「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).
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.