No time skips this week, phew. But Concrete is barreling into it’s second cour with gusto. Join Kikko and Gugsy as we examine the penultimate episode of the season.
We left off last week with Claude revealing his identity to Kikko’s shock and surprise, as she turned into her Devil Queen form. It turns out the fruit/medicine/ginger root thing that she ate to unleash her true form was given to her by this new Doctor Jin towards the tail end of the 42nd year. When we return to the 43rd year immediately following the aftermath of the Claude incidents, we arrive at Hokkaido with the Bureau and the Sciencers/Strange Power Risk Management Office. What they find is something truly horrifying: a lab dedicated to experimenting on superhumans, hearkening back to the Nuremburg code and the unethical experimentation of human subjects in our world. Claude was trying to unveil this tragedy to the world and to force the hand of the government.
This brings strife and turmoil to the Bureau as Kikko believes that Claude’s actions are much more just than the nefarious actions of the government. This leads to her eventual departure from the Bureau, and disappointed with Jiro, her unrequited love. Jiro, on the revelation of Jin’s identity, returns home to find the Doctor conversing with the Teito Inc. Boss about Jin and the Daitetsu Maki incident. The Bureau, though, isn’t as clean as we initially thought, as they have played a significant part in these experiments. The Doctor says he studied superhumans in the Ikuta Labs, the same labs that we saw Jiro in in his youth (34th of Shinka Era, Episodes 5&8). And we have also seen from the MegaGon incident that both he and Emi are still taking covert samples of Jiro to study, probably without his knowledge (42nd of Shinka Era, Episode 5). In the next scene, we find the Inc. Boss now meeting with Jin, probably playing both sides against each other for his personal gain. Jin plans to meet with Golubaya Laika, but Master Ultima intervenes and shoots down Laika.
Kikko continues to confuse Jiro with Claude, as she continues to hope that Jiro would put the mask on to protect his identity and protect superhumans, like he did with the Rainbow Knight incident (Episode 8). Unfortunately, it’s increasingly clear that those medicine root things she’s taking are clouding her judgement. The ideals, the goals and the beliefs that she wishes Jiro had regarding superhumans, she finds in Claude. That superhumans deserve to have their rights protected, to not be used by the government as tools and weapons, to be allowed to live in peace. The tensions between the students and the government that has been festering all season are starting to break out into conflict, as many of the young superhumans among the youth are coming around to Claude’s beliefs as well. Master Ultima arrives, driving Claude, Kikko and co. away, and takes Golubaya Laika away, under the pretense of him breaking the law.
We find in the ensuing scene between Claude and Jiro that the kidnapped kids from the Rainbow Knight incident were actually taken away to Ogasawara Island to be experimented on further. And even more shocking, the Doctor/ Jiro’s father knew about the whole thing, and instead labelled Rainbow Knight as a villain, in order to create the Bureau! Chief Akita was an alien from outer space, in control of the Bureau. Given the other two aliens he conversed with in prior episodes, there’s no way of knowing how far they have infiltrated in the government so far. They are specifically called Fumers and are trying to find other beings that can evolve into similar Fumers. Or in this case Superhumans that can evolve.
Its clear that the situation with Claude and Jiro is going to devolve into hostilities in the final episode. An easy prediction to make is that some part of this situation will drive Jiro away from the Bureau, possibly involving Kikko. The situation with the Doctor and Jiro is very interesting, but I don’t think it will play a huge role for now. Instead, I foresee the revelation that the Doctor and Emi have continued experimenting on him to be the straw that creates Scarf Jiro, but we may need to wait for that in the second cour. Anyway, we’ve got one last episode before the Spring season!
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)
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/Fumer. (Episode 12)
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)
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)
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!