Mazinger Z

ALL MECHA FANS MUST HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY TRINITY.

MAZINGER Z! (MAJIIIIN GO!)

GETTER ROBO! (SWITCH ON!)



MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM! (GUNDAM! IKIMASSSUU!)



These three mecha series set the basics!

Super Robots!

Combiners!

Real Robots!

LET THEM BE BURNED INTO YOUR MEMORY! THEIR INFLUENCES EMBALMED IN YOUR HEARTS! ALWAYS GIVE PRAISE TO OUR HOLY TRINITY OF MECHA, FOR WITHOUT THEM, WE MAY HAVE HAD NAUGHT!

(Also Tetsujin 28, he’s super duper important too. Hard to classify, but just as important.)

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Mazinger Z is said to be the first occurrence of a giant robot being piloted by a user from within a cockpit. This Mutant Sabu story was published almost a decade before that. There’s probably other examples from outside anime/manga, like the Tripods from The War of the Worlds and the Mobile Infantry from Starship Troopers.

Anyway, this is one interesting find, especially considering Go Nagai was Ishinomori’s assistant for at least three years before his debut as a manga artist.