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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
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  • 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 #26

Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode #26 Anime Review

By G.B. Smith     April 04, 2011
Release Date: April 03, 2011


Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector
© Crunchyroll

The Einst Leader has taken over the White Star and threatens to destroy the Earth. We're going to need a bigger boat.

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)
This is it. It's the big finale. The Einst Leader has possessed the White Star, and placed some sort of energy field over the Earth, the obvious intention being to destroy it. So, it is left to the remaining EFA forces, and, oddly, the sole survivor of the Shadow Mirror, Captain Axel, to fight the Einst. It must be time for everyone to pull out their super secret special premium weapons. We get all that, and I especially liked the armored knight on horseback combination of Sanger and Elzam, you can't top that for pure cheese value.

Of course, while they blast, cut, and bomb the Einst Leader affixed to the White Star until it seems to disappear, that was just the opening act. Next comes Beowulf, the overpowered Einst-infected version of Kyousuke Nanbu from the Shadow Mirror universe. Of course, as this is equivalent to the final boss battle, Beowulf and Kyousuke have some overly opaque expository dialogue, while we have lots of transformations and battles. In many ways, the final episode plays like a highlight reel for the entire series. Overly complex plot threads. Calling out special attacks. It sounds like they even made use of everyone special music tracks from the game. The end was never in doubt, and you can watch it for yourself.

Series Retrospective:
Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector is, in the end, a fairly representative example of the giant robot show. You have lots of manly men speaking manly words. You have hot female pilots who are not pure eye candy as they are as deadly as they are beautiful when inside the cockpit of a personal trooper. The villains were suitably villainous, with agendas that basically involved killing everyone alive and destroying the Earth. Action, fanservice of all sorts, and a lot of confusing plot exposition that perhaps only makes sense if you have played the games and memorized all of the cut scenes and pieces of universe building information that are contained in the original games. This, is, in many respects, the sum of what a giant robot series is. And, of course, the dramatic fight to save the universe is how it must end. Until it begins again.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

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


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