Samurai Flamenco – 03
I continue to really enjoy Samurai Flamenco – love how naturally the characters are developing and how organically the cast is growing – it’s just exceptionally well written thus far! This week introduces Kaname Joji – a veteran of the sentai genre.
Joji is framed as this mental veteran stuntman who is all brawn and showmanship – the complete opposite of the weedy Masayoshi who only has his passionate idealism and stubbornness to back up his superhero antics. Joji is more than happy to jump on the popularity of Samurai Flamenco to bolster his flagging career and bring the focus back onto traditional sentai heroes. You have to admire how adaptable he is too, immediately twisting his role from being Samurai Flamenco himself to being the hero’s mentor with frightening ease just from force of personality. The man has this unshakable belief in himself that forces others to work around him – Masayoshi is easily overwhelmed and I don’t think it is only through hero-worship. Even Goto is sucked in eventually, being talked into posing as Samurai Flamenco to protect Masayoshi’s identity.
I really enjoy how much Goto just seems to have become involved in all this superhero nonsense. His friendship with Masayoshi feels like it has developed into this rather easygoing state where Goto feels completely at ease chilling round Masayoshi’s place, watching superhero shows and shooting the shit. It no longer feels like Goto is chasing a naive Masayoshi around trying to keep him out of trouble out of a feeling of responsibility. Goto genuinely wants to be there and seems to be enjoying the colour Masayoshi (and now Joji) bring to his life – not everyone gets to know the actual people behind heroes on TV after all.
Goto still remains the voice of reason – during the ridiculous showdown between Masayoshi & Joji over who could do justice to the Samurai Flamenco name, Goto is there to make sure nothing gets too out of control and Masayoshi doesn’t get completely overwhelmed by Joji’s larger than life persona. However it is clear that Goto is getting gradually getting more and more sucked into the ridiculousness – wonder what he’ll end up doing next (and if his girlfriend will find out!).
I have to say I find Masayoshi’s manager’s complete rejection of all this superhero nonsense a slightly bewildering. Masayoshi is getting more work and exposure precisely because of his honest admittance that he loves superhero shows – surely embracing this a bit more would get him even more work? Then again he is being marketed as a model and most idol companies wouldn’t want their super-cool looking model to be a self-confessed superhero geek – not many teenage girls would buy into that kind of personality. I suppose Miss manager is playing the long-term game – the short-lived viral popularity of Samurai Flamenco is worth exploiting now for instant exposure, but any further involvement with that stupidity would eventually harm Masayoshi’s image.
So yes, still loving this show – can wait to see how Joji’s mentoring helps Masayoshi’s ability to fight petty crime!