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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 #16

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode #16 Anime Review

By G.B. Smith     January 23, 2011
Release Date: January 23, 2011


Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector
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The problem with multiple personalities is that they don't know when to shut up and go away. Looks like Mai is going to have to decide who she really wants to be.

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)
As we open, the evil Dr. Setme announces her intention to capture Latooni, as she needs her as a "sample" to further her research. As if we don't have enough evil presences around, we are next treated to the sight of Mai Kobayashi being internally mentally tortured by the presence of Levi Tolar, the fake personality implanted into her that made her work for the Aerogaters. Unfortunately, the SRX Team needs Mai to be thinking straight so that she can link minds with her sister Aya, which will enable them to use the Buster Cannon. The SRX Team itself is filled with unease about the situation. It gets worse when Mai suddenly shows up, still reeling under the influence of Levi Tolar. She stumbles into the room as Ryuusei mentions Levi as their enemy, which sends Mai running away, with Ryuusei and Aya in pursuit.

Mai tries to run away in the R-Gun, with "Levi" pushing her. Unfortunately, the R-Gun runs into Dr. Setme and her squad of brainwashed minions. It looks bad, but before she is captured, the SRX Team comes to her rescue. It's unfortunate (looks like I'm going to be using that word a lot this episode) that the Kobayashi sisters run into Dr. Setme, for she proceeds to tell them that they were once test subjects in the secret facility on brain research where she once worked alongside Kenzo Kobayashi. The "sisters" have memories of being Kenzo's daughters only because Setme and Kenzo placed them in their heads. With Setme's venom unleashed, Aya and Mai are rendered near catatonic. This leaves Ryuusei, Latooni, Arado and Shine a little under-supported (fortunately for Ryuusei and Aya, they brought along Latooni, Arado, and Shine), but the cavalry arrives when Raidese and Viletta join the fight.

Aya finally wakes out of her fugue, and pushes Mai out of her reverie as well, as Aya states that regardless of the past, she will move forward into the future (though I suspect at some point there will be a tense "family" talk among the Kobayashis). Setme, however, dares them all to try to stop her and her immense overpowered Sol Gravilion unit. But wait! The SRX Team can make their own giant robot, and so, I guess it's combining robot time. Which means it's time for massive robot on robot action. While they both start unleashing massive attacks on each other, the SRX robot can take quite a liking, while the Sol Gravilion has auto-repair capability, which makes destroying it very difficult.

So I guess it's time to bring out the Big Gun: the Tronium Buster Cannon. This requires the Kobayashi sisters to link minds and use their Psychodriver capabilities together. If you want to destroy a really big robot, you really do have to use a really big gun. They manage to destroy the Sol Gravilion, but unfortunately (there's that word again), Setme manages to escape (villains always have escape pods, don't they?). She retreats and Mai is saved from danger.

Looks like the SRX Team is one happy family again.

In Summary:
Mai Kobayashi, dealing with the mental pressures and stress of piloting a personal trooper, begins to suffer from an identity crisis as the false persona of Levi Tolar, implanted in her by the Aerogaters, attempts to resurface. She runs away, with Ryuusei and Aya in pursuit. Unfortunately, the vile Dr. Setme, the one-time head of The School, is out with her minions, intending to capture Latooni, but all too happy to take Mai as bait. Fortunately, the SRX Team comes to the rescue and even re-establishes the bonds that hold them together, bonds which were threatening to come apart under the strain of reintegrating Mai into the team. With quite a lot of giant robot-to-robot action, this episode certain will keep fans entertained.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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


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