Another good Kikko face! This whole scene was really cute. We deal with a revived superhuman from 300 years ago this week. So obviously, that means its time for more timeline!
Well, superhumans have been around for far longer than I had thought! This might be our first foray into catgirls in Concrete, which may be more surprising. Our titular Iron Mask Fencer returns to Japan after 300 years of being frozen in Antartica, but she gets manipulated by, who else, Imperial Ads into attacking Jiro, the supervillain “leader”. The animation in this quick battle scene was on point and evoked memories of the great sakuga of the first season.
It seems like the Bureau and Jiro are on slightly better terms? Instead of attacking each other from the get go, Kikko and Jaguar-san work together with Jiro and Detective Raito. I’m not really sure what sparked this change. Kikko has always been on Jiro’s side, and their little scene in the car this week was really sweet (Kikko really can’t keep a secret). But Jaguar-san? The latest we saw of him was last week with the Goldenrod incident where he and Daitetsu Maki fought against Jiro. Maybe there’s more events here in the interim that we’ve yet seen?
Interestingly, the Takamatsuzuka Tomb is an actual historical site dating back to the 7th or 8th century. While in-universe, it was discovered only a year before (47th of Shinka Era is ~roughly 1972), Wikipedia tells me it was found in the 1960s, which might be the first real discrepancy I can find with a Concrete timeline. On the other hand, that it’s taken 19 episodes for an event to not match up timewise for Concrete is pretty incredible.
Jaguar-san can’t stop time anymore, because who I assume to be Earth-chan stole his watch, in the fight from Episodes 8/18. However, by the end of the episode, Earth-chan returns the watch. Also, Ullr states that Kikko is no longer a queen candidate because she “lost touch with her essence”, but not much more of made of this. Furuuota is also gone. I wonder if he disappeared for good, wallowing in his own guilt after learned he destroyed the Bugmen, or if he will return.
So apparently Dragongod Asahi turned on his Zeth Satan Clan, but it was too late, Koma/Iron Mask Fencer was forced to kill him or lose the trust of the people who believed she would defeat evil. So she ended up sealing him and ... I don’t know, the ogre-god who lived there? In the Takamatsuzuka Tomb. But instead of stopping the fighting and bloodshed that she thought it would, it only escalated, while Koma lost the one person she loved and could count on. A very Concrete storyline. What in other anime can and would seem so simple (Defeat the bad guy! Save the day! And live happily ever after!) is so much more complicated in this universe, mirroring real life.
In the midst of all this, the Prime Minister of Japan has been revealed to label all superhumans as evil beings that need to be heavily regulated and policed over. All while he himself is a superhuman, albeit with a very weak power. This shocking news is revealed to the public and the scandal threatens to remove him from office. Once again, there’s a real life counterpart to this: Kakuei Tanaka who was a leader of the Liberal Democratic Party for several decades, and was involved in several political scandals.
Koma is determined to continue the exploring that led her to Antartica in the first place, rather than return to her era. Will she be involved in later events? Our next week preview introduces the Jungle Operation Enforcers. We also get a glimpse of a new character who looks like he’s involved in the military. Another typically solid Concrete episode! What do you guys think so far?
17th Century: Koma heads out to explore Antartica. (Episode 19)
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)
March, 48th of Shinka Era: Koma is found frozen in Antartica and brought to Japan. (Episode 19)
August, 48th of Shinka Era: The bug queen confronts Fuuruota. Scarf Jiro emerges to calm the bug queen and comforts Fuuruota. (Episode 2)
September, 48th of Shinka Era: Koma returns to the Tokumatsuzuka Tomb, then confronts the Prime Minister, revealing a scandal. (Episode 19)
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!