History YMMV / MazingerZ

27th Aug '17 2:09:55 AM Robbyn
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* CashCowFranchise



* EnsembleDarkHorse: In a meta sense. Go Nagai originally made this simply to blow off steam while writing the [[CrapsackWorld horribly depressing]] ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga and directing the anime. Mazinger ''blew'' Devilman out of the water in terms of popularity, which Nagai always had [[CreatorBreakdown odd feelings]] about.

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In a meta sense. Go Nagai originally made this simply to blow off steam while writing the [[CrapsackWorld horribly depressing]] ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manga and directing the anime. Mazinger ''blew'' Devilman out of the water in terms of popularity, which Nagai always had [[CreatorBreakdown odd feelings]] about.



* HilariousInHindsight: Boss had a long-haired, female cousin. ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Her name was Misato.]]'' Probably because his seiyuu in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' is Creator/FumihikoTachiki AKA Gendo.
** Also, the name Mazinger is similar enough to the name of pope Benedict XVI/Josef Ratzinger, that it lead to a flood of jokes. [http://nonciclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Papa_Mazinga] Especially the film title "Mazinger vs Devilman" becomes extremely hilarious in that context.
* MagnificentBastard: Archduke Gorgon

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Boss had a long-haired, female cousin. ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Her name was Misato.]]'' Probably because his seiyuu in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' is Creator/FumihikoTachiki AKA Gendo.
** Also, the name Mazinger is similar enough to the name of pope Benedict XVI/Josef Ratzinger, that it lead to a flood of jokes. [http://nonciclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Papa_Mazinga] com/wiki/Papa_Mazinga]. Especially the film title "Mazinger vs Devilman" becomes extremely hilarious in that context.
* JerkassWoobie: Dr. Hell. His parents were poor and his mother abused him constantly when he was a little kid, calling him ugly, telling she had never wanted to having him and her life would be easier without him, beating the crap out of him for anything while his father shrugged and ignored it. No child wanted to befriend him either, telling him he was ugly and weird. He found a getaway in reading books and started getting exceptionally good grades in school, but the only thing that accomplished was his teachers accusing him of cheating and giving his schoolmates an excuse to bully him. It went FromBadToWorse when he grew up. He fell in love with a woman but then he found out she was in love with one of the only people who had shown him respect (neither of them had wanted to hurt him, but his sanity was already so frayed he genuinely believed they had pretended to be his friends to backstab him).
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MagnificentBastard: Archduke Gorgon



* OT3: There are not many fans who do this, but some of them consider Kouji/Sayaka/Maria is a solution to the most important LoveTriangle in the trilogy (nobody seems considering Kouji/Sayaka/Boss or Tetsuya/Jun/Boss, nevertheless. [[ButtMonkey Poor Boss]]).
** It is lampshaded in this Super Robot Wars {{Yonkoma}} comic: [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi07.jpg]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: ''Anime/MazingerZ'' often faltered in international releases due to people accusing it of ripping off shows it inspired, such as ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''[=/=]''Anime/GoLion'' and it's own spinoff/sequel ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''.

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* OT3: There are not many fans who do this, but some of them consider Kouji/Sayaka/Maria is a solution to the most important LoveTriangle in the trilogy (nobody seems considering Kouji/Sayaka/Boss or Tetsuya/Jun/Boss, nevertheless. [[ButtMonkey Poor Boss]]).
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Boss]]). It is lampshaded in this Super Robot Wars {{Yonkoma}} comic: [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/tsurugi07.jpg]]
* OlderThanTheyThink: OlderThanTheyThink:
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''Anime/MazingerZ'' often faltered in international releases due to people accusing it of ripping off shows it inspired, such as ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''[=/=]''Anime/GoLion'' and it's own spinoff/sequel ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''.



* UncannyValley: The Gamia sisters were three identical {{Robot Girl}}s. Outwardly they seemed three ordinary human blonde girls... until you noticed their skin was unusually pale, their motions were eerily mechanical, their expressions were completely aloof and unchanging, they were nearly always silent and they never blinked. Anybody saw them could immediately tell there was something seriously wrong with them... before they began punching holes in walls and shredding things with razor-sharp hair.

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The Gamia sisters were three identical {{Robot Girl}}s. Outwardly they seemed three ordinary human blonde girls... until you noticed their skin was unusually pale, their motions were eerily mechanical, their expressions were completely aloof and unchanging, they were nearly always silent and they never blinked. Anybody saw them could immediately tell there was something seriously wrong with them... before they began punching holes in walls and shredding things with razor-sharp hair.



** Dr. Hell. His parents were poor and his mother abused him constantly when he was a little kid, calling him ugly, telling she had never wanted to having him and her life would be easier without him, beating the crap out of him for anything while his father shrugged and ignored it. No child wanted to befriend him either, telling him he was ugly and weird. He found a getaway in reading books and started getting exceptionally good grades in school, but the only thing that accomplished was his teachers accusing him of cheating and giving his schoolmates an excuse to bully him. It went FromBadToWorse when he grew up. He fell in love with a woman but then he found out she was in love with one of the only people who had shown him respect (neither of them had wanted to hurt him, but his sanity was already so frayed he genuinely believed they had pretended to be his friends to backstab him).
25th Jul '17 4:46:22 PM king3000
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** Also contrary to popular belief, Mazinger Z was not actually the first anime and manga series to introduce RocketPunch. The credit actually goes to Mitsuteru Yokoyama's ''Anime/GiantRobo'' (which came out 5 years before Mazinger Z) for being the troper namer for RocketPunch.

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** Also contrary to popular belief, Mazinger Z was not actually the first anime and manga series to introduce RocketPunch. The credit actually goes to Mitsuteru Yokoyama's ''Anime/GiantRobo'' (which came out 5 years before Mazinger Z) for being the troper namer TropeMaker for RocketPunch.
25th Jul '17 4:45:12 PM king3000
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** Also contrary to popular belief, Mazinger Z was not actually the first anime and manga series to introduce RocketPunch. The credit actually goes to Mitsuteru Yokoyama's ''Anime/GiantRobo'' (which came out 5 years before Mazinger Z) for being the troper namer for RocketPunch.
15th Jul '17 8:09:40 AM MightyKombat
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** "Increase the soup." This was another infamous bootleg translation line, this time from Baron Ashura. Tumblr loves this one.
7th Jul '17 9:38:31 AM Piterpicher
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** ''ShinMazingerZero'': Where to begin? In the first arc you have Kouji getting his arm ripped off and Sayaka getting raped and then impaled with several dozens of metal rods. In the next arc, the Gamia triplets shredded two guards to thin ribbons. Shortly after that, another guard got shot through her skull and then sliced in half, and the third got cut in half when she tried to run away...

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** ''ShinMazingerZero'': ''Manga/ShinMazingerZero'': Where to begin? In the first arc you have Kouji getting his arm ripped off and Sayaka getting raped and then impaled with several dozens of metal rods. In the next arc, the Gamia triplets shredded two guards to thin ribbons. Shortly after that, another guard got shot through her skull and then sliced in half, and the third got cut in half when she tried to run away...
21st Jun '17 10:14:31 AM fruitstripegum
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Throughout the entire Mazinger trilogy and ''[[Manga/NewMazinger alternate]]'' ''[[Anime/ShinMazinger series]]'' Creator/GoNagai tried to send the message of WarIsHell. Cities were destroyed and burnt to ashes, innocent people were hurt and suffered, died in horrible ways (there are several instances of genocide), lost their loved ones, were enslaved or brainwashed... and victory always had a high prize. Unfortunately, he did so by showing really cool battles between colorful and awesome {{Humongous Mecha}}s and impressive, imaginative monsters duking it out with spectacular WeaponsOfMassDestruction, so a lot of viewers kind of missed the point.
21st Jun '17 10:11:44 AM fruitstripegum
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* CryForTheDevil: Neither the original manga penned by Creator/GoNagai nor the anime series went into the past and motivations of the villains. The manga penned by Creator/GosakuOta and published simultaneously with the tv show finally revealed what they were. In one of the last chapters, as Dr. Hell is making preparations for the FinalBattle, Dr. Hell begins to narrate what his early life was like. We learn during the flashback that [[spoiler:he was born in a very poor family. His mother never wanted to have a child, constantly stated his existence was a bother for her and beat him constantly as his father did nothing. No child wanted to play with him because he looked ugly and weird.]] Looking for a way out of it he turned to books. He became very intelligent, began to get excellent grades in school... and then [[spoiler:his teachers accused him of cheating and several of his classmates bullied him. He grew up without friends until he got to college, when he befriended someone who appreciated his intelligence and he fell in love with an exchange student. Shortly after he found out they were a couple and his frayed mind was already so paranoid he thought they were plotting against him to backstab him.]] After another unpleasant incident where he got beaten for a good deed [[spoiler:(a little girl slipped in front of him and he caught her, avoiding she hit the ground and got hurt. It was a well-meaning, innocent act. However her parents thought he was molesting her, and her father pummeled him)]] his mind finally snapped and he decided HumansAreBastards and one day he would wipe the world of idiots and everyone would have to kneel before him.
2nd Dec '16 3:17:21 PM king3000
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Mazinger Z can be seen as one to some of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Super Robot works, such as Tetsujin 28-go and Giant Robo.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Mazinger Z can be is seen as one to some of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's Super Robot works, such as Tetsujin 28-go and Giant Robo.Robo, As well as Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy. Go Nagai himself stated that Tetsujin 28 and Astro Boy were the main inspirations for Mazinger Z.
26th Nov '16 4:44:17 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ValuesDissonance: The reason why Kouji's [[StayInTheKitchen blatant sexism towards Sayaka]] (and the main reason why she was so {{Tsundere}} for him) had to be toned down as the Mazinsaga continued. It'd be very unfunny to have him say "girls must not fight and you are stupid for thinking otherwise" in Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}, after all.
** In fact, that characterization was more in line with his personality in the original manga.


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* ValuesDissonance: The reason why Kouji's [[StayInTheKitchen blatant sexism towards Sayaka]] (and the main reason why she was so {{Tsundere}} for him) had to be toned down as the Mazinsaga continued. It'd be very unfunny to have him say "girls must not fight and you are stupid for thinking otherwise" in Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}, after all.
** In fact, that characterization was more in line with his personality in the original manga.
28th Oct '16 4:14:45 PM nombretomado
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** Many fans treat Kouji Kabuto as an arrogant, sexist JerkWithAHeartOfGold and a ChasteHero based on the first anime series, in spite of later retellings and remakes mostly based on his original manga incarnation where he was less of a sexist [[StayInTheKitchen toward Sayaka]] and less of a jerk, being nicer and tactful, yet also more of a pervert as befitting a GoNagai creation.

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** Many fans treat Kouji Kabuto as an arrogant, sexist JerkWithAHeartOfGold and a ChasteHero based on the first anime series, in spite of later retellings and remakes mostly based on his original manga incarnation where he was less of a sexist [[StayInTheKitchen toward Sayaka]] and less of a jerk, being nicer and tactful, yet also more of a pervert as befitting a GoNagai Creator/GoNagai creation.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Like many GoNagai works, Mazinger Z was aimed at children and young teens in Japan, but judged too violent for children in other countries.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Like many GoNagai Creator/GoNagai works, Mazinger Z was aimed at children and young teens in Japan, but judged too violent for children in other countries.
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