Concrete Revolutio – First Impressions

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Going in to this anime I really expected a lot from it: the plot sounded interesting, it’s produced by Bones (one of my favourite studios since Eureka Seven) and the art style was quite fascinating and different. Sadly, Concrete Revolutio failed to deliver in its first episode. The plot was actually quite confusing and the events being played out didn’t make much sense.

The story is set in a futuristic, alternative Japan; where superhumans exist among humans. These superhumans came into existence through different means: outer space, created by a scientist and the list goes on. Enemies of the superhumans exist within the shadows and hope to eradicate them. Then there is the Superhuman Bureau; a government establishment built on the safeguarding and overseeing of the superhumans. This is the story of Jirou Hitoyoshi, a member of the Superhuman Bureau.

Who watches The Watchmen? The Superhuman Bureau does
Who watches The Watchmen? The Superhuman Bureau does

As I mentioned earlier, the plot for this series is actually quite confusing compared to how I just explained it. The first episode didn’t make it very clear what the story was about and who the true protagonist was. The information presented in the show seemed all over the place and not coherent. I also felt like the first episode dragged quite a bit. While I did enjoy the battle sequence in the episode, the rest of the anime just felt slow and tedious. To be honest, I didn’t finish the episode after the battle sequence.

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Sadly, Concrete Revolutio is an anime that I’m going to give a miss this season. It’s such a shame that for an anime with so much potential to be great, its first episode struggles to get a good footing on what the show is essentially about.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Chrissy.C says:

    You’re right about all of that. The inconsistent story telling is so fixed. I presume it’s a narrative “aesthetic”. Which is just terribly, executed. It wants us to get all tangled up in it’s hectic play.

    Let’s not fall into this trap and run away!

    Chrissy.C of

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    1. I also presume that it’s supposed to be a narrative aesthetic. I get that they’re trying to be clever but it’s a high gamble to do that when the audience has yet to be acquainted with the world around them. A shame really.

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      1. Chrissy.C says:

        Totally right, Dale. It’s just not worth it. It’s all over now.

        Chrissy.C of

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