Let’s keep the analysis going strong with newest episodes on Concrete Revolutio! This anime is one of my favorites. After this season ends, I plan to re-watch the entirety of the series and build a timeline.
If you can’t tell by the title, I am currently trying to catch up on the series. There is a lot to write about and I really want to get a quality level of detail.
While I am here I might as well give a quick announcement for some upcoming blogs! I have decided to switch out Cerberus for Kiznaiver, since Cerberus has failed to pique my interests and Kiznaiver has proven itself to be an excellent watch. I am also in the process of writing on episodes 3 and 4 for Kabaneri of the Iron Forest.
Without further ado, I give you episodes 15 of Concrete Revolutio (2 and 3 of 2nd season).
Episode 2 (15) starts up with a young girl wandering around the city singing a lullaby that takes out a violent creatures that appear to be aliens. She appears to be looking for a specific person, who I suspect is Jiro.
We skip to a scene at the bureau, where the current crew reveals to the audience the current statuses of Detective Shiba and Jiro, as well as introducing the girl (shown above) as a suspect in the alien killings. As we know from that last episode, Shiba and Jiro now function together as an alliance, although this appears to be unknown to the bureau. As we know well from the prior season, Jiro holds superhuman safety and freedom as his highest priority.
We skip to a scene taking place in an underground hospital, where we run into Judas again. If you recall, Judas was once a criminal before her fought on the side of superhuman justice. Thanks to Earth-chan, Judas was able to turn it around. In the hospital, Jiro runs into members of the Superhuman girl band (remember them), where one of their members is in need of medical attention. Initially, Jiro and the green-haired girl fail to get along, but after the bureau breaks through and attempts to confiscate her, Jiro vows to protect her. This scene serves to display Jiro’s morals once again, which state that any superhuman who is being endangered by the bureau is subject to be saved.
The two head back to Jiro’s place, where the subject of Rainbow Knight’s mask comes into play. From there we skip to another time period where the former bureau chief and the other Fumer aliens reveal themselves to Jiro. This scene reveals that Jiro’s idea of enemies have actually been evolving and expanding. From the beginning of the series, we have seen the trio of cloud aliens, know as Fumers, plotting things behind the scenes. They are essentially playing god throughout the series, as they
The next couple of minutes result in a beautiful show of clashing morals, surprising outcomes, and stunning animation.
First off, we have the moral conflict between Jiro’s ideal’s and Haruka’s (band girl) ideals. Haruka was more or less a pawn to the Ad agency, which opposed the Superhuman bureau, in the Shibuya riots that took place in the prior season. Jiro sees her action of dating another female band member as a rebellion and realization of her justice, while Haruka denies Jiro’s justice as nonsense. Justice is defines as getting severed what is deserved or due to you. Jiro has a strong sense of justice, meaning that he is always sure what the consequence of other’s actions should be. Jiro’s strong sense of justice reflects that he feels he knows what is right, and thus has a well developed and unwavering moral compass. On the other hand, Haruka’s justice is quite undefined, as she denies the idea that justice holds any importance whatsoever. The difference between them is that Jiro knows himself much better, and therefore is able to discern what he is and is not okay with. Alternatively, Haruka lacks vision as to who she is, but instead of trying to understand, she has swept the issue under the rug entirely. Their conversation switched course when Haruka says she believes that the Fumers know what “absolute justice” is.
From there, we swap to a scene brought up prior regarding the dissolution of the Fumers. The Fumers are very interesting, as there is a fundamental contradiction in their character. At least from what Haruka believes, the Fumers are lifeforms with a sense of “absolute justice”. To have said “absolute justice,” one must have a spotless, or perfect, moral compass, but that is not the case. The Fumers frequently display ideas and acts that align with the definition of human sin. One example of this is their desire to posses the most powerful body so much so that they created an organization that harbors superhumans so they can eventually kill them and use their bodies. In the way that they commit things we know as sins, the Fumers are much more human than they are some divine being.
In the third part of this epic saga of events, Haruka goes berserk, as her desire to see her fallen lover prevents her from listening to Jiro’s logic. She destroys Jiro’s entire lair. Soon after, Jiro finds Emi and Kikko on the ground, having been watching him for a while now. Jiro reveals that the Rainbow Knight was actually not a superhuman, and he received his powers from the suite and helmet that he wore. In this episode we also see that Haruka let Judas do an experiment on her. When these stories combine, they produce a number of dilemmas that the show will have to tackle.
First of all, what does it mean to be a superhuman? If the Rainbow Knight can put on a mask and gain powers, or if Haruka can get body modifications to gain powers, then at their cores, what makes them so different from humans? Perviously the line between human and Superhuman was fairly concrete, with only Jiro stuck in between the two groups. Now, anyone can switch over to the superhuman side, which blurs the line that separates these two groups. This blurring of the line presents a moral and political conflict within the context of the show. Given the government’s current opposition to the complete protection of superhumans, the fact that the line can no longer be drawn between what is a normal human and what is a super human opens a pandora’s box of moral dilemma regarding superhuman punishment. If anyone could be a superhuman, then entire populations could be punished as superhumans. Being the original one that walked the line between groups, Jiro is probably the only one who is capable of understanding the situation at hand. With his concrete sense of justice, I think he will be able to figure out a compromise, even if it costs him his life.
I hope you enjoyed my analysis of episode and please tune in next time!