One of the most revered sci-fi anime properties was reborn in Japan last fall with the arrival of Mazinger Z: Infinity, and now it will get a limited release in US theaters through a partnership between VIZ Media and Fathom Events. VIZ secured theatrical broadcast, digital streaming, EST and home video rights to the film in the US and Canada from Toei Animation.
“Mazinger Z is one of Japan’s most celebrated sci-fi properties and is an instantly recognizable icon of the super robot genre,” says Masayuki Endo, Toei Animation Inc.’s President & CEO. “We are very pleased to work so closely with VIZ Media to bring this exciting new anime movie to fans across North America.”
Set 10 years after the conclusion of Toei’s popular Mazinger Z TV series, the film will receive a special two-night presentation on February 11 and 12, presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Attendees will also receive an exclusive Mazinger Z: Infinity poster (while supplies last). Theater listings and ticket sales available here.
Based on the classic manga series from creator Go Nagai and directed by Precure vet Junji Shimizu, Infinity follows the heroic Koji Kabuto in an action-packed adventure where only he can choose his ultimate path!
Synopsis: Ten years ago, the villainous scientist Dr. Hell led his wicked followers, known as the Underground Empire, in a struggle to destroy all of humanity. It was against these forces that the young hero Koji Kabuto fought, piloting the legendary super robot “Mazinger Z.” Koji’s victory stopped Dr. Hell’s evil plan and returned peace to the Earth. Nowm Koji has left the pilot seat behind and become a scientist in his own right, following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. Yet an unexpected encounter deep under Mt. Fuji triggers an even greater threat to mankind than ever before and alters Koji’s destiny forever. With humanity’s fate in their hands, Koji and Mazinger Z face a choice between good…and evil.
“Fathom is thrilled to partner with VIZ Media to bring this well-loved franchise to cinema audiences across the US,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “Our anime events continue to fill auditoriums with excited fans and we know Mazinger Z: Infinity will do the same.”
“Mazinger Z is a groundbreaking property that has helped to define the super robot and mecha genres for over four decades,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Director of Animation Marketing. “The new film is a fitting testament to the enduring popularity of the franchise as well as the iconic works of Go Nagai. We look forward announcing details on the theatrical premiere in the very near future.”