Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen - Episode 07 Review

Episode 7, "Legendary! The Mechanical Beasts of Bardos Island!"


Synopsis: Shiro realizes something is wrong when he wakes up in the police office and the officers are all dead. The Inspector Ankokuji that has been keeping Kouji in custody is actually Baron Ashura in disguise, with the real one recovering at the Kurogane House with the protection of Tsubasa Nishikiori. Tsubasa attacks Ashura at the police station, while Dr. Hell recalls his past involving Tsubasa and Dr. Kabuto. Kouji interrupts Tsubasa's attack to get revenge for his grandfather's death, but it allows Ashura to break free and summon a Mechanical Beast.


I was wondering why Akokuji was acting like such an asshole. I mean, even for him. Shooting a guy already in custody? Threatening Shiro? It's no wonder it ended up being Ashura in disguise. It's weird that he/she should have such a perfect disguise, though. I mean, did he/she shop fromt he same place Lupin III gets his disguises? It was pretty clever, though, that they really made you think that it was Akokuji for a while. The show's gotten a little more layered.

Tsubasa is by far my favorite character in the show thus far. I mean, really, she is all sorts of awesome. She has a band of specialized fighters who follow her every command and she herself is easily able to subdue Ashura, who was able to fight Mazinger on his/her own. I mean, maybe she's a little too overpowered, but this is a super robot show, after all. And that voice! Definitely a noteworthy character.

It's funny, though, that in a flashback that was meant to explain Tsubasa's connection to Dr. Hell, there was actually very little explanation of it. There were so many unanswered questions. Why would the ruins just suddenly start to glow out of nowhere on one particular day? What happened to Dr. Kabuto after they found the Mechanical Beasts? How did Tsubasa blow up the island? How did Dr. Hell manage to survive? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop (I never made it without biting, ask Mr. Owl)? The world may never know.

Or, you know, they might explain some of those things. Maybe.


Overall Score:

3.5 out of 5 (because of Tsubasa)

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