Voltes V

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Chōdenji Machine Voltes V
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Japanese DVD (2015 release) cover art of the first volume
超電磁マシーン ボルテスV
(Chōdenji Mashīn Borutesu Faibu)
Genre Mecha, Drama, Military science fiction
Created by Saburo Yatsude
Anime television series
Directed by Tadao Nagahama
Produced by Yoshiyuki Tomino
Written byYoshitake Suzuki
Masaaki Sakurai
Masaki Tsuji
Katsuhiko Taguchi
Yumiko Tsukamoto
Music byHiroshi Tsutsui
Studio Tohokushinsha Film
Nippon Sunrise
Toei Company
Licensed by
PH
Telesuccess Productions
Original network TV Asahi
Original run June 4, 1977 March 25, 1978
Episodes40
Live-action
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Chōdenji Machine Voltes V (Japanese: 超電磁マシーン ボルテスV(ファイブ), Hepburn: Chōdenji Mashīn Borutesu Faibu, lit. "Super Electromagnetic Machine Voltes V"), popularly known as simply Voltes V (pronounced as "Voltes Five") is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Company and Nippon Sunrise. It is the second installment of the Robot Romance Trilogy , which also includes Chōdenji Robo Combattler V and Tōshō Daimos . It is directed by Tadao Nagahama and produced by Yoshiyuki Tomino. It aired on TV Asahi from June 4, 1977 to March 25, 1978.

Contents

Plot

14,000 light-years from the Earth located in a stellar system within the Scorpio Cluster lies the planet of Boazan. Its local populace and natural environment are almost identical to that of the Earth's albeit the former benefits from scientific innovations and technological developments which are far more advanced than what humanity has ever achieved. The entire planet is wholly governed by an oligopolistic monarchy with a cruel caste system: Boazanians born with horns are highly regarded and bestowed with elite privileges while the hornless are branded as slaves and are forced to work on the most physically demanding tasks under constant threat of pain, confinement, and death. Tension between the classes reached its zenith when Boazan's highly-revered Chief Science Minister La Gour was exposed as a hornless pretender mere moments before his ascension to the throne; an exploitative revelation perpetrated by the former's ambitious bastard cousin Zu Zambajil who wanted the empire for himself. Freed from incarceration by a band of hornless dissidents, La Gour subsequently led a daring insurrection against the empire but their valiant efforts were easily thwarted by Boazan's vastly superior military. Using the rebels' last remaining space saucer, La Gour fled to faraway planet Earth. Assimilated into human society, La Gour started a family with a local woman while further developing his scientific expertise under a new persona: "Professor Kentaro Go".

As several years passed, Professor Kentaro Go returned to Boazan for diplomatic reasons though the now emperor Zu Zambajil rejected the former's appeal of non-aggression towards Earth. After a lengthy absence, Professor Kentaro Go was presumed dead by his family. A decade later, the Boazanians invade the Earth under the leadership of the emperor's nephew Prince Heinel. Simultaneous deployments of the invaders' numerous fleets of well-armed and highly mobile space saucers were conducted against key strategic targets around the world. Earth's combined military forces were summarily outclassed, overwhelmed, and annihilated; survivors of the lopsided onslaught had no other option but to retreat. Major cities are destroyed as countless civilians lose their lives; worldwide mass panicking was at an unprecedented level. Victory now within their grasp, the marauding Boazanians mobilized into their hidden subterranean fortress (secretly built by their cohorts while the Boazanians were en route to Earth) as their base of operations while occupying the planet. This stronghold also serves as the production facility and primary hangar for the invaders' fearsome Beast Fighters, Boazan's exceptionally resilient and combat adaptive superweapons. Going up against an impossibly formidable inter-planetary armada immune to conventional weaponry, renowned Earth scientists Professor Hamaguchi and Mitsuyo Go (Kentaro's wife) summoned the three half-Earthling children of Professor Kentaro Go: Kenichi, Daijiro and Hiyoshi alongside two new members: Ippei and Megumi (all of whom were undergoing special training for a whole year prior to the invasion). The group then traveled to the undisclosed island base named "Big Falcon" (a prodigious closely guarded technological mega project that took almost twenty years to complete) wherein the scientists ultimately reveal Professor Kentaro Go's greatest life's work and humanity's last remaining hope for survival: "Voltes V".

Characters

The Voltes Team

Kenichi Go (剛健一, Gō Ken'ichi)
Voiced by: Yukinaga Shiraishi
The Leader of the Voltes Team. Born on June 22, he is an 18 year old marksman, a motocross champion, an ace pilot, and the eldest of the three Go brothers. During his younger years, Kenichi used to behave like a typical playful child and was prone to mischief, but the long absence of his father molded him into a more responsible son and older sibling. Stern and selfless, he is rarely one to indulge in personal pursuits that might be detrimental to their cause and he often decides on the best course of action in most of the team's numerous predicaments. Due to his headstrong temperament and unwavering resolve, Kenichi often clashes with the more cynical Ippei which often results in fierce fisticuffs but the two share no ill will and eventually get along better. Aside from his exceptional marksmanship and formidable barehanded fighting skills, Kenichi is also quite adept with the use of swords (he can hold his own against Heinel, an accomplished swordsman). His uniform is red and he pilots the Volt Crewzer (ボルトクルーザー, Boruto Kurūzā) (Head).
Ippei Mine (峰一平, Mine Ippei)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Sogabe
Born on November 24. Ippei is an 18-year-old rodeo champion, who was orphaned while still a young boy. His mother died trying to save him from a pack of wolves. After his mother's death, he grew bitter, aloof, but cool under crisis. He learned how to live in the streets and perform odd jobs. This kind of life strengthened his personality. Upon joining the rodeo, he learned to ride horses and how to use a whip. He found his greatest friend in a white stallion known as Eiffel (アイフル, Aifuru). The two, man and beast, became inseparable. He won two rodeo championship contests with Eiffel as his horse. Then one day, the Earth International Defense Force asked Ippei to join the team. When he refused, he was taken forcibly, so for the first time, Ippei and Eiffel were separated. Dr. Hamaguchi has Eiffel brought to Big Falcon early in the series and he has a rivalry with Kenichi. His uniform is blue and he pilots the Volt Bomber (ボルトボンバー, Boruto Bonbā) (Arms).
Daijiro Go (剛大次郎, Gō Daijirō)
Voiced by: Tesshō Genda
Born on November 18, Daijiro is the second oldest of the Go brothers and a 17 year old defense tactician. He was once a playful child, but Daijirou's outlook in life suddenly changed when his father disappeared. Alarmed by this change in his personality, Mrs. Gō sent him to live in the country where a martial arts master taught him different fighting styles and forms of meditation. Upon rejoining his brothers, Daijirou was already a master of different hand-to-hand fighting styles. The became his favorite weapon. Together with Kenichi and Hiyoshi, Daijirou started training as a member of the Voltes V Team. His uniform is dark green and he pilots the Volt Panzer (ボルトパンザー, Boruto Panzā) (Body and Chest).
Hiyoshi Go (剛日吉, Gō Hiyoshi)
Voiced by: Noriko Ohara
Born on October 20, Hiyoshi is the youngest of the Go brothers and a 10 year old a genius in inventing automatons. He has been interested in learning mechanics, robotics, and electromagnetism since a very young age. He was considered a genius by many university professors. He even created a funny little octopus-robot called Tako-chan. But to his big brothers, Kenichi and Daijirou, Hiyoshi will always be a little brother, a child who never felt the warmth and love of a real father. He also excels in swimming and diving. Because of his exceptional talents, Hiyoshi was asked to join the Voltes V Team as a technical handyman, specifically for repairs during field operations. His uniform is light green and he pilots the Volt Frigate (ボルトフリゲート, Boruto Furigēto) (Legs).
Megumi Oka (岡めぐみ, Oka Megumi)
Voiced by: Miyuki Ueda
Megumi is a 16 year old kunoichi and the 18th heir of the Kōga-ryū ninja. Born on May 17. Megumi received special training during her childhood. By the age of 13, she already possessed extraordinary skills and lightning reflexes. She also learned gentle arts from her mother. Through her mother's guidance, Megumi became a person with a calm yet alert disposition. Joining the Voltes V Team, she was the voice of reason among the male members, especially whenever Kenichi and Ippei were about to clash during personal conflicts. Her cool demeanor and uncanny skills qualified Megumi as the fifth (and only female) member of the Voltes V team. Her uniform is yellow with pink accents and she pilots the Volt Lander (ボルトランダー, Boruto Randā) (Feet).

Allies

Professor Kentaro Go (剛健太郎, Gō Kentarō) / Prince La Gour (プリンスラゴア, Purinsu Ra Goa)
Voiced by: Yū Mizushima
The father of the three Gō brothers and a former Boazanian aristocrat. Being the son of the then reigning emperor's brother, La Gour was a privileged high-ranking royal-blooded Boazanian nobleman but had the great misfortune of being born without horns. Due to this perceived abnormality, La Gour's parents had him secretly outfitted with imitation horns in order to avoid stigma, scandal, and a life of forced labor. His aging uncle was not able to produce a legitimate male heir so despite La Gour's undisclosed imperfection, the latter was still groomed to be next in line to the Boazanian throne. The horned elites' extreme prejudice and severe maltreatment of the hornless slaves struck a chord in young La Gour's psyche; he began devoting his life into quelling societal discrimination in order to foster peace and equality between the two classes. Gifted with an extremely brilliant scientific mind, La Gour's academic excellence and unwavering work ethic eventually earned him the peerless title of Boazan's Chief Science Minister; majority of the planet's technological advancements (particularly in regards to the military sciences) can be attributed to his efforts. A horned noblewoman named Lozaria was married to La Gour and during their honeymoon, the latter reluctantly decided to be completely honest with his new wife by revealing his fake horns. Despite fears of being rejected, Lozaria's affections toward La Gour never wavered then reassured the latter that horned or hornless he was still the man that she chose to love; the couple enjoyed marital bliss for a while.
Moments before being crowned as the new emperor, La Gour's secret was finally publicly divulged by his jealous and ambitious bastard cousin, Zu Zambajil. He was branded a traitor, stripped of his title, separated from his pregnant wife and then imprisoned. Lozaria later dies during childbirth while the helpless La Gour could only weep in mourning behind bars. With the aid of the rebels he was able to escape from prison. La Gour then led a rebellion against the empire, but his ragtag troops of former slaves were simply no match against the superior might of the Boazanian military. Even though La Gour was adamant to fight alongside the rebels until the bitter end, his desperate comrades urged the former to live on; they sacrificed themselves in order for La Gour to board their last remaining space saucer which the latter then used to reach planet Earth. Wounded and unconscious in a foreign world, La Gour was found near his ship's wreckage by a local woman, a scientist named Mitsuyo Go, whom he later marries. Fearing Zu Zambajil's inter-planetary conquest ambitions, La Gour (who now goes by the name Professor Kentaro Go) collaborated with his wife, as well as premier Earth scientist Professor Hamaguchi and Earth International Defense Force commander General Oka to design and construct Voltes V, his greatest creation and the ultimate defense against a potential Boazanian invasion. After the birth of their third and youngest son, Hiyoshi, Professor Kentaro Go tearfully left his newfound world and family; he returned to Boazania as a diplomat in a peaceful effort to abate the cruelty and tyranny of the now current reigning emperor, Zu Zambajil. Instead of listening to Professor Go's appeal of non-violence towards other planets, the ruthless monarch offered his long lost cousin the lofty designation of being lead designer to Boazania's inter-planetary war machine. Disgusted by how vile and despotic Zu Zambajil had become, Professor Go vehemently refused the Boazanian emperor's proposition and was therefore incarcerated.
Much of the series' plot revolve around La Gour's sons discovering the reasons behind their father's disappearance as well as his secret origins, both of which are related to the Boazanian Earth invasion. Eventually, the Voltes Team made their way to planet Boazan and the Go brothers were finally able to reconnect with their father. La Gour and the Boazanian rebels collaborated with the Voltes Team in order to ultimately terminate Zu Zambajil's despotic rule. The series' finale revealed that Prince Heinel is actually La Gour's unknown child with his first wife Lozaria; making the proud Boazanian enemy commander an older half-brother to the three Go brothers. After the rebels' successful liberation of the slaves, La Gour was finally crowned as the new ruler of Boazan.
Professor Mitsuyo Go (剛光代, Gō Mitsuyo)
Voiced by: Takako Kondo
The human wife of Professor Kentaro Go and the mother of the three Go children. She met La Gour when he escaped Boazania and crash-landed on Earth. She later married La Gour and, as a scientist herself, assisted him in creating Voltes V. She raised her children on her own when her husband left, and continued to care for them until her death. She sacrificed herself to help Voltes V when it was under the mercy of a beast fighter.
Professor Hamaguchi (浜口博士, Hamaguchi-hakase)
Voiced by: Seizō Katō
The former commander of Camp Big Falcon fortress at the beginning of the series. Regarded as planet Earth's top scientist, he helped design and build the Voltes V robot alongside his good friend Professor Kentaro Gō. Due to his friendship with their absentee father, Professor Hamaguchi is somewhat of a father figure to the Voltes team, especially to the three Go brothers. Despite having the appearance of an old man past his prime, Professor Hamaguchi is surprisingly very capable of defending himself; Boazanian soldiers who were trying to seize him during an abduction attempt failed when they were met with his vicious roundhouse kicks. Professor Hamaguchi acted as the commander of Camp Big Falcon on Professor Go's behalf until he perished after sacrificing his life to save the Voltes team.
General Oka (岡防衛長官, Oka-chōkan)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka
Megumi's father and the 17th heir of the Kōga-ryū ninja. He is one of the co-designers of Voltes V, and commander of the Earth International Defense Force. On the verge of retirement due to ill health; he dies late in the series saving his daughter from a Boazanian beast fighter that had the power to control people's minds.
Professor Sakunji (左近寺博士, Sakunji-hakase)
Voiced by: Tamio Ouki
The recent commander of Camp Big Falcon after Hamaguchi's death. Sakunji, a former student of Hamaguchi, is called upon to take over command of Big Falcon. He is a hard-nosed commander who continually pushes the Voltes V Team to their limits during training, sometimes to the point of risking their lives. Although he first appeared cruel, he has also shown his soft side as the series went through, especially that he was concerned about the people of the Earth more than anything else.
General Dange (ダンゲ将軍, Dange-shōgun)
Voiced by: Hisashi Katsuta
A Boazanian colleague and ally of Doctor Kentaro Go. A former member of Boazanian nobility, and military general. Believing in Kentaro Go's cause of equality, he broke his horns and joined the rebellion. When Dr. Gō returned to Boazania, he freed him from capture and escaped with him back to Earth, along with a handful of rebels. He assisted Voltes V by piloting the Mecha Hawk (鷹メカ, Taka Mecha, Mechanical Eagle) and installing new weapons upgrade components during battle. En route to Camp Big Falcon, he was attacked by a beast fighter and was mortally injured. However, just before he died, he managed to tell Kenichi, Daijirō, and Hiyoshi of their father and their Boazanian origins.
General Doir (ドイル将軍, Doiru-shōgun)
Voiced by: Seizō Katō
Another Boazanian colleague and ally of Doctor Kentarō Gō who escaped with him to Earth. He is the leader of the Boazanian refugees/rebels on Earth and assisted Gō in constructing the Solar Falcon, a giant spaceship that is designed to be the partner for space travel for Camp Big Falcon. After Gō was re-captured by General Gururu, he led the Voltes team and Camp Big Falcon to Boazania to launch the final attack on Emperor Zambajil and his regime.

The Boazanian Nobility

Emperor Zu Zambajil (皇帝ズ・ザンバジル, Kōtei Zu Zanbajiru)
Voiced by: Mikio Terashima
The series' main antagonist, Zu Zambajil is the emperor of Boazania who is extremely racist, cruel and selfish, but ultimately a coward. The son of the previous emperor and his mistress, he took the throne when he revealed the "hornlessness" of his cousin, La Gour. Driven by greed and the desire for conquests, he ordered his people to create beast fighters as a tool to expand his empire further. His ambition knew no bounds. Under his rule, horned and hornless alike who dared oppose him were imprisoned, enslaved, and executed. He sent Prince Heinel, the son of La Gour, to Earth, as a means of removing a perceived threat to his throne. As time wore on, he sent others to pretend to aid Heinel while spying on him. When Voltes V and the Big Falcon reached Boazania, the people rebelled against him and the remaining few still loyal to him turned against him and fled. He met his end when, while trying to escape with a wagonload of riches, he was found by Prince Heinel, who killed him in repayment for betraying his planet and people.
Prince Heinel (プリンス・ハイネル, Purinsu Haineru)
Voiced by: Osamu Ichikawa
The proud and stern inter-planetary commander who led the Boazanian Earth invasion, Prince Heinel is a member of the Boazanian nobility through his uncle Emperor Zu Zambajil though the latter is not very fond of him. Labeled as a traitor's son to a father he never knew, young Prince Heinel was shunned and ridiculed by his peers; the hapless lad only received genuine love from his maternal grandparents. Being a potential heir to the throne, Prince Heinel's second-degree uncle Zu Zambajil secretly despised him; the emperor was reluctant to appoint his nephew to any meaningful position in the royal court. Knowing that he had little chance in proving his worth among the ruling class, Prince Heinel became headstrong and motivated while earning accolades through military merit. Graduating as the top cadet at the Boazanian Institute of Military Sciences and Warfare, Prince Heinel conducts himself proudly like most distinguished warriors and regards himself primarily as a soldier rather than a nobleman. Though initially depicted as a typical lead villain who is not above using under-handed tactics, Prince Heinel is later shown to have honorable qualities like being a fair leader to his subordinates as well as giving credit to those who deserve recognition. Earnestly giving his all for the glory of Boazan, Prince Heinel would rather die a warrior's death than live a cowardly life in defeat. But alas, Prince Heinel's over-confidence in Boazanians' supposed superiority coupled with his constant under-estimation of the Earthlings' capabilities often result in embarrassing failures. Due to repeated setbacks he suffered against the Voltes Team, Zu Zambajil removed Prince Heinel from active command then had the latter exiled back to Boazan. During his final confrontation against Kenichi Go, Prince Heinel pulled out his prized dagger which immediately caught the eye of Kentaro Go/La Gour as it is embellished with the latter's coat-of-arms. Prince Heinel's mother was then revealed to be Lozaria, the Boazanian first wife of Kentaro Go/La Gour who perished after giving birth while her husband was being wrongfully detained by Zu Zambajil. Realizing he had been waging a senseless war that had him pitted against his own father and half-siblings, Prince Heinel was emotionally shattered for a short while but eventually accepted the truth. When he saw the defeated and now very desperate Zu Zambajil's pathetic attempt to escape, Prince Heinel flung the said dagger at the despotic Emperor thus finally putting an end to his uncle's tyrannical regime. As their surroundings were being engulfed in flames due to all the fighting, Kenichi was almost caught in the fire but Prince Heinel immediately came to the former's aid then pushed him aside. His younger half-brother now safely out of harm's way, the still remorseful Prince Heinel willingly let himself be trapped amidst a pile of burning rubble; Kentaro Go/La Gour and the rest of his sons can only look on tearfully as their newfound kin solemnly succumbs to a fiery demise. Prince Heinel enjoyed a brief moment of redemption and solace before death knowing that his last selfless act saved Kenichi's life.
Ri Katherine (リー・カザリーン, Rī Kazarīn)
Voiced by: Noriko Ohara
Prince Heinel's aide and unrequited lover, born on May 1. Motivated by love, she remained loyal to her prince until the end, when she took a bullet, saving his life. As she died, she confessed her love to him, and he realized that he loved her as well.
Rui Jangal (ルイ・ジャンギャル, Rui Jangyaru)
Voiced by: Mikio Terashima
The three-horned general sent to Earth with Prince Heinel and Katharine. Fiercely loyal to Heinel while also a wise strategist, he was the one who convinced Heinel that the Go Brothers are part-Boazanian. He later chose death over surrender to the Voltes team.
Zuhl (ズール, Zūru)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka, Kan Tokumaru ( Super Robot Wars )
A one-horned, aged, hunchback, toothless scientist and one of Prince Heinel's original aides for the Earth invasion force. His invention of the Anti-Super Electromagnetic Device nearly destroyed Voltes V. Cunning and contemptuous, he discreetly captured Professor Gō just before he returned to Earth and attempt to use Go for his plans to kill Heinel and Voltes V. Eventually, his attempt to betray Heinel failed and he was executed.
Do Bergan (ド・ベルガン, Do Berugan)
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi
The second general sent by the Emperor, sent by Emperor Zambojil to keep an eye on Prince Heinel and kill him if necessary. He kept his identity concealed most of the time with a blank mask. Upon arrival, he created a combat beast with a special alloy called Maxingal, the same alloy used for his armor, which was supposedly impervious to Voltes V's weapons and sword. Using this alloy, he intended to defeat Voltes V and take over Heinel's position, but lost and became Zuhl's replacement under Heinel. Since his arrival, all beast fighters constructed have Maxingal as standard armor but they're still no match when Voltes V upgraded its sword with the Chōdenji/Superelectromagnetic Ball. Along with Gururu, he betrayed Heinel and attempted to blow up Earth with a Magmite Bomb. During the battle to liberate Boazan, he died when the starship he and Gururu were aboard was destroyed by Voltes V.
General Gururu (グルル将軍, Gururu shōgun)
Voiced by: Ryusuke Shiomi, Tomomichi Nishimura ( Super Robot Wars )
The head of the Boazanian military and the last commander sent to Earth. He re-captured Lagour/Professor Gō and betrayed Heinel with Bergan. Overconfident, he was killed during the liberation of Boazan.
Duke Zaki (ザキ侯爵, Zaki Kōshaku)
Voiced by: Tamio Oki
The chief inspector of Emperor Zambajil and one of the few who knew about Zambajil's betrayal of La Gour and the Boazanian throne. He is well known to deliver bad news to the Emperor from his scouting, thus many executions ordered by the Emperor was a result of his reports. Zambajil sent him to Earth to report on Heinel's progress, but discreetly wanted him to ensure Heinel's death from the hands of Voltes V. He plotted with Zuhl to have Heinel pilot a beast fighter, while at the same time leaked information to Big Falcon about the beast fighter's weak points. His plan backfired when Katharine overheard the plot. Heinel ordered Zuhl to reinforce the weak points, and in mid-battle the beast fighter destroyed Zaki's nearby ship with him inside.

Development

Voltes V was produced by Toei Company, Ltd. with animation from Sunrise and sponsorship from Popy for the toys. [1] During the development of Voltes V, Nagahama originally conceived the series to be a sequel to Chōdenji Robo Combattler V and follows the events of the series after the finale before making it into a separate series. From Nagahama's memo, the series is originally meant to be titled Granbuffer Ace (Japanese: グランバッファーA (エース), Hepburn: Guranbaffā A (ēsu)) or Chōdenji Robo V.Krieger (Japanese: 超電磁ロボ・V・クリーガー, Hepburn: Chōdenji Robo V Kurīgā, lit. Super Electromagnetic Robot V.Krieger). Both names are ultimately scrapped and it was renamed to Voltes V.

During the time of its development, NET TV transitioned its name to TV Asahi during 1977. In a proposal from Popy in 1976, Voltes V was meant to have a gun-like finishing attack but Sunrise and Toei wanted the actual attack for the toys to be changed. As such, the gun was changed to a sword, which is carried over to the mecha's Heaven's Blade/Laser Blade attack. [1] At that time also in 1976, Nagahama was given creative direction on the series and used Stage combat as reference for the titular mecha's combat moves. [1] As describing the story itself, the plot of the Go brothers' search for their father were inspired from Taiga dramas, [1] as explained by Shoichi Taguchi, one of the animes that inspired him for the plot was 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother and that he wanted the heroes to search for their father instead of a mother. [2]

Akinori Watanabe, the previous director of Toei's Television Business Division, was worried that the plot will be too depressing to viewers and wanted to avoid viewers crying all the time. In response to Watanabe's request, he created the rival character, Prince Heinel, who was based on one of the actors in the world-famous Takarazuka Revue . [1] According to Kei Iijima, one of Toei's producers, the Go brothers and Heinel will be rivals throughout the series until the final episode, in which Heinel will be revealed to be related to them by blood but have a tragic end and redemption. He stated also that "This is because I wanted viewers to strongly elicit anger against various discriminations around them and to hate discrimination through this work and think about correcting them." [3]

The final draft of the series was completed in March 1977, with the first episode was broadcast on June 4 of the same year. [1] Shinya Sadamitsu and Yoshiyuki Tomino were brought to the staff by Nagahama for their roles as producer and art director. Kazuo Tomizawa was also brought in as one of the staff until he decided to focus more on Invincible Super Man Zambot 3 .

Media

Anime

Voltes V was broadcast in Japan by TV Asahi from June 4, 1977 to March 25, 1978, replacing Chōdenji Robo Combattler V in its initial timeslot. The series' opening theme is titled "Voltes V no Uta" (ボルテスVの歌, Borutesu Faibu no Uta, "The Song of Voltes V") by Mitsuko Horie, Koorogi '73, and Columbia Yurikago-kai with the ending theme titled "Chichi wo Motomete" (父をもとめて, "In Search of My Father.") by Ichiro Mizuki. The lyrics to the opening theme were written by Toei staff with music written by Asei Kobayashi, and arranged by the series' composer, Hiroshi Takada, while the lyrics to the ending theme were penned by Akira Aoi (Tadao Nagahama), with music written by Asei Kobayashi, and arranged by Hiroshi Tsutsui.

Another English dub, written and directed by William Ross, was produced in Tokyo, Japan by Frontier Enterprises, later released in North America in 1983 by 3B Productions as Voltus 5.[ citation needed ] The anime was made available both in English and Tagalog in Southeast Asia through video-on-demand service iflix in September 2016. [4]

Telesuccess Productions (formerly known as Questor International) holds the Philippine rights to the anime series since its premiere on GMA in 1978. [5] At the Otakon 2018 convention on August 13, 2018, Discotek Media announced that they licensed the series for its DVD and Blu-ray release in North America. [6] [7]

Live-action adaptation

Voltes V will be adapted as a live-action television series in the Philippines. Voltes V Legacy will be produced by GMA Network with Filipino actors. The production will be licensed from the Toei Company through its Philippine licensor Telesuccess Productions, Inc. [8] [9] Mark A. Reyes is the director who leads the production of the series, which will involve close supervision from Toei. [10] Riot Inc. was hired to do the special effects alongside GMA's video-graphic department. [8] [11] [12]

Toys

During the series' run, Popy released a diecast metal toy of Voltes V. The toy was available either with the five Volt Machines sold separately or in a gift set known as the "Volt In Box". Aside from the Volt Machines combining to form Voltes V, the toy also transformed into Voltank mode (an alternate vehicle mode wherein the robot lied down face-first with the Volt Panzer and Volt Lander's wheels on the ground). This mode never appeared in the series, but was a unique feature of the toy. The boxed set was re-released in the United States in 1978 by Mattel as part of the Shogun Warriors line of imported toys. Later it was re-released in 1982 repackaged as part of Bandai's Godaikin line for the international market in 1983. [13] Popy also released a Jumbo Machinder version of Voltes V. Standing at over 24 inches in height, the toy featured firing projectile fists and could transform into Voltank mode, which small children could ride on.

In 2006, Bandai released a newer, smaller Voltes V toy as part of their Soul of Chogokin line. This toy is more detailed and more poseable than its Popy diecast predecessor. In 2008, the toy was re-released as a special edition called "Respect for Volt In Box", which pays homage to the original toy in both color scheme and packaging. In addition, this version has been retooled to transform into Voltank mode. [14]

In 2018, Bandai released the Soul of Chogokin Voltes V F.A. (Full Action) figure. The figure sacrifices its combination gimmick in favor of more anime-accurate proportions and dynamic articulation. [15] In 2020, Bandai announced that the titular mecha will also be released under the DX Soul of Chogokin line.

Video games

The series itself has been included and featured in the long-running Super Robot Wars series of video games with its first appearance on the PlayStation game Shin Super Robot Wars in 1996.

Cultural impact

Voltes V is notable for its cultural impact in several countries like Indonesia, Cuba, and the Philippines. [16] In the case of the latter, it had a major impact in the country during the period of martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos, who banned the series along with other "violent" Japanese animated series on August 27, 1979. [17] [18] Officially the anime was banned for its "harmful effects on children" but popular speculation was that the show was banned because of the anime's underlying themes of rebellion and revolution. [19] [20] The remaining four episodes were never aired and Filipino children angered by the sudden ban have sometimes been referred to as the "Voltes V generation". [21] After the success of the 1986 People Power Revolution, Voltes V was re-aired on Philippine television from 1990-2010s with a Filipino dub. [19]

Toym Imao, the son of a national artist, who was a child at the time the series aired made a sculpture inspired by Voltes V in 2014 called Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes as part of his series of art installations entitled Super Robot - Suffer Reboot that was displayed at the entrance of Palma Hall at the University of the Philippines. [16] [22]

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