Samurai Flamenco

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Alternative Titles

English: Samurai Flamenco
Synonyms: Samumenco
Japanese: サムライフラメンコ


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
Premiered: Fall 2013
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:20 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, ParodyParody, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.901 (scored by 4117241,172 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #40512
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Popularity: #1322
Members: 118,003
Favorites: 813
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"A hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated and never accept evil!"

Firmly believing these words, Masayoshi Hazama has been obsessed with superhero shows since childhood. By day, he earns his living as a famous model, and by night, he becomes the gallant hero Samurai Flamenco. Armed with only his superhero costume, he seeks to bring justice to the city and faces anybody who tries to break the law—even rebellious juveniles and people who litter on the street.

Masayoshi's heroic antics later catch the attention of the public, leading to the fateful discovery of his identity by policeman Hidenori Gotou. Although initially telling Masayoshi to leave the crime-busting activities to the police, Gotou ends up joining him in his antics. However, things soon escalate from preventing littering and petty thefts to bizarre adventures that involve even the fate of the world. Together with their newfound comrades, Masayoshi and Gotou embark on a battle with the world and themselves in order to find the true meaning of being a hero—with or without superpowers.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Samurai Flamenco first aired on the noitaminA programming block which was then simulcast by Crunchyroll.

A mobile phone game adaptation is also available for both iPhone and Android.

Episode Videos

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Characters & Voice Actors


Oomori, Takahiro
Director, Sound Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Nagai, Shinpei
Episode Director
Higashide, Futoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design, Key Animation
Kidokoro, Seimei
Episode Director


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)

Mar 28, 2014
SleepyBear (All reviews)
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 read more
Aug 10, 2015
ZephSilver (All reviews)
Some shows jump the shark, while others perform a Samurai Flamenco.

Deconstructions are some of the most demanding and intricate kinds of stories to pull off. It requires the creator to have proper knowledge of the formula they're trying to deviate from by understanding how the tropes and trappings of said formula should be incorporated, in order for it to feel natural. With the right pedigree of writing and proper usage of the commonalities associated with the given formula needed, the creator is expected to build the illusion to the viewer that they're simply following the setup they've already experienced countless of times before. And during read more
Aug 5, 2014
tsundines (All reviews)
Firstly, it's important to note that Samurai Flamenco is not exactly your typical anime. There are a few genre shifts and plot twists that can seem to come out of nowhere, and for that reason a lot of people dropped this anime after the first shift or the second and gave it a low rating. Even I was apprehensive at first at the sudden genre shifts. However, I stuck the anime out until the end to give it a 'fair try' and I am very glad that I did. The final arc wrapped up the story very nicely and the last episode left me coming read more
Apr 16, 2014
Stark700 (All reviews)
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 read more

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