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Shin Mazinger Zero is a manga that was released at nearly the same time as the anime Shin Mazinger in the magazine Champion Red. Despite the similar titles, it has no connection to the anime. However, it DOES have a connection to the original Mazinger Z anime, as Minerva X is shown to be a Reincarnation of the robot with the same name from that show. The authors are Yoshiaki Tabata and Yugo Yuuki of Akumetsu and Wolf Guy Wolfen Crest fame. It certainly explains not just the beautiful artwork, but how MASSIVELY Darker and Edgier it is compared to the TV series.

Provides examples of:

  • Arc Words: remember when kabuto's gramps says that mazinger has the power to become a demon and destroy the world? he wasn't kidding.
  • After the End: The manga starts this way.
  • Apocalypse How: DYNAMIC FIRE
  • Breather Episode: after two very cynical time-lines the actual chapters are more lighter and comedic.
  • Broken Bird : Minerva X. she gone through at least 2798 cycle of life of despair by witnessing the events where Mazinger become a demon in all of them, what can you expect ?
  • Call Back : Tons of the flashbacks which was important to the plot. Also, The first chapter where the Gamia sisters are killed are a direct call back to the original manga.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sayaka. Even more than in the original series. Get her jealous -and mad- enough, and she is able to tear three Mechanical Beasts apart. At once.
  • Combat Tentacles: Professor Juuzo Kabuto
  • Composite Character : 2798th version of Demon Mazinger Z are a combination of Mazinger Z with Mazinkaiser essentialy "pictured" on it in appearance.
  • Darker and Edgier : Might or might not be for every other continuity. And HOW !
  • Despair Event Horizon : 2797th and 2798th cycle version of Koji Kabuto.
  • Downer Ending : This manga as a whole serve as one for original anime and manga continuity.
  • Eldritch Abomination - apparently, Mazinger Z itself has potential to become one.
  • Fan Service: It's Mazinger, what can you expect?
  • Fan Disservice: Sayaka's death
  • Flat What: In a chapter Kouji and Minerva-X are together inside the cockpit. During the battle Minerva lands on Kouji on a very awkward and embarassing position. Sayaka -who has just arrived and destroyed three Mechanical beasts in a fit of jealous rage- sees him, and they -after displayin a tremendously comical Oh Crap stares- try to explain it is not what it seems, and Minerva is not human but she actually is a Super Robo created by The Professor Dr. Kabuto to be Mazinger-Z's partner. Sayaka's reaction?

 Sayaka:... What.