As a kid in the Philippines in the 70s, you were either a fan of Voltes V or Mazinger Z, the two most popular super robot manga series at the time. I liked both but I was a bigger fan of the latter. I still am.
That is why I was interested to hear about the release of sequel movie, Mazinger Z: Infinity, which hit cinemas in some countries earlier this year including the Philippines and the United States. The version released in the Philippines had English dubbing while in the States, fans had to be content with English subtitles.
Here’s the synopsis of the sequel movie:
Ten years ago, the villainous scientist Dr. Hell led his wicked followers, known as the “Underground Empire,” in a struggle to destroy all of humanity. It was against these forces that the young hero Koji Kabuto fought, piloting the legendary super robot “Mazinger Z.” Koji’s victory stopped Dr. Hell’s evil plan and returned peace to the Earth.
Now Koji has left the pilot seat behind and become a scientist in his own right, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Yet an unexpected encounter deep under Mt. Fuji triggers an even greater threat to mankind than ever before and alters Koji’s destiny forever. With humanity’s fate in their hands, Koji and Mazinger Z face a choice between good… and evil.
And here’s the trailer:
I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to watch it in the cinema (I was in the wrong country) but it’s good timing that I will visit the Philippines this August when I hope the movie will be available in DVD.