Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 4 (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)
July 24, 2008 by Dennis Amith
“The latest volume of ‘Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars’ features the crew of the Hagwane and the Hagwane itself as it leaves towards its mission to destroy the Divine Crusader base. This time, this volume focuses on character development of other characters and still managing to continue the mecha battles that makes this anime series so exciting!”
DVD TITLE: Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 4
DURATION: 72 minutes
DVD INFORMATION: COLOR/ MPEG-2 / DVD-5 / NTSC / Japanese Audio (Dolby Digital Stereo) / English Subtitles / 16:9 LB
CATALOG #: BUDH0132
COMPANY: Bandai Visual / Honneamise
RATING: 13 and up
ORIGINAL STORY: SR Production Team
DIRECTOR: Kakudo Hiroyuki
SUPERVISOR & SERIES PLANNER: Terada Takanobu
CHARACTER CONCEPTION: Kohno Sachiko
CHARACTER DESIGN: Ikeda Yuji
MAIN MECHANICAL DESIGNERS: Katoki Hajime, Miyatake Kazutaka, Okawara Kunio, Saito Kazue
ART DIRECTOR: Kato Kenji
PRODUCED By: SWROG PROJECT
Ryusei Miki Shin-Ichiro, Ingram: Furusawa Toru, Yukiko: Sakuma Rei, Kusuha: Takahashi Mikamo, Tenzan: Kawazu Yasuhiko, Laker: Kiyokawa Motomu, Kenzo: MUGIHITO, Kai: Saizan Tadahisa, Hance: Masutani Yutaka, Shu: Koyasu Takehito, Bian: Iizuka Shoz
The action continues in the fourth highly anticipated volume of this mecha anime epic!
Retreat toward despair… Advance toward hope… The enemy has struck, and the Hagwane is about to strike back!
In my last review of “Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars”, I talked about how I wanted to see more character development because there were so many characters that were featured in episode 6 alone.
Fortunately, with this latest volume, we get just that plus the overall mecha action that we have enjoyed from this anime series so far.
In episode 9 titled “Stage 09: Hagwane, Move out!”, preparations being to launch the Space Noah-Class all-purpose assault cruiser the Hagwane. Ryusei is reunited with his high school classmate Kusuha, now working aboard the Hagwane as an orderly.
Meanwhile, the Divine Crusaders launch an attack against the attack cruiser, the Hagwane and Rai finally confronts his brother, the DC mobile task force leader Elzam V. Branstein.
An exciting battle ensues between the Federation and the Divine Crusaders and all of a sudden, the mysterious pilot from episode 5 shows up from nowhere to assist the Federation.
In episode 10 titled “Stage 10: The Elemental Lord of the Wind”, the Hagwane now heads south across the Pacific Ocean on their way to Divine Crusaders main heardquarters located in Aidoneus Island.
This time, the Personal Troopers go on the offensive against the Divine Crusaders but shocked to find out that they are facing the Barrelion, a new form of Armored Module and the Treue Unit, an experienced group of pilots from the United Colony.
Also, the mysterious pilot is revealed to be Ando Masaki, the operator of the Cyblaster, a form of humanoid mobile weaponry dubbed “the Elemental Lord of the Wind”.
The Federation learns about Ando’s goal of going after Divine Crusaders Commander-in-Chief Bian Zoldark and Shirakawa Shu, the pilot who initiated the war between the Divine Crusaders and the Federation.
While Ando is recuperating from battle, Shirakawa Shu and his super killer robot, the Granzon appears and Captain Minase (Captain of the Hagawane) must decide to fight the Granzon or retreat.
In episode 11 titled “Stage 11: Masaki’s Decision”, Ando must decide if he wants to help the Federation and help the Federation and crew of the Hagwane. Plissken makes a proposal to Ando for both sides to join forces to achieve their goals against the Divine Crusaders.
If there was one thing that took me by surprise was the humor in episode 11, as Kusuha’s “power drinks” are introduced and to see how various characters react to it. Just to see Plissken drink her “power drink” was one of the most humorous segments I have seen in the series so far.
For a series that features a lot of battles and could be a bit complex, it was nice to see this humorous segment.
As for the video, since it’s a newer anime series that aired back in the end of 2006 and early 2007, as expected, the anime is clear and colorful. Also, because it is a Bandai Visual release known for their audio and video quality, the anime is presented in 16:9 LB anamorphic with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1.
Bandai Visual is known for their quality A/V and audio is encoded at 488kbps. There is no Digital 5.1 audio selection, just Dolby Digital Stereo. And primary audio is in Japanese. There is no English dub tracks, for those interested in that.
Surprisingly, there are no special features. I would expected maybe a textless opening or ending, especially for the JAM PROJECT fans out there who enjoy the opening theme. But unfortunately, there are no special features at all.
As for the DVD-insert booklet, there is an 8-page character guide and glossary and beginning with this volume is the inclusion of a “Special Message” by the voice actors for the various characters giving their thoughts on their characters and a message for the fans.
I wish there were video interviews with the actors and actresses but it was nice to read the veterans who provided the voice of the video games nearly ten years ago and talk about their experiences from the video games and anime.
I have really been enjoying the the entire “Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars” series but I was a bit cautious to see how the director would handle all these characters that have been introduced so far.
This series has a lot of characters and although still managing to focus on the original three members, last volume focused on various teams and throughout the chaos of major mecha battles, I really enjoyed the last volume but wondered about the character development.
With episode 9-11, the storyline focuses on the crew of the Hagwane, newcomer Ando Masaki and of course, Ryusei as he has a new robot to learn.
Also, it was great to see Kusuha back but aside for being in the episodes for comedic value, I get a feeling that her part in this series will become more important.
Overall, things are now picking up in the series as the assault cruiser, the Hagwane now moves towards its destination to take on the Divine Crusaders main headquarters and encountering strong enemies along the way.
Another exciting volume in this series.
+ “SUPER ROBOT WARS” in an animated television series based on a long running video game… A long time coming!
+ More mecha battles but this time with the assault cruiser, the Hagwane!
+ Well done voice acting with many of the original voice talent from the video games involved.
+ A very good volume that focuses on the character development of several key characters.
– For those who need and prefer an English dub, this DVD is ONLY Japanese with English subtitles.
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