Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May 5, 1978: English dubbed Voltes V first aired on GMA-7.

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Chōdenji Machine Voltes V (超電磁マシーン ボルテスV Chōdenji Mashīn Borutesu FaibuSuper Electromagnetic Machine Voltes Five) more popularly known as Voltes V, is a Japanese anime television series first aired on TV Asahi starting June 4, 1977. Voltes V was a super electromagnetic machine made up of five volt machines that needed to unite or “volt in” in order to form the robot.It was created by Saburo Yatsude (a pseudonym referring to a committee within Toei Company) and directed by Tadao Nagahama 

Anime: Robot Romance Trilogy
The three robots of the trilogy: Combattler-V, Voltes-V and Tosho Daimos
Voltes V is the second part of the Robot Romance Trilogy of the Super Robot genre which includes Chōdenji Robo Combattler V and Tōshō Daimos
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In the Philippines, since May 5, 1978, an English-language dub of Voltes V was first aired on GMA-7, which was shown every Friday (6:00 pm) and lasted for a year until 1979.
Ferdinand Marcos and Voltes V
In 1979, before the series finale, then-president Ferdinand Marcos issued a directive banning Voltes V and other similarly-themed anime series due to concerns about "excessive violence". The directive also led to speculations at the time that the series was also taken off the air due to its aforementioned revolutionary undertones.

Even now the show has angry fans who can’t forget what President Marcos did to their favorite anime. The fans got some payback on President Marcos during the celebration of People Power Revolution in 2014 through this art installation named “Last, Lost, Lust for Four Episodes” presented at the University of The Philippines Dilliman which features the head of the President himself. 


Last, Lost, Lust for Four Episodes” Artist: Toym Leon Imao 2014

The title refers to the last four episodes of Voltes V which were never aired after Marcos regime banned it. “Last” that the dark period in Philippine History is the last and it will never happen again. “Lost” refers to a generation of robot anime fans who felt no closure as they never saw the ending of their favorite cartoon series. Lost are also the desaparecidos and those who lost their livelihoods and futures because of Martial Law. “Lust” refers not only to the longing of these fans to watch the final four episodes, but with lust for power that characterized the Martial Law Regime.

‘ULTRAMAGNETIC’ ART Toym Leon Imao with his “Voltes V”-inspired piece on display at the UP Diliman campus. RAFFY LERMA
The sculpture is an allegory of Toym Leon Imao's  anger as a child deprived of his favorite TV show, and his involvement in the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime. In this masterpiece, he revealed his understanding of our history – the triumph of Filipinos struggle to regain peace and democracy in the country. 


He labeled Marcos as the hegemonic Boazanian Emperor, depicted in his artwork as the Boazanian Skull with horns starship, as his representation of the ‘Sky Rook’.  
The Boazanian Skull ship Sky RookFlagship of the Boazanian Invasion Force.

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