Review: Mazinger Z: INFINITY


A Hero's Comeback

So, it has been around 17 years since I watched the original Mazinger Z, so a lot of that has happened in the series is foggy to me, but the movie took 10 years after the original series, and still being familiar with the characters, I was able to enjoy it. For those who aren’t familiar with Go Nagai’s work, he’s also the mangaka for Devilman, otherwise known as DEVILMAN crybaby, which is the Netflix exclusive anime everyone has been watching lately. Though both series are different, I would recommend checking out Mazinger Z and of course, Mazinger Z: Infinity, which is what the review is about.

Mazinger Z: INFINITY
Studio: Toei Animation
Licensed By: Fathom Events
Released: February 11th, 2018 (NA)

During the original series, Dr. Hell and his wicked followers, known as the Underground Empire, aimed to destroy all of humanity. The young hero and protagonist Kouji Kabuto fought against Dr. Hell and the Underground Empire by piloting the legendary super robot "Mazinger Z." Kouji's victory stopped Dr. Hell's evil plan and returned peace to the Earth.

Ten years have passed and Kouji has left pilot days behind and has become a scientist himself, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. An unexpected encounter deep under Mt. Fuji triggers an even greater threat to mankind than ever before and alters Kouji's destiny forever. With humanity's fate once again in his hands, Kouji goes back to pilot Mazinger Z one more time to face a choice between good and evil.

Even though the events of the movie take 10 years later and you don’t need to completely remember the source material, minus a few references, the way the movie was executed failed to attract a modern audience due to an unfamiliarity with the source material. Those familiar with the source material will see that the characters situations were respected as being a credible piece of the film's narrative.

Commonly to other people’s concern, what I didn’t like about the movie was themes of politics, ecology, and coming of age. The main characters struggle to embrace the future felt dragged, and the secondary character felt one-dimension, and they were just there, adding nothing to the plot. Also, the new character, LiSA, while very cute, she was just almost a copy-paste of Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Considering that the original series aired back in the 70s, it was refreshing seeing the movie in modern animation. Though like in modern animation, there was a lot of 3D animation in the movie as well, more specifically the mecha battles. Seeing the fights in action was really the highlight of the movie for me. Additionally, Ichiro Mizuki did an excellent job with the soundtrack.

The movie was a fun watch and very nostalgic. It did an excellent job delivering fan-service. but I felt like the movie was just that – like reunion but it really doesn’t add anything. Regardless, if you are fan of the series and missed out, I definitely recommend watching the movie. I’m personally looking forward to watching it again just for animation and the action and now I have a good reason to rewatch the series now. 

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Review: Mazinger Z: INFINITY reviewed by Christian Chiok



Solid and definitely has an audience. There could be some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
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