Posted on 25 October 2013 with categories: Samurai Flamenco

Okay. That was awesome.

I already considered this series among the best of this season, and with this episode it surpassed itself, and this only is the third episode of 22. But just… this episode introduces this new character and he brings a totally new dynamic to the series that completely takes the piss out of both the mass media and the superhero business.

The characters here were brilliantly used. Turning the idol that Samurai Flamenco was based off into this semi-impersonator awakened so many different feelings in Masayoshi, and afterwards this spiralled into this bizarre publicity stunt in which Samurai Flamenco became Red Axe’s assistant, followed by some very unexpected character-development from Hidenori. Heck, this episode couldn’t have made better use of the trope of superheroes having to conceal their identity.

And yet, the characters in this series feel real. Of course there are nutters like Masayoshi walking around and all, but he too has common sense. When people fight here, they don’t use supernatural powers. Even Joji Kaname is just this really muscular guy; he doesn’t punch with superhuman strength, and yet the creators manage to portray him as this crazy stuntman. This is something that very few anime get right: juggling the balance between realism and entertainment.

But seriously, the chemistry between the characters just keeps getting better and better.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

4 Responses

  1. Dr. Pest says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I loved every episode so far (even some of the tracks are pretty cool). Same with all of the major characters – and I really didn’t expect this last scene with Hidenori before the ED. It could hint at some interesting and more or less unexpected character developement.

  2. AidanAK47 says:

    I liked the episode but I am a bit worried at the direction this might take. With Red axe training him that could mean that hasama grows more competent at fighting. And that start painting his acts in better light. The interesting thing is that this superhero thing is nothing like the real thing. It kinda loses the point if he starts to become more used to it. I prefer when he’s in over his head.

  3. kero says:

    Props.

    I loved this episode and agree with all the things psgel says.

    Red Axe dude was funny.

    And yeah the last bit where Hidenori is ‘shit I kinda like this’ was also an interesting twist.

  4. Starss says:

    Wasn’t expecting this show to be this good, but yep, everything Psgels said just won me over this episode.
    That was just hilarious, Red Axe was an amazing addition, and joining them after the ED was an awesome bonus!

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  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:32 PM)
    @Aries SSY is a GOAT-tier anime IMO. Shows like that don’t always come around that often.
  • ninjarealist
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 05:31 PM)
    RandomC has some pretty good writers. I like Zephyr and Guardian Enzo a lot.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:59 PM)
    @Aries: you’re not the only one. It just fails to click on either an emotional or intellectual level.
    I’m following lostinanime, which is very much like what psgels’ blog used to be (long, episodic posts) and RandomC.
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:40 PM)
    i’m only reading moesucks myself but….it’s a bit pretentious sometimes
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:38 PM)
    also which anime blogs are you guys reading these days that were on psgels level
  • Aries
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 04:35 PM)
    am I the only one who doesnt think Zankyou no terror is all that great? It’s okay but it’s not on the same level as aku no hana or Shinsekai Yori.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 01:03 PM)
    PSYCHO-PASS Extended Edition is worth a (re)watch.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 10:28 AM)
    @Aidan: My current ranking of the visual novels I’ve played goes like this:
    1. Swan song 2. Saya no uta 3. Sharin no kuni 4. Kara no shoujo 5. G senjou maou 6. Fate/stay night.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    @Aidan:And though not a big thing, I really liked the soundtrack to this and felt it went a long way.
    The investigation and notebook parts were a nice touch. I also thought the bits where the game put you in the head of the killer were very effective.
    So yeah another good recommendation from you, you know your stuff in any case.
    Issues then, any time it stopped being serious, didn’t like the h-scene I got, Tojiko is kind of annoying.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 23. 2014 10:26 AM)
    @Aidan:Of the characters I was most interested in the adults , mostly Reiji and Natsume.
    The plot/mystery itself was engaging, well paced and thought provoking, its good to read a story that gets me using my head. In addition to being moody and immersive the game also lingers on and stays with me after playing which is a good sign of its impact. I also was quite fond of the depressing and macabre nature of the game

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