“Deconstruction” is actually a pretty broad term. Why, even just exploring the less-than-motivations that might go behind heroism - - like, say, Flamenco Girl only becoming a crimefighter for praise and attention - - is a mild kind deconstruction. Of course, while dressing in masks and roleplaying secret identities often gets linked to repressed sexuality in these stories, her abrupt make-out with Moe seems to be more in the name of “fan service…”
I get the feeling, now, that there’s never going to be some huge denouement that pulls back the curtain and explains the point of all this. My best guess is that, in the end, it’s just about how the flashiness of superheroics is fundamentally absurd; and how that nonsense isn’t as important as how these larger-than-life icons can inspire normal people to do good when they can.
Between that message, and the monologue Samumenco gave earlier about his own inspirations, we can say the show does have a sincerely earnest layer beneath all its cynicism. Our hero is saved from compromising his values (nearly stealing, just like the shoplifters he once busted) by a transient; and there are couple important specifics to that rescue. For one, as I recall, Flamenco saved this guy early in his career, and nearly bungled doing it. And then, the bum is nearly blind, so him saving our hero isn’t a direct recompense, but the coincidental result of him being inspired to do good, in general.
Obviously, there’s a “pay it forward” moral here. If we’re still searching for some kind of meta-commentary in all of it, though, then we can equate the homeless guy with ordinary people like you and me, and Flamenco with superheroic fiction. The latter may be clumsy, dumb and mostly off the mark… but it can still cause some indirect good by inspiring people to do better, no?
Look for that on an inspirational poster the next time you go to the dentist’s office, right?
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