Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector – 19
「龍虎王顕現」 (Ryuukoou Kengen)
For an episode where the title made it clear that Bullet and Kusuha were due for an upgrade, Excellen more or less stole their thunder with her sudden and mysterious arrival in the Einst-modified Rein Weiss Ritter. She had the Hiryuu Custom completely at her mercy too, and probably would have destroyed it had Kyousuke not been on board. The Choukijin, RyuOhKi (Dragon Lord Machine) and KoOhKi (Tiger Lord Machine), had a much slower entrance in comparison, because they had to check Bullet and Kusuha’s resolve before entrusting their powers to them to fight the good fight for mankind. The eventual manifestation of RyuKoOh after absorbing their Grungust Type-3 was still pretty cool, but I get the feeling it would’ve been even more so had they not been sharing the spotlight this week.
Of all the battles depicted thus far, this one against the Einst was probably the most destructive of them all. Civilians were being assimilated left and right after the Einst plunged themselves into a city, and then the massive 111-meter tall “robot” Einst Regisseur (Wakamoto Norio) appeared right in the middle, wiping out huge portion of it in the process. It was definitely a far cry from all the previous ones where casualties seemed to be slim to none. I did have mixed feelings about how RyuKoOh and KoRyuOh made short work of Einst Regiesseur though. While it worked well in emphasizing the power of the Choukijin, it came with the trade-off of making light of how powerful Regisseur is supposed to be. I wouldn’t go so far as saying they one-shot him, but it was pretty close to that once Kusuha used the “RyuOh Hazanken Gekirindan”.
Interestingly enough, a good chunk of the cast had lines in this episode, which left me wondering if the recording studio was jam-packed. I would’ve thought that the sheer amount of characters would have helped give off the impression that there’s a huge battle going on, but it actually had the reverse effect due to the brevity of all the scenes. Each of the characters would get a short scene to unleash their attack and that was pretty much the extent of their screen time. I gather there’s no real way around it given the sheer number of characters we have, but at least the focus was where it should be — i.e. Excellen/Alfimi and Bullet/Kusuha — with everyone else getting their five to ten seconds of spotlight time to provide some mecha fan-service. Cross Smasher and Akashic Buster? Yes please.
Judging by Dr. Radom’s little talk at the end, Kyousuke’s upgrade to his Alt Eisen Riese should be coming up fairly soon, while Arado’s Wild Wurger receives some weapon upgrades in the form of a Stag Beetle Crusher claw and Triple Vulcan Gatling gun. I’d imagine that we’ll be seeing a Jacket Armor purging before long, followed by either a Victim Beak attack or the Twin Bird Strike, as the preview seems to suggest that Seolla will finally be rescued from all the brainwashing. The Egret Machinery Children and Ouka look like they’ll be getting in his way, while a showdown between Sanger and Wodam takes place as well. I’m all for seeing Seolla finally coming to her senses, but the thought of some Dygenguar/Thrudgelmir action is pretty darn appealing in its own right. Big super robots clashing big swords. Mmm… do want.
* For whatever reason, the seiyuu for RyuOhKi and KoOhKi were listed as “???” in the credits.
I originally thought this was going to be a one-off ending theme to emphasize Kyousuke and Excellen’s relationship, but it looks like it’s here to stay as the actual second ending now that it has a proper sequence to go along with it. It’s a rather simple with still shots but nice nonetheless, especially if you ever wanted to see Alfimi having her way with Excellen.