Mazinger Z
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Mazinger Z

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Majinga Z
Japanese: マジンガーZ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 33
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 2, 1972 to Aug 13, 1973
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Mecha Mecha
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Nagai, Go (Story & Art)


Score: 6.581 (scored by 21252,125 users)
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Ranked: #146972
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Popularity: #4383
Members: 4,697
Favorites: 55


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Volumes: /5
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One of the first Super Robot manga and the one that introduced most of the traits of the Mecha genre. Constructed with the Super-Alloy Z, Mazinger was built by Professor Juzo Kabuto as a weapon against the Mechanical Beasts of the evil Dr. Hell. Koji Kabuto, the grandson of Professor Kabuto, becomes the pilot of Mazinger Z when his grandfather is killed, and battles from there on against Dr. Hell and his allies. This is the first series that introduced the concept of a pilot inside a Mecha, which all series from then on have followed.

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Jan 14, 2022
Mazinger Z is a simple, yet bizarre and interesting manga, where Go Nagai's ability to clearly tell is a story is on full display, even if the overarching story is a little flat. His visuals are very clear, and many of the ideas in the manga are quite interesting, even if variations can be found elsewhere. There is little to really hold your imagination on this five volume manga alone, but the simplicity of the manga is also a strength as it is quit easy to read.

The major flaw is that most of the characters lack real development, and at times feel a bit ...
May 22, 2024
The most important thing to say about this manga is it sort of thinks of itself as a companion-work to its anime, which was being released at the same time. Occasionally things appear that the anime fans would have been familiar with but are unexplained within the manga itself.

That said, it's an excellent, short way to dip into the Mazinger franchise and still manages to give a good grasp of the main cast and main villains, some of the highlights of their adventures, and the beginning-to-ending trajectory of the central Kabuto Kouji-vs-Dr. Hell story. It also has the excellent advantage of not needing to ...
Sep 18, 2017
Mixed Feelings
You know the story, Kouji Kabuto's grandpa has built a giant robot for him, called Mazinger Z, and gave him the choice of either doing good or evil, to become a god or the devil.

But if you don't, you shouldn't make this your first contact with the series. While it's a fun read for veterans on the series, if you're getting into it for the first time, you can get really confused, as many things are simply dropped on your face without any explanation.

The series stays in a steady pace for most of its run, but in the last two volumes you can tell ...

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