Considering how this show’s coming so soon after GATCHAMAN CROWDS, I have to think that companies like Toei and Tatsunoko have rather… amused attitudes about revamping their old franchises. You can just picture the creative executives in the board room, shrugging after they hear the pitch for this show - - “Well, we haven’t done that before.”
There may be ways to update MAZINGER Z which run further afield than ROBOT GIRLS Z, but my mind can’t stretch that far, at the moment. This honestly felt like watching the geekier girls in stage troupe getting wide creative license for Showboat this semester. And, boy, you better believe they used that opportunity to pay tribute to their favorite obscure Japanese super robot cartoon from the 70’s.
Even though the scope sounds larger on paper, this all still felt very... stagey. There the quick costume changes, the histrionic mugging, and, most of all, the way Dr. Hell looked like a big prop cooked up by the crew backstage. Some revamps don’t seem too different from fan fiction, when you break ‘em down. This absolutely felt like a modest, unauthorized stage tribute only meant to play to a small black box theater audience.
Is that an obtuse angle through which to comment upon this? Well, when you do weird things like labelling your first episode as “Episode #1-3” without any discernible act breaks, then ‘obfuscating’ is already the operative word.
At the least, it’s amusing to have watched this alongside SAMURAI FLAMENCO, because they’re both goofing on sentai villains’ absurd way of producing villains on an assembly line. Obviously, the intent of that satire is totally different. I don't expect ROBOT GIRLS Z to ever get that philosophical in its observations.
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