「抗えぬノルマ」 (Koenu Norima)
King Torture is as evil as his name implies. He truly likes to torture his victims and even manipulates them to get what he wants. Just when I thought the show couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it suddenly got very real when King Torture captured main characters. Not only that, but the contraptions and devices that he used – they’re legit torturing devices that were used in the medival ages. I’m scared; I’m very scared.
If there’s one thing that I give Samurai Flamenco credit for, it’s definitely the element of surprise. There hasn’t been a show that I’ve watched in recent years that has left me so confused, yet amused. It wasn’t so weird when Masayoshi just wanted to be a guy running around in tight suits, but now monsters, actual monsters are appearing randomly on the streets and people walk by like it’s nothing. Even Jun pointed out that these “monsters” are appearing so frequently with no consequences that people just don’t care anymore. I said this in last week’s post because it felt so odd that there wouldn’t be more panic or alarm in the world! Jun makes a good point though – that perhaps people are just so accustomed to it now and unless King Torture massacred a lot of people, everyone would just continue to ignore him and Samurai Flamenco. It’s a little sad that it’s come to the point that even the Flamenco Girls don’t care about protecting civilians anymore (or maybe they never did?).
Speaking of which, Mari is starting to rub me the wrong way from being too extreme. By extreme I mean, she’s almost the polar opposite of myself and probably a ton of other people. She doesn’t seem to care for the well-being of others, to the point that she doesn’t even want to play superhero anymore because it’s “getting boring”. And what really ticks me off is the fact that she only wants attention. More attention than she already has as an idol! Honestly, why? She must have some insecurity issues or she really likes attention because she doesn’t get enough of it elsewhere. She got what she deserved for challenging King Torture and not taking him seriously. On top of that, she’s hit with reality because she’s not as special or as strong as she thinks she is. I hate to admit it, but I just don’t feel sorry for her at the end and that actually makes me feel bad (for not feeling bad).
Anyway, now that the situation has become more dire, it’ll be interesting to see how Masayoshi deals with King Torture. I think that somewhere along the lines, he’ll begin to question his own philosophy of what it means to be a hero… it seems like people don’t truly appreciate his acts anymore and to some degree, I think you need that acknowledgment to continue what you’re doing. King Torture on the other hand, doesn’t really reveal too much about his identity or his purpose yet. I’m sure he has a better motive than “being bad for the sake of being bad” though. Jun’s investigations on King Torture’s monsters also bring about new revelations. I was surprised to hear that they’re not made of anything “known to humans”, so does that mean they’re aliens? Do they travel across space and time? Or perhaps King Torture’s just very secretive about his methods… either way, I think this aspect of the show interests me more than the fights. I love a good mystery and seeing it unraveled piece by piece is too good.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: King Torture lives up to his name. Quite extreme and not for the lighthearted… Now things are getting interesting 😉 #samumenco
Please note: Thanks Divine for uploading my images this week! Full-lengths will be added later. Photoshop is currently not cooperating with me and if anyone knows how to fix it from crashing, I will love you long time =) It’s caused numerous issues with my laptop to the point that I’m writing this post on my tablet… I hope you’ll be patient with me for the time being. Thanks!