No that isn’t really what this topic is about. It’s a Super Robot Wars based topic, that much is true, but I’m not going to be talking about my stunning victory over AI1. Instead I’m on about how the last few scenarios really got me thinking about the series I just plain don’t want to see in a Super Robot Wars anymore. EVER! I have differing reasons for each and many may not agree with them or perhaps will wonder why I didn’t include certain series on the list, but eh….I don’t know, these particular ones just need to go I think. Anyway, I’m going to do this Top 10 style since there’s ten of them anyway and I damn well know which ones I want to go more than the next one. Stay tuned for a special bonus wherein I viciously demand which series need to get back into the games after long hiatuses.
#10 Daitarn 3:
Daitarn is actually a pretty healthy entry in the SRW franchise and I suppose it’s only real crime is being overdone by this point. Perhaps it could use a brief retirement period or a redrawn sprite to spice things up. Or perhaps actually taking into account it’s enormous size in an attack animation might help too. Either way, it’s good to go for the moment at least.
#9 UFO Robo Grendizer:
You know, I’ve got nothing against Grendizer personally other then I think it’s just Mazinger reskinned, but when you’ve already got Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and Getter Robo in most of your games, why the heck would you need the old odd one out. It also has the old evil emperor from some distant galaxy trying to conquer Earth with his evil henchmen who despite being of the same Vegan race all look different in their own ugly way except for the one that’s good who looks semi-human and handsome/beautiful. Toei you’ve been feeding us the exact same mecha series with minor tweaks for the past 30 years and…..well I guess I’ll reserve that for another topic. Anyway, Grendizer can go.
#8 Muteki Choujin Zambot 3:
Being the king of annoying audio is really what makes me want to say goodbye to this one more then anything, although the same old done to death thing applies of course. An annoying theme song, annoying voice acting (screeching kids and wheezing professors) and an only mildly interesting storyline (the show was only 23 episodes long and this from a formula style Super Robot Series) that is never allowed to come to the finale that made it relevant in the first place all work against Zambot 3 as an SRW entry.
#7 Combattler V/Voltes V:
See the reasons above mostly. They’re both really just the same show (In the way that The Flintstones is to The Jetsons I mean), we don’t need to pretend that they are different shows anymore, and they’ve been in SRW pretty much since the very beginning. It was cool back in SRW 3 when Combattler V’s Chodenji Spin could destroy almost any non boss enemy in one hit and was a borderline game breaker, but now who needs them and they’re combo attack anymore? I don’t, that’s for sure.
#6 Yuusha Reideen:
Here’s an idea, lets put the first Super Robot show that was ever made specifically for TV into an SRW and then totally shortchange it’s storyline and characters every single time. Hell we’ll only let it use it’s God Bird form outside of an attack animation in one of the games too. Sounds like a good idea right….blarg. You know, if they haven’t gotten Reideen right in it’s 8 canonical appearances so far then let’s not even bother putting it in a game again shall we Banpresto. Thanks.
#5 Neon Genesis Evangelion:
Okay, here’s the thing. So Evangelion hasn’t really been in all that many Super Robot Wars game and a lot of people are probably going to cry foul, but here’s the thing, every time it’s in an SRW they do the whole damn story and make it a central series, which to me is just as bad as having the units from a show, but giving it no relevance to the games story. Even in Alpha 3 they did the whole End of Eva scenario despite it already being done in the original Alpha which totally screws up the canon of the story. I get it, people love this show to death for some reason and every scene in it treated like it’s a passage from the bible by it’s most devoted fans, but how many times do I have to see Eva-1 go berserk? How many times do I have to see Asuka get mind raped by an angel with Beethoven’s 5th playing in the background? How many times do I need to see Asuka realize the true nature of the A.T Field? How many times do I need to see a giant superflat rendition of Rei accompanied by the most annoying scream in the history of anime coming from Shinji? How long do I have to pretend I care about this show anymore? I don’t, I won’t, I can’t. GTFO of Super Robot Wars Evangelion and stick to getting rereleased on DVD/Blu-Ray every 3 years or so. You want to keep telling your story, do it there.
#4 New Mobile Report Gundam Wing Endless Waltz:
Gundam Wing movie get out, Gundam Wing TV Series come back in. The TV series is well overdue for a current generation sprite overhaul and I would gladly welcome the return of Treize Khushrenada. Too bad it can’t get in though because Endless Waltz won’t fuck off already. Look, I like the Wing Zero Custom’s design as much as the next person, but after 11 appearances I just want to see the TV series designs again. That and half the time we don’t even get the Endless Waltz scenario, and when we do it’s usually only a stage long and we only get the tail end of it anyway. I know this is mostly a pipe dream since even if Banpresto wanted to do the TV series again they are probably held hostage by Otaku who can’t have anything else but Kid Icarus Gundam there. Doesn’t change the fact that Endless Waltz needs to go.
#3 Char’s Counterattack:
How about Beltorchika’s Children or something? Gundam Sentinel? Something from around this point in the Gundam universe that doesn’t involve the song Main Title and the Nu Gundam? Char’s Counterattack has only missed J and W in the entire history of SRW and I think it’s just time to let this one go. Gundam Unicorn?
#2 Getter Robo/G:
Yes I went there. Notice that Mazinger Z isn’t on this list but this is? Well there’s a reason for that and if I’m asked specifically I’ll say why, but lets just look at a few things. Getter Robo has a theme song that I find brutally annoying in all of it’s campiness, follows the Toei theory of robot pilots that I’m sick do death of (Rule of Toei Robot Pilots: If the robot has 3 pilots, the first one is a hot blooded high school student who is on a sports team at his school and has short brown/black hair, the second one is a sarcastic loner type with long hair and the third one is a fat guy that is played for comic relief. If the robot has 5 pilots then follow the same rules only the 5th one is a girl and the 4th one is some variation on a kid/genius type), has cliche Toei villains that don’t provide much intrigue (How is it that Baron Ashura continues to be an explorable idea and then after that every single one of their mecha villains has almost no character potential or depth) and just all needs to go. I’m still all for the reimaginings that are Armageddon, Shin Getter Vs. Neo and 2004 though, which being freed from the Toei formula actually managed to be hallmarks of Super Robot goodness that have arguably done more for the francise then the original TV series did. Why hasn’t 2004 received an entry yet anyway?
#1 Martian Succesor Nadeisco: The Prince Of Darkness:
Let’s just cut right through any pretense and not pretend that this abomination of an OVA is any way worthy of existing let alone being in an SRW. This is the entry that after throughly molesting the legacy of it’s predecessor and removing all of the elements from the franchise that made the TV series worth watching (such as comedy, parody, character development, consistent character designs, you name it….) saw fit to insert itself into the Super Robot Wars franchise and not only that, but had the gall to keep reappearing in it as of recent years. Prince of Darkness, you’re story isn’t even that interesting (and can barely be considered canon in all honesty) and yet you consistently seem to get top or near top billing in every Super Robot Wars game you are in. Why is this? Yes this one has only been in 3 Super Robot Wars games, but that’s all it took really for it to top my list. I want to stop being reminded that this…..thing even exists and so #1 it is on my list of mecha series that need to GTFO of Super Robot Wars.
Okay, so I got a little bit angry with the last few, but then again I always get pretty passionate when it comes to Mecha anime and Super Robot Wars. Anyway, these are the series that I want back in and in no particular order they are:
The Vision Of Escaflowne:
Are you telling me honestly Banpresto that the best you could afford Escaflowne was a spot in Compact 3. I can’t even imagine how beautiful the Escaflowne and Schezarade would look when rendered in the PS2 or Xbox 360/Wii’s graphics nor how awesome it would be to have a non midi version of Yakusoku Wa Iranai playing. I’d like to stop imagining and for them to just get on it, yet I wait and wait wait…..probably in vain.
Aura Battler Dunbine:
With the Wings of Rean OVA having been recently released this one seems like a no brainer. In fact I’d argue that it actually has the best chance out of any of the series I’m listing of getting a shot at the post Impact Playstation 2 line of Super Robot Wars.
We still haven’t done Part 3 yet and I need some of that Eve Tokimatsuri music playing on one of my console systems.
Why not do this one on the console and do it well. Heck they could even tie it in with Gaogaigar this time. I’m waiting Banpresto
Did we even get to fight the Eye of Voggler in Alpha? Did they even finish the story in that one? Giant Robot deserves an upgrade for this console generation and I think it would be cool if they paired it with Tetsujin 28. We could even get some of that “Biru No Machi Ni Gaooooooooooooo!” going with the soundtrack.
Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh:
And with that how about some Brave series that aren’t Gaogaigar and possibly the other two Eldoran series. That is if Takara and Tomy are willing to play ball.
Mobile Suit Victory Gundam:
For the longest time I swore that Banpresto secretely hated Victory Gundam and Turn A Gundam. They were pretty much the least featured Gundam series for ages. Heck Gundam X has been in as many canonical games as Victory Gundam. I think now that X and Turn A are finally starting to get some loving again that it’s high time Victory got a current console generation appearance.
Well that’s all for now. I do have one more thing to mention though. Mark Neidengard has begun his translation/walkthrough for Super Robot Wars Z which can be found at http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~mneideng/srwz.txt. This guy works fast (He’s already up to stage 4) and I’m glad that he is still continuing to do this. SRW would probably only be half as fun without this guys work in translating the story.