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.
Concrete Revolutio 05 Japan “Beast” History, Part 2 – November 1, 2015
Writer: Shō Aikawa
Director: Tomoyuki Kurokawa
Is there a kaiju lurking in all of us? If so, does that give us the right to destroy the kaiju of others’ once they have been made manifest? Should we instead be more compassionate towards those rampaging kaiju?
How did that kaiju end up inside of Jiro? Did Professor Hitoyoshi put it into him through his experiments?
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.
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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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