English: Mazinger Z
Synonyms: TranZor Z, Mazinga Z
Dec 3, 1972 to Sep 1, 1974
25 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisFrom the island of Bardos in the Aegean Sea comes a new threat to humanity in the form of Doctor Hell and his army of mechanical beasts. However, a new hero stands in his way: Mazinger Z, a giant robot built out of the indestructible metal chogokin and equipped with an arsenal of advanced weaponry. Piloting Mazinger Z is hotheaded teenager Kouji Kabuto, who strives to avenge the death of his grandfather and protect Japan from Doctor Hell's forces.
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Opening Theme"Mazinger Z" by Ichiro Mizuki
Ending Theme"Bokura no Mazinger Z" by Ichiro Mizuki
Mazinger Z is a classic of the mecha genre. This anime introduced many concepts which we see at any mecha anime, for example: The robot is the last hope of humanity, being piloted by a human (preferably teenagers), mad scientists trying to conquer the world, cronies incompetent or strange-looking people, a proud pilot woman (do you remember Asuka?).
In each episode is the same plot: Dr. Hell sends his Mechanical Beasts, Koji Kabuto runs to Mazinger, background music resounds, and the battle begins. Many emotions and feelings are mixed in the battle, but in the end, Mazinger is the winner.
I saw this anime in the 1980s as a kid and I still like it. If you like the mecha genre, you should see this anime.
I know these words are not enough to describe it and see it as an adult is not the same when you were a child. This is my humble opinion. I hope you find it useful.
Both Nagai properties were worked on contemporaneously by the same studio, and it shows. They're animated quite similarly (stiff figures, bright colors) and both feature a simple monster-of-the-week plot. I'm relatively sure that the two shows even share actors; Kouji and Akira are essentially the same character.
The resemblance of this series is given in the context of some of his characters. For example, in Mazinger, Boss is a fat teenager who is school rival of the protagonist of the series (Koji Kabuto) and who gets jealous when someone approaches Sayaka Yumi, while that in Albegas, Kumai Goro is also a rival school that Daisaku have and has the same feelings and attitudes towards Hotaru, than Boss had towards Yumi.
Also both female protagonists have a parent who constructs or improves the main fuse.
Mazinger Z and Mobile Suit Gundam are both one of the oldest and greatest Mecha/Super Robot anime's there is, both of these classics involve teens dragged into piloting a giant robot to fight other giant robots. Both Amuro and Kouji are apart of the Super Robot pilots "holy trinity" (which was started by Super Robot Taisen).
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