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Samurai Flamenco episode 9 – The Entertainment Which the Journalist Craves

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Hello, friends! It is a hectic time in the life of our Great Anime Overlord, Scamp; lately, he has time only to write about the deadly serious subject of which anime waifu is his favorite anime waifu, so at least for this week, I will be stepping in for Big Boss in our coverage of this season’s Anime That Has Bewildered the Most People. (Or is that Kyousougiga? I am way out of the loop when it comes to fan reaction to things, so I’m not certain which show confuses people more.)

Many have been caught up in the “What is going on??” aspect of Samurai Flamenco since That Episode hammered at many expectations, but I don’t think the general direction of the series since then has been all that confusing. (Whether it has actually been done well or is interesting at all is, of course, a different debate entirely.) There was a commenter (well, a couple of them, actually) at the end of our previous Samurai Flamenco post that hit on a pretty solid idea that this episode expands on and directly comments on: the world has broken down and become nearly indistinguishable from fiction, such that after the initial uproar, the sentai creatures and such are treated like any other problem that society pays attention to for a week or two and then mostly ignores other than a minority that actually cares about the issue.

For anyone who works in media (like me — please, save your hatred and/or tomatoes for after the post) or pays attention to it at all, the pattern of the past couple of episodes (and the series as a whole where Samurai Flamenco himself is concerned) is familiar. You’ve got “OH SHIT THAT GORILLA HAS A GUILLOTINE AND IT DECAPITATED A COP” followed by “WOW THEY BLOW UP WHEN THEY DIE” and then “lol these guys suck this is boring.” There’s no danger or thrill anymore, so nobody cares. (It doesn’t help that the monsters are so pathetic now. Passing out poisonous tissues? lol) There’s so many things competing for their attention that they can’t care unless it affects them personally. Everyone has moved on aside from the news people who are desperately searching for yet another local angle to tie into the larger story. So many have stated that this seems weird and unbelievable, but this is the process of consumption for many horrific stories the world over. We see it play out all the time on social media, Internet, TV, etc.

And what of the people who really should actually care about all this? Flamenco Girl and her posse are off doing their thing because the monsters attack in the same pattern each week and it’s boring (an amusing meta joke). The police don’t give a shit because Samurai Flamenco is doing their work for them, so they commit as much as is needed to mop up afterward and no more, probably because they have a budget to think about. Even Masayoshi is getting restless. I think he still legitimately cares about helping people, but he’s also obviously caught up in his tokusatsu hero fantasy. His face lights up at the thought of a Samurai Flamenco figure. He’s thinking about things purely in terms of the logic of this genre. “As long as I have my weapons, I can beat anything they use.” Masayoshi is plugging away, but it’s obvious that Flamenco Girl isn’t the only one who wants things to escalate further.

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Just remember how long the camera lingers on FINAL BATTLE. Masayoshi is scared for sure, and he wants to save Flamenco Girl, but the story is developing to the point where he gets to be the hero in a climactic clash between superhero and supervillain. He even gets an Ultimate Weapon conveniently delivered to him before the battle by his scientific cohort. Masayoshi has grown a bit, but in many ways he’s still the silly, giddy little kid in an adult’s body he was at the beginning of the series when he initially cobbled together his dorky costume and chased around jaywalking middle schoolers. At least he hasn’t forgotten his roots and still uses his bicycle like a responsible person who cares about the environment and physical health.

What will happen now that Masayoshi will get to take the next step in his Cool Hero Sentai Sugoi Fantasy? We shall see! I keep thinking the series will go down some darker path, but it has kept up its comic, satirical nature even after a gorilla became a cop killer and spilled a bucket of blood, so hey. King Torture is going around doing what he does best, but I’m still hesitant to say that, yes, the show is going to be all dark and stuff now.

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Also, I hate to be yet another person harping on this, but god damn, it’s so disappointing that this series looks like hot garbage each week. At best I could laugh it off and be like “oh it’s a tribute to how cheap sentai shows are lol,” but I can’t even do that because bad art makes me sad. It probably makes the actual animators very sad, too. FREE THE PRODUCTION TEAM!!

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11 Comments

  1. Cirith
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    So you have a love triangle of menco who is obviously into the cop, an idol who is also into the cop and a cop who is into a chat bot. And you kidnap the one on the opposite leg of the triangle to get to menco? Geez king torture, you should keep up with your shipping.

    Btw I sure hope the kidnapping angle doesn’t get drawn out, being kidnapped temporarily turns a character into a mac guffin. She may not be my favourite character but I still prefer her to be able to fulfil her normal role in the show.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      Clearly King Torture has zero social media presence, or he would be up on his shipping. At least get a Tumblr, man!

      Considering how quickly this series is moving through everything, I don’t think this kidnapping will last all that long. We’re not even halfway through and the hero is already facing the main villain! (OR IS HE THE MAIN VILLAIN???????)

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    Those tags!

    After the previous episode I was thinking about dropping SF but now I’m loving it more than ever. Oh how fickle I am! There was a lot to say and I believe you covered most of it.

    The professor said that King Torture’s equipment “wasn’t from earth” which leads me to believe that he could be a demon (thinking of Go Nagai). He might be seeking revenge on humans for whatever reason.

    Maybe KT is the Prime Minister and he’s developed some kind of new material that explains the monster transformations. The PM is very aloof to these problems and the police chief says “the higher ups are looking in to it”. Something feels off about him.

    The PM could also be in league with KT. Maybe the PM thinks that this will shake the people in to action in the long run or something.

    Or maybe the PM is aloof like the rest of society and he has nothing to do with KT.

    I have no clue really. In any case, what is King Torture’s larger goal? Can anyone take a stab at it?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted December 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      SHOTS FIRED, SCAMP

      Yeah, the “wasn’t from Earth” comment is kind of interesting. There’s probably some crazy sentai process behind turning humans into hilarious monsters. There could be PLOT reasons behind people like the prime minster going “harrumph” at the sentai invasion, but right now I lean more toward it being part of the general apathy regarding the monsters after a while.

  3. Varyn
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    No mention of the scene with the journalist at the end? Eh-hum, caaaaaaaaaallllllllllllleddddddd itttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!

    • Nagisa33
      Posted December 10, 2013 at 2:56 am | Permalink

      I wonder what the journalist is going to become. KT’s right hand man? Dark Journalist: Paparazzi? I think KT has bigger plans than to transform the journalist in to some lame poison tissue handing underling or even an expendable exploding baddie.

      If he gets transformed or buys in to KT’s ideology then I hope he gets transformed back or sees the error of his ways eventually. Maybe a heroic sacrifice? Hahahahaha! I’m already thinking of redemption before he becomes a bad guy!

  4. Cobrah
    Posted December 9, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    How dare you insult someone’s waifu, that is a sacred practice that should never be taken lightly! I should drop this blog!

    But seriously, this episode kind of reaffirmed my faith in what Samurai Flamenco was doing. Wasn’t too keen on the last one but loved this one. Although I do think the series has potential to get even crazier from here. The scientist made it sound like the monsters could be aliens, which normally I wouldn’t be able to handle but after Guillotine Gorilla smashed his way in, I think I could accept anything. Goto’s girlfriend is probably a real life superhero or magical girl or something and I’d totally buy it.

  5. Ken
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I don’t know what this show is devolving into and why I keep watching it.

    In this episode 9 King Torture lives up to his name by torturing people. Perhaps the real King Torture is writing this show and we are all his victims.

    • Someone Else
      Posted December 10, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      I guess this show is still entertaining because it plays on “what ifs” and how it will happen if it did happen. The show is now indistinguishable from reality and fiction and that’s what makes it entertaining thanks to realism buildup before all this craziness happens

  6. R1CK_D0M
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Every time I see KT I think “king tiger” lol fucking tanks.

    Btw inb4 gotou’s chatbot girlfriend turns out to be in league with king torture (or maybe king torture /is/ the chatbot?!) and when they hang out it turns out to be THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

  7. Erif
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I thought that King Torture’s persuasion of the reported was quick tacked on and ridiculous, could have easily just have had Flamenco Girl caught without the rest of that shit.

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