「猛攻!悪の軍団」 (Moukou! Aku no Gundan)
“Fierce Attack! The Army of Evil”
Continuing on from last week, I notice a common theme here – animals are being crossbred with household items to become monsters. At first I thought this was a joke, but it’s no laughing matter, these monsters are legit. Whoever King Torture is, he’s here to stay and wreak havoc on the city. This is seriously turning into a superhero-type show that has the hero fighting off episodic monsters and the hero never seems to fail or lose. To me, it’s obvious that a lot of the earlier mentions of heroes reminded me of Power Rangers. Now, it’s impossible to get the Power Rangers references out of my head – monsters appearing out of nowhere with some mastermind is trying to take down Samurai Flamenco. It bothers me that there’s no logical explanation behind the attacks or motives, but it’s also somewhat fun to watch. I hope that somewhere along the line, someone explains to me how this can be happening. And also, why is no one in the city that frightened by the fact that monsters appear out of nowhere and “attempt” to kill people (although there are no causalities after the gorilla)? The only people that seem worried are the governments’ upper management that can’t seem to decide what to do. At the same time though… if no one is dying, what are they supposed to do? I guess they’re just depending on Samurai Flamenco and the girls to get rid of these issues for the time being.
As interesting as it is to watch Masayoshi and the girls take down giant monsters, I’m glad that there’s another aspect to the show that focuses the rest of the cast that doesn’t play superhero. Seeing Hidenori play a normal cop in action is a nice contrast to the upgraded stationary weapons that Masayoshi uses. Also, I find that Hidenori and Sumi don’t have such a distorted outlook on life right now. While Masayoshi is living the life he’s imagined – taking down monsters, and skyrocketing his career – I think he’s riding a high right now that isn’t going to stay that way for long. He’s also lost a lot of the genuine interest in other people for the sake of advancing his career and I think that’s what Hidenori’s gf was hinting at. You can see the drastic change from his concerns of the “monsters” dying at the beginning, to his perception of killing “monsters” at the end while watching himself on TV. While I don’t think this is the fault of King Torture, I do think that Masayoshi has lost sight of the reasons for fighting monsters. He’s probably getting carried away by the fact that both his superhero career and his modeling/acting career are advancing so fluidly.
I’ve been calling them “monsters”, but it’s true that I also think they’re humans. Similar to Masayoshi, I believe that at some point, they were regular humans that King Torture has either brainwashed or corrupted in order to transform them. They’re also quite loyal to him to self-destruct whenever they’re close to dying to ensure that no secrets are leaked. Up until this point, it’s almost like King Torture really is bad for the sake of causing chaos in the city. Does he have a personal vendetta towards Samurai Flamenco? We’ll have to see. The more interesting piece would be to find out who he is, but I doubt that will be revealed until much later.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: So all that from last week is as real as real can be. Hmmm… That totally changes the direction that I thought #samumenco was headed.