New Mazinger Z Anime Film Reveals 1st Visual

posted on by Karen Ressler

The staff of the upcoming theatrical anime film based on Go Nagai's Mazinger Z unveiled the first visual for the film on Thursday. The tagline on the visual reads, "That could become either a god or a demon."

The film, tentatively titled Gekijōban Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z The Movie), is commemorating the 45th anniversary of the original Mazinger Z manga and television anime series. Toei Animation is producing the project, and Toei will distribute the 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.

Discotek Media released the original anime on DVD in North America in 2014.

Source: Comic Natalie

Image © Go Nagai / Dynamic Planning, MZ Production Committee

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