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Mazinger Z

Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ or マジンガー・ゼット), also known as Tranzor Z, is the name of a manga by artist Go Nagai, first published in Japan in 1972, and turned into a long-running anime television series later in the same year. The series lasted for 92 episodes, making it the longest running anime mecha series in the genre. It remains the stepping stone of the Super Robot anime genre and its influence is still felt today. The opening theme, also titled Mazinger Z, is sung by Ichiro Mizuki.

Mazinger Z is a gigantic Super Robot, constructed with a fictitious metal called Chogokin Z (in the American translation, Super-Alloy Z), which is forged from a new element mined from a reservoir found only in the sediment of Japan's Mt. Fuji. The mecha was built by Professor Juzo Kabuto as a secret weapon against the forces of evil, represented in the series by the Mechanical Beasts (mecha used for evil purposes) of Dr Hell. The latter was the German member of a Japanese archeological team, which discovered ruins of a lost pre-Grecian civilization on an island named Bardos; the civilization was loosely based on the ancient Mycenae, and was called the Mikenese Empire in the series. One of their findings was that the Mikenese used an army of steel golems about 60 to 65 feet in height (compare with the Greek legend of Talos). Finding prototypes of those golems underground which could be remote-controlled and realizing their immense power on the battlefield, Dr. Hell goes insane and has all the other scientists of his research team killed. Except for Kabuto; the lone survivor escapes to Japan and attempts to warn the world of its imminent danger. Meanwhile, Dr. Hell establishes his headquarters on a mobile island which he sails around on, and plans to use the Mechanical Beasts to become the new ruler of the world. To counter this, Kabuto constructs Mazinger Z and manages to finish it just before being killed by a bomb planted by Hell’s right-hand man, Baron Ashura. As he is dying, he manages to inform his grandson Koji Kabuto about the robot and its use. Koji becomes the robot’s pilot, and from that point on battles both the continuous mechanical monsters, and the sinister henchmen sent by Doctor Hell in every episode.

In his Manga Works series, Go Nagai reveals that he had always loved Astro Boy and Gigantor as a child, and wanted to make his own robot anime. However, for the longest time he was unable to produce a concept that he felt didn't borrow too heavily from those two shows. One day, Nagai observed a traffic jam and mused to himself that the drivers in back would surely love a way to bypass the ones in front. From that thought came his ultimate inspiration: a giant robot that could be controlled from the inside, like a car. In his original concepts, the titular robot was Energer Z, which was controlled by a motorcycle that was driven up its back and into its head. However, with the sudden popularity of Kamen Rider, Nagai replaced the motorcycle with a hovercraft. He later redesigned Energer Z, renaming it Mazinger Z to evoke the image of a demon god (Ma, 魔, meaning demon and Jin, 神, meaning god). The motif of the Hover Pilder docking itself into Mazinger's head also borrows from Nagai's 1971 manga Demon Lord Dante (the prototype for his more popular Devilman), in which the titular giant demon has a human head (of Ryo Utsugi, the young man who merged with him) in his forehead. Interestingly, Koji Kabuto takes his surname (the Japanese word for a helmet) from the fact that he controls Mazinger Z from its head. (Wikipedia)

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Name No.sort icon Type Year
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Machinder, Super Machinder 2004
Lionbot Gokin 1998
Trans-Jets Gokin 1998
Mazinger Z Gokin 2002
Aphrodai A Aphrodai A Gokin 2000
God Mazinger Figure, Gokin 1984
Venus A Gokin 2000
Green Ghost C3 Green Ghost C3 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Rokuron Q9 Rokuron Q9 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Kingdan X10 Kingdan X10 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Dabulas M2 Dabulas M2 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Mazinga Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1979
Mazinger Z: Paladin de la Justicia Jumbo Machinder, Machinder
Spartan K5 Spartan K5 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Talking Mazinger Z Re-Issue Talker 1998
Mazinger-Z 1969 Gokin 2007
Aphrodai A Character Toy
Mazinger Z Junior Machinder, Machinder
Mazinger Z Jumbo Machinder, Machinder
Boss Borot Junior Machinder, Machinder
Mazinger Z Junior Machinder, Machinder
Boss Borot 1901 Boss Borot 1901 Character Toy, Gokin 2007
Mazinger Z: Paladin de le Justicia Lanza Puno Mazinger Z: Paladin de le Justicia Lanza Puno Accessory, Machinder
Trans Jets Giant Trans Jets Giant Character Toy, Gokin, Robot Toy
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Robot Toy
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2010
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Action Figure, Gokin, Robot Toy 2010
Mazinger Weapon Set Mazinger Weapon Set Accessory, Character Toy 2010
Retro Sofubi Mazinger Z Retro Sofubi Mazinger Z Character Toy, Robot Toy 2010
Mazinger Z Set B Mazinger Z Set B Designer Toy
Boss Borot (Silver Version) Boss Borot (Silver Version) Action Figure, Gokin 2007
Doublas (Silver Version) Doublas (Silver Version) Action Figure, Gokin 2006
Energer 1969 Energer 1969 Gokin 2011
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Action Figure 2000
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Jumbo Machinder
DX Mazinger Z DX Mazinger Z Action Figure, Character Toy, Diorama, Gokin 2012
DX Jet Scrander Set DX Jet Scrander Set Gokin 2013
Toros D-7 Toros D-7 Building Toy, Gashapon / Trading Figure 2003
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Robot Toy 2014
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z Gokin 2016
Mazinger Z (Special Color) Mazinger Z (Special Color) Gokin 2016
Boss Borot Boss Borot Gokin 2016
Garada K7 Garada K7 Gokin 2016
Getter Dragon Getter Dragon Gokin 2016
Grendizer Grendizer Gokin 2016
Jeeg Jeeg Gokin 2016
Garada K7 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Mazinger Zero Mazinger Zero Gokin 2017
Dabulas M2 Dabulas M2 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2016
Mazinger Z: Infinity Mazinger Z: Infinity Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2018
Mazinger Z GT Mazinger Z GT Vehicle 1974
Gelbros J3 Gelbros J3 0001 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2016
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z 001 Action Figure, Character Toy, Gokin, Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2016
Jet Scrander Jet Scrander 002 Accessory, Machinder, Vehicle 2017
Metaltech Z Mazinger Z Mazinger 06 Gokin 2015
Mazinger Z 1 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2000
Jumbo Machinder Mazinger Z Mazinger Z 1 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 1973
Garada K7 Garada K7 3 Jumbo Machinder, Machinder 2000
Boss Borot Boss Borot 39 Action Figure 2016
Boss Borot Boss Borot C Character Toy 1998
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z CGA-01 Gashapon / Trading Figure, Gokin 2002
Robo Junior Robo Junior CGA-17 Gashapon / Trading Figure, Gokin 2002
GA-01 Mazinger Z Mazinger Z (Reissue) GA-01 Gokin 1999
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z (4th Ver) GA-01 Gokin 2000
Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z Mazinger Z GX-01 Gokin 1997
GX-01B Mazinger Z Black GX-01B Mazinger Z Black GX-01B Gokin, Robot Toy 1998
Mazinger Z Renewal Version GX-01R Gokin 2002
Mazinger Z (OVA) GX-07 Gokin 2001
Aphrodai A GX-08 Gokin 2002
Minerva X Minerva X GX-09 Action Figure, Gokin, Robot Toy 2002
Boss Borot GX-10 Gokin 2002
Dianan A GX-11 Gokin 2002
Garada K7 GX-25 Gokin 2004
Doublas M2 GX-26 Gokin 2004
Energer Z Energer Z GX-47 Gokin 2009
Mazinger Z Mazinger Z GX-49 Gokin 2009
Mazinger Z MC-001 Figure 1999
Mazinger Z Jet Pilder Mazinger Z Jet Pilder No. 3 Vehicle 2015
Hover Pilder (Shin Mazinger) Hover Pilder (Shin Mazinger) PX-04 Gokin, Vehicle 2009
Jet Scrander U5-Z Accessory, Machinder 2000
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