Fire-proof leather pants: because even sentient flames like to be stylish.
Hey guys, feeling ready for some more Samumenco action? I’m…not. I had forgotten just how ridiculous this show has gotten while I was on vacation, and it’s something I would have preferred to have shriveled up and died of inexplicable causes. But it’s still here and going strong into the second half, with a new OP and ED to boot. Not that it matters much because the budget is so pathetic that the OP is entirely made of shots from the show itself. Samumenco is still here but I’m not quite sure where the dignity went…
Let’s be blunt here: Samurai Flamenco is a trainwreck. Every scene with the Flamengers is total garbage, because I might as well be watching the Power Rangers or Ultraman Taro. It follows the formula so closely that it has become indistinguishable from the very thing it is trying to parody. Which might be okay if it wasn’t copying something so juvenile and predictable. I had to fast-forward the giant robot sections because they were just so, so bad. There’s a reason those shows were made for kids.
It doesn’t help that all the rangers were suddenly brought in and it’s impossible to feel any connection to them at all. The only one I feel for is the hot one with glasses, and that’s just because he looks the most like my boyfriend out of the lot. Otherwise, they really aren’t doing it for me and I’d prefer them to focus on Mari and Goto. When they’re such strangers to the viewers that you have to get to know them through posed interview sessions, you know you have a problem. They should pull another Guillotine Gorilla and just kill them all off since God knows they don’t care about a cohesive and sensible progression of events.
*accidental model pose* Well hello, I didn’t see you there.
The annoying part of this upset is that Samurai Flamenco had promise. It started off slowly, but succeeded in creating a realistic image of contemporary superheroism. No superpowers, no magic – just a guy in a red suit running around yelling at smokers and disgruntled teenagers. It was down-to-earth and had some glimmers of coherent character development. Almost all of that has been abandoned for real aliens and giant robots. This was done with no warning, and no real attempt to provide context or an explanation for this shift has been offered. We’ve been slapped in the face without any apology.
The fact that there are now 64 villains left to face is terrible. It’s like they’re trying to laugh at the constant escalation of “but oh no, *I* am the final boss!” seen in games an anime…but it’s not funny. I’m not laughing because I have to sit through them doing the exact same thing to the same, tired monsters. I’m not looking forward to it at all. I tried, but there really is no redeemable feature about this new arc. This “joke” has gone on far too long.
His own, personal closet idol
If there’s one good reason to keep watching, it’s that during downtime (when monsters aren’t attacking) there is still some decent character development. There is a subtle melancholy to Masayoshi nowadays. Now that he has achieved his goal, perhaps he feels a little empty. Or maybe it’s because he’s so famous that his actions feel more fake. Are people obeying him because he’s famous or because they believe in the power of good? Whatever it is, he’s uneasy about being a superhero with a whole line of toys created in his image. His talk with Goto danced around his worries without actually saying anything – but you can tell something was up. Even unidentified long-distance girlfriend-chan thinks so and she’s never even met the guy.
Mari’s mental breakdown was followed up nicely as well. She’s just as moody as usual, and still hitting on Goto, but there’s a more desperate hint to her than usual. She’s starting to realize what kind of person she really is, and it’s not pretty. Living with someone as blunt but kind as Goto should help her…as long as she stops trying to be romantic. If anything, Mari is the best part of the show and I hope she makes a triumphant comeback in her own way…preferably without giant robots. That is, if I can manage to watch for that long.
Preview: 64x the fun? No, not really. Can we timeskip this?