What an episode! And we’ve finally got confirmation on that second season! It’s been a really good week for Kikko and Gugsy. Timelines! Spoilers! Meteorterre!
After everything I complained last week about how Concrete Revolutio isn’t pushing its story fast enough, today’s episode gave us all that and more! We begin with an appearance from this week’s superhero, later revealed to be Mysterious Knife Claude (With help from more than a few references to Code Geass’s Lelouch Lamperouge), who confronts the American Superhuman Submarine, USS Antares. Meanwhile, the Angel Stars (Episode 6) return to give a superhuman concert to the sailors, while Kikko oversees amidst the sea of student protestors we’ve come to be familiar with. We learn from the Doctor that Emi helped found the study of superhuman folklore, most likely due to her command and control of monsters. But it’s the quote from the maid that is key, “Maybe Jiro can’t say no to her”. If we remember the Immortal Family (Episode 9), Emi repeatedly tries to get Jiro to return to the Bureau yet he ultimately refuses, suggesting that something major we haven’t seen yet will have to happen to split these two apart.
Moving along, the Teito Advertisement Inc. that has sparked the MegaGon (Episodes 4&5) and the Anti-Superhuman Drug (Episode 6) incidents are still antagonistic to the Bureau. They consider Superhumans to be evolved versions of humans, but don’t consider monsters like Emi or witches like Kikko to be ones. Here, their only goal was to distract the Bureau enough for Claude to destroy the Antares. Meanwhile, the Robot Detective has returned to argue about the Defense Federation of Earth plan (Episodes 7&8) with the student protestors and eventually Claude. This is where Concrete Revolutio really shines in its complicated take on justice, and who really is in the right between those who fight for Justice, for Freedom or for Peace. Claude recognizes Kikko instantly, while Kikko takes a little longer to realize who Claude is. She does though recognize the similarities in the “Fire-Explosion” Powers that Claude and Jiro both have. When she comes to, we get another adorable instance of Kikko in love with Jiro, yet her senpai not noticing.
In the immediate aftermath, it’s clear the toll that dealing with the Teito Inc. has had on Jiro, as he immediately considers the worst and fears Claude as an enemy, driving Kikko away from him in the process. If you didn’t recognize the Sciencers who were helping repair the Robot Detective, they were in the cafe in Earth-chan’s episode when she confronted Judas (Episode 7). Kikko follows a lead to find Claude covered in blood and surrounded by dead bodies, which forces Kikko to lose it for the first time and fully unleash her Queen of the Demon World transformation. (Accompanied by an alternative version of the OP in the background). It isn’t until Claude reveals his identity to Kikko that she reverts back to normal.
This episode perfectly encapsulates why I hated last week’s episode, beyond the time travel stuff. Here, we have another episodic hero story, yet has a lot of different connections to other episodes to help drive the larger plot forward. Last week really has no connection to anything that happened before, or to this week and instead introduced a plot element that can make everything going forward messy and less coherent. Notice how in the preceding three paragraphs, I’ve mentioned plot points from all of the last seven episodes EXCEPT 10. Now that time travel is involved, Claude could literally be anyone, but it’s hinted very strongly at being the boy in the photo, who I will guess is Jiro’s brother without further clues.
Let’s get to predictions! The preview of the next episode promises a new superhero to follow, but also gives us glimpses of the Doctor meeting with the Teito Inc. Head Guy, and the return of Claude. We’ve got two more episodes before the season ends so I’ll say that it’s Claude and this struggle between Justice, Freedom and Peace that drives Jiro into conflict with Kikko, Emi and the Bureau. And while the Bureau remains intact in the immediate aftermath of Jiro’s split, I’ll guess that future conflict over the Defense Federation of Earth agreements causes Chief Akita to be removed in the 43-44th years. Going further, the Bureau is ultimately removed and superhumans are forced to go into hiding sometime in the 46-47th years.
Thank the anime gods, this is getting a second season. I was worried this would end messily, but more time is everything Concrete needs, and could be a sleeper hit in the new year.
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)
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)
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)
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)
February, 47th of Shinka Era: Male robot returns to Japan. Robot detective is disillusioned with Japan, fights Scarf Jiro. (Episode 3)
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)
And that’s where we are at so far in Concrete Revolutio. Let me know if I’ve made a mistake somewhere!
Thank you Federico for the Images!