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SAMURAI FLAMENCO #11 is Pulling A Joke On Us

Episode #11 -- Watch & Learn. But what is it?!

Whoever’s masterminding this show is very likely making a very involved joke at our expense. You kids would call it ‘trolling,’ I guess. Whatever it is, it’s making me think of those times when a prog rock band puts out an album of radio-friendly singles that are actually supposed to parody the sound of ‘selling out.’ Most of the audience just eats it up anyway without giving it a second thought, but the band hopes there’s at least a certain segment of their fanbase that gets the joke and enjoys the album ironically.

I say this because we’re seeing an awful lot of screen time here that doesn’t seem to be so much about parodying tokusatsu as totally embodying those shows. Aside from the jokes about everybody wanting to be the Red Ranger, this episodes just straight-up turns SAMURAI FLAMENCO into an iteration of SUPER SENTAI. We know something’s fishy here because Red Ax keeps dropping rather blatant foreshadowing with his line about “beautiful lies,” the bigger bad guys literally call themselves “FROM BEYOND” and they express their villainy through video packages that might as well have been produced by Paul Heyman.

The show’s on noitaminA, so we know a twist is coming, but it’s taking a really long time to get to it.

To draw another pop culture comparison, it’s making me think of how Andy Kaufman would trick audiences expecting a stand-up show from him by reading THE GREAT GATSBY to them in full instead. The wider audience, outside the theater, was supposed to be laughing at the audience in the theater. And I can’t help but think we’re still sitting inside the theater, at the moment.

So the question is… what joke is being played on us?

Watch, "From Beyond” and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon Feb. 6, 2014 at 6:26 a.m.

I dropped Samurai Flamendo because of how drastically the plot changed, but seeing that image makes me so curious that I think I will have to pick it up again later. I'll wait to see if people say the drastic change was worth it.

Kuma_From_Argentinaon Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

Each episode is getting weirder and weirder....

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 6, 2014 at 7:59 p.m.

@Kuma_From_Argentina said:

Each episode is getting weirder and weirder....

An the it gets serious and then seriously weirder...

takashichea moderator on Feb. 10, 2014 at 3:28 p.m.

I didn't like this episode. It was a sharp contrast to the previous episode that ended on a high note. Then again, it's a start of a new season, somewhat. It's like a cooler episode since the last episode was pretty brutal. I missed seeing Mari Maya and her gang and Goto. The new characters didn't really make much of an impression to me. The comedic tone with senseless killings of minor characters didn't work out for me in this franchise. Forgive me, I'm a bit harsh on this series because I'm in love and hate relationship with it.

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