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    MAZINGER Z THE MOVIE Coming From Toei Animation

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    The Original, Legendary Super Robot Animation Is Revived in Theaters Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: (Japan) MAZINGER Z is being revived as a movie for the first time in 45 years! The super robot animation MAZINGER Z, which swept through Japan in the 1970s, is reborn! MAZINGER Z (??????, Majingaa Z, 1972–1974) was an enormously successful animation on broadcast television in the 1970s with the highest audience rating of more than 30%. As an original animation about a combining/boarding-type robot, it inspired many boys to dream and hope. The animation, which was broadcast worldwide including Europe and Latin America, is representative of Japanese animation culture and influenced science fiction action robots in each country. It still has avid fans today. Now the super robot, Mazinger Z, will be revived for the first time in 45 years on the big screen (produced by Toei Animation and distributed by TOEI COMPANY LTD.). The style of the new Mazinger Z and the details of the story are still unknown, but the tentatively titled MAZINGER Z THE MOVIE (?????????, Gekijooban Majingaa Z) is sure to attract global attention. ?What is Mazinger Z? Mazinger Z is the comic book series by cartoonist Go Nagai, published serially in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha, Inc.) in 1972. It is an original comic about huge boarding-type robots and is filled with the allure of Go Nagai’s work. It has the powerful Mazinger Z that boasts a variety of weapons and overwhelming strength as well as unique characters, including the main character, Koji Kabuto. When the comic was published serially, it was a big hit and gained a lot of fans not only in Japan, but also in Asia and Europe. It still has a large number of avid fans. ? The original huge boarding-type robot animation! GUNDAM, EVANGELION and TRANSFORMERS might not exist today if it weren’t for MAZINGER Z! ? The MAZINGER Z series was also a big hit! Together with the second series, GREAT MAZINGER (?????????, Gureeto Majingaa, 1974- 1975), and the third series, UFO ROBOT GRENDIZER (????????????, UFO Robo Gurendaizaa, 1975-1977), the MAZINGER Z series ran for more than five years. ? A pioneer of Cool Japan, which spread worldwide MAZINGER Z was not only broadcast in Japan, it was popular internationally, particularly in Europe and Latin America. It is a pioneer of Cool Japan. Many creators worldwide, including Guillermo del Toro, director of the Hollywood movie PACIFIC RIM, are fans of MAZINGER Z. Look forward to more news! Hover Pileder on!

    About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover wide range of genres, exceeding 20,000 titles. About Toei Animation Company, Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris, Toei Animation ranks among the world’s most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing with flagship titles such as DRAGON BALL, SAINT SEIYA, SAILOR MOON, CAPTAIN HARLOCK and ONE PIECE. ?

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