The upcoming Mazinger Z that’s in production to celebrate its 45th anniversary this year is moving right along and the stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 has revealed some new information. The project is tentatively called Gekijouban Mazinger Z and it was revealed that Junji Shimizu is directing it based on the screenplay by Takahiro Ozawa. With Toei Animation handling the production, Hiroya Iijima is on board as the character designer.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Showtaro Morikubo as Kouji Kabuto
- Ai Kayano as Sayaka Yumi
Based on the original work by Go Nagai, there was a 92-episode TV series that began in 1972 that was picked up by Discotek Media. There have been several other TV and OVA series over the years and movies as well.
Original Series Concept: Koji Kabuto’s grandfather has discovered two resources which can save humanity: Photon Light Energy and the ultra-impregnable alloy Chogokin Z. However, Dr. Kabuto’s research is abruptly cut off when the evil Dr. Hell sends his trusted lieutenant, the bisected Baron Ashura, to assassinate him! Koji, now orphaned along with younger brother Shiro, swear revenge using Dr. Kabuto’s last and greatest invention: the super robot Mazinger Z!
Joined by Dr. Kabuto’s successor, Dr. Yumi, his daughter Sayaka, and her research robot Aphrodite A, Koji sets out to protect Japan from Dr. Hell’s menacing mecha monsters and ensure the peaceful work of the Photon Light Institute. Can Koji and Sayaka, along with local bully boy Boss, prevent this most dangerous of villains from running amok and conquering the world?