「いつか見た少年」 (Itsuka Mita Shounen)
“Boy From The Past”
So that’s where he’s from! I figured that Sawada Haiji (Suzuki Haruhisa) had to be someone that went unnoticed in the earlier episodes but just couldn’t pinpoint who. That first episode feels so long ago and Samurai Flamenco has really come a long way since then. Not only in the characters themselves, but even simply the plot that’s driven us down this path. It’s been a roller coaster ride since Guillotine Gorilla came into the picture and everyone’s been guessing, who, what, when, why and how?! Now that that’s over with, we’re only left with Masayoshi in the “regular world” and the problems that exist, seem to be actual issues that don’t stretch the imagination. I highly prefer this method of storytelling – that isn’t so far-fetched that I just can’t comprehend it, but still leaves a good sense of mystery and questions. If this was the original direction of Samurai Flamenco, it should have just kept itself as a one-cour original series about a guy who wanted to become a Superhero, succeeded and then the aftermath of being the center of attention. A lot of stuff that happened between then and now has felt like one long filler and I’d like to block those weeks from my mind.
In the end, I think it all boils down to whether or not the last few weeks have meant anything. Were King Torture and Alien Flamenco actually worth anything? Did they help Masayoshi grow into a better person? What did we actually accomplish for the world during that time? I guess you can argue that the monsters helped the country unite (and the world) and they came together for a common goal. Other than that, has Masayoshi really changed as a character? I was trying to imagine what he would’ve been like the show skipped all the nonsense in the middle – and I think it’d still work out. Oddly enough, I don’t think Masayoshi has truly developed or changed his ideals in any way. He still wants to defeat evil and he still does what’s best for his friends/family. He hasn’t stopped trying, nor has he accepted a world leadership position… so if the series jumped from the first 6 episodes, to this point in time, I think that would’ve made for a fine series by itself. Mainly because some of the added characters (like the Flamengers) don’t mean anything to me and in the end, it’s still all about Gotou and Masayoshi.
I find it ironic that this final arc, which features a normal boy as a nemesis for Samurai Flamenco, would be captured as someone who is “dead”. Regardless of whether or not you believe he is actually dead, he’s someone that’s invisible to the public, except for Masayoshi. It’s almost like – everything up until this point, featuring monsters, aliens and even super robots, would be seen as something physically tangible and real. Whereas, “everyday” attacks like bombs, car accidents and shoving, leads people to think that Masayoshi is just fabricating someone. It’s so funny to me that something that is so unbelievable like monsters, could actually be real – whereas, the possibility that Haiji could be a real person, is suddenly so absurd!
Gotou makes a great point when he claims that Masayoshi has double standards. If Masayoshi believes that Haiji is real, why can’t Gotou believe that his girlfriend is still alive? Just because Masayoshi can’t see Gotou’s girlfriend, doesn’t mean that he can’t live with the belief that she is out there. It’s sad, but if she’s alive to him, then that’s what carries him forward. On the other hand, Masayoshi keeps pushing the fact that he has to be right and it’s killing him that he can’t prove it. Is he going crazy or is Haiji another supernatural being? It’d be interesting to see how this is answered… if he is indeed real; I hope the series has a logical, realistic explanation. No more aliens please!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: #Samumenco should have gone down this path in the first place and kept it to one cour. Aliens and monsters feel so long ago… =S