tragedy in progress

honeynutfemios  asked:

The Mikoto-Evaxephon comparison makes sense when you consider Corrin as Ayano(or Taro) in the sense they are a blank slate that gets all the waifus and that Mikoto treats Corrin better than the rest of her children and treated their capture as so bad a tragedy that no progress was made. As a fan of Fates, I am willing to say your comparison is a little deep (people can hate me for this even though I like her potential in Fates' story) but maybe I am going too deep. I just hate Fates' story.



Heroism and Personal Tragedy in Samurai Flamenco

Before I begin, a caveat: this was written while the show was in-progress; parts of this meta-analysis may be invalidated by later events. Spoilers below the cut.

When people ask me what Samurai Flamenco is about, I usually give them the synopsis of the first few episodes: Hazama Masayoshi, a model who dreams of a better world becomes a vigilante super hero, and he makes friends with a cop, Goto Hidenori. Although he starts off with litterbugs and local ordinance-flouting hooligans, he quickly works his way up to thwarting more “serious” crimes (collecting allies along the way and dodging the disapproving glares of his publicist). I think this is an accurate description of what happens in Samurai Flamenco, but it is not what Samurai Flamenco is about, and I think this most recent episode makes it painfully clear.

Samurai Flamenco is, ultimately, not about a hero, but about heroism in all its forms, and the form that it has chosen to save for last is the heroism required to face personal tragedy.

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  • Samuel: It’s good to see the people finally taking a stand against injustice…
  • Connor: Says the man who owns a slave.
  • Samuel: Who, Surry? I practice what I preach, my friend. She’s not a slave, but a freed woman… At least on paper. Men’s minds are not so easily turned. It is a tragedy that for all our progress, still we cling to such barbarism.
  • Connor: Then speak out against it.
  • Samuel: We must focus first on defending our rights. When this is done, we’ll have the luxury of addressing these other matters.
  • Connor: You speak as though your condition is equal to that of the slaves. It is not.
  • Samuel: Tell that to my neighbor - who was compelled to quarter British troops. Or to my friend who’s store was closed because he displeased the Crown. The people here are no freer than Surry.
  • Connor: You offer excuses instead of solutions. All people should be equal and not in turns.