Gobots posts from last week, I have here another Japanese robot franchise, this one perhaps not quite as remembered as the Gobots--Tranzor Z, originally known as Mazinger Z in the rest of the world.
When I was very young (before school, late 70s), I had a Tranzor Z action figure, complete with ejectable forearms. I even went out as Z on Halloween one year; it was one of those cheap Ben Cooper costumes made of vinyl and were as poorly made as the boxes they came in. Years later in the mid-80s, a point in which I hadn't thought of Tranzor Z in years, I came home from school one afternoon, turned on the TV in my bedroom, and there he was, broadcasting into my home. I was shocked and amazed! "Oh my God, it's the robot I had years ago!" I never missed an episode the entire year (or two?) it was on.
I present an episode of that series to you now. Here is Tranzor Z in "The Devistator." Enjoy!
Here is the original Japanese version of the show's opening. I love how the difference in theme music and language can make the same footage seem so different.