It’s only been a few weeks since the Japanese premiere of January 13th, 2018 and we’re closing in the North American premiere next week from Viz Media. Ahead of that, the distributor has brought out a brief but solid clip form the film in its original Japanese language with English subtitles that gives us a taste of the visuals and design of the film.
The project has Junji Shimizu 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., Kouzou Shioya as Dr. Sewashi Unshou, Ishizuka as Dr. Hell, Sumire Uesaka as Lisa, Natsuki Hanae as Shiro Kabuto, Kappei Yamaguchi as Mucha, Wataru Takagi as Boss, Masami Kikuchi as Nuke, Junpei Morita as Prime Minister Yumi, and Bin Shimada as Dr. Nossori.
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.