At the beginning of Episode Five, Samurai Flamenco jumps in to save a woman from being accosted by two men. It turns out that the woman is working with the men to try to get the one million yen reward for unmasking Samurai Flamenco. Just as it appears the three of them will succeed, Flamenco Girl comes onto the scene and beats up all three of them with her staff.

After this, Masayoshi complains to Hidenori that he’s tired of Mari bossing him around. And as things currently stand, Samurai Flamenco can’t really be considered a hero, because he’s nothing more than Flamenco Girl’s henchman.

Masayoshi receives a script from his manager, which turns out to be for a live-action hero show. His manager admits that normally she would turn this down. However, the show airs during a time slot that has many female viewers and lots of actors have made it big in this particular time slot. At first, this is a dream come true for Masayoshi. However, as he’s on the set and interacts with the director, he realizes it’s not as impressive as he thought. Masayoshi also begins having some doubts about his Samurai Flamenco persona.

Meanwhile, Hidenori is temporarily assigned to the Vigilante Counseling Unit. It’s a rather boring job, and his co-worker tells him that this unit is a PR attempt to appease their critics over their handling of Samurai Flamenco and Flamenco Girl. He adds they’ll probably be dismissed from this position in about two or three weeks.

Near the end of the episode, Masayoshi receives a package for his 20th birthday from a friend of his late grandfather. Inside the package is a letter from his grandfather, as well as materials he had put together for Samurai Flamenco, a superhero Masayoshi’s grandfather had created for him after his parents died. Receiving this package helps to revive Masayoshi’s belief in Samurai Flamenco.

Personally, I found Masayoshi’s part of the story to be the better and more interesting part of the episode. First, getting to see Masayoshi essentially getting a dream job for him in the entertainment industry, only to see him going through the reality of that job was a neat bit of character development to throw in. Between that and the issues he’s been having with Mari, it’s really no wonder why Masayoshi begins questioning the whole idea of his Samurai Flamenco persona.

My favorite part of Masayoshi’s storyline, however, was when he received the package. For the viewer, it gave an insight into how Samurai Flamenco came to be and why Masayoshi had decided on this name for his superhero alter ego. And now knowing that his grandfather created this superhero after Masayoshi’s parents died, it helps me to better understand why Masayoshi has wanted to be a superhero since he was so young. When he was explaining it in the first episode, it seemed kind of goofy to me. But now that I have this backstory, I can understand Masayoshi much better as a character.

After seeing how Episode Five ended, I’m really interested to see how the story of Samurai Flamenco will progress in Episode Six.

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