Two shows a week is really rough. By the way, expect my Mayoiga and ConRev reviews for next week to be late, I’m going to have a busy weekend. Anyway, ConRev thoughts ahead!
A mysterious woman is using her singing powers to try and unmask someone she’s looking for. I didn’t know we were in Phantom World again! All kidding aside, the events here follow closely after the climax of the previous episode. Judas is back! And he’s a doctor caring for superhumans, what a guy! Here we get to the heart of the episode, our former Angel Stars of Episode 6 and 12 fame. Now before I dive into them, we get a shot as Judas opens the fridge of a blood sample that I’m almost positive is taken from Jiro. Looking closely, the sample seems to be taken from October, 1971 which I believe would correlate with the 46th year of the Shinka Era, or right around the same time as our main incident last episode.
I’ve had the Osaka Earth Expo sitting on my timeline for a while now, and was never sure whether that would be important or not, but here we are! Fittingly, it was mentioned the same episode that the Angel Stars were introduced. Jiro meets the Fumers and Daishi Akita again, But Akita turns on his Fumer accomplices in favor of helping Jiro. And so they become Jiro’s new locks on his power. Called it! Some gorgeous sakuga in this scene also.
There’s a lot more that we need to know about the Bureau’s inception, particularly with Jiro’s father/the Doctor, Hyouma/Jaguar-san and Akita. Speaking of, The Doctor is a really interesting character that we haven’t really seen or heard enough from, whereas we’ve now heard the motives from the other two. He’s been taking care of Jiro and Emi, but he’s also been testing Jiro’s blood as well. He’s running the Bureau after Akita got unmasked, but he’s also had some history with the Taito Inc boss.
Meanwhile at the Taito Inc. headquarters, Daitetsu Maki is prominently displayed, and so is someone named Jacky, who we’ll come back to in a bit. Like Emi said, the military wants to make weapons out of superhumans, Taito Inc. wants to make that sweet cash money from them, and the Superhuman Bureau wants to protect them. Or do they? Jiro and his faction is certainly fighting for their freedom, whereas the Bureau is seemingly teetering between justice for superhuman standards or by the government’s point of view.
The Angel Stars were formerly under Taito Inc’s control, following the popular flow for that money before. Jiro tries to rationalize this as their own sense of justice but Haruka Aki laughs this off with the quote of the episode, “Justice, that’s just nonsense ... Our parent’s went to war for this nation’s justice. But they lost. Two sides, believing that they are right”. It’s a perfect explanation and in a nutshell everything that Concrete has been preaching to us since the first episode.
Haruka, the Angel Stars keytarist, and Funny, the Angel Stars drummer, were dating, until that relationship was considered scandalous and Funny committed suicide! There’s a whole dissertation that can be had here about LGBTQ relationships in Japan, Suicide but also Idol culture as well. I’m nowhere near qualified to talk about those, and even if I did, this isn’t the place for it. Suffice to say that Concrete never stays away from complicated issues that not just Japan but the whole world was dealing with (and still is today!).
Something potentially interesting is that Master Ultima is actually a cross between a Fumer and a human. In what little we’ve seen of him, he certainly doesn’t look or feel human. Haruka rages at Jiro while we get the season 1 ED playing in the background, which I love, but at the same time Emi remarks that Judas must have tested some of Jiro’s blood in Haruka. The more frightening thing is that Emi can somehow tell this by sight alone. Another thing to remember for later episodes.
Give me a moment, while I recover from seeing Equus with a scarf too!
All seems to be stable when Satomi/Taito Inc. Boss appears again, this time with Jacky in tow. Now, based on her appearance and that her powers also revolve around her singing, I’m going to bet that she is the former lead singer of the Angel Stars, who stuck around for whatever reason. Akita in his dying moment reveals a potential bombshell: Rainbow Knight wasn’t a superhuman after all, but a normal human. Leaving aside the potential Batman connections, there’s just so much more things to be revealed about the Bureau’s inception that we’ll have to wait for.
I genuinely have no idea who the group in the next episode preview is. Oh well, we’ll get to see Kikko in her magical girl costume again!
These first two episodes have been an amazing start to The Last Song, and we’re slowly filling in all of the questions that the first season brought up, along the way bringing up a variety of social issues that the entire world is still dealing with today. Some people may want some more depth to these, but I’m just happy that they’re being acknowledged, particularly in a medium that doesn’t get too controversial to begin with. I can’t imagine that those of you who are still hanging around with me aren’t enjoying this as much as I am.
Again, 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. (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)
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)
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!