Top Ten Best Concrete Revolutio Episodes

Now that the show is finished, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to do something like this.

The title of this post pretty much gives the whole game away: my top ten favorite episodes from one of my favorite anime of all-time. Given Concrete Revolutio’s episodic nature and all that, it’s pretty easy to separate the individual episodes from each other (with an exception or two) for this sort of list, although the selection was a bit harder since I only didn’t love two or so episodes. It’s kind of like all those top ten lists of Bebop/Dandy episodes people churned out after finishing those series for the first time, and I’m sure people are going to be doing the same thing for Osomatsu-san in the future (assuming they haven’t already. I haven’t checked). Whilst Revolutio is forever destined to not be as popular as any of those shows, that doesn’t mean I can’t ask the few of you who did stick with it to give me your own top ten, whether it be in the comments section or on your own blog. And I hope you guys spread the love because quite frankly, only a little more than ten thousand people on MAL acknowledging the show’s existence is just wrong.

If you can’t recall the names of the episodes, you can go to the Funimation site here. Now let’s get to this.

10. Devila and Devilo

I already wrote quite a bit about this episode so I won’t go into too many details. It basically functioned as the first giant piece of foreshadowing for the second season’s final conflict, as well as told one of the best stories about racism and prejudice I’ve ever seen. And it had uncensored female nipples. Where the fuck were my uncensored nipples when I was watching your crappy Big Order adaptation, asread? Yeah, I have no idea why people thought this guest-written episode was lackluster. It did way more for its subject matter in 22 minutes than most of those stories do in one movie, let alone a series.

9. The Iron Couple

If you’re like me, this is the episode that made you realize Concrete Revolutio was going to be a show worth paying attention to. The first episode was too rushed in order to really amount to more than a taste of what was to come and the second episode was fine if a bit simplistic. But the third episode of the series was when I realized the show was going to be about the Cold War and Japan’s role in it at the time, rather than just being used as a setting, Assassin’s Creed-style. Not only did the episode introduce us to Raito and give us a heartwarming tale about AI and the limits to what they’re allowed to feel and think, it actually introduced us to the concept of superheroes being used as military weapons and I went “wait, is this actually going to be another Darker than Black?”. By the time the ending fight scene of well-animated energy blew up in my face, I had realized that this Bones anime wasn’t going to be the same as previous Bones anime.

8. Canada Goldenrod

I really like this one because it hits you right in the emotions whilst being fucked up in regards to how it tells its heartwarming tale. Despite the father’s desire to be a hero for his daughter, his superpowers make him look ugly, the means he uses to gain such power are illegal, and the lengths he’ll go to to keep said powers are even more illegal. It’s kind of Breaking Bad-ish, except the Walter in this case never stops caring about his family throughout the whole thing, although that doesn’t stop him from accidentally putting them in danger. Also, it was nice to see Campe return and Deus Ex Machina the whole mess away. Human-man may have been ultimately wrong, but he’s still a hero in the eyes of the children.

7. Iron-Mask Arrives

Another piece of foreshadowing towards the final conflict, as well as one of the best fish-out-of-water stories I’ve ever seen period. Whether it be films like Thor or other anime like Kurumukuro, I’m usually not a fan of that trope because it’s main usage is to be for cheap jokes and just setting a conflict in modern times for no reason. But of course, Revolutio refuses to play by the rules, and turns said situation into a source of drama centered on political battles and love between enemies whilst relating a powerful message that things in the past weren’t really better than things in the present. And of course, it’s nice to see progress regarding the characters dealing with the government that wants to ban their existence directly. It’s a little hard to describe why I like this episode so much, but I wouldn’t disagree with you if you accused cat girls of being a factor in my decision.

6. Japan “Beast” History Part 2

If The Iron Couple convinced me that Concrete Revolutio was actually going to be good, the second part of the Beast History story was when I realized I had found the best anime of the year. Similar to Un-go’s initial double-episode arc, the second episode of Revolutio’s turn with the format was jam-packed with all sorts of blows against Japan’s war crimes, as well as revelations regarding how untrustworthy the Superhuman Bureau was and satirical statements regarding how the public perceived fads during that time period (and even to this day). Hell, there’s probably stuff in that episode that I missed – and I’ve watched it four times. It was an ambitious episode for sure, and the fact that it got away with all that through a plot line centered on a giant gorilla-like creature running amok just makes me love it even more.

5. Go Beyond the Sky and Stars

Earth-chan is pretty popular amongst fans for her black-and-white stance on evil and inability to comprehend gray matters in complicated situations. Seeing that sort of stance challenged really does it for me for some reason, and it doesn’t hurt that her dreams of being human are genuinely heartwarming too. Not much else to say as most of the episode depends on you liking our little female Astro Boy. I certainly do, and I also feel kinda sorry for how she never catches a break in future episodes.

4. The Age of Giant Gods

Seeing Jiro get bitch-slapped with the truth regarding who he is and how much bullshit his ideology actually contained guaranteed this episode a spot on this list by itself. Seeing the sweet mecha action as well as the movie itself was a bonus.

3. Can You Still Sing

I have not looked at any of the reactions to Concrete Revolutio’s last episode (bar some MAL ones, but that’s MAL) so I’m not sure what the popular opinion is, but I personally loved this finale. Yes, it and the previous episode could have stood to be double the length, but not only did it manage to tie up every necessary loose end in a compelling manner, it also made me laugh regarding how it gave a big middle finger to the ending of Code Geass R2 whilst imparting some compelling thoughts on the future of superhumans (aka the merchandising, worshipping of them as literal gods, and everything else in relation to the current superhero boom) and the existence of future threats (represented as aliens from outer space. LOL). And of course, Bones really went all out with the action for this finale. Underdeveloped in places, but strong in all the required areas.

2. Hakko Superhuman Crash Incident/Riots in Shinjuku

As much as I liked the series finale, I think I prefer the mid-season one because of its tighter plotting and the fact that Claude is a more interesting final villain than Satomi whilst hitting the same level of major beats that made this show so great. Also, yeah it does seem a little cheap to put two episodes on the number 2 spot, but I really can’t separate them from each other and I don’t want to give each of them their own spot as it’d be redundant. Similar to the series finale, these two episodes act as the culmination of everything that’s happened so far in a satisfactory way whilst delivering on the action, the character beats/ideologies, and the similarities to Geass that never stop being funny. Seriously, Concrete Revolutio may as well be nicknamed Code Geass: The Good Version at this point. We all knew Jiro was going to leave the Bureau, but seeing the straw that broke the camel’s back was immensely rewarding on both an emotional and a visual sense. And if the second season had sucked, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume the series ended here and a continuation doesn’t exist.

Also, Devil Kikko is cool. Too bad she never shows up again after this.

1. The Ones Who Look Into Space

I don’t score things anymore because I’ve come to realize how badly numbers/letters reflect the complications of personal opinions. But when I saw the second episode of the second season, I immediately wanted to give it a 10/10. Everything about this episode clicks with me. The LGBT themes (especially during that time period). The character drama/banter. The animation. The action. The way they tied past events together to make a compelling present-day story. My only complaint is that this episode came early into the second season and nothing else that came after was able to match up to it in terms of pleasing the eyes, the heart, and the brains. It’s so good that I can’t bring myself to talk about it any further because if you watched it, you know why it’s good. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Go watch this amazing episode now. In fact, watch the entirety of this amazing show right now so you can make your own top ten Concrete Revolutio episodes list. Because I’m done with mine.

Minor Quips

  • Number 11 would probably be Nobody Knows About the Rainbow Knight.
  • I think I prefer this show to Darker than Black, but I’d need to rewatch the latter first.
  • Hope I can get my review for this show out soon.

27 responses to “Top Ten Best Concrete Revolutio Episodes

      • #1 – The Age of Giant Gods/Beast and Maiden/Can You Still Sing?

        I feel like the last three episodes were all directly connected, so they kind of formed a three-parter to close the show (and it was awesome). I loved everything about these episodes. The build-up, the huge revelations, showing characters’ true intentions, and making fun of Geass like you said. Really couldn’t have ended in a better way. I also liked how the other world where Emi and co. went off to wasn’t shown, and it would be up to the viewer to imagine what that world would be like.

        #2 – Go Beyond the Sky and Stars

        Earth-chan wanting to be a human really hit me hard. For some reason, this episode reminded me of Steven Universe (don’t ask my why).

        #3 – Steel Ogre

        Answered a lot of questions I had up to that point, so I loved this episode automatically.

        #4 – The Ones Who Look Into Space

        Basically everything you said, and I also loved how straightforward it was. The ending was pretty emotional.

        #5 – Mirage of Destiny

        I didn’t think an anime would ever do time-travelling stuff as well as live-action films/TV, but this episode changed that for the first time. It also made Mr. Jaguar a really interesting character.

        #6 – An Iron Couple

        Like you, this was the first episode that had me in awe with this show, and rewatching it made it even better because I understood it more (this was the first episode I found really complex, but in a good way).

        #7 – Justice/Freedom/Peace

        Introduced Claude, and I loved how the different ideologies were shown between Claude and Jiro. By this point of the first season, I was just in shock by how many different ideas and themes were in each episode. It’s rarely happened before, and I doubt it will be done as well as this again.

        #8 – Devila and Devilo

        Loved how subtle this was, and I really liked the message of doing what you want. And of course, titties help as well.

        #9 – Nobody Knows About the Rainbow Knight

        When I first saw this episode, I thought it was very good, but not one of the best. But now after finishing the show, I know how important this episode is for (very sad) future and past events, and that made me appreciate it even more.

        #10 – The Superhumans of November

        Raito was one of my favourite characters just because of how complex and interesting he was. This episode explored his character even further, and it really reinforced how he was probably the most ‘human’ character on the show.

        I still don’t think I fully understand all the themes and characters of this amazing show, but that’s the beauty of it. It kind of reminded me of The Book of Bantorra in that way.

        There won’t ever be another show like Concrete Revolutio.

    • The Age of Giant Gods/Beast and Maiden/Can You Still Sing?

      I feel like the last three episodes were all directly connected, so they kind of formed a three-parter to close the show (and it was awesome).

      They were, but my problem with Beast and Maiden is that it felt like is was missing half an hour’s worth of material. I know it’s reflective of the 70s energy crisis and was hinted at with Emi’s stuff and all, but a little more downtime to digest using superhumans as alternate fuels and Jiro shanking the guy he saved in Episode 1 would have been nice.

  1. Too hard to do a top 10, so I’ll do a top 5:

    1/ Go Beyond the Sky and Stars: Earth-chan is cute, and the story is incredibly heartwarming and brutal at the same time

    2/Riots in Shinjuku: Lots of important revelation, high tension throughout.

    3/Can you still sing?: Unlike a shit load of other Bones anime, this show ended with all the question answered, and resolve plot and thematic contents effectively.

    4/An Iron couple: Shiba is a good character. Also the first time the show reveals its true depth.

    5/ Beast and Maiden: great build up, but get a little too busy.

    I ‘ve tried my best to spread Conrevo love on reddit, explaining plot points and theme while Guy was missing in action. I’m not as good as him, so it’s a shame.

  2. I’m going to have to rewatch the series to make a proper top 10 list, but here are some of the episodes I liked best:

    An Iron Couple
    Japan “Beast” History Part 2
    Let’s Go Past the Sky and the Stars
    No One Knows Rainbow Knight
    The Illusion of Destiny
    Justice/Freedom/Peace
    Shinjuku Riot
    Those that Reach for Space
    Seitaka Awadachi Plant
    Iron Mask Has Arrived
    The Era of Giant Gods
    Can You Still Sing

    Also, I think this is now my favorite BONES anime

      • Have a feeling Darker than Black might not hold up to you on rewatch since Concrete Revolutio seems more creative in its episodic episodes as it isn’t as grounded to reality compared to the former. But I always likeed how Darker than Black adopted a “Two part episodic arc” approach.

        I remember episodes 19 and 20 (the one with the religious organisation infiltration) of Darker than Black as being my favorites of the series.

        Can’t go wrong with Chinese Electric Batman either way.

  3. That’s a pretty good selection of episodes. Concrete Revolutio was definitely a very interesting and entertaining series, though also one that many people will, sadly, find relatively hard to approach. It really was quite ambitious and distinct from what the mainstream of anime fandom expects or wants from their weekly TV shows. MAL aside, the fact it just didn’t sell in Japan basically says it all,

    That said, I had to slightly smirk at your cheeky jab at Code Geass here. Other than how a couple of similar ideas occasionally intersected, they’re too inherently different in both context, content and method. Perhaps ConRevo is superior, in a way, and provides more intriguing commentary, but they’re not directly competing with each other. I don’t think you could literally take the ending of ConRevo and just paste it on top of Code Geass and pat yourself on the back without looking rather silly at best. Nor, evidently, would it work the other way around. Then again, it’s clear I do happen to still like CG myself, but that’s a whole other can of worms.

    • My comparisons to Geass are really only during the season finales, particularly when Jin rocks the Zero outfit and when Frog talks about how similar Suzaku is to some of the characters. Revolutio has similarities to a lot of popular anime I’ve watched and Geass just happens to be one of them. And no, I don’t think they’re inherently different enough to avoid such comparisons considering how “anime” Revolutio is (and Geass is pretty “anime” itself).

      Now Guilty Crown, that’s what I consider Geass: The Good Version. Or to be more accurate, Geass run through an Evangelion filter.

      • Yes, they are both very “anime” but that’s not an unusual state of affairs. Not saying you can’t make any comparisons or have such preferences on a personal level. Only that, upon closer inspection of the characters and their respective situations as well as the flow of each series, I believe the argument would tend to break down.

        Unfortunately, Guilty Crown did nothing for me, other than looking pretty. The Evangelion filter was indeed present, but made things worse rather than better.

    • I’m sorry, but when your first season’s final villain looks like Zero from Code Geass and has his own “I am Zero” moment, then you’re going to invite comparisons up the hoo-hah.

  4. I am not going to rewatch this show anytime soon but let me recall what I remembered the most in Concrete Revolutio:

    1. Earth-chan’s episode.
    2. Devilo/Devila
    3. The Riots in Shinjuku
    4. That LGBT one.
    5. Jaguar’s (<3 lol) time travel paradox
    6. The first freakin' episode of season 2.

    I honestly think ConRevo will benefit more for an additional episode to stretch that darn rushed finale.

    • I honestly think ConRevo will benefit more for an additional episode to stretch that darn rushed finale.

      Ah well, what can you do? Regardless of my feelings regarding the finale’s execution, it made a point and it made it well. I’m just going to have accept the shaky transitions whenever I get the urge to rewatch the show again.

  5. The war itself is an interesting event to at be given at least some extra minutes to be shown in screen, I think. I get the (apparently melancholic) message of the show. It’s just that… I wished to see more of that.

    Anyway, no more ConRevo during Saturdays (in my country) *sobs.

    • Honestly, I think the war itself is uninteresting since it’s just characters who have long since completed their development going head-to-head. Which is what I didn’t like about the superhero clash in Captain America Civil War.

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