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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 #19

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode #19 Anime Review

By G.B. Smith     February 14, 2011
Release Date: February 13, 2011


Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector
© Crunchyroll

Winnipeg is under attack from the tentacled creatures and there appears to be no stopping them. Will anyone come to save the day? Anyone?

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 the unknown tentacle aliens attack Winnipeg, the Earth forces rally to its defense, since there are large numbers of civilians still trapped in the town. There seem to be limitless numbers of these aliens. And worse, they seem to be transforming the citizens with some sort of strange fog. Things only seem to be getting worse, when the Weisritter, though not the one we are familiar with, shows up. It threatens the Hiryuu Kai, but before it attacks, Kyousuke walks outside and looks at it. His appearance seems to make it pause, or rather make its pilot, Excellen, who is in some sort of trance, pause. At this point, Alfimi appears and babbles something about perfect beings and opening some gateway to the past.

Whatever this is, it isn't looking good at all. As noted earlier, all of the Psychodrivers have been sensing something REALLY wrong being present. They note the appearance of evil psychic energy, and try to counter it, but to no avail. That's when something really bad warps in, and starts talking to the Psychodrivers in their heads. This is really starting to look bad. Bullet and Kusuha are captured by the creature/mech, um, thingy. Just when things look their worst, with Bullet and Kusuha seemingly trapped and headed towards death, the Chokijin appear. They make an offer to help Bullet and Kusuha, as they state that it is their purpose to protect humanity. Thus, they make a pact with them, after which the Chokijin eat (yes, eat) the Type 3 and form a new being/mech, um, thingy: the RyuKohOh (which gets its own announcement title screen). And it gets better. It can transform into different versions of itself, going from Dragon (RyuKohOh) to Tiger (KohRyuOh). The unknown alien unit states that it is time to end their ancient struggle. The battle seems to end with the Dragon-Tiger-Bullet-Kusuha thingy defeating the powerful enemy, slicing it in half with a giant sword.

After this, Alfimi seems slightly surprised, but realizes what happened, as the servants of the guardian (of Earth or whatever) took their true form and defeat the Einst (we now finally have her name what she and her race are). She retreats, with the brainwashed Excellen going with her, as Kyousuke holds out his hand in futility. Afterward, Kyousuke talks with Gilliam, who suggests that perhaps Excellen had made contact with the Einst sometime in the past somehow, before they actually appeared here on Earth. Arado is there too, looking sad for not being able to take down Alfimi. Kyousuke tells him not to worry, since there will be a next time. If there's going to be a next time, however, they're going to need to be stronger. And just at this moment, Dr. Radom appears, offering just that. An upgrade for the Wurger for Arado, and for Kyousuke, perhaps something new.

In the hanger, Bullet and Kusuha are looking at their new machine, the RyuKohOh/KohRyuOh. When they were absorbed by the Chokijin, they saw the memories of the Dragon and the Tiger, learning of their pasts fighting with the Chosen, though it appears that most of the Chosen in the past have died. Bullet tells Kusuha not to worry, they will have a better fate.

Nothing is ever simple in this show, and it looks like Excellen is going to be captive to the Einst for a while longer yet. In this crapsack world, it would appear that the Earth and humanity just can't win. Not only do they have to deal with aliens (the Inspectors) and alternate reality evil humans (Shadow Mirror), but on top of that, even stranger aliens (the Einst) who seem to have been engaged in a war to destroy "the land of beginnings" (whatever the hell that means) for centuries, maybe millennia. It's enough to make you throw up your hands in despair. But that's the one thing one can expect the heroes not to do, and Kyousuke is already looking forward to the next battle, in which he hopes to free Excellen from Alfimi's grasp.

In Summary:
The Einst, the strange tentacle creatures, are on the attack, led by none other than Excellen, who appears to have been taken over and brainwashed somehow by Alfimi. Alfimi's agenda seems to be to open a doorway to the past in order to destroy the "land of beginnings," which might just be the Earth. Though things seem quite grim, as the massed personal trooper units of the EFA simply do not have the manpower to destroy the Einst, some help does arrive in the form of the Chokijin, who make an interesting offer to two of our heroes. Kyousuke is still sidelined for the moment, but one can see that he is itching to return to the fight.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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


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