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Posted 10/27/10 , edited 10/27/10
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector takes off were it's predecessor Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars left us. Having watched the entire prequel I would recommend others to view the previous anime. Heed my words it's only a recommendation and not something I see as vital.

Upon viewing the first four episodes of The Inspector I noticed that a low down was given as to what happened in the events before this series. The recap was short and sweet but so much more happened that couldn't be related to us in it's entirety.

I say this because this series has a huge cast of characters and story thrown at you that it can get a bit perplexing and if you were to watch the prior series it would take a load off your brain. In retrospect you would be missing out on a lot of feelings of the I know you vibe towards the characters because your abruptly thrown into the mix. Although I recall the Divine Wars did the same thing of establishing characters and their dispositions the moment you get on board.

The sum total of my yapping concludes that it won't ruin your viewing of the current show if you pass on watching the first installment but some of those vibes I mentioned will be absent though it will be filled in really quickly. It really is just to have those vibes of familiarity early on rather than having to discover them in The Inspector as you go.

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Posted 11/2/10
Hey, since I can't post new topics, would you mind if I try and explain things to people here?
Posted 11/2/10 , edited 11/2/10

genredleader wrote:

Hey, since I can't post new topics, would you mind if I try and explain things to people here?


Dude I'm not a dictatorial moderator. Say whatever you want whether it keeps in tune with me or not. Just don't reveal the ending if you know it. It's good etiquette though to leave those sort of things within a spoiler button.
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Posted 11/2/10 , edited 11/2/10
Well.. alternatively, you could play either Super Robot Taisen Original Generation Game Boy Advance games (only two of them have been released outside of Japan) to know what's going on.

Let me rephrase myself here: You HAVE to play the games or else you will be confused.

Just to clear a few things up with adaptions and whatnot

Super Robot Wars OG Divine Wars (anime) - adaption Super Robot Taisen Original Generation (Ryusei's viewpoint)

Super Robot Wars OG Divine Wars (manga) - adaption of same game mentioned above, except from Kyosuke's viewpoint

**Note that in the first Original Generation game, you have the option of choosing from these two different pilots. Each adaption only focuses on one of these pilots and their story. If it's your first time into the series, I'd recommend Ryusei.**

This is given the title "Divine Wars" because.. everyone's fighting against the Divine Crusaders.

Super Robot Wars OG The Inspector - adaption of Super Robot Taisen Original Generation 2

Note that some scenes in the game are absent, altered, sped up, etc. in the anime adaption(s) i.e. When you begin playing the SECOND GAME, you only see Lemon and Axel side by side; Lemon escapes as Axel attempts to fight Beowulf (..no.. The Gespenst Mk III!). Well, the anime shows that rather differently

This is given the subtitle "The Inspector because of
Posted 11/3/10
Well really neither anime series is made as a continuation of some distant plot. While the fans of SRW: OG games enjoyed the games releases, these anime series are merely adaptations which are still just another mecha series a new viewer has the liberty to watch without getting confused.

Certainly there are goodies in the games that may not be prevalent in the series but nonetheless the anime series in its own right is complete and whole without any omissions. Kind of like the Resident evil games and movies. No one really puts movies or TV shows out into the mainstream where the story can only be understood by a niche community who have played its game franchise.

Games that are converted into movies or TV for public release have them so done as to be adapted for the mainstream viewer; in this case the mainstream viewer is the anime audience who have the SRW OG series adapted for them regardless of their familiarity to one franchise. The SRW OG anime series isn't the first anime series to be fast paced and riddled with plots.
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Posted 11/7/10
Useful, but not critical - episode 1 does a good enough job of establishing the basic key facts of the events of Divine Wars with Brian Midcrid's speech that you won't be totally lost if you haven't seen it.
The only thing where a casual viewer might be a little bit confused is with what I'll call the "Dust-45" subplot of the last few episodes, but it's not a major subplot and the dialog is clear enough to understand broadly what's going on.
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Posted 11/12/10
Not really that important. It helps though. If you are a fan of the series already, you'll be able to get all the in-jokes and what not. Those who aren't familiar with the series may find themselves lost at points regarding what happened last time.

Overall, Divine Wars isn't very important considering the OG1/OG2 games explain things far more superior. And they're fun to boot!

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Posted 11/29/10 , edited 11/29/10
Everyone watching SRW OG: TI has not seen SRW OG: DW or played any of the games. Read all the comments people are leaving and you'll see i'm right. I think it's extremely important everyone see Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars.

The confusion comes from CR getting cheap and only hosting the most current season of all the shows. Thus nobody is aware there were games or prior seasons. I figured it out because waaaay too many new things getting thrown at the viewer.
Posted 11/30/10 , edited 11/30/10
I understand that it's really confusing. Mind you I haven't played the games though I have seen the prior anime season. I still think though that it's not vital to watch the prior season it just makes things a lot easier and having that familiarity with the prior series makes the pace a lot more relaxed because you're not trying to keep up with the summaries and follow on with brand new plots and characters.

It's no big deal, if you have the bajeezes confused out of you I'd recommend to watch each episode at least twice so you can have clarity of mind to keep up with all the new plots and characters being introduced. It's what I do whenever I'm feeling unsure about an episode. It's discomforting watching something that you have obscurities over. Though I still recommend others to view the prior series if they can.
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Posted 12/14/10
sorry, dropped this series after first ep because i could not follow. most people do not like to play catch up with the story. watch the previous series, i intend to...
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Posted 12/17/10

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sorry, dropped this series after first ep because i could not follow. most people do not like to play catch up with the story. watch the previous series, i intend to...


I'm in the same dilemma..
Posted 12/22/10 , edited 1/8/11

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CABarrett wrote:

sorry, dropped this series after first ep because i could not follow. most people do not like to play catch up with the story. watch the previous series, i intend to...


I'm in the same dilemma..


I still don't view it as critical to be honest. Though feeling like you need to watch the prior season means you'll probably be disgruntled and detached towards whats going on in this season. What the hell... if you think it's better to not play catch up while in the new story, go for it.

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Posted 2/14/11
At first I had started to watch this season and gave up after being overwhelmed. Once you watch the previous season, you get comfortable with the SRW universe. After I watched Divine Wars, I came back to The Inspectors and really enjoyed all the different things thrown at the viewer. You come to realize what has already occurred, what's new, and appreciate unforeseen developments.

I was sad about the latest development on the Hagane. If you saw Divine Wars, you will really care. If this season is where you started, you really won't care. RIP...
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Posted 2/27/11
Both series are intended for players of the SRWOG video games. People who haven't played the games aren't going to get a a lot out of either series.
Posted 2/28/11

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Both series are intended for players of the SRWOG video games. People who haven't played the games aren't going to get a a lot out of either series.


You may attain the level of wise old geezer by playing the games but you're not missing anything really where the anime series itself is concerned. It stands on its own.

Yeah, yeah it's not in depth like the game. Still it's something for the gamers to get their knickers in a twist and ultimately just a new mecha series to be viewed in a long chain of game adaptation into anime.
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