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Samurai Flamenco episode 4 – Misandry

vlcsnap-2013-11-01-22h52m08s132I love this picture. It’s just after the magical girl walked away, came back to kick the guy in the balls a bit, then walk off for real this time. All the guys stand their cupping their crotch in unified pain. Whenever you’re playing sportball and one player gets whacked in the gentleman’s area, every player immediately stops and is temporarily joined in thought as each one shares a tiny part of that one man’s pain. Meanwhile the woman in the picture is crossing her arms with a satisfied smirk across her face. Misandry I tell you! Heh, my spell check puts a red squiggly line under misandry

(Just in case it’s not clear because irony is never quite clear on the internet, any instance I use the word misandry is as a punchline. If you ever use the word in a non-ironic context, I would kindly ask you to stop. You know how when you see a weeaboo screech about how kawaii something is and you feel second-hand embarrassment at even being associated with that kind of anime fan? That’s how I feel as a man about other Men’s Right’s Activists. “You are a SLAVE to the MATRIARCHY” oh gawd you are so fucking embarrassing that you make me want to chop off my own dick so I don’t have to be associated with you).

vlcsnap-2013-11-01-22h46m56s100Samurai Flamenco being more and more like Kick-Ass to the point that it’s getting a little awkward. It’s awkward because I have to try justify why I like Samurai Flamenco so much while absolutely hate Kick-Ass. Something to do with it having much greater attention to detail and a sense of humour not associated with what teenage male losers think constitutes edge humour? Anyway, this episode introduced a magical girl with a taser, stun gun and pepper spray wand and a rather unusual looking cleavage. I don’t think boobs quite work like that. What’s holding them in place? Considering all the jumping about she does, I’m surprised one of them doesn’t just pop out of that heart-shaped cleavage window.

It is interesting to see that she’s a magical girl rather than a lady superhero. Then again, magical girls are basically superheroes. Someone more steeped in magical girl lore will have to back me up on this, but from my knowledge Sailor Moon kinda turned magical girls into straight up sentai heroes who fight crime and giant monsters. Before that they had magical powers which they used for everyday life, Sabrina the Teenage Witch style. But girls didn’t just want to be idols and get boyfriends, instead wanting to beat up bad guys and kick men repeatedly in the bollocks. While maybe also being idols who randomly smooch their band members.

vlcsnap-2013-11-01-22h50m31s190It’s OK, she’s got Italian blood in her. That’s just what Italian’s do. I’ve been to Italy a few times and it was full of Italian women kissing each other on the stree-oh wait sorry I mixed up Italy with my dreams again.

I did call the idol girl falling for one of the guys, but I was expecting that guy to be Samurai Flamenco himself. Not the sexy non-single policeman in his stripper uniform. We still haven’t seen that girlfriend of his. We got some texts from a very understanding person in a mature relationship, but we all know mature relationships don’t exist in anime. Anime fans won’t allow it. The most mature relationship is the one where the lady gets pregnant when they hold hands. Using this logic we can extrapolate that he’s merely texting himself and this girlfriend doesn’t exist. Only the idol is in the way of our gay pairing, and using the above picture as my witness we can simply pair her off with the other idols. Hmmm, actually my pairings are starting to get a little too one-sided in the homosexual department, so to restore some balance I will also pair off the manager with the slightly creepy journalist.

This is how shipping works, right? Sorry, I’m inexperienced at this core facet of fandom.

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  1. Erif
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink


  2. Moomba
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    The spiky mace mode on the wand looks really damn dangerous. I’m surprised she hasn’t killed anyone yet.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

      When she whacked one of the guys wit that, I was waiting for blood to start pouring from his head

  3. n4gaiyume
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Flamenco Girl’s boobs won’t pop out, it’s anime after all! And I think policeman’s imaginary girlfriend is a fujoshi too, so policeman doesn’t feel too ashamed of himself for hanging out with a cute 19 year old wanting to be a superhero. That’s my theory.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah but wait until she hears about his new idol lady friend. Ruining both the ship she’s on and her yaoi ship

      • N4gaiyume
        Posted November 5, 2013 at 1:10 am | Permalink

        I thought heroes were supposed to save things. Flamenco Girl is singlehandedly destroying all ships :-(

  4. BwackNinja
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I am simultaneously intrigued by your recent expressions of strong opinions on misandry (hey, mine goes squiggly too!) and Men’s Rights and repulsed by the fact that a topic associated with such rabid emotional instability is showing up in a place where it’s entirely expected to be ignored and not at all explored further.

    Also, (particularly because I haven’t watched this show,) I’m interested in how this relates to your dislike of the tsundere archetype and their generally unwarranted rather than somewhat justifiable crotch-punting tendencies.

  5. Posted November 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    I was about to say something about how Samurai Flamenco is being misandric, but then I took this post to the knee.

    Btw all forms of ‘misandry’, including ‘misandric’, get the squiggly red line, and if you try to write ‘philandry’, the word processor suggets you change it to ‘philander’. F***ing lolwut.

  6. lmm
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    So since I absolutely loved Kick-Ass, does that mean I will or won’t like this show?

    • Scamp
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      I’m not sure. Probably yes?

    • Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      probs a safe bet, this episode did just introduced the closest thing to an idol equivalent of Hit-Girl after all (sans murder).

      • Pusswookie
        Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

        But I liked the murder :/

  7. TheVoid
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Obviously the solution is for the manager to interfere and try to get some S&M going with Masayoshi to prevent him from going gay out of pure fear. Fans can go rabid when their idols start dating.

  8. Ken
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    All idols know to use tape to prevent wardrobe malfunctions, and if this was Kick-Ass people would be dying left and right. This is more of a situation comedy than a real action show.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Yes it’s definitely more sitcom. I wonder if that’s why I like it? In something like Tiger and Bunny, I much preferred it when it was just goofing around. I found the actual plot stupid.

  9. Hogart
    Posted November 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Regardless of your feelings on the matter, the concept of misandry is alive and well. If there’s a misogyny, there’s a misandry as well. It doesn’t matter if the so-called “Men’s Rights” movement is a bunch of bollocks like some of what passes as “feminism” today. The concept is still valid, even if it is abused by mental midgets.

    • Posted November 4, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

      Believing misandry doesn’t exist is like believing genocide doesn’t exist; it may not happen too often in your life, but that doesn’t mean it is nonexistent (I’m not saying genocide and misandry are the same level, cool your jets).

      Granted I love how peaceful and tolerant this blog (usually) is and would like it to stay that way. So let us keep political rabble somewhere else :3

    • Pusswookie
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:46 am | Permalink

      Maybe you should’ve said homelessness or child labor or something then. But jumping straight to genocide?

      Just seems like a card that one would usually play a little later on in the conversation. At any rate, I’d say that I understand Scamp’s views considering that he immerses himself in anime – a profoundly misogynistic thing more often than not – and has been subjected to things like the Men’s Rights Board.

      • Fellow
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

        To be fair, that’s entirely his fault for subjecting himself to things like Reddit. Probably.

        It sounds like a Reddit thing.

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

        Uhhh no. I never go on Reddit. I admit that I’m not the best at picking examples (awful at it).

    • Scamp
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      The only area, and I really mean only area, where you can say men are legitimately discriminated against in is child custody. It’s a little disgraceful that happens and is something worth fighting for. However every other area I’ve seen people bring up are either complete non-issues, straw-men arguments or completely pale in comparison to the same problem for women.

      You know the way people hate tumblr problematic brigade because they take discrimination narratives from actual serious problems and apply them to complete bullshit problems like thin privilege? That’s Men’s Rights Activists.

      • Pusswookie
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        Actually I’ve never heard of the “tumblr problematic brigade.” Is it like the female equivalent of the Reddit Men’s Rights Board?
        At any rate, your familiarity with these groups leads me to believe that you’ve frequented the areas of the internet that they’re on – out of morbid curiosity or whatever – which, let’s be honest, would likely create at least a few false impressions towards perceived gender discrimination and actual gender discrimination in practice.

        Just to clarify: I don’t think that Men really have anything to get up in arms about, at least in regards to the subject at hand, as we’ve definitely got it good. However, just because there’s very little male discrimination that actually merits public attention doesn’t mean that there aren’t a myriad of unfair double standards directed at men. Most are minor, of course, but I would say the whole “a man is weak if a woman abuses him, but a monster if he defends himself,” idea, which feeds into “the woman is always the victim” mentality is certainly quite annoying.

        I’ve seen numerous situations where a man was assaulted, just took it, and then got into trouble anyways.

      • Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

        To finish up, I’m referring to the most literal definition of misandry; purely negative emotion toward males. This doesn’t mean there is any lust for subjugation. Just bitterness. Hatred and abuse toward anyone based purely on their gender is stupid no matter what. Also loud or extremist groups like PETA ruin what is generally a good cause.

      • Cyber_Kun
        Posted November 6, 2013 at 6:10 am | Permalink

        Scamp, the problem is more than that. You made a blatant strawman attack on the word and idea of misandry. Not only did you show complete disrespect for mens issue in such a way to imply everyone that talks about it is a whiny child, it is just wrong. Hell, you even said it is better to chop off your own dick that care about mens rights, and you said this in not a concept for a joke.

        It is not that I can’t take a joke, I can mind. The first paragraph I had no issue with. The second was just shameful. I only really care since I have been reading the blog for a bit, and it is disappointing. You also failed in the original article to differentiate between one extremist group, and just said a blanket statement.

  10. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I think the boob window is a reference to Cutie Honey. I never saw that, but I heard it mentioned with reference to Kill la Kill and looked it up. Turns out she was sort of an ‘ancestor’ to Magical Girls, she was actually more of a superhero in that the source of her transformations was more like some kind of pseudoscientific applied phlebotinum rather than straight out magic, and had a heart shaped boob window. Sounds legit.

    • Scamp
      Posted November 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      Thing about Cutie Honey was she was very much aimed at dudes. She was a magical girl, but one with boob windows and sexy body. I mean, it was written by friggen Go Nagai! The pictures in Flamenco Girl’s room were more girly magical girl, although I wouldn’t doubt that the heart was a little shout out to Cutie Honey.

      • Nagisa33
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

        I saw Re: Cutie Honey and I can see the comparisons. From what I experienced, she’s more of a super heroine than a magical girl but you could make a case for both. Yeah, her powers come from science rather than magic but it’s whatevs. Also Re: Cutie Honey was pretty funny and it might be worth a watch. Also Anno directed it if that counts for bonus points.

  11. Axist
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Saying misandry doesn’t exist is like saying black people can’t be racist. Just because the term is abused by MRA’s doesn’t mean it’s not real. Takes two seconds to look up misandric writings of radical feminists.

    • gw_kimmy
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 7:06 am | Permalink

      as an idea it may very well exist, as does any idea–wackadoodles are everywhere. in practice, however, not so much. scamp’s example is legit the only one i can think of that has caused some problems.

      the other example someone gave about men being expected to take hits and stuff like that, that’s just sexism in general at work (men are big and strong and women are weak). can’t we all just agree to not perpetuate these toxic ideas in our society?

    • Posted November 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

      I’d so very much love for that to happen.

  12. Cobrah
    Posted November 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Now we just need a weeaboo who is also a men’s right’s activist. Scamp’s true nemesis.

    On Flamenco though, really digging the show so far. Flamenco Girl and Red Axe have been great additions.

    • Nagisa33
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 1:38 am | Permalink

      Yeah, I’m having a blast with this show. The characters are a pleasure to watch with their unique and quirky (insane) charm. What I like most about this whole shebang is the laid back attitude or natural way the characters conduct themselves (for lack of a better description).

      Flamenco Girl: Crusher of Dreams:

  13. Aethelwulf
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    I’m pondering the boob window…
    I think it would work if her bodice was nearly completely rigid and very, very tight. It would prevent slippage, but she wouldn’t be able to move very well. Or breathe very well.

    I’m not sure how I feel about Flamenco Girl yet, other than being glad she’s proactive. I’m also happy that the poor cop already knows she’s more than a little bats.

    • Billish
      Posted November 5, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      Maybe the majority of her ‘costume’ is body paint? Ya.

    • Ken
      Posted November 7, 2013 at 1:46 am | Permalink

      If she goes out in that costume during the day she is going to develop a heart shaped sunburn. Then when she has to model in a swimsuit her cover will be blown. Knowing the way this show is going, that might actually be part of an episode.

  14. Kubukurin
    Posted November 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Why the tag “SCAMP likes anime aimed at fujoshi” isn’t there?

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