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The Red Ranger: Tsubasa Misudachi vs. Hajime Ichinose

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The new heroine of Gatchaman Crowds insight is energetic above all else. She springs out of bed in the morning, bounces down the stairs, and never seems to walk anywhere, choosing to run instead. She cannot calm down long enough to do her morning exercises properly, and when chastised by her grandfather, she huffs, “I’m exhaling properly!” rather than changing her own behavior.

All energy, all emotion, and all hot-headed rookie, Tsubasa Misudachi is all Red Ranger.

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The Musicbox Mechanism of Samurai Flamenco

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“And start to feel mortality surround me.

I close my eyes and think that I have found me.

But life inside the music box ain’t easy.

The mallets hit the gears are always turning.

And everyone inside the mechanism is yearning to get out.

And sing another melody completely”

– Regina Spektor, “Musicbox”

When speaking of Samurai Flamenco, there is a clear turning point that demarcates where the show aims to go. The series’ seventh episode – titled quite literally as “Change the World” – introduces Guillotine Gorilla and suddenly everything you knew about Samurai Flamenco changes. Your heartwarming, cuddly, and cute buddy-cop friendship becomes something else entirely, and you’re not quite sure what to do.

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Samurai Flamenco: to do good, or to do no harm

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“The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future – must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.”

-from “Epidemics” in the Hippocratic Corpus.

Masayoshi Hazama is no physician; however, by donning the costume of Samurai Flamenco, he’s tasked himself with the well-being of others. He adheres to a strong moral code, truly believes in righting wrongs – or petty annoyances – and wants to be a hero like the super sentai television heroes he was raised on.

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