History Anime / GreatMazinger

11th Nov '15 5:26:32 PM Doug86
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* BrainInAJar: The [[BodyHorror Kedora]]. Creator/KenIshikawa one-shot "The Relic of Evil" revealed that [[spoiler: the Mykene controlled their {{Robeast}} by grafting the brain of a soldier taught to destroy all non-Mykene civilizations into a parasitic organism, and it fused with a robot, giving the Mykene soldier complete control.]] They would show up later in ''ShinMazinger''.
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* BrainInAJar: The [[BodyHorror Kedora]]. Creator/KenIshikawa one-shot "The Relic of Evil" revealed that [[spoiler: the Mykene controlled their {{Robeast}} by grafting the brain of a soldier taught to destroy all non-Mykene civilizations into a parasitic organism, and it fused with a robot, giving the Mykene soldier complete control.]] They would show up later in ''ShinMazinger''.''Anime/ShinMazinger''.

* Myth/ClassicalMythology: It has an increasingly important role in the trilogy. Dr. Hell finding several HumongousMecha in the underground mazes of a Greek island has its basis on the Greek legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talos]], the giant man of bronze that protected Creta. Gorgon's {{Robeast}}s resembled gods, heroes and creatures found in the Greek myths. And in later retellings of the story (Z-Mazinger and ShinMazinger), Mazinger-Z turns out to be [[spoiler:Zeus]] and Emperor of Darkness becomes [[spoiler:Hades.]]
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* Myth/ClassicalMythology: It has an increasingly important role in the trilogy. Dr. Hell finding several HumongousMecha in the underground mazes of a Greek island has its basis on the Greek legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talos]], the giant man of bronze that protected Creta. Gorgon's {{Robeast}}s resembled gods, heroes and creatures found in the Greek myths. And in later retellings of the story (Z-Mazinger and ShinMazinger), Anime/ShinMazinger), Mazinger-Z turns out to be [[spoiler:Zeus]] and Emperor of Darkness becomes [[spoiler:Hades.]]
30th Oct '15 11:27:59 AM SunajHguh
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* AirJousting: Great Mazinger was able to fly, and the Avian Host was comprised of bird-alike AnimalMecha specialised in this kind of battles. Aerial duels were constant, the first happening in the first episode and the last of them in the last episode.
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* AirJousting: Great Mazinger was able to fly, and the Avian Host was comprised of bird-alike AnimalMecha specialised in this kind these kinds of battles. Aerial duels were constant, the first happening in the first episode and the last of them in the last episode.
13th Oct '15 7:10:36 PM DarkHunter
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Please put examples that only happen in Super Robot Wars on the proper SRW page.
* TheAce: Tetsuya. Both in series and pretty common in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', he is considered this. [[spoiler:Surprisingly Tetsuya himself is the only person who have any kind of doubts about it.]] ** Some ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' {{Yonkoma}} stories have treated with that. This, for example: [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi01.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi02.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi03.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi04.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi05.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi06.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi07.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi08.jpg]] ** Or this: [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/bp04.jpg]], [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/bp05.jpg]]
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* TheAce: Tetsuya. Both in series and pretty common in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', he Tetsuya is considered this. [[spoiler:Surprisingly Tetsuya himself is the only person who have any kind of doubts about it.]] ** Some ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' {{Yonkoma}} stories have treated with that. This, for example: [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi01.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi02.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi03.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi04.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi05.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi06.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi07.jpg]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi08.jpg]] ** Or this: [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/bp04.jpg]], [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/bp05.jpg]]]]

** One of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' manga takes this UpToEleven. He is such a good pilot that he can handles an army of Mycenean beast and its high class general with only a little help of Venus in a short time. In fact, he is so much of an ace that Egret Fehu considered Tetsuya to be an UltimateLifeform, being described as the soldier that humanity sought to achieve and, as a result [[spoiler:used as a reference for creating the Machinery Children]]. [[BadAss SANGER ZONVOLT]] sees the result of Great fighting with an expression that implies fear on his face. ** The best part of it? While the Egret Fehu part is debatable, all of this(him defending the South Atalia base with Venus) is canon. And this is a story set before the event of [[NintendoHard Alpha Gaiden]].

** The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games have exploited this. When several of the GoNagai mechas show up in the same game, they are given combination attacks. It is usually called Final Dynamic Special, and it is always impressive: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-f3LOeDqTI]].

* BreakoutCharacter : Tetsuya Tsurugi, in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha''. In the first game he is simply an extension to Koji's storyline. In ''Alpha Gaiden'', he is featured in such an extent that the fanbase pretty much considered him the Main Character of ''Alpha Gaiden'', note that Tetsuya is the only non OG character who has been considered as one.

** Hadias and his warrior beasts get better treatment in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games though with Mamirez being the only spectral type not to appear in one to date. ** If he's not potrayed for his status as TheAce or AcePilot Tetsuya Tsurugi in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' 4koma is this. Any single hole within his character is played for laughs.

** This get elaborated in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Gaiden'', where Tetsuya ''laugh in happiness'' after knowing that the Mykene is alive and he can fight them at that time.

* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': Great Mazinger is a stalwart on many ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games, appearing in every games with the original Mazinger Z excepting ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK''. However, it will be absent in games that uses the non-classic Mazinger/Mazinkaiser continuity. (Such as ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z2 and Z3]]'', that uses the ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' continuity, or ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'' that uses the SKL continuity)

* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Koji and Tetsuya has a dinstinct way to pilot their own Mazinger. Koji is the Technician, who uses his weapons in normal way, such as Mazinger's Photon powered EyeBeam as a long range weapon, pure brute force and combine it with CombatPragmatism. Tetsuya is the performer who combines his own CombatPragmatism by using Great's wide arsenal of weapon in an unorthodox way, such as using Thunder Break as weapon infusion, Swords as Lightning rods, more directed version of Thunder Break, his surprisingly weird way of handling swords, and covering Great with the heat energy of Breast Burn(which later adapted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' by Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} for Kaiser Nova).
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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Koji and Tetsuya has a dinstinct way to pilot their own Mazinger. Koji is the Technician, who uses his weapons in normal way, such as Mazinger's Photon powered EyeBeam as a long range weapon, pure brute force and combine it with CombatPragmatism. Tetsuya is the performer who combines his own CombatPragmatism by using Great's wide arsenal of weapon in an unorthodox way, such as using Thunder Break as weapon infusion, Swords as Lightning rods, more directed version of Thunder Break, his surprisingly weird way of handling swords, and covering Great with the heat energy of Breast Burn(which later adapted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' by Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} for Kaiser Nova).Burn.

* 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. Even ''Videogame/SuperRobotWars'' uses this to varying extent.
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* 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. Even ''Videogame/SuperRobotWars'' uses this to varying extent.
16th Sep '15 12:55:25 PM Willbyr
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19th Jul '15 10:16:38 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 ''{{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 series, such as ''Manga/GetterRobo'' and ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''. ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}''.

* CanonImmigrant (Great Mazinger later gets featured in the alternate retelling of the first of the trilogy, ''{{Mazinkaiser}}'')
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* CanonImmigrant (Great Mazinger later gets featured in the alternate retelling of the first of the trilogy, ''{{Mazinkaiser}}'') ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'')

* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Koji and Tetsuya has a dinstinct way to pilot their own Mazinger. Koji is the Technician, who uses his weapons in normal way, such as Mazinger's Photon powered EyeBeam as a long range weapon, pure brute force and combine it with CombatPragmatism. Tetsuya is the performer who combines his own CombatPragmatism by using Great's wide arsenal of weapon in an unorthodox way, such as using Thunder Break as weapon infusion, Swords as Lightning rods, more directed version of Thunder Break, his surprisingly weird way of handling swords, and covering Great with the heat energy of Breast Burn(which later adapted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' by {{Mazinkaiser}} for Kaiser Nova).
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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Koji and Tetsuya has a dinstinct way to pilot their own Mazinger. Koji is the Technician, who uses his weapons in normal way, such as Mazinger's Photon powered EyeBeam as a long range weapon, pure brute force and combine it with CombatPragmatism. Tetsuya is the performer who combines his own CombatPragmatism by using Great's wide arsenal of weapon in an unorthodox way, such as using Thunder Break as weapon infusion, Swords as Lightning rods, more directed version of Thunder Break, his surprisingly weird way of handling swords, and covering Great with the heat energy of Breast Burn(which later adapted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' by {{Mazinkaiser}} Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} for Kaiser Nova).
19th Jul '15 4:35:11 PM nombretomado
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After the ending of ''MazingerZ'', Mazinger Z was easily destroyed by the Mykene Battle Beasts. Kouji and Sayaka went to study in America, leaving the defense of Earth on the hands of Tetsuya Tsurugi and Jun Hono, two combat-pro [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphans]] who are slightly DarkerAndEdgier compared to Kouji and Sayaka. Piloting Great Mazinger -an upgrade to Mazinger Z, built by Kenzo, Koujiís NotQuiteDead father, by improving upon his fatherís plans- and Venus A, [[BattleCouple Tetsuya and Jun]] go to battle the Mykene Empire, led by the Emperor of Darkness, and eventually Tetsuya becomes the WorthyOpponent of TheDragon, The Great General of Darkness.
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After the ending of ''MazingerZ'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', Mazinger Z was easily destroyed by the Mykene Battle Beasts. Kouji and Sayaka went to study in America, leaving the defense of Earth on the hands of Tetsuya Tsurugi and Jun Hono, two combat-pro [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan orphans]] who are slightly DarkerAndEdgier compared to Kouji and Sayaka. Piloting Great Mazinger -an upgrade to Mazinger Z, built by Kenzo, Koujiís NotQuiteDead father, by improving upon his fatherís plans- and Venus A, [[BattleCouple Tetsuya and Jun]] go to battle the Mykene Empire, led by the Emperor of Darkness, and eventually Tetsuya becomes the WorthyOpponent of TheDragon, The Great General of Darkness.

* BigDamnHeroes (Tetsuya's forte. Even his debut was a BigDamnHeroes moment in the final episode of ''MazingerZ'', where, fresh off beating Dr. Hell, a new, more powerful army appears and promptly whups Mazinger Z. When all hope seems lost, the brand shiny new Great Mazinger shows up on scene and proceeds to hand the new enemies their butts. Tends to happen a lot in the remakes, generally kicked off with a nice, big Thunder Break).
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* BigDamnHeroes (Tetsuya's forte. Even his debut was a BigDamnHeroes moment in the final episode of ''MazingerZ'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', where, fresh off beating Dr. Hell, a new, more powerful army appears and promptly whups Mazinger Z. When all hope seems lost, the brand shiny new Great Mazinger shows up on scene and proceeds to hand the new enemies their butts. Tends to happen a lot in the remakes, generally kicked off with a nice, big Thunder Break).

** It is subverted with Kouji and Shiro's mother in the original series. In episode 90 from ''MazingerZ'', their mother appeared in the Institute, revealing she was alive and asking meeting her sons before telling them why she let them believe she was dead during years. Shiro was happy of getting his mother back, but Kouji was distrustful. [[spoiler:It turned out that Kouji was right. Their mother was truly dead and that woman was a cyborg fabricated by Dr. Hell to infiltrate the Institute and destroy Mazinger from within. So her "good reason for abandoning them" was false.]]
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** It is subverted with Kouji and Shiro's mother in the original series. In episode 90 from ''MazingerZ'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', their mother appeared in the Institute, revealing she was alive and asking meeting her sons before telling them why she let them believe she was dead during years. Shiro was happy of getting his mother back, but Kouji was distrustful. [[spoiler:It turned out that Kouji was right. Their mother was truly dead and that woman was a cyborg fabricated by Dr. Hell to infiltrate the Institute and destroy Mazinger from within. So her "good reason for abandoning them" was false.]]

* 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 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)... and in the ShinMazingerZero ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'' manga [[spoiler:Mazinger Z itself.]]

* ReforgedIntoAMinion: Ironically Emperor of Darkness did this to [[spoiler:''MazingerZ'' BigBad Dr. Hell]] turning it into his newest TheDragon. It is ironical because [[spoiler:Hell constantly turned reforged people into his minions.]]
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* ReforgedIntoAMinion: Ironically Emperor of Darkness did this to [[spoiler:''MazingerZ'' [[spoiler:''Anime/MazingerZ'' BigBad Dr. Hell]] turning it into his newest TheDragon. It is ironical because [[spoiler:Hell constantly turned reforged people into his minions.]]

* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Even though it is darker and more cynical than ''MazingerZ'', this series is still plenty idealistic. Only mustering all of their courage, heroism, unwillingness to give up and belief in the humanity, he heroes were able to carry forward and win.
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Even though it is darker and more cynical than ''MazingerZ'', ''Anime/MazingerZ'', this series is still plenty idealistic. Only mustering all of their courage, heroism, unwillingness to give up and belief in the humanity, he heroes were able to carry forward and win.

* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Bakarasu was a raven ("Bakarasu" roughly means "Dumb crow") Boss and his gang used as a lookout or a messenger. In return, Bakarasu mocked Boss, annoyed him and drove him mad. Bakarasu strangely could talk -and laugh, usually at Boss-, and theoretically it worked alongside Boss, Nuke and Mucha, but in reality it did whatever it pleased. It only had one appearance in ''MazingerZ'' (episode 69), but he showed up in several ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' episodes.
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* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Bakarasu was a raven ("Bakarasu" roughly means "Dumb crow") Boss and his gang used as a lookout or a messenger. In return, Bakarasu mocked Boss, annoyed him and drove him mad. Bakarasu strangely could talk -and laugh, usually at Boss-, and theoretically it worked alongside Boss, Nuke and Mucha, but in reality it did whatever it pleased. It only had one appearance in ''MazingerZ'' ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (episode 69), but he showed up in several ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' episodes.

* {{Tsundere}}: ''MazingerZ'' had Sayaka, ''Great'' has Jun. Both of them have little patience when TheHero goes stupid. Jun, however, also has her own problems to deal with...
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* {{Tsundere}}: ''MazingerZ'' ''Anime/MazingerZ'' had Sayaka, ''Great'' has Jun. Both of them have little patience when TheHero goes stupid. Jun, however, also has her own problems to deal with...
20th Jun '15 6:44:25 PM nombretomado
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* BrainInAJar: The [[BodyHorror Kedora]]. KenIshikawa one-shot "The Relic of Evil" revealed that [[spoiler: the Mykene controlled their {{Robeast}} by grafting the brain of a soldier taught to destroy all non-Mykene civilizations into a parasitic organism, and it fused with a robot, giving the Mykene soldier complete control.]] They would show up later in ''ShinMazinger''.
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* BrainInAJar: The [[BodyHorror Kedora]]. KenIshikawa Creator/KenIshikawa one-shot "The Relic of Evil" revealed that [[spoiler: the Mykene controlled their {{Robeast}} by grafting the brain of a soldier taught to destroy all non-Mykene civilizations into a parasitic organism, and it fused with a robot, giving the Mykene soldier complete control.]] They would show up later in ''ShinMazinger''.

* 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 KenIshikawa featuring the most popular HumongousMecha of GoNagai)... and in the 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 KenIshikawa Creator/KenIshikawa featuring the most popular HumongousMecha of GoNagai)... and in the ShinMazingerZero manga [[spoiler:Mazinger Z itself.]]
12th Jun '15 7:10:35 PM nombretomado
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Considered DarkerAndEdgier than its predecessor, ''GreatMazinger'' was less successful and less popular among fans. It was followed by the next, and final, entry of the trilogy, ''UFORoboGrendizer''. There were several {{crossover}}s among it and other GoNagai series, such as ''Manga/GetterRobo'' and ''UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''.
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Considered DarkerAndEdgier than its predecessor, ''GreatMazinger'' ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' was less successful and less popular among fans. It was followed by the next, and final, entry of the trilogy, ''UFORoboGrendizer''. ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. There were several {{crossover}}s among it and other GoNagai series, such as ''Manga/GetterRobo'' and ''UFORoboGrendizer'', ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''.

* 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]]. [[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-. [[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 [[MazingerZ the]] [[GreatMazinger Mazinger]] [[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]]. [[GreatMazinger [[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-. [[UFORoboGrendizer [[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 [[MazingerZ [[Anime/MazingerZ the]] [[GreatMazinger [[Anime/GreatMazinger Mazinger]] [[UFORoboGrendizer [[Anime/UFORoboGrendizer trilogy]] often acted like [[UngratefulBastard utter]] [[HumansAreBastards bastards]] and forced the heroes to ponder why they bothered.

* 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 ''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 KenIshikawa featuring the most popular HumongousMecha of GoNagai)... and in the 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 ''GreatMazinger''), ''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 KenIshikawa featuring the most popular HumongousMecha of GoNagai)... and in the ShinMazingerZero manga [[spoiler:Mazinger Z itself.]]

** In the ''Mazinger-Z versus Great General of Darkness'' movie it is said the legions of Mykene Warrior Monsters are commanded by Great General of Darkness. He seems to be the supreme leader of the Mykene Empire. In first episode of ''GreatMazinger'' we learnt he is the supreme commander of the Mykene ''army'', and he is under the orders of the Emperor of Darkness (also known like [[spoiler:Hades]]).
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** In the ''Mazinger-Z versus Great General of Darkness'' movie it is said the legions of Mykene Warrior Monsters are commanded by Great General of Darkness. He seems to be the supreme leader of the Mykene Empire. In first episode of ''GreatMazinger'' ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' we learnt he is the supreme commander of the Mykene ''army'', and he is under the orders of the Emperor of Darkness (also known like [[spoiler:Hades]]).

* 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 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. * SpeechImpairedAnimal: Bakarasu was a raven ("Bakarasu" roughly means "Dumb crow") Boss and his gang used as a lookout or a messenger. In return, Bakarasu mocked Boss, annoyed him and drove him mad. Bakarasu strangely could talk -and laugh, usually at Boss-, and theoretically it worked alongside Boss, Nuke and Mucha, but in reality it did whatever it pleased. It only had one appearance in ''MazingerZ'' (episode 69), but he showed up in several ''GreatMazinger'' episodes.
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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 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 GreatMazinger 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. * SpeechImpairedAnimal: Bakarasu was a raven ("Bakarasu" roughly means "Dumb crow") Boss and his gang used as a lookout or a messenger. In return, Bakarasu mocked Boss, annoyed him and drove him mad. Bakarasu strangely could talk -and laugh, usually at Boss-, and theoretically it worked alongside Boss, Nuke and Mucha, but in reality it did whatever it pleased. It only had one appearance in ''MazingerZ'' (episode 69), but he showed up in several ''GreatMazinger'' ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' episodes.

** And in one of the ''GreatMazinger'' manga back in the seventies he had to fight nine Mass-Production Great Mazingers... Yes, he is Asuka's template, definitely.
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** And in one of the ''GreatMazinger'' ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' manga back in the seventies he had to fight nine Mass-Production Great Mazingers... Yes, he is Asuka's template, definitely.
10th May '15 5:44:51 PM nombretomado
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Considered DarkerAndEdgier than its predecessor, ''GreatMazinger'' was less successful and less popular among fans. It was followed by the next, and final, entry of the trilogy, ''UFORoboGrendizer''. There were several {{crossover}}s among it and other GoNagai series, such as ''GetterRobo'' and ''UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''.
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Considered DarkerAndEdgier than its predecessor, ''GreatMazinger'' was less successful and less popular among fans. It was followed by the next, and final, entry of the trilogy, ''UFORoboGrendizer''. There were several {{crossover}}s among it and other GoNagai series, such as ''GetterRobo'' ''Manga/GetterRobo'' and ''UFORoboGrendizer'', and the two main characters reappeared in ''{{Mazinkaiser}}''.

* {{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 [[{{GetterRobo}} Shin Getter Robo]] and [[UFORoboGrendizer Grendizer]] showed up.
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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 [[{{GetterRobo}} [[Manga/GetterRobo Shin Getter Robo]] and [[UFORoboGrendizer Grendizer]] showed up.

* {{Crossover}} (Out of all 70's anime based on Dynamic Productions mangas ''Great'' has the biggest number of crossovers - one with ''UFORoboGrendizer'', one with ''GetterRobo'', one with ''Getter Robo G'' and one with ''Getter Robo G'' and ''Grendizer'' at the same time).
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* {{Crossover}} (Out of all 70's anime based on Dynamic Productions mangas ''Great'' has the biggest number of crossovers - one with ''UFORoboGrendizer'', one with ''GetterRobo'', ''Manga/GetterRobo'', one with ''Getter Robo G'' and one with ''Getter Robo G'' and ''Grendizer'' at the same time).
3rd May '15 10:44:07 PM nombretomado
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* ClassicalMythology: It has an increasingly important role in the trilogy. Dr. Hell finding several HumongousMecha in the underground mazes of a Greek island has its basis on the Greek legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talos]], the giant man of bronze that protected Creta. Gorgon's {{Robeast}}s resembled gods, heroes and creatures found in the Greek myths. And in later retellings of the story (Z-Mazinger and ShinMazinger), Mazinger-Z turns out to be [[spoiler:Zeus]] and Emperor of Darkness becomes [[spoiler:Hades.]]
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* ClassicalMythology: Myth/ClassicalMythology: It has an increasingly important role in the trilogy. Dr. Hell finding several HumongousMecha in the underground mazes of a Greek island has its basis on the Greek legend of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talos]], the giant man of bronze that protected Creta. Gorgon's {{Robeast}}s resembled gods, heroes and creatures found in the Greek myths. And in later retellings of the story (Z-Mazinger and ShinMazinger), Mazinger-Z turns out to be [[spoiler:Zeus]] and Emperor of Darkness becomes [[spoiler:Hades.]]

* GreekMythology: (Pretty much the theme of the main villains).
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* GreekMythology: Myth/GreekMythology: (Pretty much the theme of the main villains).
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