A God saves the world... Or a devil will destroy it?
Rage. Pain. Sorrow. Every emotion. Everything coming together. Flowing to the same place... To the Demon God of Demise. Inside every wish becoming zero. At my wit's end, I can just watch.
Shin Mazinger Zero (真マジンガーZERO,) is a manga that was released at nearly the same time as the anime Shin Mazinger
in the magazine Champion Red, and a part of the Mazinger Z Cash Cow Franchise
. Despite the similar titles, it has no connection to the anime. However, it DOES have a connection to the original Mazinger Z anime, as Minerva X is shown to be a reincarnation of the robot with the same name from that show.
Kouji Kabuto is an Ordinary High School Student
. He has a beautiful girlfriend, he rides a bike, he has a certain Delinquent
air, and the only unusual thing about him is his father and grandfather are two world-renowned scientists.
However, one day he starts having horrible nightmares feel scarily real... nightmares where the world has been burnt to ashes by a huge, robotical, god-like devil named Mazinger, and a pretty but not-quite-human-looking lady offers him the chance to save the world... and then she kills him.
After one of his nightmares, he and his girlfriend Sayaka are asked to go urgently to Sayaka's father's workplace, the Photon Atomic Power Research Institute, to assist with an emergency. Kouji and Sayaka ride to the Institute without knowing what their lives are about of changing radically.
In few moments, Kouji loses his father, his girlfriend, his grandfather and an arm,
and his body gets absorbed by the mechanical devil he saw in his dreams. As he is crossing the Despair Event Horizon
with the subtlety of a rhino ramming through a china shop, a group of unknown mechanical monsters attack a city. Consumed by a berserker rage and feeling his sanity slipping, Kouji goes to fight them in spite of he does not know what they are, what kind of monster he is sitting inside of, or how he is supposed to control it...
It ended up in 2012 after releasing ten volumes. A sequel -Shin Mazinger Zero vs Ankoku Daishogun
- has been announced to be released in December, with plot by Yuuki Yogo and art by Yoshiaki Tabata. It will also be published in Champion Red.
This manga provides examples of:
This is the memory of meeting Sayaka again after ten years... Remembering... Throbbing in my heart until then... Pounding... I thought at the time... People don't think with their head, they think with their heart... Everything wasn't inside of this meeting... But. That... Disappearing... everything... everything... Disappear... ing... What is it in there? My body? Then the me that's seeing... is who? Mazinger... My rage. Sorrow. Pain. Every emotion, being swallowed by Z into one... No, becoming ZERO. Disappearing. Completely vanishing...