If there’s anything I’ve learned from the 12 Days of HOTBLOOD project, it’s that while watching JoJo is a metric truckload of pure, unadulterated fun, I watch Mazinger with something more akin to awestruck respect and admiration. Does that mean Mazinger is all SERIOUS BUSINESS all the time? Of course not! This is Go Nagai we’re talking about! There’s not a Go Nagai work out there without a heaping helping of hilariously grotesque hyperviolence or giggle-inducingly bizarre fanservice of some kind or another. Here are a couple of the best ones.
This first wacky hijink is one of my absolute favorite moments in the entire series. In episode 12, Kouji and the Mazinger have been captured and are currently being held by Baron Ashura in the baddies’ underwater fortress. Having ordered Kouji locked away, he/she/they/it/zhe clears the room in which Mazinger is held for some “private time” with their(?) robot nemesis. They have some very important business to take care of…
The Obligatory Fanservice Shower Scene
After their “private time” with the Pilder, Ashura’s in need of a good shower. I’ll just… I’ll just let that explain itself.
Major League Broccer
Count Brocken is, much like Stroheim in yesterday’s JoJo post, a German cyborg. Much like the other German soldiers in yesterday’s JoJo post, he also has a lot of trouble keeping his head on his shoulders. While he’s an intimidating bad guy none the less, and his air fleet is a force to be reckoned with, this little trait of his is a source of nearly unlimited comedic potential. We are given our greatest dose of this in episode 19, when Boss and his crew manage to nab his head and start a pickup game of soccer.
And of Course
This is followed by another Ashura bath scene.