Slowly but surely, Go Nagai's robot army is making it to the US. Discotek Media, the North American source for titles like the original Mazinger Z and Devilman, have launched the news that they will be bringing Great Mazinger to DVD this year.
Fans of Mazinger Z may remember the mecha from its appearances in other iterations of the Mazinger story. But fans of the original first met the robot when pilot Tetsuya Tsurugi flew in to save the day at the very end of the original Mazinger Z.
Discotek describes the series:
After a long and difficult battle, Dr. Hell and his malicious forces have been defeated. While it seems as though peace has been achieved, a much stronger evil has arisen: the Mycenaean Empire. Lead by the Emperor of Darkness, they waste no time to dispatch their fearsome Battle Beasts, which easily defeat Mazinger Z. As Koji and Sayaka leave for the United States, it's up to skilled pilot, Tetsuya Tsurugi, and his new and improved Great Mazinger to take a stand!
Great Mazinger is the ultimate giant robot, superior [to its] predecessor in every way. It freely soars the skies with its advanced wings, and strikes down evil with its Great Blade! Together with the Science Fortress Institute, Tetsuya pilots Great Mazinger to take down the evil Mycenaean Empire!
The battle between good and evil continues in the exciting sequel to Mazinger Z!
The complete series will be coming to DVD, in the original Japanese with English subtitles, on March 27.
Source: Discotek Media on Facebook
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