Mazinger Z

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Mazinger Z
マジンガーZ
Other Names Tranzor Z
Series Info
Broadcasting Type TV series
Episodes 92 (TV)
Original Airing Date/Release December 3, 1972 - September 1, 1974 (TV)
First Appearance Super Robot Wars


Considered to be THE granddaddy of the Super Robot Genre, Mazinger Z is the first entry of the Mazinger trilogy. The first manga version was serialized in Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump from October 1972 to August 1973, and it later continued in Kodansha TV Magazine from October 1973 to September 1974. In December 1972, the anime version premiered on Fuji Television. A second manga series was released alongside the TV show, this one drawn by Gosaku Ota, which started and ended almost at the same time of the TV show.

Mazinger Z tells the story of young Hot Blooded Idiot Hero Kouji Kabuto, grandson of a genius professor named Juuzou Kabuto. The Professor secretly built a Humongous Mecha named Mazinger Z, to battle the forces of evil — led by his rival gone mad, Dr. Hell. Unfortunately, Juuzou gets assassinated quickly, but he still manages to inform Kouji about his creation. The Professor tells him to take over, but warns him that he could become "a God or a Devil" with its power.

Along with his brother Shiro, Kouji takes Mazinger, reaches the Photoatomic Research Institute directed by Juuzou's former right hand man Dr. Gennosuke Yumi, who practically adopts the boy. Eventually he's pitted in a continuous battle against Dr. Hell, presented in a good ol' Monster of the Week fashion.

Mazinger Z was followed by Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer.

Following the success of Super Robot Wars, and the Mazinger Z upgrade Mazinkaiser created for the series, this anime received a retelling as an OVA series, Mazinkaiser, which introduces said mecha into the Mazinger canon. The OVA also featured the characters from the second of the trilogy, Great Mazinger. Made by Go Nagai, who would later inspire the creation of (but not, as common misconceptions would have you believe, actually create) ANOTHER granddaddy of Super Robot anime: Getter Robo. Mazinger Z or one of its variants (Mazinkaiser, Shin Mazinger Z, or Mazinkaiser SKL) appear in all of the Super Robot Wars games.

Units from this series appeared in: