Does this pink lipstick makes me look cuter? (*‿*✿)
I’m terribly sorry for this delayed post, which was supposed to be a tag but due to unforeseen circumstances involving power failure, Overcooled wasn’t able to join me sadly. Not to mention, we have been busy behind-the-scene to release our much awaited Winter preview. With Secret Santa posts flowing in with season ender series adios, no worries, we can only deal with everything one at a time.
Face-off with King Torture
From where we left off last time, Konno has pretty much ratted out Mari’s and she was King Torture’s hostage along with Moe. Of course, our hero Masayoshi aka SF came quickly for the rescue and battled it out with the big bad King Torture. However, our villain didn’t turn out to be a first-rate torturer, rather succumbed to being another boss from the anime-logic of tokusatsu. There were no torture boys or even other lame sidekicks guarding the king’s lair rather the King awaited Samurai Flamenco with open arms. Seems like this world’s people are generally insane and extreme hobbyists. King Torture was somewhat of a distant nakama of Masayoshi and Mari with their obsession of Sentai shows. However, it’s one thing to learn to be good watching these shows, while it’s another entirely to peg turn-everyone-evil as a solution for world peace… I mean, how can you even?! So, in the end, even when King Torture was much resourceful being a cyborg, he was beaten by Masayoshi, the hampered hero, a mere human, using his stationary weapon and surrounding material. He was not alone in saving the world, because Hidenori too helped in stopping King Torture’s master plan to unleash a dangerous monster version of himself over their city. I’m glad that green glob did not get too much limelight because not only was it fugly but reminded me of that baby monster from Railgun season one. Yeah, the nightmare it could have been.
All’s well that ends well, you say? I don’t think so, because Mari reaches her lowest of lows taking to heart whatever nonsense King Torture spewed about her motivation. It was clearly a mind game to put her in submissive mode but it still very much pissed me off seeing her cry in front of her fans and revealing the truth about their identities following the footsteps of Masayoshi. It’s a wonder nobody batted an eyelash on this discovery about their favourite heroes’ already famous identities. This city people are sure a tough crowd to please. I swear they would only chuckle on the most hilarious SNL episodes too. Sheesh.
Meet the FLAMENGERS!
Voltron meets Power Rangers
I should just stop predicting about this anime because almost every other episode, it changes its toku genre. Rather than sticking to one type, I have a feeling in the next eleven episodes remaining, the staff will dabble with EVERYTHING produced under toku. From a team of rag-tag heroes, we arrive at the Flamengers base, cooked up by the previously noticed non-communicative PM and Jouji. Seems like, at least somebody in the government had the brains to do something about the slew of monsters appearing without any warning in their city. Actual population can be tough but government took some measures, which was of course to select yet another rag-tag team of heroes who have no connection with each other whatsoever! Well, the only link between them is Kaname Jouji, who took them in as disciples in the last ten years and trained them on different occasions. Those trips for mysterious shootings makes sense now, doesn’t it? But they don’t matter as a whole so who cares?
This was one hell of a tweeeest but we don’t even get time to reflect on it because Mr. Ugly Pink Lips comes a calling ‘From the Beyond’, and honestly with the recent failure of a boundary anime, I found it to my horror that this would not be good. I was right on this count because from a group of aliens with amazing technology, I expected more creativity in producing scarier looking promos rather than some 80’s version of gore. So, even when the Pink Lips finishes off the preferred batch of Flamengers with deadly kisses, it was business as usual for Jouji because he had a backup batch, ready to step in for any Flamengers position on-call. Gives a new meaning to on-call duty. And just when I thought things might get juicy with confrontation and rivalry regarding the red position, I didn’t get no satisfaction because the outspoken of them all accepts Masayoshi as the head ranger because Jouji said so… Well, however they did come together, they defeated the fugly monster and their town was able to see yet another day. Let’s not forget though, somebody’s going to whoop Masayoshi’s butt raw very soon. Just you wait.
For the LULZ! Show ▼
Okay, I have to say it. This has become a train wreck with genre switch right, let and center. Omori, you can do better than this. Maybe I’m really not the target audience of this series because I expected an intelligent story a la Tiger and Bunny, rather than childhood memories coming to fore in a rapid fire round. Even when I felt like a kid again, watching the recent episode, the progress is just wrong. I feel like, I did not sign up for this fake series that pretended to be something but then keeps on changing its cover every episode.
The thing that I absolutely hated was how Hidenori and MMM girls were just discarded like they were not important. I came to like the reluctant friendship that formed between Masayoshi and Hidenori, not to mention the strong-willed Mari, who is a super-woman in terms of multi-tasking and ass-kicking. Sure, her methods were not ideal and a bit extreme but you can’t just discard a lively character like her and replace with some boys who the audience don’t have any clue of, except for possessing some cool powers? Are they human? Are their powers technology-driven? What is Jouji really up to and will we have another three episodes of Masayoshi doing his Flamengers gig against the From the Beyond monsters? I just don’t know. The only thing I do look forward to is Sumi’s reaction over the Samurai Flamenco reveal. The staff better not downplay that scene.
More cheesy ‘From the Beyond’ CMs… I don’t even…