Mazinger Z Anime Gets Film Adaptation For 45th Anniversary
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Toei Animation announced in a press release on Thursday that Go Nagai's Mazinger Z giant robot manga and anime franchise is getting a movie adaptation. The press release itself doesn't specify that the movie will be animated. The film is commemorating the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z manga and television anime series. The film is temporarily titled Gekijōban Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z The Movie). Toei Animation is producing the project, and Toei will distribute the film.
Toei has launched a website for the new film. The film will have a stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event in Tokyo on March 26.
Nagai launched the Mazinger Z manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1972, and the television anime series premiered at the same time. The anime ran for 92 episodes from 1972-1974, and the anime's 68th episode garnered a 30.4% viewer rating when it aired on March 17, 1974.
The story follows high school boy Kōji Kabuto in his super robot Mazinger Z as he battles Dr. Hell, a mad scientist bent on world domination. The franchise has spawned four television series, at least nine movies, and several original video animation projects.
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