「正義とは」 (Seigi Toha)
“The Meaning of Justice”
So that brings us to the end of that relationship…
I called it last week but Mari and Masayoshi just weren’t meant to be. It’s clearly seen in this episode that while they may have the same objective in mind, their motives and their strategies for going about it, are very different. Mari seems to have a grudge against men and her way of punishing them for crimes is taken to large extremes. I think her attitude towards men in general (especially Masayoshi) is quite interesting, so can she be someone with daddy issues or an abusive boyfriend? That doesn’t why she has two different facades though – she appears energetic and outgoing at work, but at home, she’s rather bossy towards Masayoshi. I’d like to think that it’s because she has a hard time even identifying who she wants to be. She wants to be a superhero – but is the reason because she wants to hurt people or because she really wants to save people? On the other hand, she’s an idol that people look up to and she can’t misbehave like Flamenco Girl does.
The episode title gives away a lot of the main themes in this anime. This week, not only is it about Mari’s intentions of being a superhero, but the main bulk of it is why Masayoshi wants to be Samurai Flamenco. Samurai Flamenco isn’t just a made up name… it’s actually a hero that his grandfather made up for him. This explains a bit more about the passion behind Masayoshi’s actions and even reaffirms his desire to help better society. Whereas I thought it was kind of depressing that Masayoshi had doubts about superheroes, I thought the present from his grandfather was just what he needed. It’s true that superheroes are just made up – they take on the personalities of whoever plays their role or whoever created them… but I think the stronger message is that they were created based on someone’s desire. The message that Masayoshi’s grandfather left for him was that he hoped Masayoshi would also turn out to be a man that helped fight for the innocent. That’s exactly the hero that Masayoshi has turned out to be and it’s a good thing that it varies from Mari’s goals. It’s cheesy to say, but I think any parent (or grandparent in this case) would be proud to know that the child you’ve raised has ended up exactly where you wanted them to.
Other developments that took place that caught my eye includes Akira’s continuous insistence of Masayoshi’s identity. Obviously he’s right, but I find that he’s also bending the facts to his liking. He notices that Masayoshi’s been busy filming and notes that Samurai Flamenco isn’t appearing in public as often… well that could be for a variety of reasons. It’s only because Sumi believes in Masayoshi that’s preventing Akira from investigating further. Another offside is Hidenori’s relationship with his girlfriend. Whereas I’d like to believe that it’s going well for them, her constant absence is driving me insane! Why wouldn’t you go on a date with your long-distance boyfriend? I would assume that anyone in a LD relationship would jump at the chance to see their significant other when they could.. but I guess their relationship is complicated. Maybe next week we’ll get to see if either Moe or Mizuki are actually Hidenori’s girlfriend?