Koji Kabuto is a character from Mazinger Z (1973) and is a major character in The Knights of the Multiverse. A founding member of The Knights, he pilots Mazinger Z, later Mazinkaiser, and Is easily the most gung-ho member of the team, frequently being the first seen jumping into the fight and taunting opponents, much to his teammates' chagrin. At the same time though, he also acts as the team's heart, showing compassion & taking care of the younger team members and lashing out against anyone who tries to hurt them (mentally or physically), especially his adoptive daughter, Lulli.
Koji is incredibly hot-blooded, hot-tempered, impulsive, reckless, and usually over-confident. He's a fierce combatant in Mazinger's cockpit, tearing through any opponent in his path, never backing down from a challenge even when Mazinger is badly beaten and can no longer fight. He also has a very bad temper, as shown when he speaks out against, well, any given authority figure, and will often rush into battles without a sound strategy. But, underneath his rough exterior, Koji does have a good heart that cares greatly about his friends and family, as shown by how much he cares for Honey, Sayaka and Lulli.
The Fight Against Dr. Hell Edit
Koji began his adventures when he heard an explosion in his grandfather's laboratory. With his grandfather barely alive when he finds him, Koji tries to help Juzo but the professor told him it was pointless and instead showed Koji his secret project, Mazinger Z. Juzo explained to Koji why he created the Mazinger, and told him about Dr. Hell's mad ambitions and died leaving everything up to Koji. Koji, saddened by his grandfather's death, took command of the Super Robot to battle Hell's Kikaiju forces.
One after another, Dr. Hell sent Kikaiju to attack Japan with Mazinger fighting and defeating them all, with some assistance from Sayaka Yumi and her mechs. Eventually, all of the Mechanical Beasts had been destroyed and Koji and co. took the fight to Dr. Hell's island fortress. It was here that Koji finally avenged his grandfather by having Z destroy the island and Hell's flying fortress. But although Dr. Hell was defeated, the Mycenae Empire started its attack. With Z still recovering from the last battle with Dr. Hell, it couldn't put up much of a fight against the gigantic Mycenae generals. With little repairs to effectively fight the invading empire, Koji decides to fight until the end while saying his goodbyes to his friends. In a fight with the Great General of Darkness, before he is dealt the finishing blow Koji was saved by the Great Mazinger and it's pilot Tetsuya Tsurugi.
The Imperial Wars Edit
Leaving Japan in Tetsuya and his partner Jun Hono's hands (and later, the rest of the Allied Robot Corps), Koji and Sayaka traveled to America to repair Mazinger Z and study space travel. By the time Dr. Hell returned as the new General of the Mycenae Empire with the Great General's defeat, Koji came back with a stronger Mazinger and reunited with his long-lost father Kenzo Kabuto. Effectively, Koji began to rebond with his father, with Tetsuya becoming jealous of the attention Koji was getting from him. Eventually, Kenzo was killed by Great General Hell and Koji and Tetsuya joined with their fellow Super Robot pilots in the final assault on the Mycenae Empire, with all of them finally defeating Hell for good.
Five Years Earlier Edit
On the final day of the Great Booster Mk-II's construction, an alert came in of some new giant robot attacking a city. With the Getter Team out on patrol, Tetsuya got a head start in Great, with Koji making his way to the scene in Z soon after. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to make it as he flew through a red portal that suddenly appeared right in front of him. When he flew through, Koji crashed into a forest, damaging Z's Scrander. Knowing better than to just sit on his butt in such a strange place, Koji soon got up and took a look around. Sure enough, he found a couple of young ladies being attacked by a group of one-eyed mechanical freaks. He and Z quickly made scrap out of them, and after "formally" introducing himself to them, brought them onboard to look for some kind of answer as to their whereabouts.
Season 1 Edit
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Season 3 Edit
Like the rest of the team, Koji was taken aback by Star's sudden departure for Mewni. Unlike the others though, Koji had a suspicion that Moon didn't want them to get involved because of her stinking pride. After quickly deciding on going, Pink put together a small team to follow Star, consisting of Koji, Tetsuya, Jun, and of course Usagi and Tom. The group soon boarded onto Tidal Wave, along with Z and Great, and transwarped to Mewni. There, they set down next to the Butterfly Castle, with Tetsuya having Koji, Shannon, Tom and Usagi onboard Z and look for Star while the rest of them assess the situation at the castle.
Abilities & Equipment Edit
While he could have been better when he began piloting Z, Koji soon developed enough skills that allow him to drive or pilot nearly any kind of machine.
- Photon Pistol
Like most of his fellow pilots, Koji carries with him a small photon laser pistol.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat
Sayaka is Koji's fighting partner and main love interest. Though the two get into regular daily arguments (most of the time with Koji being the one who started them), and he still sometimes teases her and challenges her to dumb little contests, including competing for Mohm's affection, they share an undying duty to protect the other from harm.
Koji cares for Lulli a lot, as much as he did Shiro when he was younger, loving her and regarding her as his adoptive daughter. Sure, he gets annoyed by her screwups every now and again, but he knows she's just trying to help in her own special way. He's also well aware of her inferiority complex and how much she hates being called a piece of junk, and will quickly defend her against anyone who tries to insult her, even if its just a joke (though this mostly just stems from how straight-forward he takes things sometimes).
As his only remaining blood relative, Koji is very protective of his little brother. Sure, he is fully aware of how capable of a pilot Shiro's become overtime, its just that his big brother instincts have a nasty habit of kicking in in the worst kind of situations, which often causes rifts between the two. But even still, like with Tetsuya, as much as they argue (especially with how often Shiro teases him on certain matters like his relationship with Sayaka) the two still care for each other and will always have each other's back in the tightest of situations.
Koji's temper has a tendency to clash with Tetsuya's more often then not, but they both still look out for each other, both as Mazinger pilots on the battlefield and as brothers off it (which, well, they are).
Honey is easily Koji's best and closest friend. Ever since the two met when they were kids (long before she became an android), the two would frequently pull silly pranks on their teachers & classmates and get each other out of fights (mostly involving bullies). This carried over when the two started their own heroic journeys, with the two frequency having each other's backs in their battles against the forces of evil . After the end of the Imperial Wars though, the two went their separate ways, only having brief meet-ups in the ensuing decade. However, thanks to the two forming the Crystal Knights, the two have rekindled their old bond, stronger than before thanks to their years of experience in battle.
As fellow super robot pilots, Koji respects Ryoma, Hayato and Michiru as brothers/sisters-in-arms. Though he and Ryoma sometimes get into feuds about strategies, he's usually compliant towards his instructions. However, while he does respect his as team leader (he especially proved he was capable during the Imperial Wars), Koji is usually the first one to point out the faults in his plans and is the most vocal upon the silliness of a given situation. He acts as his number two man (well, more like number three man when Hayato's around), taking charge in situations when Ryo is unavailable or to simply cover for him at home base so he can attend to other activities.
Koji and Banjo don't get along in the least. He can't stand his uptight attitude and how he prefers to pilot Daitarn on his own, thinking that he and the other pilots "slow him down".
Koji usually tries to acts Ruri's cool, trouble-making uncle. Key word being "tries", as she'll either brush him off or will just call him out when he starts acting too stupid.
Like how the Getter Team uses their Super Robot Wars X Omega models for their younger appearances and their Armageddon models for their main appearances in KotM, Koji uses his character model from Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact for his flashback appearances and uses his Mazinkaiser OVA for the main duration of the series.