Concrete Revolutio Episode 9: Holy Mackerel! The Show Went There!
Anime / November 30, 2015

Episode 9 of Concrete Revolutio, “End of the Endless Family,” shows the powerful don’t like to be thwarted — sometimes in a big way. Feel like cosplaying as Emi Kino? Start with this costume available from Amazon! What Happened Just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in what our calendar would call December 7, 1941, a Japanese submarine washes up on a Hawaiian beach. An American patrol finds it just in time for a Japanese officer to open the hatch. They immediately fire, but he survives the barrage. So they try again. The narrative switches to a middle school classroom that is in what I think of as the show’s present. The teacher is talking about the origins of life. Morino, a student, thinks the teacher has it completely wrong. After school, Fuurouta in butterfly form tries to follow Morino as he walks home with his sister Wakaba*. Unfortunately for him, Wakaba captures and tethers him. Kikko Hoshino can’t rescue him because she’s supposed to under cover (like he’s supposed to be). When they get home, their grandmother, grandfather, and Magotake Hitoyoshi greet them. The latter two are playing shogi. Their older sister and baby sister Megumi are also there. The older sister mentions…

Concrete Revolutio Episode 8: Another Brick in the Wall
Anime / November 29, 2015

“Nobody Knows about the Rainbow Knight,” the eighth episode of Concrete Revolutio, explores more of what makes Hitoyoshi leave the Superhuman Bureau. Want to cosplay as Jirou Hitoyoshi? You can by visiting Amazon and buying the costume! What Happened In the future timeline, Jirou Hitoyoshi finds what appears to be a graveyard either or robots or cybernetic beings. Hyouma Yoshimura is waiting for him and expresses regret that Hitoyoshi had to see this. Yoshimura tries to use his stop time attack, but Earth-chan, now on Hitoyoshi’s side, takes the time-piece away. Daitetsu, a character we’ve not met so far, arrives with a huge robot, apparently buried under the carcasses of the fallen robots, and grabs Earth-chan. The timeline shifts to what I think of as the present. Hitoyoshi, Kikko Hoshino, Emi Kino, and detective Raito Shiba are at the campus where a student protest has broken out. A police officer talking to Hoshino and Kino mentions how the students today remind him of students years ago during the “Daitetsu incident.” The Juvenile Investigators BL Club, a group of students who are unregistered superhumans, arrives with unknown intentions. Led by Yumihiko Otonashi, they attack the protesters. The Superhuman Bureau won’t act because the group’s not registered;…

The Asterisk War Episode 9: The Festa Begins!
Anime / November 28, 2015

“Phoenix Festa,” the ninth episode of The Asterisk War, showcases Ayato’s speed. It also showcases the raw power of some of his upcoming opponents. Amazon’s selling T-shirts where you can select the logos of the various schools in The Asterisk War. You can see them here! What Happened Dirk Eberwein and Kashimaru Korona are in the dungeons at Le Wolfe Black Institute. Dirk opens a cell and orders Irene Urzaiz to eliminate of Amagiri Ayato and his sword because either might cause problems for them in the future. Irene doesn’t need to win the Festa, but if she does so much the better. She only agrees after she confirms that her sister is still safe and untouched. In the main stadium, the Phoenix Festa is about to get under way. Madiath Mesa, head of the Festa’s Steering Committee and a previous Festa winner, announces rule changes: autonomous weapons (like the dolls Allekant’s Ernesta Kuhne designed) and alternates will be allowed. He promises they will all understand why some day. Since they have time before their match, Ayato and Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld have lunch with Sasamiya Saya and Toudou Kirin, who surprise their friends with a home-cooked meal. Ayato and Julis tell Saya and Kirin that…

Concrete Revolutio Episode 7: The Power of Perception
Anime / November 27, 2015

“Go Beyond the Sky and Stars,” the fourth episode of Concrete Revolutio, gives us another hint about why Jirou Hitoyoshi’s split from the Superhuman Bureau — but only a hint. Oh, and we see he has other allies in the future, too. Amazon has a CD of this anime’s opening theme song. You can buy it here! What Happened This post has a higher than usual chance of revealing spoilers. Be warned! Ullr and Emi Kino are talking in a bar. Ullr has been trying to prepare Kikko Hoshino to rule in another dimension (as in ascend to a throne — being a princess and all), and he’s trying to enlist Kino’s help disengaging Hoshino from the man she has a crush on, Jirou Hitoyoshi. Of course, since Hitoyoshi is Kino’s boyfriend, Ullr’s finds a ready ally. While they’re talking, they see the machine-doll Earth-chan, who protects humans, fly past. In other part of town (in the same timeline — staying in the same timeline for more than a scene is a welcome change!), Hoshino meets Judas so she can escort him to the Superhuman Bureau. He had helped Hoshino and her friends defeat the Diamond Eaters a year ago, but then he had disappeared until…

The Asterisk War Episode 8: Socializing as a Weapon
Anime / November 22, 2015

Episode 8, “A Holiday for 2 Part 2,” purports to be the second part of Episode 3! Better late than never, I guess… Amazon’s selling an attractive T-shirt with Ayato and Julis, along with the show’s logo. You can buy it here! What Happened At the end of the last episode, Sasamiya Saya asked Toudou Kirin to partner for the upcoming Festa. Kirin apparently agreed, because they’re practicing at the start of this episode. Individually, they’re great. As a team, though, they literally stumble over each other. At lunch, they discuss their situation with Amagiri Ayato and Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld. With Ayato’s help, Saya and Kirin realize they need to focus on their teamwork, especially since the both of them had been strong solo players for so long. Saya decides she and Kirin will socialize tomorrow. Unfortunately, when they meet, neither has any idea of how to do that. After trying to come up with ideas, Saya suggests shopping so she can find a present for her dad’s birthday. No matter what they see at the mall, they can’t find anything they think he’ll like. Saya realizes that since he had given her a gun for each of her birthdays, she could do…

The Asterisk War Episode 7: Kirin Unshackled
Anime / November 20, 2015

In The Asterisk War episode titled “Decisions and Duels,” Kirin breaks free and lives her own life. Amazon’s selling a really attractive Asterisk War T-shirt. You can buy it here! What Happened Amagiri Ayato and Toudou Kirin, having fallen into the storm sewer after the pavement collapsed at the end of the last episode, surface uninjured — though both are soaked. They have no time to get their bearings before a huge version of the dragons attacks them. Ayato unchains himself to withstand the first attack (therefore starting the clock running — remember that he can only run that way for about 5 minutes). He’s able to slash the monster in half and luckily destroys its core. Unfortunately, he has to pay the price for unchaining his power, and he passes out. When he comes to, they hang their clothes up to dry and spend some time back to back, bonding. She discloses to him that her father is in jail because he killed a man to protect her from assault when she was 8 years old. Since he was a Genestella, he was imprisoned. Kirin holds herself responsible. She’s also completely bought into the lie “he who must not be named…

The Asterisk War Episode 6: A Morning Jog Interrupted — by Dragons!
Anime / November 18, 2015

In the sixth episode, “The True Face of the Girl,” we learn more about Kirin and the skills and perceptivity that make her so powerful. Amazon is selling a “high quality” poster of The Asterisk War’s main characters. Take a look! What Happened Toudou Kouichiro, Toudou Kirin’s evil uncle, starts episode 6 by brow-beating Kirin into thinking she is too stupid to succeed without following his plan. Next we see Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld fling a washcloth onto Amagiri Ayato’s head. It seems that she is, in fact, mad at him for fighting Kirin in the previous episode. Then she tells him that she would have done the same if she had seen the evil uncle slap Kirin. She goes one to say she would have been disappointed in him if he had acted differently. Both of them realize that since he’s now fought in public, they have to change their plans for the Festa. Since his loss to Kirin destroyed his student badge, Ayato needs to meet with Claudia Enfield to get a replacement. She tells him that the evil uncle is a big shot recruiter for their Seidoukan Academy. He’s not an executive yet, but he’s using Kirin to propel himself onto the board. Julis then reveals something that I found interesting:…

The Asterisk War Episode 5: A Victorious Loss
Anime / November 17, 2015

In “Lightning Blade Speed,” the fifth episode of The Asterisk War, Ayato loses to the number one fighter at Seidoukan — and wins an ally at the same time. Amazon is selling an attractive Asterisk War wall scroll. You can buy it here! What Happened The episode starts with Claudia Enfield representing Seidoukan at a meeting with the other schools. Those academies include Le Wolfe, Allekant, Jie Long, and Garrardworth. At that meeting, we find out a little bit about what Claudia was hoping to achieve in the last episode: cooperation on a new weapon between Seidoukan and Allekant. We also see how polished she is compared to some of the other school representatives, particularly Dirk Eberweine of Le Wolfe. The scene shifts to Ayato Amagiri, who’s rushing because he’s late for a meeting with Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld, his partner for the upcoming Festa. In his rush, he runs into — literally — Toudou Kirin (if you read the comments after this episode on Crunchyroll, you’ll see this comment from a user named schnitting: “A wild loli appears!…in the most intense hallway collision ever seen.” — I laughed so hard I had to share). A mean man interrupts their resulting pleasant conversion, and she…

The Asterisk War Episode 4: So That’s Who Was behind the Attacks!
Anime / November 12, 2015

The fourth episode, called “Unshackled,” reveals who was behind the attacks. Spoilers Follow! Amazon offers an attractive Asterisk War t-shirt. You can order yours here! What Happened? Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld arrives at the place designated in the letter she received at the end of the previous episode. There, she discovers Silas Norman, one of Lester MacPhail’s lackeys, who discloses that he was behind the attacks. Lester arrives, having been tricked into thinking Julis accepted his challenge, and discovers that Silas intends to kill both of them and make it look like it was Lester was behind the assaults. Silas unleashes dozens and dozens of his combat dolls against them. Lester falls quickly. The more powerful Julis fares better, but sheer numbers began to wear her down. Just as Silas and his puppets were about to kill her, Amagiri Ayato arrives and escapes with her to another floor. He confesses that she’s now his purpose in life. Silas rudely interrupts to renew his attacks. Carrying Julis all the while, Ayato defends until he figures out Silas’ patterns. Moments later, he demolishes the puppet army. When Silas tries to escape using a flying puppet, Julis lifts the two of them after Silas, since she can fly and Ayato can’t. They knock…

Concrete Revolutio Episode 3: Who Has the Right to Claim or Deny Love?
Anime / November 10, 2015

Episode 3 was called “An Iron Couple.” If semi-sentient androids love each other because of their programming, is that any less “real” than humans loving each other due to instinct and neuro-chemical reactions? Amazon’s selling a CD with the intro theme song. You can buy it here! What Happened Detective Raito Shiba would love to investigate a string of bombings targeting Yatsuka Heavy Industries. To his great frustration, though, the Superhuman Bureau keeps pulling rank and taking possession of the evidence. Shiba comes out and says that there are no good superhuman; only monsters. Daishi Akita reveals to the Superhuman Bureau team that Shiba had been killed and a scientist, “for fun,” put his memories into a robot body. As Shiba visits the Yatsuka plant he suspects will be the next target, he meets a young girl. He sees members of the Superhuman Bureau, he grabs her arm, and urges her to run. The shock resulting from his touch surprised both of them. Before he can explore their reaction, she says, “He’s here!” and attacks a truck. In the chaos of the ensuing battle, the young girl robot escapes, and Shiba is injured/damaged. The timeline leaps forward to a lone soldier returning from a war…

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