Soukou Kihei Votoms: Kakuyaku taru Itan

Armored Trooper Votoms: Brilliantly Shining Heresy

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Synonyms: Armored Trooper Votoms: The Defrost, Armored Trooper Votoms: The Heretic Saint, The Brilliant Heretic, Armored Trooper Votoms: Shining Heresy, Armored Trooper Votoms - Kakueki taru Itan
Japanese: 装甲騎兵ボトムズ 赫奕たる異端
English: Armored Trooper Votoms: Brilliantly Shining Heresy
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 21, 1994 to Nov 21, 1994
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 30 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.891 (scored by 15511,551 users)
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Ranked: #45422
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Popularity: #9027
Members: 3,693
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Chirico is awoken from cold sleep and separated from Fyana. His attempts to find her come to the attention of a Nextant, the replacement for the Perfect Soldier program. At the same time, the new Pope is to be nominated, and Chirico is religiously considered to be "The Untouchable". With one of the nominees related to the Nextant, Chirico's actions will have far-reaching political ramifications.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Takahashi, Ryousuke
Imanishi, Takashi
Director, Storyboard
Kobayashi, Katsuyoshi
Sound Director
Inui, Hiroki
Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition


Opening Theme

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"Kaze ga Shitte Iru" by Shinya Iguchi

Ending Theme

"Yume no Kagi" by Shinya Iguchi


Mar 5, 2017
Mixed Feelings
What we get out of The Shining Heresy is disappointing compared to the show it branches from, Armored Trooper VOTOMS. Despite being full of missed opportunities to expand on the story of VOTOMS and the previous OVAs based on the series, watching this one still has its own merits.

The story is the biggest and probably only major weak point in The Shining Heresy as a whole. Shining Heresy's writers had to fish for a new conflict to make the next entry in VOTOMS ripe for watching and ultimately decided to turn the Space Church into a major factor, something that was pretty much only ...
Mar 5, 2020
Mixed Feelings
The worldbuilding in regards to the Church of Martial isn't as bad as some other reviewers here seem to think. Besides how cartoonishly old the space Pope is and how, well, absurd the elders act, the main reason why this expansion of Votoms' in-universe religion comes off as bad is because it doesn't click in with the original series. The Secret Society were a break-off group of this Church? I don't know, it's all very obviously written in after the fact. Not that the writers for Shining Heresy had that much to work with, but it seems like overkill.

The mecha scenes are good, but the ...
May 31, 2016
TLDR: Shining Heresy is a 5-episode OVA series that is a good 2 episodes too long, choosing to focus on dull church bureaucracy rather than Chirico or interesting mech action scenes.

Full review:

The strongest two arcs of the original VOTOMS TV series were easily the middle two arcs (Kummen and Sunsa) in which Chirico is rivalled by Ypsilon for the affections of Fyana. It's an oddly engaging love triangle stuck in the middle of a real robot series that focuses on the mentality of a soldier.

Shining Heresy attempts to go back to this by introducing a new rival for Chirico in the form of Teitania, ...

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