We’re back baby! The whole gang is here: Jiro, Furuuota, Kikko, Emi, Detective Raito! Episode 14 discussion + timeline of 1-14 ahead.
It’s been a long couple of months, but the conclusion to Concrete Revolutio is finally here! The first season focused mostly on the events leading up to Jiro’s departure from the Bureau, with some hints at the future conflicts between both sides. This episode seems to now be focusing on the opposite: The conflict between both sides with brief flashbacks to help remind us.
We start with Jiro meeting with Detective Raito a couple weeks after their epic class over the Megasshin incident in Episode 3. There is some news about a certain radical Superhuman Revolutionary Army and their clash with security forces. While this may (and probably will) come into play later, for now these scenes serve to show us of the tentative friendship/alliance between the two. However, the more important and more interesting part of the episode takes place only a half year before this.
By the 46th year of the Shinka Era, the Bureau has more or less been merged with the civilian police force called the Superhuman Security Services and placed under the jurisdiction of the national security department. Curiously, we get a glimpse of the Taito Inc. at their training exercises but nothing more. Also, Daitetsu Maki is now working with the Bureau and he will have his eventual clash from Episode 8 with Jiro and Earth-chan a year from then.
Detective Raito, as part of the police has now joined forces with the Bureau, but has his world view shaken by a number of revelations we find out later in the episode. His sense of Justice has always led to him stopping superhuman criminals and arresting them, but under the new leadership it seems that superhumans are now being killed instead. This conflict comes to a head when the “android warrior from space” and aspiring cowboy Yusei Washizu comes waltzing in on his trusty steed ... er flying saucer.
Washizu’s been sent by a coalition of alien species (Remember Mr. Ultima? Also an alien, though not an android) to capture the remaining S-Planetarians, namely the one Jiro let go in Episode 1. Kikko also gets outed for meeting with Jiro and the S-Planetarian from the flash forward of Episode 1. A joint investigation by Washizu and the Bureau is conducted, and a trap set for Jiro and the S-Planetarian.
Students are protesting the construction of a new Ogasawara (That of Episodes 12 and 13 fame), where the Japanese and American governments can conduct secret experiments and testing to quarantine superhumans and control them. The demonstrations collapse though as the Bureau reveals their attempt to cause destruction and blame it on the students. I can’t help but think of other authoritarian regimes (as well as some secret operations conducted for the “greater good”. USA! USA!) doing anything to keep power and control over their populace.
The S Planetarian is captured, Jiro uses Kikko’s love (Damnit all! Poor Kikko!) to retake his Equus and free the S Planetarian, and Detective Raito’s internal debate about his justice leads him to coming to blows with and eventually killing Washizu, who he perceived as his naive former self, “Back when I had no questions”.
All in all, it’s an incredible spiral we see from Raito, someone we called one of the most human characters in our review of the first season, to have his contradictions complicate his worldview and ultimately force him to make an impossible decision. Again and again, we see that those who had such concrete (pun intended) definitions of justice and right vs. wrong struggle when there is no true and easy right & wrong, black & white sides in this world. Remember Earth-chan’s struggles back in Episode 7, or Raito’s own initial conflicts in Episode 3.
Now, at some point between this and their semi-friendly meeting 6 months later, Raito gets dumped by the police and starts acting along with the Superhuman Revolutionary Army. What I also failed to mention is that Jiro is now not using Emi’s locks to control his powers but Fumers. If you remember, Fumers are an alien species of which the former elderly chief Daishi Akita was one. Emi remarks that it seems like Akita is still protecting Jiro even now (And indeed, if you remember, the colors of the Fumers match the colors of Akita and the other 2 Fumers he met with frequently) and Jiro seems to have a little more control over his powers than before, if not full control. We can’t be sure that the Fumers aren’t trying to use Jiro just yet, but we’ll leave that question for a later date.
Now for the preview. We get glimpses of more of the Taito Inc head, Jiro and Equus, Emi and Kikko bonding and even Judas (Episode 7). But the more ominous one is the end of the Angel Stars who were the allies of Taito Inc during the Mountain Horses adventure (Episode 6). This episode has lived up to my hype, and I can’t wait to see more. Even if I have to blog two shows on the same day ... >_<
Because of the size of the timeline, each week’s new additions will be in all bold from now on, to help guide viewers. I’m also going to be severely cutting down on images to only the episodes most relevant to the current episode. Hope this helps.
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. Up to this point, Jiro is sans scarf. (Episode 6)
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)
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: 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)
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!