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Samurai Flamenco episode 8 – Still waiting for the drop

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I knew it. Of course the infamous Gorilla incident didn’t happen. As soon as the episode began we had the director shout out “aaaaand cut” as the camera pulled back slightly to reveal the set. A man in a gorilla costume with a guillotine in the middle took off the head and complained about how sweaty he was. Some stage hands were seen rolling the projector that created the image of King Torture. Goto licked the the fake cocaine off his fingers, which was actually just sugar. Then Menco started licking the sugar off Goto’s fingers and then they started furiously kissing each other and then the Flamenco Girls all threw off their clothes and started having a sensuous threesome and then and then and then…

What the hell is going on in this damn show?

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Part of me still can’t believe that this is happening. The episode moved so quickly, with Menco defeating monsters so easily, that I have to believe something is up. I feel like I’m in a staring contest with the creators, waiting for them to blink on this nonsensical façade (ooh look at me using fancy squiggles under my letters). But we’ve gone an entire episode continuing this story with giant monsters and King Torture that you have to start believing this is what’s actually happening rather than being the most elaborate ruse in anime.

What makes it especially baffling is how unfazed all the characters are by events. When Miss Manager is faced by a Rhino with a giant pot around its waist making rapey comments to her, her thoughts are not “oh god what is happening what the fuck is going on why is there a rhino here”. Her reaction is “I wonder who Samurai Flamenco is”? The entire planet seems unfazed by the appearance of a super villain. If you’ve ever watched Gundam 00 in the first episode where the guy took over the TV stations to make his announcement? That conversation dominated the headlines and everyone in the world were racked by this announcement, and that didn’t even  involve magic. Meanwhile the announcement by King Torture, while being big news, is followed in the news headlines pretty swiftly by something else.

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That’s not to say this hasn’t been fun. It’s been brilliant and had me laughing out loud several times during this episode. The Flamenco Girls catchphrases “Beautiful Marvellous Decadence” or whatever it was, combined with Menco then waiting for them to finish before walking in front and doing his own catchphrase and pose. It’s just their actions are so incongruous and the villains practically Precure levels of silly that the whole thing just feels so ridiculous. Constantly cutting to King Torture burning effigies of Menco got funnier and creepier every single time, as did the Prime Minister grunting replies which I couldn’t decide was a jab at ineffectual political leaders or whether it was a hint that the PM was also King Torture.

At this stage I would believe almost anything. It will turn out that Goto’s girlfriend has magical powers of her own and is in league with King Torture and poisons the Flamenco Girls so they become mutants and start turning the population into magical girls and I would have to roll with it because it would make as much sense as anything else in this show.

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33 Comments

  1. Varyn
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    I was really unimpressed with this episode, if this is where the show is going I don’t think I’m gonna like it. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Goto’s girlfriend has had a sex change and is king torture and the prime minister.

    Except that King Torture is probably that creepy journalist or if not he’s at least in league with him as the show very unsubtly suggests.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

      I think the journalist is just skeevy, not necessarily evil like King Torture. Although fuck only knows where this story will go from here

  2. Gan_HOPE326
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    What I find really unsettling is the decapitation scene in episode 7. I understand that the monsters now serve the purpose of ridiculing further the super sentai mythos – even though I’m not sure whose ass did they pull them out of – but the decapitation makes it clear that these monsters are NOT as idiotic and ineffectual as they look in this episode, they can actually murder if they’re not stopped in time. That gives the whole thing a streak of seriousness it really does not need. Though I find the whole “attacks by weird monsters end up as part of the regular Japanese life routine” thing hilarious, mostly because we all KNOW it has to be like that. It’s kind of like the concept I wished Pacific Rim was about after the first 30 seconds of initial recap.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

      You’re right, that’s why it makes it so weird that everyone is so unfazed by these monsters appearing and making threats. Like they’re scared originally but like Miss Manager, they’re more interested by the identity of Menco

  3. Cirith
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I think the show will be mainly about how they deal with situation and not the new enemies themself. Menco went from “I’m trubled by them exploding when I defeat them” to “eh I’m a sentai hero it’s just the way it is”. That from the guy who followed someone for an umbrella, because ignoring the small things leads to something something.
    I think that will come back to bite him.

    But yeah it went fully in the fantastic monster direction I didn’t expect him to dispose of several monsters in the episode after the reveal. And everyone really takes it easily…

    Oh and notice how non of the new monsters is as strong as the gorilla? And the “transforming after NOT taking a pill” will come up again.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      I’m not sure if it was the pill, but then again continuity isn’t exactly Samurai Flamenco’s strong point.

  4. Ken
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t the Flamenco I sighed up for. The convenient way logic is now swept aside is too much of a change. They show that the villains conveniently explode so as not to be questioned or examined to see if they are really robots, but why aren’t the henchmen in black being questioned by the police. We just see them beaten up on the ground and then we are supposed to forget about them. We don’t even get to see Flamenco Girls do their crotch stomp. And Samurai Flamenco keeps pulling more powerful weapons out of thin air. This is too much like a wish fulfillment fantasy for just him. I’m ready to see the camera pull back showing this is all a dream while Samurai Flamenco is in a coma after going up against the Yakuza.

    • Raiphin
      Posted December 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      If the OP dream sequence ends up being foreshadowing that’d be a pretty excellent troll.

    • Fifteenth
      Posted December 2, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

      “This is too much like a wish fulfillment fantasy for just him.”
      I think that’s exactly what this episode tried to show us. Masayoshi’s life is slowly turning to real life super sentai series, and that’s why we are all confused and shocked by how logic has suddenly went out of the window compared before when everything makes more sense. That’s exactly what they want us to feel, or at least I think they’re trying to do. But how they will back-up all these absurdities, I have no idea and I’m actually curious?? I still want to believe in the writer team since they’ve done good job so far.

      Like the other commenter, I agree about the theory that maybe King Torture is just another tokusatsu fan who probably have too much time and money. And as Samumenco get more recognition, King Torture thought that a tokusatsu hero needs tokusatsu villains, so there he is with his cliche villain laughs, weekly monsters minions, etc.

      There’s also lots of question left unanswered, like the famous Goto’s nonexistent gf, but the one I never see brought up is that middle aged man who makes weapons disguised as stationary for Masayoshi without any clear motives. He just randomly shows up.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

      All of our speculation is going to appear very silly indeed when they do reveal this is a dream sequence like the OP.

      …this is still a dream sequence, right?

  5. Raiphin
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    To me this episode felt like the creators were saying “NOTHING TO SEE HERE MOVE ALONG DON’T ASK QUESTIONS” so they could get to the next part, which is the story they really wanted to tell? Maybe? It updated the cultural norm so fast and frequently I got whiplash. Then teased at the end that it was all part of King Torture’s bigger plan.
    (PS: that man has a LOT of time and money on his hands.)

    I know the character going “OMG! WTF! BBQ?!” is kind of cliche but you really do need that, because it’s also what the audience is saying to each other. Or just shouting at the screen, the way things in this show are going.

    If that producer ain’t somehow evil I will buy a hat and eat it without sauce.

    • shytende
      Posted December 2, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      I’m wondering if King Torture isn’t related to Marie in some ways…

      He’s sending easy henchmen so Marie become more and more annoyed and start opposing Samumenco.

      Or does it makes too much sense for this show ?
      I will suspend my disbielief a little longer I think…

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

      King Torture certainly has plenty of time to keep making effigies of Menco himself.

  6. Ken
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I think Scamp would do a better job of writing this show. In fact Scamp needs to take over and start writing this show right now, but he’s going to need all of our help. We all need to hop on the next flight to Japan, barge into the animation studio, tie up the entire staff and start animating everything ourself. Don’t worry the police won’t stop us because as this show suggests, the Japanese police can’t do anything. Yes! Yes! That’s what we all have to do to save this anime! ARE YOU WITH ME?

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

      If my readers can drum up money for me to fly to Japan then I will be more than happy to take the chance

      • Ken
        Posted December 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

        We can raise the money by making this a Kickstarter project. It would be a humanitarian campaign to stop anime writers from ruining a good story.

        I’m only worried that it may already be too late. What if a gorilla with a guillotine in his stomach has already chopped of the head of the writer and is now doing all this crazy storytelling. We need a Samurai Flamenco to save the anime Samurai Flamenco! We’ll have to budget in enough money for Scamp to wear a Samurai Flamenco costume when he goes to Japan.

        From now on you’l be known as Scampurai Flamenco!

      • Ken
        Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Permalink
  7. Johnny Joestar
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone else think King Torture is a tokusatsu nerd just like Masayoshi, except he prefers the villains? He calls himself the ‘source of all evil’ and also sends out one monster each week (as in, ‘monster of the week’). That would be a fun twist.

    • stushi
      Posted December 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      wow that actually sounds realistic, considering how things have been going.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        “realistic” being an interesting choice of words for anything in Samurai Flamenco

  8. Nagisa33
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    They showed Menco buying in to his super sentai persona by smiling aaaaaaaand CUT! I felt like there was going to be another scene after the last one. It ended kind of abruptly for me.

    Even though I found parts funny and I liked seeing how the heroes creatively deal with the villains I’m not fond of where the show is going. If they provide good explanations for what’s going on then I might be able to swallow it. Part of me wants to see how they’ll work with the new direction and part of me wants to drop it. We’ll see, for now.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      I’m willing to give them some benefit of the doubt for now because it’s still being funny, but not sure how long they can keep doing this

  9. AG
    Posted December 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe they’re actually rolling with this. I should be raging on the way the show is going but for some reason, I’m not. I think it’s because I didn’t think the show was going anywhere with this, after a while it seemed most of the episodes were just about Samurai Flamenco and Flamenco girls’ shenanigans which I found boring after a while. I wanted something to change and I guess I got my wish, just not in the way I expected it lol

    • Cirith
      Posted December 1, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Last episode before the whole thing started I was actually wondering where they would go with the show, I was still enjoying it but it wasn’t obvious how they would develop it further.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

        I personally wanted them to keep getting more ridiculous, albeit not quite this ridiculous so quickly

  10. Shikamaru
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 12:29 am | Permalink

    I still enjoy this series but not nearly as much. It’s almost like real Sentai shows now? Ummm….. okay??? This was one of the best airing series at the moment and now it’s just slightly above average. I’m just disappointed. It’s not a must see anymore. This has potential to be better troll moment than Endless Eight. And that should terrify people.

    And just like many people have said, Goto’s girlfriend = King Torture. Make it happen. It would make more sense than these monsters.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Nothing will ever beat Endless Eight at trolling

  11. BwackNinja
    Posted December 2, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    I was underwhelmed. And what’s weird is that I feel like that’s how I was supposed to feel. It went from “well, that escalated quickly” to “that didn’t really escalate as much as expected”.

    My wild prediction is that he’s mentally unstable, subconsciously the villain without realizing it, and the one responsible for the death of his parents. His grandfather was only doing his best to brainwash fix him so that his debut into normal society would be safe (for everyone else). Rather than try to overcome an external evil, he must fight the evil within himself.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      Hey, it makes as much sense as anything else so far

  12. Matthew
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    My take on it is that reality has been breaking down slowly since episode 1. I mean that in a literal, horror movie sense. The everyday laws of reality started to fray bit by bit and none of the characters can see it because they’re standing inside it. Remember in episode 1, Samurai Flamenco was a well-intentioned fool in a silly costume? And by the beginning of episode 7 he was a _successful_ vigilante with weaponized office supplied who was cleaning up the streets. Weaponized office supplies would never have flown in episode 1. Even during the course of episode 8, the plan of each villain got sillier and more harmless. We went from dead cops to kidnapping people to make them slaves to buying up every apple in the city.

    I think that’s what going on with the show is that literally something is wrong with reality, and it’s only now become unavoidably obvious to us viewers.

    • Philippeo
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 5:07 am | Permalink

      My take on it is that reality has been breaking down slowly since episode 1

      Agree with this. everything since ep1 happen because Masayoshi want it to happen. Teacher, female sidekick, villain, etc.

      Samumenco = what happen if Haruhi Susumiya is Kamen Rider fan

      Gotou is going to have follow kyon example here and kiss Masayoshi to stop reality from breaking down.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 3, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

      Even in that theory, things broke down reeeaaaally quickly and suddenly in episode 7. Hence why everyone was so shocked by that episode

  13. Himitsuhanazono
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    My initial reaction to episode 7 was just as WTF as everyone else, but when it came down to ep 8 I started to catch a little glimpse at what the show is trying to build up: a hyperreality. TV shows on heroes and monsters are so realistic nowadays that when real monsters pop up no one has any idea what it means to feel scared, hence the nonchalance displayed by the passengers. In this sense the latest twist is really just proceeding with what the show started out to achieve, or rather adding spice to it. Kudos to the production team (save the derpy art)

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