Thursday, October 8, 2015

First Impressions: Concrete Revolutio Choujin Gensou

EPISODE 1: The Witch Girl of Tokyo

In a world where superhumans are a common sight and an easy target, the government of Japan established the Superhuman Bureau to protect and keep superhumans in line. One day, a young man enlists the help of Kikko, a waitress at a cafe, in his task of preventing Japan's renowned scientist from giving away important technological data to an industrial spy. During the course of the assignment, it is revealed that Kikko is a magical girl, the industrial spy is an alien and Jiro is a member of the Superhuman Bureau who turns out to be really after an alien, named Grosse Augen, who has fused with a human in order to survive. Together, Kikko, Jiro and Grosse Augen defeat the evil alien, and Kikko is conscripted into the Superhuman Bureau.

In a parallel story, Jiro is on the run from the Superhuman Bureau and Kikko is in charge of hunting him down. It is revealed that Jiro allowed the human that was fused with Grosse Augen to fuse with the evil alien.

This is one mixed bag of an anime. Definitely not what I was expecting. 
First off, the color palette of the series is wild. It's so colorful and I'm not just talking about the characters' hair either. I'm talking the buildings, man. They're like pink and green and purple and blue. 
While I don't find anything objectionable about the whole premise -- think Watchmen, except less cerebral -- there is so much going on in the first episode alone, I'm having trouble following. So I'm pretty sure that some of the scenes are future scenes flash forwarded and interspersed with the present scenes. It's a bold choice, especially considering that the present storyline is complicated enough with revelation and revelation about the characters. But I guess the flash forward scenes have something to do with the present scenes. 
In sum, it's okay. I don't really like it, so I might not pick up the next episodes.