I’ve forgotten what represents what, but I’m pretty sure the show’s been stringing together a long-form metaphor that conflates curry rice with Flamenco’s exploits. Yes, I’m serious.
It came up a lot earlier on, when our pal was just toying with the thought of vigilantism, and his cop buddy was musing on the varying levels of authenticity that a curry connoisseur encounters. Again, having not re-watched those episodes, I can’t recall what the specifics were, but I know it isn’t a coincidence that curry’s being brought up again as the show’s going hog wild with this fantasy.
(And yes, I’m still convinced that we’re now a few episodes deep into the series’ dream portion).
Unless I’m misremembering something major, my best guess at the point is that if you really believe in yourself, and your dreams, and you’re serious about chasing after them, then you can’t settle for anything second rate in any part of your life. And this episode addresses one of the less pleasant sides of that: namely, disassociating yourself from negative old friends.
The fact that Sammy’s cop buddy is continuing to be a grouchy naysayer - - even in spite of the fantastical adventures Flamenco’s going on - - puts an even finer point on this. Flamenco’s observation that he needs to evolve out of seeking advice from the norms makes it even clearer. Success can feel like moving on to another reality where so much more is possible. In this show, that’s what literally happens. And that very real insight is big part of why this show’s proven to be a much more substantial deconstruction of tokusatsu than GATCHAMAN CROWDS.
Of course, while we’re on the subject of realism, the show totally dropped the ball by softening the gag where Flamenco Girl literally just rolls out of the closet. She’s been missing for days, she’s expressed a serious fetish for men in uniform, she's staying at cop buddy's apartment… and somehow she's not hooking up with him?
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