「決戦前夜」 (Kessen Zennya)
“Night Before the Decisive Battle”
Since when did Samurai Flamenco get so serious? Just last week I was treating this like a badly executed show that can be poked fun at. This week, I’m not sure what to think anymore because they touch a variety of different issues and Masayoshi takes on a much more prominent decision-making role. A lot of people mention that this is meant to be a spoof or poke fun at the genre, but I don’t really know what Samurai Flamenco‘s intentions are anymore. Is it trying to be funny or is it trying to actually make sense? The bad news is I don’t think this story can be both without turning me off.
Intentions aside, this episode really shows the reality of the situation within Japan. Weeks ago I pointed out that these monsters just seemed to be invisible to the general public because no one was getting hurt and Masayoshi wasn’t feeling very underappreciated. If you ask me, that’s just so unrealistic! What I would imagine actually happening is massive chaos in Japan with people fleeing the country and possibly other countries coming to help. Regardless if there are causalities yet or not, with so many unexplained occurrences, I would expect people to be scared of the unknown. I’m surprised it’s taken this long for the government to do anything about it and the fact that other countries would STILL come to Japan despite all this abnormal behavior. What is going on? You see – I wouldn’t mind so much if the government never got involved, because then it’s truly like all other superhero show. People live happily and ignorantly, no body dies and we move on. But the fact that there might actually be deaths now and it’s no longer about building giant robots to fight monsters, I wonder if this is meant to be the climax of the anime.
This show also needs more Hidenori (and dare I say, even Mari). It seriously needs an injection of characters other than the Flamengers (who still haven’t made an impact on me). I find the Flamengers similar to icons (like Joji himself) that protect the city, but don’t do much else. They receive awards, they get along, but they don’t have any distinctive personalities nor do they make public appearances for PR. It bothered me a lot that no one else wanted to defend the civilians in the city other than Masayoshi himself. No one else debated on telling everyone to RUN! It was like the Flamengers settled with what was told to them and didn’t argue with Joji or the Mayor. Is secrecy and control really necessary when evacuating the city? Definitely, but I don’t think this was the way to go about it. They were too unprepared and the mayor made the wrong choice to keep the civilians in the dark. Now – it’s too late to change that and there’s no contingency plan.
I say all this, but of course I have no experience of what it’s like to be in the apocalypse. All I can say is that, I think Masayoshi did the right thing to warn the public. Joji is a d*ck for running off and no, I don’t think it’s because he has some secret plan hidden up in the mountains. I think he’s played all his cards and he was selfish enough to leave without the others (and possibly his own wife). Perhaps that wasn’t such a big surprise to me but it’s a nice twist to the story. Masayoshi didn’t warn Hidenori about the invasion of monsters either… which made me wonder, why not? Was it because he couldn’t narrow down his list of people to 5? Or was it because he intended to save everyone anyway? We’ll have to wait until next week to see… but who knows, maybe Flamen Green’s prediction was totally off and now everyone’s panicking for no reason! Any guesses?
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: #samumenco suddenly got a lot more serious o.o And they finally address the issue of DANGER! Watch this all be a troll from the monsters lol