One nifty thing that Mazinkaiser SKL does that amuses me is the special use of the venerable rocket punch, which is fired to retrieve a fallen weapon to free itself from bindings.
I’ve always thought about using a rocket punch for similar purposes, but so far SKL has been the only show to use it creatively. The last imaginative portrayal of one was in Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu, where the titular robot’s rocket punch didn’t return to its arms on its own (a hilarious moment upon discovery), so Daiya had to fire hooks aft er Gaiking’s flying fists to retrieve them. Maybe someday I’ll list every rocket punch attack in existence.
One of the most stubborn men in super robot history is Sanger Zonbolt, who commandeers the powerful DyGenGuard. While DyGenGuard is more or less a traditional super robot with chest lasers and rocket punches, Sanger strongly declines to use any of them, proclaiming that the Colossal Blade is his soul, and the only weapon he needs.
Did Sanger not imagine the usefulness of separating his robot’s hands from its body? Or is he an obstinate samurai through and through? In any case, it doesn’t really matter. The DyGenGuard is still insanely strong, and enough for slicing bosses apart.
But if he does face off against this new incarnation of Mazinkaiser, he’d be at a disadvantage.