Great Mazinger

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Great Mazinger
Other Names none
Series Info
Broadcasting Type TV series
Episodes 56 (TV)
Original Airing Date/Release 8 September, 1974 – 28 September, 1975 (TV)
First Appearance Super Robot Wars

Great Mazinger is the second entry of the Mazinger trilogy. Considered darker and edgier than his predecessor, Great Mazinger was less successful and less popular among fans despite of it having more angst and character development. Great Mazinger would be followed by the next and final entry of the trilogy, UFO Robo Grendizer. There was several crossovers among it and other Go Nagai series, featuring those such as Getter Robo and UFO Robo Grendizer, and the two main characters reappeared in the Mazinkaiser OVA.


Several millennia ago, a powerful civilization named Mykene thrived in the Greek island of Bardos. To defend their island from invaders, they employed metallic giants that blasted tongues of fire from their chests. However, an earthquake destroyed their island and the Mykene disappeared. For a long while it was believed they perished right then, but it was false. In reality they were forced to seek shelter underground, and a lot of them grafted their heads into powerful mechanical bodies to survive. However they longed to return to the surface again and getting the sunlight, fresh air, and unpolluted water back.

Many centuries later, Dr. Hell and Dr. Kabuto conducted research on Bardos and through different means both of them reached the conclusion that their civilization was still alive. Dr. Hell decided on allying himself with one them (which would be a bad move). Dr. Kabuto suspected the Mykene were preparing to return to the surface and take it back from humans and he decided to start taking precautions.

When his son and his daughter-in-law were mortally injured in a laboratory accident that went awry, he turned his son into a cyborg to keep him alive and revealed to him his plans and his fears. Kenzo Kabuto agreed to work secretly to prevent the Mykene invasion.

After the ending of Mazinger Z, Mazinger Z was easily destroyed by the Mykene Battle Beasts. Kouji and Sayaka went to study in America, leaving the defense of Earth on the hands of Tetsuya Tsurugi and Jun Hono, two combat-pro orphans who are slightly darker and edgier compared to Kouji and Sayaka. Piloting Great Mazinger, an upgrade to Mazinger Z built by Kenzo by improving upon his father’s plans, and the Venus A, Tetsuya and Jun go to battle the Mykene Empire, led by the Emperor of Darkness. Eventually Tetsuya becomes the worthy opponent of the leader of the Mycene armies, The Great General of Darkness.

Episode No. Title Mecha Introduced Adapted in
1 Hero of the Skies, Great Mazinger Debuts
  • Great Mazinger
  • Superhuman General Julicaesar
  • Bird General Birdler
  • Evil Spirit General Hadias
  • Reptilian General Draydou
  • Great General of Darkness
  • Universal Fortress Mikelos
  • Obelius

2 Messenger from Hell!! Dark Assassin Garalia
3 Guts of Fire!! The Wild Venus!! Venus A, Zugar
4 Catch and Attack!! The Science Institute!!
5 Ambush!! The Raging Battle Beast Alliance!!
6 Tetsuya Tsurugi Goes to Hell Psycoveia
7 Can't We Help?! The Terror of the Boy Braggart Grecios
8 The Finishing Strike!! Drill Pressure Punch!!
9 Exploding to Death!! The Beautiful Human Wannabe!!
10 Mazinger in Danger!! The Moving Madness Zone!!
11 Wake up, Shiro!! How a Loveless Battle Ends!!
12 Raging Bull Bisonia Strikes Back
13 Hard Fight!! Dr. Kabuto Versus the Great General of Darkness!!
14 Overthrow Imminent!! Save the Institute!! Hercules
15 Bloodsuckers!! The Terrifying Lizard Hell
16 Rise!! Young Prince of Mycenae!!
17 Tetsuya!! Crawl Your Way Out from Hell's Darkness!!
18 Dark Trap! The Docking Battle Beast!!
19 Snow, Take the Color of the Blood of Youth!!
20 Suicide Mission!! The Mycenaean Strike Force Invades!!
21 An Order Given in Rage!! The Emperor of Darkness Shows Himself!! Emperor of Darkness
22 Archduke Gorgon Dies on the Volcanic Island!!
23 The Bewitching New Commander, Marquis Janus!! Marquis Janus
24 Deathmatch!! Stake Your Life on This Blow!!
25 Calamity!! Fly, Venus A Robot. Jr
26 The Legendary Father!! Dr. Kabuto's Secret!!
27 Burn!! The Suicidal Counterattack of Rage
28 Escape!! Janus's Lava Trap!!
29 Turnaround!! Fire the Secret Weapon!!
30 Imminent Victory!! The Great General of Darkness Triumphant!!
31 Deathmatch!! The Last of the Great General of Darkness!!
32 Tetsuya, Solve It!! The Mystery of Your Heart!!
33 Great Mazinger's Legs Get Blown Off!!
34 Now, Unleash It!! Backspin Kick!!
35 Super Ninjas! The Catloup Corps!!
36 Be Reborn!! The Love That Transcends Hatred!!
37 At 3 PM, Assassinate Dr. Kabuto!!
38 Don't Cry, Tetsuya!! The Stolen Mazinger!!
39 The Final Challenge!! Flying Fortress Mikelos!!
40 The Red Cross That Calls to Death!!
41 Landfall!! Invincible Fortress Demonica!! Invincible Fortress Demonica
42 A Watery Grave!! The Battered Escape!!
43 Dire Straits!! The Science Fortress Institute!!
44 Striking Back in Rage!! The Volcanic Island Base Explodes!!
45 Great Mazinger Goes Mad!! Birdle
46 Fighting Spirit!! Until My Life Burns Out!!
47 A Silver Bullet!! The Super Speed Great Booster!! Tollukan
48 Suicide Attack!! Sayaka Appears!! Dolark
49 Endure, Shiro!! Heroes Don't Get Days Off Gunser
50 The Sun That Shines Beyond Tears!!
51 Shine, Morning Star!! Mazinger Z Returns!!
52 I Want to Be a Battle Beast!! The Backlit Death of Youth!! Jerunicas SRW R
53 The Great Heroes!! Fight, Tetsuya!! Dash, Koji!! Dokaider, Giran
54 Down with Demonica!! The Unbeatable Double Attack Gogler
55 The Final Do-or-Die Battle!! Send Tetsuya and Koji to Hell!! Gold Phoenix, Vulcania
56 Bell of Peace, Ring for the Heroes!!

Super Robot Wars Appearances

Character Appearances

  • Fortress of Science
    • Tetsuya Tsurugi
    • Jun Honoo
    • Kenzo Kabuto
    • Boss
    • Mucha
    • Nuke
  • Mycene Empire
    • Emperor of Darkness
    • Great General of Darkness
    • Great Marshall of Hell
    • Marquis Janus
    • Minister Argos
    • Archduke Gorgon
    • Superhuman General Julicaesar
    • Reptilian General Draydou
    • Evil Spirit General Hadias
    • Bird General Birdler
    • Wild Beast General Ligern
    • Aquatic General Angoras
    • Giant Insect General Scarabeth
  • Others
    • Shinichiro Ikuta

Unit Appearances

  • Fortress of Science
    • Great Mazinger
    • Venus A
    • Boss Borot
    • Robot Jr.
  • Mycene Empire
  • Generals and Fortresses
    • Emperor of Darkness
    • Superhuman General Julicaesar
    • Bird General Birdler
    • Evil Spirit General Hadias
    • Reptilian General Draydou
    • Great General of Darkness
    • Great Marshall of Hell
    • Marquis Janus
    • Universal Fortress Mikelos
    • Invincible Fortress Demonica
  • Mycene Battle Beasts
  • Superhuman Beasts
    • Grecios
    • Hercules
    • Gunser
    • Jerunicas
    • Dokaider
    • Giran
    • Gogler
    • Vulcania
  • Spectral Beasts
    • Zugar
    • Psycoveia
  • Aerial Beasts
    • Obelius
    • Birdle
    • Tollukan
    • Dolark
    • Gold Phoenix

BGM used

Song Title Song Title (Romanji) English Translation Links
おれはグレートマジンガー Ore wa Great Mazinger I am Great Mazinger Games

勇者はマジンガー Yuusha wa Mazinger The Hero Mazinger Games

鉄也のテーマ Tetsuya no Theme Tetsuya's Theme Games