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SAMURAI FLAMENCO #7 Changes Everything!

Episode #7 -- Watch & Learn. Called it!

Well, where else could they go, right? As I’ve said before, one of the bigger conceits of supehero fiction is that any War on Crime would just on for decades without any positive or negative movement. If the good guy’s actually doing his job, he should start running out of bad guys at some point.

My favorite run on the Punisher (Garth Ennis’) set the vigilante in a very specific time, and showed him gradually running out of mobsters to kill in New York. Soon enough, he started facing off against incompetent third-string wiseguys who got promoted because they were only ones left and, after he got done killing them, he left New York to start dealing with organized crime in other parts of the world.

I can’t help but view Guillotine Gorilla’s dramatic debut as being the show’s several-layers-deep meta-joke about such... challenges inherent to serializing a premise like this. It’s almost like they originally planned this to be 26 episodes of slice-of-life humor sprinkled on toned-down superheroics, realized that could actually only sustain six episodes of screentime, and thought, “Well, shit… we probably should just make this a for-real sentai show.”

On the other hand, considering how Samumenco’s revelation about his parents murder is presented rather… murkily (wait - - so is the stationery scientist his grandfather? Wasn’t he just reading a story his grandfather wrote?), it wouldn’t be too hard to imagine this as being some “jumping off point” where the rest of the series just becomes an illustrated delusion. Guy finally realizes his dream of being a superhero, runs into a stopping point, can’t handle that being all there is, and so he starts imagining that whole experience was just preparing him for the real supervillains.

That’s just my read on it, anyway. It’s not like the show hasn’t been made many gas about this vigilantes being out of touch with reality, right?

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

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sickVisionz moderator on Jan. 9, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

This is where I called it quits. A fake Sentai hero masquerading in the real world was interesting to me. A real Sentai show... I haven't been into that since the end of the Green Ranger arc in Power Ranger back in like 1994. This ended up being the most disappointing show I've seen since Haruhi season 2.

Marshal Victoryon Jan. 9, 2014 at 10 p.m.

No stationary guy is not a realtive.Show starts geting into a big deconstruction /parody of all things sentia ,superhero etc.It wil start to feel like a dream an it may well be.This is probly the oddest anime plot of 2013.

jj_jacksonon Jan. 10, 2014 at 11:52 a.m.
to be hnest i immediately lost interest at this point..after the..gorilla..the gorilla..with a Guillotine ... i found it more interesting when they were going for the kick ass type of story i wouldve liked a drug dealer bad guy or a horrible murderer or somehing else.
takashichea moderator on Jan. 11, 2014 at 5:20 a.m.

Because of this bold move, Samurai Flamenco attracts some folks while turning off others. To me, I enjoyed the series before this episode and this change. After this episode, I can't take this series too seriously anymore because of the inconsistency with its tone and how it deals with human lives.

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