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  • Banned in China:
    • 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.
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  • Bad Export for You: The series was quite butchered when it originally aired in Italy in 1980. It came after Grendizer and Great Mazinger, and was dubbed differently from either (also because the latter was already taken by a different network), causing a lot of confusion in viewers at the time. Most episodes had 2-3 minutes cut to squeeze more ads or or cartoons in the same airing block. Some episodes were skipped (like the one with Minerva-X), and only 51 of them were aired - it's not clear if the cause was Moral Guardians or the network having bought only part of the series. It took 2015 to finally see a complete edition of the series, but they decided to no redub the older episodes and dub the unaired ones by keeping with the original adaptation, so Kouji is "Ryo" among other things.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: In the Spanish dub, Kouji's infamous Rocket 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.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: The Mazinger franchise, since its inception in 1972, has spawned one dozen of different manga versions, sequels, spinoffs, crossovers, video games and toys, and it does not stop even forty years after its creation.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: In Spain, sixteen-years-old male teenager Kouji Kabuto was voiced by voice actress Julia Gallego.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Iron Wall / Iron Castle / Zetto - The titular Humongous Mecha from Mazinger Z.
    • Brocken Ball - The Calvin Ball-like sport played with Count Brocken's head.
    • The Institute - The Photon Atomic Power Research Institute.
    • Infernal Empire - Dr. Hell's organization.
    • Gureeto - The titular Humongous Mecha from Great Mazinger.
    • 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.
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  • Follow the Leader: Super Robot Genre shows like Tetsujin 28 already had their own success, but it was Mazinger Z that solidified the concept of piloting a robot (via a cockpit within its head, rather than remote control) and started a revolutionary trend that attracted toy makers and captivated children. Such influence would eventually lead to all sorts of landmark works that keep said genre alive and relevant to this day.
  • Franchise Zombie: The original anime series was supposed to wrap up at episode 57. However, the series was so wildly succesfull it was continued for other thirty-five episodes. And then two movies were made. And two sequels. And more movies. And crossovers. And spin-offs. And reboots. And remakes. And Go Nagai has stated he has got offers for a Mazinger-Z live-action movie... Tropes Are Not Bad however as the series is still popular and Mazinger makes appearances to this day.
  • 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 RTVE1. 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.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Go Nagai created Mazinger Z as a side-project while working on Devilman, a much Darker and Edgier series that he was passionate about, even as it took such a toll on him that he made Mazinger to blow off steam. While both series went on to become pop cultural staples in Japan, Mazinger wound up becoming more popular than Devilman.
  • 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.
    • A few episodes, mostly early ones, were skipped in Italy before the series was completely interrupted.
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  • 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 emitted 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.
  • Foreign Dubbing: The Mexican voice actor Jesús Barrero voiced Kouji Kabuto and is mainly known for voicing youths like Seiya, Yamcha (first voice), Impmon (and Beelzemon), and even Emperor Kuzco. Then he became the second voice of Peter Griffin. He voiced immature characters till his last days.
    • Let's not forget him as Professor J and Dekim Barton from the Gundam Wing dub.
  • Rerun: In Spain it was braodcast for first in 1978. It was rerun for second time in 1994.
  • Recycled: The Series: In 1975 Toei Animation produced a Super Robot Genre movie called Uchu Enban Daisenso. Go Nagai, who did the designs of characters and mechas, liked the concept so much that he decided to recycle and improve his designs and create a new series based on the movie and set in the Mazinger Z universe: UFO Robo Grendizer.
  • Role Reprisal: A very interesting example happens in the Mexican Spanish dub of the Infinity movie: Most of the voice actors from the remasterized version of the TV series reprise their roles in the film. This is especially interesting because the remasterized version used a very different cast from the very first dubbed version, who was dubbed in both the U.S. (mainly Los Angeles) and Cuba, unlike the Japanese version of the film, which use a very different cast as well from the TV series.
  • Trope Namer: For the Super Robot Genre.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The series is clearly set in The '70s given the hairstyles, clothes and technology.
  • 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-Blooded Tsunderes liked the same boy. And Sayaka was a Clingy Jealous Girl to boot).
    • Kouji Kabuto wore a Scarf Of Asskicking and used a bike to dock on Mazinger Z in Go Nagai's early designs. However, Kamen Rider premiered before Mazinger Z, and Go Nagai removed and changed those elements because he didn't want people to think he was ripping off another show.
    • Another Go Nagai series, God Mazinger, has nothing to do with the original series. However, it was meant to be the sequel from Mazinger Z. However the idea got rejected, Great Mazinger and UFO Robo Grendizer were made instead of, and years later a God Mazinger anime was made, but removed any connection to the original series.
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