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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Classic battle of good against evil, in which good forces prevail. There's a touch of the power of humanity when people all over the world pitch in to do their own small part to help conquer the enemy. But the plot is quite complex.
Positive Role Models
Female characters play an important part in the battle against evil. Though they're stereotypically interested in relationships and family and can sometimes be emotional, they're also strong, virtuous fighters.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoonish action/violence and intense battle scenes with weapons, explosions, and more. No blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some bots are dressed in clingy, revealing clothing; close-up camera shots focus on sexualized body parts as the bots shake said parts. A robot emerges in the shape of a naked woman.
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Products & Purchases
Mazinga is an anime brand that includes TV shows, comic books, and some mechandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mazinger Z: Infinity is a Japanese animated action film (with English subtitles) that's connected to the popular Mazinger anime series. It's the franchise's first full-length film and acts as a sequel to the original 1970s TV/comic series about super robots. There are a lot of drawn-out battle scenes as humans and good robots battle against evil ones to save the world: Expect fighting (with weapons), explosions, and more. Some characters get injured, but there's little blood and no gore. Though there's some gendered stereotyping in the form of sexualized female bots and relationship-focused female charaters, both male and female characters work side by side to battle evil. Although it's not necessary, it does help to have some familiarity with the Mazinger series. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Anime fans will appreciate the beautiful animation in this intense cartoon action film. Those who know the Mazinger series will enjoy catching up with familiar characters and won't be disappointed by the abominable villains. There are also some new faces, most notably LISA, a robot that's tormented by such human features as feelings. In true anime style, the graphics are top notch, and the battle scenes are exciting.
There are great touches that make Mazinger Z: Infinity uniquely Japanese, like the state-of-the-art high-tech train and the local ramen shop. But the story is complex and brings in complicated concepts of quantum physics and alternate universes. Die hard sci-fi fans excluded, unless you're watching just to enjoy the animation quality, this movie certainly isn't for casual viewers.
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