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Mazinger Z: Infinity

Movie review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Intense anime sci-fi epic has great visuals, complex plot.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 95 minutes

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Lots of cartoonish action/violence and intense battle scenes with weapons, explosions, and more. No blood or gore.

Sex

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.

Language
Consumerism

Mazinga is an anime brand that includes TV shows, comic books, and some mechandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

In MAZINGER Z: INFINITY, it's been 10 years since the Mazinger crew defeated Dr. Hell, and the world has enjoyed a period of peace and prosperity with the help of a surplus of photonic energy. But things go awry when construction of a new building for the Photon Research Institute uncovers a massive robot called Infinity. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Hell makes a comeback to steal Infinity and threaten the existence of the world with a plan to exchange the universe through quantum overlapping. So the old team gets back to work in an effort to save the world with the help of LISA, Infinity's robot main control unit, which has some human-like features.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how each character in Mazinger Z: Infinity contributes to defeating evil. Do they demonstrate teamwork?

  • What do you think about LISA, the human-like robot? Which traits make her seem human? What does her character say about what it means to be human?

  • What role does violence play in the story? Does animated violence have less impact than live action fighting and battles?

  • Did you notice any stereotyping in the movie? If so, which characters contributed to that, and which ones defied it?

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