It’s time for the changeup! Kikko barely had time this week, but a young Emi will suffice. In the meantime, almost all of the players argue over what to do.
This is exactly the kind of episode I’ve been waiting for after all of these introductions for 20 episodes. Finally, nearly everyone involved in previous storylines gets together to argue/discuss current events and debate their place in them. We had an all robot conference between Detective Raito, Megasshin and Earth-chan and many, many other appearances from other players like Judas, Haruka Aki and Grosse Augen. As the end seems to be approaching, this is exactly what Concrete needs to start doing: All the pieces are in place, now we need to start crashing them together.
Master Ultima creating a new police force for superhuman crimes continues to be the overwhelming favorite for the big bad that will face reckoning in the end. But it’s interesting to note that even those on Jiro’s side are split about how to oppose the anti-superhuman forces, as Detective Raito and Haruka are much more revolutionary and violent than even Jiro or Megasshin. Meanwhile, they fight the Assistant to Imperial Ads Leader in their latest Big-Robot NUTS. A lesser show would have made a joke about the name, but it ends up leading to the same destructive liquid that almost destroyed the Immortal Family.
But the most interesting aspect of the episode, at least for me, is the Imperial Ads guy’s plans. An anti-superhuman film release that we haven’t seen? Using Claude’s helmet to make the not-super-humans super while in NUTS? Even the assistant is losing her complete loyalty to the head guy after that one.
But Jiro puts on the helmet and we get even more than we bargained for in flashbacks. Jiro and younger Emi together is the best. But wait, a longer flashback brings the Imperial Ads Guy and The Doctor together to discuss the atomic bomb. Or rather it’s failure. Did Jiro get his powers because of the bomb? Is Jiro actually the bomb in human form? It was called Little Boy after all. And also, is Jiro’s blood so powerful that it causes all these side effects because of the bomb?
And what if the Imperial Ads Guy is saying that he wants to return the timeline to the one without superhumans. Basically, our timeline! I don’t even know, but I’m itching to find out more. The preview teases this new film, some more Jiro flashbacks and an Equus-NUTS battle. The screws are tightening.
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)
February, 21st of Shinka Era: The future Imperial Ads Guy discusses the bomb with the Doctor. (Episode 21)
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)
March, 43rd of Shinka Era: Master Sergeant Morrell stationed in Vietnam and witnesses the horrors. (Episode 20).
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)
June, 49th of Shinka Era: Unnamed superhuman runs from Imperial Ads. (Episode 21)
July, 49th of Shinka Era: Sergeant Morrell escapes. Jiro, the Bureau and the American Military give chase. Morrell is eliminated. (Episode 20)
August, 49th of Shinka Era: Jiro and Co. debate their actions and motives moving forward. First fight with NUTS. (Episode 21)
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!