OP3: 「愛愛愛に撃たれてバイバイバイ」 (Ai Ai Ai ni Utarete Bai Bai Bai) by FLOW
「さすらいのヒーロー」 (Sasurai no Hiiroo)
This show sure gets polar reactions from the audience – on one hand, a lot of people think it’s cleverly told and enjoy it for what it is… and on the other hand, a lot of people probably dropped it because it’s totally gone down a different path. Then there’s me who is on the fence and I kind of just laugh at Samurai Flamenco because I can’t take it seriously anymore. It’s not SO bad that I want to drop it, because despite everything that’s happened, I just want to know how it will all end. Will it all make sense? Why am I so hopeful for this show? It’s definitely unique in the sense that… I would probably never recommend it (don’t hate me!) but I feel some form of accomplishment by actually finishing this series. It’s weird to say that it’s an entertaining show, yet it still pushes all the wrong buttons with me. I apologize to everyone if it sounds like I’m bashing it all the time, but I’m trying to enjoy it – I really am. With that all said I actually enjoyed this week’s episode. Samurai Flamenco has brought back some of the features that makes me hopeful again that these past 16+ weeks have not been wasted. I’m not exactly keen on the direction of this show, but at least there are still aspects of it that makes it enjoyable. You know I liked an episode when I’m not consistently checking how much longer the episode is… (Guilty of doing that… a lot when I’m bored.).
I mentioned before I would like to see more of Mari and boy, did we see a lot of Mari (and Moe). I know I called her annoying before, but these past weeks have made me sympathize with her situation. She doesn’t have a lot of relatable factors, but I can see why she’s so shaken up and angry with her group members. D*mn, can she hold a grudge or what? A lot of people aren’t proud of who they are or can’t accept themselves for who they are, and Mari has to learn and accept that she’s not Moe. Moe is the type to be so self-sacrificing that it scares me sometimes because I’m not like that. If there’s anything that I can relate to Mari about, it’s this. People are generally selfish beings and Moe proves to be one of the least selfish ones with her love for Mari. I’m not sure if everyone can understand how terrible that makes you feel when someone loves you that much and you can’t reciprocate to that extent. In this case, Mari is taking a huge step forward by forgiving Moe for what happened (but I never saw it as Moe’s fault) and I hope it actually changes her character in the future. It’s not about the “embarrassment” that she went through, but it’s about who she is as an individual and why she can’t be the type of hero that Masayoshi is.
There’s more than one person who came to term with themselves, and the other is actually Masayoshi. You know, as a main character, you’d expect him to go through the most development in 16 episodes, but I’ve actually seen very little growth out of Masayoshi (other than the physical abilities). Or maybe my expectations are too high? Masayoshi started out as an ignorant man who wanted to be a “superhero” in society. He’s grown into an actual superhero since then, but his intentions and ideals are still the same. He still wants to save the world and all his trials have been successful so he’s never had to change his approach to “defeating evil”… until now. Now, his opponent is the Prime Minister and not only that, but the entire city is after him and wrongly accusing him. I’m glad we have some actual conflict now that isn’t bogus because Masayoshi has some actual hardships to go through that aren’t self-inflicted. It’s funny that even through all these circumstances, Masayoshi still has very strong willpower to do the right thing. He hasn’t grown cynical or angry with the world, nor has he fallen apart and accepted defeat. He still keeps fighting to clear his name and I admire that quality about him.
Despite all the negativity that surrounds Samurai Flamenco right now, there’s still people out there that think the best of him. This old, blind man is one of those characters that make you believe in humankind again and that people can change for the better. Rarely do people ever change at that age unless something life-altering happens – and for him, it’s clearly meeting Samurai Flamenco. And I think it’s because of this very reason that Masayoshi did what he did. He wanted to make an impact on people’s lives and it’s funny how ironic the situation is. Masayoshi saved someone’s life that would later save his and there’s no better way to illustrate the effect that kindness has on the world. It’s really all about paying it forward, and I highly recommend everyone watch that movie (plug!). Anyway, I haven’t felt this happy for Masayoshi’s accomplishments since he saved that man from falling and the man let him escape the paparazzi. I hope Samurai Flamenco continues with these types of development episodes because it’s probably one of the only reasons I’ll continue to praise the show. See, it’s not all bad!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #Samumenco has gone back to the roots that made this series so enjoyable in the first place. Hopefully it continues down this path =)