VOLTRON - GOLION
|Original title: Voltron: Defender of the Universe
Characters: Keith, Hunk, Sven, Pidge, Lance, Princess Aurora, Koran Counselor, Lotor, Witch Haggar
Author: Saburo Yatsude
Production: Toei Animation, World Events Production
Regia: Hiroshi Sasagawa (Golion), Kozo Morishita
Year: September 10 1984
Broadcast in Italy: 1986
Gender: Anime / Science fiction / Robot
Duration: 22 minutes
Recommended age: Children from 6 to 12 years old
Golion - Voltron (original name Hyakujuu Golion) was born in 1981 thanks to the production from Toei animation and later revived in 1984 by the American
World Events Production. Golion Voltron it is one of the many modular Japanese robots that populated the cartoons of the 80s, the first series was broadcast on Canale 5 in 1982 and was divided into 52 episodes.
The history of Voltron is set in the distant future, which sees planet earth become the base of operations for all the planets in the galaxy, home to the Galactic Alliance. Although this peace is protected by the legend of Voltron, a gigantic robot who fights for the defense of the weakest, there are those who threaten the planets of the galaxy and these are Zarkon, which declares war on the planet Aron, precisely because it hides the secret of the powerful robot. The Galactic Alliance then sends to that planet, the Voltron Force
composed of five space explorers: Keith the leader of the group, Sven a serious and taciturn boy,
Throw courageous and impulsive, Hunk a touchy easygoing and Pidge a very young boy in order to take possession of the Voltron for the defense of the universe. During the invasion of the planet Aron by the fleets of Zarkon, the five space explorers are captured to be transformed into Robot Gladiators and fed to the Robot Beast.
The five boys with skill and cunning manage to escape from prison and flee on board a spaceship, chased by Zarkon's right arm, HeartHowever, the spacecraft is hit, but as it falls on the planet Arus, it is saved by a beam coming from a statue depicting a winged lion, Keith, Sven, Lance, Hunk and Pidge they understand that they have arrived in the castle where the secret of Voltron is kept. Here they meet the beautiful princess Aurora which reveals the secret of Voltron, rendered harmless by the Haggar witch and divided into five Robot Lions, which only by uniting with each other can transform into the powerful Voltron. The five lions represent the elements of the fire nature (Red Lion piloted by Lance), water (Blue Lion driven by Sven), plants (Green Lion
piloted by Pidge), the desert (Yellow Lion piloted by Hunk), the earth (Black Lion piloted by Keith). To activate the five lions, however, you must have the five keys that were buried with the king.
The boys agree to pilot the lions of the Voltron and immediately set to work by engaging in a battle with Zarkon's armies, however the fifth lion is missing from the appeal, because it does not have the key. Vistosi in difficulty Zarkon attacks the Votron Force with a terrible robot beast and is about to get the better of them, when suddenly the fifth lion arrives, which allows them to transform into the gigantic Voltron, who eliminates the monstrous robot without any difficulty. Now Zarkon has to deal with the revived Voltron, so he organizes a gladiatorial tournament in order to identify the strongest warrior. This is transformed by the witch Haggar into a gigantic monster. Yura, Zarkon's right arm, attacks Princess Aurora's castle, with all her troops, but when Voltron goes into action he has to collide with the terrible monster, which knocks him out. Princess Aurora so he decides to ask for help from his father who rebuilds the castle destroyed by bombing in a new super-technological defense center, which with his new weapons helps Voltron to defeat the enemy. Subsequently the terrible witch Haggar, in order to prevent the union of the five lions, lures Sven, the pilot of the Blue Lion, into a trap where she wounds him by means of one of her robot monsters. In reality, in the original Japanese version, the pilot Sven dies, but the American production cut this piece by definitively leaving the pilot, sending him to a planet, in order to recover from serious injuries. Sven's place is then taken by Princess Aurora, who even if she initially presents the difficulties of inexperience, in piloting the Blue Lion, will later succeed thanks to the advice of her friends, to be decisive for the defeat of the Yura's troops, which happens to the Prince Lotor. He falls in love with the beautiful princess Aurora, her enemy, therefore he finds one more motivation to fight her, in order to bend her to her will, to have her as her queen in the kingdom of Zarkon, when he is deposed. The character of Lotor will be instrumental in the defeat of Zarkon's troops by the Voltron Force, as he will cause discord and disorder between his own armies and his royal family.
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