The final details of the secret of the Shadow Mirror's identity and how they came to this world is revealed, and now it is time for the Earth Federation forces of this world to decide how to react. But, they also need to deal with The Inspectors. Looks like it's time to call up reinforcements.
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)
Returning from the holiday break, we start up with the second cour of Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector.
We start right into the action with no recap, but begin with one of the minor side strands that hasn't received too much attention for a while. An unknown female (female? you'll see) is reporting in about the activities of the Chokijin, those ancient and mysterious beasts that were seen earlier in the show, are preventing the "correction of the world." As we see further, we see that this female appears to be tied to those strange alien creatures with tentacles that tried to attack the Chokijin back on Earth. So, perhaps more light will be cast on them in the future.
But, after the title screen, we return to where we were, with Major Gilliam Yeager and Lamia Loveless debriefing the EFA forces about their counterparts, the EFA from the Shadow Mirror universe. Gilliam reveals the details of the System XN, the transdimensional transportation device that allowed him first, and then the Shadow Mirror "Whiskey" group later, to cross into "our" world. It appears as well that since Gilliam is the creator and the one who knows best how to operate the System XN devices, the Shadow Mirror group needs him back to further their plans. Lamia also reveals that she is an artificial human, as was "Wodan," the man who faced Sanger Zonvolt, who was in fact created with biological information from the Sanger on the other side.
After the briefing, Major Kai asks what is to be done with Lamia, and Captain Minase decides that as far as he is concerned, W17, Lamia Loveless, is dead. And so, she is welcomed by the EFA forces on this side.
In the meantime, Mauser and Lemon discuss matters at hand, the repair of the System XN device, and getting Helios (Gilliam) back onto their side. Lemon says that "Miss Rose" (the treacherous Mitsuko Isurugi of Isurugi Heavy Industries) should be able to arrange that eventually. Mauser is quite happy with the current situation, as conflict is in the air. We can see that conflict within the entire EFA structure as Capt. Minase reports in to Rear Adm. Garret, who has taken command of Izu Base. Asked where Commander Laker Randolph, the previous commander of the base, is, Garret merely mentions that he's "on vacation." Hostages for the good behavior of the personal trooper teams and the crews of the Hagane and Hiryuu Kai sounds more like the truth, as Minase thinks to himself.
A common theme to this episode is the gathering of new members to the "good" side in the conflict. Lamia earlier on noted that she will see the war to the end on the side of the EFA, who wish to put an end to conflict. Now, it is the turn of Arado, the failure from The School who was captured by the EFA, but who, now freed from mental conditioning, chooses on his own to join the EFA, with the hope one day of freeing Seolla, his fellow School survivor, from her bondage inside the Divine Crusaders. Meeting with Major Kai and Marion Radom, lead developer for new personal trooper units for the ATX Team, he proclaims his willingness to see the war to the end. Radom notes that the Wild Wurger, his new unit, is not yet fully finished, and Major Kai comments that his piloting skills need real work. But they take him in, with Major Kai threatening to put him in the simulator to work on his skills every day.
The SRX Team as well is getting a new recruit, though one with a slightly troubling past: Mai Kobayashi, the younger sister of Aya and daughter of Kezno, the chief of psychodriver research. Ryuusei Date seems a little upset at the idea, considering her past: she had been kidnapped by Ingram and became the leader of the Aerogaters, Levi Tolar. Kenzo, however, as well as Viletta Badam and Aya, try to reassure Date that Mai is back to being Mai. Of course, there are problems to this, as Kenzo realizes. One thing that would have to be done is to keep the crews of the Hagane and Hiryuu Kai in the dark about her, since they would remember what she did earlier as Levi Tolar. Not only Date, but Raidese Branstein also has serious doubts. It doesn't look like the SRX Team is going to be a happy family for the moment.
Regardless of all other events, there's still the little matter of the war against The Inspectors. Operation Plantagenet is to go forward, with the EFA forces at Izu base cooperating with the Neo DC group in taking back the North American continent from the alien invaders. Enough talk, it's time for action. And action we get, as the Shirogane under Lee Linjun leads the attack on Hawaii, though mainly as a diversion for the significant personal trooper forces from all of the teams sent to retake Hickam Field. The base is retaken and The Inspectors driven off.
But all is not so easy or straightforward. A mysterious gate opens in the sky and a girlish voice informs Nanbu and Excellen that she's "found them." The being then teleports away several of the ATX Team members. The being who teleported Nanbu, Excellen and Bullet (Kusuha appears to have been taken along for the ride as well) away is Einst Alfimi, who seems like a cute little girl, but one with a very creepy voice. She apparently wants to take Nanbu away somewhere, but he is able to reject her blandishments. Alfimi seems completely taken aback and disappointed, wondering why Nanbu and Excellen would be so opposed to her plans, whatever they are. So, she decides that "this is enough for now," and disappears, leaving us with nothing more than further questions.
While this episode was heavy on the exposition and talking at times, it was necessary to begin the process of marshaling the forces of "good" in this universe to counter all of the "bad" factions that are about. The latter half did bring back some necessary action, but we end with yet another mysterious unknown appearing, though she seems somehow connected to the tentacle creatures who fought with the Chokijin, as mentioned at the very beginning of this episode.
After spending a moment to remind us of yet other factions out there (the mysterious Chokijin and the tentacled aliens that fought with them), we return to the matter at hand: the threat posed by the Shadow Mirror group from a parallel Earth, who wish to create their vision of paradise, a world without peace mired in endless conflict, in this world. But all hope is not lost. New allies appear on the side of good, or what passes for good, in this world and the battle is joined to free the Earth of the aliens, The Inspectors, who have taken over North America as their first step in taking over the planet. The first battle in the counterattack appears to be a success, but it's not too early to celebrate yet, as yet another strange new player appears, one who has an intense interest in Kyousuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning. Creepy little girls with overpowered giant robots can't be a good thing.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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