“Mazinger” Returns with Anniversary Triple Threat!

Want more Mazinger? You’re about to get it! In a year full of Go Nagai projects to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a creator, the first-ever piloted super robot is getting three projects to its name!

To start, this year sees our first glimpse at footage from the live-action Mazinger Z film, starring Showtaro Morikubo as Koji Kabuto and Ai Kayano as Sayaka Yumi. The film, which is being directed by Junji Shimizu (who has directed films for the PreCure and One Piece franchises), will air its very first completed footage at this year’s Annecy Film Festival in France. There’s still no word yet on when the completed film will be ready to watch, but potentially we’ll get a release date after the film festival.

Meanwhile, two new manga will be released this year, building on the original story. One, Mazinger Z Alter Ignition, will be a complete retelling of Koji Kabuto’s battle with Dr. Hell and his subordinates. It will feature art by Yu Kinutani, who has already lent his designs to modernizations of Go Nagai’s Devilman franchise. More information on Alter Ignition‘s release will be available soon on the Dynamic Planning website.

Coming much sooner is Mazinger Z Interval Peace, which will be running in Monthly Young Magazine. The new series is penned by Ume (who also scripted the upcoming film) and drawn by Gunparade March Another Princess artist Kaoru Osada. As for what it’s about… nobody knows. The plot of this new project in particular is being kept very much under wraps. But we don’t have long to wait before we find out: the series was announced in the most recently Monthly Young Magazine, and will begin its run in the next issue.

That’s a whole lot of Mazinger… and when paired with the upcoming Devilman crybaby on Netflix, it looks like it’s going to be an amazing anniversary year for Go Nagai!

If you need something to tide you over while you wait for all these new releases, why not watch (or rewatch) Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact?

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