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BEAST KING GoLION #1 - - Special Review

Seriously, what is it about 70's space fantasy?

Huh. I actually forgot the original name for this franchise was “GoLION.” It’s amusing to realize that “VOLTRON” has no apparent, nominal connection to that - - except for, perhaps, the localizers loving nearly-nonsensical puns.

You know this franchise. I know this franchise. We all know the various reboots, tributes and assorted rip-offs that have followed it over the years, so let’s talk about something more interesting than a rote plot recap, shall we?

See, watching this so soon after SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA makes me realize that there really was just something floating in the zeitgeist this show was made in. I like to picture it as some ghostly, radioactive ether that was streaking through the stars like some kind of living borealis.

Hypnotic sound effects, baroque fashion, brutal violence, spacey fantasia and a sense of dread underlying even the most farciful moments….these are all ingredients that also apply to the likes of GALAXY EXPRESS 999, CAPTAIN HARLOCK, GUNDAM, STARBLAZERS, BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, and, of course, COBRA. Hell, if American space hero comics from the 70’s like ADAM WARLOCK and CAPTAIN MARVEL were adapted by these animation studios, they’d most likely feel the same, as well. It’s almost like the popular imagination needed ten years to acclimate to the notion of space travel being a reality before it felt free to toss all sense of realism away again in favor of romance, psychedelia and disco.

Somebody go ahead and write a thesis paper about this, already. I know I’m onto something, here.

Watch this episode, “Escape from Slave Castle" here and decide for yourself.

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Marshal Victoryon Feb. 27, 2013 at 4:55 p.m.

What always amazes me about this show. People watched it as kids etc an for what ever reason never thought of it as anime.So what could cause this mistake among people?Evil vile Disco ! It had to have harmed people not to understand that this was anime... Just say no to Disco.

Rest of the 70's was alright tho.

sickVisionz moderator on Feb. 27, 2013 at 5:48 p.m.

@Marshal Victory said:

What always amazes me about this show. People watched it as kids etc an for what ever reason never thought of it as anime.So what could cause this mistake among people?

Because they watched it as kids, long before they had any notion of anime.

Anyways, Voltron was one of my favorite shows when I was like four years old. Thundercats came on right before Voltron and my mom would pick me up from daycare right as Voltron was coming on. I hated, hate, and will hate Thundercats until the end of time for that.

I've thought about watching Go Lion but I watched like two episodes of Voltron on Netflix years ago and dear god, that show was hot ass. 5 year old me had pretty damn good taste, as Duck Tales, Rescue Rangers, and Saber Rider still hold up more than 25 years later but man, four year old me liked some real deal utter horse crap. I'm sure the Japanese one is more violent or serious or something but I just can't pull myself to give it a shot. Especially not when a Saber Rider boxset is within eye shot of my television.

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 27, 2013 at 9:31 p.m.

@sickVisionz: No even the ones who knew what anime was like Dragon Ball Z even those familar with Robotech just never thought of Voltron as anime . In way i think its what toys their were so it felt like a made to market toy show for them./shrug.

Do yourself a favor watch GoLion subtitled.Its much more adult than the dubed cut up Voltron.

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Beast King GoLion is the main series the Voltron franchise is based on. This series is far darker and bloodier then it's American counterpart however.

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