(Konkurīto Reborutio: Chōjin Gensō)
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||September 2015 – July 2016|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Seiji Mizushima|
|Written by||Shō Aikawa|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, BS11|
|Original run||4 October 2015 – 27 December 2015|
|Anime television series|
|The Last Song|
|Directed by||Seiji Mizushima|
|Written by||Gen Urobuchi|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, BS11|
|Original run||3 April 2016 – 17 June 2016|
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 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. A second season debuted in April 3, 2016, and included Gen Urobuchi and Kazuki Nakashima in the writing staff.
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.
- Jiro Hitoyoshi (人吉 爾朗 Hitoyoshi Jirō)
- Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
- The male protagonist of the series, the point-man of the Superhuman Bureau and the only real human of the group. He is a "ally of justice" and seeks to protect all superhumans both heroes and villains. In episode 4, it is revealed that he has a superhuman ability himself, the ability to produce and control large crimson flames from his left 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. On Jirou's left arm has white straps with red markings and gears inside his arm. He can "unlock" these gears in his arm up to three time with each one increasing his power however his stamina gets drains much quicker. Once the third gear is unlocked, he loses control of himself and goes berserk. Emi is the only one who can close up and seal the gears back into his arm, reverting him back to normal. He drives a silver-plated super car that can transform into a quadrupedal mech named "Equus." Jiro is later revealed to be a Kaiju from another dimension which is where his powers originate.
- Kikko Hoshino (星野 輝子 Hoshino Kikko),
- Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese), Jād Saxton (English)
- A magical girl with an interest in manga, especially for its fictional portrayals of magical girls. Ullr mentions that Kikko is actually a demon from another dimension who gains power by indirectly forming some sort of contract with those she saves. As a demon she is a candidate to become queen of the demon world and was sent to the human world in search for a husband. When she transforms into her magical girl form, her hair turns lavender and she wears an extravagant dress. Kikko uses a staff that is topped with a star ornament, although she can also use this staff while untransformed. In her devil realm outfit Kikko is wearing full on black with much less coverage. She wears a cape, unusual helmet that borders her face, and uses a weapon called "Comet Tail" that seems to come out of Ullr's star. While in her devil form her personality is ruthless and she is much more powerful. Kikko develops feeling for Jiro and is a rival to Emi for his affection.
- Emi Kino (鬼野 笑美 Kino Emi)
- Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Anastasia Muñoz (English)
- A half-human half-yokai who has lived with Jiro since they were young and whose powers include controlling birds and shape-shifting. She is very protective of Jiro and has had feelings for him eversince they were young and once claimed to be his fiancée. She hates it when Kikko gets close to him as she sees her as a rival for his affection. Emi wears a white and blue outlined coat. Underneath the coat she seems to wear a dark gray long sleeved shirt with the sleeves coming up and cutting off at her knuckles. This is coupled with a cranberry pencil mini skirt and very high dark gray boots with heels and golden buttons. She is also the only one who can restore the locks holding Jiro's flames at bay without getting scorched to a crisp. Emi is also able to control spirit-like foxes that are able to follow and track people.
- Fuurouta (風郎太 Fūrōta)
- Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura (Japanese), Alison Viktorin (English)
- 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 (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)
- 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 (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)
- 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.
- Raito Shiba (柴 来人 Shiba Raito)
- Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
- 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.
- Ullr (ウル Ullr)
- Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (Japanese), David Wald (English)
- Kikko's Daruma-like assistant.
- Grosse Augen/Akira Shirota (グロスオーゲン/白田晃 Gurosu Ōgen/Shirota Akira)
- Voiced by: Masakazu Nishida (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)
- 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 Osaka (Japanese); Shawn Gann (English)
- 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 (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- 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.
Bones first unveiled the project on 1 July 2015. The series is directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Shō Aikawa. 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. Masafumi Mima is the series' sound director. Anime Consortium Japan co-produced the series.
The anime began airing on 4 October 2015, to run for two cours (half a year), airing on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11. The series is streamed worldwide by Daisuki, and in North America by Funimation. 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.
The second season premiered in April 2016.
|No.||Title||Storyboarder(s)||Episode director(s)||Animation director(s)||Mecha animation director||Original airdate|
|1||"The Witch Girl of Tokyo"|
Transcription: "Tōkyō no Majo" (Japanese: 東京の魔女)
|Seiji Mizushima, Ken Ōtsuka, Yasushi Muraki||Tomoyuki Kurokawa||Yoshiyuki Itō||Ken Ōtsuka||4 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""|
Transcription: ""Kuroi Kiri" no Naka de" (Japanese: 『黒い霧』の中で)
|Hideyo Yamamoto||Hiroyuki Ōshima||Kazumi Inadome||—||11 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"|
Transcription: "Tekkotsu no Hito" (Japanese: 鉄骨のひと)
|Yūta Kubota||Osamu Kamei||Yoshiyuki Kodaira||Kenta Yokoya||18 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"|
Transcription: "Nippon "Kaijū"-shi Zenpen" (Japanese: 日本『怪獣』史 前篇)
|Tomoyuki Kurokawa||Seung-Hui Son||Chiyomi Tsukamoto, Shōhei Nishijima||Takashi Mitani||25 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"|
Transcription: "Nippon "Kaijū"-shi Gohen" (Japanese: 日本『怪獣』史 後篇)
|Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Namimi Sanjō, Ken Ōtsuka, Seiji Mizushima||Tomoyuki Kurokawa||Eiko Saitō||Nobuaki Nagano||1 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"|
Transcription: "Yatsura wa Itsu demo Waratteru" (Japanese: やつらはいつでも笑ってる)
|Tōru Yoshida||Tōru Yoshida||Tetsuro Uetake||—||8 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"|
Transcription: "Sora mo Hoshi mo Koeteikō" (Japanese: 空も星も越えていこう)
|Susumu Kudō||Takanori Yano||Takashi Murai, Takashi Mitani||—||15 November 2015|
|8||"Nobody knows about the Rainbow Knight"|
|Ken Ōtsuka||Tomo Ōkubo||Noriko Morishima||Ken Ōtsuka||22 November 2015|
|9||"End of the Endless Family"|
|Tōru Yoshida||Seung-Hui Son||Kazumi Inadome||Kenta Yokoya||29 November 2015|
|10||"Mirage of Destiny"|
|Osamu Kamei||Osamu Kamei||Yoshiyuki Kodaira, Eiko Saitō, Noriko Morishima, Takashi Mitani||Chiharu Satō||6 December 2015|
|11||"Justice / Freedom / Peace"|
|Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Seiji Mizushima, Namimi Sanjō||Shō Ōmachi||Atsushi Hasebe, Takaaki Izumo, Akiko Nakano||Nobuaki Nagano||13 December 2015|
|12||"Hakko Superhuman Crash Incident"|
|Satomi Nakamura||Takanori Yano||Noriko Morishima, Takashi Murai, Atsushi Aono, Takafumi Hino||Nobuaki Nagano||20 December 2015|
|13||"Riots in Shinjuku"|
|Tomoki Kyoda, Namimi Sanjō, Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Seiji Mizushima||Tomo Ōkubo, Seiji Mizushima (3D)||Kazumi Inadome, Takashi Mitani, Eiko Saitō, Yoshiyuki Itō||Ken Ōtsuka||27 December 2015|
|No.||Title||Storyboarder(s)||Episode director(s)||Animation director(s)||Mecha animation director||Original airdate|
|14||"The Superhumans of November"|
|Namimi Sanjō||Naoki Hishikawa||Noriko Morishima||Nobuaki Nagano||3 April 2016|
|15||"The Ones Who Look Into Space"|
|Ken Ōtsuka||Tomo Ōkubo||Yoshiyuki Kodaira, Atsushi Hasebe||Ken Ōtsuka||10 April 2016|
|16||"Calling Your Name in the Town of Flowers"|
|Shinji Ishihara||Fumio Maezono||Akiko Nakano, Ichizō Kobayashi, Takahiro Yoshimatsu (clouds and thunder)||—||17 April 2016|
|17||"Devila and Devilo"|
|Yoshiharu Ashino||Takanori Yano||Takashi Mitani||—||24 April 2016|
|Tomoyuki Kurokawa||Kazuo Miyake||Kazumi Inadome, Eiko Saitō||Kenta Yokoya||1 May 2016|
|19||"Iron Mask Arrives"|
|Namimi Sanjō||Seung-Hui Son||Takaaki Izumo, Takashi Murai, Mitsunori Yamaguchi||Nobuaki Nagano||8 May 2016|
|20||"The Never-Ending Battle"|
|Tomo Ōkubo||Tomo Ōkubo||Noriko Morishima, Takashi Mitani||—||15 May 2016|
|Ken Ōtsuka||Naoki Hishikawa||Yoshiyuki Kodaira, Atsushi Hasebe, Hitomi Odashima||Ken Ōtsuka||22 May 2016|
|22||"The Age of Giant Gods"|
|Seiji Mizushima, Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Yasushi Muraki||Tomoyuki Kurokawa||Eiko Saitō, Kazumi Inadome, Takashi Murai||Kenta Yokoya||29 May 2016|
|23||"Beast and Maiden"|
|Shinji Ishihara||Kazuo Miyake, Takanori Yano||Takaaki Izumo, Takashi Mitani, Noriko Morishima||Nobuaki Nagano||10 June 2016|
|24||"Can you still sing?"|
|Tomoyuki Kurokawa, Ken Ōtsuka, Shinji Ishihara, Kō Matsuo, Seiji Mizushima||Tomo Ōkubo, Naoki Hishikawa||Yoshiyuki Itō, Yoshiyuki Kodaira, Atsushi Hasebe, Hitomi Odashima||Ken Ōtsuka||17 June 2016|
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||26 October 2015||ISBN 978-4-04-103670-9 |
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