YMMV: Samurai Flamenco

  • 8.8: The fandom was livid when Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network ravaged the show in his review, since according to them, he didn't understand the point of the show at all, and called Alien Flamenco an eyesore alien.
  • Accidental Innuendo: In Episode 19, Masayoshi sees a 'D' on Goto's calendar and spends some minutes wondering what it stands for. Western fans had a field day taking it out of context.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Appears to be lampshaded. Society isn't worried about the monsters. They simply rely on the police. Samurai Flamenco and his sidekicks are actually happier than ever.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Most of King Torture's minions. Hazama gave more effort when confronting thugs. Then again, this could be on purpose
  • Asexuality: Masayoshi is often labeled this, though many still view him as romantically inclined towards at least Goto.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: A lot of viewers thought this show is like "Kick-Ass meets Kamen Rider" due to six episodes of a vigilante trying to be a hero and beating up thugs. Then, episode 7 onwards came with the introduction of villains and monsters straight out from the Tokusatsu and Super Sentai shows. Viewers who are unfamiliar with the Tokusatsu and the Super Sentai genres started to drop the show and those who are still watching it are Tokusatsu fans and those who want to watch it just for fun.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The opening theme, "Just One Life" by SPYAIR, one of the most upbeat and energetic intro songs of the year.
    • Bothendings are upbeat and charming.
    • The second opening is very, very catchy, lackluster animation be damned.
    • The insert songs of the show, namely the in-universe theme songs of Harakiri Sunshine and Red Axe are nothing short of old-school superhero awesome.
  • Broken Base: A lot of viewers, particularly those unfamiliar with the Tokusatsu and the Super Sentai genres, began to alienate from the series after the Genre Shift in episode 7 onwards which some calling it an Ass Pull or bad writing. However, there are those who still enjoy it, particularly those who are Tokusatsu fans.
    • Go to any forum/board, and ask whether Masayoshi and Goto are an item by the end (or if Masayoshi's proposal was made out of romantic love, for starters). Sit back, grab a drink, and watch the rabid discussion ensue.
  • Cargo Ship: Masayoshi/Justice.
    • Goto/ Cell phone.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Episode 17 is made of this thanks to Masayoshi and Goto vs The Prime Minister.
  • Cult Classic: The show received poor ratings and BD sales, yet developed a small, devoted fanbase.
  • Death of the Author: After an interview in which both the director and the writer stated that Masayoshi and Goto aren't together by the end and neither of them learnt anything after all they went through (Masayoshi doesn't know what love is, Goto hasn't made any progress moving on from his lost girlfriend), most of the fandom promptly called on this.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mr. Justice, a Captain America-Expy, got a lot of love from viewers. And then he's actually Alien Flamenco and his popularity grew even more.
    • Midorikawa and Mizuki are widely liked despite their Out of Focus status in their respective groups.
    • Harakiri Sunshine is also well received.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: King Torture, his ludicrous armor, and his cactus head.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: The show's fandom as a whole is known as the "Flamencult", and the fans themselves are "Flamenbros".
  • Fan Fic Fuel: Beyond Flamenco, and whatever could have happened in his past to lead him to his action in the story proper.
    • Goto's girlfriend and her whereabouts and current activities.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The Sam Flam fandom has a mild case of this with the Kill la Kill fandom, since both groups are praising their respective show as "the savior of anime industry".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Check /a/ - Masayoshi x Ishihara is very popular, moreso than the Ishihara x Konno pairing the show seems to prefer. Even Mari brings the possibility up in episode 19.
    • And then there's the obvious Masayoshi x Goto pairing that a good portion of the fandom is enamored with.
  • Foe Yay: Haiji, Haiji, Haiji.
    I want you more than anyone else in the entire world does...
  • Fridge Brilliance: All of King Torture's underlings have a torture mechanism attached to their character designs.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Episode 12 features From Beyond monsters giving eternal winter to the various cities in Japan. And in January 2014, the northeastern region of North America are experiencing a winter storm. Then, on the first week of February 2014, most of Japan also experienced the worst snow storm ever.
    • All those moments in which Goto argues he already has a girlfriend (such as rejecting Mari or her thinking Goto and Masayoshi are an item) aren't so funny after The Reveal that Goto was deluding himself.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Two days after the revelation of Goto's girlfriend who went missing without a lead, flight MH370 suddenly disappeared and, as of now, any signs or remains of the plane still haven't been found.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • I Knew It: Episode 19 proved two popular theories in fandom: Goto doesn't have a girlfriend and he's been sending himself those messages all along, and the last remaining kid when Masayoshi tried to give an inspirational speech in Episode 1 was a Chekhov's Gunman.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Unsurprisingly, a lot of gay otaku like this show. The ending only heightened this effect, as many fans view it as a canon "gay end."
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • WHAT IS GOING ON? Explanation 
    • WELCOME TO THE SENTAI GENRE! Explanation 
    • Every bit of Moe's Gratuitous English, especially Oh my God and Decadence... ouch!.
    • A common joke in Imageboards is posting a picture of Guillotine Gorilla and asking what his name was. Cue tons of replies with similar Alliterative Names.
    • Samurai Flamenco Samumenco Samumenko Samumanko Samfla SamuFlamu SamFlam Samen Samon Salmon Semen Shampoo Flamingo Shamingo Sandflan SF thread. Explanation 
    • SIT DOWN! Explanation with SPOILERS 
      • COME ON! Explanation with SPOILERS 
    • Calling the show "The Neon Genesis Evangelion of our generation" either ironically, or because of the aftermath of episode 18.
      • On that note, Haiji Sawada is known as "the lovechild of Shinji and Kaworu", or simply Kaworu.
    • HOMO END CONFIRMEDExplanation 
    • Totsuka best boy Explanation with SPOILER 
    • FLAMWENCO Explanation with SPOILER 
  • Narm
    • While Guillotine Gorilla was treated with the utmost seriousness, the monsters the gang eventually start fighting become just as silly as those you'd see in a cheesy toku show. The minions even have shibari-style ropes on their outfits.
    • The scene in episode 22 where Masayoshi tells Goto to stand down and bluntly tells him that he will marry him in place for his missing girlfriend can be very touching if it weren't for Masayoshi being butt naked and yelling, "moron, moron, moron, moron" like a Broken Record.
  • Nightmare Fuel/Nausea Fuel: The torture scenes in episodes 9 and 10. This is from the director of Baccano!, after all.
    • Then there's Sawada, who's a pretty effective villain as he actually poses a personal threat to Masayoshi. He blows up Masayoshi's apartment, gets Kaname run over and even kidnaps and ties up Goto. And he's a middle schooler. The guy is just straight up Nightmare Fuel.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Beyond Flamenco who is voiced by Akira Ishida. He appeared at the end of episode 14 as Masayoshi's "twin brother" and later, died at the next episode. Though it's a Small Role, Big Impact where it led to the government's crackdown on superheroes which forced Masayoshi into hiding.
  • OT 3: MMM. Mari and Moe are definitely an item, and they want Mizuki in too.
  • Paranoia Fuel: After the twists from episode 7 and 11 several fans are making theories about the reason behind all the supernatural elements.
    • Properly Paranoid/I Knew It: Many people called the Alien Invasion twist several weeks before it happened.
    • Imagine getting a text from someone you know and getting a horrific picture of them instead.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The Flamengers, due to them usurping the Flamenco girls as Masayoshi's back-up and having minuscule development. Midorikawa and Momoi get off a little easier. The former for being The Smart Guy whose findings discover From Beyond's exact numbers, and also saves the Flamengers from dying at Mt. Fuji. The latter for being more developed, giving her a history with Kaname and having troubled family life, with them renouncing her for going after a married man.
  • The Scrappy: Mari became this after her debut as Flamenco Girl, due to her brash personality, greater reliance on violence than Masayoshi, and the perception that she stole screentime from Masayoshi and Goto. Also she tried to charm Goto by sexual appeal and she seemingly wanted to become a hero purely for fun instead of helping someone in need. She was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap for some after she was called out on her violence and acknowledged that she and Samurai Flamenco have different working styles, but she's still pretty well disliked in the fandom for her treatment of Moe and the way she reacted to Goto's girlfriend.
  • Ship Sinking: Word of God is that Masayoshi and Goto were never romantically involved in spite of the ending's rampant Ho Yay. On top of that, bizarre statements that neither experienced any character development throughout the series and likely never will, in effect making the whole show one big Shaggy Dog Story (not to mention directly contradicting the events of the show), naturally led to the entire fandom crying Death of the Author.
  • Shocking Swerve: After 6 episode of vigilantes beating up thugs, the 7th ends with a drug bust ending with a man turning into a gigantic gorilla with a guillotine for a stomach and a monster claiming to be the king of all evil. There was absolutely no foreshadowing whatsoever of this tonal shift.
    • Episode 11 gives us alien invaders, super-sentai shenanigans, an elaborate underground base where Red Axe mentors heroes, and a transforming mecha. Something's fishy here.
  • Signature Scene: Guillotine Gorilla's appearance at the end of episode 7.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Relatively mild example compared to a lot of others, but a lot of viewers mostly continue to watch it out of curiosity for where it goes next.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Happens at some points, where the background music sounds like famous western songs, like The Pink Panther theme song or Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life"/Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?"
  • Take That, Scrappy!: For people who didn't like Mari episode 10 gave them joy as Torture pulls "The Reason You Suck" Speech on her.
    • She gets it again in Episode 16. Mizuki calls her out on her abrasive behaviour and punches her. Many people cheered.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • In Episode 19, the reveal that Goto has been texting himself all this time. It's absolutely heartbreaking.
    • And on the next episode, Masayoshi and Goto having a row, ending with Goto telling Masayoshi to leave and not come back. The look on Masayoshi's face as he is apologizing while running away is painful. And the fact that they both sounded like they were close to tears during the whole thing only made it worse.
    • The entire first half of episode 22. Seeing Goto like that just hurts.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Why many viewers who enjoyed the series for its realistic crimefighting aspects were not happy with the direction the series went after episode 7.
  • Walking Spoiler: King Torture
  • What an Idiot: Mari calls Sawada this for attempting to get between Masayoshi and Goto's friendship in episode 22.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Althought the series started quite normally, the genre shifts, and the large amount of twists are making more than one person wonder what is the staff thinking.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Goto.