Koji Kabuto (Kabuto Kôji), also written as Kouji Kabuto, is a fictional character featured in the works of manga artist Go Nagai. He is the main character of the Super Robot series Mazinger Z and pilots the title robot. He reappears in the sequel Great Mazinger and helps battle the Mycenae Empire. He also features in UFO Robo Grendizer as Duke Fleed's friend and sidekick.
Kouji was an ordinary High School student who lived with his little brother Shiro Kabuto and his grandfather Juzo Kabuto after their parents' death(spoiler, his daddy Kenzo Kabuto is alive but has better things to do than raise his kids). All of it changed when he was sixteen and his grandfather was murdered by Dr. Hell. Dr. Kabuto revealed Mazinger Z to him and requested him to save the world from Dr. Hell. Kouji vowed he would avenge his grandfather's death and fulfill his last wish.
Kouji was an atypical main character back then: although he was a mostly good person, he might be rude, insensitive and even somewhat of a jerkass when he was angry, sexist and the poster boy for Idiot Hero given his tendencies to be loudmouthed, talking without thinking, acting BEFORE and INSTEAD of thinking and being very hotheaded and stubborn. However he was also compassionate, caring, friendly, self-sacrificing, cared greatly for his friends and fought for them-– even though he constantly teased Sayaka Yumi and Boss— and he was utterly hot-blooded.
His character evolved and developed somewhat along the series. His blatant sexism and his impulsive tendencies mellowed down a bit (it is telltale in Great Mazinger he was the one recommended using planning and strategy for fighting the Mycenaeans when Tetsuya Tsurugi wanted nothing else than blowing them up to pieces). He also grew up and matured, and his main motivation to fight Dr. Hell became protecting people instead of petty revenge. Although he refused giving up, he was more willing to follow orders and retreat to reevaluate the situation and fight back than his successor, Tetsuya. However, in the Mazinger Z vs. The Great General of Darkness movie he refused giving up and backing down, even though he knew he could not win.
He is voiced by veteran seiyuu Hiroya Ishimaru and has appeared in many other series. He is considered one of the stalwarts of the Japanese-exclusive strategy games the Super Robot Wars and appears in nearly every incarnation. In Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen, his voice is played by Kenji Akabane.
Super Robot WarsEdit
In here he shows up in OVA 2 and 3. He's shown to be superstitious as when Jinmen pretends to be a ghost he starts chanting a protection thing and following Jinmen's orders. He gets along with Akira Fudo and Miki Makimura, as well as being a bit of a purvo when using his Pileder fans to blow open Gamia Q's cloak and showing her body(which has metal nipples).
In OVA 2 he follows Ghoul and stows aboard and falls asleep. He's woke up by Dr. Hell firing missiles at Sirene. He helps her and busts Ghoul with his Rocket Punch. He takes on Belgas V5 and later uses breast fire to bust Ghoul up. He asks whats up with Ryo and Shirenu but Ryo busts him away with the same move that cleaved Akira in OVA 3. As he falls he regains consciousness and gets Mazinger Z back up with some Shonen cr-p. he crashes in front of Akira and Miki. They go to the base but Grendizer and Kotetsu Jeeg gring his gears over Mazinger getting busted, which he sasses back at their a55es. he shares a bromance moment with Akira over dudes being hot blooded and not candy a55 like heroes nowadays. later he's fixing Mazinger and they find/defuse a time bomb. He fights Gamia Q and brocken (using Brocken as a shield) and uses the pileder to blow open gamias cloak(and gets a b0ner over it(we don't see the b0ner)). Gamia being a feminist, gets mad at him for being hetero and chucks him out the window. He comes back later.
In the 3rd OVA he uses Mazinger Z to get to Ghoul but as they go into space he cant use the scrander so he blows it up for a boost to get in (like with Yoshi in Super Mario World). On Ghoul in space, Satan gets God on board and Koji accidentally gets a Maziger arm sucked into him where it returns to the real world were Real Koji fights Donau Alpha 1. Koji laments over being hot in real life. Satan tries to use Mazinger Z's camera to see whats inside God but Akira intervenes and is sliced in 2. and then... he died... AHHHHHHHHHH!! kOJI TRIES TO AVENGE aKIRA BUT (f it! I had caps lock on! I aint retyping it!) with Mazinger Z's
Koushiryoku beam! breast fire! but Satan's body is made of photon energy so it don't work. Satan pushes away Mazinger but the breast fire blows up part of Ghoul. He lands on God and sees the world of Violence Jack. Satan explains how God's ideas are made and cr-ppy ones go to Chibi World. Satan rebels against God for not bringing back Akira so Akira stops him/her(a Hermaphrodite) by self detonating. He lands in V J land and meets up with Bunta and Ryu Takuma. They feed Jinmen small animals and they show up on his back. Violence Jack (Character) shows up and sez koji don't belong in diss world homie(although there is that one chapter...) With Baron Ashura they clap together a way back home and Koji shakes hands peacefully with Count Brocken. He's last seen with Sayaka saying everyones back... NOT EVERYONE he freaks out saying as Psycho Jenny and Miki show up in Jack land asking about Akira and Ryo.