People keep on complaining that mainstream anime are not good yet still watch it leaving anime like Concrete Revolutio in the dark where it rots alone no one noticing the power and originality it has. This also happens to be because bad anime like Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress which also happen to a freakish rip-off of some other anime get so over-hyped and over-rated that they enter the top 10 of nearly every list ever made and in the end,people end up hating the anime after the anime is finished airing unlike in which ConRevo’s case it was overshadowed by many anime that no one noticed it and probably never will. ConRevo unlike that tries to make a different approach to everything about superheroes and to a point nails it but what good is it if every one’s eyes are focused on over-hyped rip-offs? This makes me sad and to see that this anime on AnimePlanet is so underrated and that over hyped anime like Kabaneri and One Punch Man secure a 6th or 2nd spot on their all-time best anime list.
Before this let me introduce to Studio BONES known and renowned for their animation and well denounced for their original story lines but what everyone failed to notice is that over the course of time BONES has improved their original story lines but no one notices. This might also be the reason that ConRevo was overlooked by many people.
Short summary of the story and the story telling method used:-
In a world filled with superheroes busy protecting the life of people who will look after the need of superheroes? That’s where the Superhero Bureau kicks in. They look after the need of the super human’s needs and stuff like that. But that isn’t the whole premise of the show. It has a much deeper story line with international politics involved and how they use the power of super humans in all wrong ways. And it’s not just shown in some rushed way but factors like riots, protests, and the superhuman influence on people’s life all play a major role to shape the story and make ConRevo what it is.
But this is made confusing by the use of a non-linear story telling style(which was not needed) similar to that of Baccano and so it needs the viewers attention all the time or they will be lost and just sum up ConRevo to be yet another mess by Studio BONES.
Character are all well developed, no one is a scared wimp yet they don’t cross the border and become annoying or hated punks you can’t relate to. The character designs apart from Jiro are all stereotypes but that doesn’t mean their character development is bad nor that they are undistinguishable.
Sum up of animation style, music and voice acting
Animation is done by BONES so no worries there as everything is bright, smooth along with eye candy movements and backgrounds that with the added bonus to Studio BONES fight scene animation bump.
What actually might put viewers off is the art style. It’s bright. So bright that it might seem childish. Characters are drawn in the way that they look like they came out of some kid’s anime. Everything is colored in pink and purple. Music is really good and mostly uses J-pop with rock type of tracks. Voice is acting is done well by Kikko’s and Jiro’s VA but everyone else is mediocre.
Now ConRevo isn’t a master piece. It’s not even close to one. But it sure is a really good anime. Keep aside the unique art style it’s really great and you will enjoy it better than any other anime you find that is rated 2.845 on animeplanet. JUST GO WATCH IT.
Should you watch: If you’re in it for the looks, else no.
Concrete Revolutio is a new anime produced by Bones. It has a Manga being published concurrently. The biggest theme in this anime is the definition of good and evil showing that the world isn’t black and white, more of a gray. This was done much better in Akame ga Kill.
STORY: The earth is filled with super humans and other supernatural people such as ghosts. The majority of people do not know of their existence. The superhuman bureau is tasked by the Japanese government to deal with superhuman instances. With episodes usually begin with some event occurring and then towards the end will time skip 5 years into the future to see the ramifications of the characters actions.
The first episode was really good, but that might be due to the animation. After a few episodes I just felt bored and watching it wasn’t interesting. While I did manage to find the fighting scenes very interesting, I just never cared about what was going on.
ANIMATION: AMAZING! One of the most colorful animes I have every scene. Not only are the fighting scenes done really well, but everything is vibrant and colorful. would give 11/10, but thats not a valid score
SOUND: pretty good. I really loved the intro and ending songs, but the other music wasn’t as good.
CHARACTERS: While there are a decent number of characters, I can tell a lot more time went into drawing than giving them their personalities. Every person has some power and usually some secret/problem to go with them. I found the characters to be uninteresting. Even instances of some very minor characters deaths and the main characters reactions to it were just boring.
OVERALL: I give it a 7.0 (top 50%). Its only redeeming qualities are the animations and songs. If you watch anime for just the looks then this is the perfect anime for you. But if you are looking for a deep story with interesting characters, then look elsewhere.
There is a season 2 coming out in April. How that got approved, I do not know.
In spite of how many anime come out each season, it's always surprising to note how many of these titles are cookie cutter series that try nothing new. I mean, don't get me wrong, there have always been cookie cutter anime titles coming out, even during the older eras. When there's an anime that tries to do something new, it automatically catches my attention. This is why Bones is my favorite anime studio. They are one of the only studios consistently trying out fresh ideas and experimenting. Fall 2015's Concrete Revolutio is their most recent experimental offering.
The story takes place in a world where superhumans exist. The media isn't allowed to acknowledge their existence, and measures are being taken to ensure that they receive unequal treatment. One organization attempts to protect and look after superhumans called the Superhuman Bureau. The series mainly focuses on Jiro, who works for them, and is the only member who isn't a superhuman himself.
The series utilizes a storytelling element in which it jumps between multiple timelines. This has confused viewers, and left a lot of them turned off from continuing the series. What do I think of this storytelling? Do I believe it to be as 'messy' as many may consider it? The answer is... kind of. At first, the initial few episodes can really turn people off from the series, since they require a lot of attention, and the emotional moments don't work too well, since one isn't really attatched to the characters. At the same time, giving the show's earlier episodes another look after finishing the first season, I have found the storytelling a lot more polished than it had initially led on. Those emotional moments that had initially left me feeling kind of empty, actually do work quite well already knowing what has happened. Not to mention, there's also a lot of foreshadowing within the visuals that one will not pick up on in the first watch. Sure, there are still some problems with the timeskips, where I feel as if an episode will not spent enough time on certain aspects of the storyline, and it will still feel a tad too 'jumpy', but looking at it with fresh eyes, I've found a greater appreciation for it.
While not all of the characters have been explored yet, I've grown fascinated with the ones the series has fleshed out. The main protagonist, Jiro, is a character who has always dreamed of being an "ally of justice". Being apart of the Bureau, is, what he believes to be an opportunity to become this hero he always wanted to be. At the same time, due to information he constantly receives about the Superhuman Bureau, his beliefs always being questioned. Kikko is a witch that has grown to have a crush on Jiro; however, her own beliefs on what she considers justice differs from Jiro, and because of these differences in beliefs, there is a conflict in their relationship. Fuurota is another character in the series that interests me a lot. He is a superhuman that takes the form of a child. He can shapeshift and talk to animals, and considers himself friends to all children. What I think makes his character most interesting is that he isn't actually a child, but due to his mindset and appearance, he has always considered himself one. Fuurota grows throughout the series as he learns that his own childlike mindset was a phantasmagoria, and the world itself is much less simplistic than he initially envisioned it to be. At the same time, this same simplistic mindset is why Jiro appreciates him so much. When Jiro's own ideals are constantly being challenged, Fuurota is able to remind him what his own goals are with the Superhuman Bureau. There are other interesting characters in the series, many that haven't been fully explored yet, and I quite look forward to seeing how the series is going to continue further with these characters. Until then, I consider them to be filled with potential. Sometimes the character motivations in the series can feel a bit off-putting and strange, such as one episode, in which a character dies, but the rest of the show's cast seems to ignore this death entirely, and the story just continues. In spite of those flaws, the characters still manage to be interesting as well as complex.
Thematically, the series raises questions of whether or not there is clear-cut right or wrong, through characters such as Earth-chan, a superhuman robot that can detect when someone is in danger. She can solve pretty much any problem when theres a cry for help; however, when it comes down to situations in which there is more of a grey area, her beliefs are very naive. Due to her only being programmed to fight evil, she doesn't quite understand the inconstancy of human actions. Because of robot nature, she only understands that there's a problem that needs to be solved, but she never attempts to think why that problem is there, and if the people she considers 'good' may also be a part of that problem, due to her inability to tell when someone is lying. Yes, what she's doing may seem right, because she's helping people in danger, but due to her never delving deeper into the problems, one may argue that she's not really helping anyone.
What I also find very interesting about the series is how this timeline acts as a parallel to Japan in the 1900s, thus also manages to commentate on society during that time. It's very multi-faceted, and that's why I appreciate it as much as I do.
In terms of audio, the soundtrack is awesome, with the opening initially not impressing me all that much, but eventually growing on me by the end of the series. The battle themes really add to the action, the sound effects work well, and the voices all fit the characters. Don't get me started on the ending theme, which is one of the most rockin' guitar tracks I've heard from anime in recent memory.
I really dig the animation. The comic book style makes it feel very much like that of a superhero series, and the character designs stand out a lot in comparison to other anime that came out this year. They very much resemble that of classic series such as Kikaider, Cyborg 009, Astro Boy, and Ultraman. Beyond that, the action sequences are fantastic with individuals like Yutaka Nakamura delievering some of the most stellar work all year. The CGI is actually fairly solid, and barely noticable. My one major criticism with the series is its minimalistic backgrounds, which didn't really work all that well with the series, and felt kind of lazy. There were also a few weird off-model drawings that happened in some of the later episodes. Beyond that, the series' animation was extremely solid.
While Concrete Revolutio is indeed a controversial series for its non-conventional means of storytelling, I was extremely pleased with this first season, and I look forward to how Aikawa and Mizushima are going to continue with the series. Much like Gatchaman Crowds, I believe that whether or not one likes ConRevo is entirely dependent if one likes how the ideas the show puts forth are presented. If one cannot get behind them, then they are less likely to enjoy it. For me, this show was just Bones creating another anime from 2015 that blew me away.