Mazinger Z (マジンガーZ) is manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The first manga version was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from October 1972 to August 1973, and it later continued in Kodansha TV Magazine from October 1973 to September 1974. It was adapted into an anime television series which aired on Fuji TV from December 1972 to September 1974. A second manga series was released alongside the TV show, this one drawn by Gosaku Ota, which started and ended almost at the same time as the TV show. Mazinger Z has spawned several sequels and spinoff series, most famous among them being Great Mazinger, UFO Robot Grendizer and Mazinkaiser. A Theatrical film sequel, taking place 10 years after the original series, was animated by Toei Animation and released in theaters on January 13, 2018.
The manga and anime tell the story of the protagonist, Koji Kabuto and the titular mecha Mazinger Z. The Mazinger was created by Koji's grandfather Professor Juzo Kabuto from the discovery of the fictional Japanium and using it to create the powerful and durable Super Alloy Z. It's main purpose was to combat the Mechanical Beasts of Dr. Hell, a former college of Professor Kabuto who killed the research team he and Prof. Kabuto were a part of during an expedition in the Greek island Bardos. Prof. Kabuto managed to escape and began his work on the Mazinger and other robots to combat Dr. Hell. Managing to finish it, the professor was killed by a bomb planted by one of Dr. Hell's henchmen, Baron Ashura. Koji noticing the explosion rushes to his grandfather's side. With his dying breath, the professor informs his grandson of the impending danger and gives the Mazinger to him. Koji swearing vegeance on Dr. Hell, becomes the pilot of Mazinger Z and with help from his girlfriend Sayaka Yumi, his younger brother Shiro Kabuto, and some help from Boss, Koji fights against Dr. Hell and his minions.
Power of the verse
The verse shows great ability and power, that can be called very strong. The top tiers can easily destroy, absorb or overwrite, starting from the universal scale and above. In the entire history of the series was shown only two creatures capable of such action: ZERO and Infinity, but considering that the last film reveals that such mechs were available to the ancient civilizations, it is possible that destructive potential can be much higher.
For most of the random robot and the mechanisms, it very varies; their destructive potential can range from a small town to the territory of a full continent, but with preparation via technology can be easily destroyed on a planetary scale. Ordinary people demonstrate skills only slightly higher than the performance of a common man, but with the help of various devices like Bardos Wand, which allows them to control any electrical device, their limits can be significantly exceeded. In addition, the series contains a huge number of different supernatural abilities that allow move through time, change reality, manipulate different types of energy and many another.
Note: Some plots develop in a parallel universe, showing a difference in power compared to the main series.
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