What does Anime and a majority of Fall Out Boy song titles have in common? Often their names don’t match their content, and for the new Anime series Concrete Revolutio, this is absolutely the case. Judging by the name alone, what exactly would you think this Anime is about? Construction, the booming concrete industry, something…gritty? Probably! If you did though…you’d be wrong, because Concrete Revolutio is a new Studio Bones production centred around a Hellboy-like government agency tasked with both protecting and sometimes destroying supernatural forces. The first episode specifically introduces the audience to the protagonist of the series as he sends an Ultraman-style entity back to the planet whence he came. Luckily, it’s sub-title “Choujin Gensou“, literally translates to “Superhuman Story“, so that’s where you can get an idea of just what this Anime is about.
Almost too vibrant and colourful for an average human to watch comfortably, Concrete Revolutio featured some amazing visual qualities that paired well with it’s strange but interesting pop culture-heavy story that, in this episode, featured two Tokusatsu warriors, a transforming boy/dog, and a Magical Girl so ditzy that she could lead the Sailor Scouts. Visually, Concrete Revolutio reminded me a great deal of the Anime Rolling Girls by Wit Studio; another series with wonderfully striking visuals that tried to fit so much into single episodes that the story went absolutely nowhere. My hope is that the same doesn’t happen with Concrete Revolutio because, well…I kind of enjoyed this first episode, amd while I felt as though there was something missing, I still couldn’t help but have a good time, which I suppose is a fairly good sign.
The thing about Concrete Revolutio that I found interesting, to say the least, is that everything that happened throughout episode one…I expected. It’s not that I’m so intelligent of an Anime viewer, or even that I looked deeply into it, I think it may have been a case of being delivered exactly what we were promised. Pre-release publicity of the series made it out to be an overly stylistic Anime with a weird, wacky, but wonderful story involving all facets of old-school Japanese pop culture…and that’s exactly what we got. While it didn’t blow my hair back and make want to watch it a second time…I still really enjoyed it. Not the best Anime of the season, but definitely not the worst, that’s for sure.
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