December 6th, 2015.
When this episode started with “25th Century,” I was very worried about how my timeline is going to look by its end, I won’t lie. Instead, we got an episode that didn’t have a single time-skip, and which was also pretty coherent and clear about its message and theme, but there’s still a wee bit to unpack there, so let’s get to it.
First, the message of the episode, which it also ended on (pre-ED), was “You can’t erase the past,” while the theme was “Childishness.” Growing up is a theme that we already encountered in episode 2, with Fuurota, but this is not quite the same theme, but childishness, and how does that relate to what the show has been discussing as a whole up to now? Well, that should be pretty easy, when we look at what the show’s been saying all along about the black and white nature of justice and heroism.
This episode is twice-related to episode 8, the Earth-chan episode. I wrote down in my own notes 4-5 times before the show had Kikko say it for us, that this is exactly the same situation as Earth-chan, with simply killing evil, having an unbending definition of evil you act on while ignoring social context, and employing so much force in that pursuit as childish concepts. Earth-chan was created by another, and exists in the form of a child, so it should be obvious that her methods and outlook are childish as far as the show is concerned.
But here we have the adult Jaguar, a “mature adult,” who is somewhat the same, in his IQ manifestation, or the same sort of ideal we often hear some politicians employ, or superheroes in their films, of “Kill all the evil!” as a mature response, and the show is telling us, first and foremost by the content we already agreed is childish, that this too is childish. Emi helps us as well, by telling us that those who keep harping on about how mature they are (“My precious GrimDark Bloodfest Gore movies!”) tend to be the most childish of all.
Episode 8’s write-up was all about what it means being a child in this show:
This is what it means to be a kid in Concrete Revolutio, it’s to take comfort in a simple position, where you can discard the historical context of actions, and things that are “too complicated” for you. This is what it means to be a superhero, to know clearly what right and wrong are, judge them in a vacuum, and act on them.
And this too relates to “You can’t erase the past,” and the greater context of the show, where this show is absolutely steeped in historical context, of learning from Japan’s past in the late 60s, and how it’s applicable for its modern political climate.
The other way in which this episode relates to episode 8, and through that to the show as a whole is that when episode 8 ended, Jaguar (in year 47) said that he does what he does because he must, not because he wants to. That is the essence of adulthood as many see it. Not what you believe in, but what the world, and responsibilities, demand of you. So, when Jaguar 3 (“Our” Jaguar) killed Jaguar 2 (IQ Jaguar), he was distressed at not dying, he was intent on going up in a heroic burst of flame. He wanted to die to make amends for the mistake he’s made. How childish is that?
Instead, he’s going to have to stay there, to keep working the hardest route of all, not just to kill evil, but to keep protecting those that are there, to keep building a better future, day by day, act by act. You can’t erase the past, you can only move forward, one day at a time.
Jirou is childish, he’s an idealist, but Jaguar doesn’t hate him. He hates that he no longer can believe as easily, but he’d do whatever he can to protect this idealism, until he’ll have to crush it. That’s life as an adult. Hating children for the reminder of what we’re not, and wish we’d be.
Note: Shinka Calendar seems to correspond to the Showa Calendar. Year 19 = 1944, or World War 2, etc.
- Unknown Time – Jaguar (Yoshimura Hyouma) forms the Superhuman Bureau. Episode 10.
- October 14 – Jiro’s father meets GaGon in the Pacific Isles, loses “Maria”, a native shapeshifter? A month after World War 2 broke out. Episode 4.
- December 16 – Mironu of the Japanese Immortal Family is captured by the American forces on Hawaii after his submarine is sunk. He joined the Japanese army in order for his family to avoid the family census. He’s been experimented on and tortured for decades. Episode 9.
- August 17 – GaGon faces off against American Superhumans in the Pacific Ocean. 9 months after Pearl Harbor.
- Year 19 – A war of some sort (World War 2’s equivalent). Referenced in episode 3.
- November 29 – Invisible Kaiju appears, Emi chooses to appear as an adult, Jiro’s father finds him naked and unconscious. Episode 4.
- January 34 – Flashback sequence. Giganto Gon breaks Jiro out of the laboratory where he’s held. Jiro wants Giganto Gon to destroy everything. Episode 5.Robot-GiGantor defeated by Rainbow Knight who saves Jirou (Episode 8), baby GaGon meets his adoptive brother. Episode 4.
- March 38 – Rainbow Knight kidnaps Daitetsu Maki and other superhuman kids, to protect them and/or gain money for their release. Dies for it. Episode 8.
- Unknown Time – Jaguar (Yoshimura Hyouma) forms Infernal Queen, also known as IQ, or Advocates of Free History to better the future by removing evil. Episode 10.
- July 40th – Judas is part of the criminal organization The Diamond Eaters, confronts Earth-chan and vows to become good. Episode 7.
- January 41 – 6 months before Kikko joins. Grosse Augen first appears as a Kaiju vanquisher. Call for “more magic” instead of science within the Bureau is made. Episode 4.
- June 30th 41 – The Beatles play in Japan, their powers bring forth more superhumans, or at least open the potential for some. Mountain Horse group becomes superhumans. Episode 6.
- July 41 – Kikko joins the organization, Jirou goes against orders and saves Grosse Augen. Episode 1.
- Between July and August 41 – A month after Kikko joins, just before Fuurota joins. More Kaijus appear, various superhumans fight them off. We meet Earth-Chan and Kaiju-using robbers. Grosse-Augen “replacement” takes up the burden. Episode 4.
- August 41 – Fuurota joins the organization, kills the bug species. Kikko with the organization for one month.Episode 2.
- November 41 – 3 months after Fuurota joins, humans confirmed as creating Kaijus. Mini-GaGon and Kaiju-lovers introduced as Fuurota’s friends. Episode 4.
- February 42 – Bombing incident with android detective. Episode 3.
- June/July 42 – Master Ultima returns from Mars, Bureau leaders revealed non-humans, expose their own Kaiju-creating ring. Jiro unleashes his arm. Episode 4.
- July 42 – USA throw away a Space Kaiju’s remains near Okinawa. Kaiju-sympathizers grab remains and begin agitating against the establishment and the Superhuman Bureau. Episode 5.
- August 42 – Protests by students begin, Jiro forced to become a Kaiju, faces off against Mega GaGon. Mega GaGon killed. Episode 5.
- September 42 – The Immortal Family cause an explosion, which they emerge fine from, and escape, apparently to alert Mironu who has been missing. The Superhuman Bureau find out the Americans are aware of immortal Japanese, and they know they’re missing a member. Episode 9.
- October 42 – Mountain Horse group tries their luck as superhumans and quits it. Fuurota infiltrates the Sugimoto media group. Episode 6.Same time – The superhuman Bureau recruits Judas after his release from prison. Face off against Earth-chan and try to get her aid in changing public opinion to sway protests against Japan joining the Earth Defence Force (against evil space-men). Earth-chan is given the ability to dream. Ullr (Kikko’s familiar) plots with Emi. Episode 7 (References October 8th 1967 Haneda protests).
- November 42 – Mountain Horse band brings down Sugimoto Media Group’s plot to block superhumans’ powers. Dee of Mountain Horse band dies. The Bureau now knows of the Sugimoto group as their enemy clearly.Episode 6.
- January 43 – Daitetsu Maki, now Otonashi Yumihiko and the other kidnapped kids (presumably) are an unregistered superhuman group, BL Club, who stage thefts by “The Eye of Lucifer”, Rainbow Knight’s old nemesis. Yumihiko and Jirou speak of morality. Superhuman Bureau is asked to stop opposing the FDE. Episode 8.
- April 43 – IQ (Infernal Queen) appear to take out the Superhuman Bureau who they deem evil for controlling superhumans, working with Americans, and lying to the public. Jaguar (Hyouma) #3 takes kills his #2 version, IQ’s leader, and his Time Patrol watch becomes the basis for the Time Travel research program. Episode 10.
- ~Year 44 – Kaiju wave of attacks dies down. Episode 5 reference. Likely a reference to the 990 days of the protests following the Haneda Protest ending. Episode 7.
- September 44 – Mironu of the Immortal Family is released by the Americans who follow him to try and eliminate the family. The Superhuman Bureau and Jirou try to defend them but are defeated by the American robot, the family survive on their own. Jirou clashes ideologically with the Bureau members. Chief Akita’s absence is noted upon. Episode 9.
- October 44 – Jiro tries to recruit Mountain Horse and they decline. Jiro’s quest is revealed as gathering superhumans to take on the Superhuman Bureau. Superhumans appear to be illegal. Fuurota goes and meets him. Episode 6.
- ~Year 45-46 – Osaka Earth Expo, relevance unknown. Episode 6 reference.
- April 46 – Jiro is an enemy, ex-Grosse Augen helps him, Kikko declares love. Episode 1.
- February 47 – Male android returns. Android detective now fugitive. Episode 3.
- April 47 – Judas, Jirou, and Megasshin (fused android) more break into a lab to retrieve Earth-chan’s stasis/broken down form, vowing to return her to her former glory. Episode 7.
- October 47 – Jirou fights Yoshimura (time-controller, “Jaguar”), Restored Earth-chan intervenes, and then so does Daitetsu. Episode 8.
- August 48 – Bug lady comes back for Fuurota, he learns what he’s done, gets saved and comforted by Jirou. Episode 2.
- 25th Century – Jaguar (Yoshimura Hyouma) is sent back in time, as a member of Time Patrol. And as someone who tries to save superhumans, and as someone who tries to build a different future. Episode 10.