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SAMURAI FLAMENCO #1 -- Special Review

Shouldn't you meet all your friends while they're naked, really?

Is there a version of karaoke where you just say a speech along with a character?
Is there a version of karaoke where you just say a speech along with a character?

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 is as super as he gets, folks.
This is as super as he gets, folks.

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 Flamencohere and decide for yourself, then read our comments on other anime pilots from the Fall 2013 season below...

Matt Murphy is a freelance nerd who has contributed to many nerd websites. You can reach him by going to where the light meets the shadow, by sending out zeta-brainwaves or by following him on Twitter @Murphix

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 22, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.

This one is not how its teasers made it out to be.I agree on the art direction its a good play .Tho its one iseries m close to droping.If any one watches this an expects Tiger & Bunny you will be sorely disapointed.Its more a slice of life than any other gene.

zaldaron Oct. 22, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.

Wait...a character driven slow show...that you actually liked...oh...this isn't Mr. Pinchuck....carry on....

sickVisionz moderator on Oct. 22, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.
I like this one. The art kinda reminds me if the Kure-nai series, especially how females are drawn and the minimal anime exaggerations when folk have an emotional reaction to something.

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