Voltron. You loved it as a kid. I didn’t, personally, but I’ve never been into mecha. However, the Japanese-inspired sci-fi series from the 1980s holds a special place in many-a-nerd’s heart, so I knew you would probably want to know about Netflix’s reboot Voltron Legendary Defender.
From the official synopsis:
Five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, become pilots for five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The show’s executive producers claim that they want to make the show to have the feel of the original series, but without being an exact replica of the original show. Unlike the 1984 series, the main characters are thrown into this intergalactic struggle without already knowing what’s going on. This allows the audience to discover the story with the cast. In this version of the story, “Our characters are as unfamiliar as a new viewer would be to Voltron,” executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos told Entertainment Weekly. “They’re living on a version of Earth in the distant future that hasn’t made contact with alien life forms, but they’re going to the equivalent of space camp.” When a senior pilot named Shiro crash lands back on earth after a year-long mission, he has partial memory of something called “Voltron” that must be found.
If you’re an anime purist reaching for your torch while screaming, “It’s not anime if it’s not Japanese! This isn’t Voltron!” then I urge you to pause a moment before you set something on fire. The production is being handled on US soil by DreamWorks, Studio Mir, and World Events Productions. World Events worked with Toei Animation to produce the original 1984 Voltron, which was based on Toei’s own Beast King GoLion. So yeah, Voltron was always intended for an American audience, and this reboot is being created by the people who made the original and with DreamWorks. DreamWorks! Plus Dos Santos worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. It’s in good hands.
Check out the exclusive trailer from Entertainment Weekly:
They even wrangled some pretty top talent to do the voices for these characters. Here’s who will be playing the leads:
- Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance
- Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream) as Pidge
- Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Shiro
- Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Hunk
- Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith
- Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect) as Princess Allura
- Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) as Coran
Voltron isn’t the first original(ish) anime that Netflix has tackled either. The streaming service also has Knights of Sidonia, Wakfu, Glitter Force, The Seven Deadly Sins, Cyborg 009 Vs Devilman, AJIN: Demi-Human, and Perfect Bones.
Voltron Legendary Defender premieres on Netflix June 10 with a one-hour premiere and 10 additional 22-minute episodes.
What do you think? Do you have faith in this Voltron reboot? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Image credits: DreamWorks