Sudden magical girl transformations are far from the strangest thing about this episode

A waitress named Kikkou is approached by a mysterious customer named Jiro, who asks for her help. At least a year later, an older Kikkou chases down Jiro on a train, saying that she’s been searching for him . He escapes the train, revealing that he has some sort of fire-related superpower in the process. Back at the cafe, Jiro tells Kikkou that he is hoping to prevent the theft of top secret scientific information by industrial spies. A small blob-like creature pops out of Kikkou’s bra and seems confused as to why she’d want to help out this stranger.

At the last moment, Kikkou decides to help Jiro, but is targeted by the spy’s superpower: eye beams that cause sleep. She fights him off with a magical staff, accidentally revealing that she is from another planet. She transfers into her true form, an witch in a fancy gown, and subdues the spy…who turns into a building-sized alien…who is immediately attacked by an equally large winged creature…which just as promptly disappears.

Jiro and Kikkou are suddenly in a car, chasing after the winged creature, who is apparently called Grosse Augen (literally “Big Eyes” in German) and is a heroic ally of humanity. Jiro spouts some scientific technobabble explaining why the combatants disappeared, none of which made any sense. He also insists that he’s a normal person, despite his display of powers earlier in the episode, and claims that he helps superpowered humans leave normal lives. Then, his car transforms into some sort of horse-shaped mecha. Together, Jiro, Kikkou, and Grosse Augen defeat, shrink and capture the alien spy. However, Jiro attacks Grosse Augen, confusing Kikkou.

After what seems to be another time skip, a crying Kikkou holds Jiro at gunpoint. Elsewhere, a pink-haired woman tracks down a generic looking man and accuses him of being Grosse Augen. He is confronted by Jiro and Kikkou, who learn that Grosse Augen is an alien lifeform possessing a willing human. However, he explains that the human’s body is wearing out, and both Grosse Augen and his host seem to die as Kikkou and Jiro watch.

Kikkou arrives at Jiro’s headquarters, the Superhuman Bureau, and is immediately accepted as a member. However, a final flash-forward shows her once again encountering Grosse Augen’s host, who has now fused with the villainous alien from earlier in the episode. Jiro and the alien run away, leaving Kikkou behind as Jiro declares that he will never return to the Superhuman Bureau.

Is he wearing a toga? I think he’s wearing a toga…

I think the nicest way I could describe this show would be “a grab bag,” though “a mess” might be a bit more accurate. I was left with so many questions – most pressing being “why on earth does Kikkou have a small angry blob that lives in her bra?” There were so many characters, and each seemed like they were in a completely separate story, with the result being that none of them clicked with each other. Conversations and battle scenes alike were stilted and awkward. The flash-forwards, instead of grabbing me and keeping me hooked as they were probably intended to, just confused me further.

The biggest problem with the first episode of Concrete Revolutio (why is there no “n”? Where did it go? Did it not want to be associated with this show? Because I get where it’s coming from…) is that it has absolutely no idea what genre it wants to be. The initial premise seems to be about superhumans, but Jiro’s car turns into a mecha that he pilots, there are industrial spies who are secretly aliens, a hero that looks like something out of a tokusatsu show fighting said aliens, and that’s not including Kikkou who seems to be a full-on magical girl, complete with transformation sequence. Now I’m not saying that shows that encompass multiple genres are necessarily bad, but they need a cohesive plot that successfully brings the disparate elements together. This show so far lacks that. Jiro, Kikkou, Grosse Augen and the alien villain really feel as though they could have come from four entirely separate shows.

Another flaw of the show is that it’s incredibly, overwhelmingly colorful and bright. Every shot barrages the eye with more colors than is necessary or advisable, from Kikkou’s striped waitress outfit to Grosse Augen’s rainbow teleportation. I legitimately got a headache from watching this show and had to pause it every so often to let my eyes rest.

Despite all this, I might give it another episode or two, just to see if it actually manages to balance the disparate genres or if it continues to be a non-cohesive train wreck. It already doesn’t compare to some shows I’ve seen this season, though, so I won’t be blogging it.

One and a half Dios because it at least had a lot less fanservice than the other show I watched today.

dio 1/2

Jiro’s hair is both ridiculous and generic