Shinmaru and Inushinde wanted their opinions of this episode shared with the Cart Driver audience. On this very special episode. Very, very special episode. I recommend you maybe catch up before reading. Barely an hour after the episode aired my twitter feed was already starting to fill up with strings of whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats about this episode. Considering it comes out at the same time as the much more widely viewed Kill la Kill, to see that happen was quite a feat in of itself. There wasn’t even any spoilers, which is a rarity. I mean, how do you even spoil. Crying out “GUILLOTINE GORILLAAAAAAAA” doesn’t really give anything away.
Halfway through the episode I was thinking this big twist was that Samurai Flamenco is now Batman. All very serious stuff that has interesting ramifications on the story, albeit feeling a little out of whack with the tone with the rest of the show up until that point (oh boy how innocent was I back then). I was thinking about things to write for the episode post. Things like how much I liked that gag where Red Axe brought the Uncle Sam hat and a ram’s skull back from America but they make no reference to it until after they all get drunk on Tequila and there’s a single second throwaway gag where the skull is wearing the hat. Or perhaps write about theories that Flamenco Girl would become a villain herself to bring some more excitement in her life. I was even considering finally breaking out my anecdote about real-life superheroes and some stories about how they came to be. That story is now a hell of a lot less relevant after the latest twist though.
I should probably mention this twist, in case you’re one of those weirdos who don’t actually watch the anime but read these posts anyway because they secretly want to be held by me as I whisper loving words into their ear. I never do recap, but this is possibly the only instance where I think it’s worth it. So Menco and Goto go to a drugs bust together as part of a PR gig for the police. It’s all going quite nicely until one of the guys TRANSFORMS INTO A GORILLA WITH A GUILLOTINE IN ITS CHEST. Full on werewolf style change. He then starts hurling the policemen in the room against walls and out the window. They might not be dead there. It might be like Galilei Donna in that falling 6 stories only gives you a cold. But then he grabs one of the policemen and then starts channelling Blood-C and CHOPS THE POLICEMAN’S HEAD OFF WITH HIS CHEST GUILLOTINE AND THROWS HIM AND THE HEAD OUT OF THE WINDOW.
It’s looking pretty hairy for Goto and Menco now. Goto’s gun does nothing and stationary can’t save Menco. Guillotine Gorilla grabs Menco and gets ready to decapitate him until illegal narcotics save the day as GOTO THROWS A BAG OF COCAINE INTO GUILLOTINE GORILLA’S EYES AND THEN THEY PUSH HIM OUT OF THE WINDOW. Guillotine Gorilla then stands up, cries out SOMETHING and then explodes. Then a mystical flying ghost thing appears in front of Goto and Menco calling itself King Torture, the leader of all evil, and I don’t even know which part of that to write in all caps.
Where to begin? I’ve seen a few people comparing this to other big plot twists like Madoka episode 3, but that’s totally different. That shit was telegraphed. That’s the kind of twist you look back on after it happens and think “I should have seen that coming”. Even things like Code Geass “kill all the Japanese” twist was telegraphed. It made sense within the context of the world. It built on concepts introduced. It completely blindsided me, but it was still telegraphed to a certain degree and all made sense within the context of the show. This was not that. There was nothing, NOTHING, in this show that telegraphed actual evil villains. There was nothing that hinted at real super powers. You could maybe say there was hints things would get dark. When they went into the drugs bust, I was ready for someone to get shot. Not get their heads chopped off by a guillotine in the chest of a gorilla. It goes completely against absolutely everything else in the show so far.
The more I think about it, the more I think this is just related to the TV show they were filming. They hinted the director really took a shine to him. Flamenco is hot shit right now. Masayoshi is becoming more popular and a lot of the public already thinks he looks like Menco. Shoot the first episode of the TV series in conjuncture with the police for a dual marketing opportunity. If it is, that is one of the greatest pieces of trolling ever and I stand up and furiously applaud that audacity. It has to be that, right? Right? Right!?!