Synonyms: Mazinkaizer SKL, Mazinkaiser Skull
Japanese: マジンカイザー SKL
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 27, 2010 to Apr 7, 2011
27 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.291 (scored by 2342 users)
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SynopsisPrior to the events of the anime, three factions - the Garan Army, the Kiba Army, and the Aira Army, battle for total dominance of Machine Island. The island is basically a prison, isolated from the rest of the world. The island contains a vast amount of resources, allowing the three factions to create an infinite supply of giant robots for their respective armies.
The world government learns that the island's power reactor has become unstable and will explode within 66 hours, destroying all of life and Earth itself. The government sends the Death Caprice squad, composed of mercenaries Ken Kaido and Ryo Magami to solve the issue, along with their giant robot Mazinkaiser, but was that a good idea?
Related AnimeSpin-off: Mazinkaiser
Characters & Voice Actors
Very rarely do we see an anime come along that's so amazingly manly and straightforward that it actually functions as Gaydar™. Mazinkaiser SKL here has the amazing ability to easily pick out those who have more femininity in them than they're willing to admit, and all those people have to do to send such a signal is say "I did not enjoy this show." That's all it really comes down to, because what Japan has produced here is probably the most direct, pull-no-punches super robot series I've ever seen. It gets right down and dirty to the point: There is a badass robot, two badass dudes and lots of shit to ruin in a beautifully animated blaze of glory while lots of huge boobed chicks watch from the sidelines.
The story goes like this: The world is modernized and awesome, giant metal buildings, highways through the sky, all of that. That's not where the show takes place. SKL's tale of gallant heroism resides on an island that's permanently stuck in an 80's metal video. The shit that goes on on this island is so metal, in fact, that it's threatening to destroy the world via a catastrophe which I can only imagine will involve no less than 4.7 billion wailing guitar solos. So, like an old couple calling the cops on a noisy garage band, the modern people send a bunch of dudes to the island to make them calm their party down.
There was one survivor.
Said fairly hot survivor girl finds out that the island is cut into three(or rather, four) armies that're zapping the planet of all its energy because they're making too many giant robots or some shit. There's Team A: the one that's led by Nobuyuki Hiyama and his team of Road Warrior-esque dudes in their quest for more bitches. A noble endeavor. Then there's Team B: led by a big majestic samurai dude in a Japanese castle all covered with spikes and cool shit. He's not relevant until episode two. And then we have Team C: a big serene fortress inhabited entirely by young women in togas with huge boobs, who have similarly huge boobed giant robots to defend their castle with. Isn't this grand? Finally, we have the most import team: Mothafuckin' Mazinkaiser. Or rather, "that skull fuck", as Team A's leader puts it. One robot piloted by two dudes who have no reason to be on the island other than the fact they like to wreck shit. Easily the most just cause out of everyone here.
And now we have the characters.
-MAZINKAISER: The most badass robot of the year, it looks like something Dethklok would think up. It's piloted by two badass dudes gone rogue, via a cockpit that vertically spins around to let one guy break stuff while the other puts his feet up and kicks back. It's hilariously cool.
-BADASS PILOT 1: Kaido. Hotblooded Kaido pilots Mazinkaiser by crushing and slashing shit to pieces with giant swords and rocket fists.
-BADASS PILOT A: Magami. Coldblooded Magami pilots Mazinkaiser by shooting and stabbing shit to pieces with tomahawk guns.
-Yuki Tsubasa: Creatively named female who was the only survivor in mankind's feeble attempt to make the above characters and armies calm the fuck down.
Art and animation?
u kidin me?
Let's just move on
Watching animu rarely gets more fun than this. "It's fucking awesome" is generally an overused term, but this is the sort of thing it was always meant to describe. Mediablasters is bringing this to the US on BluRay(worth it) in a few months, but since that company is godawful, don't expect to see a single ad or notice that it's out. So try to remember this.
Go watch it. This is the kind of anime that needs to be supported. read more
Mazinkaizer SKL is about endless gore and bloodshed...Which is fine by me!Although the show lacks in terms of proper storyline and character development due to its limited number of episodes,it still manages to fulfill its purpose,which is,roughly 1,5 hour of pure graphic violence.
Story : 6
While the story doesn't satisfy the ones looking for details,it still somehow serves its purpose,which is the prevalence of chaos and the commencing of a long and bloody battle.
Art : 7
Art development is very good,however,the scenery where the series takes place (a deserted area) is uniform,thus giving the viewer more and more of the same rocky environment.
Sound : 8
Japanese Metal music...awesome!I'm not a fan of metal music myself,but I really enjoyed the musical piece of Mazinkaiser SKL,which suited the anime's tone just fine.
Character : 7
OK,the main characters are two sons of mothers and a brave but shy girl,which serves the anime right.The hellish attitudes of the two guys is what gets them in battles-to-death all the time,which helps the series progress and is most enjoyable to watch.
Enjoyment : 7
Mazinkaiser SKL is the anime one might look for in order to storm away.Full of mindless violence for its most part,the show is bound to help you cool off If you're nervous,or make you feel really energetic after finishing watching it.
Overall : 7
It's a nice anime to kill your time.It will definitely won't bore you,and I'm sure all hardcore people out there will have a good time watching it.However,If you're the kind of viewer that looks for substantial plot and a reasonable order of events,please look elsewhere. read more
Just as GGG Final is the 'more adult' version of GaoGaiGar, SKL is is a more no-holds barred take on the Mazinkaiser concept. If you loved Final for it's epic battles, high production values, noticable but not intrusive fanservice and excellent robot design, SKL just might scratch a similar itch.
Opening Theme"The Eternal Soldiers" by Loudness
Ending Theme"Juggernaut" by Sadie
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