Voltron Vehicle Force New World
Say what you will about Japan they know something
that the whole world needs to learn.
Giant robots are cool. And they’ve know it since the
Occasionally westerners will look at all the giant
robots that Japan has and says “Hey we need some of those!!” and so they
buy the series, watch it without subtitles, decide what it’s about get
some western actors to re-voice it and voilla! That’s how Robotech was
born and that was made up of 3 completely separate Japanese series. It’s
also why sometimes series like Voltron make no sense.
In the 80’s when there was a level of Voltron mania
in the playground it came in two flavors “Lion force” and “Vehicle
force” this was because it was really two separate Japanese TV series
Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV which just
happened to feature multiple space vehicles piloted by young pilots that
when combined turn into a giant fighting robot with a sword.
Lion force came out first and in the story line this
is set in the “far universe” Vehicle force was set in the “Near
Universe” and the storyline has completely changed. Instead of being
quite fantasy based what with Voltron fighting evil witches and
everything now it’s more sci-fi involving a group of humans searching
for new planets to colonize.
But like all land grabs someone’s nose is out of
joint and in this case that would be the Drule evil despotic landlords
in this part of the galaxy. This Voltron team consists of fifteen
members, divided into three teams of five, the Land, Sea, and Air
Teams. Which of course when they combine together they become a giant
kick ass robot because there is hope for the future.
Confusingly when you bought the Voltron toys this
Voltron was referred to as Voltron 1 because this was set closer to
earth than that lion thing.
Look this is a kids show, it doesn’t stand up as well
as it could the voice acting is barely passable, the storylines
alternate between simplistic and confusing and the animation is um…well
it’s better than Filmation but nothing to write home about.
Having said that the burst of nostalgia that I got
the first time that those vehicles became Voltron gave me shivers.
Because there’s nothing better than giant robots.
Audio: Audio is 2 channel dolby digital serviceable
as far as it goes but nothing to get excited about.
Video: Video is pan and scan DVD quality but a nice
plasma will really bring out the poor quality of the source material.
Special Features: Yeah that would be nice wouldn’t
it? What we have here is 18 episodes over two discs and not a brass
razoo more or less.