Toei Animation gave its first look at the highly-anticipated Mazinger Z feature film at the recent Annecy International Animation Film Festival, in France.
With an introduction from Mazinger Z’s original creator, Go Nagai, and producers Ichinao Nagai and Yu Kanemaru, attendees at the Annecy International Film Festival on June 14 were treated to an exclusive look at what the talented team at Toei Animation has been working on these many months. Here’s the teaser trailer:
And, here are some added details also announced at the festival:
It’s not an adaptation or reboot, but a sequel! The film’s brand-new story takes place ten years after the final episode of the 1974 TV series. Humanity was once in danger of its downfall at the hands of the Underground Empire, which was led by the evil scientist Dr. Hell. Koji Kabuto piloted the super robot Mazinger Z, and with help from his friends at the Photon Power Laboratory, he thwarted Dr. Hell’s evil ambitions and returned peace to the world. It’s been ten years since then… No longer a pilot, Koji Kabuto has taken after his father and grandfather by starting down the path of the scientist. He encounters a gigantic structure buried deep beneath Mt. Fuji, along with a mysterious indication of life… New encounters, new threats, and a new fate await mankind. The former hero Koji Kabuto has a decision to make about the future: whether to be a god or a demon… This grand action film depicts the fierce battle fought by the people and Mazinger Z–once again entrusted with the future of mankind!
Toshiyuki Watanabe Will Score The Film. He’s the son of Chumei Watanabe, a giant of the Tokusatsu music world, known for being on the front lines of creating opening songs for Showa-era anime and hero shows, including the Mazinger Z opening theme. The film will have a revised theme, sung by Ichiro Mizuki with a full orchestra.
More details of the Mazinger Z film to be announced. Check back on mazingerz-world.com for more details. In the meantime, here is the official teaser poster…