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Great Mazinger

Great Mazinger (グレートマジンガー Gurēto Majingā) is a manga comic book and anime television series by manga artist Go Nagai. The story is a sequel and direct continuation of Mazinger Z series after its initial success. The series was aired on Japanese television in 1974, immediately following the end of the first Mazinger series. It ran for 56 episodes. The story centers on Tetsuya Tsurugi (剣 鉄也 Tsurugi Tetsuya), an orphan raised by Kenzo Kabuto (兜 剣造 Kabuto Kenzō), who is the once thought dead father of Mazinger Z pilot Kouji Kabuto. Kenzo Kabuto is the creator of the new and improved version of Mazinger, which was based on his father’s “Chogokin Z” (Super Alloy Z). The new version was designed with a stronger form to fight against humanity’s new enemy, the Mycenae Empire, led by the Great General of Darkness and his army of Warrior Beasts. Kabuto, then, gives the Great Mazinger to Tetsuya for him to use. Accompanying him is his female companion, Jun Hono, an orphaned half Japanese, half African-American girl, in her feminine robot, “Venus A (Venus Ace)”. Tetsuya’s training with Great Mazinger is completed just in time to come to Kabuto’s aid as the Mycenae Battle Beasts overwhelm Mazinger Z. With the original Mazinger destroyed, Kabuto went to America to study space travel and left Japan’s defense in the hands of Tetsuya and the Fortress of Science. Nevertheless, Tetsuya won against his fight with the Mycenae Battle Beasts, led by their military leader, Ankoku Daishogun (Great General of Darkness). After the Great General of Darkness’ defeat, Doctor Hell of Mazinger Z went into disguise as the Great Marshall of Hell and leads the Mycenae forces.

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