First of all, for those of you that
don\'t know what Anime and Manga mean I\'m gonna tell you that those are
two Japanese words. Anime can be translated as Animation Movie (cartoon)
while Manga means Comics. Please note that many people think that Manga
are only R-rated or X-rated Japanese comics but this is not true! All Japanese
comics book are considered Manga! As far as I\'m concerned the great and
constant production of Anime begins in the year 1958 when Toei Doga produced
the animated version of a famous ancient Chinese legend: The White Snake.
It is from 1963 that the Anime big
business started to grow faster thanks to Osamu Tezuka and his house of
production (Mushi). Tetsuwan Atom was their first production: the cartoon
was done in black and white and was a true success. Atom was the first
small robot of Nippon animation and later on, many young authors will be
inspired by Tezuka\'s drawings. In the same year we also had the first prototype
of a giant robot: Tetsujin 28 go created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. It was
however poorly realized and didn\'t earn too much success but it\'s important
to remember because it set the basis for the so called \'Robot Anime\' a
new genre that will flourish around the \'70s when Go Nagai will create
the best Robot Anime Series ever done: Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, UFO
Robot Grendizer, Getter Robo t and GetterRobotG.
Mazinger Z is one of the
most popular Japanese mangas of all time, which was originally written
by Go Nagai.
Here are the basics of what it
is about. Mazinger Z is a giant robot built by Dr. Kabuto to
fight the evil mechanical monsters created by Dr.Hell.
Dr.Kabuto and Dr.Hell were two famous
scientists: during an archeological expedition in Rhode\'s Island they found
the ruins of an ancient society that had a technology so advanced to be
able to build giant robots (called \'mechas\').
When Dr.Hell realized how powerful
those robots were, he had the idea to rule the world!
Dr.Kabuto didn\'t like the crazy
ideas of Dr.Hell and decided to retire. However he was still working on
two scientific projects:
-a new alloy he called Super Alloy
Z processed from Japanium (a new element found only in the stratum of Mount
-a new powerful source of energy
called Photo-Atomic Energy.
He decided to use his new discoveries
to build Mazinger Z: a giant robot even more powerful than those mechas
he found in Rhode\'s Island. He knew that Dr.Hell was a mad scientist and
the only way to stop him was to destroy all the mechanical monsters he
found before he could activate them. Mazinger Z made with Super Alloy Z
and activated by the Photo-Atomic Energy was the last hope.
Years later when Dr.Hell was ready
to conquer the world, he ordered his servant Baron Ashura to kill Dr.Kabuto
because he was the only one to know about his monsters and maybe the only
one who could potentially slow down his conquest of the world. Baron Ashura
destroyed Dr.Kabuto\'s house but fortunately just before his death Dr.Kabuto
was able to show to his nephew (Koji Kabuto) his secret laboratory and
the giant robot he built.
Koji got really mad because of his
uncle’s death. He runs toward Mazinger Z willing to learn how to use it
as soon as possible. Unfortunately Dr.Kabuto couldn\'t explain the complex
instructions to correctly operate Mazinger Z but after few tries Koji was
able to land with the pilder (also known as Jet Piloter in some version
of the series) into Mazinger\'s head and from there take control of Mazinger\'s
Few days later, Dr.Hell showed his
monsters to the world; they start destroying everything in their path but
a new hero was already there to fight them: Koji Kabuto, now perfectly
able to control his Mazinger Z destroyed all of Dr.Hell\'s monsters!
The story will be quite the same
later, Dr.Hell will build more and more powerful monsters, Mazinger Z will
have to desperately fight with all of them, but at the end he\'ll be victorious.
In the series other two robots are involved: Aphrodite A is a giant robot
that resembles a female, it\'s driven by Sayaka Yumi, and Boss Borot: a
Toy-Robot, built and driven by a fat funny guy called Boss. They will always
provide some help to Mazinger Z in its fight for Peace.
One of the most famous animes of
the 90’s in North America is Sailor Moon . Sailor Moon is an Anime about
a klutzy, crybaby, 14-year-old junior high school girl named Serena/Usagi.
She receives special powers from a talking cat named Luna. Her Powers help