Mazinger Z Interval Peace Manga Ends Next Month

posted on 2017-09-26 02:35 EDT by Karen Ressler
Manga is spinoff of upcoming anime film

This year's 10th issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine announced last Wednesday that the Mazinger Z Interval Peace spinoff manga will end in the next issue on October 20.

Takahiro Ozawa (Tokyo Toy Box, Giga Tokyo Toy Box) is in charge of the manga's scenario, Kaoru Osada (Gunparade March Another Princess) is drawing the manga, and Go Nagai is credited with the original work. The manga launched in May on the same day as another spinoff manga, Mazinger Z Alter Ignition, which is still running on Dynamic Planning's website.

Mazinger Z Interval Peace is a spinoff work of the new anime film based on Nagai's Mazinger Z manga. The manga is the "first youthful group drama" manga in the franchise, and it takes place in a world where the very existence of super robots is questioned. The manga follows former pilot Kōji and his companions and their conflicts. The men that were once called heroes now stand at a crossroad, and must choose. Will the momentary peace be able to become a true peace?

The new film, titled Gekijōban Mazinger Z / Infinity (Mazinger Z The Movie / Infinity), 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 open theatrically in Japan on January 13.

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.

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