I love silly little graphical details like sticking the time in the top left corner to signify the type of show we’re watching. Namely it’s an early morning, children targeted silly superhero show. As seen in other early morning children cartoons like Precure and Gurren Lagann. It’s a bit weird to look back at that and realise Gurren Lagann aired in a timeslot with a target audience under the age of 8. To be fair that was who super robot shows of old were targeted at too, even with Yoko’s boobs flying about the screen. It’s awfully strange to watch my own Gurren Lagann dvds and not see the little digital clock in the top left corner.
Samurai Flamenco feels a teeny bit aimless with its broader theme at the moment. I don’t know what it’s trying to do with hero stories. Its focus appears to be on how your image of the heroes you saw on TV isn’t as shiny as your nostalgic mind remembers, which doesn’t necessarily tie in with what the rest of the show has been doing. However I don’t mind this at all when the show is being as consistently funny as it is. The main draw of the comedy is translating superhero cartoon logic into the real world. The jolly colourful, cleavage-tastic magical girl tasering dudes and whacking them over the head with a wand with giant spikes on the end like a mace as blood flies from them. The magical colourful explosions caused by actual explosions that do genuine damage. It reminds you that behind the wanton destruction superheroes cause in their wake, there are a thousand insurance firm employees responding to calls about whether their health insurance covers magical girls.
The other side of the humour is introducing more and more weird characters and elements to the show and watching them clash. I’ve been hugely impressed with this side of the show so far. Between the introduction of Red Axe, watching his own superhero movies and constantly disappearing off to movie festivals, and the idol trio and their possible sexual tension between the group, every character introduced so far has been hugely entertaining. The writers have done a great job foreshadowing each of these elements just enough so that it doesn’t feel like its pulled these twists out of its ass. Although I said the show felt aimless with its theme, part of the reason why I’m not so worried about that is the writing has been so solid on foreshadowing and dialogue that it feels like its in safe hands anyway. We’ve got these small things building in the background, like the sleazy journalist’s advances on miss manager, or the police officer’s non-existent girlfriend. I’m dying for her to appear because I want to see those sparks fly between her and the idols.
If this girlfriend exists, which as I’ve said before I’m not convinced. He’s probably just texting Cleverbot.
The animation, on the other hand, doesn’t really live up to the writing. At all. There were a fair number of derp faces this episode, and I swear its rising each week. Note that none of these pictures are between frames, which doesn’t count because everything looks derpy in between frames. They held these poses for a few seconds.
This one’s my favourite. It’s like something went horribly wrong at the point where the shadow of his hat hits his face. It looks like like that’s not a shadow but instead his head actually consists of two different heads glued together, with the top half coming from a darker skinned man, but they didn’t glue it together properly or get the proportions right.