Super Robot Wars Z has been out for a little while, and I can't afford to buy it or anything, but you only need to look at Youtube for proof of its brilliance. Original Generations had really amazing sprite animation, but SRW Z has boiling, raging blood that demands it push forward and go beyond: a lot of these battle scenes break past the sidescrolling videogamey look into outright recreations of the source material.
IT'S GRAND FINALE!
By contrast to those last two, you'll note that the battle scenes for the classic Dynamic Pro robot shows like this Getter Robo G scene take great pains to replicate the 70's Toei animation look, down to the Go Nagai shading and the famously choppy explosion animation that would be parodied for years and years to come. The Final Dynamic Special this time around is awe-inspiring, but I won't go spoiling that for you.
Meanwhile, the Banpresto originals-- those ultra-modern, ultra-excessive mechanical designs I came to love in the OG games-- are not being skimped on. Not even their theme songs. Though you could say Gunleon is a lot like Gaogaigar. Except with a wrench instead of a hammer. But otherwise they're pretty close!
The really good, mainline SRW games are labors of love, and if this game were just a compilation of battle scenes, it would still be soaked in love all the way through. Never mind that you can actually play a videogame on this thing, too! I sure wish I could justify the $80 that it costs to myself, but until then, I'm going to listen to the new JAM Project theme song while I wait for my copy of the single to come in. I can wait on buying SRW, but I can't wait on buying JAM.
Dear Reader: HOW CAN YOU NOT BE PUMPED RIGHT NOW?!