New feature set 10 years after original TV anime
At France's Annecy Film Festival, manga/anime legend Go Nagai, Ichinao Nagai (producer at Dynamic Planning, and nephew of Go Nagai) and Yu Kanemaru (producer at Toei Animation) presented plans for the new animated featured based on Nagai's pioneering internally piloted mech series Mazinger Z.
In contrast to the full 3D-CGI Captain Harlock and Saint Seiya porjects, this Mazinger Z will be animated in 3D, but presented in 2D. The classic heroes Koji and Sayaka return for a new story set 10 years after the original TV series.
And speaking of legends, the 69-year-old Ichiro Mizuki, who sang the theme for the original 1972 Mazinger Z anime, returns for the new theme.
The exact date of the release was not reveled yet (but "coming soon"), however the presentation did mention plans to screen the feature in European theaters before it hits Japan.
The presentation also offered a chance for Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro to meet up with Go Nagai.
Koji Kabuto: Showtaro Morikubo (Naruto's Shikamaru Nara)
Sayaka Yumi: Ai Kayano (Konosuba's Darkness)
Creator: Go Nagai
Director: Junji Shimizu (One Piece, Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year nominee)
Screenplay: Takahiro Ozawa (Ume)
Mecha Design: Takayuki Yanase (Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Gundam 00, Metal Gear Solid 4, Broken Blade)
Character design: Hiroya Iijima (Afro Samurai)
Assistant Director: You Nakano
Music: Toshiyuki Watanabe
Opening Theme: Ichiro Mizuki
Production: Toei animation
Nagai Sempai! pic.twitter.com/Bu4Zq0GoKz— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 14, 2017
The new design for Mazinger Z ! pic.twitter.com/uzNNCbyDxO— Eldur @Annecy2017 (@Eldur_380) June 14, 2017
The detail put in the mechanical design is amazing ! pic.twitter.com/uACANYrAQK— Eldur @Annecy2017 (@Eldur_380) June 14, 2017
Sole designs for Koji Kabuto pic.twitter.com/U6y7KQtPVD— Eldur @Annecy2017 (@Eldur_380) June 14, 2017
Some more designs with suit pic.twitter.com/iIRoi313Qe— Eldur @Annecy2017 (@Eldur_380) June 14, 2017
The Photon Research lab at Mount Fuji pic.twitter.com/eRJdve7E7o— Eldur @Annecy2017 (@Eldur_380) June 14, 2017
Some Sayaka designs pic.twitter.com/LM5SpCkqPT— Eldur @Annecy2017 (@Eldur_380) June 14, 2017