The waits for this show are getting pretty long, eh guys? From what I'm hearing, there's good news and bad news. Good news: the next one will come sooner! Bad news: it's a recap episode.
But let's look at the wonderful things before us right now. This is a hell of a busy episode, full of masks and hard punches and people returning from the dead. That's right: it's revealed this week that the Kurogane Five were patched up by Tsubasa at some point after four of them were killed inside that machine brain's memories of ancient Greece. Shall we recall how the men of the Kurogane Five died? Cross was stepped on by a giant monster, Master was sliced in half onscreen, and Yasu exploded himself. Not too many shows can get away with resurrections this crazy, but Shin Mazinger seems to have established with Ashura that death is a state that only lasts until next episode.
In small-fry-related news, the Mazinger Corps return, and by their own admission they are only slightly better than they were before. It's enough to deal with a couple of small-fry mechanical beasts, in any case. Noted small-fry Shirou punches Pygman in the face. But the smallest fry of all is Ultra Gorgeous Computer Grandpa, a tiiiny hologram that Juuzou seems to have left inside of Mazinger Z in case things got really bad. For reference, "really bad" means that Energer Z is going to self-destruct and kill everybody. He has a plug tail that wiggles when he sexually harasses Tsubasa.
Anyway, I guess somewhere in there is the arm of Zeus, right? Well, as it happens, the thing--having already come up out of the ground when Tsubasa called it-- grabs and fuses with Mazinger Z, forming the whole God Scrander getup. Of course, it goes without saying that Kouji takes out the self-destructing Energer Z with the Big Bang Punch we saw so long ago and have so eagerly awaited. It is quite wonderful, but the show takes it as a given and, as it has done before, only revisits the moment itself in flashback. There's important stuff going down, you know!
By "important stuff" I mean Kurogane House hijinx. Detectives from all over Japan who owe Tsubasa-- she gave them all Super Alloy Z weapons, ranging from Z toothpicks to handcuffs to prayer beads-- have all decided to stay at the Kurogane House to help out with whatever huge fight Tsubasa already knows is coming but we don't. Among the detectives is old Ankokuji, who we haven't seen in a long time, and his beloved Gamia. There's a bit where the detectives have a party and dress Gamia up in the usual fetishy outfits (nurse, bunnygirl, maid), which comes to its logical gag conclusion when Gamia is wearing the old favorite "naked apron". Now, to me, the sight of doll-parts Gamia baring her joints is hysterical. I'm sure to some other viewer it is hot, hot, hot. For him, this is no gag.
Over the course of this arc, Kouji and Shirou have basically accepted that Tsubasa is their mom, and Kouji and Tsubasa are doing some mother-son bonding while the detectives (and Shirou!) are partying hard with Gamia. Things learned: though the Kenzou on Energer Z turned out to be Brocken in disguise, the real Kenzou Kabuto is still alive. Furthermore-- and this is a doozy-- it is revealed that the deceased Tetsuya was actually Tsubasa's brother. I guess that's why they softened his features and changed his hair color?
At the very end, Bardos jumps up out of the sea again, and shit is about to get real. As everybody gets all hype about the situation, notice that in the very last shot, as Kouji and Tsubasa look out into the moonlit sky, the ghost of Tetsuya Tsurugi-- who, yes, has been sitting around all this time-- slowly fades away.
So I guess the Shin Mazinger version of the Soul of Chogokin Energer Z only comes in Photon meltdown colors, huh? I'm going to go ahead and blame the collectors for this, as an older model already exists.