「イミテーション・ジャスティス」 (Imiteeshon Jasutisu)
It was all a government conspiracy! Who would’ve thought? It’s not a completely ludicrous idea, but I still feel like the writers are just making stuff up as they go along. There are no indication that the government was behind all the members from “From Beyond” and like previous revelations, there’s absolutely no flow. I honestly can’t remember the last time there was a pause in this show and no doubt, I think Samurai Flamenco needs one. It needs to slow down and build up some character development for its huge cast because I’ve already given up hope that any explanations will be provided past this. It feels like such a crop out just to say, “The government did it.” but I guess they didn’t want to go down the “It was all a dream” route. Perhaps this way, it’ll build up a better set up for the second half of the series. I don’t have very high hopes anymore for the plot, but at the very least, I hope they don’t throw away some of their better characters.
Some of the better characters being, Mari (and the other 2) and especially Hidenori. That guy just doesn’t get enough screen time. Ever. I understand that he’s not THE primary character, but as a pretty prominent guy (especially since the beginning), I would think that he should play a larger role. It would be awesome to see how a regular “everyday hero” saves the town against villains rather than seeing Masayoshi use advanced weaponry against government controlled monsters. And speaking of monsters, does that mean that the Beyond Flamenco (Ishida Akira) was also fake? Was he also created by the government to trip Masayoshi out? Talk about being anticlimactic… I was so sure that there would be more to that story being lookalikes. The fight with the giant drill was also pretty… meh. There was no sense of urgency from either the town or the government anymore at the point so I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It was obvious that they would save it, but I guess I never expected the contraption to stop working so easily. Honestly, it just feels like the writers even want to just get this out of the way and carry out with this next arc – which puts Masayoshi as enemy #1.
Now that the Flamengers and Joji are out of the way, I’m actually anxious to see what’s in store for Masayoshi. It’d be ideal to see Hidenori help him out and Mari (and gang) along with Jun because his weapons were just so awesome. It’s amazing what the media can do in such a short amount of time now. An announcement from your Prime Minister spreads so quickly with the help of the Internet and society being so interconnected. This links very well with the first few episodes that made Samurai Flamenco so huge in the first place and now, it’s back to bite him in the butt. Although social media and the Internet can be so informative, it can also be a plague that spreads rumors and stories quickly without people verifying their sources. In this case, Masayoshi has been quickly framed by the very people that he tried to protect so remind me, why does he want to protect this city so badly? What have they done for him?
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: It was all a government conspiracy!! I knew it!! #samumenco #plottwists
Note: More apologies for the delayed posts. I’m still on vacation and it’s a bad excuse, but it is what it is =( I’ll be back with Noragami’s double post on Monday and I should be back on schedule next week. Thanks for everyone’s patience! If you’re in Seattle tomorrow, go Seahawks!