Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
23 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 6.991 (scored by 11422 users)
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SynopsisMasayoshi Hazama: a man who has become a superhero "by himself" with no superhuman powers or any sort of high-tech conversions, NONE!!
Hidenori Goto: a cop who found out the true identity of "the superhero" by a strange twist of fate and thus constantly gets in trouble thanks to Hazama, the superhero.
This is the story of the birth of a true hero featuring these two young men with a touch of comedy and serious drama, while they come face to face with hardships as they search for the true meaning of becoming a hero of justice in this world!
(Source: Aniplex USA)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Samurai Flamenco: Another Days
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Let me sum up about 90% of people who saw Samurai Flamenco and dropped it.
"AHHHH! A REAL GORILLA?!"
By now, this initial twist should be pretty well known to everyone. Samurai Flamenco is a very....different anime. It's certainly one of the most original I have seen in a long while. But is that really a good thing?
Samumenco goes through a multitude of story arcs, each varying in quality, genre, themes, etc.
First there's the "Kick-Ass" arc where everything is as normal as it gets. A young model named Hazama Masayoshi, obsessed with super sentai superheroes, decides to become one but realizes being a superhero is rather difficult in real life. Sound like Kick-Ass? Good. The arc's finale is the stopping point of most people, and while it was a great shock to me I found myself perplexed. Won't spoil any more, but, there's a gorilla. That's all you need to know. Solid and funny, this arc is an 8/10
After said gorilla incident, the anime takes a major tonal shift ib what is called The King Torture arc, my favourite arc. It has great tension and a fulfilling pay-off, though I can easily see why people would hate it due to the random and unexpected tonal shift. 10/10
And now comes the worst chunk of the series, the From Beyond/Flamengers arc. This is the transition to full super sentai/Gundam and it's just too bizarre and cheesy. Not much else I need to say about this. 5/10
Then there's what I like to call the Watchmen arc. Very dark, but with a great pay-off similar to King Torture, and probably the biggest twist in the series. 9/10
If the Flamenco in Space arc wasn't so short (One episode) it would be my favourite. Without a doubt the best episode of the series, and one of the best I have seen in anime, period. It totally makes up for the Flamengers and tonal shifts and actually makes all the craziness make sense. 10/10
Finally, there's the Idon'tevenknowwhat to call it arc. Is it horror? Is it slice-of-life? Whatever it is, the Sadawa Haiji arc is a tense after-story that ends on a comical and hopeful note matching the overarching dreams of Masayoshi. There's some plot points that I want answers to but know they probably are better left ambiguous, and given the ending I really hope we get a S2 or film. 9/10
Eh, this is the worst part of the series. For the most part, Samumenco looks pretty good, but there are moments of QUALITY throughout and only few moments of animation that really stunned me. It's painfully apparent that the series had a small budget, but as far as I can remember I don't remember CGI being used all too much, so that's a plus.
Samurai Flamenco's OSST is good background music and nothing else. Every song accompanies the tone of the scene (Love that Pink Panther homage). The two OP's match the tone of the two halves of the series, although I wish they changed it a third time for the final third post-Flamengers series.
Goto-San is the best character, just saying. Anyways, Masayoshi is an enjoyable protag and is just stupid enough to make him endearing. Everyone else is damn enjoyable. King Torture, as short as he was around, was one of the most memorable modern anime villains I have seen. Haiji is an excellent follow-up to his legacy. Kaname is awesome and gives me a Bruce Campbell vibe. Ishihara is very enjoyable and intimidatingly alluring. Mari is a mixed bag though, who starts off strong but for a big chunk of the middle is wholly irrelevant. Any of the Flamengers are worthless too. However, Goto-San man, best character/bro/man ever.
Samumenco is an anime that is genuinely fun. I had a constant blast throughout, even during the Flamengers arc. There's just enough bizarre happenings that I could tolerate it and even want more during the drought. Samumenco is an anime that had me always guessing, and the twists in every episode kept constantly surprising me and I know there is no way any person could have predicted most events that happen. It's so unique and quirky. There are powerful tear jerking moments and laugh-out-loud gags that range from self-aware to full on Gintama status.
At its core, Flamenco (It's pronounced "FLAMWENCO!") is both a tribute and deconstruction of super sentai as a whole, sometimes playing it straight but also ridiculing their dumb set-ups and convictions. The "monster-a-week" formula is pointed out as being stupid and boring, at one point the henchmen speak their mind, the Media is the real villain, etc. There is no anime out there like Samumenco and that's a fact. Despite its technical limitations, I would still highly demand anyone to watch this anime simply for the wild ride. Like the true words of wisdom from Alien Flamenco, "SIT DOWN" and watch it. read more
Samurai Flamenco is a strange animal. Despite its conventional appearance, it is full of twists and turns. Overall, Samumenco addresses its core themes very effectively, primarily the theme of heroism. It has likeable and developed characters with distinct personality traits. It also comments on general character/plot tropes, mainly involving heroes and villains, as well as the sentai/tokusatsu genres. (And doesn’t always take itself too seriously while doing so.)
It’s hard to find a show like this where you truly don’t know what to expect. It may be for this very reason that this show received such widespread negative reception: it's a bit quirky, but it isn't initially apparent whether or not it's trying to be. Many would say that Samumenco isn't quite sure what it wants to be. But now that it’s over, I can say that I’m very glad I stuck with it and that the writers had a clear objective in mind, even though the execution of that vision wasn’t always apparent.
It starts out as a slice-of-life about an eccentric wannabe superhero, and proceeds to go through two major tone/plot shifts. The plot is paced somewhat erratically, and many might find the plot twists jarring. However, both of these shifts contribute to the overall themes of the story.
At its best, Samumenco’s art and animation is solid. At its worst, the animation was pretty awkward. Unfortunately there were often moments where poor animation detracted from the experience as a whole. While this can be forgiven for background characters, there were some important moments that would have had more impact if not for the distraction of poor animation. I think it would have been interesting if Samumenco had a style of animation that mirrored its eccentricity, but for the most part, things are pretty conventional.
The OST itself wasn’t especially memorable. The BGM fit the mood well, but there were no standouts. The OPs are enjoyable and fit the tone. (Personally, I really liked them both and they got me excited for each episode.)
The characters range in development, but overall they were all believable and likeable. The eccentric main character, Masayoshi, is an upstanding young man with a strong vision of heroism. What he lacks in ability, he makes up for in spirit, which is pretty darn endearing. Another major standout was Maya Mari. The story starts out from the POV of the other male lead, Gotou, the "average joe" who gets fleshed out gradually, if not as thoroughly as some other main characters. Some of the characters had very distinct and often conflicting personalities, which made their interactions very entertaining to watch. (A good example being Masayoshi and Mari’s contrasting senses of justice.)
Although there are a lot of fields that Samumenco could have improved in, I still enjoyed it thoroughly. There are both serious and humorous quoteable moments. I found myself crying and then laughing at some points. The humor varies from a little tongue-in-cheek to downright hammy and ridiculous.
I really loved the initial concept of the show, and was a little sad to see the plot veer from the slice-of-life superheroes plot of the first segment. For a period of time I wasn’t sure what to feel, as the rapid plot and tone shifts made it seem as though the show was going through a rebellious teenage phase. However, after a certain point everything fell together (albeit somewhat messily), and I would recommend that anyone who is interested should give it a chance and stick with it.
Both feature super heroes in modern day society. The relationships of the two main characters feel fairly similar, too. While Tiger & Bunny features actual superpowers, Samurai Flamenco focuses on the aspect of good deeds and growing up.
Both series play on the theme of superheroes. In fact, T&G and Samurai Flamenco both introduce characters that try to protect the world and save the innocent.
Tiger & Bunny does utilize actual super powers though, while Samurai Flamenco plays on the role in a helping the helpless fashion. The main male protagonists from both series are determined to protect others in their city filled with corruption, villains, and injustice.
Realistic take on superheroes
-in the future- Tiger & Bunny
-in contemporary times- Samurai Flamenco
Both anime are about super heroes. While watching Samurai Flamenco I got the same feeling as I did while watching Tiger & Bunny. Although, the main characters in Tiger & Bunny have actual super powers, the main characters in Samurai Flamenco have the morale of super heroes.
Both give off the fun superhero feelings.
I recommended "Chu-2" for "SF" since both have characters who are poco locos and also have characters who are just going with the fore mentioned's flow. characters........also, since there is no "Kickass" anime, "Chu-2" for "SF" will have to suffice.
Ok, here's the thing, I wish I could have recommended "KicK Ass" since it is very close to this anime as a whole, then again, MAL is a anime/manga social site, so therefore "Kick Ass" is out of the question, so, I'm just gonna settle with Chu-2 for Samurai Flamenco. Since it involves, main characters who ought to see a shrink and another character who just going along with the crazy character.
Ok, ok, so it a bit off, but then again if you'll look it this way both anime involves a character who is a textbook definitions of being "NUTS" and there is a secondary main character who is pretty much normal except that he's the one who has to pick-up the crazy character's mess.
Opening Theme#1: "JUST ONE LIFE" by SPYAIR (eps 1-11)
#2: "Ai Ai Ai ni Utarete Bye Bye Bye (愛愛愛に撃たれてバイバイバイ)" by FLOW (eps 12-22)
Ending Theme#1: "Date TIME (デートTIME)" by Mineral Miracle Muse (ミネラル★ミラクル★ミューズ) (eps 1-9, 11)
#2: "Namida Hoshi (涙星)" by Haruka Tomatsu (ep 10)
#3: "Flight 23-ji (フライト23時)" by Mineral Miracle Muse (ミネラル★ミラクル★ミューズ) (eps 12-21)
#4: "Macaron DAYS (マカロンDAYS)" by Mineral Miracle Muse (ミネラル★ミラクル★ミューズ) (ep 22)
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