Samurai Flamenco is a television anime series directed by Takahiro Omori . The anime focuses on Masayoshi Hazama, a young adult who aspires to become a superhero despite having no superpowers to fight.
As a Toku fan, this show really gives me a great big grin. Providing a homage to the tokusatsu genre of Japanese entertainment, it showcases every Toku fan dream who grew up wishing to be a hero. Seeing an anime depicting this really is just awesome.
Plot and Synopsis
Male model Masayoshi Hazama decides to become a superhero, despite having no superpowers or the technology to create a high-powered suit. He becomes the hero, Samurai Flamenco and begins to fight crime in the name of justice. At first, aiming petty thugs, and stopping minuscule petty offenders, Samurai Flamenco gathered a following through Videos of his “deeds” as well as scoops done through the Web for ratings. Police officer Hidenori Gotō finds out about Samurai Flamenco and his real identity by a twist of fate, which leads to him getting involved into lots of trouble. As time progresses, Samurai Flamenco meets fellow heroes Flamenco Girl Diamond, and soon Flamenco Girls Ruby and Sapphire. Not long after that, he encounters Joji Kaname known for his TV role Red Axe, who takes Masayoshi as his “student”, and Jun Harazuka A middle-aged man who works in the development department for the stationery company, Monsters Stationery, who becomes Masayoshi’s benefactor providing weapons disguised as stationery to assist in Samurai Flamenco’s crime fighting work. These allies proves beneficial especially when they come across enemies that were not thought to exist outside of fiction. Nonetheless, Samurai Flamenco will come face to face with hardships of being a crime-fighter while discovering what it truly means to be a hero of justice.
The first 10 episodes focuses on Masayoshi’s maturity, evolution, and development as a solo Crime Fighter. during this period, he eventually meets his allies and learns what it takes to be a real hero.
From episode 11 onwards, The show shifts from the Solo Hero pattern (a homage to the Kamen Rider and Metal Hero Franchise), to a Hero Group (a homage to the Super Sentai/Power Ranger Franchise), complete with color designated suits and Mecha.
There are two reasons why this show stands out:
First of all, the characters – they are amazing. Each character is detailed and provided depth. The chemistry between them is just amazing. Every character works well together. And not to mention, the characters reflect reality in a sense, which we can identify. Also, more than any other series, I have to say that this series is clever. Really clever. It may have an a lovable naive hero – wannabe as a main character, but everything is done very deliberately. It first portrayed his ideals as childish, immature, stupid. And then it completely turned things around, exactly by making this guy be the stubborn optimist that he is. Hi ideals and perseverance pays off when the series goes off the wire, much like what happens in Hikoin Sentai Akibarangers, after Hatte Saburo steps in. In any case this ongoing series is a real find for those who likes Tokusatsu and Anime alike… I give it 4.5 stars out of 5