OP: 「カタラレズトモ」 (Katararezutomo) by ZAQ
「東京の魔女」 (Toukyou no Majo)
Concrete Revolutio is definitely something out of this world.
Man, where do I even begin with this show? From a time skip to giant morphing aliens, Concrete Revolutio really puts your mind to work if you’re trying to keep up with it. After watching the episode a second time in order to get a handle on everything, let me see if I can briefly summarize it.
Hitoyoshi Jirou is our protagonist and works for the Japanese bureau that oversees Superhumans or choujins. After stumbling upon Hoshino Kikko, he enlists her help to stop what looks to be an undercover deal that involves the trade of some really important information between a prominent Japanese scientist and a corporate spy. After stopping the deal, all hell breaks loose and the spy reveals he’s an alien and Kikko transforms into a magical girl. After a running around for a bit, for some reason the alien grows into a giant and another, the self-proclaimed protector of earth named Grosse Augen, appears and whisks the the alien off into a different seam of time and space. Fast forward a little and the spy/alien gets obliterated, Grosse Augen gets sent home since he’s actually residing within a human’s body, and everyone is all smiles as Kikko joins the bureau that Jirou is a part of.
Except it isn’t all smiles since in-between all of this, there are multiple flash forwards that paints Jirou as the bad guy and the human who hosted Grosse Augen is alive and kicking even though he should for all intents and purposes be dead.
What Did I Just Watch?
Instead of trying to piece together tons of tiny pieces of information, let me just get some of my general impressions out. Concrete Revolutio is a really fun to watch show when it isn’t trying to cram exposition down your throat. From the retro color palette to the intense action scenes, there’s more than enough to keep both your mind and your eyes happy. However, all that ends up being eclipsed with the amount of information this first episode tried to slam into our heads. With two separate timelines running at the same time and characters just popping in and out of nowhere, you feel like you’re missing something by the time the episode comes to a close. That said, I’ll admit that I was really fond of Kikko’s character. Something about her unwillingness to admit she’s a witch and her awkwardness as she tries to play it off while obviously in her outfit made me chuckle.
All I know for sure is that this first episode didn’t do a great job at drawing me in for more. If anything, the reveal at the end of the episode had me more confused and flustered than surprised and anxious for more. In any case, I’m really hoping this first episode was more for getting our feet wet with next week’s being all the filler we desperately need.
Catch you next week! Maybe.
ED: 「The Beginning」 by 山本陽介 (Yamamoto Yohske)