NOT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE
The biggest mistake one will do when beginning to watch this show, is not being prepared about what it actually is all about. The premise is misleading, and the initial episodes are not representing the mood of the show. If you have no idea what the twist is going to be like later on, chances are you will hate it. I make it sound like in order to enjoy it, you need to be spoiled about things that are not supposed to be spoiled, but trust me, it will spare you the rage and disappointment so many felt while it was still airing. Not getting what you expect out of a show works positively only when you get more than what you expected. In the case of this anime, you get less. So get ready, here comes the spoiler, it’s for your own good. Samurai Flamenco is not a subversion of superhero stories. It is a light comedy that makes it seem it is a subversion, before eventually embracing the dumb idealism of the superhero formula and heads for some really silly shenanigans. It doesn’t sound like a big thing, but it is.
When the anime begins, you are made to think it will be one of those stories where the protagonist wants to be hero, starts from the bottom, and gradually moves to bigger challenges. The setting is like our own world, there are no superpowers, no monsters, no giant robots. The gadgets he uses are created out of simple things you can find in your home. The enemies he faces are mundane criminals. And since he is not even that strong, or an expert in martial arts, he makes lots of mistakes. A typical street thug can kick his ass. Tv channels are all after him so they can make a spectacle out of the whole thing. The police treat him as an embarrassing, troublemaking clown. Everything feels exactly how it would be like if an average guy wears a mask and spandex and runs in the streets pretending to be a defender of justice, and preaching to people how to behave properly. It will look stupid, not cool, and will have lots of real life repercussions you don’t see in comic books. If the anime remained like this throughout its run, it would not be exciting but it would definitely be special.
SUPERNATURAL FOLLOW UP
But since I spoiled it for you earlier, you know that this did not happen. Eventually Samurai Flamenco jumps genres, adds supernatural elements, and gradually becomes a typical superhero flick suffering from jarring tone shifts and overbearing power creep. And the reason all these supernatural things appeared out of nowhere in a setting that did not have them up until then is (get ready for this, it will blow your mind) because God said so. That’s the big revelation which explains everything! It doesn’t sound like a big thing, but it is.
The anime doesn’t prepare you for this, it honestly wants to make you think it will remain basic and pragmatic all the way. Here we are enjoying mundane situations and accepting the show for what it is and suddenly BOOM a talking gorilla with a guillotine in its belly appears, followed by an evil organization of monsters who want to take over the world. Most viewers couldn’t believe this was happening for real. There is no way these Power Ranger shenanigans can happen in such a show. It has to be an elaborate prank with special effects; or a dream, any moment now the protagonist will wake up and everything will be normal again. And since I already spoiled it, you know that this never happened. It became ridiculous and many dropped it after a few episodes because it wasn’t what the show promised them to be. It betrayed them!
Not everyone dropped it though; many still accepted what it had become and kept watching it… only to encounter some very cancerous themes. At first they tried to excuse it as if the show HAD to turn supernatural, because it was already losing steam from all its simplicity. It tried to spice things up somehow and the best thing it could think of was a literal deus ex machina. I already mentioned how God made stuff happen but I didn’t tell you yet why his almightiness did that in the first place. Well, it’s because the protagonist wanted it! He was fulfilling his wish to have adventures as the ones in the silly comic books he loved so much, and him becoming a superhero who saves the world. It sounds innocent on paper until you realize that because of this wish, countless people suffered for it. I mean, really, so many died or were injured because of all the crazy stuff that kept happening. The source of all this evil was not some demon or alien. It was God and the protagonist who brought them into existence out of a childish whim! That’s just mean and horrible.
Not to mention unexciting since God can do anything he likes and thus all conflicts no longer feel threatening. Yeah, you are not supposed to know that until the end of the series but remember that I am sparing you the rage and disappointment by telling you about it right away. You know the protagonist will win no matter what happens. Which ironically makes an alien invasion less exciting than a single street thug, back when there was nothing supernatural in the setting and plot armor was not an option.
As for presentation, it looks ok in terms of animation and coloring, although none of the character designs are standing out. The males have a feminine feel to them, as expected from Noitamina series, and have very basic personalities. I can’t say I like any of them; I can forgive the generic protagonist for his naïve ideals, but not the pop idol girls who out of nowhere wanted to be superheroes too just for the heck of it. I mean, come on, they are just frail little girls, why do they beat up so many muscular men with simple tasers? And did we really need the yuri stuff? It was still supposed to be a normal series up until then. You also know your cast is forgettable when most of the audience was concerned with who was the secret girlfriend of one of the guys. Yeah, talk about being afraid of monsters that are trashing cities if you are wondering about those sorts of things.
I would have given Samurai Flamenco and average score if it remained a plain anime about a normal guy pretending to be Superman. It could also have ended as a 1 cour mediocre parody of power rangers most would remember as a nice filler anime between better things. But nope, the show decided to head for 2 cour and the only way it could think of for not becoming boring, was to keep throwing in more and more absurd things, as means to keep the audience guessing what could possibly be causing all those supernatural stuff in a typical world. And turns out it was God. There you go, have another Gorillatine. Now go play Batman with those lesbian pop idols.
How many plot twists can one anime have? -_-'
There are so many things I can say about this ... so very many things...
Samurai Flamenco starts off as a simply awesome anime. The first arc was incredibly entertaining and leaves you with the feeling that this is going to be a fantastic anime ... and then you hit its first plot twist ...
I sat there dumbfounded. I-I didn't know what the freck had just happened! Then the second one happened and I just gaped at my computer unable to comprehend wtf was going on! By the third ... well, let's just say I wasn't surprised anymore... -_-"
You simply cannot take this show seriously! If you do, you're in for major disappointment!
Despite the craziness I was still somehow able to make it through the entire anime, and I still found it absurdly entertaining. Samurai Flamenco is kind of like a train wreck. I simply couldn't look away...
The animation wasn't bad, nor was the soundtrack ... the characters, on the other hand, were one big giant bag of crazy! Hell, the only one you think is sane turns out to be one of the craziest! (sad, but unfortunately true). And the plot ... sweet baby jesus, the plot! It was like they crammed every corny superhero cliche into 22 episodes and then went "Awwwesommme!" ... no, just NO! *shakes head sadly*
I suspected for the longest time the staff and crew were either extraordinarily high while they were making this anime ... or extremely drunk! And honestly that may very well be their secret. I still cannot even begin to fathom who thought this up! It makes my brain hurt too much, so I'm not even going to try!
I will say though that I actually enjoyed the last antagonist. The wrap up though made me yell at the screen... I still don't get why Masayoshi- ehheem- you know what? Watch it. You'll understand why that wrap up made me facepalm and then made me want to bash my head violently against the wall ... -_-'
Overall, an absurdly ridiculous anime that you can't take seriously. It has so many plot twists that you'll lose track... It will mess with your head if you even try to take it seriously. If you give it a go ... I say good luck! I hope you come out of it with your sanity still intact ... (I question my own -_-").
This went from very good to pure shit very fast.
It starts amazing, funny story and kinda funny characters and suddenly it becomes
one of the worst animes i have ever seen.
Ok. This is my first review, so please, don't take it badly. I really liked this anime. But, it was confusing. Episode 22 was so rushed... I think that they could have added 2 or 3 more epidodes talking about the last antagonists story. Is he dead? Is he alive? We don't know. There aren't even OVAs. (SPOILER ALERT) Do Hazama and Goto really get married? Still don't know, they didn't show any clue about that. The finale, the last episode, it get's you so confused, but you'll enjoy it.
Overall the anime is AWESOME until, the last episode. Samurai Flamenco got me watching from episode one, because Hazama-kun was a character with whom I identify myself. That's what really made me open my eyes. It isn't about just being a super hero and caring about others. It's about making your dreams come true. I cried in episoded 21. I got so sad.... (You'll understand if you watch it ;) ) I wish i could talk about it but i don't wanna give out many spoilers XD Although I gave out one, I think... Enough about me... What about you? Go watch it! <3
Superheroes are entertaining to a lot of people. I can sort of see why. But what happens if we use superheroes as a source of comedy? Lets talk about that shall we? Ladies, gentlemen and heroes who haven't surrendered to evil, my name is Ayanamisenpai and today I'm going to be reviewing Samurai Flamenco.
Masayoshi Hazama is a male model who loves superheroes and sentai, so much that he has a secret identity, he is Samurai Flamenco, a crime fighting superhero! By crime fighting I mean he unsuccessfully tells people off for littering or smoking in non smoking areas. He also tells people off for being rowdy. He gets belittled a lot by his friend Goto. Eventually he meets his idol Joji Kaname and he briefly gets a partner Mari Maya or Flamenco girl. All seems normal until Japan is invaded by a villain known as King Torture who true to his name loves torturing people. Its up to Samurai Flamenco to stop him.
The animation is good. That's all I'm saying.
I love both openings. Sadly the endings were mediocre. I have a favorite song from the soundtrack. During the Flamengers arc the Flamengers get a theme song and it is amazing. If I had to pick a favorite from the voice cast it would be Show Hayami as King Torture, Show Hayami is good at voicing villains.
For characters they used a lot of tropes. Masayoshi is a generic superhero while King Torture is a generic villain. Goto is a bogstandered cop. Mari is a generic genki girl. The flamengers used the typical Super Sentai or Power Rangers tropes. Masayoshi (red) is the leader. The blue is jealous of red. The pink is a cheerful girl. The green is smart. The black is young.
I liked this show. I would recommend watching it. However the first six episodes are slow. But when you get past them it becomes very enjoyable. So watch it and if you drop it because the first six episodes are slow, remember episode 7 is enjoyable. That's all for this review. Until next time stay awesome.