Mazinkaiser (マジンカイザー) is an anime OVA series released in 2001–2002 (and Mazinkaiser vs the Great Darkness General in 2002), inspired by Go Nagai’s Mazinger series. The OVA follows Kouji Kabuto, Tetsuya Tsurugi and the rest of the “Mazinger Team” as they fight against Dr. Hell’s Mechanical Beasts. An army of machines, led by Baron Ashura, defeats Kouji’s Mazinger Z and Tetsuya’s Great Mazinger. In the aftermath, Kouji stumbles upon a forgotten laboratory. Inside, he finds Mazinkaiser, the most powerful robot ever built. The series chronicles Kouji’s experience with the machine as he copes with Kaiser’s power while defeating Dr. Hell’s forces.
The OVA’s design is inspired by the original Mazinger Z manga from 1972, rather than Toei Animation’s TV series. Mazinkaiser emulates Go Nagai’s character designs, and its operatic plot is supported by a “tongue-in-cheek” cynicism in regard to the gratuitous sex and violence. Some of the Episodes draw their plot elements from the Mazinger Z manga, “Episode 3: Kouji Assassination Order!” being a good example.
In one of their epic battles, the Mazinger Team suffers a crushing defeat at the hands of Dr. Hell and his minions after Mazinger Z is stolen and its pilot, the legendary Kouji Kabuto, is rendered missing in action. Just when Dr. Hell’s second-in-command Baron Ashura uses Mazinger Z against our heroes, Kouji makes a surprise return in Mazinkaiser – an all-new Mazinger with heavier armor and deadlier attacks.
Opening Theme: “Fire Wars” by Jam Project
Ending Theme: “Tornado” by JAM Project featuring Ichiro Mizuki
Mazinkaiser: Shitou! Ankoku Dai Shogun
Opening Theme: “The Gate of The Hell” by Jam Project
Ending Theme: “Senshi yo Nemure…” by JAM Project featuring 福山芳樹
Opening : “The Eternal Soldiers” by Loudness
Ending Theme : “Juggernaut” by Sadie[sociallocker]
[2001.09.29] JAM Project – Fire Wars / Tornado
[2002.02.28] Mazinkaiser Original Soundtrack (128kbps)
[2003.08.06] The Gate of the Hell / Senshi yo Nemure…
[2010.12.15] Sadie – Juggernaut
[2010.12.15] LOUDNESS – The ETERNAL SOLDIERS [/sociallocker]
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