Mazinger Z: Infinity, the latest anime film adaptation in the Mazinger Z franchise, is set to premiere in Philippine cinemas this April, sources told Anime Pilipinas.
According to informed sources, the movie will premiere on Wednesday, April 18, which is set to have a wide release in cinemas nationwide.
Telesuccess Productions, the Philippine licensor of the Mazinger Z franchise, is also planning to give away movie posters during the screenings, but mechanics are still being worked out as of press time.
Full details of the movie screenings would be announced in the coming days.
Ten years ago, the villainous scientist Dr. Hell led his wicked followers, known as the Underground Empire, in a struggle to destroy all of humanity. It was against these forces that the young hero Koji Kabuto fought, piloting the legendary super robot “Mazinger Z.” Koji’s victory stopped Dr. Hell’s evil plan and returned peace to the Earth.
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. (Synopsis from Viz Media)
Mazinger Z: Infinity is the sixth anime film adaptation of the popular mecha/robot franchise, which was based on the manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The manga ran from 1972-1974, which has a total of five (5) volumes.
The manga eventually have several anime adaptations, including for television, home video and theatrical releases, as well as toys, video games and other merchandises.
The movie will be directed by Junichi Shimizu, who previously worked in One Piece television and movie adaptations, while screenplay was handled by Takahiro Ozawa. Hiroya Iijima, who worked on shows like Afro Samurai and Seikon no Qwaser, handled character designs, which was produced by Toei Animation.
Japanese voice cast are lead by Showtaro Morikubo (“Yusuke Makishima”, Yowamushi Pedal) as “Koji Kabuto”, Ai Kayano (“Diamond”, Land of the Lustrous) as “Sayaka Yumi”, Sumire Uesaka (“Fubuki”, Kantai Collection) as “Lisa”, and Unsho Ishizuka (“Bunta Fujiwara”, Initial D) as “Dr. Hell”.
Last month, theater chain SM Cinema has uploaded a teaser of the movie on their Facebook page, stating that the movie is “coming soon”.