Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 21


We're almost there, kids.

This is it folks, the end is nigh! This crazy roller coaster of an anime is almost over, and I'm glad you've all been along with me for the ride. So, how did the second-to-last episode go? Did Hazama confront all his fears? Maybe.


Hazama is continuing to warn all of his friends about the dangerous Haiji, but sadly no one really takes him seriously. He eventually talks to Ishihara, who lends a listening ear, and helps him through some of the issues. She also takes time to explain love to Hazama. You know, the universal concept of love. "Have you ever been in love with a girl, Hazama?" she asks. Why you gotta assume he's into girls, lady?

But their conversation about love lays out where they're headed for the final episode, in my mind. It's not necessarily the romantic sense of love that they're delving into here (although I'm sure many would love a Goto x Hazama ending), but the platonic sense, the love that you see between two true friends. How this factors into my prediction for a live-action ending remains to be seen.

(Yes, that's still my main prediction. Not in a serious way, though.)

Of course, since no one listens to Hazama's warnings, both Mizuki and Moe were poisoned, landing them in the hospital. It's not clear how serious it was, but the hospital mentions pumping their stomachs. Mari leaves in a huff, sure to commit some violent acts next episode. I'm positive.

And lastly, Goto. His phone is stolen by Haiji, who taunts him with texts about his girlfriend, and lures him to Hazama's abandoned and destroyed apartment. With seconds left in the episode, Haiji raises a gun to Goto's face and fires. We hear the shot, but the screen is black, leaving us to wonder... who will jump in front of the bullet at the last second to save Goto's life. Because he's clearly not dying. How they handle this could really decide the series here.

We're at the precipice. The penultimate episode. The final hill before the roller coaster plummets into... who knows what. I salute all of you who've stayed with us this far. Many have fallen by the wayside, either prior to episode 7 or during the Flamengers arc -- they were too weak to continue the battle. But whatever happens next, I'm sure it'll be grand, it'll be unique, and most of all, it'll be Flamenco.

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