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Stage 25: Divine Wars

 

Review by Peter Laliberte

April 29, 2008

 

Summary

 

The SRX destroys more enemies with its Blade Kick attack. The Alteisen and Weissritter attack Ingram, but Excellen takes some damage. This sets off Kyosuke, who manages to destroy the R-Gun’s arm. Ingram notes that Excellen needs to be sacrificed for Kyosuke to pull out his potential. He adds that he made Ryusei and Kyosuke angry to draw out their potential and that the brainwashed Kusuha is what they’ll all become. Kyosuke and Excellen double team Ingram and manage to heavily damage the R-Gun. Ingram’s eyes light up and Cobray tells him not to use his powers. The R-Gun starts glowing, and Gilliam recognizes it as a gate. The damaged R-Gun is ejected from the gate while Ingram emerges in the R-Gun Rivale. The Cybuster goes to attack, but Ryusei says that the SRX will handle Ingram while the others support the Hagane and Hiryu Kai. Ingram sees that his betrayal has served its purpose, but Ryusei tells him to shut up. Ingram launches his gun slaves and Ryusei destroys one with his Hi Finger launchers. The other slave gets behind the SRX and fires, but Aya raises the TK shield to block it. Ryusei attacks with the Zain knuckle, but Ingram knocks it away with his roche blade. Ryusei attacks again and manages to damage the R-Gun Rivale’s head, but it just restores itself. Ingram says it was a good attack, but wonders how long Aya will last. Rai tells Ryusei that they can’t hold out for much longer and Ingram says they can’t beat him with the current SRX. He adds that Ryusei is showing the power he was looking for and invites him to become a guardian of Neviim. He says that’s what the T-Link system was made for. Bullet continues fighting Kusuha and Aya tells him to destroy the Grungust Type 2’s T-Link system. Bullet lets his Grungust be stabbed by Kusuha’s Doom Blade and he destroys the T-Link System located in the Type 2’s head. The Hagane and Hiryu Kai fire their Tronium and Gravity Cannons at Neviim, but the barrier still holds. The Kurogane appears and uses its Titanic drill to break through the barrier. The Hagane fires on Neviim, but Levi emerges in her Judecca. She destroys the three Albatross class ships, killing Norman. Levi introduces herself as the one who controls Neviim.

 

Levi hacks everyone’s communications systems while Sanger and Elzam launch from the Kurogane. Levi tells them all to surrender and become the Aerogators’ weapons. Levi goes on to say that they gave humans their technology and let them evolve. Kyosuke wonders why they need them while the Aerogators' technology is superior. Levi answers that humans are the most war like species and have high battle ability. They wish to corral such a violent and superior species inside Neviim. Ryoto asks Levi who she needs them to fight against, but she doesn’t answer. Aya tells the others that Levi is actually her sister Mai. Sanger refuses to submit, saying that they didn’t come that far just to throw down their swords. Levi says she’ll soften them up more and opens fire. Ryusei curses Ingram and Ingram admits that he took Mai and transformed her into Levi. He adds that if Yukiko hadn’t lost her powers, she may have become Levi instead. Ingram says it’s his policy to use things to their fullest and adds that Rai and Aya are of no use to him. The SRX draws its Zol-Orichalconium sword and charges at Ingram. Ingram fires his Axion Buster, which destroys the SRX’s left arm and leg. The SRX continues forward and stabs the R-Gun Rivale with its sword. The blade breaks off and Ingram teleports away before the R-Gun Rivale explodes. The others face Levi, but their attacks are blocked by a barrier. Latooni says the barrier is the same as Neviim’s, so a pin point attack should work. Elzam and Leona attack Levi with their Sonic Breakers, and Kyosuke unloads the Alteisen’s heavy claymores into the barrier. Lune fires the Valsione’s Cross Smasher and Tasuku uses the Giganscudo’s Giga Circle Blaster attack. Sanger flies in and destroys Levi’s barrier with his Grungust Type 0’s Zankantou and Masaki heavily damages Judecca with the Cybuster’s Cosmo Nova attack. Irm cuts off Judecca’s bottom half with his Grungust’s Calamity Sword’s Darkness Slash attack, but Levi still isn’t defeated. The SRX shows up and Ryusei and Aya try to convince Levi that she’s actually Mai. The SRX grabs onto Judecca, but Levi still resists. Aya tells Mai she doesn’t have to fight anymore, and Mai regains herself. Mai tosses the SRX away before they enter the Earth’s atmosphere and Judecca explodes. Meteor 3 rises from the water. The SRX begins re-entry, but it won’t survive. Rai says that the R-2 will act as a shield, so the others should be fine. Ryusei tells him not to do it and Meteor 3 continues to ascend. Bullet brings Kusuha back to the Hagane, but there’s no signal from the SRX. Meteor 3 suddenly arrives and grows giant crystals, becoming Septuagint. Everyone is shocked and Gilliam realizes that the Aerogators sent their most powerful weapon from the start. The pilot of Septuagint, the masked Euzeth Gozzo, introduces himself as the Final Adjudicator. He says that mankind is too powerful and is a threat to Ze Balmary Empire. He says he will assimilate them all, like he has with the SRX. Giado tries to contact Ryusei, but gets no response. Septuagint fires Crystal Masmers everywhere and damages the Hiryu Kai. On another plane of existence, Cobray tells Ingram that he’s being controlled by Euzeth. Cobray offers to help, saying they can’t let Euzeth control their power. Tasuku and the others try to get closer to Septuagint, but the masmers hold them at bay. Ingram speaks to Ryusei, Rai and Aya, saying that he’ll give them power. The Astranagant forms out of Septuagint’s Zfylud crystals and frees the SRX. Cobray speaks to Ryusei and tells him that they need the power of their will to defeat Septuagint. Cobray tells Ryusei to say "Tetractys Grammaton" and the SRX morphs into the DiSRX. The DiSRX uses the Ain Soph Aur attack on Septuagint. Euzeth’s mask breaks, revealing Ingram’s smiling face. Everyone else fires on Septuagint, destroying it completely. The SRX returns to normal and Ingram thanks them for freeing him. He tells Aya to not be held down by her past. Ryusei and Rai realize that both Ingram and Levi were being controlled, but they cut the puppet strings. Ryusei says the three of them will go home to where their friends are.

 

Commentary

 

Before I start on the episode review, some explaining is in order, so please bear with me for a moment. In SRW Alpha, after rejoining the Aerogators, Ingram piloted a machine called the Astranagant. It incorporated various technologies from various other mecha shows such as Mazinger Z and Getter Robo. It was a super powerful machine that could even rival the Granzon in power. At the end of the game, the Astranagant was heavily damaged and drifted off somewhere. Ingram eventually lost his body and his soul remained in the machine. In SRW Alpha 3, one of the many clones of Ingram found the Astranagant’s remains and his mech was absorbed. This clone would later become Cobray Gordon and Ingram’s soul also resided in his body. Cobray would eventually take over Ingram’s role as the Time Diver, one who travels between dimensions, keeping the laws of causality. Cobray’s mech turned into the Dis Astranagant. The Cobray Gordon that appears in this episode is the same one from Alpha 3. Ingram’s soul is also the one from the Alphaverse. It got flung into the Divine Wars world during the mental battle you see in episode 1. You need to know this before you can truly understand this episode, and what an episode it is! It was wall to wall awesomeness from start to finish! The Aerogators' goals are revealed, and they want to make humans into their soldiers. Bullet rescues Kusuha and we get three major boss fights. The BGM selection uses some of the greatest: Time Diver, Arrow of Destiny, Marionette Messiah, and greatest of all, Messenger of the Void. They definitely add an epic feel to the battles. Our heroes defeat the R-Gun Rivale and Judecca with their ultimate attacks, but then they have to face Septuagint, which was hiding as Meteor 3 all long. Cobray lends the SRX his power it becomes the DiSRX. Sure, it’s a random deus ex machina, but they needed something powerful enough to wipe out Septuagint within the remaining episode time. Doesn’t make it any less awesome though. A lot of people were disappointed with most of the series, but this episode makes up for it ten times over.

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