History Anime / GreatMazinger

19th Feb '17 8:06:43 PM kkhohoho
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: At first sight the Mazinger trilogy seems belonging to this trope since the the heroes are mostly good guys and the villains tend to be pure evil, but in reality the morality in these series is more greyish than it seems. [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[BigBad Hell]] [[FreudianExcuse became mad after having endured years of abuse, insults and mockery from everybody -including his parents- since he was a little kid, and even when he made a good action, he usually got beaten and scorned]]. [[Anime/GreatMazinger Great General of Darkness]] wanted taking over the surface world because the Mykene civilization had been forced to live underground for millennia and he wanted his people enjoyed again things humans take for granted -such like seeing sunlight and breathing fresh air-. [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Emperor Vega]] began invading other planets because his own homeworld was dying, and several of his henchmen were {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s wanted establishing a benevolent dictatorship because they genuinely believed Earth people would be better off. And, frankly, humans in [[Anime/MazingerZ the]] [[Anime/GreatMazinger Mazinger]] [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer trilogy]] often acted like [[UngratefulBastard utter]] [[HumansAreBastards bastards]] and forced the heroes to ponder why they bothered.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: At first sight the Mazinger trilogy seems belonging to this trope since the the heroes are mostly good guys and the villains tend to be pure evil, but in reality the morality in these series is more greyish than it seems. [[MadScientist Dr.]] [[BigBad Hell]] [[FreudianExcuse became mad after having endured years of abuse, insults and mockery from everybody -including his parents- since he was a little kid, and even when he made a good action, he usually got beaten and scorned]]. [[Anime/GreatMazinger The Great General of Darkness]] wanted taking to take over the surface world because the Mykene civilization had been forced to live underground for millennia and he wanted his people enjoyed to once again enjoy things humans take for granted -such like granted; seeing sunlight again and breathing fresh air-. air. [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Emperor Vega]] began invading other planets because his own homeworld was dying, and several of his henchmen were {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s wanted establishing a benevolent dictatorship because they genuinely believed Earth Earth's people would be better off. And, frankly, humans in [[Anime/MazingerZ the]] [[Anime/GreatMazinger Mazinger]] [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer trilogy]] often acted like [[UngratefulBastard utter]] [[HumansAreBastards bastards]] and forced the heroes to ponder why they bothered.
19th Feb '17 8:01:39 PM kkhohoho
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Many centuries later, Dr. Hell and Dr. Kabuto conducted research on Bardos and through different means both of them reached the conclusion that their civilization was still alive. Dr. Hell decided on allying himself with one them (which would be a bad move). Dr. Kabuto suspected the Mykene were preparing to return to the surface and take it back from humans and he decided to start taking precautions.

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Many centuries later, Dr. Hell and Dr. Kabuto conducted research on Bardos and through different means both of them reached the conclusion that their civilization was still alive. Dr. Hell decided on allying himself with one them (which would them. (Which turned out to be a bad move). Dr. Kabuto suspected the Mykene were preparing to return to the surface and take it back from humans and he decided to start taking precautions.
19th Jan '17 4:17:06 AM DustSnitch
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** In his climatic SwordFight with TheDragon Great General of Darkness, his mecha was damaged and running out of power and he was badly hurt after a battle when he was informed that the Great General of Darkness -the biggest villain {{Badass}} of the Mazinverse- was approaching to challenge him. Everyone exhorted him to run away. What did Tetsuya do? Picking [[DualWielding two swords]] and meeting {{The Dragon}}'s challenge.

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** In his climatic SwordFight with TheDragon Great General of Darkness, his mecha was damaged and running out of power and he was badly hurt after a battle when he was informed that the Great General of Darkness -the biggest villain {{Badass}} badass of the Mazinverse- was approaching to challenge him. Everyone exhorted him to run away. What did Tetsuya do? Picking [[DualWielding two swords]] and meeting {{The Dragon}}'s challenge.



* SwordFight: Great Mazinger was the first HumongousMecha used swords like weapon (even before ''Anime/VoltesV'' or ''Anime/GoLion''). Tetsuya was quite profficient using them, and he even did DualWield. Naturally he had several sword duels throughout the series, the most famous and most fondly remembered against {{Badass}} TheDragon Great General of Darkness.

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* SwordFight: Great Mazinger was the first HumongousMecha used swords like weapon (even before ''Anime/VoltesV'' or ''Anime/GoLion''). Tetsuya was quite profficient using them, and he even did DualWield. Naturally he had several sword duels throughout the series, the most famous and most fondly remembered against {{Badass}} Badass TheDragon Great General of Darkness.



* TheWorfEffect: Tetsuya was stablished on both series how an excellent HumongousMecha AcePilot, BloodKnight CombatPragmatist and highly competent, HotBlooded {{Badass}}. In the reimaginings (''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' and ''Anime/ShinMazinger'') how did you show the situation at hand was dangerous and the villain a serious threat? Simple. Pit Tetsuya against said villain and injure him or make him struggle.

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* TheWorfEffect: Tetsuya was stablished on both series how an excellent HumongousMecha AcePilot, BloodKnight CombatPragmatist and highly competent, HotBlooded {{Badass}}.Badass. In the reimaginings (''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' and ''Anime/ShinMazinger'') how did you show the situation at hand was dangerous and the villain a serious threat? Simple. Pit Tetsuya against said villain and injure him or make him struggle.
28th Oct '16 4:12:04 PM nombretomado
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Considered DarkerAndEdgier than its predecessor, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was less successful and less popular among fans. It was followed by the next, and final, entry of the trilogy, ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. There were several {{crossover}}s among it and other GoNagai series, such as ''Manga/GetterRobo'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}''.

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Considered DarkerAndEdgier than its predecessor, ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was less successful and less popular among fans. It was followed by the next, and final, entry of the trilogy, ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. There were several {{crossover}}s among it and other GoNagai Creator/GoNagai series, such as ''Manga/GetterRobo'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}''.



* EldritchAbomination: Several of them showed up in the trilogy, often overlapping with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Great Emperor of Darkness [[spoiler:as well known as Hades]] (BigBad from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''), Gilgilgan (of the Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo movie), Grangen (of the Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo G feature), Dragonsaurus (of Grendizer, Getter Robot G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu movie), the Bigbad of SuperRoboRetsuden (a {{Crossover}} penned by Creator/KenIshikawa featuring the most popular HumongousMecha of GoNagai)... and in the ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' manga [[spoiler:Mazinger Z itself.]]

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* EldritchAbomination: Several of them showed up in the trilogy, often overlapping with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Great Emperor of Darkness [[spoiler:as well known as Hades]] (BigBad from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''), Gilgilgan (of the Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo movie), Grangen (of the Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo G feature), Dragonsaurus (of Grendizer, Getter Robot G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu movie), the Bigbad of SuperRoboRetsuden (a {{Crossover}} penned by Creator/KenIshikawa featuring the most popular HumongousMecha of GoNagai)...Creator/GoNagai)... and in the ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' manga [[spoiler:Mazinger Z itself.]]



* FinalBattle: It varies depending on if we are discussing the GoNagai manga, the anime series or the GosakuOta manga. In the anime version, [[spoiler:Great Marshall of Darkness sent several Warrior Monsters to attack the Photon Energy Research Institute as Demonika -his CoolAirship- stealthily approached the Fortress of Science. Kouji fought a powerful Warrior Beast but Tetsuya (who was irrationally jealous) refused to sortie to help him. Finally he deployed Great Mazinger, and Great Marshall chose that moment to attack. A Warrior Monster attacked Tetsuya as Demonika started bombarding the Fortress. Tetsuya was easily shot down and cut off reinforcements. Dr. Kabuto then commited a HeroicSacrifice to save him. After retrieving his corpse, Mazinger-Z, Great Mazinger, Venus A and Diana A regrouped and attacked Demonika together, blowing the Mykene army up to Hell.]] The manga versions are similar, but there is a very important difference in the GosakuOta version: Tetsuya [[spoiler:commited HeroicSacrifice, self-detonating Great Mazinger to destroy Demonika and the Mykene army.]]

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* FinalBattle: It varies depending on if we are discussing the GoNagai Creator/GoNagai manga, the anime series or the GosakuOta manga. In the anime version, [[spoiler:Great Marshall of Darkness sent several Warrior Monsters to attack the Photon Energy Research Institute as Demonika -his CoolAirship- stealthily approached the Fortress of Science. Kouji fought a powerful Warrior Beast but Tetsuya (who was irrationally jealous) refused to sortie to help him. Finally he deployed Great Mazinger, and Great Marshall chose that moment to attack. A Warrior Monster attacked Tetsuya as Demonika started bombarding the Fortress. Tetsuya was easily shot down and cut off reinforcements. Dr. Kabuto then commited a HeroicSacrifice to save him. After retrieving his corpse, Mazinger-Z, Great Mazinger, Venus A and Diana A regrouped and attacked Demonika together, blowing the Mykene army up to Hell.]] The manga versions are similar, but there is a very important difference in the GosakuOta version: Tetsuya [[spoiler:commited HeroicSacrifice, self-detonating Great Mazinger to destroy Demonika and the Mykene army.]]



** In one of the GoNagai manga chapters a Warrior Monster was holding Jun hostage. Tetsuya did not dare to attack the Monster, but [[TheProfessor Prof. Kabuto]] ordered him throwing his doubt out and attacking (in spite of Jun was his adoptive sister, BattleCouple and LoveInterest).

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** In one of the GoNagai Creator/GoNagai manga chapters a Warrior Monster was holding Jun hostage. Tetsuya did not dare to attack the Monster, but [[TheProfessor Prof. Kabuto]] ordered him throwing his doubt out and attacking (in spite of Jun was his adoptive sister, BattleCouple and LoveInterest).



* UngratefulBastard: Tetsuya and Jun had the same kind of gratitude and regard Kouji and Sayaka received for their world-saving efforts. Or even worse. In the manga episodes penned by GosakuOta -one of the GoNagai assistants-, Great Marshall Of Hell [[spoiler:warned he would blow Tokyo up unless the HomeBase and the HumongousMecha of the heroes were destroyed. People demanded the Government yielded... And they did. The Fortress of Science was destroyed, and Tetsuya and his allies were forced to flee and lie low for a while.]] During that time they had absolutely NO help to try and keep defending the humankind. They got many insults, though.

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* UngratefulBastard: Tetsuya and Jun had the same kind of gratitude and regard Kouji and Sayaka received for their world-saving efforts. Or even worse. In the manga episodes penned by GosakuOta -one of the GoNagai Creator/GoNagai assistants-, Great Marshall Of Hell [[spoiler:warned he would blow Tokyo up unless the HomeBase and the HumongousMecha of the heroes were destroyed. People demanded the Government yielded... And they did. The Fortress of Science was destroyed, and Tetsuya and his allies were forced to flee and lie low for a while.]] During that time they had absolutely NO help to try and keep defending the humankind. They got many insults, though.
15th Aug '16 10:05:52 AM longWriter
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* UnwantedAssistance: Jun was a ActionGirl with a worth-of-years extensive training like mecha pilot and martial artist. Likewise, Venus A was clearly more powerful than the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' {{Fem Bot}}s). During her first mecha battle she fought the Mykene War Beast skilfully, gaining the upper hand several times. She could have won... if Boss would have not gotten in the way EVERY TIME she was about of finishing the {{Robeast}} off, telling her [[StayInTheKitchen girls should not fight]] and he would look after the Mykene monster. Whenever she managed to shove him off, the War Beast had recovered and she had to begin again. The ironical part is Boss thought he was being chivalrous, charming and kind instead of an offensive and hindering nuisance.
28th Jul '16 10:28:26 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DeflectorShields: The Fortress of Science was equipped with a deflective energy barrier that surrounded the whole building to repel the strikes of the MonsterOfTheWeek and raids of enemy ships and airships. Unfortunately, a strong enough War Beast could shatter the barrier by employing enough brute force, and the CoDragons were DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to search and blow up the devices that made the barrier working.

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* DeflectorShields: The Fortress of Science was equipped with a deflective energy barrier that surrounded the whole building to repel the strikes of the MonsterOfTheWeek and raids of enemy ships and airships. Unfortunately, a strong enough War Beast could shatter the barrier by employing enough brute force, and the CoDragons were DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy enough to search and blow up the devices that made the barrier working.



* SnipingTheCockpit: In the Mazinger trilogy aiming for the cockpit (clearly visible in Mazinger-Z and Great Mazinger) is a common tactic constantly employed by GenreSavvy villains... and the army when the Government turns on the heroes (which also is an alarmingly common occurrence). In fact, it happened in the first Mazinger-Z manga chapter. And in a Anime/GreatMazinger manga episode, a Warbeast is holding Great Mazinger still as Marquis Janus orders to snipe the cockpit. However, the likewise GenreSavvy HumongousMecha builders had the cockpits specially reinforced to protect the pilot.

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* SnipingTheCockpit: In the Mazinger trilogy aiming for the cockpit (clearly visible in Mazinger-Z and Great Mazinger) is a common tactic constantly employed by GenreSavvy savvy villains... and the army when the Government turns on the heroes (which also is an alarmingly common occurrence). In fact, it happened in the first Mazinger-Z manga chapter. And in a Anime/GreatMazinger manga episode, a Warbeast is holding Great Mazinger still as Marquis Janus orders to snipe the cockpit. However, the likewise GenreSavvy savvy HumongousMecha builders had the cockpits specially reinforced to protect the pilot.
19th Jul '16 3:19:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy : The Mykene. Oh god the Mykene. Not only most of them are a good fighter and thinker, they know that the biggest weakness of Great Mazinger, is the fact that it is a piloted robot. This resulted in NearVillainVictory for the Mykene as early as the third chapter.
18th May '16 12:21:17 PM rafi
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* AnArmAndALeg: Great Mazinger (literally) at the end of his fight with the General of Darkness.
** Happen regurarly to Jun and Boss mechas.
18th May '16 12:18:13 PM rafi
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* {{Badass}}: Tetsuya. That is NOT debatable. Great General of the Darkness is also an absolute badass. During his duel with Great Mazinger, he beat the crap out of the giant robot, and in fact [[spoiler:he believed he had killed Tetsuya, declaring his victory before dying.]] And in a promotional material featuring all Go Nagai robots, he single-handedly crushed all of them -minus Shin Getter Robo, Grendizer and Mazinkaiser-, and the slaughter didn't stop until [[Manga/GetterRobo Shin Getter Robo]] and [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer Grendizer]] showed up.
23rd Mar '16 3:47:28 AM Tron80
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* PromotionToParent: [[spoiler:Tetsuya and Jun take care of Shiro most of the time.]] Subverted because [[spoiler:they didn't know for a long while that they were his adoptive siblings.]]
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