While most Japanese April Fool's jokes have been yanked from the net, this one was left online, suggesting that there's a bit of pride behind it... 1972's pioneering piloted robot Mazinger Z is renowned throughout the world. So, with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the horizon, Toei figures that it's time to mine some Super-Alloy Z and build a Mazinger theme park attraction to capture the attention of now 40 and 50 year-old fan of classic mecha.
Discotek Media is getting ready to unleash the second Mazinger Z set on December 23. With less than two months to go, Discotek hit up its Facebook page to preview 12 minutes of the English-subtitled release. See the sample after the jump.
Discotek Media's latest anime acquisition is bringing us some more Mazinger Z action! 2009's Shin Mazinger Z Impact is due out in a complete DVD collection, featuring the original Japanese language with English subtitles. Hit the jump for more.
Hong Kong based Threezero offers their take on anime/manga's first internally piloted giant robot hero Mazinger Z with a 40cm figure that Good Smile Company will be distributing in August. Get a look after the jump.
Anime's first heroic giant robot piloted from an internal cockpit was 1972's Mazinger Z. Its first foes were Mechanical Beasts Doublas M2 and Garada K7. So, when Toei offers Robot Girls Z moe version Z-chan and Doublas as hug pillows and sheets, they're certainly dipping into a deep legacy. Get a look after the jump.
Discotek Media busted out some more announcements via Facebook, topped off with the license of the School Days anime series and its Magical Heart Kokoro-chan OVA. The 12-episode series and spin-off is coming on June 24 in Japanese with English subtitles. More on that and other releases after the jump.
Shortly after announcing the release date for Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Discotek Media hit up Facebook again to share some details on their Mazinger Z release. The 46-episode DVD collection of the original TV anime arrives on April 29. More after the jump.
Mazinger Z is a super robot manga/anime series created by Go Nagai in 1970s and no doubt one of the most popular robots in the genre. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary, NODA-YA in Miyagi Prefecture will release a 1/18 scale Mazinger Z figure in Spring 2014. Check the details of the 1m-tall figure after the jump!
YATTAR NEWS brings us info and pics on a super limited, super expensive item created to celebrate four decades of super robot Mazinger Z! Get a look after the jump!
Go Nagai's pioneering internally piloted mech Mazinger Z made it to the US under the name Tranzor Z, and while its not widely remembered her, it and follow-up Grendizer have quite an international following. Italy's Spadoni Production, who has previously done a CG Saint Seiya shorts, has now launched their tribute to the seminal live action mech. Get a look after the jump.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mazinger Z, Bandai's Tamashii toy division has released a special commemorative edition of the titular robot in a special battery-powered "Soul of Chogokin DX" figure along with a new 20-page one-shot manga that explains the origins of Mazinger Z, authored by Go Nagai. Hit the jump for the interview excerpt.
The anime version of pioneering piloted mech Mazinger Z debuted on Fuji Television in December 1972 (the manga predated it by two months). In honor of the seminal rocket-punching robot's 40th anniversary Bandai is releasing a prestige DX Chogokin Mazinger Z with full internal diecast skeleton, removable armor and light and sound gimmicks. Get a look after the jump.