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Posted 11/15/10
I started watching a few eps. of Inspector, found out there was SRW OG: Divine Wars, watched that series, and now re-watched all these Inspector eps.

I find myself thoroughly enjoying Super Robot Wars OG a lot. There is a good amount of balance between all aspects of this great anime. This show does the whole (protecting your battleship) thing way more successfully than Gundam Seed. Then there was Code Geass, with all its insane epicness. Let us not forgot Gundam 00, which was all about gundam guerrilla warfare on a global scale.

SRW OG: Divine Wars was only irritating for a few eps., while Ryusei got used to piloting and we got into the story. I couldn't help but roll my eyes while the newbie got into a very real mecha. We've had to endure the exact same Hero Launch many times before. I think these shows may be the start of directors not irritating the shiet out of the viewers.

I'm talking about Shinji (Evangelion) and Shinn (Gundam Seed Destiny). Hopefully we never have to deal with garbage characters ever again.
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Posted 11/16/10
Yeah, that's what they call a "cliche". You can thank Mr. Go Nagai for that one. :p His Mazinger Z which is the blueprint of all giant robot series to follow both Real and Super, created a lot of basic cliches that lots of shows copy again and again. Kouji Kabuto from Mazinger Z, Shinji, Amuro Ray, these guys all share a couple common denominators. They're completely green kids getting into a powerful machine that they don't even know how to pilot, and #2, said machine was built by a close family member. Who, in the case of Kouji and Amuro "died" leaving the main character to fend for themselves with their new toy (okay, Amuro's father didn't die but he was missing for a large portion of the series and might as well have been dead anyway). These are pretty standard to a lot of robot series. Comes with the territory, yup.

But yeah, The Inspectors has been pretty good so far and part of that has to do that the series is basically a distillation of all the best elements of other robot shows put together in one neat package. I haven't seen Star Driver yet which is the other new robot show of the season but I think The Inspectors has done quite well so far. At least I'm as excited by it as I was by Shin Mazinger a couple years ago. XD
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Posted 11/16/10 , edited 11/17/10
Star Driver, eh? I just read the description, sounds pretty good. I'm hoping it's kinda like Fafner, loved that show. I just recently saw Heroic Age, wow, that's a good one with a very good ending.

With SRW: Divine Wars, the plot was pretty straight-forward. Federation has to fight DC and then the Aerogators. Okay, got it. Now with SRW: The Inspector, there's the robots doing jumps, a faction trying to create the Neo DC, and the chokijin (i forgot the spelling). I haven't played any of the games, does the plot come together nicely later on?
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Fafner was FREAKING AWESOME, for a number of reasons: The director wasn't afraid to kill off good guys (actually, he had this thing about making most of the main character deaths a pun); the mech were all pretty balanced and so teamwork was not only emphasized, it was critical; Except for the Mark Sein, none of the mech were particularly powerful - and even the Mark Sein was much less pwnsome after its first appearance; the ending was bittersweet, rather than an unambiguously happy ending.
So I am seriously psyched about the sequel movie.
Also, it had one of the top 5 best dubs of all time IMO.

The Inspectors is AWESOME as well, but for different reasons. Not the least of which is its focus on the ATX Team, which I personally prefer over the SRX Team. But also, it's beautifully animated, and the battles thus far have actually been fairly balanced.
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Posted 11/21/10 , edited 11/21/10
Yeah... I didn't watch any of Fafner... The fact that the character designer is the same as Gundam SEED made me stay away from it. XD

There's actually like 4 enemy factions in The Inspectors. The Shadow Mirror, the Neo DC, the Einsts, and the Inspectors. Thus far, the Neo DC has been doing most of the work with Shadow Mirror working behind the scenes but not yet out as their own faction. The Einsts have only been seen once thus far and the next episode preview certainly shows the Inspectors coming in the next episode.

I'm an SRX fan myself, but that's probably because I'm a Super Robot fan and love how the SRX Team ALMOST has that magic 5 pilot dynamic (Hero, jerk, fat guy, kid, girl). They're just missing the kid and the fat guy
. XD Which, BTW, Ryusei does notice himself and points out in both the game and Divine Wars. :p But yeah, I usually take the Super Robot path in my SRWs. :p
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Posted 11/22/10

genredleader wrote:

Amuro's father didn't die but he was missing for a large portion of the series and might as well have been dead anyway)


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Posted 11/22/10
By which point he was basically insane anyway.
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Posted 11/26/10
Fun Fact: the REGULAR Super Robot Wars games (i.e. NOT "original") is actually a crossover of many anime mecha series

Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, Mazinkaizer, Gundam, Gundam WING, G Gundam, Macross, Steel Jeeg.. Yeah, go Google it or something XD

Though I'm a bit upset that my friends won't watch this series because it's an ORIGINAL Generation; they won't watch it unless it's the "regular" ones where they cross over with Gundam and whatnot
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Posted 11/29/10 , edited 11/29/10
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor - Heaven and Earth? OMG, jaw drops... Thanks for the head's up, why am i barely finding this out? LoL

Sōkyū no Fafner: RIGHT OF LEFT is one of the best movies ever. Gundam 00 has a movie coming out December 2010, can't wait for that one. Too bad that one isn't getting shown at iMAX theaters like the Eureka 7 movie D:
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