Samurai Flamenco 08 — Rhino Attraction

Last week’s episode took a turn towards the supernatural, with Dr. Torture and his Army of Evil making an appearance. It seemed to fly in the complete opposite direction of all the show had done up until this point.

But now, with multiple supernatural monsters appearing in a single week, it still feels like Samurai Flamenco is holding fast to its roots as an absurd comedy about a superhero in a world that doesn’t need one. If anything, its sense of absurdity has only been heightened:


Attraction to rhinos? Yeah…


Then we get scenes like these four grown men playing on a playground, playing at being superheroes. I love the guy with the laptop sitting on the slide.


The show remains firmly grounded in the real world as well. Even the victims don’t believe the stories of an army of evil, and are more confused than afraid when they’re kidnapped.

We even get a cabinet meeting in response to the army of evil’s appearance, in which the prime minister appears to keep nodding off. After Samurai Flamenco’s successful battles, they determine the army of evil is no threat and schedule the meetings for only every other week. What a depressingly realistic response.


Furthermore, Samurai Flamenco’s new weapon is double-sided tape. It’s hard to take that too seriously.

The characters reactions are not what you would expect in a superhero show either. Samurai Flamenco is concerned about the lives of the monsters he’s stopping.


And Flamenco Girl’s only beef with the villains is that they give Samurai Flamenco more attention than her.

Last week it appeared we’d be in for a big change with the appearance of an enemy, but Samurai Flamenco has retained its main appeal despite the substantial changes in the plot.

4 thoughts on “Samurai Flamenco 08 — Rhino Attraction

  1. I don’t know if I can get behind this show anymore. For me, part of its charm was its adherence to reality, and how heroism doesn’t have to necessarily be large and overblown. Now with its absurd evil army; the show seems to have gone over to the super stylistic approach. Show dropped.

    1. I still like it (even more, I think… I actually disliked the first episode) but I can understand where you’re coming from. It does appear to be a rapid about-face.

  2. I really enjoyed the realism of Samurai Flamenco but I’m still holding faith that the directors will still pull through in the end to pull off this massive switch.

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