Screenshot Saturday: Mazinkaiser (Episode 7) Anime 08 MAY 2010

The brilliantly retro Go Nagai 2001 to 2002 OVA classic, Mazinkaiser, came to an end with the fiery action-packed episode seven, entitled “A Decisive Battle!! Flaming Hell Castle!” Hell, with a title like that, how could anyone go wrong? ;)

A reinvigorated Kouji Kabuto and his makeshift pilot stick prepare for the final battle!

Having arisen from the fiery depths of an active Mount Fuji thanks to the assistance of Kaiser Scrander, the wings of Mazinkaiser, Kouji Kabuto decides to avenge the destroyed Photon Power Labratory and his lost friends by striking directly at the heart of Dr Hell’s operations – Hell Island! While the Great Mazinger piloted by Tetsuya keeps the attaching mechanical beasts at bay, Kouji in his Mazinkaiser comes face to face with the hellish Baron Ashura, now integrated into the body of a gigantic, fearsome mechanical beast. Multi-armed and standing three times as tall as Mazinkaiser, Baron Ashura inflicts punishing damage on Mazinkaiser with his huge sword, only to be eventually be beaten back after a revelation frees Mazinkaiser’s ultimate weapon – the Final Blade!

And as you can see from the images below, the final battle really is final. Loads of action and goofy drama, dark atmosphere, giant robots and exploding islands – seriously, what more could a classic anime mecha fan ask for?

As you can see, Mazinkaiser doesn't quite measure up to Baron Ashura's stature - thankfully the oversized sword helps even things up a bit!

The Final Blade, Mazinkaiser's new ultimate weapon looks to be pretty damn good at making pretty sparks and getting rid of the bad guys all at once

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