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SAMURAI FLAMENCO #3 -- Watch & Learn

What does this show say about... justice?!?!

One of these days, I really ought to dive a little deeper into the whole tokusatsu tradition. It all shares so many surface similarities with American superheroics, I’d be really curious to find out how, where and how it differs. At a glance, while grouping this along with TIGER & BUNNY, it seems like the masks are rarely ever angsty vigilantes - - they’re dweeby self-promoters who 'e simply filling a role that just exist in their society. Somebody’s got to do it, and if that somebody’s going to get all these accolades, it may as well be me, right?

Actually, as I type that out, I suppose that theme really has to be fundamental to tokusatsu, because it got played out from a lot of different angles in TIGER & BUNNY. I’d be easy to say this show is a more grounded take on that premise, but the likely truth is that they’re just riffing on the same tropes.

My pal Marlan warned me about an impending twist in a recent Vice Pit episode, and many of you lunatics have corroborated that warning. Again, without having seen that episode yet, I still think it’s easy to guess. These superheroics are going to get real. Shocking! Why else would we being Masayoshi’s idol - - the real deal ax-man - - flashing his pearly whites in a much more practical jumpsuit in the intro? The plot’s so simplistic to begin with, honestly, that there are only so many possible directions it can go into, anyway.

Instead of speculating upon that, I’d rather invite some of you more learned fans to chime in about my tokusatsu questions above. Am I getting warm with that guess work? Do you know some compelling secret reason behind it? Enlighten me!

Watch, "Flamenco vs. Fake Flamenco and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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deadman323on Dec. 11, 2013 at 3:36 p.m.

the guy in the picture above look like changedragon from dengeki sentai changeman

Marshal Victoryon Dec. 11, 2013 at 8:17 p.m.

Deconstrustion has been thrown around on other shows. This seires i belive is the deconstruction of this whole tokusatsu /sentai gene.Some do feel their sold a slice of life drama thing in the 1st 6 episodes an thus the 7th is a sucker punch.

An mostly thats a fair reaction.But it does ramp up .It starts a run then takes a big leap.Looking back at it now tho it fits the whole deconstrustion model.Where as TIGER & BUNNY fits more as americanish super hero saterday morning show that gets real.It does not to me fal into sentai.Where as Samurai Flamenco is a deconstruction/homage.

takashichea moderator is online on Dec. 12, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.

I can't remember what episode was this. I had to read the summary. I love this episode because of our wacky idol with an unusual uniform fetish.

takashichea moderator is online on Dec. 12, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.

Oops, I commented on the wrong episode. Sorry, it has been a long day. As a kid, I loved Power Rangers. I get the connection with our hero Masayoshi. I still get a Tiger and Bunny vibe from it, it's just the slice of life version of real heroes until our fate episode 7.

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