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  • Audio Rating: NA
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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Super Robot Wars Original Generation

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode #11

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode #11 Anime Review

By G.B. Smith     December 13, 2010
Release Date: December 11, 2010


Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector
© Crunchyroll

The planet is being invaded by foes from a parallel world, and from the past.

What They Say
With many of its central personnel lost in the war, the Earth Federation Government is forced to rebuild, and Brian Midcrid, president of the Unified Colonies, takes the position of its president. During an emergency session of the Federation Diet, he publicly acknowledges the existence of extraterrestials, and reveals the events of the L5 campaign to the masses in what will later come to be called the "Tokyo Declaration". He goes on to state that these aliens pose a serious threat to humanity.

President Midcrid continues, asking for the colonies to unite with earth, and to expand their military forces in a plan called the "Aegis Plan". Under the plan, new weapons are developed, and more mechs are mass produced as the entire planet's defense network is strengthened. But threats still lurk in the shadows. The remnants of Bian Zoldark's "Divine Crusaders". Those within the Federation and its army who plot to turn it into a military dictatorship. And none have yet realized...that the true threats are coming from a world "so close, yet so very far away", and a world of silence...

The planet is being invaded by foes from a parallel world, and from the past.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the victory over the Divine Crusader remnants at Riksent, they have now gone quiet for the moment. With this breathing space, the Earth Federation government can now plan for a counterattack against the aliens that have invaded and taken over North America: the Inspectors. And the plan is already drawn up: Operation Plantagenet. It is a bold plan, with a simultaneous attack on both coasts, with the EFA on the west coast and the DC forces on the east coast.

The DC?

Yes. The Federation is going to open up talks with the DC to fight against the aliens, since the whole purpose of the DC originally was their contention that they were better suited to leading the people of Earth against the threat posed by the aliens, the first wave being the Aerogaters who came before. Now with new aliens here, if the DC is true to their reason for being, they would want to fight the aliens who have invaded their home as well. A line of communications has been opened. The line of communications is Rose, the head of Isurugi Heavy Industries, who has been double-dealing the Federation by providing weapons and equipment to the DC as well.

In other events, it seems that Dr. Radom, one of the development scientists of Federation at the Izu Base, has decided to test out Arado's abilities with personal troopers. Arado himself seems to have had a change of heart of sorts, thanks to his meeting Latooni again, and perhaps because of the example set by Princess Shine, whose courage in fighting the enemy, even though she has no piloting skills or battle experience previously, has impressed him.

Afterward, we see the ATX Team at rest, though they are not getting much relaxation. Kusuha Mizuha, who saw through Elzam von Branstein's disguise quite easily and has Psychodriver abilities, has prepared an nutrient drink for everyone. The looks of horror on their faces and their complete reluctance to drink it would bode ill for anyone foolish enough to down Kusuha's potion. Lamia, however, has the misfortune to walk into the lounge area at this moment, intending to give Nanbu a requisition for parts for her unit, the Angelg. Lamia, looking at the bubbling concoction, thinks better of it, but then notes that Kusuha has Psychodriver abilities, and that that might allow her to recognize that Lamia is not human. Therefore, she drinks the drink, so that she might not seem to be acting weird, but despite her android nature, the drink causes a system error and almost melts her down.

We cut to a brief meeting between someone working for the Inspectors, and Rose, the head of Isurugi Heavy Industries. It seems she has a business proposal...for the Inspectors. It might be trite and far too commonly used, the idea that humans are their own worst enemies, but it does not feel out of place or inapt on any level, because of its essential truth in both real life and fiction. Of course, Rose is playing absolutely all sides for her own gain, as she even has a line of communication with the Whiskey Group, informing them of the planned Federation counterattack against the Inspectors, and telling the head of the Whiskey Group that she might even be able to start a dialogue with the Inspectors.

Back among the Federation forces, Aya Kobayashi and her sister Maya are testing out the T-Link System, which the scientist in the lab note will be necessary for the Earth to win against these aliens. Maya seems to be having some problems, the aftereffects of her previous imprisonment.

Another quick cut takes us to the briefing of the EFA forces for Operation Plantagenet. As Rear Admiral Garret is about to start, the DC forces suddenly attack Izu Base, the staging area for the counter offensive. The fight is somewhat odd, as both Major Kai and Nanbu notice: the DC are moving slowly, as if they are waiting for something to happen. The higher ups, including one of the DC attacks and Admiral Garret, know what that is: Mission Harpa. The fight is complex, especially as Seolla is involved in the Wild Falken, a very advanced unit that Excellen is unable to bring down despite her sharp shooting skills. In order to deal with that problem, Dr. Radom intends to send out Arado, yes, Arado, in the Wild Wurger, an advanced prototype unit that was meant to work in conjunction with the Falken, in order to try to capture Seolla.

Back at the base, things take a dramatic turn as Admiral Garret stages a takeover of the base, the Mission Harpa he was thinking about earlier. What this is, is a military coup d'état, with Graien Grassman taking over control of the Earth. Grassman has been seen often before, as the old schemer who planned the cooperation with the DC to fight the aliens, and as one of Federation President Midcrid's notable critics. Midcrid himself appears to be under arrest.

This show certainly likes to go for dramatic and wild twists and turns, and this was one that I did not see coming.

In Summary:
Just as the Federation is planning their counterattack against the Inspectors, events take a series of notable turns. Though they have just defeated the Divine Crusader forces that had seized Riksent, now the Federation, following the plans developed by Graien Grassman, intends to open up talks with the DC to form a united front against the Inspectors. Their emissary is Rose, the head of Isurugi Heavy Industries, a tricky customer whom a sane person should trust only as far as they might physically throw her (and would probably be better off just throwing her into a prison and making her disappear). The Federation will probably need the DC's help to repel the invasion of the Inspectors. In the meantime, Arado, the prisoner, seems to have had a change of heart during his time in lock up, with Latooni to show him that the Federation are not such bad people as he had been led to believe. But just as things seem to be improving for the Federation, with the plan to stage a counterattack against the Inspectors, the DC attack. But the Federation have traitors within, as Graien Grassman and his cohorts take the opportunity to stage a military coup against the Federation Government, installing themselves as the new military rulers of Earth. Uncertain days lie ahead.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard


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