Samurai Flamenco is an anime that focuses on two characters: Hidenori Goto and Masayoshi Hazama. Hidenori is a police officer who takes his job seriously, while Masayoshi is a male model who has wanted to be a superhero for years and has taken on the identity of Samurai Flamenco. Unfortunately, Masayoshi doesn’t have any superhero abilities, and all he can do is lecture people about public nuisances. In episode four, a girl named Mari who is the lead singer for an idol group becomes Flamenco Girl. She deduces that Masayoshi is Samurai Flamenco, and she blackmails him into letting her work with him. After Masayoshi parts ways with Mari in episode five, she brings in her two cohorts from the idol group to be Samurai Ruby and Samurai Sapphire. The three girls are collectively known as The Flamenco Girls.
This episode begins with showing the audience how Flamenco Diamond and Flamenco Sapphire ended up at King Torture’s hideout to begin with. It’s important that Mizuki didn’t go along with them, because without her staying behind, something couldn’t happen later in the story.
Now we see King Torture talking to his two captives. Mari demands to be freed so they can continue their fight. King Torture says he has a prior engagement, and he says he only fights the main character. He tells her that she’s simply bait and a side character that can easily be replaced. He also tells her that she’s not risking her life to save others. He proves this when he tortures Moe by crushing her fingernail.
Samurai Flamenco arrives at that moment, and the confrontation between the two of them begins. During the fight, King Torture cuts off part of his own arm and attaches a chainsaw, which he uses to attack Samurai Flamenco. During their fight, we learn that King Torture grew up watching the same heroes as Samurai Flamenco, but he followed the path of evil instead of good.
Just as things seem hopeless, Samurai Flamenco receives help from Hidenori, and the remainder of the episode sees these two team up and try to stop King Torture’s evil plan.
This becomes a rather important episode for both Mari and Masayoshi. Mari is made to realize that she hasn’t been taking this superhero business seriously at all, and has simply been playing around. She has definitely been humbled by this whole experience. By the end of the episode, I think she may be considering dropping the superhero act altogether. We’ll see in future episodes if I’m right. And right at the end of this episode, Masayoshi does something rather unexpected, and this action will definitely be a “game changer” for the series.
I can safely say that the King Torture arc of the story is over, so this should mean that the whole “monster of the week” thing is done as well. I admit that I was a little disappointed about the King Torture arc when it first started, but once I realized this would only last for one story arc and not for the whole series, I was able to accept it a lot better. In the end, this arc ended up being very important for Masayoshi’s growth as a character.
I have to give the Samurai Flamenco series as a whole a lot of credit for doing things that the audience doesn’t expect and throwing some curveballs in as well. At this point, I have no idea where this story is going to go next. All I know is that next week’s episode marks the halfway point of the series, so I’m very interested in seeing what direction the writers take the characters in and what new stories and elements will be part of the series.
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