First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

I discovered this anime back when some people in a forum I’ve been hanging out at posted screenshots and images of scenes from this anime. But what made me more interested to watch it was the conversation in one particular scenario which talks about the existence of real superheroes in the real world. If I remember correctly, I asked my friends there if it’s a good watch and they recommended that I try watching it.

First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

“This conversation”

After watching the first episode, I concluded that the anime falls under the slice of life genre with a bit of comedy and action though I was eventually proven wrong. The story revolves around a young man named Masayoshi, Hazama who has a strong sense of justice. He dons a superhero suit and calls himself Samurai Flamenco. Claiming to be a seigi no mikata, (which means “ally of justice”), he helps to reinforce the law by calling on those who break the law and making sure to rectify it through sheer force of personality.

First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

And when I say law breakers here, this includes people who jaywalks, those who smoke in places where smoking is not allowed and or even young adolescents loitering late in the evening. Yes, we have the same initial reaction regarding the premise of the story. It’s quite funny but at the same time, the development of the story is very interesting that it didn’t take long for me to realize that I am eagerly anticipating the latest episode.

Another point of interest in the anime is Masayoshi’s catchphrase: “A hero will never give up, never hide, never be defeated, and will never accept evil.” A recurring theme in the anime is the concept of reinforcing justice in society even as small as not smoking in places where it isn’t allowed to smoke and throwing your garbage away at the appropriate time. Frankly, this is the first time I’ve watched an anime who shows the truth of what is really happening in society and how even the smallest rules are taken for granted and neglected.

First Impressions: Samurai Flamenco

The anime appeals to me because its story is not just about Masayoshi’s exploits in implementing justice on those who break the law but also about how his relationships with the people he meets in the story develops. In fact, it’s interesting to note that the first episode is about him meeting Goto, a local police officer in the district where Masayoshi lives who’s more realistic when it comes to approaching the concept of justice and what is right as oppose to Masayoshi’s ideal sense of justice.

Overall, I’d highly recommend watching Samurai Flamenco for those who’re looking for a fresh experience in the superhero genre. And the thing is that the anime doesn’t stop there and offers more as the story progress.

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P.S.

Oh, before I forget, I also love the opening theme of the anime.

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