Shin Mazinger Impact! #01 — The Power of Nostalgia

April 4th, 2009


Except that I’m immune to everything from the 90s but Jean-Luc Picard.

New Season Disclaimer:

I prefer to give every show a chance. You never know when your dream-eating insect wielding Mai HiME knockoff will turn out to be a psychological romantic thriller, or the strange moeblob show will be full of wit and urine jokes. However, my preferences are still my preferences, and while I’ll endevor to at least convey why I do or do not like things, there are genres of shows that I just plain don’t particularly enjoy. My opinions are based on nothing more than a gut reaction to what I watched literally 10-15 minutes prior and should be construed as nothing more and nothing less than that.


Well, I think fans of the series will be happier with this episode than I was. While I’m familiar with the overall plot, this dumps you right into the middle of a bunch of things with about 30 different characters and the only introduction coming from Kabuto and most of that was about himself and his mech. The rest is just an rushing torrent of people, places, and things that just plain overwhelmed me. What the hell is he fighting? What just blew up now? And now there’s a robot groping another robot’s breasts. Allllrighty. I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and just assume that it’s aimed at longtime fans, but that’s really not a good approach to draw new people in either. If I’m wrong then… uh… it was extremely confusing for everybody and not just me.

Production was a mix. They seem to be unsure what style they want to use and for this episode, are somewhat haphazardly using both modern techniques and ancient early 90s oldschool ones. A lot of the time, it really does look pretty good, but then they spit up a still like this, shake the camera rapidly, and zoom in on various parts of it while the character continues to talk. Mouths are cheap to animate. It’s okay to use techniques developed 10 years ago. For the most part though, they really do a good job in keeping the oldschool thick character lining and bringing it up to modern animation standards. Casshern still did it better, but it’s certainly not another abomination like Cobra.

So, honestly, I defer to the opinion of pre-existing Mazinger fans here. It does a horrible job of selling itself to anybody who doesn’t already know the entire cast is, so aside from pointing that out, there’s really not much I feel particularly confident in saying. I’m more than happy to keep trucking along with Regios Felli on Saturdays anyway, so whatever. *shrug*

On a side note, this episode was significantly shorter (3 minutes actually) than most broadcasts. If they include an OP next week and keep the same episode length, that means that episode will run for about 18 minutes instead of the usual 21 (21/24 including OP/ED). Weird.


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11 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Camario says:

    I’m not the greatest fan of Mazinger in the universe, though I do recognize some of the basic characters and concepts from the SRW games and so on. This was still very confusing with lots of new material to boot.

    At the same time, it’s great fun for what it is and I’m taking it as a sign of where the series will end up.

    Probably the next few episodes will be more straightforward. This is more of a pilot, if you want to look at it that way.

  • shio says:

    I’ve seen all of Mazinger Z, and still found this a bit confusing. I suppose all that matters in Mazinger is Kouji throwing out a rocket punch and for Sayaka to be seen half-naked. I was pleased to see the former present.

    I’m hoping they go back and explain Mazinger’s roots a bit, for everyone’s sake. :)

  • ximpa says:

    It mixes (badly) the original Mazinger Z manga, a bit of Z Mazinger, with a bit of Great Mazinger for no reason. I think the episode was a total mess, and I know all those series pretty well…

  • Camario says:

    ximpa: Yes, it’s very messy, but I think that was the point. To show off something big, sloppy and exciting.

    As for reason…we’re talking about Super Robots here. This shouldn’t be any more realistic, prudent or sensible than Gurren Lagann.

    In fact, this is probably close to what Gurren Lagann would have looked like if the little bit with an alternate future Simon hadn’t been just a couple of minutes but taken the entire first episode.

  • ximpa says:

    Well I would have liked something more on the lines of Mazin Saga, rather than this. This, for now, looks like a rehash of the ’72 show with better animation quality and more “cool” scenes…And I frankly don’t want to see a copy of that show, and I have little faith in Dynamic Planning, especially after the mess that was Kotetsushin Jeeg.

  • RyuseiDate says:

    I guess we’re all forgetting something… this was made for japanese people… and in japan, even if you live in a cave you know and love Mazinger.

    I loved the first episode, gotta agree that the animation was… at least subpar… maybe just 1 step over Shin Jeeg … but that’s because Imawaga -the director- forcedly pulled out a newbie team… not that such is an excuse.

    about the style, that’s because they used parts of the following episodes… that’s why the style is so erratic… and well… imawaga is known for delivering odd narrative works (Shin Change Getter robot) and sometimes even masterpieces (Giant Robo!)

    messy? dunno… this episode is more like “eye candy for the fans” than anything… just explosions and a few good references to keep people hanging… maybe a full blown cliffhanger… as the series now has to explain everything

  • neir says:

    ‘Except that I’m immune to everything from the 90s but Jean-Luc Picard.’

    That’s because no one is immune to Picard. NO ONE.
    Also, nostalgia is all well and good, but when it’s old art/animating style, it’s not quite the same.

  • Myssa Rei says:

    Actually, it does look like this is taking more after the Z-Mazinger manga (yes, there’s a difference), rather than the original TV series.

  • ws says:

    This episode wasn’t meant to make sense by itself, even to long time fans. The second episodes starts the story properly from the beginning, so you should definitely check it out.

  • Chickenwuss says:

    It should be noted that the director of this series is Yasuhiro Imagawa, the man behind the Giant Robo OAV series as well as G Gundam. It’s been his trademark that the show would start either in the middle or near the end of the conflict and explanations leading to that event are explained in the later episodes. As such, it all begins in Episode 2.

  • Freddie says:

    As a non-Mazinger fan I’ve actually found this show very accessible, at least past the first episode. It turned out to be surprisingly character/plot heavy and despite there being a huge cast of characters (about 30?), they’ve all been well introduced and had a surprising amount of development fit into the 13 (or 12) episodes out right now. This means that certain characters just don’t get screentime in certain episodes, but it’s not like any of them aren’t fun to watch. Anyway, I’ve been enjoying it a lot so far.