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Concrete Revolutio:
Superhuman Phantasmagoria
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コンクリート・レボルティオ
~超人幻想~

(Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
Genre Superhero[1]
Manga
Written by Nylon
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young Ace
Original run September 2015July 2016
Volumes 2
Anime television series
Directed by Seiji Mizushima
Written by Shō Aikawa
Masaki Tsuji
Music by MONACA
Studio Bones
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, BS11
English network
Original run 4 October 2015 27 December 2015
Episodes 13
Anime television series
The Last Song
Directed by Seiji Mizushima
Written by Gen Urobuchi[2]
Kazuki Nakashima[2]
Music by MONACA
Studio Bones
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, BS11
Original run 3 April 2016 17 June 2016
Episodes 11
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Concrete Revolutio: Superhuman Phantasmagoria (コンクリート・レボルティオ ~超人幻想~, Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō) is a Japanese superhero anime television series[1][3] produced by Bones, directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Shō Aikawa and Masaki Tsuji, with character designs done by Yoshiyuki Ito. It began airing in Japan in October 2015.[4] A second season was aired, and included Gen Urobuchi and Kazuki Nakashima in the writing staff.[2][5]

Plot[edit]

In the year Apotheosis 41 (AD 1962), Earth is currently home to superhumans and paranormal phenomena of all kinds, from aliens and magical girls to ghosts and transforming robots. However, official knowledge of these beings is officially kept under wraps by the governments of the world. The Japanese government has quietly set up the "Super Population Research Laboratory", a.k.a. the "Superhuman Bureau", to keep track of all superhuman beings in the country and eliminate them if they pose a threat to humanity. In the present, Bureau member Jiro Hitoyoshi finds himself recruiting new superhumans for the Bureau in the course of his job. However, five years later in Apotheosis 46, Jiro turns into a vigilante on the run from the Bureau while the rest of its members deal with the consequences of their earlier actions.

Characters[edit]

Superhuman Bureau[edit]

Jiro Hitoyoshi (人吉 爾朗, Hitoyoshi Jirō)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[1]
The male protagonist of the series, the point-man of the Superhuman Bureau and the only real human of the group, though in episode 4, it is revealed that he has a superhuman ability himself, the ability to produce and control large crimson flames from his arm. These flames tend to burn anything they come in contact with though he tends to lose control over it so he barely uses it except for emergencies. He drives a silver-plated super car that can transform into a quadrupedal mech named "Equus."
Kikko Hoshino (星野 輝子, Hoshino Kikko)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka[1]
A magical girl with an interest in manga, especially for its fictional portrayals of magical girls. She has feelings for Jiro. Uru mentions that Kikko is actually a demon from another dimension who gains power by indirectly forming some sort of contract with those she saves.
Emi Kino (鬼野 笑美, Kino Emi)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[1]
A half-human half-yokai who has lived with Jiro since they were young and whose powers include controlling birds and shape-shifting. She has feelings for Jiro and hates it when Kikko gets close to him. She is also the only one who can restore the locks holding Jiro's flames at bay without getting scorched to a crisp.
Fuurouta (風郎太, Fuurouta)
Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura[6][7]
A ghost who can change shape at will and phase through inorganic objects. Loves playing childish pranks on people. Stuck forever with a child's body and personality. Jiro recommends him in joining the Superhuman Bureau.
Magotake Hitoyoshi (人吉 孫竹, Hitoyoshi Magotake)
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki
A professor who serves as the technical expert of the Superhuman Bureau. Though his knowledge is mainly in physics and robotics, he also has studied enough anthropology to deal with organic superhumans.
Hyōma Yoshimura (芳村 兵馬, Yoshimura Hyōma)
Voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima[6][7]
Usually called "Mr. Jaguar" Yoshimura is a man from the 25th century who was sent by the Time Patrol to destroy the Advocates of Free History. His powers include transformation into a jaguar and stopping time using his pocket watch. He is also a genius physicist and created Equus. He decided that he could make the future better if he changed the past, thus leaving the Time Patrol and forming IQ.
Daishi Akita (秋田 大志, Akita Daishi)
Voiced by: Tetsuo Kanao[6][7]
Raito Shiba (柴 来人, Shiba Raito)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[8]
A formerly-human detective who was killed during a case, his personality was implanted in the body of an android by an unnamed scientist. Raito is the only detective in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police who works on superhuman cases, though he finds himself stymied by the Superhuman Bureau as they cover up evidence.
Uru (ウル, Uru)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa[9]
Kikko's Daruma-like assistant.

Superhumans[edit]

Grosse Augen/Akira Shirota (グロスオーゲン/白田晃, Gurosu Ōgen/Shirota Akira)
Voiced by: Masakazu Nishida
A police officer named Akira fuses with a crash-landed alien, Grosse Augen. He used the alien's power to fight giant monsters and outer space threats, while sharing his own life to ensure Augen's safety. However, when the Superhuman Bureau sees him as a threat due to his size, Hitoyoshi was sent to kill him but in reality he ordered Akira to give his life to Augen for the alien to leave this planet while taking an unconscious S Planeterian as a substitute, allowing him to fight as a superhero once again. In Apotheosis 46, he assisted Hitoyoshi after he was on the run from the Superhuman Bureau.
S Planeterian (S遊星人, Esu Wakuseijin)
Voiced by: Chikara Ousaka
An alien invader and Grosse Augen's nemesis. He was defeated by Augen with the help of Equus. He was shrunken and rendered unconscious, allowing Akira to use his body while Augen return to his home planet. His body has blue markings, which changed to red when being possessed by Akira.
Tartarus Bugmen (タルタロス蟲人, Tarutarosu Chujin)
A race of prehistoric bugs from the ancient years, they maintained their existence in the modern era and signed a contract with humanity to reside the forest. But after corrupted politicians ordered the deforestation of their homes, they sought vengeance until Fuurouta threw a canister of ancient virus which successfully halted their attack but endangered their race.
Campe (カムペ, Kamupe)
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki
The queen of the Tartarus Bugmen, one day she was caught by a bug salesman and offered for sale at ¥100,000 Yen until Fuurouta rescued her. She is able to take a human form of a young girl, which later changed into an adult woman seven years later. She sparked an interest on Fuurouta and befriended him but after he killed the majority of the Bugmen, she tried to take revenge seven years later in Apotheosis 48, though Hiyotoshi's interference halted her assaults. Despite having ceased her vengeance, she is incapable of befriending Fuurouta due to his age and appearance.

Development[edit]

Bones first unveiled the project on 1 July 2015. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Shō Aikawa.[1][3] Yoshiyuki Ito provides character designs and animation direction; Noizi Ito, Hekiru Hikawa, and Ryō Hirao are in charge of character creation and concept design; and Kanetake Ebikawa, Takayuki Yanase, Toshiaki Ihara, and Hideyuki Matsumoto are in charge of SF concept design. Ken Ohtsuka is the series mechanical animation director, and Hiroki Matsumoto provides the series art design.[6][7] Masafumi Mima is the series' sound director.[8] Anime Consortium Japan co-produced the series.[10]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.[11]

Anime[edit]

The anime began airing on 4 October 2015,[4] to run for two cours (half a year),[1][3] airing on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11.[4] The series is streamed worldwide by Daisuki,[10] and in North America by Funimation.[12] The opening theme song, "Katararezu Tomo" (カタラレズトモ), is performed by ZAQ, and the closing theme song is performed by Yohske Yamamoto.[13]

The second season premiered in April 2016.[5]

Episode list[edit]

All episodes were written by Shō Aikawa, with some exceptions. Episodes 9 and 17 were by Masaki Tsuji, 16 by Kazuki Nakashima, and 20 by Gen Urobuchi.

Season 1[edit]
No. Title Storyboarder(s) Episode director(s) Animation director(s) Mecha animation director Original airdate
1 "The Witch Girl of Tokyo"
"Tōkyō no Majo" (東京の魔女) 
Seiji Mizushima, Ken Ōtsuka, Yasushi MurakiTomoyuki KurokawaYoshiyuki ItōKen Ōtsuka4 October 2015

While working as a waitress at a cafe, Kikko Hoshino is asked by a man named Jiro Hitoyoshi to do a job for him, preventing a top Japanese scientist named Professor Onda from selling research secrets to a corporate spy. Strangely enough, the supposed spy is seen giving Onda a package instead of taking one from him. Even so, Kikko stops Onda from leaving, as the spy reveals himself to be an alien from Planet S. Kikko reveals herself to be a magical girl, and teleports outside with the package. However, the alien follows and grows giant-sized until the giant superhuman Grosse Augen appears and vanishes with the alien. With Kikko and Jiro's help, Grosse Augen defeats the alien, but Jiro tracks down his alter-ego anyway and confronts him. Grosse Augen turns out to be an alien borrowing a Japanese policeman's body as it would have died otherwise, but the strain is supposedly killing them both. Jiro appears to take Grosse Augen into an alleyway and vaporize him.

The scene flashes to a point five years later, when it is revealed to Kikko that Jiro freed Grosse Augen reach his home planet while reviving the policeman in the body of the defeated S Planetarian. As a result, the Superhuman Bureau made Jiro a target, and he refuses to go with Kikko as he escapes with the policeman. 
2 "Inside the "Black Fog""
""Kuroi Kiri" no Naka de" (『黒い霧』の中で) 
Hideyo YamamotoHiroyuki ŌshimaKazumi Inadome11 October 2015

A ghost named Fuurouta plays a prank on a class trip, freeing a prized green beetle from its cage while a mysterious black fog rolls through the area. Shortly after the incident, the black fog settles on the Japanese Diet building as the Superhuman Bureau restrains Fuurouta, unsure of what to do with him. While escaping from captivity, Fuurouta runs into a strange girl named Campe and offers to be friends with her. Meanwhile, Jiro finds the corpses of Japanese Public Security superhumans who were defeated by the Tartaros Bugmen from inside the black fog. Fuurouta overhears Professor Hitoyoshi describe how he has revived an ancient virus to kill the Tartaros Bugmen, and the next day Fuurouta offers to help the Bureau kill them in exchange for letting him join. After taking the virus, Fuurouta shelters the green bug from before, then tosses the virus container like a bug bomb, killing the Tartaros Bugmen and dissipating the black fog. Later, Jiro casts the deciding vote to let Fuurouta join the Bureau.

Five years later, Fuurouta is attacked by a grown-up Campe, who turned out to be the green bug he rescued from before. However, after his actions she became the last of the Tartaros Bugmen alive while the politicians who destroyed their forest habitat went unpunished. Jiro appears and talks Campe down from attacking a remorseful Fuurouta. As she leaves, Fuurouta cries that the black-and-white world he thought he knew became more complicated. 
3 "An Iron Couple"
"Tekkotsu no Hito" (鉄骨のひと) 
Yūta KubotaOsamu KameiYoshiyuki KodairaKenta Yokoya18 October 2015

Haneda Airport recovers from what seems like a terrorist bomb attack, though no threat or demand was sent. Detective Shiba suspects superhuman involvement, but all the evidence is taken from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police by the Superhuman Bureau, so Shiba tries following a lead to Yatsuka Heavy Industries. Along the way, Shiba meets a girl named Mieko, but quickly discovers that she is a robot as the Superhuman Bureau intervenes and Shiba is caught in an explosion. While Shiba recovers at the Bureau, Professor Hitoyoshi mentions that Mieko was the "female" half of a human-looking robot pair, programmed to seek out a "male" counterpart to form a large explosive in enemy territory. Jiro wants to capture Mieko alive, but Shiba and others at the Bureau want the robot destroyed to prevent an explosion in a populated area. Despite Jiro's efforts, Shiba takes matters into his own hands, but Mieko decides to jump into a reservoir and self-destruct without killing anyone.

Five years later, Shiba attacks a military truck escorting a male prisoner and frees him. He discovered that the man was the male robot of the pair, and that Mieko did not actually self-destruct but merely slept at the bottom of the reservoir before it was drained for urban development. Shiba commands the male robot to merge with Mieko for the sake of his terrorist plot, until Jiro appears and inserts a chip into her frame. As the male and female robots merge, they decide not to follow Shiba's command. Enraged, Shiba beats up the merged robot, and then turns his anger on Jiro. 
4 "Japan "Beast" History, Part 1"
"Nippon "Kaijū"-shi Zenpen" (日本『怪獣』史 前篇) 
Tomoyuki KurokawaSeung-Hui SonChiyomi Tsukamoto, Shōhei NishijimaTakashi Mitani25 October 2015
Shortly after the incident with Grosse Augen, beast (kaiju) attacks are on the rise across Japan, though there are ample numbers of superhumans to deal with them. Fuurouta discovers that one of his friends is secretly feeding a tiny beast called GaGon, and through him the Superhuman Bureau meet up with "Beastly Radio Wave", a small group of peaceful beast enthusiasts. However, Jiro soon discovers that the radio group is actually using GaGon to clone several giant beasts for their own purposes. One of the beasts grabs Jiro, forcing him to unleash the locks holding in his own superhuman power as he burns the radio station to a crisp. 
5 "Japan "Beast" History, Part 2"
"Nippon "Kaijū"-shi Gohen" (日本『怪獣』史 後篇) 
Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Namimi Sanjō, Ken Ōtsuka, Seiji MizushimaTomoyuki KurokawaEiko SaitōNobuaki Nagano1 November 2015
The Superhuman Bureau infiltrates a nearby college as students plan to march in support of the beasts and against what they see as their cruel use as weapons by the bigger countries. However, the protesters are manipulated by beast fanatics. While reviving an American-sent beast using GaGon's cells, one of them injects Jiro with a similar drug that causes him to go on a violent rampage in Equus, later stopped by the revived beast, MegaGon. As MegaGon leads the protesters through the streets, the heads of the Superhuman Bureau devise a plan to use a fuel train derailment to incinerate the beast. Kikko, afraid of the possible collateral damage, tries to stop MegaGon before the train crashes, but Daishi possesses the oil-filled cars himself and crashes them into MegaGon, sending him into a mindless rage. As Jiro faces him with Equus, he starts questioning the true nature of the beasts. 
6 "They are Always Laughing"
"Yatsura wa Itsu demo Waratteru" (やつらはいつでも笑ってる) 
Tōru YoshidaTōru YoshidaTetsuro Uetake8 November 2015
A quartet of comedic rock stars called "Mountain Horse" unexpectedly gain superhuman powers after listening to a rock concert they opened for. The powers themselves are not very strong, but enough that they get noticed by Fuurouta of the Superhuman Bureau, and a publicity agent named Fugimoto. After overhearing Fugimoto's plan to sell chocolate with an experimental anti-superhuman chemical inside, the group decides to infiltrate the warehouse and destroy the chocolate before its distribution, though they have to fight against a giant security robot and a rival superhuman rock band. After one of them gets killed in the fight, the band successfully destroys the chocolate, and keeps one sample as insurance against Fugimoto. Despite Fuurouta and Jiro's offer the remaining band members decide not to join the Superhuman Bureau, and instead continue going on stage as a comedy group. 
7 "Go Beyond the Sky and Stars"
"Sora mo Hoshi mo Koeteikō" (空も星も越えていこう) 
Susumu KudōTakanori YanoTakashi Murai, Takashi Mitani15 November 2015
8 "Nobody knows about the Rainbow Knight"
(天弓ナイトをだれもしらない) 
Ken ŌtsukaTomo ŌkuboNoriko MorishimaKen Ōtsuka22 November 2015
9 "End of the Endless Family"
(果てしなき家族の果て) 
Tōru YoshidaSeung-Hui SonKazumi InadomeKenta Yokoya29 November 2015
10 "Mirage of Destiny"
(運命の幻影) 
Osamu KameiOsamu KameiYoshiyuki Kodaira, Eiko Saitō, Noriko Morishima, Takashi MitaniChiharu Satō6 December 2015
11 "Justice / Freedom / Peace"
(正義/自由/平和) 
Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Seiji Mizushima, Namimi SanjōShō ŌmachiAtsushi Hasebe, Takaaki Izumo, Akiko NakanoNobuaki Nagano13 December 2015
12 "Hakko Superhuman Crash Incident"
(八高超人墜落事件) 
Satomi NakamuraTakanori YanoNoriko Morishima, Takashi Murai, Atsushi Aono, Takafumi HinoNobuaki Nagano20 December 2015
13 "Riots in Shinjuku"
(新宿擾乱) 
Tomoki Kyoda, Namimi Sanjō, Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Seiji MizushimaTomo Ōkubo, Seiji Mizushima (3D)Kazumi Inadome, Takashi Mitani, Eiko Saitō, Yoshiyuki ItōKen Ōtsuka27 December 2015
Season 2[edit]
No. Title Storyboarder(s) Episode director(s) Animation director(s) Mecha animation director Original airdate
14 "The Superhumans of November"
(十一月の超人達) 
Namimi SanjōNaoki HishikawaNoriko MorishimaNobuaki Nagano3 April 2016
15 "The Ones Who Look Into Space"
(宇宙を臨むもの) 
Ken ŌtsukaTomo ŌkuboYoshiyuki Kodaira, Atsushi HasebeKen Ōtsuka10 April 2016
16 "Calling Your Name in the Town of Flowers"
(花咲く町に君の名を呼ぶ) 
Shinji IshiharaFumio MaezonoAkiko Nakano, Ichizō Kobayashi, Takahiro Yoshimatsu (clouds and thunder)17 April 2016
17 "Devila and Devilo"
(デビラとデビロ) 
Yoshiharu AshinoTakanori YanoTakashi Mitani24 April 2016
18 "Canada Goldenrod"
(セイタカアワダチソウ) 
Tomoyuki KurokawaKazuo MiyakeKazumi Inadome, Eiko SaitōKenta Yokoya1 May 2016
19 "Iron Mask Arrives"
(推参なり鐵假面) 
Namimi SanjōSeung-Hui SonTakaaki Izumo, Takashi Murai, Mitsunori YamaguchiNobuaki Nagano8 May 2016
20 "The Never-Ending Battle"
(終わりなき戦い) 
Tomo ŌkuboTomo ŌkuboNoriko Morishima, Takashi Mitani15 May 2016
21 "Steel Ogre"
(鋼鉄の鬼) 
Ken ŌtsukaNaoki HishikawaYoshiyuki Kodaira, Atsushi Hasebe, Hitomi OdashimaKen Ōtsuka22 May 2016
22 "The Age of Giant Gods"
(巨神たちの時代) 
Seiji Mizushima, Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Yasushi MurakiTomoyuki KurokawaEiko Saitō, Kazumi Inadome, Takashi MuraiKenta Yokoya29 May 2016
23 "Beast and Maiden"
(怪獣と処女おとめ) 
Shinji IshiharaKazuo Miyake, Takanori YanoTakaaki Izumo, Takashi Mitani, Noriko MorishimaNobuaki Nagano10 June 2016
24 "Can you still sing?"
(君はまだ歌えるか) 
Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Ken Ōtsuka, Shinji Ishihara, Kō Matsuo, Seiji MizushimaTomo Ōkubo, Naoki HishikawaYoshiyuki Itō, Yoshiyuki Kodaira, Atsushi Hasebe, Hitomi OdashimaKen Ōtsuka17 June 2016

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation with art by Nylon began serialization in the September 2015 issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine.[6]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 26 October 2015[14]ISBN 978-4-04-103670-9 [14]

Reception[edit]

Nick Creamer of Anime News Network praised the show for its "rousing exploration of the nature of justice in the context of post-war Japan", but criticised the narrative for being confusing at times.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Fullmetal Alchemist Staff Makes Superhero Anime Concrete Revolutio". Anime News Network. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gurren Lagann/Kill la Kill's Nakashima to Co-Write 2nd Concrete Revolutio Series". Anime News Network. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Green, Scott (2 July 2015). "Bones Plans "Concrete Revolutio" Superhero Anime". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Concrete Revolutio's 2nd Promo Video Unveils ZAQ Song, Debut Date". Anime News Network. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Concrete Revolutio Gets 2nd Season in April". Anime News Network. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Concrete Revolutio Anime's 1st English-subtitled Promo Video Introduces Cast". Anime News Network. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Komatsu, Mikikazu (4 July 2015). "VIDEO: 1st PV for Bones' October TV Anime "Concrete Revolutio"". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Kenichi Suzumura Joins Concrete Revolutio TV Anime's Cast". Anime News Network. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Toru Ohkawa Joins Concrete Revolutio TV Anime's Cast". Anime News Network. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Daisuki Announces Streaming Details for Concrete Revolutio, Anime Consortium Japan to Co-produce". Anime News Network. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Seven Seas Adds Concrete Revolutio Manga, 2nd Monster Girl Encyclopedia". Anime News Network. October 26, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Funimation to Stream Concrete Revolutio, Doamaiger-D, STARMYU Anime". Anime News Network. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "ZAQ Perform Concrete Revolutio Anime's Opening Theme Song". Anime News Network. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  14. ^ a b コンクリート・レボルティオ ~超人幻想~ (1) [Concrete Revolutio: Superhero Fantasy (1)]. Kadokawa Shoten (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  15. ^ [1], Anime news Network Retrieved 15 December. 2016

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