Mazinger Z

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Mazinger 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.


Episode List

Episode No. Title Mecha Introduced Adapted in
1 The Birth of a Miraculous Robot Mazinger Z, Garada K7, Doublas M2, Aphrodite A
2 Stop the Ashura Army!
3 The Plan to Annihilate Mazinger Z
4 Mazinger Z in Peril!!
5 Ghost Mazinger Appears
6 Dr. Hell's Two Great Mechanical Beasts
7 Baron Ashura's Great Plan
8 Great Devil Abdora's True Colors!! Abdora U6
9 Deimos F3 is Demon's Bastard Child
10 The Flying Metal Arm, Dayan
11 The Phantom Galen Cannon is going to Blow!!
12 Traitor! The Enlarged Robot, Vikong!
13 The Devil's Giant Rolling Attack!!
14 Rage! The Sleeping Giant, Spartan! Spartan K5
15 The Mechanical Beast Tsunami Plot
16 Orders to Assassinate Koji Kabuto!
17 Holzon, The Underground Mecha-Beast
18 Glossam, The Bloody Gang Of Pirates! Glossam X2
19 Devila X, The Flying Demon!!
20 The Storm Summoning Mecha-Beast Stronger
21 The Duel In The Ghost Town
22 Ambush!! The Great Underwater Fortress
23 The Operation of the Mecha-Beast Damdam's Giant Wheel
24 The Mach-Speed Mecha-Beast, Jinrai
25 The Great Eruption Of The Three Great Aeros Brothers
26 Clash! Samurai Koji vs Ashura's Mecha-Beasts
27 The Operation To Capture Aphrodite A
28 The Dark Command, The Operation To Steal Super Alloy
29 The Great Counter, Mazinpower!!
30 Shiro In Danger, Mazinger Z To The Rescue!!
31 The Captured Mecha-Beast, Operation Electromagnetic Waves
32 The Terrible Three-Headed Mecha-Beast
33 The Great Airstrike! Baras K9 In The Sky's Limit
34 The Red Lightning, Mazinger Flies In The Skies Genocider F9
35 The Shinigami Mecha-Beast, Deathma's Onslaught
36 The Mutant Mecha-Beast In The Great Lakes
37 The Devastating Scrander, Darkness's Messenger
38 Minerva X, The Mysterious Robot Minerva X
39 The Suicidal Challenge! Salde Of The Crimson Seas
40 The Evil Commander, Count Brocken Flying Fortress Gool
41 The Heaven's Deathmatch With Broken Wings
42 Evil's Commandment!! The Airstrike And The Land Attack
43 Assault!! The Surprise Attack Of The Parachutist Squad
44 Great Attack!! The New Submarine Fort Bood Sea Fortress Bood
45 Photonic Energy Research Lab, The Target of Evil!
46 The Appearance Of The Mechanical Ninja Twins
47 Horrible! Operation Infernal W
48 The Robotic Fighter Boss!! Boss Borot
49 The Crazy Robot's Great Fight
50 Shot Down!! The Jet Scrander
51 The Skull Army, The Murderers From Hell!
52 Koji's Pinch! Sayaka Destroys Mazinger!
53 Second Transformation!! The Camouflaging Mecha-Beast
54 Explosion!! The Power Of The Rocket Punch!!
55 The Great Plan To Descend Mt. Fuji
56 The Super Alloy Z, Stolen!
57 The Military Occupation of Japan By Dr. Hell!!
58 The Stronghold Of Hell's Castle!!
59 The Devil Declares War On Hell Island
60 Mazinger Z Launches Its Secret Weapon!!
61 The Song Of Rhine X1, The Robot's Destiny Rhine X1
62 What A Surprise! Boss Robot Flies In The Air
63 The Beauty Carrying The Bomb
64 Woman 007 VS The Demon Slayer Brocken
65 The Balloon Bomb Carried By The Wind
66 Jenova M9, The Killer Without A Face Jenova M9
67 Don't Cry Koji! Risk Your Life On The Cross
68 The Bodyguard From Hell, Archduke Gorgon Gusios βIII
69 The Air Disappears! The Hover Plider
70 The Invincible Commander, Koji Kabuto!!
71 The Destructive Crisis!! New Plider GO!!
72 Critical Hit!! The Giant Swing Rocket Punch Apollon A1
73 Mazinger Z, Kidnapped
74 Rest In Peace!! The End Of Aphrodite A!!
75 The Finishing Blow! The Mecha-Beast Gorgon Diana A
76 The Lover Of The Century, Diana A!
77 The Third Deadly Plot Of Count Brocken
78 Baron Ashura's Death In The Pacific Ocean!!
79 The 1 Second Before Mazinger's Explosion!! Jetfire P1
80 Fall Into Bardos Island's Trap!!
81 Burn In Hell!! Koji Kabuto!!
82 Mazinger Z In The Hands Of The Devil
83 The First Encounter!! Demon Officer Viscount Pygman!!
84 The Ocean Tomb Of Mazinger Z
85 Mysterious!! Attack Of The Dark Shadow!!
86 Onslaught! The Great Journey Of Death
87 Deadly Explosion!! The Terrible Viscount Pygman!!
88 Life Or Death? The Desperate Battle On Hell's Island
89 Now Or Never!! The 4,000 Meter Underground Wonder!!
90 Shiro's Rage!! Defeat Your Fake Mother!!
91 Last Chance!! Dr. Hell's Battle To The Death!! Haribiyun V6
92 Death Match!! Revive Our Mazinger Z!! Gratonios

Units from this series appeared in:

Character Appearances

The following characters have appeared in a Super Robot Wars as either a playable character, an enemy, or are involved in the background story as a supporting ally/enemy. The characters are sorted by faction.

  • Photonic Power Labs
    • Koji Kabuto
    • Shiro Kabuto
    • Juuzo Kabuto
    • Sayaka Miki
    • Boss
    • Nuke
    • Mucha
  • Dr. Hell's Army
    • Dr. Hell
    • Baron Ashura
    • Count Brocken
    • Archduke Gorgon

Unit Appearances

The following units and battleships have appeared in a Super Robot Wars as either a playable unit, NPC, or enemy. The units are sorted by faction.

  • Photonic Power Labs
    • Mazinger Z
    • Aphrodite A
    • Diana A
    • Boss Borot
  • Dr. Hell's Army
  • Mechabeasts
    • Garada K7
    • Doublas M2
    • Abdora U6
    • Spartan K5
    • Glossam X2
    • Genocider X9
    • Jenova M9
    • Apollon A1
    • Jetfire P1
    • Haribiyun V6
  • Ghost Mechabeasts and Others
    • Gusios βIII
    • Rhine X1
    • Flying Fortress Gool
    • Sea Fortress Bood
    • Minerva X
  • Mycenean Battle Beasts
    • Gratonios

BGM used

Song Title Song Title (Romanji) English Translation Links
マジンガーZ Mazinger Z Games

ぼくらのマジンガーZ Boku-ra no Mazinger Z Our Mazinger Z Games

Zのテーマ Z no Tema Theme of Z Games

空飛ぶマジンガーZ Soratobu Mazinger Z Flying Mazinger Z Games