Mazinger Z was aired in the Philippines in the 1980s alongside Voltes V and Daimos until they were ordered off the air by President Ferdinand Marcos, without reaching their finales. Voltes V and Daimos came back after Marcos was gone, but Mazinger Z has never returned to this day.
The series also started being broadcast in Spain in 1978, gaining instant and overwhelming success, but it was pulled off at January from 1979 due to complains regarding violence and other questionable content. Only thirty-three random episodes had been dubbed — and one of them never was emitted — and Spanish fans had to wait to 1993 to watch the series aired again.
Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In the Spanish dub, Kouji's infamousRocket Punch line was translated as "¡Puños Fuera|" ("Fists Out!") instead of "Puño Cohete", and Sayaka's Oppai Missile attack was traslated like "¡Fuego de Pecho!" ("Breast Fire!"). However, a huge chuck of the Spanish-speaking fandom is downright convinced she told "¡Pechos Fuera!" ("Breasts Out!") despite of she never told that line.
Cross-Dressing Voices: In Spain, sixteen-years-old male teenager Kouji Kabuto was voiced by voice actress Julia Gallego.
Kouji Kabruto (Spanish for Ka-brute): Kouji, in Latin America, due to his Idiot Hero tendences.
El Boiler Con Patas (The Water Heater with Legs in Mexican Spanish): The titular robot, due to the fact it looks like a walking water heater.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Spanish loved it so much that they built a statue. No really. To be fair, it was going to be a part of an amusement park that was never built, but still...
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Mazinger Z was broadcast in Spain in 1972. However, only thirty-three random episodes of the first season were dubbed before Moral Guardians forced to pull the plug -and only thirty-two episodes were aired. The last dubbed episode never was emited-. IVS released several tapes, recopilating twenty-four of the episodes aired by RTVE 1. For fifteen years buying, renting or borrowing those few tapes were the only way Mazinger-Z fans could watch the series (and only a tiny chunk of it!). In 1993 Mazinger Z -the whole series- and Great Mazinger -part of it- were broadcast -and UFO Robo Grendizer also was aired later-, but both series never were released in tapes or DVD, and if you had not recorded the episodes or you did not know someone could lend you his/her tapes, you were out of luck. Finally in the late nineties, several movies featuring the most famous Go Nagai Super Robots were released in tape, and in the 00's a group of fans uploaded and shared both series and UFO Robo Grendizer online. However, the original Spanish dub of many episodes is still missing since they were never released (fortunately, some fans recorded several episodes and kept the tapes for THREE decades. Thank to them part of the lost dubbing job was recovered). Given the fights and disagreements between Dynamic Planning and Toei prevent the original anime series from being aired or released out of Japan, sharing the tapes or downloading the episodes online is the only way Spanish-speaking fans can watch the Mazinger trilogy.
Averted in Mexico, when the full series was released in DVD recently, along with Shin Mazinger.
Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: Mazinger Z was beaten in export to France by UFO Robo Grendizer, and since Kouji appears in that show as well, when Mazinger came over it was seen as a cheap imitation. Grendizer also technically beat Mazinger to American shores but due to name changes and the like nobody really noticed until years later.
Missing Episode: In Spain thirty-two episodes from the first season were broadcast. The first season was fifty-seven-episodes long. They were aired out of order for no apparent reason, too.
No Export for You: This is a specially moronic instance of this trope sounds scarily similar to what has happened in France with UFO Robo Grendizer. Mazinger Z was emited in 1978 and pulled out due to Moral Guardians after barely emitting thirty-two episodes of the original ninety-two. Thirty-five years later it still is popular enough licensers consider releasing the DVDs would be profitable. However, due to legal disputes between Dynamic Planning and Toei Animation, the series can not be licensed for TV broadcasts or DVD releases out of Japan. Selecta Vision has managed to publish Shin Mazinger -and made money of it- and have mentioned they would like getting Mazinkaiser licensed, and the original manga made by Go Nagai together with the Gosaku Ota version have been legally published (the Go Nagai version twice), but releasing the original series is pretty much impossible right now. The Spanish and Latin American fanbases are very NOT pleased.
Averted in America now that Discotek Media snatched up the license and will release it subtitled and completely uncut.
What Could Have Been: Sayaka Yumi from was one of the first Action Girl and Tsundere with a lead role in Anime, and she and Kouji did the Belligerent Sexual Tension bit before no one else. However, she was Put on a Bus at the end of the series. The Bus Came Back again at the end of Great Mazinger, but after the end of the series she was Put on a Bus again. She was to become the 4th spazer pilot in UFO Robo Grendizer, but character developer and co-plotter of the series, Shingo Araki, opposed Go Nagai and designed a new character that did not appear in the Grendizer manga: Maria Grace Fleed, younger sister to Grendizer main character Duke Fleed. Maria soon became a fan-favourite in the latter part of the series. It is... interesting speculating what might have happened if Sayaka and Maria showed up in the same series (both of them being hot-tempered, Hot-BloodedTsunderes liked the same boy. And Sayaka was a Clingy Jealous Girl to boot).