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Samurai Flamenco episode 3 – Men with hairy arms are dishonest

vlcsnap-2013-10-25-12h53m23s226Japan’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.

vlcsnap-2013-10-25-12h47m01s253Here’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.

vlcsnap-2013-10-25-12h49m20s98That 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.

vlcsnap-2013-10-25-12h51m09s167I 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?

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  1. Someone Else
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I actually thought that this hairy guy is doing that as a publicity stunt because he could have been losing popularity, but instead we just found out he’s just crazy.

    On the other hand I’m not sure if this anime is mocking superhero genre or is trying to tell the importance of it, this anime is too weird

    Also needs moar of that manager, I can’t get enough of her. My guess to why she’s so against it is that she is probably trying to build Hazama’s image as mature adult model but the superhero image is known to be childish. And of course we do know how image affect celebrities’ careers on the long run. It’s also possible that she’s underestimating Hazama’s capabilities because we do know he’s just a pretty face. Can’t dance, can’t act and can’t sing so she avoids the big offers

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      I’d say it’s a bit of both. He’s so good at acting her just convinces himself that this was the plan all along.

  2. Cirith
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Please you know as well as everyone that the cliff shot is hinting at Hazama dying while acting as a super hero. The remaining question is whether he will die while doing something important (say saving someone) or whether he will meddle in something to big and die without achieving anything.

    (I’m not serious that would suck.)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      That would suck. I can’t have my buddy cop superhero anime without the second hand!

  3. Nagisa33
    Posted October 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    This show is one of my favorites this season and this episode pushed it there. Red Axe jumping from a motorcycle, to a car, then to a a horse all with explosions in the background was too much. I love this guy with his flamboyance and confidence. I like that our goofy hero stood up to him in a dramatic fashion that brought Red Axe to tears. I was thinking that Red Axe would be his rival throughout the show and Hazama would have to come to terms with his childhood hero being a nasty man in reality. If that was the case I suspected the show be about moving on from your childhood or something like that.

    All the characters in this show are likable and make me smile. Between the tough manager, insane Red Axe, goofy Hazama, and chiilax policeman, this is shaping up to be a real fun time. I got a kick out of the policeman unleashing his inner nerd when he said. “Whoa, this feels really good!” The scene after the ED song was gold. I expected more bromance between the policeman and Hazama but when Red Axe appeared it was icing on the cake. I thought, “What the heck is he doing here!? Hahaha!”

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      I loved that he brings that stupid over the topness to real life too. The scene where he rode in on the motorbike to meet Hazama and then jumped off it leaving the motorbike to skid away awkwardly as the policeman went “dude wtf you doing” cracked me up.

  4. strukingfourd
    Posted October 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    the antagonists of this show are clearly the women.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink


    • Ken
      Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

      Yes. I think it’s funny that our hero is willing to go up against punks with baseball bats in a dark ally but is easily p*** wiped by his female manager. Behind the mask he’s able to let out his inner super hero but as himself he lacks any confidence.

      It seems to be a running theme this season of what a character wears gives them powers. Samurai Flamenco has is super hero suit, Kill la Kill a talking sailor suit, and Nagi no Asukara they have a coating on their skin that lets them breath under water.

  5. ken
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I think Chuck Norris should sue Kaname Joji for stealing his identity as well.

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