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?
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.
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.