Anime Review: Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 12/2/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about. — Watching all the anime shows so you don’t HAVE to!

tl;dr review: They fight, and fight, and fight and fight and fight, fight-fight-fight, fight-fight-fight; Oh, and just a taste of inappropriate fan-service, too.

The Skinny: People piloting giant mechanical robots are fighting against each other in the future. They fight, and then they fight some more, then they try to explain why they are fighting, then they fight some more. It’s not really clearly explained is exactly who the characters are, who is battling against each other, or even why, but that’s not the point — it’s all about Super Robots, and Wars! At the end, for no definable reason, there are several female characters in skimpy bathing suits, which has nothing to do with the show itself.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each picture for a full-sized view in a new window:

My Thoughts: Bwuh? What the frak did I just watch? Apparently Super Robot Wars has been going on for a long time as a game franchise with various other media tie-ins, but I’ve never heard about it, and know nothing it at all. Quite clearly, this show is NOT aimed at the uninitiated like myself.

There’s a whole lot of story that has gone on before, and this first episode just drops right into the middle of all of it, as if it was “just another episode”. I really have no clue what is really going on, other than there are groups of robots fighting against each other. And frankly, this intro to Super Robot Wars did not give me *any* incentive to go back and figure it all out. What a mess! Only watch this show if you are intimately familiar with the franchise and are already a hardcore fan, otherwise you’ll be left as confused and worn out as I was.

(FYI, this series was one of the original shows that debuted as part of the Fall season in early October, but for some reason I totally missed it the first pass around. Probably wished I could have missed it completely, since it is in running for the “Worst of Season” award.)

For more info:

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Robot_Wars
Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/10/02/super-robot-wars-og-the-inspector-01/
Juvenile opening video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcxXfWHL4qc
Fanboy drool-inducing closing video sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSTyInw-bJQ

The Verdict: – What the hell did I just watch?

The tally for Fall 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute, The World God Only Knows, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Psychic Detective Yakumo, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, Letter Bee Reverse, Bakuman, Otome Youkai Zakura, Yozakura Quartet: Hoshi no Umi, Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge, Kuragehime, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun Special

Failing grade: MM!, Star Driver, Iron Man, Fortune Arterial, Motto To Love-ru, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Yumeiro Patissiere Professional, Tamayura, To Aru Majutsu no Index 2, Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls, Sora no Otoshimono Forte, Yosuga no Sora, Robin With His 100 Friends, Agriculture Girl, Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu Special, You Are Umasou, Hakuouki: Hekketsu-roku

The last of the Fall 2010 shows to review — found a few more!: Prism Magical, Air Gear OVA, Megane na Kanojo, Seikon no Qwaser OVA, Da Capo D. C. I and II PSP OVA

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