「フラメンコVSニセフラメンコ」 (Furamenko VS Nisefuramenko)
“Flamenco vs. Fake Flamenco”
It’s one thing to declare yourself as a superhero, but it’s another thing entirely when the media takes it to a whole new level. This is the beauty of the Internet and media these days – it’s so vast and readily available that it’s easy for a video to become viral. Throw in the fact that YouTube is everywhere (even I admit that I spend maybe an hour or two on that site a day), privacy is nearly impossible on the web anymore. Thus, if you want something to remain private, just keep it to yourself. This is clearly not applicable to Samurai Flamenco though. This guy is everywhere and the people want to know who he is, simply because of good television. What bothers me most is that Konno Akira (Mikami Satoshi) even put a price to his identity. It doesn’t surprise me due to the nature of his profession, but his personality and character rubs me the wrong way (he reminds me of a pervert?) Too bad for him though, his plans got foiled when “Samurai Flamenco” announced his identity himself.
It annoys me
a bit when television networks would go to such great lengths to get ratings and views. I’m not even sure if they knew that Kaname Joji (Kosugi Juurouta – who also played a very fitting role, Legend in TIGER & BUNNY) wasn’t the real Samurai Flamenco; it’s more likely that they put him up to it. To me, Samurai Flamenco is not meant to be an icon on TV just to be exploited to get more views and appear on variety shows. He’s not meant to be a “superhero” for people to follow around on camera beating up gang members or something – if you want endorsements or TV like that, definitely check out TIGER & BUNNY. Samurai Flamenco is supposed to be someone trying to stop citizens from doing what’s wrong – as small or as big as the offense is, he’s trying to better society because he believes it is right. Sadly, this is probably a good reflection of what it would be like if someone in a metropolitan area tried to become a “superhero”. He’d probably get a lot of press for a while, people would try and find out who he is and then he’d be forgotten… for trying to make a difference. This is another reason that I can appreciate Samurai Flamenco, it’s a realistic approach to everyday superheroes in modern society. The passion that Masayoshi has towards his cause is great, but this doesn’t necessarily translate well to the public. Some people might see him as creepy; some people might see him as a nuisance… but when it all comes down to it, one person can’t make all the difference until people start reacting.
The first two episodes really established who Samurai Flamenco was, or rather who Masayoshi is. This third episode introduces new characters that finally bring some conflict to Masayoshi’s life – stuff like what his manager thinks, and having a mentor or coach to actually train him. Hidenori is neglected a bit, but even he gets his own debut at the end. I still think the relationship that Masayoshi and Hidenori has is quite unique, but even more so now that Joji is in the picture. The group dynamics will be something that I look forward to, and I’m hoping that Mari joins in on the fun later. This pretty much makes up the core of the main characters on Samurai Flamenco except one guy with glasses and a lab coat. While I look forward to seeing them all come together, I wonder if they’ll actually use the image of Samurai Flamenco to do something good and impactful.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: #samumenco is not quite what I expected… It’s taken a different route with the approach of televising his identity #media