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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
  • Menus Rating: NA
  • Extras Rating: NA
  • 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 #15

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode #15 Anime Review

By G.B. Smith     January 17, 2011
Release Date: January 16, 2011


Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector
© Crunchyroll

As if you have not seen enough overpowered units yet appear, we get to see a couple more make their first entry into the fight. But the name's too long.

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)
A quiet moment on the beach. Romantic moonlight. A beautiful woman with a man. Kissing? No, wrong show. It's Kyousuke and Excellen having a chat about Alfimi. They were both rather weirded out by her, and would really like to know why the creepy little girl knows so much about them. But we don't have time for romantic scenes or idle chatter. The fight to retake North America continues, with many things on the line. The next target is the Tesla Reich Institute, the special research lab in Colorado that the Inspectors have seized. Things do not look too good for Filio and friends, but help is about to come. Two unknown units trigger the alarms in the base, though the chief Inspector there scoffs at the idea.

But it's Elzam and Sanger. The Inspectors might be outnumbered.

While Sanger distracts the Boss, Elzam breaks into the facility and frees the researchers (with a little help from the old sword master Rishu Togo). They need to get to two special units that are hidden deep beneath the Tesla Institute, important reinforcements for Sanger who, powerful as he is, is outmatched by Vigagi's unit. Just when things look worst for Sanger, however, Wodan appears, the Shadow Mirror version of himself. While Vigagi thinks that Wodan is on his side, he has to think again when Wodan attacks. He does so, because Wodan desires most of all to face Sanger, the original off whom he is cloned, in combat, so that he can truly be himself, and not a mere clone.

Sanger therefore manages to escape, and make it into one of the new special hidden units, the Double G (Dynamic General Guardian). This was a machine specifically built for Sanger by Bian, to counter the alien threat. Sanger, however, prefers to call it the Dygenguar. The only problem with it is that the operating system is not working 100%. After a minor glitch there, the operating system finally gets online and Sanger is in motion. Look for a great fourth-wall breaking comment from Vigagi before the battle truly begins. The fun is only beginning though, for Sanger is soon not alone. The other Dynamic General Guardian suddenly appears, piloted by Elzam, who names it the Aussenseiter ("Dark Horse"). The battle ends with Sanger slicing Vigagi's unit in half, even though the Inspector manages to escape (they always do, don't they?).

So, the lab is freed, and two new weapons are prepared in the fight against the alien invaders.

In Summary:
This episode marks the continued counterattack against the Inspectors, with Elzam, I mean Rätsel, oh, who cares, ahem, with Elzam and Sanger leading the attack against the group of Inspectors commanded by Vigagi who hold the Tesla Reich Institute and its research team hostage. But Jonathan Kazahara and Filio Presty at the Tesla lab have some surprises still in store for the Inspectors, if only they can find a couple of pilots for those surprises. Elzam and Sanger appear, setting the stage for a lot of action. The fight shows all of the usual marks of highly stylized giant robot combat, including dramatic pauses before power attacks are unleashed. We also get a title screen that draws commentary. The time for exposition is largely over: the battle is on in earnest.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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


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