I’ve had a whirlwind weekend, but Concrete continues chugging along. Some fun with flowers this week as the pieces of the Timeline start connecting together.
I’ll try and keep this relatively short, as I’ve been pretty busy in real life. My Fridays are also going to be somewhat busy for me in the near future. If you’ve been keeping up with my Mayoiga write-ups, I’m going to do a post about both last week and the new episode this week so forgive me.
Concrete: Last Song has had a number of really good episodes this cour, and has continued succeeding at presenting its core ideas and themes in a more cohesive manner than they did in the first cour. That said, a lot of them have opened up even more threads and questions into an already convoluted story. I’ve been really waiting for an episode to start connecting pieces from the first cour and start showing us the end game, and this one actually delivered!
While we’re learning about Human-Man (and the demon from underground who was arrested. Those arrests probably led to the tensions that sparked last week’s Devila and Devilo incidents!) , we’re also treated to the finale of the battle between Daitetsu Maki and Jiro from way back in Episode 8. The Maki’s mecha, the Rex FE, is actually the successor to the Arcus, which was the big mech from Episode 14, where Detective Raito had his crisis and eventually stole the chip and joined Jiro. And we finally got a little scene with Jiro and his current co-conspirators Detective Raito, Judas and Earth-chan!
We saw humans suddenly develop superhero powers in Episode 6 with the Mountain Horses, but that seemed to be through the influence of other superheroes. But now, we learn that this invasive flower species is also capable of spreading superhero powers all over Japan at great inconvenience to most people. (Allow me a little bit of fan fiction and pretend that My Hero Academia and its population of 80% superheroes is an extension and a possible future of Concrete if everything ends up OK. Let’s call it the Good End of Concrete). I liked that the Canada Goldenrods actually have a real-life scientific explanation in Allelopathy for why they are so invasive and prevalent. I can only imagine that Japan and the US in Concrete are already hard at work trying to study these plants off-screen for more nefarious schemes.
Speaking of Episode 6, it seems that Imperial Ads Inc. still has Nainorin and they’re already testing it in children. Yikes. Sadly, this all leads to the Security Forces using their strong arm tactics against Human-Man, who only wants to be a superhero for the admiration of his daughter and nothing else. It’s a noble desire, but like Ullr said, he’s endangering the lives of many other people who are being hurt by the spread of these superhero powers.
But right when all the players are about to do battle, that first season ED kicks in wonderfully and, oh wow, it’s the Queen Tartaros Bugmen from way back in Episode 2! Definitely did not see that coming. Kikko tells us via voice over that the 48th year was called the Superhuman Explosion, and yet all we know about the 48th year so far is from that Episode 2 with Fuuruota, Jiro and the Queen. So while these first episodes of Last Song have been expertly weaving it’s story into the gaps left by the first cour, we may be heading into uncharted territory going forward.
Next episode promises an Iron Mask, but more curiously to me, Detective Raito and Hyouma (The tiger cat dude in the Bureau) flying a plane together?! I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
14th of Shinka Era: Gigantopitecus Gigantus found on an island in the Indian Ocean. (Episode 4)
December, 16 of Shinka Era: Americans capture an immortal superhero (later determined to be Minoru Hatekayama of the Immortal Family) during the War (Episode 9)
17th of Shinka Era: US Army brings Superhumans to fight the giant beast. (Episode 4)
19th of Shinka Era: An unspecified war ends. (Episode 1)
August, 20th of Shinka Era: The Doctor finds baby Jiro underneath the smoldering wreckage of the Enola Gay. (Episode 13)
29th of Shinka Era: In Tokyo, the doctor finds Emi and a naked Jiro (without left arms locks!) on a bridge after a beast attack. (Episode 4)
January, 34th of Shinka Era: Hiroyuki, the homeless boy, finds the baby Gagon.(Episode 4) At the same time, Jiro’s first encounter with GigantoGon and is saved by Rainbow Knight. (Episode 5, Episode 8)
March, 38th of Shinka Era: Daitetsu Maki incident, Rainbow Knight’s cover is blown and he dies. (Episode 8)
July, 40th of Shinka Era: Judas and the Diamond Eaters. Earth-chan comes and battles Judas. (Episode 7)
Januray, 41st of Shinka Era: The Bureau encounters Gross Augen for the first time. Earliest appearance of Jiro with the locks and bandages on so far. (Episode 4)
June 30, 41st of Shinka Era: Mountain Horses claim this is when they received their superhuman status at the Nippon Budokan. (Episode 6)
July, 41st of Shinka Era: Kikko joins the Bureau, Gross Augen leaves Earth. (Episode 1)
August, 41st of Shinka Era: Fuuruota joins the Bureau, and stops the bug species. (Episode 2)
August-November, 41st of Shinka Era: Beasts begin attacking and many Superhumans appear to defeat them. (Episode 4).
November, 41st of Shinka Era: Kikko and Jiro meet with Beastly Radio Wave. (Episode 4)
February, 42nd of Shinka Era: The robot detective and the female robot incident. (Episode 3)
April, 42nd of Shinka Era: Master Ultima returns from Mars. Beastly Radio Wave is exposed, Jiro activates his locks. (Episode 4)
July, 42nd of Shinka Era: Diving to find the released US Beast. (Episode 5)
June-August (Summer), 42nd of Shinka Era: Earth-chan stops Master Ultima from visiting Japan with his alien beasts. (Episode 7)
August, 42nd of Shinka Era: MegaGon with the Peace Movement. MegaGon goes wild and is stopped by Jiro. (Episode 5)
September, 42nd of Shinka Era: Explosion at the factory. The Immortal Family first investigated by the Bureau. (Episode 9)
October, 42nd of Shinka Era: Fuuruota joins the Mountain Horses as help. (Episode 6). At the same time, Emi meets with Ullr; Kikko and Judas battle Earth-chan and their conflicting ideologies. (Episode 7)
November, 42nd of Shinka Era: Angel Stars have their TV debut. Police and Public Security have endorsed Super Humans, while studying Superhuman Suppression drug, Neynorine. (Episode 6)
December, 42nd of Shinka Era: Kikko meets with the new doctor, Jin Nakayama. (Episode 12)
January, 43rd of Shinka Era: The BL Clan are asked to protect an artifact from The Eye of Lucifer. BL Clan leader revealed to be Daitetsu Maki. (Episode 8)
April, 43rd of Shinka Era: Mr. Jaguar fights the IQ and becomes a time paradox, proving his existence. (Episode 10)
June, 43rd of Shinka Era: Mysterious Knife Claude and the USS Antares. (Episode 11)
Later June, 43rd of Shinka Era: Chief Akita meets with the former head of the Ministry of Defense to discuss the revised Secret Functional Plan. (Episode 11)
August, 43rd of Shinka Era: Kikko meets with Myserious Knife Claude, reveals her true power and Claude reveals his identity. (Episode 11)
Later August, 43rd of Shinka Era: Golubaya Laika shot down, Kikko joins Claude and Chief Akita revealed as an alien. (Episode 12)
Later August, 43rd of Shinka Era: The Superhuman Bureau takes the fall for the Claude incidents (Episode 13)
October, 43rd of Shinka Era: The Student Protests and the Tanker battle in Shinjuku. Jiro and Claude battle. (Episode 13)
Early 44th of Shinka Era: Beast attacks and the craze over Beasts dies down. (Episode 5)
September, 44th of Shinka Era: Surveillance began on the Immortal Family. Battle between the Immortal Family and the American “Transformer”. Jiro’s not with the Bureau anymore. (Episode 9)
October, 44th of Shinka Era: At the Mountain Horses show, Jiro meets with Furuuota to discuss returning to the Bureau, but Jiro refuses. (Episode 6)
December, 44th of Shinka Era: Jiro breaks into the under construction Expo for Rainbow Knight’s helmet. The Fumers join him. Up to this point, Jiro does not have his scarf. (Episode 15)
45th of Shinka Era: Osaka Earth Expo mentioned. (Episode 6)
April, 46th of Shinka Era: Kikko finds and chases down Scarf Jiro. Scarf Jiro refuses to return to the Bureau. (Episode 1)
October, 46th of Shinka Era: The Galactic Inspector and Detective Raito team up to find the S Planetarian. Raito’s inner conflict about justice. (Episode 14)
November, 46th of Shinka Era: Superhuman freedoms are taken away. (Episode 13)
November, 46th of Shinka Era: Scarf Jiro saves Haruka Aki from both the Bureau and Taito Inc. (Episode 15)
January, 47th of Shinka Era: Incident at the Sapporo Olympics with the Three Birdmen. (Episode 16)
February, 47th of Shinka Era: Male robot returns to Japan. Robot detective is disillusioned with Japan, fights Scarf Jiro. (Episode 3)
March, 47th of Shinka Era: Scarf Jiro meets with Detective Raito after their clash. They are allies, for the most part. (Episode 14)
April, 47th of Shinka Era: Scarf Jiro and Judas break into Ikuta Laboratory to find Earth-chan. (Episode 7)
October, 47th of Shinka Era: Scarf Jiro and Earth Chan encounter Hyouma and Daitetsu Maki. (Episode 8) Also, Human-Man emerges along with the Canada Goldenrods. (Episode 18)
November, 47th of Shinka Era: Devilo and Devila incident with the Public Security Force. (Episode 17)
Christmas, 47th of Shinka Era: Human-Man protects the Canada Goldenrods from Imperial Ads Inc. Bug Queen emerges from her chrysalis. (Episode 18)
August, 48th of Shinka Era: The bug queen confronts Fuuruota. Scarf Jiro emerges to calm the bug queen and comforts Fuuruota. (Episode 2)
25th Century: Jaguar goes back in time to stop the Advocates of Free History. (Episode 10)
Here we go, the second cour is under way! Let me know if I’ve made a mistake somewhere!