OP2: 「愛愛愛に撃たれてバイバイバイ」 (Ai Ai Ai ni Utarete Bai Bai Bai) by FLOW
「ドキュメント！これがフラメンジャーだ!!」 (Dokyumento! Kore ga Furamenjā da!!)
“Document! We Are The Flamengers!!”
After a long break from Samurai Flamenco, we are back!
And… it continues on from pretty much where we left off. No huge revelations, and new bosses to fight. If you ask me, these “bosses” aren’t very boss-like because they’re so easily defeated and there’s no end to them! Now we’re talking about 64 new ones? You’ve got to be kidding me. To quote a reader – I’d go nuts if I was taking this show seriously, but I’ve learned a while back that this show is completely crazy! It’s better to just accept things at face value than try to explain it.
So where does that leave us now? Well the Flamengers have their hands full fighting off monsters and everyone else… is kind of just living life as usual. Is it sad to say that I miss Mari now? Just a few episodes ago, I downright hated her, but now I kind of just feel sorry for her. She was a pretty bad person, but this is where all the character development should come in and show how much she’s grown into a better person. Am I surprised that she’s hidden in Hidenori’s closet? Hell yes! If I was his girlfriend, I’d totally flip out for hiding a famous, hot, celebrity in your closet! Hidenori is quite the honest fellow though and being in a long distance relationship, you have to have that level of trust in your significant other. Hidenori’s mysterious girlfriend aside, I do think Mari still makes for a more interesting character than the new members of Flamengers. She’s pretty crazy in her own ways, but sometimes that’s better than being predictable and stereotypical.
Speaking of the new Flamengers, I didn’t mention them too much previously because for all I know, they could’ve been easily written off. Like I said before, I’m pretty indifferent to them because I don’t see them having much depth or personality other than the “stereotypical” ones that were handed to them. Momoi Sakura (Tamura Yukari) is just the token female who talks a lot; Kuroki Ange (KENN) is the one that’s obsessed with gadgets and weapons; Aoishima Soichi (Morikubo Showtaro) is the wanna-be Red, and Midorikawa Hekiru (Toyonaga Toshiyuki) is the smart one. No I’m not impressed… but hey! At least their names go with their ranger color! I’d be more thrilled to watch Masayoshi single-handedly defeat these monsters himself. Perhaps if they didn’t bombard the audience with so many new characters at once, each individual would actually have more screen time.
The only piece that stood out this episode was probably the latter half. I liked the storytelling with the narration and “interviews”. It makes it seem like the whole setup is just a television show and nothing’s for real. However, I doubt that’s the case anymore and it’s more like the creators attempts to try and make the story different. Even with the new monsters and added characters, I’m honestly not that entertained by Samurai Flamenco anymore. It’s different and definitely stands out, but it’s lost the ability to keep me enticed and interested.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: I’d never thought I’d say this but… I actually miss seeing Mari. The new characters just aren’t as fun to watch =S #samumenco
ED2: 「フライト23時」 (Huraito 23-ji) by ミネラル★ミラクル★ミューズ (Mineral Miracle Muse)