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「武神装攻ダイゼンガー」 (Bushin Soukou Daizengaa)
“War God Armament Dygenguar”

Forget Super Robot Wars OG, as this week we were watching Bushin Soukou Dygenguar episode fifteen. While the late arrival of the “dark horse” Aussenseiter didn’t lead to “real men riding each other”, there was still plenty of Zankantou action care of Sanger in the Dynamic General Guardian Unit 1. Weak male leads in SRWOG? Sorry they don’t exist. There’s only high-testosterone super robot action here. Complete with the “Soul Sword Single Strike” (Ken, Kon, Itteki) theme, the short version is that Sanger’s got a huge-ass sword and he intends to cleave some evil with it, namely Vigaji in his Galgau, after his Grungust Type-3 wasn’t up to snuff and got trashed. And cleave he does, whether it’s evil or the heavens, Dygenguar’s got us covered if some cutting is in order. There was definitely a lot of fan-service… of the mecha kind.

There really wasn’t much else to this episode other than showcasing what the two super robots Bian Zoldark left behind for Sanger and Elzam as they liberated the Tesla Reich Institute, but there really wasn’t anything else that was needed to make it as awesome as it was. From emphasizing Wodan’s respectful samurai-like rivalry to playing up the struggles of getting Dygenguar activated, it was nothing but high-strung, over-the-top, gigantic robots battling it out and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Super robot fanatic Ryuusei concurs, and all he did was simply bask in the awesomeness of their designs. Despite the beat down he received, Vigaji amazingly managed to take off in an escape pod even after his Galgau was cut in half. This does mark the first time an Inspector’s been clearly defeated though, and showed that the alien invaders aren’t as invincible as they initially seemed.

In addition to working in some more subplot involving Sleigh, the animation itself is what caught my attention the most, as both the characters and the robots looked fairly consistent throughout. The characters themselves saw drastic improvements in some scenes, while the robots gave us a several good looks from various perspectives. Compared to some prior episodes where the quality was somewhat sketchy, this one didn’t disappoint one bit. Hopefully this level of quality will carry over to next time, given how the story is going to change gears and focus on the SRX Team next. Judging from the preview, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be seeing the four Personal Troopers combine into a gigantic super robot just yet, and instead more of Mai after she was recovered from one of the Judecca fragments. Regardless, of all the Banpresto original characters, the SRX Team members are the ones I’m the most familiar with, going all the way back to their introduction in horridly slow-loading Shin (Neo) Super Robot Wars on PlayStation, so I’ve been waiting for their subplot to come front and center. It should be good (at least for me).

 

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ED: 「僕らの自由」 (Bokura no Jiyuu) by 美郷あき (Misato Aki)
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Ibis and Carla are added to the ending sequence, but most notably are Sanger and Elzam in their fundoshi and swim briefs respectively. We have two manly men to help offset all the girls.

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January 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm
31 comments »
  • January 16, 2011 at 8:13 pmImpetusVenti

    Glad they actually stuck word-to-word from the OG2 game! “Episode 15″ really had me laughing there xD

  • January 16, 2011 at 8:18 pmJOKER

    Yeah Daizenger finally in action!

  • January 16, 2011 at 8:23 pmAnonymous

    Fun Fact: According to the credits, Masami Obari personally did the key frames for Dygenguar.

  • January 16, 2011 at 8:25 pmAnon

    What does episode 15 mean ? xD

  • January 16, 2011 at 8:29 pmAthos

    The entire series may as well have been made for this episode alone. On an unrelated note, nobody should dare miss Elzam and Sanger’s manly cameo in the ending song.

  • January 16, 2011 at 8:49 pmDorian

    The Episode 15 is a homage to when you take on the exact stage, 34(?), when all this happens in SRW OG 2 on the GBA.

    It also means we got all this awesome as it happens. And can I just say as someone who knows all this is coming, I like the changes they made because its made it that much more enjoyable because it doesn’t make it the same experience as the game.

    This is how you do an adaption!

  • January 16, 2011 at 8:51 pmjrj

    besides the epicness of the episode itself… the ED this week is also awesome, with some manly time XD

  • January 16, 2011 at 9:06 pmpaulrenzo

    my favorite episode by far.

  • January 16, 2011 at 9:37 pmTI

  • January 16, 2011 at 9:51 pmFlamingYu

    My fav combo team in SRW, sweet. Dygenguar + Aussenseiter
    = Overkill!

  • January 16, 2011 at 10:01 pmfragb85

    Ibis in a swimsuit! Nice try Obari, but Ibis in a swimsuit is more than enough to counter manly Ratsel and sanger in the ED.

  • January 16, 2011 at 10:22 pmxcswmboy

    I did a double take at the end of the ED; manly men…yes. I was looking forward to “real men ride each other” after looking it up. =P

  • January 16, 2011 at 10:32 pmSIlivious

    I was laughing so hard at the end. Where’s Excel? Nope, just Sanger.

  • January 16, 2011 at 11:26 pmZeruFenrir

    Most Epic episode so far. Sanger, Wodan and Ratsel all kicking ass in the same episode, their combined manly level would make gods quake in fear.

    I have a feeling we will be seeing the SRX next episode, if the Mai issue gets addressed like it was in the game, we could well see it then.

  • January 17, 2011 at 12:15 amRay

    Even Master Rishu kicking ass. That’s how manly this episode was.

  • January 17, 2011 at 5:35 amzmil

    Dygenguar aka Dyzenguar freaking awesome episode!!!

  • January 17, 2011 at 5:49 amWingZeroZXT

    Grungust NOOOOOOOoooooo

  • January 17, 2011 at 5:55 amLittleLoveless

    Poor Vigagi. After Ratsel introduced himself with the name ‘Ratsel Feinschmecker’ aka ‘Mystery Gourmet’, now… he met Sanger and… Daizengar: Episode 15. LOL.

    Master Rishu really kicks ass, anyway. Even when he’s that old…

    And. The ED. There’s Ibis who is love, and… Sanger plus Ratsel. I was wondering why they was there for a moment before laughing a little, since Sanger was so cute when holding the pug. :D

  • January 17, 2011 at 6:28 amBossun

    Aussenseiter means Outsider, so I guess that name actually fits since it’s Elzam piloting it. But I loved the addition of comedy bits in this episode, especially the “What the hell does Episode 15 mean too?!”

    • January 17, 2011 at 9:52 amFlamingYu

      “What the hell does Episode 15 mean too?!”

      This is just what the fansubbers decide to use *make it more funny, I guess*, that dude didn’t mention any “episode 15 joke”. =(

      • January 17, 2011 at 2:21 pmBossun

        Really? That’s sad. Another reason I wish I knew enough Japanese to watch RAWs; don’t have to worry about fansubbers misinterpreting or adding in something

      • January 17, 2011 at 2:25 pmAthos

        I also don’t think I heard him say “episode 15″ in there.

        Actually was that line even from the original OG2 game? Or was it just a gag from the american translation of the game?

      • January 17, 2011 at 3:02 pmRockmanshii

        Athos is right, that gag was only in the english version of the game. In the japanese version, he asks what does “Bushin Souko” means, implying that he saw the title screen. It’s basically the same gag in the end, people shouldn’t argue about it.

  • January 17, 2011 at 8:12 ammasso

    So much testosterone in this episode, by golly. I can’t believe they actually pulled the EPISODE 15 gag straight from the game, the balls.

  • January 17, 2011 at 9:11 amRockmanshii

    I laughed so loud when I saw Zengar and Ratsel in the ending.
    Best episode yet.

  • January 17, 2011 at 10:10 amchaos

    actually i loved how they kept that 4th wall breaking joke in form the game and worked it into the title of the episode-i suspected that they might do that.

  • January 17, 2011 at 6:30 pmKaitune

  • January 17, 2011 at 11:31 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    thanks fo putting me ON to this show, i really dig it! good balance! the perfect “in between show”

  • January 19, 2011 at 4:24 amMoonDogg

    HELL YEAH! But they didn’t show my favorite combo! Maybe the manservice is for some other time, since the episode is swamped with the “sword of…” this and that…

    Sanger Zorvolt… Just gar-full of awesomeness….

  • January 19, 2011 at 11:18 amThrudgelmir

    One thing I really liked about this episode was the tension in getting Dygenguar on the field and Sanger actually getting onboard the mech. This is one aspect the games leave out completely (aside from the remote start-up portion), and it’s nice to see just how much it takes to get one unit on the field.

    Divine, you actually PLAYED Shin Super Robot Wars? You are braver than I thought.

  • January 20, 2011 at 4:32 pmWingZeroZXT

    In relation to the song what does tatsumaki zankantou mean?