Super Robot Wars 30 is something of a mystery to me. I wasn’t that familiar with the franchise even as far as just a few weeks ago. But that didn’t stop me from finding out as much as I can about it. And yes, I’m a convert now and can’t wait to tell you more about it. However, it’s not like I had all too much experience in writing about Mecha anime prior to this article. It’s sad but it’s true.
I mean, the closes I’ve come so far, is when I did my Battletech article (check it out here). That was last spring, but it did inspire me to learn more. And I have to admit… My love and admiration have grown since then. Which is why I’m so excited about Robot Wars 30. After a year, I’ll get to write (yet again) about Mecha anime, cool robots and one hell of a video game. But let’s start with that. Super Robot Wars 30 the video game.
What’s Super Robot Wars 30 All About?
Developed by B.B.STUDIO CO., LTD. And published by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Super Robot Wars 30 is a fantastic tactical RPG, simulation strategy game. And yes, it’s currently available for pre-order here at IndieGala. Just click here and finalize your pre-order purchase of the game. The official release is for next month (October 27th 2021), but we’re already excited about it. First and foremost, Super Robot Wars is a tactical RPG that brings characters and robots from a variety of mecha anime together to battle their mutual foes. Secondly, players follow characters through adventure and battle. You can take control of giant robots on a battle map, and command them to defeat their enemies.
Next, the battle switches between ally and enemy phases. Once the player moves and attacks with the robots, the enemy takes their turn. When all enemies are down and out, the game proceeds to an Intermission. Not to mention, during Intermission, the player can use resources earned in battle to train pilots and upgrade robots… And earn bonuses for their army along the way. They then can proceed to the next chapter of the adventure because of that, and frankly it’s what makes it cool.
30 Is For The Three Decades Of Super Robot Wars
As the title implies, the “30” stands for the commemorative 30th anniversary of the overall franchise. The game also sets the Guinness World Record for “most intellectual property licenses used in an RPG video game series”. It also marks the very first non-spinoff entry in the series to be released internationally. As previous games were only released in Japan. And of course, some recent entries got a release in Asian territories with an English translation.
But that’s not it. Super Robot Wars 30 Digital Deluxe Edition is also available at IndieGala. Just click here and get yourself a copy. And so is Super Robot Wars 30 Ultimate Edition. It’s available here, so get it while it’s still hot.
Finally, Ollie Barder from Forbes actually got an early look at the game. And here’s what he had to say about it:
Overall, this is one of the best recent entries to the Super Robot Wars games and having it on the Switch makes it all the more compelling and convenient, not to mention being more in line with the portable history of the series.
Are you hyped? We sure are.
Let’s Look Back At The Super Robot Wars 30 Anime Too
Indeed. Before I jump to some of the finest Mecha anime movies out there, why not mention some of the Super Robot Wars 30 anime?. There are a few of them. And they all demand attention. First, there’s Masō Kishin Cybuster. A loose adaptation of the story of the first original Banpresto mecha in Super Robot Wars. There are 26-episode total in the series. And in it, you can find characters inspired by the allies of the Cybuster’s pilot Masaki Andoh. But you can also find original characters created just for the anime.
Then there’s Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Animation. A three-episode OVA that takes place after the events of Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2. In 2006, the OVA was followed up by Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars. A retelling of the plot in the first Original Generation game.
And let’s not forget… The 2010 Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector. A retelling of the plot of Original Generation 2. Furthermore, the anime also received a simulcast release on the English anime streaming website, Crunchyroll. And yes. Today is a cult classic among fans, and you should revisit it. It’s still good.
But What About The Mecha Anime Movies I Mentioned Earlier?
Well, I selected some of the finest you can possibly find out there. They’re all fun and exciting pieces of art. Of course they’re versatile and go well with the theme of this article. Oh and before I forget. They’re not there in any particular order, nor they do have any official score to them. We hope you’ll enjoy them though. But at the same time, I’d love to know your picks. Which are some of your favorite Mecha anime movies? Let us know in the comment section below.
Mobile Suit Gundam – Series
Produced and animated by Nippon Sunrise, Mobile Suit Gundam premiered in 1979. With a total of 43 episodes, the anime was the first Gundam series. And has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs. It’s also in the futuristic calendar year “Universal Century” 0079. But the plot focuses on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation. With the latter unveiling a new giant robot known as the RX-78-2 Gundam. A robot that’s piloted by the teenage civilian mechanic Amuro Ray.
Honestly, Gundam was not popular when it first aired. In fact, it came close to being canceled. The series got an original run of just 52 episodes, but was cut down to 39 by the show’s sponsors. However, the staff was able to negotiate a one-month extension to end the series with 43 episodes. And today they’re pure gold for the fans. And yeah. The’s more Gundam content to come here at IndieGala. You shall not get disappointed.
Fun fact: This is one of the first if not the first anime series to release a score soundtrack. At this time, only theme songs were released.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
A cool anime that’s directed by Hideaki Anno, that got an original TV broadcast in Japan from October 1995 to March 1996. Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm. Particularly in the futuristic fortified city of Tokyo-3. The main protagonist in this anime is Shinji. A teenage boy who was recruited by his father Gendo to the shadowy organization Nerv. Why? To pilot a giant bio-machine mecha named “Evangelion” into combat against beings called “Angels”. The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots. And members of Nerv too, as they try to prevent Angels from causing more cataclysms. Finally, Neon Genesis Evangelion received critical acclaim but also garnered controversy. Particularly controversial were the last two episodes of the show. However, today, the series has an approval rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. And is fan favorite today as well.
Fun fact: The director Wes Anderson is a fan of the series.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
An anime that’s based on based on Masamune Shirow’s manga Ghost in the Shell. Yes it’s awesome and you should check it out. First and foremost, the series takes place in the year 2030. A yeah in which many people have become cyborgs with prosthetic bodies. The anime also centers on the members of an elite law enforcement unit known as Public Security Section 9. As they investigate cybercrime and terrorism cases; the cases in the first season often are connected to their pursuit of an elite “Super Class A” hacker. And a corporate terrorist known only as “The Laughing Man”. Both seasons of the series feature ongoing investigations into two incidents. Those incidents embroil the group in corruption within other branches of the Japanese government. Which only adds to the intricate structure of the story. It’s a can’t miss project for every fan of Ghost In The Shell.
Fun fact: In the “Tachikoma Ready-Room” you can sometimes hear a faint noise. It’s the familiar computer sound from the old Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) series.
Gurren Lagann takes place in a fictional future where Earth has a Spiral King ruler, called Lordgenome. He forces mankind to live in isolated subterranean villages and in tyranny. So, the plot focuses on two distinct teenagers. Simon and Kamina. They live in a subterranean village and wish to go to the surface of the Earth. Using a mecha known as Lagann, Simon and Kamina reach the surface and start fighting alongside other humans. Against Lordgenome’s forces of course, before fighting the forces of their true enemy. We’ll let you find out whom that may be. The anime has 27 episodes in total, plus two specials. The first being the uncensored version of the sixth episode. And the second is episode 5.5, a bonus that came with the Nintendo DS game.
Fun fact: This is one of very rare anime where it is not actually based on a manga, in fact, a manga was based off of it.
Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion
Оr simply Code Geass. Set in an alternate timeline, the series follows the exiled prince Lelouch VI Britannia. He obtains the “power of absolute obedience” from a mysterious woman named C.C. So, with the use of this supernatural power, known as Geass, he leads a rebellion against the rule of the Holy Britannian Empire. A series of mecha battles follows and that’s what makes it so great of an anime. It’s also anime with a complex cast of characters and a fun story too. And it’s no surprise that since its premiere, Code Geass has collected numerous awards and accolades. It’s good. Really Good.
Fun fact: Code Geass is one of the most popular anime series around the world, but Sunrise expected it to be a failure.
Robot Wars 30: What’s Your Hype Level?
Let us know if you are excited. We sure are. Also, what are some of your expectations about the game? Feel free to share them, and also some of your favorite Mecha anime projects. We’d love to know all about them as well.