After a long break from Anime Vice, I am back and continuing with the blog series I left with, sit tight friends and freaks, I am going to make up for lost time by talking about how 5 episodes were changed, in minor and major ways in the GoLion-Voltron series, and the BIGGEST change occurs in one of these episodes.
Episode 3: A Ghost and 4 Keys (GoLion Title: A Ghost and 5 Keys)
Not much is changed in the early going of this episode, the first obvious change is that Haggar and Zarkon refer to the team as the Voltron Force, though they have not even found a single Voltron Lion yet, this was kind of a Americanized moment though, referring to the team as you plan to refer to them as for the rest of the series prior to them finding the thing that gives them the title.... LOL, sounds like I am talking in riddles, another major change is that the Bat-Fish Robeast is not shown finishing off it's opponent in the Doom arena... The title of this episode is oddly more appropriate, as only four of the lion keys were found and the fifth key was missing. Not a huge departure from the original.
Episode 4: The Missing Key
The Space mice are useful, go figure...
The episode starts where the last left off, Keith in the green lion, Sven in the blue lion, Lance in the red lion, and Hunk in the yellow lion are taking on the Bat-Fish Robeast, while Pidge is trapped amongst local Arusians driven to hide in caves and the black lion key is missing, Yurak wants the glory for beating the team, as does Haggar, honestly this episode did not change much between countries. But Voltron is fully assembled for the first time so dont skip it.
Episode 5: The Princess Joins Up
Allura joins the team by manning a gun turret in the newly discovered Castle of Lions, a structure which was under Castle Arus and emerges from it's rubble in time to take down the Gladiator Robeast, the only notable change is that the Gladiator Robeast's tournament against other robeasts is toned down a bit. This episode contains the iconic stills of the Voltron Force standing on the heads of the lions for the first time.
Episode 6: The Right Arm of Voltron
Here we are at the episode that changes everything, those who know Voltron, even if your knowledge is only of the current series, Voltron Force, knew Sven would not be a longterm member of the team, but this is a huge departure from the Japanese version in many ways, Sven's fate is changed quite a bit, he was killed in the GoLion version of this episode, but only injured in the American version, an entire funeral scene was cut from this episode, Sven returns in future episodes of Voltron, and I will explain how later in this blog series. Character death was generally a no-no back in the 80's in America, so Sven was simply injured at the close of this one.
NOTE: Hulu mislabled this episode with the title of the next episode.
Episode 7: The Lion Has New Claws
Allura pilots the blue lion for the first time, Nanny makes her first appearance, the main thing cut from this episode was that the robeast in it slaughtered some innocent people, and even some of that slipped by censors if you watch the castle of lions monitor closely. A bit of common anime eroticism usually cut from American adaptations of the era is also seen in both, when Nanny spanks Allura. The Japanese version of that scene had what I found to be some pretty funny dialogue with the line "A thousand spankings for not calling me lady"
NOTE: Hulu mislabled this as the aforementioned episode The Right Arm of Voltron
That's all for this installment, watch said episodes on Hulu, and look for my next installment where we go from Prince Bokar to Prince Lotor.
EDIT: Since I pointed out that Hulu mislabeled 2 episodes they have since corrected the mistake, episodes 6 and 7 are now correctly titled