What a difference editing and dialog make.
Before there was Voltron, defender of the universe, there was GoLion. Produced in 1981 by famed Japanese animation studio Toei, Beast King GoLion is not the kids show World Events Productions gave us with Voltron: Defender Of The Universe. It’s not shy to show death, removed limbs, and people being eaten by monsters. And that’s just the first episode.
It’s the year 1999 and Earth blows itself up in a war because Japanese fiction. Five space explorers return home to find their home devastated before being captured by a slave ship of the Galra space empire. Escaping their prison, they make their way to escape, only to be drawn to a planet which houses the secret of a giant robotic defender named GoLion. GoLion would have been powerful enough to defeat Galra but he had been blown to pieces because he pulled a Goku and challenged forces more powerful than he is…okay, that’s closer to Vegeta, but still a stupid move.
Tonight we’ll be looking the first five episodes, collected together in a YouTube playlist (Voltron’s official page has the first 10 unlocked as of this writing but that’s a bit long for SNS, so I created my own playlist) so you can just sit back and let all five episodes play. Learn how the space explorers actually got to the planet Altea and first formed the mighty robot. Enjoy, but this probably isn’t for the kids. Stick to Voltron.
The next time Voltron shows up on a Saturday Night Showcase (if it’s still up) we’ll compare this to the first five episode of the US dub, Voltron: Defender Of The Universe. I know I prefer the US version. Less people being turned into stew or mutated into giant monsters.