Man, I hate to get highfaluting about an episode mostly devoted to characters chasing after a stolen umbrella, but... well, by now, you all should know the directions we normally go into here.
There are countless angles you can take on every single part of superheroics. The validity of vigilantism, the drawbacks of a “might makes right” philosophy, the imbalanced psyche that any person would need to put on mask and cape every night, and so on, and so on. Explorations of all these questions have gone on in pop fiction for longer than I’ve been alive. FLAMENCO quickly differs from KICK-ASS here because it chooses to show how… redundant a superhero would be in a city where the peace has already been pretty well kept by the cops.
By my reckoning, superheroes-by-broader-definitions like Goku, Yusuke and Ichigo, et al, remain immune to such criticisms because, in their worlds, they’re the only ones equipped to handle the bad guys. Nobody’s going to question why Goku should be making important decisions about the welfare of Earth because no one else actually has the power to stop Frieza or Cell or whomever. His world’s in a constant state of dire conflict, and those enduring threats justify his position.
Flamenco, on the other hand, is living in a normal Japanese city. He has no personal tragedy to avenge, and no threats to protect himself nor his loved ones from. The cops have established an equilibrium with dangerous crime, so this guy is just a hobbyist appointing himself as the enforcer of the letter of the law (because the spirit’s already been taken care of).
So… that pretty makes him the definition of the busy body goody goody. I won't say that FLAMENCO is taking the most inventive angle on this, but it is still rather valid.
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