Let’s stick with kiddie shows today. Although this is another show you probably liked growing up (I loved it), that doesn’t mean the show wasn’t complete crap. Voltron was a giant crime fighting, universe saving robot. It wasn’t just a robot. It was 5 LIONS!.
This bad boy is one of the earlier Japanese cartoons ripped off and brought to the States. This was one of the first ones I remember anyways. Before basically 90% of the weirdo cartoons out now are anime rip offs, or some sort of big eyed, Japanese rip offs.
Voltron is a series of animated television programs, the first of which was titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe. There has since been a second series, made in the 1990s using CGI techniques, but let’s be real here. The only one that matters is the old one. kthanks. The 1980s Voltron series was based on two unrelated Japanese anime series GoLion and Dairugger XV (both originally produced by Toei Animation & Bandai). The anime was later dubbed into English and edited by the North American television production and distribution company World Events Productions. The adaptation was not a straight dub, however—as much violence as possible was removed from the original Japanese series.
Yeah…we are pansies in the U.S. when it comes to TV. Especially back in the 80s I guess. We still are, but it is getting a bit better. Violence certainly isn’t an issue anymore as every show on TV is basically some sort of CSI show where you watch a brutal murder at the outset and then watch dudes come up with the most outrageous crime search techniques ever thought of to solve a crime. Of course we still don’t get any nudity on regular TV like our friends a crossed the sea .
The first episodes were based on the 1981 series Beast King GoLion and they featured a team of five young pilots commanding five robot lions, which could be combined to form Voltron. Newer episodes do not count. They will not be mentioned because they aren’t as good. At least I never saw them and can only assume they aren’t because I am a crotchety bastard that has a closed mind when it comes to childhood cartoon favorites.
tl;dr Short Explanation: Voltron was a giant flippin’ robot that formed by combining forces of 5 robotic Lions piloted by some dudes that are living on planet Arus, ruled by Princess Allura, and they are saving the universe.
I highly recommend filling up your laptop memory of episodes and checking them out yourself. Then coming back to tell me how lame the show is and mock me and my childhood memories.
Voltron TV Intro Theme: