The upcoming Mazinger Z that’s in production to celebrate its 45th anniversary this year has updated nicely with a new teaser for it that, for me, shows off some of the things I want to see in the architecture and design of the mechanical elements of this world. It also doesn’t hurt that we also get a premiere date out of Japan with January 13th, 2018 now set for it. 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 and 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.
Plot Concept: It has been 10 years since then. Humanity awaits a new fate. Once humanity was on the verge of destruction at the hands of the evil scientist Dr. Hell and his underground empire. Kōji Kabuto, his Mazinger Z super robot, and his friends at the photon power laboratory put an end to Dr. Hell’s evil ambitions and returned peace to the world.
It has been 10 years since then. Kōji has followed his father and grandfather and now walks the path of a scientist. He encounters a mysterious life form buried in a giant structure buried deep below Mt. Fuji. A new encounter, a new threat, and a new fate await humanity. And Kōji, who was once a hero, makes a decision for the future.
It can be a god or a demon. Once again the future is entrusted to Mazinger Z.