“Mazinkaiser” is a seven volume OVA released from 2001 through 2002. It features old school style character designs by Kenji Hayama ( “Getter Robo: Armageddon”, “Princess Jellyfish”, “Tiger and Bunny” ) and mechanical designs by Keiichi Satou (Mecha and Character Designer:“Big-O”; Character Designer: “City Hunter the Motion Picture”, “Ninja Resurrection”; Director: “Tiger and Bunny”) and Tatsuo Yamada ( “Getter Robo: Armageddon”, “Giant Robo (2007)”, “Princess Jellyfish” opening ) . It’s one in a long line of works spawned by Go Nagai’s beloved, 1972 giant robot, Mazinger Z.
Mazinger Z has been defeated! His body crushed, his Pilder (combined aircraft / pilot chamber) ripped from his head, his beaten remains have been dragged off to the secret island of Dr. Hell. However, pilot Kouji Kabuto’s battered Pilder has automatically enacted a secret program. It leaves the battlefield on autopilot and takes Kouji to his grandfather Dr. Juzo Kabuto's, hidden laboratory (behind a waterfall… did anybody think of the problems between electronics and moisture?). Deep within the abandoned lab a holographic message recorded by Dr. Kabuto tells Kouji that Gramps has gone bigger. Great Mazinger was not BIG enough! Dr. Juzo Kabuto had created an even BIGGER Mazinger… Mazinkaiser!
Kouji Kabuto must now learn to control the great strength of this new machine, which can “surpass the power of both a god and a devil”, lest he be consumed by it; and then combat the evil schemes of world domination, and the megalithic, Mycenean, monster robots of Dr. Hell.
Cocksure heroes, vile villains, giant anthropomorphic robots, and the fate of the Very World at stake… an early 2000s update of a classic 1970s franchise. The robot battles are at times gleefully gory, as oil and wires stand-in for blood and tendons, and pilots react to the damage inflicted to their machines, as if they were being torn apart themselves.