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SAMURAI FLAMENCO #5 Makes Profound Statements About Justice!

Episode #5 -- Watch & Learn. Actually, it doesn't.

Oh geez… so ‘Samenco’s’ grandfather was actually a real Samurai Flamenco? That feels pretty much exactly like the kind of melodramatic twist you’d get out of soap.

Look, I’m not going to sit here and act like superhero serials don’t pull from the same bag of tricks as soaps do to keep an audience watching forever - - but a piece of pulp still tastes differently on your tongue than a mouthful of soap - - so it’s worth stating that this particular twist just feels like something you’d more likely come across on daytime TV than in a dime novel.

While we’re still musing on the finer details of various genre’s traditions, the notion of a pure-hearted superhero running into a sexy rival vigilante who gets her hands dirty is actually a fairly common trope in superheroic fiction. Put Flamenco’s relationship with Flamenco Girl against countless Batman stories that paint Catwoman in a more sympathetic light, or the sub-plot with the Huntress in the last season of ARROW. The fact that the difference in their “conflicting views of justice” seems to really just boil down to the Girl’s willingness to kick bad guys in the nuts is a rather amusingly specific detail.

I’ll compliment the show, at least, for having its premise evolve quickly. Instead of drawing out the slice-of-life buddy shenanigans of our two leads, we’re seeing a more sensible collusion evolve where the cops are actually abetting this vigilantism. That detail separates this from KICK-ASS a little (although you could argue that Hit Girl’s foster father, another cop, was still basically enabling her superheroics), but I have a hunch that the parallels between the two heroes are only going to keep coming up after shit gets real in episode 7.

Flamenco has already had two copycats join him - - I’m sure we’ll see a few more pop up until we have a whole gang of masked knuckleheads like that ‘Justice Forever’ gang from KICK-ASS 2.

Watch, "The Meaning of Justice” and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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Marshal Victoryon Dec. 19, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.

Deconstruction.It is a deconstruction of all things super hero / sentia.Its full of popular comic an manga an past an present super hero tv an movie memes.

To say its offbeat is mild.An isgnores the reason to its rythem.At a certian point the show either hooks you at how things evolve an its wtf moments or it doesnt.& was not the last wtf moment .even at 11 im watching this an thinking its gona all be a dream.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:02 p.m.

This series is getting crazy and out of hand. That's what I love about it. Masayoshi and Mari's conflicting justice is showing there are two or types of heroes: the one who does it for love and justice while the other does it for fame and money. For Mari's case, she uses Flamenco Girl to vent her stress and frustration from work by stepping on bad guys' junk.

DocHauson Dec. 21, 2013 at 7:03 a.m.

Just wait until you see the latest episode. Without spoiling anything, they go full tokusatsu. Also, new Flamencos.

zaldaron Dec. 25, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

@takashichea: so wait are you saying she doesn't do it out of justice because she steps on bad guys junk? To get into the kind of comments that at some other forums that will not be named but that I no longer have as much respect for as I used to (fandompost) will get you warnings and bannings, as one who believes in the death penalty there are certainly some villains who I think justice demands they have their junk stepped on.

takashichea moderator on Dec. 25, 2013 at 4:44 p.m.

@zaldar:

Yeah, she doesn't do it for justice.

To get into the kind of comments that at some other forums that will not be named but that I no longer have as much respect for as I used to (fandompost) will get you warnings and bannings

I do frequent Fandom Post since Chris Beveridge helps me with the anime project occasionally. You won't be in trouble as long as your comments aren't insulting folks on purpose.

zaldaron Dec. 27, 2013 at 1:59 a.m.

heh...I have the same name over there and got a warning recently for a comment I made in the kill la kill thread. I am sure you can find it (I don't THINK) they remove the comments when they warn you about them. If you don't find it I'll send it to you (or post it here?) for comment. I was a little upset so vented....

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