Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Mazinger Z: INFINITY Comes to DVD and Blu-ray

Mazinger Z is one of Japan’s most revered sci-fi properties, a seminal work in the giant robot genre. Taking place ten years after the conclusion of the famed Mazinger Z TV series, Mazinger Z: INFINITY is a film celebrating the 45th anniversary of Go Nagai’s landmark series. And now, you can own the film on Blu-ray and as a Standard Edition DVD. Check it out after the jump.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of Mazinger Z: INFINITY courtesy of Viz Media.
Opinions are my own.

Mazinger Z: INFINITY follows Koji Kabuto ten years after his climactic battle with Dr. Hell. Now Koji has left the pilot seat behind and become a scientist in his own right, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Yet an unexpected encounter deep under Mt. Fuji triggers an even greater threat to mankind than ever before and alters Koji’s destiny forever. With humanity’s fate in their hands, Koji and Mazinger Z face a choice between good…and evil.

Nobody loves anniversary specials quite like Toei. Every five years they throw the biggest parties for their longest running anime, manga, and tokusatsu franchises. Sometimes they pull out all the stops and create an entire season of fanfare. Sometimes they just make a single movie.

Mazinger Z got the single movie treatment, and honestly, they went quality over quantity with this one. It’s ninety minutes of kickass anime action and goofy, over the top fanservice that fans and non-fans can enjoy. If you want to know my full thoughts on the movie itself, you can click here to check out my original review.

When the film was first released last year in a Fathom Events screening, it was only a subtitled version. Now, the home media release comes with a full English dub and loads of extra features!

The dub cast features Wayne Grayson (Joey from Yu-Gi-Oh!) as Kouji, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (Nurse Joy from Pokemon) as Sayaka, Mike Pollock (Dr. Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog) as Dr. Hell, and Dan Green (Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!) as Tetsuya. It’s rare to hear Yu-Gi-Oh! voices outside of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and who doesn’t want to hear Yugi and Joey tag-teaming in a giant robot to fight Dr. Eggman?

The bonus features include the original Japanese theatrical trailers and a special music video of the Mazinger Z theme song performed by Ichiro Mizuki. There is also a special message from Go Nagai, which was included in the Fathom Events screening. Blu-ray exclusive content includes a special Behind-the-Scenes featurette with interviews of the Japanese production staff and English dub cast as well as a digital art gallery.

Mazinger Z: INFINITY is a great anime movie and the home release makes a perfect addition to any anime collection, whether you’re a fan of the original series or not.

Click here to your copy of Mazinger Z: INFINITY on DVD or Blu-ray today.