Flamenco Girl definitely brings the punch to the show (even though Masayoshi can actually block punches now). She’s ridiculously violent, in contrast to Masayoshi’s passive-aggressive style of heroing, and comes backed with crazy theme music and a jazzy fight soundtrack. It would almost have been a fair contrast of methods, except she tazed a cop within 10 minutes of showing up. Considerably less cool.
(Though to be fair, he probably should have used ripple to defend himself)
To be honest, while Flamenco Girl’s appearance was a bit of a jolt to a show that been sleeping on the potential for a more serious plot, it more felt like it was replacing the awkward heroism comedy the show had been building up with a bunch of smacked-in-the-balls jokes that could only be the second best in a season featuring Hajime no Ippo. I like the notion of a hero who’s actually brutally competent, but that tends to crimp the more small-scale, episodic nature the show was going for. That brings in actual police involvement, as this episode showed, which *might* eventually lead to a Zenigata/Lupin-esque rivalry between Masayoshi and Goto.
…But it could just as easily suck the juice out of the comedy the show spent 3 weeks selling itself as. Right now, I feel like this show is struggling with its identity the hardest out of anything I still like this season. The opening wants it to be a passionate, hot-blooded parody. The first couple of episodes wanted it to be a heartwarmingly awkward comedy, sort of Tiger and Bunny without the reality TV. This episode wanted to be Kick-Ass without the mobsters. Unless you’re really good with your intro, building an identity takes time. Changing it takes more time. And meanwhile, lots of other things are fighting for your viewers’ attention. I’m still enjoying it, but I’d be lying if I said I knew what it wanted to be, and after a month into a modern anime, that’s not a very good spot to stand in.