Hey guys, been a while! From what I heard, the translator's computer broke, and then the subbing group decided to give us two Mazinger episodes at once. This, in turn, has slowed my Mazinger posts as I work on a number of articles and secret space projects. Forgive all of us. By the way, did you know that Mr. Imagawa is going to be at Anime Weekend Atlanta this year? I am pretty agonized by this announcement: Barring the miracle of full-time employment, I will probably not make AWA. So please, attend the con in my place. I'll think of some questions for him. Anyway, let's talk about the cartoon!
(Second spoiler warning: people are dropping like flies in the next two episodes)
Last time on Mazinger, Duke Gorgon was most displeased. Dr. Hell has been running Bardos Island, ordering around its giant stone guardians, and putting indiscriminately murderous machine-brains into his giant robots without actually knowing what was up with the place. Now that Gorgon-- a Mycanean himself-- is here, he's taken back his island, and even though he only stays alive for about two minutes, he royally screws everyone. Never mind how, but a huge ancient Greek-styled pillar rises up out of Bardos, and the surviving Kedora from last episode scurries inside of it. Now possessed, the pillar sprouts monster tendrils and attempts to assimilate the Photon Power Labs in turn. There's Japanium-- the world's strongest substance, naturally, and the source of Super Alloy Z-- down there!
The consequence of the Kedora taking over the labs would be a photonic super-meltdown, and remember, last time we had an overload of Photon Power, Mazinger turned into Maoh Dante and decided he'd destroy everything. This would not be pleasant. And so it is that Dr. Hell and Kouji form an uneasy truce against the common enemy of the Mycenae: Kouji, Tsubasa, the Kurogane Five sans Kiku, and Baron Ashura (you knew Ashura was alive) charge into the pillar and end up... in ancient Greece?
Kind of: they've entered the memories of the Kedora as a Mycenae soldier. This gets kind of confusing, so bear with me. Gorgon still exists here, as do the man and woman who were eventually stitched together to form Ashura. By the way, they are actually Tristan and Iseult. Except they're Mycenae! And priests! As our heroes arrive, Zeus has gone rogue and is single-handedly fighting the Mycenae, because where Zeus wants to be a friendly occupier, everybody else wants to conquer the Earth and kill its inhabitants. Unfortunately for Kouji and friends-- and I have no idea what the explanation for this is, considering they are inside a brain-- they are not invisible observers and immediately get in trouble with the Mycanae army, who can and do hurt them. Things look particularly bad for Yasu and Cross.
It's hard not to sympathize with this incarnation of Baron Ashura, whose characteristic stupidity has been developed into a childish personality who's honestly worthy of the audience's pity. His separated halves seem not to have much going on their heads save "conquest, mwahahaha!," and between the three of them, nobody has any idea what to do with this two-faced, strangely familiar human monstrosity weeping in front of Tristan and Iseult.