Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 20


The Dark Knight X Fight Club

Where do we go from here, friends? It's rough out there for Hazama, even if he is the number one candidate for world president. Haiji, the crazy terrorist kid is bothering him at every turn... can Hazama convince everyone of the coming danger? Uh, maybe.

Hazama thought the world was at peace, but instead he's got a middle-schooler on his tail, constantly harassing him with threats. His main problem isn't actually the kid though: it's that no one believes him. No one has seen this kid Hazama keeps talking about, so doubt abounds. You're doubting the man who just saved the world, exposed the prime minister, and has been on your side the whole time? Ok, sure.

Haiji threatens all of Hazama's friends with mild acts at first, but once he mentions the possibility of violence against Goto, Hazama screams "I'll kill you!" Of course, this is exactly what Haiji wants, and he gleefully reports that further violence will be coming to all of Hazama's friends. And then Kaname gets hit by a freaking truck.

(Don't worry, he doesn't die, but he's not doing well exactly.)

We're definitely getting into odd territory here. Goto even directly says it: after everything that they've gone through... god, aliens, and gorillas... the most shocking thing is terrorist middle-schooler! It's weird how that works out. It's even weirder when Hazama starts to wonder if Haiji is really inside his head. I think if they decide to go down that route, we could see a weird sacrificial ending. Or maybe, Hazama goes back to fight god and tells him to keep his nose out of the Earth's business. I'm firing into the dark here, people.

It wasn't a bad episode, it just lacked the sharp writing and pacing from the last few. I do appreciate that we're mostly ignoring the Flamengers though, because they're still undeveloped characters that slow everything down.

I think wherever the show goes in these last two episodes, it's going to be good. Anyone want to start throwing out some predictions? I think we'll have a live-action ending. Just bring the whole thing full circle, you know what I mean? I think that'd be the perfect way to bring the show to a close.

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