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Voltes V, (超電磁マシーン ボルテスV Chōdenji Mashīn Borutesu Faibu), also marketed as Voltus 5, is an anime television series that aired on TV Asahi from April 6, 1977 to March 25, 1978. It was created by Saburo Yatsude and directed by Tadao Nagahama.

Voltes V is the second part of the Robot Romance Trilogy of the Super Robot genre.

Synopsis

From out of nowhere, a mysterious alien race known as the Boazanian Forces has invaded the Earth. A group of individuals specially trained to handle this kind of situation has been unleashed. Steve, Mark, Big Bert, Little John & Jamie are the pilots of the Voltes V, Earth's defense against the Boazanians and their terrible Beast Warriors.


Dubbing HistoryEdit

Filipino-English DubEdit

In the Philippines, an English-language dub of Voltes V was first aired by GMA-7 on May 5, 1978. The anime series, which was shown every Friday at 6:00pm, became popular across the nation. The dub heavily Westernized the character names, though the dub was generally quite faithful. In April 1979, shortly before the series finale, the authoritarian President Ferdinand Marcos issued a directive banning Voltes V and other similarly-themed anime series, ostensibly due to concerns about "excessive violence". The ban, however, led to speculations that the series was actually pulled from broadcast due to its underlying themes of rebellion and revolution. This left the last five episodes undubbed.

After Marcos's regime fell in the 1986 People Power Revolution, the series returned on Philippine television and was aired on multiple broadcasters like PTV-4 and ABS-CBN in 1986, IBC-13 in 1989 and RPN-9. It returned to GMA in 1999, with the English dub version aired weekly on January and later on Filipino/Tagalog on December. In the same year, the last five episodes of Voltes V were dubbed, compiled together and released theatrically by GMA Films under the title "Voltes V: The Liberation". Due to the time passage, all the voice actors were replaced, save for Dodo Crisol as Prince Zardoz.

American DubEdit

Vultus V - The Movie (Trailer Internazionale)

Vultus V - The Movie (Trailer Internazionale)

The International Trailer for the Compilation Film. Narrated by William Ross.

In 1980, Toei edited together a compilation film of the series consisting of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 18th episodes and distributed it for overseas markets. The film was dubbed by Frontier Enterprises in Tokyo under the title Voltus 5, with William Ross serving as voice director and ADR scriptwriter. Frontier's dub uses all the same Americanized names originally used by the Filipino English dub.

The dub would later be re-released in 1983 by 3B Productions, (the company behind the dub of Tranzor Z) with the Japanese background music swapped out for their new soundtrack composed by Douglas Lackey. This version would be shown on the Christian Broadcasting Network. The version would be released on VHS by Hi-Top Video in a highly edited format.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Filipino Dub Frontier Dub
(Comp. Film)
(eps. 1-35) (eps. 36-40)
Voltes V Team
Steve-Armstrong Steve Armstrong
(Kenichi Gō)
Yukinaga Shiraishi Tony Nierras Earl Palma John Armstrong
Mark-gordon Mark Gordon
(Ippei Mine)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Cris Vertido P.J. Ramos Cliff Harrington
Big-bert-armstrong Robert "Big Bert" Armstrong
(Daijirō Gō)
Tesshō Genda Noel Mallonga Bob Borjal
Little-john-armstrong "Little" John Armstrong
(Hiyoshi Gō)
Noriko Ohara Celina S. Cristobal Dada Carlos
Jamie-robinson Jamie Robinson
(Megumi Oka)
Miyuki Ueda Christine Bonnevie Gerri Sorrells
Allies
Dr-smith Dr. Richard Smith
(Professor Hamaguchi)
Seizō Katō Joonee Gamboa William Ross
Ned-Armstrong Dr. Ned Armstrong
(Professor Kentarō Gō)
Yū Mizushima Tony Nierras Don Johnson
Mary-Ann-Armstrong Dr. Mary Ann Armstrong
(Professor Mitsuyo Gō)
Takako Kondō Christine Bonnevie Judith Sackheim
Commander-robinson Commander Robinson
(General Oka)
Hiroshi Masuoka Chito Vicente Cliff Harrington
Dr-hook Dr. Hook
(Professor Sakunji)
Tamio Ōki Joonee Gamboa
General-watson General Watson
(General Dange)
Hisashi Katsuta Dodo Crisol
Commander-garth Commander Garth
(General Doir)
Seizō Katō Earl Palma
The Boazanian Nobility
Emperor-zambajil Emperor Zu Zambajil Mikio Terashima Cris Vertido Bob Borjal
Prince-zardoz Prince Zardoz
(Prince Heinel)
Osamu Ichikawa Dodo Crisol Tom Clark
Zandra Zandra
(Katherine Rii)
Noriko Ohara Celina S. Cristobal Dada Carlos Patricia
Kobayashi
Draco Draco
(Jangal Rui)
Shōzō Iizuka Chito Vicente Earl Palma William Ross
Zuhl Zuhl Hiroshi Masuoka Cris Vertido Mike Worman
Oslack General Oslack
(General Bergan)
Kenji Utsumi Dido de la Paz P.J. Ramos
Baron-zander Baron Zander
(General Gururu)
Ryusuke Shiomi Daniel Deopante
Zaki Duke Zaki Tamio Ōki Joonee Gamboa
Other
Narration Daisuke Maki Noel Mallonga Cliff Harrington

Note that the names under the Frontier Dub are meant to be treated as speculation via vocal recognition within other Frontier-dubbed productions and are subject to change as new information comes to light.

Additional VoicesEdit

1978 Dub

  • Lynda Acojedo
  • Christine Bonnevie
  • Roger Chua
  • Dennis Mesina
  • Dido de la Paz

NotesEdit

  • The voice of Little John and Zandra is often misattributed as having been done by Christine Bonnevie and later Geraldine Oca. However, the end credits specify Celina S. Cristobal for both of them.
  • Dada Carlos also voices Jamie/Megumi in the original Tagalog dub.
  • The Filipino English dub uses an English cover of the Japanese theme, while the compilation film dub uses the original Japanese version.
  • The English compilation film version of the series has also been dubbed into Latin Spanish and Italian.

TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
1978-1979 GMA-7 The Philippines Flag Philippines
1983 CBN* United States Flag United States
1986 PTV-4 The Philippines Flag Philippines
1986 ABS-CBN
1989 IBC-13
1989 RPN-9
1999 GMA

*Compilation Film.

Video ReleasesEdit

Voltus 5

Distributor Year Format Region Country
Hi-Tops Video 1983 VHS NTSC United States Flag United States
Terminal Video 2006 DVD PAL
2
Italy Flag Italy
Yamato Video 2015 PAL
2

See AlsoEdit

  • Mazinger Z - Another anime affected by the Marcos ban

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