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''Shin Mazinger Impact! Z Chapter'' is a new entry in [[GoNagai Go Nagai's]] ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Mazinger]]'' series, directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa (''GiantRobo'', ''GGundam''). While it features many characters and machines from other Go Nagai series, it is not a remake or sequel to the original TV show and manga but a complete reboot for the series intended for viewers new and old alike.

Set in the near future (or rather, [[{{Zeerust}} the near future as imagined in]] TheSeventies), humanity enters another energy revolution following the discovery of Photon Power. Derived from the Japanium ore discovered under the foothills of Mt. Fuji, its intended use was to solve the world's energy problems with its unimaginable power. Seeking this energy is [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dr. Hell]], a madman who wishes to twist the energy to [[TakeOverTheWorld his own means,]] who with his subordinates Baron Ashura, Count Brocken and Viscount Pygman, commands an army of HumongousMecha excavated from the depths of Ancient Greece to seize the Photon Power Lab for himself.

Meeting the attack head on is the HotBlooded teenager Kabuto Kouji, who pilots the Photon Powered SuperRobot Mazinger Z, built by his aging grandfather. Joining him is a rather large cast of eccentric characters with their own reasons for being invested in the fight against Dr. Hell. As the fight rages on, the many mysteries and legends surrounding the cast are gradually revealed.

The ShinMazingerZero manga was released near the same time, but is not actually related to the plot of the anime.

[[Characters/ShinMazinger A character sheet]] is under construction.

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! This series features examples of:

* TheAce: Tetsuya, so much so in fact that ASHURA calls him the best pilot to ever exist. What did he do to claim such a statement? Why nothing short of ''winning'' against a Kedora in a half-assembled Mazinger prototype. Thats right -- an unfinished '''''prototype!'''''
* {{Badass}}: The series seems to be trying to extend this to as much of the cast as possible... of particular note are Nishikiori Tsubasa, her followers, and Baron Ashura.
** Even the most useless or meek of the characters get at least one "holy shit awesome!" moment by the end of the final episode.
* BackFromTheDead: Being steeped in Gothic horror tropes, many of the cast were supposedly dead people revived by science.
* BackToBackBadasses: Tsubasa and Stroheim pull this off in episode 15.
* BadassGrandpa / CoolOldGuy: ''Juzo Kabuto''; the Shin Mazinger portrayal of him is widely agreed to be the single most enjoyable and likable in the history of the entire franchise. [[spoiler: He may even be cheating death!]]
** As of episode 22 he kinda is, [[spoiler: if you count having an AI with all his knowledge and personality installed into the Pilder.]]
** There's also Kikunosuke, a Badass ''Granny'' who wields a garotte wire made of Super Alloy Z, has SuperSpeed, and is described by the other Kurogane Five members as being the strongest of them all!
* BerserkButton: For Kouji, it's insulting his grandfather Juzo. For Baron Ashura, it's his/her appearance... especially when it thinks ''you're'' the one responsible for it.
* BigDamnHeroes: The ENTIRE first episode is essentially a series of BigDamnHeroes entrances, by the entire cast. Likewise, the series seems to specialise in awesome sudden entrances from heroes and villains, usually as part of a CliffHanger.
* TheBigGuy: Cross, who is actually [[spoiler: a cyborg made from Super Alloy Z]]
* BrainInAJar: The Kedora.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Several times throughout the series, including characters talking to/hearing the narrator or being aware of their own role in the story.
** When Boss steals Count Brocken's head to create a distraction and gain some time, this little exchange takes place:
---> "W-who are you?"
---> "They call me Boss. Not even the Author knows my real name."
** Later, when the confusion hits it's peak and Boss and Brocken's own soldiers are playing soccer with Brocken's head...
---> "I AM A TRAGIC CHARACTER!"
* BreathWeapon: Z's Rust Hurricane.
* CallingYourAttacks: With [[HotBlooded Kabuto]] [[IdiotHero Kouji]] piloting, what else do you expect?
* CaptainEthnic: Viscount Pygman, a pygmy shaman "hailing from a scorched land," who can use curses and control wild animals.
* ChestBlaster: "Breast Fire!"
* ClassicalMythology
* CliffHanger: Almost every episode.
** The final episode ends on an enormous one. Rumours abound about a concluding special or sequel series.
* CrazyPrepared: Juzo Kabuto, Nishikiori Tsubasa, Dr. Hell, [[spoiler:the entire Mycenae civilization]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Boss's two flunkies are capable enough in a fight to beat some of Baron Ashura's men on their own.
* CurbStompBattle: In Episode 1. Archduke Gorgon attempts to attack Kouji, only to get near-instantly obliterated by Zeus's gigantic spear.
* {{Delinquents}}: Boss and his gang''s''. He's apparently gotten the support of every delinquent group in Japan behind him.
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Django's instant-freeze rounds and Ankokuji uses ''something'' that can hurt Pygman despite his magic defenses.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: In episode 18, [[spoiler: in order to help Zeus, Kouji dual [[RocketPunch Rocket Punches]] Hades, the literal God of Hell, '''IN THE MOTHERFUCKING FACE!''']]
** And right after that, [[spoiler: Zeus does the same thing ''with his severed arm'' '''IN THE ''OTHER'' MOTHERFUCKING FACE!''']]
** On another note, in Boss Borot's glorious debut, it manages to deal significant amounts of damage to Mechanical Beast Baron Ashura. While Ashura's HumongousMecha isn't quite Cthulhu, Boss Borot is, [[JokeCharacter well...]] [[spoiler:Of course, this was all part of the plan...]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Okay so Dr Hell is defeated, the world is safe right? '''''WRONG!''''' Turns out doing that just let loose the Mycenae Empire on Earth.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: A very rare [[spoiler: villain example with Ashura. It got its revenge and brought back its lost civilization.]]
* EinsteinHair: Juzo, since he's a MadScientist.
* EverybodyHatesHades
* ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName: Every episode except the first ("Finale") follows this format.
* EyeBeams: The Photon Beam. Reaches the caliber of a WaveMotionGun at full output.
** Dr. Stroheim also has a laser eye.
* FaceHeelTurn: Although it's not a true FaceHeelTurn in the actual series, one of Go Nagai's other SuperRobot creations - Groizer X - makes a cameo appearance as an enemy robot in several episodes.
* FanDisservice: In episode 2 - Juzo, and in episode 12 - Baron Ashura.
* FauxActionGirl: Sayaka
* FemBot: Aphrodai A, Venus A and Million Alpha
* FiveManBand: The Kurogane Five/Kurogane Goninshuu, comprised of Yasu, Cross, Django, Sensei, and Kikunosuke. They don't really fit into any of the set archetypes, though.
** In some cases, it's not that clear. But Cross is definitely TheBigGuy due to having the most raw strength and defense, Kikunosuke is some twisted subversion of TheChick by being ''so'' freaking old and also the strongest by far, Django's TheSmartGuy due to his specialized gun rounds and reliance on indirect combat, Sensei's TheHero due to his directness, and Yasu's TheLancer due to the fact that if any of them are going to die in battle, it's gonna be him with that bomb inside his body. Yasu can make a good hero since he's the one who talks. He is the one who kind of takes the viewer (Shiro and Ankokujii) and introduces them to the five. Sort of the link into the group.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The appearance of Blade, [[spoiler:who is almost certainly Tetsuya Tsurugi, the pilot of Mazinger-Z's successor, GreatMazinger]]
** Not to mention that [[spoiler: whenever Kenzo, his adopted father is mentioned, it's either following or preceeding a lightning strike. In fact, his appearance in episode 14 was marked by some serious "heavenly thunder"]]
** Episode 2 foreshadows that [[spoiler: the murder victims are Baron Ashura's spies, since they're all killed with a vertical cut to the face. This matches Ashura him/herself, who is visibly split down the middle]]
** Tsubasa being [[spoiler: Kouji and Shiro's mother]] has been hinted at repeatedly since the first episode.
** [[spoiler: Anybody who watched the first episode knows the similarities between Mazinger Z and the God Zeus. Then, episode 18 comes in and reveals that Zeus is one of the Three Great Gods, and we get to see Hades, the second one... whose look (the face, especially) bears a certain resemblance to [[UfoRoboGrendizer Grendizer...]] SequelHook?]]
** Hell, the show has plenty of it, if you go back and rewatch previous episodes.
* FullBodyDisguise: Baron Ashura and his/her men often don these. Played for laughs, since they shouldn't be able to disguise themselves as convincingly as they do - the Iron Masks for example manage to wear helmets ''under'' their rubber masks.
** This is a RunningGag throughout the entire Mazinger franchise, and can be seen in at least one episode of Mazinkaiser off the top of my head.
** And there was that time Count Blocken disguised himself as Kenzo while piloting Energer Z
* GagBoobs: Aphrodai A's breasts have covers which can be flipped open to reveal machine guns and missiles. Then there's Million Alpha, which sits Lori and Roll in two cockpits jutting out the chest. Later on they get a twin-pronged pilder which docks with the two holes in Shin Million's chest, forming its breasts.
* GambitPileUp: A huge amount of them from both sides, to the point that in the penultimate episode Dr. Hell essentially says that the entire show until that point was just a series of backstabbing, plots and deception.
* [[GainaxEnding Gainax Beginning]]: Don't start with the first broadcast episode. You'll be EXTREMELY confused.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The Kedoras. A relic of the [[AbusivePrecursors Myceneans]], they at first appear loyal to Dr. Hell; one serves as a bridge for Archduke Gorgon before Zeus smites them both, and another attacks Kouji, stating its intent to "destroy all foreign civilizations". It then shows Dr. Hell in his lab ''destroying'' all his Kedoras, as "foreign civilizations" apparently includes Dr. Hell and his henchmen.
* {{Gonk}}: Many, many characters, as per [[GoNagai Go Nagai's]] cartoony art style.
* GunsAkimbo: Django, with both revolvers and gatling guns.
* HadakaApron - Gamia Q3 in one episode, humorously revealing her doll joints (which Ankokuji still finds attractive).
* HeelFaceTurn: Between series. In the Mazinkaiser OVA, there were three Gamia Q machines, they were evil, rarely spoke, and apparently were Baron Ashura's "daughters". The one featured in this show works on the heroes' side.
** In the final episode, [[spoiler: Baron Ashura]] makes a HeelFaceTurn for real. [[spoiler: Except it was just pretending so that Kouji would kill Dr Hell, thus allowing it to summon the Mycene army to earth. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it Kouji.]]]]
* HeroicBSOD: Kouji, when he realizes that by piloting Mazinger in the village, [[NoEndorHolocaust he's accidentally crushed many civilians]]
** Being haunted by [[spoiler:Tetsuya Tsurugi]] has caused Tsubasa to fall into one as well.
* HeroicSacrifice: As of episode 18 Cross, Django, Yasu, ''and'' Master have all seemingly bit the dust due to being crushed by one of the myceanean gods, having his torso bitten through by a tiger-centaur thing, blowing himself up to give the others the chance to get away, and being impaled by the humanoid part of the tiger-centaur. However considering what we saw in the first episode its [[WeCanRebuildHim doubtful either of these will be permanent.]]
** [[spoiler: Episode 22. They're back. Hell yeah.]]
* HotBlooded: Kouji, given his history of being controversial amongst conservative Japanese parents in his [[Manga/MazingerZ original incarnation]], does not disappoint here. He is very shouty and brash, full of self-confidence.
** Even the {{Narrator}} is extremely HotBlooded.
*** '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDj1KTha8go&fmt=18 "ENERUGAAAAAAGH ZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTO!!"]]'''
* HotbloodedSideburns: Of course!
* HowWeGotHere: Episode one is titled "Finale" and it seems to tell the story of the character's climactic final confrontation. Episode two is entitled "Activate! Mazinger!", making it the real 'first episode' in terms of chronology.
* [[LargeHam HUGE Ham]]: The narrator. Good Lord, the ''narrator'' cannot help himself but to make everything seem so, so dramatic:
--> Yes! It, the world's strongest alloy, is what makes the Mazinger Z an unsinkable castle of steel! Fearing none, thwarted by none; even if it is encircled by a thousand foes, its invincible castle of a body protects him from any number of attacks! Once more, let's call it out! That alloy's name is Super Alloy '''ZEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTOOOOOOOOOOOO!'''
** To the point that Kouji [[BreakingTheFourthWall scolds him for being a bit too hammy]].
* HumongousMecha
* IHaveManyNames: Zeus, of course. The series gives "Zeus" and "Z Mazinger".
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Master covers this trope.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Detective Ankokuji and Shiro get along pretty well. This is gets lampshaded when the later gets rather sad after his friend goes missing in action.
* JAMProject: They're playing under a slightly different name for this one song, but it's pretty much 100% JAM Project doing the opening song.
** The opening, "Kanjite Knight", is a song previously written and performed by Hironoby Kageyama's band LAZY. Since some members of that group have passed on, JAM Project filled in the gaps, hence "ULTIMATE LAZY".\\
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Second opening "The Gardian" is also by them, and is even more hotblooded than the first. That looks like a typo. It's "The Gardian" in the anime credits, but it's "The Guardian" in the OP2 single CD.
* LatexSpaceSuit: The pilot suits for both the male and female characters.
* LickingTheBlade: Django's done this with his GUN. And his tongue is long enough that the KISS guys would be green with envy.
* LightningBruiser: Danube Alpha One, which was designed to circumvent its inferior armor compared to Mazinger with drastically improved agility thanks to being a self-aware machine.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Son]] [[spoiler: Episode 16 has Kouji and Tsubasa in one sequence sporting identical [[SlasherSmile Slasher Miles]] next to each other]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: 37 named characters, and it's a 26 episode series. Despite this, they are all tied into the story somehow and get their own chances to shine.
* LongTitle: The full title of the show, in English, is ''True Mazinger Impact! Z-Chapter on television''
* LukeIAmYourFather: Tsubasa was once Dr. Hell's assistant and was just as gifted in the field of biomedical research as he was. Together they made Viscount Pygman and Baron Ashura.
* [[strike:[[MacrossMissileMassacre Macross Missile]]]] [[MacrossMissileMassacre Mazinger]] RocketPunch [[MacrossMissileMassacre Massacre]]
* MadScientist: Arguably half the focus of the story. Dr. Hell, Kouji's grandfather Juzo and Dr. Schtroheim are classic examples, [[spoiler: Tsubasa and Kenzo]] probably count too.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: For GoNagai. In addition to Mazinger, the series includes several characters from other GoNagai manga, though with different roles and personalities. These include:
** Tsubasa and her followers (Cross, Master, Yasu and Django): ''ViolenceJack''
** Sis Kiku is from ''AbashiriFamily'', though under a different name. In ''AbashiriFamily'', "Kikunosuke" is the main character, a schoolgirl.
*** Tsubasa actually originally appeared in a manga called ''GakuenTaikutsuOtoko'', as the leader of a school guerrilla. In ''ViolenceJack'', a manga known for taking old GoNagai series and {{Deconstructing}} them, she was aged up and made the leader of a group of criminals. Imagawa must have liked this portrayal better, so he chose to use it in the show.
** Likewise, Pygman's ''character design'' is taken from ''ViolenceJack''. The actual character himself is from ''MazingerZ'', but his new appearance is not.
*** For irony points the character design is the Mazinger analogue for ViolenceJack: Jim Mazinger.
** The enormous black demon seen in several episodes: ''Manga/MaoDante''
** The minor Go Nagai machine Groizer X is revised and made one of Mazinger Z's enemies in several episodes.
** Energer Z, the original design for Mazinger Z that Go Nagai drafted up prior to revising it into the machine we all know and love, is introduced into the series proper near the end.
* MasterOfDisguise: Baron Ashura and his/her men.
** Scratch that. Make it EVERYONE that serves Dr. Hell.
* MechanicalHorse: The Iron Masks often ride these (as in the original series).
* MeaningfulName: The "Mazin" in "Mazinger" is composed of two words. "Ma" meaning Devil, and "Shin" meaning God. This refers to Juzo's statement about how Mazinger Z is powerful enough to make its pilot a God or the Devil.
** Kouji Kabuto: Kabuto means "Helmet", and Kouji pilots his machine by attaching the Jet Pilder to its head.
** According to the first episode, the "Z" in Mazinger Z might represent "Zeus", too.
* MixedMetaphor: Mazinger Z is apparently an "Unsinkable castle of steel".
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Averted, despite Mazinger and SuperRobot tradition. Many episodes have no robot fighting at all, and when the villains ''do'' attack it usually involves multiple robots at once or in the same day.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Subverted with Dr. Hell. Turns out ''long'' before he dabbled in mad science, he was a perfectly sane and respected biomedical researcher.
* MundaneMadeAwesome:
** Its name is... Its name is... ITS NAME IS... ITS NAME IS... '''ITS NAME IS--!'''
** The amount of objects in the series made from Super Alloy Z gets increasingly more ridiculous as the series progresses. At first we have standard weapons in Super Alloy... then the Super Alloy mining pick appears, and it takes off from there. By the end of the series we've got Super Alloy shovels, Super Alloy frying pans, Super Alloy toothpicks, Super Alloy ''bamboo''... the list goes on.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Dr. Hell, The Great General of Darkness and The Emperor of Darkness.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero
** ESPECIALLY [[spoiler: in the last episode where the only thing that was holding the Mycenae empire was Dr. Hell. Since Kouji defeats him, they pretty much show up. And this happens AFTER the CrowningMomentofAwesome!]]
*** For those of you not understanding how that works, [[spoiler: turns out that the summoning ritual to bring back the mycene is Baron Ashura's blood from its ''suicide''. To prevent this, Doctor Hell programmed it to be unable to take its own life as long as he lived. Guess who Kouji knocked off moments before the end of the last episode.]]
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Averted in Episode 16 when the Kurogane Five faced down [[spoiler: A Kedoras-controlled Mazinger Z]]. Kikunosuke asks Master if it would really be smart to take on [[spoiler: Mazinger Z]] with nothing but a katana blade and offers him a boatload of guns. He accepts, and it probably helps make things easier for him.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Kikunosuke.
* NoEndorHolocaust: Averted in Kouji's first battle, when he accidentally crushes a bunch of civilians during a robot fight.
* OhCrap: Dr. Hell spends most of the final battle in this state, shocked and terrified by the ridiculous number of rocket punches coming his way.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Averted - all of the scientists are specialised in different fields such as robotics, biomedicine, energy research and so on, and they frequently turn to each other for their knowledge.
* PowerOfLove: This [[SubvertedTrope seems to be]] the explanation for why half of Baron Ashura's body was rotted excluding the halves that were touching each other, until [[spoiler: the final episode shows that their whole bodies were preserved, but Dr. Hell dissolved half of each in acid.]]
* PrehensileHair: The Gamia sisters.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Zeus vs. the rest of the Gods.
* RecapEpisode: Inverted. By the looks of it, the first episode is made entirely up of clips from the second half of the series)
** The first half of episode 6 has a recap though, and 22 is this peppered with new footage as well.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: {{Averted}}. Kouji and Shiro note that their grandfather makes a killing on the patents for all his inventions. However, he spends most of his money on his research.
** To no one's great surprise, it turns out he actually spent his money building Mazinger Z.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Django's Magnum Z revolvers, which fire Super Alloy Z bullets that can penetrate anything and are so durable that he can pluck them out of his victims for re-use later.
* RobotGirl: The Gamia sisters, and [[spoiler: Lorelei]].
* RoboticReveal: While several characters are later revealed as robots/cyborgs, [[spoiler: Cross]] fits the classic version of this trope.
* RocketPunch: It's a [[TropeNamer Mazinger]] show so there's lots of them. The titular robot can even [[UpToEleven transform into a giant Rocket Punch itself]], which Kouji calls the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T9aBE153Xw Big Bang Punch]]".
** Taken to ridiculous extremes in the last episode.
* SealedEvilInACan: The mechanical beasts, sealed behind the statue of Zeus in Bardos Island.
* SequelHook: And how! With so many mysteries left unsolved, [[spoiler: such as Blade,]] we can look forward to [[GreatMazinger Great-hen]]. That is, unless [[GiantRobo history repeats itself...]]
* SerialEscalation: The series is constantly outdoing itself and hits the peak in the final episode, which ''claims'' to feature 100 Rocket Punches.
* SeveredHeadSports: [[{{Gonk}} Boss,]] [[ThoseTwoGuys Macha and Nuke]] play a round of soccer with Count Brocken's head. It was played for laughs since Brocken is [[LosingYourHead still alive despite this]], and was not happy about it.
* ShoutOut: There are tons of these sprinkled all over the show, mostly to other GoNagai manga.
** The above mentioned fight with [[spoiler:Hades]] is particularly notable because it's aimed at a similar act done by DaiGuard, which in turn was a tribute to the ORIGINAL MazingerZ!
* SpamAttack / RapidFireFisticuffs: 100-Shot Rapid Fire Rocket Punch. WAAAAAAAAY more punches than the name claims. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX469Ftb-m4 And it is AWESOME]]!
** Doubles as a fleet of [[AttackDrone Attack Drones]]
* {{Stripperific}}: The Gamia sisters, who end up wearing just cloaks with nothing on underneath.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Mazinger Z has some kind of "devil" form, which resembles the titular demon from GoNagai's ''Manga/MaoDante'', activated when the Kedora docks with it]].
* SuperRobot: Again, it's a Mazinger show, so this is kind of a given.
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Made its debut in ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2'', though even before this was announced, the franchise was explicitly name-dropped by the mechanical designer, who said he was requested to come up with an "all new, awesome MAP attack" for Mazinger -- the Big Bang Punch. When the God Scrander shows up in ''Z2 Saisei-hen'', it does indeed have a MAP version of the BBP.
* TechnicalPacifist: Well, Yumi wants to use photon energy for peaceful purposes... but will not think twice about shooting you into oblivion if you endanger his daughter.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Kanjite Knight in episode 8, which gave Mazinger enough power to halt a SUBMARINE ISLAND.
** The last episode does this THREE times, with the second opening, second ending and finally the first opening. Then they turn this on its head in the closing minutes: [[spoiler:Kanjite Knight suddenly stops playing, and there is utter silence... then the DownerEnding begins]].
* TheProfessor: Prof. Yumi as well as the Three Doctors.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Gee, I sure wonder who that "Blade" guy could be...
* ThoseWackyNazis: Count Brocken, a ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot headless undead cyborg Nazi]]'' who carries his head around with him at all times, and his Iron Legion air forces.
* TogetherInDeath: Baron Ashura... who became together in life again, when they were resurrected as two halves of the same person.
* TookALevelInBadAss: Everyone with a name gets to do something badass. ''Everyone''.
** In a meta-sense Mazinger's eye beam took several levels. Originally it was just an eye beam good against mooks. Shin Mazinger it suddenly outclasses the breast fire, normally the most powerful weapon in its arsenal. That is...until it gets Big Bang Punch.
* TruerToTheText: In some ways, this is closer to the original ''Mazinger Z'' manga than the first TV series - like having a much closer art style to Go Nagai's, Gamia Q and Brockenball.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Played with. The show takes place "in the near future," but as a homage to the original series made in 1972, the world resembles TheSeventies.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: All the good guys fall hook, line and sinker for Baron Ashura's plan.]]
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: Count Brocken hauls out Energer Z, the prototype of Anime/MazingerZ, to fight Kouji and his robot. Energer Z proves to be the superior until Tsubaki reveals Zeus' hand and activates God Scrander.
* WeCanRebuildHim: Aside from all of Dr. Hell's subordinates, the gangsters that work for Tsubasa were saved from the edge of death by her and have become ridiculously strong as a result.
* WhyAmITicking: {{Averted}} - Yasu knows he has a bomb inside him (a Photon Power bomb, no less), and is willing to give his life to protect his mistress Tsubasa.
** [[spoiler: What's more... he ''survives'' his explosion. And is bummed when he later finds out that he doesn't have the bomb in his body .]]
* YourMindMakesItReal: DoubleSubverted. During the journey into the Kedoras's illusions, we ''were'' told this would happen and not long afterwards Master, Django, Yasu, and Cross died in various ways. They seemed gone for good. Come episode 19 they've returned, but all sporting some injuries... possibly implying that yes, their minds ''did'' make it real, just to a muted extent.
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