Mazinkaiser SKL: A Great Action-Packed Anime

I just finished watching the 3-part saga of “Mazinkaiser SKL” and was very satisfied with it.  The pace was fast and full of battle scenes.  The Blu-ray disc release by Anime Works was very good, albeit lacking a bit on special features.  The total run time for this anime was about 80 minutes.  Music was powered by some heavy metal songs that added to the intensity of the battle sequences.

For an overview of the plot, you can read the Wikipedia article here.

If you’ve seen the other Mazin machine anime such as Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, and Mazinkaiser, you’ll note that Mazinkaiser SKL is operated not by just one pilot but two pilots who take turns operating the robot.  One pilot is an expert in guns and projectile weapons while the other is proficient in sword fighting.  Both pilots are pretty intense.

Mazinkaiser SKL, which integrates a skull-like design, is very powerful, able to defeat a horde of enemy robots.  Witness the battle against these robot hordes and one-to-one combat with very powerful robot enemies.

There are references to other Go Nagai characters, both robots and beings.  Some of the enemy robots have similar designs to enemy robots of the previous Mazin robots.  The female robot Wingle integrates some designs taken from Devil Lady and other Go Nagai female robots.  Even Mazinkaiser SKL’s detachable wings resemble that of Devilman‘s.



Space Battleship Yamato Live Action Movie Released

About a week ago, the live action movie version of Space Battleship Yamato was released to theaters in Japan.  SBY was an anime shown back in the early 70’s that had great influence on the development of anime.  It was later released in the USA as “Star Blazers“, with the ship renamed as “The Argo”.

The Yamato was Japan’s Navy’s flagship during World War 2.  In the anime (and most probably in the movie too), they used the structure of the sunken ship as basis for the space battleship.

If you visit the SBY website, you can watch the new trailer for the movie.  The effects look good and it should since they spent a lot of money on this movie, with movie tie-ins everywhere in Japan.  I hope they release a nice replica of the Space Battleship Yamato.  I’ll check again on eBay if it’s available already.