「サムライフラメンコ・ネイキッド!!」 (Samurai Furemenko, Neikiddo!!)
“Samurai Flamenco, Naked!!”
I’m going to keep this summary short because I want to save everything for my final impressions below. As a finale, the show did a great job wrapping everything up. There was a little inclusion from all the main characters and I was surprised to see even further mentions of Gotou’s girlfriend. I already accepted the fact that she was dead but I guess it keeps some of the mystery alive when you don’t know if Gotou is still psychologically damaged or not. Even more so, this episode made it very evident how reliant Gotou was on his cell phone and his attachment to the hope that his girlfriend is still alive. It’s odd because up until now, I’ve never expected see him “lose it” and when he finally does, Gotou is as mad and delirious as the rest of them. I can’t say that it’s unrealistic, but it’s heartbreaking and eye-opening at the same time because this kind of emotional torture is truly the worst.
Now I’ve seen my fair share of despicable villains and characters, but it’s characters like Haiji that makes me absolutely furious. The amount of frustration and sadness I felt could only be compared to how angry Gotou was at Haiji. Haiji’s disregard for other humans and just his lack of understanding and empathy makes me want to slap him twice and then kill him myself. It’s because he lacks a connection to other people and doesn’t “love” anything else that makes it difficult for anyone to make him suffer like Gotou has – killing him would’ve been the easy way out. I mean, Gotou was straight up begging for him to stop! How heartless can you be? Anyway, I can rant on and on about how much hate I have towards Haiji, but let’s just wrap it up with the satisfaction that at least Mari beat him up. You go girl!
With everything coming to an end, I thought it was hilarious at how they even threw out the idea of a bromance. When Masayoshi “confessed” to Gotou, it was so randomly and awkwardly placed that I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s scenes like these that make me wonder if this anime could’ve been executed much better if the show went down another path because there’s clearly some potential there. It’s an interesting way to resolve issues, but sometimes defusing the tension is what you need to help others think rationally. Also – taking off your pants never fails to shock and awe, right?
Final Impressions – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:
Samurai Flamenco is one of those shows that have such a polar reaction (especially after episode 6) that I felt the need to separate out some of its good, bad and ugly elements. Hopefully this gives people a better idea of what to expect from this very atypical show.
The Good: The main characters that you meet earlier on are definitely the stars of this show. Gotou, Mari and Masayoshi are not your average anime characters; nor are they who they appear to be on the surface. One is crazy, the other is psychologically damaged and the third doesn’t know the meaning of love. Mix them together and you get a few sh*ts and giggles, especially in the first 6 episodes. Of course, that doesn’t beat the final 4 episodes which features a new villain and someone that actually challenges Masayoshi on an intellectual and emotional level. This was what I was hoping the show could’ve been for the entire 2-cours rather than just the beginning and end.
The Bad: Asides from our main cast, there’s actually a large amount of “side characters” that are introduced halfway through the series. Who are they? They’re the Flamengers who pretty much resembled The Power Rangers except with bland personalities. Then there’s also King Torture who is probably one of the only villains that I understood because he took the time to explain himself. His arc was the start to something extremely hard to swallow but hey – he was creative and I applaud his attempt at changing the world. The animation is also something that isn’t top notch and I would rate it pretty low compared to other anime these days. It’s bad – but it’s not so bad that your eyes burn.
The Ugly: This is the part that separates the people that enjoyed Samurai Flamenco, those that hated it and those that straight up dropped it. The idea of aliens, giant robots, super advanced technology, monsters appearing left and right – it’s not something that everyone will react well to. Not in this setting. As someone who found all these aspects absolutely absurd and ridiculous – I won’t lie (because I’ve probably said it many times now) – I didn’t like it. In fact, there were many times that I would cringe at the fact that Thursday was coming and I did not look forward to blogging this show. However, if you’re someone who wants to see something new, and you’re open to new ideas, there is definitely nothing else I’ve seen in recent years that comes close to how I felt about this show. Different is probably the best way to define it.
In a nutshell, Samurai Flamenco is not a show for everyone. It really showcases how different people interpret and enjoy different types of anime. Personally, when the show is good – it’s good. But when the show goes down that rabbit hole – it gets bad… and when it’s bad, it can only get worse. So I don’t speak for everyone when I say this, but if it’s a show you haven’t watched and have no intentions of seeing – just let it go and never look back. If you dropped it halfway – trust me, the ending does get better so I’d say you should finish it. And if you’ve seen it to the end with me, I’d love to hear what you thought. Love it or hate it, I’m open to hearing your comments.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I can’t believe it’s over… o_o it’s been a love-hate relationship but at least it ended up a good note #samumenco