「かつて在りしもの」 (Katsute Arishi Mono)
“What Once Was”
I may have familiarized myself with the Original Generation timeline a fair bit, but learning that Wendolo was possessed by the Einst all this time was news to me. That came as a surprise, as well as the very quick exchange he had with his older brother Mekibos, who didn’t stand a chance against Wendolo’s massive Dikastes. It took no less than three super robots to take it down after all, including SRX’s “Heaven and Earth Psychic Exploding Sword” (Tenjou Tenge Nendou Bakusai Ken), which goes to show that you need some pretty overpowered attacks to deal with overpowered enemies.
For the most part, this episode looked like it was on pure clean up duty, wrapping up a lot of the loose ends. The Inspectors were completely dealt with while Shadow-Mirror was sent reeling. In the latter case, Excellen and Lamia finally learned that Lemon is Excellen’s counterpart in the Shadow-Mirror universe, something that shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise if you’ve been reading my posts and picking up on the hints I’ve been dropping (e.g. both voiced by Mizutani Yuuko). More intriguing (even for me) was Gilliam’s use of the Agyieus dimensional warp system built into Zweizergain’s head. The mask and teddy bear were huge throwbacks to Gilliam’s Hero Senki: Project Olympus origins, which only die-hard fans are supposed to pick up on. (Don’t feel bad if they seemed completely random to you.)
With Lemon killed and Vindel along with most of the Einst warped away by Gilliam, the last boss of Original Generation finally appears in Stern Regisseur, who showed up in its Einst Regisseur form back in episode nineteen. Throw in some White Star assimilation and now our heroes are dealing with an enemy of galactic proportions (literally). If this were Gundam or Macross, this would probably be considered a completely absurd development. Super Robot Wars? Not so much. Of course, there’s still Axel and Kyousuke’s rivalry that goes all the way back to the first episode, so that’s the other major thing to watch for in the finale next time. The preview also shows R-Gun Powered going into Metal Genocider Mode again and we all know what that means by now.
Overall, this was a pretty hectic episode but fun to watch with all the character themes playing in the background. Not to mention, there was the somewhat humorous scene with Shuu telling Masaki to bust out his Cyflash map weapon. (No sign of Valsione’s Psycho Blaster unfortunately.) Twenty-five episodes later and we’re at the finale for SRW OG: The Inspector. Looking back, it’s kind of amazing how much material has been covered of a video game franchise that isn’t easy to adapt. Now all that’s left is to see how the anime wraps it all up.