Hidenori Goto is a cop, but he's pretty disenchanted with the "upholding the law" thing. He stands at his kiosk all day with his partner, then at night gets drunk alone and texts his long distance girlfriend.
On the way back from the bodega (or Beard Papa's or whatever they call them in Japan), he sees someone crouching naked in an alley and his investigative instinct takes over. He finds Masayoshi Hazama, who apparently lost his clothes while trying to enact inept, vigilante justice on a drunk salaryman. It turns out that, despite a successful career as a male model, Masayoshi is an enormous fan of masked hero shows - - to the point where he wants to be one.
From then on, the two start bro-ing it up pretty hardcore. Masayoshi promises that he'll never patrol again, but just can't help himself and calls Hidenori for backup when he can't handle the loitering teenagers he was crusading against.
This premiere episode is honestly the first time I've observed anime going into "bromance" territory. There are subtle clues that the two protagonists are destined to be besties (if you look for them), and Masayoshi's fanciful dreams really fit and balance with Hidenori's grounded nature.
The art style, which is also thoroughly down-to-Earth and muted, really emphasizes the moments when we see the hero shows Masayoshi loves so much, or we slip into his dream.
The more I think about this show, the more I think it shows promise. If you're the kind of person who, like Masayohi - - who can be moved to tears by a masked avenger's passionate speech - - then you should check it out.
Watch this episode, “Debut of the Samurai Flamenco” here and decide for yourself, then read our comments on other anime pilots from the Fall 2013 season below...
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