|Chōdenji Machine Voltes 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 by||Yoshitake Suzuki|
|Music by||Hiroshi Tsutsui|
|Studio|| Tohokushinsha Film |
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||June 4, 1977 – March 25, 1978|
Chōdenji Machine Voltes V (Japanese: 超電磁マシーン ボルテスV, 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.
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".
Voltes V was produced by Toei Company, Ltd. with animation from Sunrise and sponsorship from Popy for the toys. (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 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
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.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. As describing the story itself, the plot of the Go brothers' search for their father were inspired from Taiga dramas, 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.
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 .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."
The final draft of the series was completed in March 1977, with the first episode was broadcast on June 4 of the same year.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 .
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.
Telesuccess Productions (formerly known as Questor International) holds the Philippine rights to the anime series since its premiere on GMA in 1978.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.
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.Mark A. Reyes is the director who leads the production of the series, which will involve close supervision from Toei. Riot Inc. was hired to do the special effects alongside GMA's video-graphic department.
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. inches in height, the toy featured firing projectile fists and could transform into Voltank mode, which small children could ride on.Popy also released a Jumbo Machinder version of Voltes V. Standing at over 24
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.
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.In 2020, Bandai announced that the titular mecha will also be released under the DX Soul of Chogokin line.
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.
Voltes V is notable for its cultural impact in several countries like Indonesia, Cuba, and the Philippines.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. 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. 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". After the success of the 1986 People Power Revolution, Voltes V was re-aired on Philippine television from 1990-2010s with a Filipino dub.
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.
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