Prior 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?
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.
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.
It's very straightforward and has a simple story. But is well written.
It's very metal. Always good. A fun film.
It's very manly and straight to the point.
The male leads are awesome and extremely badass.
The girls awesome.
If they made a anime series after this, starring those leads, I'd watch it!
Awesome robot! Kaiser is pure awesome! Wingle is also awesome.
The robot designs are all good.
Good female robot designs.
It's so metal, the island is like a mix of all things metal.
With a toga clad lady group, road warrior group and a samurai warrior group.
And they are all equally strong and capable.
being very metal, it is'nt sexist. The females and males are all equal, when it comes to the leads and mains.
Every single main or important character is a hardcore badass of the highest order. The swear filled speech by the ultratough Captain Scarlett is hilarious.
They are all badass, but they are written properly. They are convincing.
The male leads are crazy, badass, and dark. But they are also well rounded and have enough very small amount of weakness, to make them work, but not enough to make them emo.
They ar'nt so crazy they don't follow orders and will do as ordered.
The girl has a good mix of toughness, and intelligence. She can fight, and is'nt weak in any way.
The others don't need as much characterisation, but they have enough to make them convince.
The characters get things done, in a straightforward way, and they are all proffessional or good at their jobs.
If it comes to doing something, they do it. No messing about.
The stories a bit light on details, but it get's the point across. It hints at things, but does'nt explain fully, sometimes.
Take it on face value, this is a giant robot that looks like a demon, robot armies, exploding island. And it's fine.
The end makes Kaiser even more metal.
The music is japanese metal. Awesome.
The art is good.
It is a good film for chilled and lighthearted watching.
This reminds me of the super macho anime of the 90s updated for millennial sensibilities. Modernized so that female characters are kick ass and not worthless, the animation suits modern standards and there's no random rape scenes. However the male leads still talk Eastwood tough, there's amazing violence, there's woman in tiny robes, swearing, tons of swords and guns and skull faced robot action. Plus the music is amazing metal and demands very loud playback. This anime won't change your life, but hot damn it all to hell if it's not a barrel of fun!
Bonus points for the army general in episode three whose
design is pure classic Go Nagai cartoon look, despite the fact that no one else I the series looks like a 70s cartoon character.