Martial law manga

Other than Voltes V, Mazinger Z was my childhood favorite. Along with Daimos, all these super robots were very popular during the martial law years (1972-1981) under the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. And if you’re a martial law baby like me (I was born a few days after it was declared), I’m pretty sure you won’t forget missing out on some episodes as most of these anime series were either cancelled or banned. All I remember is that they went off air for fear (by the government) that kids watching were being taught or encouraged to rebel.

Yes, I remember joining the “rebellion” with playmates – badgering our parents why episodes were in constant replay and then suddenly disappeared and replaced with Tagalog shows. We’re missing out not only on Mazinger Z, but also his robot-girlfriend of sorts, Aphrodite A, who ends up bosom-less after going on a battle, whose attack “joga” must’ve started that slang term you can still hear today. Well, funny that I got to see the complete/final episodes of some of these shows when I was already working as an adult. Still, I have a lot of manga-catching up to do, so many I’d really like to read/see again, though some I couldn’t remember the titles anymore hahaha.

And yes, I was happy as a kid when I learned Mazinger Z: Infinity will be shown finally in the Philippines this April 18, 2018 thanks to this Facebook post that includes a list of cinemas that will screen the movie. This is 45 years in the making from the original Mazinger franchise, this you don’t want to miss.

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