Voltron Franchise

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Name: Voltron: Defender of the Universe
Creator: Peter Keefe, John Teichmann
Date(s): September 10, 1984
Medium: Anime
Country of Origin: USA, Japan
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The Voltron Franchise is an animated television franchise of series that revolve around a team of astronauts who pilot a giant Super Robot known as "Voltron". The original show, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, was a top-rated syndicated children's show for two years during its original run and spawned two follow-up series (including Netflix's successful Voltron: Legendary Defender) and several comic books.


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The original series was created by Peter Keefe and John Teichmann in 1984 using material that they had licensed from the Japanese animated series Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. However since they had no means of translating the Japanese series into English, Keefe and Teichman surmised the plots, commissioned writer Jameson Brewer to write all-new dialogue, edited out the more violent scenes, and remixed the audio into stereo format.[1]

Older fans of the series generally split the franchise into three categories - Mainline (all series released between DotU to Voltron Force), Devil's Due (the alternate universe comics continuity based on DoTU), and VLD (the 2016 continuity reboot of the mainline series with inspiration from GoLion and Robotech/Macross).

Voltron has had several series' and reboots over time. These include:


Template:ExpandSection Voltron has many fans of all ages, but for the new show (Voltron: Legendary Defender) the majority of them are teens or children. Of course, there are the people who watched the original 80s show who are again getting back into it, but it targets younger people.




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  1. Wikipedia
  2. Found via the tag search and sorting January 2019.