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Shouldn't SAMURAI FLAMENCO #18 Be Over, Now? -- Watch & Learn

Episode #18. Watch & Learn. Punching galaxies!

Can’t get much more Morrison-ian than a supehero basically going to heaven, meeting his creator and learning that he might be existing in multiple real and fictional realities at once (right?).

I had to double-check the episode listing to make sure this wasn’t the finale. It felt like one, for sure, and there aren’t a lot of places to go after you’ve reshaped the universe. My thesis was that the show, post-Guillotine Gorilla, has been Samumenco’s dream of where he wanted his vigilante career to lead - - and that's proven to be about 75% right. Turns out it’s been literal wish fulfilment (in a twist making me think of the ending to A.I. – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE), so I’m confident my next guess will be more-or-less correct.

So… my best stab is that the show will actually go where superhero series can ever go; even though such a place is harped upon continually in their characters’ mission statements.

Much like MADOKA MAGICA teased at its ending, we’re going to see the boring-by-comparison tranquility a superhero would have to live in if he ever fulfilled his promise to vanquish all evil. Fittingly, this will make the structure of this show somewhat symmetrical, as we’ll be back to slice-of-life dramedy in the first few episodes, only this time with the question of “where could this possible go?” being rather concretely answered.

The funny part is that - - as a fan who’s often had too much on his hands - - I’ve wondered about this genre on many of the same levels that are being addressed so existentially here. Pump your fist for anime, because this show does finally take it there. But, in doing so, it makes you realize why it’s better that most of these adventures never do take it there. Once you start drawing a complicated thesis about how all these events are happening everywhere, it all becomes inconsequential by design... and less interesting for it.

So then maybe we’re all actually supposed to be like Samumenco? Hearts bigger than our brains? Go by our feelings of what’s right, and not think too hard?

AAAAAH! I feel like a dog chasing his tail with this analysis.

Watch “Flamenco in Space” and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon Feb. 27, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

I give up. I have no idea where Samurai Flamenco is going. Had no idea there was even the possibility of ending up here when the show began.

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 28, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.

18 reminded me alot of Marvels big universe stuff. Could see hat tips to the Cosmic Cube, The Beyonder an even The Watcher. Some seen parody of Ultraman in there to. Gerenal reaction to this episode from what i have gathered ,by those who kept going is ok now it makes sense.

Many see it as the great deconstrution of all things super hero now. An get where it went . Not all get why it did or even if it should. I can answer the quesiton for me tho.

Was the trip worth it? For me yes. Its could have stoped many times an had a anime or comic ending. But it kept going an pushing. An I would agree with Toms theory on it winding down back to the real slow pace like the start. Only thing is knowing this writers style , I would caution hes not out of sucker punchs yet.

Keep in mind its set for 24 episodes. We still have a story arch to go .

deadman323on Feb. 28, 2014 at 3:19 a.m.

why he dress like kamen rider?

takashichea moderator on Feb. 28, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.

@deadman323 said:

why he dress like kamen rider?

Like @Marshal Victory: said and Tom said, this show is a deconstruction of Tokusatsu, Power Rangers. I recommend you try this show if you enjoy Tiger and Bunny, Kick Ass or shows that is about being a hero. You have to watch out for episode 7. It's a major game changer.

zaldaron Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

damn I think I am going to have to watch this the more it gets talked about the more great it sounds - though I know nothing about Tokusatsu I am always good for a deconstruction.

I disagree that we should live with our hearts bigger than our brains and not think to much though as that leaves you waaay to open to being taken advantage of and given the fact humanity is generally selfish, and evil that will not end well. But then I skew right of center on most things.

takashichea moderator on Feb. 28, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

@zaldar:

You should try the show. If you like slice of life shows, Kick Ass, or Tiger and Bunny, try it. However, you spoiled yourself since Samurai Flamenco did a major change in its story after episode 7. That was the big thing that this series had that none of the other anime shows did:

Taking Risks

zaldaron March 1, 2014 at 5:34 p.m.

Yea I haven't seen kick ass and I didn't like Tiger and Bunny because though it looked like it was going to take risks and talk about what it would be like if superheroes existed in a capitalist world it didn't go with it. Slice of life shows for me can be hit or miss.

takashichea moderator on March 1, 2014 at 5:35 p.m.

@zaldar:

That's cool. Just try the show. Hopefully, you'll like it or not.

zaldaron March 3, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

@takashichea: will see lots going on in my life now. Would like to watch kick ass first but netflix evidently doesn't have it on streaming...

takashichea moderator on March 4, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.

@zaldar:

Same here, I haven't seen Kick Ass yet.

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