Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shin Mazinger Z Remake TV Series

First reported on SRW Hotnews.

Mazinger Z, the super classical mecha series will get a TV series remake this year!

> 原作:永井豪・ダイナミック企画
> 監督・脚本:今川泰宏
> キャラクターデザイン:竹内信二
> マジンガー&機械獣デザイン:野中剛(バンダイ)
> 音楽:宮川彬良
> アニメーション制作:BEEMEDIA・Code
> 兜甲児:赤羽根健治
> 兜シロー:藤村歩
> 兜十蔵:鈴木泰明
> 弓さやか:本多陽子
> 弓称之助:中博史
> 暗黒寺刑事:伊丸岡篤
> 錦織つばさ:一条みゆ希
> 安:加藤将之
> 菊の助:巴菁子
> Dr.ヘル:岸野一彦
> あしゅら男爵(男):石飛幸冶
> あしゅら男爵(女):山像かおり
> ブロッケン伯爵:稲葉実
> クロス・ナレーション:玄田哲章

全26話。フィギュア王 No.133より。去年のニュータイプ正月イラストに描かれていた今川監督の絵がマジンガーっぽかったことで、前々から噂されていた新マジンガーですが、ようやく正式発表。アニメーション制作は、当初パルムスタジオが請け負ってたらしいけど、そのパルムスタジオが諸般の事情で解散してしまったため、パルムスタジオに所属していたスタッフが立ち上げた新会社・スタジオコードに制作が引き継がれたようで。

All 26 epsiodes. The director is Yasuhiro Imagawa (今川泰宏), who directed G Gundam, Tetsujin 28th and many others in the past. How is he going to execute a remake of this great mecha series after almost three decades certainly is on every fan's mind right now, not to mention how the quality of the animation and the design of the mecha are going to be like after all this while.

And to retell the story from 92 episodes of the original series into 26. Wuhhuh~

Images of the original series, from Toei Animation.

It's almost like a remake of Gone with the Wind if you ask me. ^^ Imagine the pressure on the production team.

To be aired this year, but no exact dates given yet.

Images from the official site, information from Moon Phase Miscellaneous Notes.

After the unpainted prototype was shown on various hobby magazines in the past, Tamashii Nation has unveiled Soul of Chogokin GX-45 Mazinger Z, which is a product to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of Chogokin.

Image from Tamashii Web.

Late May release, 7,140 Yen (inclusive of tax). Fans of both Mazinger Z and Soul of Chogokin won't be able to "escape" this new release as well, I believe, ^^; even after so many releases and re-releases of Mazinger Z.

Also from Tamashii Nation, Soul of Popynica Hover Pilder New TV Anime Color Ver. will be released by late June at 5,775 Yen (inclusive of tax). A special display base and the figure of Kouji Kabuto. The initial release as 9 years ago.

Image from CyberGundam.