「宇宙でフラメンコ」 (Uchuu de Furamenko)
“Flamenco in Space”
I’m trying to enjoy this show… I really am. And the way I see things, there are only 3 impressions that I get from this episode.
“This show is ridiculous! What is going on?!”
This is probably the first and most dominant reaction that I get after watching this week’s episode. If anything, it feels like the writers left us with such a curve ball that they needed a one week hiatus, just to think about what the hell they’re going to write about next. I see no flow and no logical explanation for this one… but then, “the act of God” kicks in. Some deus ex machina that suddenly explains that Masayoshi’s will power controls the entire universe and all that inhabits it. Yes, the reason that everything has happened, is because he wished for it. He “willed it” to happen and because the God of willpower is on his side, everything that has happened, can technically be blamed on him. I don’t swallow this explanation well at all. It makes me crazy when things happen “just because” and there’s just nothing about this show that I can take seriously. It’s like, I can’t believe this show actually exists (woops, too harsh?). There are still aspects of the show which I can enjoy – the relationships between characters for one, but is it enough to carry the show now? Well I just hope having Masayoshi back on Earth will return some of the show’s earlier antiques and fun. Maybe they can show a comparison of how much Samurai Flamenco has changed since then.
“Ooooh! It all makes sense now!
Well… kind of. The explanation from Alien Flamenco (who’s voiced by the same Mr. Justice seiyuu – Yasumoto Hiroki) makes sense to a certain extent. He shows Masayoshi the source of all the “magical powers” that people have obtained and he even attempts to recruit Masayoshi to help him “save the world”. I put all these in quotations because well… saving the world is up to interpretation and clearly Masayoshi thought it was the wrong way to do things. Another way to look at it was that Masayoshi didn’t trust Alien Flamenco and they battled it out on the moon. Luckily this doesn’t end with Masayoshi stranded on the moon, because further to Alien Flamenco’s explanations, “Willpower” (which I would imagine to be God in a physical form) comes to put Masayoshi at the centre of the world. I can buy that there are different alternate dimensions and I think this isn’t a bad way to resolve the issues of having five million “Flamencos” existing in the universe. I even can appreciate how they brought back King Torture in not one but two different ways. It shows that perhaps there has been quite a bit of thought placed in the creation of this original story and it’s not just stuff happening of the sake of it. However, this leaves the audience wondering that if Masayoshi holds the power to make such important decisions, what does he desire next and how will it impact the people around him?
“Wow… this show is just…”
Hilarious? A parody? Full of non-sensical fun? I would assume that there are a lot of people out there too that are watching the show without putting any serious thought as to why or how. Personally I think that’s a part of the intentions of the creators of this show – to make Samurai Flamenco a unique and fun show that tests the boundaries of what anime can showcase. That doesn’t mean that they’ve done it the right or wrong way, but the writers had something in mind and this is how they’ve chosen to tell it. If there are people out there that take the show at face value and continue to look forward to it, then I would say that that’s the best way to watch it because you are neither disappointed by the series of events or have expectations of it. If there’s any part of this week’s episode that I thoroughly enjoyed was probably the action between Alien Flamenco and Masayoshi himself. It was pretty obvious that he would win from the start, but it’s fun to see it happen anyway.
So those are the tree buckets of reactions that I get from this week’s episode. I would like to know what other people are thinking about this point at all. Is Samurai Flamenco headed in the direction that you thought?
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #Samumenco is truly something special. Only they would blame “hopeful wishing” as a explanation for aliens and monsters. #youbetterbelieveit