Discotek Media To Release First Half Of 70s Mech Anime ‘Mazinger Z’ On Blu-Ray

Discotek Media has announced that they would release the first forty-six episodes of the 1970s sci-fi mecha anime ‘Mazinger Z.’ Produced by Toei Animation, the series was based on the manga Go Nagai and ran for a total of ninety-two episodes directed by Tomoharu Katsumata.

This box set is being released as “Collection 1” and will feature the uncut version of the show in its original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The DVD box set is planned to be released on October 31, 2023, though it is available for pre-order on the Right Stuf Anime website.

They also released the box art:

Discotek describes the synopsis as follows,

“Koji Kabuto’s grandfather has discovered two resources which can save humanity: Photon Light Energy and the ultra-impregnable alloy Chogokin Z. However, Dr. Kabuto’s research is abruptly cut off when the evil Dr. Hell sends his trusted lieutenant, the bisected Baron Ashura, to assassinate him! Koji, now orphaned along with younger brother Shiro, swear revenge using Dr. Kabuto’s last and greatest invention: the super robot Mazinger Z!

Joined by Dr. Kabuto’s successor, Dr. Yumi, his daughter Sayaka, and her research robot Aphrodite A, Koji sets out to protect Japan from Dr. Hell’s menacing mecha monsters and ensure the peaceful work of the Photon Light Institute. Can Koji and Sayaka, along with local bully boy Boss, prevent this most dangerous of villains from running amok and conquering the world?”

The manga would run from October 1972 to September 1973 in the pages of the Shueisha magazine ‘Weekly Shōnen Jump’ though it would get released by Kodansha for their ‘TV Magazine’ in 1974.

In 1976, Consolidated Amusement Co. dubbed the first fifty-two episodes and would release them in Hawaiian theaters for children. A 1985 English dub from Three B. Productions Ltd. retitled the series ‘Tranzor Z’ and dubbed the first sixty-five episodes for TV syndication.

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