「フロム・ビヨンド」 (Furomu Biyondo)
You’ve got to be kidding me… this show is quickly turning into a joke for me. I just can’t take this show seriously anymore. The show has gone and taken another 180 degree turn and now it’s not about monsters taking over the world… but it’s about defending the planet from “The Beyond”. What is this “Beyond”? Well your guess is as good as mine. They resemble boss monsters that would kick King Torture out of the park. They also happen to grow exponentially and literally transform into giant versions of themselves when pushed to the edge. Not really sure where that’s headed either… but hey! Why not?
At this point, I’ve pretty much given up on the direction of this show… the plot or even the characters. It’s become so unpredictable and quite random that my impression at the end of every week is just confusion. It seems like the writers have also given up on the original cast and thrown in 4 new “Flamengers” to spice up the show. What ever happened to the Flamenco Girls again? Not to say that these new characters aren’t exciting, but I feel like the creators couldn’t do enough with the original cast. Aoishima Soichi (Morikubo Showtaro) is the only outspoken Flamenger so far (Flamen Blue) so I expect him to play a bigger role later on. The rest of the Flamengers don’t stand out to me yet as original characters but I’ll give them a few more weeks to grow on me. I just hope they don’t all die anytime soon.
Being the show’s mid-finale, I was expecting an episode that was a little more concrete or actually answered questions… but I see that’s no longer the case. If there’s anything Samurai Flamenco taught me, it’s to stop expecting things out of this show. Samurai Flamenco has come so far since the beginning of the season and I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing anymore. It went from an above average show about a guy trying to save the world one step at a time… to a show about actually saving the world from “aliens” (because I still don’t know what they are). All this time, I kept hoping that the show would come back around and keep it realistic, but that’s long gone. I’m pretty disappointed as of now that they drove such a high potential show into the ground. Should I hope that the second half gets better? Perhaps, but I don’t want to hold too many high hopes anymore.
If there’s anything that I think the show still delivers well – it’s the humor and comedy. Since episode 2, I always thought that the show was very clever with the jokes that they delivered. The timing of them and the use of sarcasm is something that I can appreciate in anime since I rarely see it. Most of this is from Hidenori though, so it’s a shame that he’s not more central in the show anymore. He’s one of the main reasons I keep watching and probably the most grounded person out of everything. It’s almost like the creators are just stringing us along because everyone want to know who his girlfriend is… but it’d be great to see him playing a bigger role in Masayoshi’s conquests.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: What the… I give up. This show is just confusion, randomness and madness all wrapped up O_o did that really happen? #idonteven #samumenco
Note: Thanks for everyone’s patience over the past few weeks. My laptop is still not fixed and I’ll be sending it to be repaired soon. Luckily! Samurai Flamenco will be taking a 2-week hiatus for the holiday season. Episode 12 is currently scheduled to air as early as December 31st, but a post will likely come out on January 9th. Happy Holidays everyone! =)