「決戦！敵の基地」 (Kessen! Teki no Kichi)
“Final Battle! At the Enemy Base”
Samurai Flamenco has turned into one of those shows that I have no expectations for anymore. There’s some good and some bad, but overall – I’d agree with Akira, it is entertaining. There’s something new every week and just when you think you understand where it’s headed; it throws you into the other direction. It’s almost like the writers are just pulling ideas left and right, trying to incorporate it all together and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. For example, I actually liked the psychological dilemma that King Torture (Hayami Show) put Moe through. It reminds me of the movie Saw (if anyone say the original from 2004) and I think it really brings to light the situation and intentions of human beings. On the other hand, I don’t like how everything ends so neatly without discussing the consequences or the “how“. Perhaps it’s because I’m a mystery-genre lover, but I always want to know the why and how it happened; especially in this episode, because godd*mn, the guy just came back from the dead! I think some answers are in order… but before I can even digest what is going on, the show already diverts onto another path. In this case, Masayoshi reveals his identity to the world!
This episode was a lot more graphic and psychologically crazy than I ever gave Samurai Flamenco credit for. Who knew that King Torture was capable of chopping…. oh my god, is that his arm?! Did he, just chop off his arm to attach a chainsaw? I can’t believe he just did that… so many words and not one can describe my awe and shock at that moment. Perhaps it’s because I don’t watch a lot of horror movies, but the idea of someone deforming their own body to make a point has always been a cringe factor for me. Even in animation (I wasn’t actually expecting them to show the arm!), I can still imagine what this would look like in a horror movie and that alone is unsettling. But I give the show full credit for being able to even animating the struggles between Samurai Flamenco and King Torture – to the full extent that no one would expect. Last episode showed us what King Torture was capable while holding hostages (Akira and Mari), but this week just took his “evil” to a whole new level.
King Torture has finally made a case for himself and he’s no longer just the evil guy that’s bad for the sake of being bad. To me, he sounds like he truly believes his intentions are for “good” and by “good” I mean, by doing evil. Does that make sense? When someone grows up believing that they are going to change the world and do wonders (the wrong way), you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for them because they don’t know better or had really bad parents. King Torture reminds me of one of those boys that grow up admiring a superhero (or in this case, a villain) and makes them a role model for his future. He’s right when he says that he actually mirrors Samurai Flamenco in many ways – just the opposite way. Whether I think he’s right or wrong isn’t going to change the fact that he thinks he’s doing right. I really appreciated the subtle shots of his childhood photos as well. This shows that King Torture is really just a human being – that happened to land super amazing powers and come back from the dead. Aside from that last part, there are some real human emotions that brought up King Torture to who he is today.
Last week, I mentioned that Mari got what she deserved – and this week, only reaffirms that fact. Sorry, but I just feel more aggravated by her behavior and intentions every time she appears. This week is no different because she still has this superiority approach when dealing with King Torture. I’m glad that King Torture brought up his thoughts because only he was able to see through her facade. It would’ve made for a more interesting story if Moe got up and left – but she didn’t and although this was rather predictable, the reaction from Mari was not what I expected. King Torture called Mari out for wanting Moe to stay and sacrifice her life, even though what she was saying was the exact opposite. Is Mari really that selfish? My response is obviously yes; she wants to protect her image for caring about Moe, but at the same time, she actually wants Moe to sit there and have her fingers crushed one by one. And it’s sad to say, but I think a lot of people are probably like that as well in real life. Of course, no one would ever hope to be caught in a situation like that, but I guess this brings out the real intentions of human beings. We want to protect an image of us, but at the same time, most of us would be scared to sacrifice that much for someone else.
This post is getting long but there are a lot of points in this show that I thought should’ve been discussed. King Torture may be crazy and evil, but he brings out the darkest secrets that people don’t want to admit. I think this makes for great topics of discussion so I’d love to hear what people think.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: I’ll never have Samurai Flamenco figured out o_o it’s just a story that keeps on going and I guess it works? Who cares about alien rocks! But in all honesty, #samumenco brought up some great discussion about human selfishness and awareness… I’m no good with these topics =(
Note: Like last week, I still have issues with my laptop which makes it increasingly more frustrating and difficult to blog. Thanks for everyone’s patience and for all the help you guys have offered =) If you tweeted/emailed me your assistance, trust me – I’ve tried it all – I might have to do a refresh of my Windows OS (Restore didn’t work). Until then, please keep in my mind that I don’t have any access to Photoshop anymore and thus, no full lengths. Thanks Divine for helping me with my screencaps though – you’re awesome!
ED2: 「涙星」 (Namida Hoshi) by 真野まり (Tomatsu Haruka)