I haven’t kept up with anime club postings lately, so I’m going to double up.
Another one of my picks, I found this series a stimulating view. I describe it as a deconstruction of the sentai genre of tv; shows like Power Rangers if you’re not familiar with the genre by name. It is as much a parody, placing the genre in a more realistic setting that highlights the absurdity of it, as a loving homage. Viv found the meta nature of the show to be jarring at times and the feeling that it was trolling its audience, most notably by the ‘shipping of the two male characters at a very random moment and with an unknown level of seriousness.
Yes, he’s naked. Yes, he’s talking to a third person off-screen. Have fun guessing how this scene got to that point.
There is an evolving arc of the character going from street level hero fighting to retrieve a “stolen” umbrella to fighting Power Ranger type villains threatening a city, then on to national level threats and having a Megazord, onto world-threatening threats, and finally on to the existential before coming full circle. The plot advances so quickly in the span of the single season you realize where the true gold of the show lies. It features strong characters and at all times has an eye on the relationships between them. The speed of the plot advancement keeps the show from dwelling on fight scenes, often speeding through them or showing only snippets. It frequently telescopes time through entire seasons of ‘monster of the week’ style tv. At the same time, it makes sure to give a nod to the tropes of each arc normally found in entire shows dedicated to them.
Iterations on the Flamenco outfit through the different arcs.
The weakest character of the series is Mari Maya who on the surface is an amusing and strong-willed character. However, having recently re-watched Evangelion, I can’t see her as much more then a copy of Asuka Langley Soryu. She expresses the same violent mood swings (at best described as a passionate personality) crossed with pride that exceeds her copious talent (causing her to look down on and/or compete with the protagonist) and an unrequited crush storyline on the side.
The Flamenco Girls with Mari Maya in the center.
Two things really anchor the show’s characters and their interactions though. The first is Goto, the straight man to everyone else’s insanity. The second is that every character is true to their nature, regardless of how absurd it may be, and in that way, each of them remains lovable.
I give the show a lot of credit for its existential episode, the often cliché inner-world scene that attempts to dump a lot of philosophy and exposition on the viewer all at once, for being the most comprehensible one I’ve ever seen. Take note other shows, this is how you do them well.