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But are they Super Alloy Z balloons?

Toei has announced plans to crowdfund a large-scale Mazinger Z to promote the upcoming Mazinger Z movie.

Made of balloons.

Apparently a giant balloon robot costs 2.5 million yen. (A little over US$22,000.)

Also details about the plot of the movie, and if I’d heard the date (in Japanese theaters January 13, 2018) before I didn’t remember it.

Humanity was once in danger of its downfall at the hands of the Underground Empire, which was led by the evil scientist Dr. Hell. Koji Kabuto piloted the super robot Mazinger Z, and with help from his friends at the Photon Power Laboratory, he thwarted Dr. Hell’s evil ambitions and returned peace to the world.
It’s been ten years since then… No longer a pilot, Koji Kabuto has taken after his father and grandfather by starting down the path of the scientist. He encounters a gigantic structure buried deep beneath Mt. Fuji, along with a mysterious indication of life…
New encounters, new threats, and a new fate await mankind. The former hero Koji Kabuto has a decision to make about the future: whether to be a god or a demon…
This grand action film depicts the fierce battle fought by the people and Mazinger Z–once again entrusted with the future of mankind!

I guess this is one version of Mazinger that won’t need a Jet Scrander to fly.

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GoBots wiki

A group from TFWiki have started a new project, the GoBots wiki. It will cover GoBots, Rock Lords (This particular page is worth reading even if you have no interest in Rock Lords themselves.),  Robo Machines, and Machine Robo.

Let’s get Crane Robo’s reaction to the news.

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Hey, Crane Robo, can we keep this site PG-13?

(Yes, that is an actual screen capture from Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos.)

Here’s a good place to start. The fact the page is about 80% my doing has nothing to do with that judgment…

My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 2000s

Or “the rise of the series that change OPs really often and artists fond of caps lock”.

10. Gurren Lagann, “Sorairo Days” by Nakagawa Shouko

I love the way the third opening actually uses the later part of the song.

Incidentally, it just edged out the opening for New Getter Robo. Even on this list Gurren Lagann overshadows what it homages.

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My 10 Favorite Anime OPs of the 1980s

Martial arts and robots dominate this decade pretty heavily, so it’s no surprise what genres most of the best OPs are from.

10. Dragon Ball, “Makafushigi Adventure” by Hiroki Takahashi

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