The unlucky thirteen bitchslap is it for us.
Samurai Flamenco…People have been talking a lot about this superhero show, but not in a good way. It’s been bashed and mocked heavily ever since the Guillotine Gorilla event changed everything without warning. Even before then it’s had quite a bit of scorn for looking like a dog’s breakfast and failing to deliver a decent plot. Kyokai and I hung in there as long as we could, eyes a-glimmer with hope for change. That change never came.
Overcooled has summarized our sentiments quite nicely. When Samurai Flamenco premièred in Fall’13 under noitaminA block with Donna, it looked quite promising. Both of us were very excited with Omori’s involvement and Manglobe does have some nice niche titles that have gone big so the possibilities were numerous. However, both of these noitaminA titles failed to capture audience’s attention and when Donna wrapped up in a single cour, Samurai Flamenco is still chugging on, but really nothing is left of that bright beginning.
When the Highs Become the Lows
Overcooled // My favourite part of Samumenco was the drama. Masayoshi had formed a lovely relationship with Goto (no, not like that…unfortunately), and adding Mari to the mix made things all the more interesting. Unfortunately, even that begins to go downhill this week. The conversations between Goto and Masayoshi lack the same spark they used to, as Goto may as well be talking to a wall. Masayoshi has clammed up and doesn’t tell his buddy about even the most rudimentary things – such as an impending alien invasion that’s going to kill everyone. It’s frustrating. Especially so when Goto is being the most open he’s ever been, gushing about his relationship with the as-yet-unseen mystery girlfriend and talking about Mari.
I’d much prefer to see how Mari and Goto are getting along than this idiotic superhero garbage. There’s clearly a lot of drama going on in his small apartment with a heartbroken idol pawing at him constantly. It would be a hell of a lot better than seeing the Flamengers grapple with the most ham-fisted attempt to make a statement about the government and cowardice. Evacuate all the rich people first? Make the prime minister such a dick that he slaps Red Axe around not once – but repeatedly? I want to cry. Even the “behind the scenes of the heroes” bit has gotten to be a real drag. I suppose it’s mildly better watching them argue about justice and go through personal struggles than fighting ugly monsters, but only by a hair’s width. At this point, there is no redeemable quality to this show.
When You Can’t Find a Head or Toe
Kyokai // I watched Voltron, Thunder Cats and Transformers when I was a kid. It was a wonderful experience and I had fun enacting some of the less risky poses around my friends just for the heck of it because heroes are cool. They inspire us and some of the well-written ones actually make us stop, think and take stock of our own life. The concept of cool changes as we grow up but as I still watch anime, marvelling at strong heroes is nothing new. The reason I looked forward to and even liked the original tone of the series, which centred on heightening the underlying morality of the society by making them aware of small mistakes that become big when they accumulate. I’m a person to whom small things matter more than big; so, this was just up my alley.
Not to mention, Masayoshi’s innocence, Hidenori’s straight talk and Mari’s craziness was something that kept me going week after week. Their character interaction was something that I always looked forward to and we did get them for a while. Though, who expected that the genre switch would become so extreme that the main support cast of the anime would almost fade to background with many unannounced characters taking their place? This too without any plausible reason of a head or toe. You could say, “But Kyo, this is anime, thus anime logic.” Yes, I’m well aware of this logic but even that has some limit and Samumenco passed it the moment Flamengers were introduced. See, I’ve been tolerant with King Torture’s minions and his monsters but these nobodies who supposedly have powers just waltz in hogging the screen, while my favourite characters appear in a few piecemeal scenes? Really, there is nothing here for me to see.
Talk to the hand because WE ARE DONE! ___ψ(‥ )
So without further ado…WE QUIT. There are just so many other important things we could spend our time on, like blogging other shows or banging our head against a wall all day. We’re not the only ones either. Samumenco had some promise at first, but it was squandered the second that gorilla appeared. From that point it’s just been a blur of disposable villains that try to terrify the world by handing out tissues or spraying perfume. I have seen scarier puppies than that. Even if they were supposed to be cute, kind of like the bunny-robots in Witch Craft Works, they still are boring to fight. Even worse, the Flamengers are boring fighters. Boring enemies and boring heroes? Hmm, how could that ever be a bad idea?
I still have no idea why they would choose to create a team of Power Rangers. It sounds like a joke that halfway through a regular show you add in giant robots without warning. Why did anyone think this would work? I can only hope this whole show is one big joke and that they run out of money and have to draw the final episode with crayons. I am frustrated that I spent 13 episodes waiting for this show to get good. I would be willing to go through electroconvulsive shock treatment just to erase those memories. Remember, kids: when a series gets bad, just drop it. Drop it and never look back! There is no shame in doing so…especially if the offending series wants to convince you that giving up and copying the Power Rangers halfway through is an original idea.
I’m out. (⋆ˋ⑉̈ˊ)൭൭⁼³₌₃
This is the first time I am quitting a show without finishing it. I have dropped a lot of shows but not the ones I decide to blog, because I kind of feel responsibility towards it but this is really not worth it. How long can you survive when the content thrown at you is garbage and every episode you start with a glimmer of hope that things might go well but get even worse? In no way I expected things to boil down so horribly. Boiling Rhino and Beheading Gorilla were awesome in comparison to the lame monsters that have recently cropped up on the show. They are so uninspired that it seems that the designs have been filched from a school art contest of the primary kind. And as I swear by children’s creativity, they are extraordinarily better than this rubbish. Sorry kids, for even comparing them to you.
From a growing strong character, Masayoshi has become a stony-faced leader who is just pulling things out of his ass without any foreshadowing or even sharing it with his supposed friends. Jouji became a doormat and Sumi didn’t even give Masayoshi the proper beating he deserved. Mari’s mood swing is the only plausible thing along with Hidenori being the only one staying still in-character. While, Moe, Mizuki and Jun have faded into the background for a bunch of jumpy deplorable brats. It seemed the Flamengers bug will blow over like King Torture upgrade but even if it does, I don’t care any more. For a few episodes, it has been a struggle and I was still hanging on just for the audience but I am sure that even our readers won’t mind. Rather than banging our heads together for thinking what to write, Overcooled and I have come to the mutual agreement of quitting this for good.
Over and out! (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ