Chō Denji Machine Voltes V (TV)
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Choudenji Machine Voltes V may not be as memorable as other Super Robot anime titles like Mazinger Z or Getter Robo, but it has an extremely strong fan following in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, the anime series has placed itself as part of Philippine history. During its initial run in the late 1970s, Voltes V - along with other Super Robot titles - was banned by then-president Ferdinand Marcos, supposedly because the station airing it was beating two government-run stations in the ratings game (Marcos' excuse was that the violent content of Super Robot anime and popular shows like Charlie's Angels had a negative impact on children). However, many Filipinos believe Marcos was afraid that Voltes V's storyline involving an aristocratic empire and its oppressed masses reflected his dictatorship in the country. Because of this, people in the Philippines look up to Voltes V as their inspiration for the 1986 revolution that ousted Marcos' tyrannical rule.
The series was originally planned as a sequel to Choudenji Robo Com-Battler V, but numerous changes to the story and character development made Voltes V a stand-alone title.
Voltes V was once released in the U.S. as a single movie titled Voltus 5. This version suffered from horrible editing and an English dub that was inferior to the Philippine English version.
Although "5" is the series' main number, the magic number is "8." Episodes 8, 18, 28 and 38 clearly explain the main plot without the need to watch the episodes around them.
The word Choudenji (Super Electromagnetic) has been copyrighted by Tadao Nagahama's estate and can only be used in Japanese media with their permission.
Characters from Choudenji Robo Com-Battler V make cameos in this series. Com-Battler team member Juuzou Naniwa is seen as one of several martial artists sparring with Daijirou in episode 1. Com-Battler creator Dr. Nanbara appears as a UN ambassador in episode 31.
"Desraa," the Beast Fighter in episode 25, was designed by the production staff as a parody of Dessler, the arch-nemesis character of the series Uchuu Senkan Yamato.
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