As part of my never-ending battle to consume anything Mazinger Z related, I’ve been watching a lot of stuff on YouTube over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday I came upon an abomination that I wish I could forget.
The following clip is in Spanish, but you really don’t need to know the language to realize how bad this is. Please take a moment to share in my pain:
From the little information that I can find online, this live action monstrosity is a Taiwanese movie from 1974. In Spanish-speaking markets the movie was commonly known as “Mazinger Z, el Robot de las Estrellas,” (Mazinger, the robot from the stars),sand in other places it was simply “The Iron Superman.”
Look, they can call it whatever the hell they want. But that is no way, shape, or form the Mazinger that I know. None of the robots look like any of the characters in the Mazinger family. And instead of a Pilder I get a flying car? A flying car I might add, that doesn’t fly!
If that wasn’t bad enough, those special effects make any episode of The Power Rangers look like a masterpiece. As a life long Mazinger fan this movie should never again see the light of day.