Henshin Inspection Presents: Kissing Concrete. Follow me through an episode by episode analysis of Concrete Revolutio from legendary tokusatsu writer Shō Aikawa and Studio BONES.
Change can be painful. Though we might wish everything could stay as it is now, would that really make us happy? What would life be like if you could never change?
Concrete Revolutio 02 – Inside the “Black Fog” – 11 October 2015
Writer: Shō Aikawa
Director: Hiroyuki Ōshima
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.
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.
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