand looking all forlorn as he drops the roses off the edge of the cliff. Hinting at something happening to his girlfriend that could possibly get in the way of the OTP between him and Hazama perhaps?