The Classic Mecha Is Making a Comeback
Before the likes of Mobile Suit Gundam arrived on the scene, it was this particular giant robot that helped to create the explosion of mecha series that flooded the 70s and by proxy inspired many of the shows that we love today.
And just in time for his 45th anniversary, Mazinger is making a return!
According to an article on Anime News Network –
The official website for the upcoming Mazinger Z anime film announced the film’s title, Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity
The film will open in Japan on January 13, 2018. The film will have a world premiere outside Japan, before the Japanese premiere, but the staff have not announced a date or location. Some footage from the film debuted at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France in June.
Toei Animation describes the completely original story:
“Humanity was once in danger of its downfall at the hands of the Underground Empire, which was led by the evil scientist Dr. Hell. Koji Kabuto piloted the super robot Mazinger Z, and with help from his friends at the Photon Power Laboratory, he thwarted Dr. Hell’s evil ambitions and returned peace to the world. It’s been ten years since then, no longer a pilot, Koji Kabuto has taken after his father and grandfather by starting down the path of the scientist. He encounters a gigantic structure buried deep beneath Mt. Fuji, along with a mysterious indication of life. New encounters, new threats, and a new fate await mankind. The former hero Koji Kabuto has a decision to make about the future: whether to be a god or a demon. This grand action film depicts the fierce battle fought by the people and Mazinger Z–once again entrusted with the future of mankind!”
Given that there have been no shortage of modern mecha series practically drowning in “realism,” perhaps a nice cheesy robot flick is what we need!
Be sure to check out the trailer for Gekijōban Mazinger Z below.