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'''''Mazinkaiser SKL''''' is a 3-episode OVA series based on [[Creator/GoNagai Go Nagai's]] ''Anime/MazingerZ'' mythos, released over a period between January 28th and March 25th of 2011. It's directed by Jun Kawagoe, director of ''[[GetterRobo New Getter Robo]]'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration - The Animation (OVA)''.

Three Armies, led by [[EvilOverlord Garan]], [[AxCrazy Kiba]] and [[OnlySaneWoman Aira]], occupy an island hidden under a [[ArtificialGravity Gravity Curtain]] and [[MeleeATrois fight to seize control over it]]. When the world government of WSO finds out that in next sixty-six hours the Gravity Curtain is going to overload and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt blow up the entire planet]], they send the Skull Force - a special team of Super Robot pilots - to destroy three devices mantaining it. Among them are Ken "Amon-6" Kaido and Ryo "Lucifer-4" Magami, pilots of Mazinkaiser SKL.

[[NovelizationFirst A novelization of it has been already released]], along with a Manga adaptation.

Despite the name, it is not a sequel to ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'', an earlier OVA series also based on ''Mazinger Z''.

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!!This OVA has examples:
* ActorAllusion: May be accidental, but this is not the first time Creator/SatoshiHino [[VideoGame/CrossEdge voiced a character]] who knows GunKata.
** In the English dub, it's not the [[Manga/{{Bleach}} first time]] that [[spoiler:Galen's leader was a kick-ass fighter.]]
* AmazonBrigade: The pilots of the [[FemBot Psycho Gears]], semi-mass produced machines that fight alongside SKL.
* AttemptedRape: A {{Mook}} does this upon one of the Psycho Gear's pilots... [[RefugeInAudacity By blasting an opening into her cockpit and jumping from his own mecha in the plain heat of the battle]]. He ends up [[GiantFootOfStomping stomped under SKL's foot]] after this stunt.
* BadassBoast: Ah yup.
--> [[BlasphemousBoast If God gets in our way, he'll get cut down! If the Devil does the same, then he'll be shot!]] We fight because we want to! We crush because we want to! The words "just cause" mean nothing to us!
--> There's no point in waiting for us in Hell... We ARE Hell!
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Despite ''exploding'' in the first episode, Kiba comes back to battle SKL again.]]
* BerserkButton: Ryo ''really'' doesn't like the concept of fate. Galan telling him "Your fate is sealed" in Episode 2 enrages him so much that he insists upon fighting Galan despite earlier mocking Ken for indulging in a one-on-one swordfight.
* {{BFS}}: SKL's Sword, ''Ganzantou'', which is even bigger and more fearsome looking than Mazinkaiser's ''Kaiser Blade''. Its hilt can also extend to become a massive [[BladeOnAStick polearm-like weapon]]).
* BladeOnAStick: Ryo can combine the Breast Triggers into a long-handled poleaxe.
* BloodKnight: Ken and Ryo both claim to be men who don't feel alive without battle, even stating that [[BadassBoast gods shall be cut and devils shot because they are in their way.]] This is a recurring theme in Mazinger-related boasts (Mazinger Z could make its user a god or a devil, Mazinkaiser could ''kill'' gods and devils).
* TheCameo: Characters resembling ''MazingerZ'''s mains appear in brief snippets in Episode 3: Kouji and Sayaka lookalikes are in a restaurant, Lori is the reporter, and the general who refuses to give Yuuki information on [[spoiler:Iron Kaiser]] looks like an older Boss.
* CapedMecha: It doesn't seem to be part of its standard equipment, but on some scenes SKL appears wearing a ragged dust-cloak, in the style of [[GundamWing Sandrock Kai]] or the {{Crossbone Gundam}}s.
** Given the way the primary mooks from the first episode behave, this is more likely a ShoutOut to FistOfTheNorthStar.
* CatchPhrase: "We are...HELL!"[[note]]''Ore-tachi wa...Jigoku da!''[[/note]]. See also BadassBoast.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Strongly implied for Ryo, given what little we see of his past in this brief series. His JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, as well as a sequence in the opening, shows him surrounded by identical copies, and he says he fights to prove his own existence]].
* CoolHorse: [[spoiler: In the ending of the final OVA, Mazinkaiser [[DualWielding dual wields]] [[BladeOnAStick a spear]] and its signature {{BFS}} ''while riding on a mecha horse that transforms from a mecha motorcycle'']].
** [[spoiler: And the horse has skeletal bat wings to boot]]
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The people from the Hachiryokaku faction seem to be modeled after this trope; including the pilots of the Psycho Gears, that fight while clad in togas and jewelry.
* CurbStompBattle: MazinkaiserSKL [[spoiler:gets to be ''on the receiving end'' of one against Galen in episode 2.]]
* EnergyWeapon: The Psycho Gears favored type of weapons, which include {{Laser Blade}}s and {{Ray Gun}}s
* TheEngineer: Tsubasa Yuki, a female pilot working alongside the SKL duo.
* EvilKnockoff: [[spoiler:Although named otherwise, the Iron Kaiser is actually like this towards {{Grendizer}}! It even has its own version of the Double Harken!.]]
* EyeScream: Near the end of the CurbStompBattle above, [[spoiler:Mazinkaiser evades a spear meant for the cockpit, sending it into its right eye instead.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus: Wingle's computer screens display relevant text from Wikipedia when Yuuki goes looking for information ([[spoiler:showing text from the "Robot" article when she tries to identify Iron Kaiser, and from "Gravity" when the Gravity Prison starts going haywire]]).
* TheGunslinger: Ryo Magami. He seems to be a Type C according to the related tropes...
** DualWielding (SKL's ''Breast Triggers'' are specifically designed to it)
** EnergyWeapon: Pulse Burst Mode, seen only in the last episode.
** GunFu (With lots of acrobatics and close distance action)
** GunKata (With a direct nod to the TropeNamer, nonetheless!)
** PistolWhipping (Though, it's more like Pistol Slashing, as SKL's guns have blades attached to them)
** UnorthodoxReload (By slamming his guns into a pair or "discarded" magazines)
* {{Gynoid}} The Wingle & the Hachiryokaku/Aira Army mooks.
* SociopathicHero: And how!
* HeyItsThatVoice
** Creator/NobuyukiHiyama: (Aka. [[GaoGaiGar Guy Shishioh]]... Though, most Westerners remember him as [[GurrenLagann Viral]]) voices Kiba, one of the series' antagonists.
** Creator/SatoshiHino voices Ryo Magami which is a PlayingAgainstType. Oh, and to people who have played ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', they may get reminded of Yuuto/York.
** [[ShintaroAsanuma Since when did]] [[NyanKoi Junpei]] become so HotBlooded?
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Ken prefers to slash his enemies with his katana.
* KnifeNut: Ken Kaido, who favors all sort of blades, including SKL's CoolSword.
* MythologyGag: There's a fair share to previous ''MazingerZ'' incarnations and to other GoNagai works...
** Ken and Ryo's codenames, Amon and Lucifer, are obviously shout-outs to the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, of ''{{Devilman}}''.
** Two [[CannonFodder mass-produced mechas]] among the bad guy's army, GRK-7 and DBM-2, are based on Garada K7 and Doublas M2, the first [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] that Mazinger Z ever faced, and two [[MascotMook recurring adversaries]] that have shown up in almost every adaptation of its mythos.
** The Psycho Gear's pilots are named after ''CuteyHoney'' transformations.
** The appearance of Tsubasa Yuki's mecha, [[FemBot Wingle]], bears an uncanny resemblance to the eponymous character from ''DevilmanLady''. It also the successor of the female-shaped robots from other Mazinger series, like Aphrodite A, Venus A and Minerva X.
** The crest that becomes SKL's Breast Triggers is shaped like Devilman's head.
** When Yuuki tries to identify the mystery mecha ([[spoiler:Iron Kaiser]]) in the final episode, Wingle's computer compares its silhouette to the mecha from this show and several {{RoBeast}}s from the original ''MazingerZ''.
** Ken, after [[spoiler: waking up Ryo from his unconsciousness]] says "If we died this easily, [[Manga/DororonEnmaKun Great King Enma]] would be pissed!"
* NoExportForYou: Averted as Creator/MediaBlasters has, as of 10/2011, released the [=OVAs=] on DVD and is planning to release a BluRay of the [=OVAs=] in 12/2011.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: Magami loses it when Galen finds his BerserkButton, resulting in Mazinkaiser being on the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: [[HotBlooded Ken Kaido]] and [[TheStoic Ryo Magami]], the SKL pilots, are built around this dynamic. Even their signature fighting styles (meele and range, respectively) are diametrically opposite.
* RedshirtArmy: The Psycho Gears appear to fulfill this role.
* SheFu: You might not want to underestimate TheChick Tsubasa Yuki.
** Nor the Octagon warriors! For once in Mazinger, {{FemBot}}s are shown to be useful!
* ShoutOut
** SKL is seen [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gunkata-SKL_4240.jpg striking a pose directly]] from ''{{Equilibrium}}'' before starting to kick ass, [[LampshadeHanging Gun Kata style!]]
* SkullForAHead: ...Or Skull For A Pilder, on this case.
* SpecialAttack: Let's just consolidate Kaiser's attacks under this sub-header for convenience.
** BreathWeapon: Rust Stream.
** ChestBlaster: Inferno Blaster.
** RocketPunch: Tornado Crusher[=/=][[SpellMyNameWithAnS Crasher]]. Although Ken starts complaining about [[LampshadeHanging how long it takes the hands to actually come back]], despite its coolness.
** ShockAndAwe: Thor's Hammer Breaker.
* SuperRobot: Obviously, being of the same mythos as the [[TropeCodifier Trope]] [[MazingerZ Codifier]].
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Debuts in ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX UX]]'', in which Kaidou and Magami actually ''replace Kouji''!
* XMeetsY: ''Anime/MazingerZ'' meets ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal''.
** Alternatively, ''Anime/MazingerZ'' meets ''Manga/GetterRobo''.
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