''Mazinkaiser SKL'' is a 3-episode OVA series based on Creator/GoNagai's ''Anime/MazingerZ'' mythos, released over a period between January 28th and March 25th of 2011. It's directed by Jun Kawagoe, director of ''[[Manga/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.

But three armies of giant robots battle for control of the island, and Kaido and Magami are quickly swept up in the war.

[[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''.


* 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.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Despite ''exploding'' in the first episode, Kiba comes back to battle SKL again.]]
* 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!
* 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 from ''Devilman'' and ''Anime/MazingerZ'' appear in brief snippets in Episode 3: Akira and Miki are both 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 [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Sandrock Kai]] or the [[Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam Crossbone Gundams]].
** Given the way the primary mooks from the first episode behave, this is more likely a ShoutOut to ''Manga/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: Mazinkaiser SKL [[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.
* HeroicRematch: One done in record time after Galan curbstomps SKL during their first fight.
* 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 ''Anime/MazingerZ'' incarnations and to other Creator/GoNagai works...
** Ken and Ryo's codenames, Amon and Lucifer, are obviously shout-outs to the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, of ''Manga/{{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 ''Anime/CuteyHoney'' transformations.
** The appearance of Tsubasa Yuki's mecha, [[FemBot Wingle]], bears an uncanny resemblance to the eponymous character from ''Manga/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 ''Anime/MazingerZ''.
** Ken, after [[spoiler: waking up Ryo from his unconsciousness]] says "If we died this easily, [[Manga/DororonEnmaKun Great King Enma]] would be pissed!"
* 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, though they fare much better than Mazinger {{FemBot}}s usually do and [[WorfHadTheFlu were not prepared for a second attack by Kiba, let alone Galan attacking on the heels of that.]]
* SheFu: You might not want to underestimate TheChick Tsubasa Yuki.
* SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes: In spite of a lot of their mid-battle dialogue, Magami and Kaidou are at best Type-IIIs, pragmatic and with no qualms about killing but also reliable, willing to listen to others, cooperate with Aira's forces, and don't falter or so much as blink when they find out that saving the world will likely kill them.
* ShoutOut
** SKL is seen [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gunkata-SKL_4240.jpg striking a pose directly]] from ''Film/{{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]] [[Anime/MazingerZ Codifier]].