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What SAMURAI FLAMENCO #2 Says About Superheroes

#2 -- Watch & Learn. They're dorks!

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.

Watch, "My Umbrella's Missing and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon Dec. 3, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.

This seems like a rather interesting approach to the superhero/vigilante genre.

I think I would like to see how this series evolves. Hopefully it doesn't get too crazy, or, if it does, the crazy is well warranted.

takashichea moderator is online on Dec. 3, 2013 at 9:29 a.m.


Beware of episode 7. Don't want to spoil you.

Marshal Victory is online on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.

@Lurkero: Evolution is not the right wording for how this show plays out i think.Puting it in 3rd an poping the clutch works.Hiting the nitros coming out of a curve works.Extreme wtf works as well.

One could aruge the 1st 6 epsides are a red hering to.But it does build tho it just goes into high gear at 7.Cant say more or it would spoil it. But have no expectations with this one .Enjoy the ride .

@takashichea: Think a warning is right .Dont want to go more than what i have said already in this post.But to be fair anme does like to throw curve balls more than any other gene of entertainmnet i have known.

zaldaron Dec. 4, 2013 at 10:57 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: generally the throwing of curve balls is generally a good thing though...

Marshal Victory is online on Dec. 4, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.

@zaldar: In my opion more often than not it is.For some the wtf moment change in story tone has that grinding gears sound an is not a pleasant thing at all.Its one of the things i like about anime as a genral rule, they do not follow conventianal story paterns.Some times this leads to great plot rythems an other times its a sour cord.

Beyond the Boundary pulled a time warp story jump in a recent episode an i think i have to rewatch it.It seems clever or maybe to clever by half.Where as This show just said rules we dont need no stinking rules an threw a big hail mary wtf moment at the viewers.Abrasive change in plot tone can be great or leave the viewers with just a rash :/

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