「チェンジ・ザ・ワールド」 (Chienji za Waarudo)
“Changing the World”
Sh*t just got unreal.
Let’s just step aside and talk about the pink elephant in the room right now because everyone’s probably thinking the same thing… Whattt?? Where? Why? HOW?! That whole stretch in the final 10 mins of the episode had me waiting for it… waiting for the moment that Masayoshi wakes up and finds out it’s all a dream. But it never happens. It’s not a dream. This sh*t is for real. There is a giant guillotine gorilla standing in the room and it’s murdering people left, right and center. Not to mention that a person grew into that thing and he suddenly disappears into a poof of smoke – declaring Samurai Flamenco his enemy number one. There is no way that this doesn’t spark all kind of questions and if this is for real, there has got to be a good explanation for it. Usually when something like this goes down that seems so out of place, I give it the benefit of the doubt and prays that it all ties together later. This is not a show about actual superheroes so where is all this “magic” coming from? I need answers now!
Aside from the blatantly obvious gorilla in the room, the ending also opens up a whole new set of questions about the direction of the show. Is this supposed to be a supernatural or science fiction anime? Or could it involve super advanced weaponry and technology? After episode 2, I never imagined that Samurai Flamenco would actually be about people with real superpowers. It just doesn’t seem to fit with where the show is headed and I’m afraid that it’ll go down a path that leads to more “what the….?” questions. On the other hand, it’s also the first cliffhanger the show has had all season so I’m expecting it to go down a less episodic feel and more towards a centralized story.
So before all this gorilla nonsense, the rest of the episode actually had a decent story. It gave more TIGER&BUNNY vibes, but the reaction from Masayoshi was quite the opposite of what I was expecting. Like Masayoshi says, everyone always expects the superhero to have this tragic past that defines who he is. The superhero’s past is what makes him hate evil or motivated to stop it and Masayoshi… he doesn’t feel that way. I feel terrible for saying so, but I was surprised in a good way that Masayoshi would actually admit to not having any strong feelings towards his parents’ murder. Although it’s a shame that he doesn’t, I can see why he would feel troubled by not feeling more emotionally connected to his parents. I would imagine that Masayoshi feels much more connected to his grandfather who raised him and gave him something to pursue. The shock factor was probably that his grandfather lied to him more so than his parents’ murder. Anyway, regardless of the guilt he was feeling, it’s nice to know that Masayoshi has people to rely on. I think Hidenori will always be type casted as “that guy” that helps his friend come back to reality and that’s just precisely what makes him such a loveable character too.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: What the… I have no word to describe that ending. #idonteven #wasthatadream #samumenco #mindfuck