Mazinkaiser (1999)(2001) OVA
Directed By: Masahiko Murata
Produced By: Kichou Minami, Koji Morimoto,
Satsuki Mizuno, & Yashima Tokuhara
Runtime: 7 - 30 minute episodes
Released: 2001 (USA Video)
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Mazinkaiser (1999)
Written By: Ken Hulsey

In 1997 Banpresto approached Go Nagai about creating an
advanced version of his famous mecha, Great Mazinger, for the later
stages of their Super Robot Wars video game. The design Nagai
came up with, Mazinkaiser, is arguably the most powerful mecha
ever created. The robot proved to be so popular that it was eventually
added to the Mazinger canon (storyline). In 1999 a seven episode
OVA (Original Video Animation) anime series was produced to tell
the origin of the mecha.

Many American fans may not be too unfamiliar with the Mazinger Z
storyline, which aired under the name Tranzor Z shortly after
Robotech became popular. Many American children also got to play
with a 3 foot tall Mazinger which was released as part of Mattel’s
Shogun Warrior line of toys in the late 1970s’. I know I had one and
so did most of my friends. In the original series Mazinger Z was
always pitted against some lame robot that was created by the
enemy of the Photon Energy Research Laboratory, Dr. Hell, whose
henchman (henchwoman?) Baron Ashura would always oversee the
attack. In typical Japanese superhero style the enemy robot would
always win through the majority of the fight until Mazinger Z would
unleash all its power and destroy it. I always wondered why Dr. Hell
never just built one robot and put it aside. Then built another robot
and put it aside and so on and so on till he had an army to kick
Mazinger’s butt?

In the Mazinkaiser series Dr. Hell finally got a clue. Baron Ashura
leads an army of nasty robots into battle against both Mazinger Z and
The Great Mazinger (a later advanced version of Mazinger Z) and
succeeds in scoring a victory. As the Great Mazinger is sent packing
the Mazinger Z is all but destroyed. .
The machines pilot Kouji Kabuto escapes and follows an automated signal to a hidden cave where he finds a holographic message
from his grandfather, Juuzou Kabato, who designed and built both Mazinger
.

Dr. Hell rebuilds the Mazinger Z and sets out to destroy the Photon Laboratory. The Great Mazinger proves to be no match for the
army of lead by Ashura who is piloting the former defender of Japan. Just as all seems lost the enemy forces begin to be blasted
apart by an unseen mecha. Out of the smoke steps the Mazinkaiser piloted by Kabuto.
This new machine begins to run amok destroying everything in its path.
After the enemy forces had been vanquished the Mazinkaiser engages the
Great Mazinger! This new machine is far too powerful for the inexperienced
Kouji to control. He does manage to pull in the machines reigns just before
it begins to destroy the laboratory. It is no wonder that Juuzo Kabato felt his
creation was far too powerful and kept it secretly hidden. As the series
proceeds Kouji spends hours perfecting his piloting skills and eventually
learns to control the mighty Mazinkaiser enough to finally defeat Dr. Hell
and his minions.

Mazinkaiser is a great mini-series, which combines badass robot fights
with plenty of comic relief and good amount of topless girls. Yes, this one is
geared for the guys. As a fan of the original Mazinger Z series I was very
pleased with the way this series continued that storyline, taking it further
and showcasing newer technology. As a fan of Japanese mecha, the Great
Mazinger especially, I was very impressed by the design of the
Mazinkaiser. It is the greatest of the greats hands down. I recommend this
one to anyone who ever fired missiles out of their Shogun Warriors hand in
an attempt to shoot their cat. Don’t pretend like you never tried it!

Mazinkaiser (1999)(2001) OVA
Directed By: Masahiko Murata
Produced By: Kichou Minami, Koji Morimoto, Satsuki Mizuno, & Yashima
Tokuhara
Cast:
Ai Uchikawa as Sayaka Yumi
Akiko Hiramatsu as Lolly
Fumihiko Tachiki as BossHiroshi Yanaka as Tetsuya Tsurugi
Jouji Yanami as Professor Yumi
Kousi Tomita as Doctor Hell
Mitsuki Saiga as Jun Honoo
Sayaka Aida as Shiro Kabuto
Shiho Kikuchi as Roll
Goro Naya as Juzo Kabuto
Haruko Kitahama as Baron Ahura (Woman)
Hidekatsu Shibata as Baron Ashura (Man)
Runtime: 7 - 30 minute episodes
Color: Color
Sound: Stereo
Released: 2001 (USA Video)
The First Look At GRENDIZER - Some Bad Ass Giant Robot Action

After roughly 35 years this legendary anime, which transcended cultural
and political borders as well as inspiring millions of people around the
world, has had virtually no modern treatment or material of any sort. There
have been numerous fan projects and trailers over the past decade which
unfortunately have not blossomed into full productions . Being a Grendizer
fan myself and a professional visual effects artist/producer I also created a
modern version of Grendizer which a lot of fans around the world seem to
enjoy. Upon completing the latest trailer I wanted to somehow give the fans
a chance to see the continuation of this work into a full feature. I contacted
Dynamic (the owners of Grendizer) and inquired about doing a fan-funded
film with no commercial release. "
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More Info On Jules Urbach's Shogun Warrior Movie "Gaiking"

There have been many people in the entertainment biz that have
questioned why film maker, Jules Urbach, would opt to make a live-action,
3D, film based on a Japanese giant robot cartoon from the 1970s that was
rarely seen on American television?

Others are also wondering why Urbach would choose to release his film,
"Gaiking", in the same year as "Godzilla 2012", "The Avengers", "Star Trek
2", "Batman 3", possibly "Cloverfield 2", "Iron Man 3", and the newly
announced, "Monsterpocalypse"?

True, the "Transformers" movies have made bank, and similar films, such
as "Robotech", "Voltron" and "Battletech" are also in development for
release over the next few years, but making a film based on a property such
as "Gaiking" looks, on the outset, like a major gamble.

I'm sure that there are a good amount of us generation x'ers out there that
remember "Gaiking" from the popular Mattel toy line, "Shogun Warriors",
which came out in the late 70s, but that's hardly enough of a fan base to
warrant such an outing...or is it?
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Shogun Warriors #1, February 1979 Issue - Marvel Comics

Introducing the Guardians of Freedom - the Shogun Warriors. Massive
engines of power, forged by the technology of the future, and piloted by the
bravest heroes the world has ever known. In the first exciting issue Raydeen
battles the colossal might of Rok-Korr! .

The series was firmly rooted in the Marvel Universe, as evidenced by their
interactions with the Fantastic Four in the last two issues. Issue #15 (April
1980) was a fill-in written by Steven Grant with art by Mike Vosburg. The
series took a dramatic turn with issue #16 (May 1980), as the Shogun
Warriors' mentors were destroyed by the Primal One and his followers. This
alien force decided that Earth's technology had outpaced its morality, and
so it was their duty to destroy the Shogun Warriors as well as other powerful
humans, including Reed Richards and Tony Stark. Declining sales as well
as Moench's commitment to writing the Moon Knight series led Marvel to
cancel the Shogun Warriors title. After Marvel lost the rights to the
characters, they had a giant robot named The Samurai Destroyer destroy
the three robots offscreen before encountering the Fantastic Four and robot
pilots Richard, Genji, and Ilongo.
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