Mazinger Z – Cabra del Camp, Spain - Atlas Obscura

Mazinger Z

Cabra del Camp, Spain

Super Robot anime statue guards a forgotten suburban development in Tarragona. 


When anime was in its earliest stages, one robot came forward to popularize the style, and went on to influence the creation of the Power Rangers and Transformers. Today, a likeness of that pioneering mecha, Mazinger Z, stands guard over a suburb that was never created in Tarragona, Spain.

In the early 1980s, developers began work on a planned suburb of Tarragona called Mas del Plata. Although funding ran out before the suburb was completed, a massive statue of Mazinger Z was constructed to guard the entrance to the community. The fiberglass statue with arms outstretched reaches a height of 40 feet and has become a pilgrimage site for fans of anime across the world. Tucked away in a forest on the outskirts of Tarragona, it is the only remnant of the failed suburb Mas del Plata.

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