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Stage 26: Pierce, Faster Than He

 

Review by Peter Laliberte

April 4, 2011

 

Summary

 

On Earth, many people look up at the now red sky. Lee wonders if the Einst are responsible. Gilliam arrives with the remains of the Zweizergain and explains that the large Einst made a jump and possessed Neviim. Axel laments that he’s the only Shadow Mirror left and many Einst jump in. Gilliam blames himself for bringing out the Einst leader, but Shu says the Einst had their eye on Neviim for a while and would have made it its vessel anyway. The Einst attack Gilliam and knock off the Zweizergain’s arm. Axel grabs it and attaches it to the Soulgain before charging at the Einst. Everyone else charges in too, and Kusuha summons a mountain and drops it on the Einst. The Regisseur destroys the mountain, and then the SRX shoots it with their Buster Cannon. The Regisseur survives, so Ratsel turns the Ausenseiter into its pferd mode, which the Dygenguard then rides. They charge at the Regisseur and hit it with the tornado blade attack, destroying it. Excellen and the psychodrivers clutch their heads in pain as Beowulf rises from Neviim. Axel is sure he killed him before and notices that the Gespenst Mark III hasn’t repaired yet. Beowulf says they will sacrifice the past to be reborn, and the Einst dissolve, their cores gathering together and causing Neviim to disappear. Beowulf says evolution requires the destruction of the old, and Alfimi asks why he left signs on Earth and wanted Neviim for his vessel. Beowulf says that was the old Regisseur’s decision and that through death he learned destruction is the true key to the silent world. Beowulf summons Einst copies of Cybuster, the SRX, the Grungust, and the Great Kaminarimon, which proceed to attack their counterparts while Beowulf heads to Earth. Lefina wonders if Beowulf is unable to teleport and asks to speak to Gilliam. Irm and Masaki take on their doppelgangers while Tasuku faces the Einst Great Kaminarimon. Beowulf reaches Earth and the Gespenst Mark III repairs and upgrades itself. Gilliam uses System XN in Zweizergain’s head to teleport the ATX team, Shu, and Axel into Beowulf’s path. Lamia questions Axel, but Axel says his battle with Beowulf is his highest priority. Beowulf says a new world doesn’t need humans but an unthinking, unpaired life that doesn’t struggle. Shu likens it to plant life and Beowulf says the old Regisseur planted seeds on various planets, Excellen being the old in this world. Kyosuke asks why Excellen was chosen and Beowulf says it was a coincidence. Kyosuke then asks why he didn’t change, and Beowulf just says it was the old Regisseur’s mistake. He adds that what was born was incomplete, and Alfimi teleports in, saying that she and Excellen are inside each other. Beowulf tells her she can’t become a new life, but he can.

 

Yuuki, Carla, the SRX team, Rio and Ryoto take out the Einst SRX while Katina, Russel, Leona and Tasuku destroy the Einst Great Kaminarimon. Latooni, Shine, Seolla, and Arado attack the Einst Grungust and Irm finish it off. Ibis and Lune damage the Einst Cybuster and Masaki destroys it with his Cosmo Nova attack. Beowulf spawns copies of the Gespenst Mark III to engage Lamia and Kusuha, but the copies are quickly destroyed. Beowulf tries to reach Earth and Axel says that while his world was denied, he won’t let Beowulf make a new one. Axel punches into the Gespenst Mark III’s chest, but Beowulf throws Axel away and fires his claymores. The Soulgain is heavily damaged and is flung off into space. Kyosuke attacks with his revolving bunker, but it runs out of ammo. Beowulf destroys one of the Alteisen Riese’s arms and Kyosuke sees Soulgain’s embedded arm. Beowulf fires on Kyosuke, but Alfimi pushes him out of the way. Alfimi laments not being able to become herself and the Personlichkeit is destroyed. Kyosuke charges in again, the Alteisen Riese receiving minor damage from Beowulf’s claymore barrage. Kyosuke knocks Beowulf into the atmosphere and uses his bunker to drive in Soulgain’s arm. Beowulf is destroyed and the sky returns to normal. Tetsuya reports to Daitetsu that they’ve opened the way and Lee orders the retrieval of all survivors. Excellen flies to the damaged Alteisen Riese. Sometime later, Shine and Latooni visit Giado Beneldi and a very pregnant Garnet Sunday. Arado and Seolla walk to Izu base and Seolla asks him about what he had to protect besides his promise to her. He reluctantly tells her he meant her and she calls him an idiot. Rai and Leona visit Cattelya’s grave and see that Elzam already left flowers. At the Tesla labs, the Chokijin sleep soundly. In space, Gilliam destroys System XN. Masaki flies away while the others see him off. Lamia wonders if she’ll reach the place Lemon is and calls her mother. Excellen says all the Einst vanished and wonders if she will too but Kyosuke says he’ll kill her if it comes to that. Excellen asks if she should feel better and Kyosuke tells her to stay by his side.

 

Commentary

 

If I had to describe this episode in a word, it would be “fangasmic.” It was just crammed full of hardcore mecha porn with pretty much everyone getting to use their ultimate attacks. Before I complained about how characters just disappear during battles, but such is not the case here. Everyone got to do something and it was glorious. Things are notably different from the game, with Beowulf being the final boss instead of Stern Regisseur, but it was an interesting turn of events. After an epic battle Axel and Alfimi are lost, but Kyosuke deals the killing blow with the help of the arm Soulgain had fired into Beowulf way back in episode one. The Inspectors, Shadow Mirror, and Einst are all gone now and the Earth Sphere is peaceful once again. Everyone goes their separate ways and Kyosuke and Excellen have a nice moment. Graien is still in power and Egret’s running around somewhere too, but that’s a story for another time. Hopefully all the cameos at the beginning of the episode are a sign of a potential OG Gaiden anime. As a whole, The Inspector was an awesome ride, but it had its problems, such as distribution of character screen time and a few plot issues. I feel that Divine Wars was better in those areas while The Inspector excelled in the mecha area. I’m willing to cut The Inspector some slack, though, since the game it was based on was rather complex, far more so than OG1. Divine Wars had a lot less to fit into 26 episodes than The Inspector did. Obari and company did a great job with what they had, and I hope to see more animated works from this franchise in the future.

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