Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector – 16
There was a subtle change in the opening sequence back in episode fourteen after Lamia received the Vysaga. In this episode, there was one additional change, showing Dygenguar in all its glory without a dark shadow cast over it.
「オンリー・ワン・クラッシュ」 (Onrii Wan Kurasshu)
“Only One Crash”
At last! It’s the SRX Team’s time to shine and by that I mean busting out the Variable Formation. If you want some robot combination (gattai) of epic proportions, look no further than Banpresto’s original Personal Troopers that bridge the gap between real robots and super robots. It comes complete with their trademark “One-Shot Sure Kill” Hyper Tronium Buster (HTB) Cannon too.
The only things I would fault The Inspector’s take on the formation of the gigantic Super Robot X is the brevity of the sequence and the fact that they didn’t crank the music loud enough. Still, it was pretty awesome to see it in motion with the notable quality increase of this sequel, plus the fact that the transformation was largely animated by hand. There’s always the possibility that we’ll see a more heavily CG-based variation of it in a later episode, much like Divine Wars had. I love the amount of articulation in the prequel’s version, which required over a minute to complete, so it remains the best version I’ve seen to date. This is taking the games’ CG sequences into account too. See below.
To those who haven’t seen Divine Wars, it’s as different as night and day in terms of the overall quality and the character designs. Even without taking the leap to high definition into consideration, Asahi Productions’ work is noticeably better than OLM’s, to the point that someone might think The Inspector is a remake rather than a sequel. As such, I’m hoping Asahi has a better Variable Formation in store to really wow me by showing me what their studio’s capable of. After seeing how nicely the heavily CG-based Fairlions blended in, I was admittedly expecting to see something similar.
Story-wise, this episode had multiple “big” revelations that were resolved just as quickly as they were introduced. Most of them won’t actually mean much unless you’re familiar with the backstory of the SRX team members, such as Villeta’s confession that she’s a clone of sorts of Ingram Prisken, a spy originally sent by the Aerogaters and sabotaged the SRX Team, and how she was instructed to carry on his will of guiding the SRX Team. Much like Rai’s reaction suggested, this is a pretty big deal, since Ingram was one of their main enemies in Divine Wars despite his attempts to break free of Euzeth Gozzo’s control — one of the commanders of the Balmer Empire (i.e. Aerogaters).
The other big revelation was of course the fact that Aya and Mai are not related nor Dr. Kobayashi’s daughters, but instead a couple of his test subjects who were implanted with fake memories to make them capable Psychodrivers for the SRX Project. This was Aya and Mai’s realization that they’ve been living lies all this time, which is pretty substantial given all that they went through in the war against the Aerogaters. Mai in particular, who was brainwashed into becoming Levi Tolar, the core of the Judecca “White Death Cross” mobile weapon. The one redeeming aspect of the episode is that they both overcame that shocking revelation and decided to live their current lives even if they started out as lies, which also led to Mai overcoming the remnants of Levi that were still plaguing her mind. That, and the satisfaction of knowing that their Twin Contact sent the old hag Dr. Setme and her Sol Gravilion packing.
If this episode didn’t make it apparent enough, the SRX Team is a pretty messed up bunch, or a bunch that’s been messed with a lot I should say. Even Rai’s got issues with his brother Elzam, so Ryuusei’s the only “normal” one if you’re willing to overlook how he’s a big super robot fanatic. However, much like the games with a single stage, most of their personal problems have been overcome in one episode, so things should be much more “rosy” for their team from now on. After all, there are some Inspectors who deserve to be shot with the HTB Cannon, and the SRX Team should be ready to oblige now.
This is pretty much the same ending sequence as last episode with Ibis and Carla added, except Excellen doesn’t get brushed aside by some “man-service”. More of that will come when they ride one another.