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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: C+
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Mazinkaiser

Mazinkaizer Vol. #3

    May 11, 2002


Mazinkaizer Vol. #3
© Bandai Visual


What They Say


The Review!
Staff:
Original Work: Go Nagai
Producer: Murata Masahiko
Series Producer: Fujita Shizo
Character Design: Hayama Kenji

Music:
OP ? ?Fire Wars? by JAM Project featuring Kageyama Hironobu
ED ? ?Tornado? by JAM Project featuring Mizuki Ichiro

Cast:
Kabuto Koji: Ishimaru Hiroya
Dr. Hell: Tomita Kousei
Baron Ashura: Shibata Hidekazu/Kitayama Seiko
Yumi Sayaka: Uchikawa Ai
Boss: Tatsuki Fumihiko

Story:
Frustrated with the continual defeats at the hands of Kabuto Koji and Mazinkaizer, Dr. Hell orders Baron Ashura to take them any means necessary or else. The evil hermaphrodite schemes this time to strike at man behind the controls of Mazinkaizer. She plots to assassinate pilot Kabuto Koji using three female androids, collectively known as the Gamiya (a possible play on Kami or Hair in Japanese).

Dunderhead Boss is nearly killed by the beautiful trio as he makes the unfortunate mistake of trying to seduce them, while Yumi Sayaka is issued a new robot, Venus A(ce) to battle a new Kikanju ?Robot Beast?, DamDam L2. It is however Kabuto Koji and Mazinkaizer that saves the day in the end, destroying not only the Robot Beast but the lovely assassins as well.

Review:
Proving once again that this ain?t your father?s TranZor Z or rather Mazinger Z, MAZINKAIZER - Vol. 3 delivers the goods and revitalizes the Super Robot genre in the new century. After a spectacular two-part origin covered in Volumes 1 & 2, Mazinkaizer settles back down to basics as it continues the new saga and evolution of the Mazinger storyline. Viewers expecting more of the slam-bang battles of the earlier volumes may be somewhat disappointed at the slim offerings here as there is only one Kikanju ?Robot Beast? this time around. Changing gears, Volume 3 offers more slapstick humor at the expense of poor Boss, who spends much of the episode being beaten to a pulp by the shapely Gamiya assassins. Imagine a trio of gorgeous, pony-tailed beauties who could give Cutey Honey a run for her money. The Gamiya are equipped with long golden locks, which they can fashion into deadly whips that can tear through even metal. Kabuto is put to the test battling these girls but manages!
to prove that he doesn't need Mazinkaizer to fight all his battles.

Yumi Sayaka also steps out from the shadow of Mazinkaizer as she is finally given some action scenes with her new robot Venus A. Venus A is quite an improvement over the oddly shaped and weak Aphrodite A.

Ishimaru Hiroya once again steals the show as the voice of Kabuto Koji. Who could have guessed that Ishimaru could still sound the same after so many years (Ishimaru played Kabuto in the orginal Mazinger series of the ?70s).

As usual with Japanese DVDs, there are very few extras to speak of. You get a simple menu screen featuring scenes from the Episode set against a background mimicking the Mazinkaizer command module. From here you can jump to the OP and ED sequence, A Part and B Part of the Episode, Next Episode Teaser and the Trailers and Announcement section. There is also a section where you can access the Mazinkaizer Weapon Encyclopedia where you can find out about all the ?special weapon? attacks of Mazinkaizer complete with video.

Fans of the Super Robot genre and in particular Mazinger Z will find little to dislike from Mazinkaizer. While Mazinkaizer sure beats some of the other Go Nagai OVA projects that have come before it like Cutey Honey, it still fails to surpass the tone set by the recent Shin Getter Robo OVA series, although Mazinkaizer is a bit more truer to the spirit of the original source material especially the Mazinger Z Manga (Japanese Comic Version). All in all a great series for retro robot fans.

Features
Japanese Language

Review Equipment
Pioneer DV-440 (Region Free)

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