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SAMURAI FLAMENCO #4 Looks A Lot Like KICK-ASS

Episode #4 -- Watch & Learn. Hit Girl! Er... uh...

Seriously? The show just pretty solidly crossed a line from being a series that coincidentally strummed a lot of the same chords as KICK ASS, to a ‘homage’ that’s very hard to claim as indirect.

No mincing of words - - Flamenco Girl is a lot like Hit Girl. The similarities are there, right down to her having a paradoxical cuteness/lethality that makes a running gag out of how thugs are constantly underestimating how brutal she is. And, just as Hit Girl sought out Kick Ass, she finds Flamenco more-or-less just to demonstrate how much of an amateur he is in comparison to her. Hell, we could even take this a step further by equating Red Ax with Big Daddy as slightly-past-their-prime cornballs who’re still legitimately good at fighting crime (even if they've obviously lost a few marbles).

I’m honestly interested enough to look much further into this, but still, suffice it to say, it could still be a coincidence, but the parallels are too blatant to ignore…

Actually, I’ll just use this space to muse about how the respective intro’s of Flamenco Girl and Hit Girl make it clear that both series’ claims to ‘realism’ are nothing but lip-servicing buzzwords. There's nothing about a petite pop star secretly commissioning a truncheon with six or seven dangerous weapons in it that is any more realistic than a kid getting stretchy powers after he eats a special fruit. If anything, disbelief is easier to suspend in ONE PIECE, because there’s no accompanying pretense of it being set in the “real world.”

Now, with all that aside… the scenes where Flamenco Girl counts out her stomps on wounded perps’ junks are utterly hilarious. Yes, it’s utterly low-brow. I don’t give a shit. Funny stuff.

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

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Marshal Victoryon Dec. 18, 2013 at 11:02 a.m.

Um other than being female an vilolent while fighting crime, thats as close as the two get.Hit girl knows how violent she is in comic an movie.Plus shes a kid .Who will break the arm of a school bully to cuting the head off of criminals.She will kill.

Flamenco Girl is doing it for "kicks" so to speek.Doesnt kill.Tho she has a fetish for costumes ,as well as breaking balls.The weapon thing is still belivable.Why ? Because things could be made an no one ever come forward.Money can only rent happiness but can buy silence.Non-disclosure contracts can be brutal.Also shes not a kid.

Watch carefuly next few episodes an the ramp up.Deeper look at this point you cought parts that many didnt get. Shes similar to him but mostly they are night an day.Sure some comparisons to Kick Ass is valid.But could also look at Batman year one ,Batman year two.Dark Knight returns.Defendor to Daredevil films even.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 18, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

Correction, she has a uniform fetish. Need to watch that Kick Ass movie. I found it cute that Flamenco Girl was smitten by our police officer here. Funniest episode I had watched from this series.

Marshal Victoryon Dec. 18, 2013 at 9:02 p.m.

@takashichea: Well she has a fetish with a certian police officer in a certian police uniform.... costume. hehe.

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