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 11267 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
The word ‘hero’ often tends to be stereotyped. When we see or hear the word ‘hero’, we tend to think of a guy in a flashy outfit, with extravagant poses, and dynamic entrance. To add on to this faction, they also make it a mission to protect the people and save the world. Why? Simply because it’s the right thing to do. Samurai Flamenco qualifies the title of being a sensation with this trend. What started out as a promising series later turned into a nightmare, one that I had hoped was just a dream. Unfortunately, it wasn’t and the horror plagued this series in ways that is unimaginably absurd.
Samurai Flamenco is an original series produced by Manglobe. The TV network Noitamina handles this anime that follows a trend of producing unique series as done in previous years. Samurai Flamenco is unique at first sense with its pattern. The concept of a hero trying to save people despite not having superpowers should be seen as an inspiration. Now, if only that was the trend with its initial set up. The first few episodes offers promise but that doesn’t last…
For starters, this series is about heroes saving people. Naturally, you’ll expect to see action in the form of battles around the world. It isn’t a new trend in the anime industry since series such as Tiger & Bunny, Zetman, and the recently Gatchaman Crowds adapted similar themes. The major difference initially is that Samurai Flamenco’s characters (superheroes) possesses no supernatural powers. Despite this, they still strive to help their city and ensure the safety of its people. Initially, Samurai Flamenco is a symbol for a classic superhero theme series. The characters are there to do the job and the story moves smoothly with a slice of life like style. Furthermore, the characters can even been seen as relatable with the way they handle tasks whether it’s be helping retrieve an umbrella or stopping a bank robbery. It’s what normal people do to help others and characters such as Masayoshi Hazama does a realistic job at it. Not only that but as his hero adventure goes deeper and deeper, he finds himself in more trouble. Luckily, he also gets unlikely help in the form of his Samurai Flamenco girls made of idols. It defies the classic ‘female crying for damsels’ trope as they let out battle cries rather than fear. Everything seems like a strong promise for this series but the show decides to kill its logic..
The easiest way to describe this is the way Samurai Flamenco goes as a path that is literally unbelievable. By that, I don’t mean it just as surprise but also sets up a route of destruction to this show’s original premise. It obliterates realism in ways that is unimaginable, defiles logic that is overwhelming, and kills its set up in ways that not even a time machine will be able to take back; as if time was ever on the characters’ side in the first place. It doesn’t just challenge itself anymore with this execution but makes it seem like derailment is a natural word to present a new side of the story. Don’t get me wrong though. Stories with a huge shift such as time skip or travel can redeem and set itself back together again with everything back in normalcy. What Samurai Flamenco screwed up is more than just the story. It becomes the anti-establishment of what it has originally had so much to offer. It gets more and more ridiculous to a point where full on Sentai takes control and characters transform into Power Rangers formula with the whole get-up. (even with the damn robot)
One positive characteristic about the show might be its characters. Most of them are adults so there’s no childish gags or take place in a generic school life setting. Unfortunately, most of them lacks depth in personalities and some of them come as shallow as it can be. Hazama is the typical young man with a big dream in a big city. There’s nothing new about that since young people often aims for high. It just so happens that he aims to be a superhero until he bites off more than he can chew. On the other hand is Goto, a more cynical man that lacks a sense of justice. If we put the two together, they come off as an incomparable pair. Even with the closeness between the duo, they seem so far apart. If we talk about unity however, then there are the Samurai Flamenco girls made up of Maya, Misawa, and Morita. Naturally, with a show like this, they also takes on a secret identity and trying to save the world before bedtime. Unfortunately, none of them really defines themselves in a unique way whether it’s Maya’s cop fetish or Morita’s yuri attractions towards her co-worker. Other characters also later join the ranks of the so called “Flamengers” that becomes abominable to watch. It’s not just change but rather a synergy of characters mixed in an unrealistic execution.
If you were also expecting the unexpected, then action shouldn’t be one of those factors. There’s plenty of action whether you view them as a counter factor to what it initially presented. Perhaps it’s different but it is there. At the same time, Sentai vibes is reflexively presented with all the new gags. Villains comes as stereotyped as it can get with their ideologies. In particular, the big bad announces his intention to taking over the world with a grand master plan. Sound familiar? It doesn’t stop there with the cliches. Hazama goes through dramatically changes. Initially, he fails at a lot of his tasks but becomes more experienced later on. This was originally presented as a credible way for his character for development. We want to see Hazama succeed because of what he does. But as the show progresses, Hazama finds it more component to not only help others and literally annihilate the villains. He becomes hypocritical in more ways than one with his newfound powers. Again, the urge to discredit the change becomes unbearable. And the show itself takes on a more mature route with stomach-aching torture scenes and psychological despairs. Although it strives to communicate its message to the viewers, it becomes detrimental with its original premise.
Artwork wise, Mangalobe handles its production and the style matches somewhat with its themes. Characters looks normal on most parts when they aren’t fighting the bad guys. But when they do put up that gear, then it’s where everything becomes surreal and generic. The outfits the characters dress up are flamboyant. But really, they look like a rip-off of power rangers and Kamen Rider. It’s not only has that but it also even come with robots, a gag that has been used for generations. Villains and monsters look like they are on steroids with their self-proclaimed ideologies. Some of them are mindless and no more presented than as action figures. On a more positive note, the female characters’ designs looks flashy and offers some credibility when they aren’t around town fighting. Overall, the artwork seems like a slow progressing tape running on an old machine.
The soundtrack almost makes sense if it followed its original slice of life style. On most parts, we get to witness action packed tones because the show itself offers action. It delivers almost in consistency if it had its vision going. Most movements of the series has that Sentai rhythm so naturally, the music would have to match along with the style. The OP and ED songs matches on most terms with some touches of surrealism. Surprisingly enough, most of the characters’ voice mannerism does stand out. In particular, Hazama’s character (as Samurai Flamenco) can be seen as silly but credible when he makes his point. Reactions coming from the characters often voices their thought out that will reach to you with their delivery.
Samurai Flamenco isn’t a total piece of trash to be tossed away into the garbage. However, it is a perfect example of a derailment of what it originally had to offer. You’ll be caught off guard more than ways than one.. It serves as a perfection for juxtaposition and the show writes off itself as a deconstruction of realism. Characters who we originally felt attached to become annihilated by their change while villains offer little more than stereotypes. On another note, there’s also hardly anything more unique by its later executions. Prior to what I had envisioned as a super promise becomes a soiled story. It’s unbecoming. But if you must, do give this show a try for some crazy fun.
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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