Meet an uprising magical girl, who loves playing football…
I apologize for a late episodic but I was buried under multiple types of reporting at work so yeah… Anyways, we (Overcooled and I) are still sticking around for something good to happen with Samurai Flamenco. And nope, still no samurai doing flamenco but hey, we can hope, right? The current episode has an eccentric character showing up out of the blue. Of course, there were hints of her soon involvement but at least for me, she appeared like a breath of fresh air with her sadistic heart. Hey, beating up thugs is fun!
Random guy, “Say cheese!” SF, “Snap already, damn it! My mouth hurts!”
I’m sure I wasn’t the first person to think that Red Axe will take Masayoshi to Mount Fuji and train him until he becomes one of the Free! bishes. Of course, for an anime series that works on its own pace, such a shounen development was not possible even when its inspiration is super sentai shows that are all about powerrrrr and training hard. Interesting fact is that it breaks all such hero tropes and add a reality spin to it. So, there will be no Bruce Wayne but your average Joe trying his best to fight crime in his own way. From the get go, the Japanese version of Chuck Norris had been all about fame and more fame. I clearly dubbed him an opportunist so it was no surprise that he left Masayoshi after some coddling about how heroes should behave. The reason he took Samurai Flamenco visage in the first place was to get on the fame horse and that he got with a role abroad. In the end, Masayoshi’s doing everything according to his sense of morality, which drives him to dress up in stifling clothes night after night to become the new age vigilante. Though, he needed a bat mobile and gadgets yesterday.
I didn’t have to wait long for my desire to see Masayoshi getting embroiled in some serious crime with the small time criminals, in this instance car-jackers to foil his plan. Just look at him, he really needs to work on his punches and stance rather than action shots of weird hero poses that only works in anime and cheesy Japanese hero shows *coughpowerrangerscough*. Him getting kidnapped was bound to happen and it didn’t help matters that the guys were your average slimeballs. But of course nobody dreamed about a famous Idol coming for the rescue, in a goddamn magical girl outfit to boot! From her previous enthusiasm, I was thinking about a group coming together rather than her pulling up the visage of Flamenco Girl. But right now, this works because it’s progress and we need it! And we definitely get more than progress with Flamenco girl blazing across the screen to steal the show.
SF: Anego… (づ￣ ³￣)づ”
Now, of course, Masayoshi is just being a nice guy and I think afraid for his dear life seeing how Mari loves playing football and how can a man not worry about his gem, pun intended? Leaving the innuendos, Mari is one crazy girl and I’m not saying it because she kissed another girl on the mouth. Hey, that’s the least of our problems. Along with having some daddy issues (details might crop up any time), she’s a fanatic otaku with an envy-worth collection. She’s also over-accomplished with her Idol career and a seemingly robot composer. She has so many good qualities that I want to know the chink in her armour. Of course, her foul personality is one but is that all? What has driven her to become a hero in saving mere mortals when she could be away from all that and be a successful idol alone? There’s a good background story lying around I hope as she has definitely taken some extreme measures to punish thugs. And I would definitely like her to develop more in recognizing the bad guys from harmless criminals and not wish death upon every bad doer.
Similar to Masayoshi, she wanted to fight crime too but her preparation is more intense and makes him look like an idiot in comparison, whose best weapon is his helmet… Just look at that dangerous magical stick with a built-in taser. The Police force are not wrong in issuing a special memo against their shenanigans, which have become more helpful in degree but more harmful to the small-time thugs, who might not intend big damage. However, there’s a fine line between bad intention and a malicious act and there are times you can’t really differentiate because not everything is black and white. So, a guy stealing money is bad for the person who has worked hard in earning it but who knows the guy stealing it has an emergency reason behind it? Still, looking at the thugs that the MM team captured fit the criminal bill so I had no sympathy for them.
Mari, “Officer! If you wore megane I might have nosebleeded to death…”
But all my sympathies were with Hidenori for getting zapped just because he was trying to put some sense into Masayoshi. However, the end was very entertaining with Mari falling all over the Officer visage, blushing to the roots of her hair or what I would like to think. Derpy animation or not, our Cop is one hot dude. I appreciate the scenery guys. The staff always throws something promising at the end of each episode and without a preview on this one, I can hope we get some more surprises in episode five.
Yes, we are still going somewhere with the story but man, I hope they speed up the pace a bit next episode. For Masayoshi’ sake, he seems very serious to continue fighting crime with Mari but will he continue playing the second fiddle to her? Arguably, he should not because damn, Samurai Flamenco is all his hard work, including the cheesy lines and poses, even if it has been heavily inspired from Red Axe and other Sentai shows. For now, Mari can’t be called a partner because of her bossy attitude. We still have to see if her behaviour sticks around and if there are any improvements. But at least a resourceful person has joined the Samurai Flamenco mission, I see some good things on the horizon. Though, I’ll be sticking to my theory about Samurai Flamenco popularity rising to the degree of him playing the hero on TV. With limited amount of battle tactics that Masayoshi has, I see his actual crime-fighting chances slim unless we have some more people added to the whole cause.
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If this trio combine their forces, something great can happen