「ニッポン壊滅」 (Nippon Kaimetsu)
“The Destruction of Japan”
Doom’s day is finally here!
But the episode never goes as you’d expect it to… And this week was no exception. Sometimes I wonder why I’m still even watching this show and then I remember. It’s because it never fails being unpredictable. I won’t lie, it’s not the most entertaining show; especially after
Mari and Hidenori’s absence, but it sure knows how to keep the story going. Samurai Flamenco has come such a long way since it’s premiere but now that it’s more than halfway done, I’ve got to say, it’s pretty d*mn crazy! But is it a good kind of crazy? I’ll let you know…
Unlike previous weeks, this episode was fairly well balanced and straight forward. Masayoshi warned the public, public good crazy, monsters arrive and fighting ensues. The only problem with that is that I hate when travesties get resolved so really. This episode was just filled with so. much. cheese. It was just too much for me because Samurai Flamenco still borders that half spoof/half serious drama line. I’m not sure if it’s trying to be realistic with the government involvement or if this arc is just trying to wrap itself up for the next chapter. I didn’t mind that Masayoshi decided to post a public announcement but in real life, nothing can be that easily resolved. It would’ve made for a better fight if the civilians turned into “heroes” themselves to defend Japan. I guess having other heroes show up is close enough.
This has got to be the first episode I’ve seen (since the first 5) that brought up the theme of heroes so prominently again. And in a good way; not the joking manner that makes fun of The Power Rangers. I can appreciate how they try to link everyone together and how you CAN make a difference by being one individual. It’s cheesy as well, but somehow I can accept that given the overall direction of the story so far. So the big guy doesn’t end up leaving the Flamengers to rot (as interesting as that would be) bit instead he gives them hope. Seeing your childhood heroes come to live must be such an inspirational feat to someone like Masayoshi. I can’t imagine what Japan would be like after this, but heroes are no longer a rarity it seems. I don’t want to ask too many questions because I’ll just drive myself mad, but now we know why “heroes” are so readily accepted by everyone.
What’s really caught my attention this week, was that awesome cliffhanger Who saw that one coming? I’m not usually one for doppelgangers, but for some reason, I’m (probably wrongfully) hopeful for this twist. Aliens aren’t on the top of my list anymore but a twin brother who has super powers and wants to destroy Japan? That sounds like a great story for good versus evil – and isn’t that one of the reoccurring themes here?
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: What are you doing to me #Samumenco?! Such mixed feelings… But that cliffhanger was pretty good I’ll give it that =P
Note: Apologies for late post! I’ll be away for the next week and unfortunately that means my posts (for Noragami as well) will be delayed. Hopefully not for more than 48 hours but no promises =( Regardless though… Happy Chinese New Year everyone!