From out of nowhere, a mysterious alien race known as the Boazan Forces has invaded the Earth. A group of individuals specially trained to handle this kind of situation has been unleashed. Kenichi, Ippei, Daijirou, Hiyoshi & Megumi are the pilots of the Choudenji Machine Voltes V (5), Earth's defense against the Boazan and their terrible Beast Warriors. The plot thickens as the Go Brothers discover their true heritage and the truth behind their father's disappearance. Conflicts and mixed emotions hinder the Go Brothers at times but due to their unwavering desire to find their dad, they must go to the place where it all started. With the help of the rebels based on Earth and on the aliens' homeworld, the Voltes Team has another mission, remove the tyrant Zu Zanbajil and liberate the people of Boazan.
I was a little kid in the Philippines when this anime aired on television, so it definitely has a nostalgic appeal that gives it an unfair advantage when I compare it to other giant-mecha anime. I rewatched this series in Japanese with English subs, and I saw it in a whole new light. I think this anime is the quintessential giant robot anime.
I really have nothing bad to say about it. Other than... with old-school robot anime like this, you either get it... or you don't. OR you're Filipino and you love this anime because you used to sing the opening theme song with
your family whenever it was on.
The English dub (done by Filipinos with limited English skills) was pretty terrible. I don't think anyone would appreciate it unless you were there to experience it back in the day. So if you're interested, stick to the Japanese with English subs.
this anime is probably the first anime i ever saw..since i was a kid in the philippines LMAO:) it brings back so many memories.. i think i was like 6 or 7 years old..well now im 14 yrs old. The art i gave an 8 cuz..well..ya'll noe its old but its a classic for me:) but over all the story is great...i was addicted to the theme song back den..(i think im still into it)..everytime the show starts i sing along whaaAA wEEE....I GIVE this anime a 10/10;]
Voltes V has almost everything you could want in an anime. Cool mecha battles, sword fighting, outer space travel, likable characters, an engaging story and plenty of drama. I'm pretty new to super robot anime and I did not expect that the genre would have something this good to offer.
If you ask me, the best thing about this series is Prince Heinel and the story surrounding him. I can't say too much without spoiling the whole thing, but he's one of those villains that you can respect and even like. If you've seen a lot of anime, the "sympathetic
villain" thing might seem a little cliche, but keep in mind that this was 30 years ago. Prince Heinel was one of the earlier examples of this kind of character.
Despite having a quick temper, he is loyal and forgiving to those who are loyal to him, and grants them many second chances. He is not treacherous or two-faced like many villains are, and has no tolerance for deceit or treachery. Surprisingly, he's a real patriot, and is ready to die for his home planet if need be. Oh, and he's far from painful to look at. Let's just say that he has a very nice character design. ^_~
Anyway, though this series was made in the 70s, the animation is not poor and is actually quite consistent, unlike a lot of other shows where the animation is really, really good at certain moments and poor the rest of the time. It shows its age only because of the art style (which I happen to be fond of anyway).
I found it interesting that there's one thing that this series does NOT have a lot of: romance. Frankly, even though I like romance, I found it refreshing that there wasn't any in Voltes V. It could have easily derailed the whole thing and I'm glad the writers decided to keep it at a minimum.
I haven't said much about the music of this series. I really only have one thing to say: the closing song could not be more appropriate or touching. It's become one of my favorite anime songs.
In closing, if you only see one 70s super robot series, make it Voltes V!
Voltes V is the second of Tadao Nagahama's "Romance Trilogy" mecha anime, coming between Combattler and Daimos. Like Combattler, the story focuses on a team of five pilots fighting against an invasion of Earth, and they're powered by extreme science and the power of friendship. Every week, the villainous Prince Heinel and his lackeys roll out a new monster for the team to fight, and with sheer determination and willpower, our heroes are able to carry the day.
So from the sound of it... just another 70s toy commercial.
What makes Voltes interesting, though, is that this isn't just a simple battle against an alien
empire. There are strong undertones of racism and revolution that guide the action of the show. Most of the exposition doesn't arrive until the final third of the series, but when it does, it suddenly adds a whole new dimension to the action. Boazan is a planet where horned people enslave the hornless, and a handful of slaves led by a deposed prince are fighting for their freedom.
Three of the Voltes pilots are brothers, and their father, Professor Go, is at the center of everything. He was the one who designed the Voltes and prepared a handful of trusted comrades for the impending invasion. He turns out to be a key member of the Boazan rebellion, so Voltes' mission is not just about protecting the Earth. The Voltes pilots must come to grips with the fact that not all Boazanians are evil and that they have a duty to protect the slaves just as much as they have a duty to protect the Earth.
The aforementioned Heinel is also an interesting villain. He is the son of a traitor and seeks to restore his good name by serving the emperor, but his position is anywhere but safe. He must deal with the difficulties of fighting Voltes while also staving off subterfuge by his own generals, who have their own separate agenda.
The art and sound are about what you'd expect from a show from the 70s: hasn't aged well, but it's passable. The robot combines with the theme song blaring triumphantly in the background, and all is right with the world.
For me, the last five or so episodes pull the whole show together and make it worthwhile. The cruelest twist is saved for the end, when we learn the last outstanding piece of Professor Go's backstory...
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