ANIME & MANGA - Article
10:00 - 19th January 2014, by NEO Staff

Samurai Flamenco

In a world plagued by evil, a hero must rise! A hero of the people, striving to not only combat the rising tide of darkness threatening the world, but to bring out the best in the citizens themselves! A hero who... is naked in an alley? This is going to get weird.

19-year-old Masayoshi Hazama grew up on a steady televisual diet of superheroes. Here in the west, that may mean repeats of the campy 1960s Batman show or the latest episodes of Ben 10. In Japan, that means alien giants, heroic cyborgs, or rainbow coloured teams. It means Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman. It means stalwart bastions of justice who bellow attack names while battling mutants, monsters, and oddly public terrorist organisations. It also means Hazama's obsession has made him a touch divorced from reality.
Having spent his childhood training to become a hero - like a miniature Bruce Wayne, bereft of the billions in funding - Hazama leaves school unprepared for reality. Luckily, he's good looking enough to be scouted as a male model, and now he's living a charmed life - money, success, and a growing fanbase. To the annoyance of his manager Sumi Ishihara, he can't give up his heroic passions though, filling his apartment with action figures and tokusatsu posters. But if a horde of collectibles irks Ishihara, she'd hate to learn Hazama is dressing up to play hero at night...

Despite a lack of superpowers, combat armour or even martial arts training, Hazama creates a superhero identity called Samurai Flamenco. Intending to follow in the footsteps of his favourite heroes Red Axe and Harakiri Sunshine, he starts small - stopping people from jaywalking or smoking in public, or chastising pensioners for putting rubbish out on the wrong day.

After a particularly ill-advised confrontation leaves him in a state of superheroic undress, Hazama meets Hidenori Goto, a police officer whose own sense of justice has been dulled by the crushing monotony of actual police work. Striking up an unlikely friendship between vigilante and cop, each begins to inspire the other - Goto's pragmatism guiding Hazama's idealism, which in turn reminds Goto why he joined the police.

However, as footage of Samurai Flamenco's public acts start hitting the internet, his lessons in civic duty and outspoken belief in doing the right thing actually start influencing people. Have the mismatched pair actually created a social movement? And can Hazama really maintain a secret identity with a gossip blogger hot on his trail?

You can join Hazama and Goto's hero revolution at All The Anime!, where the series is streaming for free!

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