When I wrote my first impressions post for Samurai Flamenco a few months ago I described it as a “quirky superhero-themed comedy drama that although seemed off-putting at first actually became more interesting as I watched the first few episodes.” Now after watching all 22 episodes of Samurai Flamenco I’d describe it as an anime with an identity crisis.
Somewhere around episode 10 or so things went very wrong for Samurai Flamenco and I kept watching to see if the show would eventually return to its roots. Instead I was dragged along a mental roller coaster featuring destructive robots, giant monsters, shallow side characters, space travel, an incoherent story and at least a dozen WTF moments that range from puzzling to frustrating to seriously holding myself back from cursing at the screen.
In the end I m not sure what to think of Samurai Flamenco. Can I say I liked the first half then endured the middle just to see through its acceptable end? Overall I can say I did not like it personally but I can definitely see someone else thinking this anime is awesome. In my mind it was a disjointed quagmire of clichés that failed to build on its core. I intend to stay clear of similar anime in the future.
Did you enjoy Samurai Flamenco? Thinking of watching it in the future? Agree or disagree with my thoughts? Please let me know via twitter @Jamaipanese or leave a comment below. From me conversations so far it seems feedback on Samurai Flamenco is split right down the middle.