If you don’t know the original Voltron anime, it’s a space opera about 5 young adults that pilot giant robot lions that can combine into one giant humanoid robot for battle.
That dynamic remains the same in this rebooted Netflix series where these gifted cadets stick their noses where they don’t belong and end up having to defend the entire universe.
As you can imagine, the entire universe is a lot of weight for some young cadets to bear, and the show does a great job showing how difficult it can be both mentally and physically.
What first caught my eye is the art style of the show; it’s run by the same people that worked on Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Seeing that I hoped for well-choreographed fights, lo and behold, my hopes came true. But, what I didn’t expect was the CGI robot battles to be just as entertaining. The fights didn’t seem stiff, and the battles between the giant robeasts felt as fluid as the hand-to-hand combat.
The color palette used was also vibrant and believable, so there were no dull visuals. A lot of the scenes took place in space; the space debris and random colorful nebula in the distance made for an awesome spectacle.
Season 7, the latest season, had to have been the most taxing on the Voltron pilots. The team goes through starvation, constant mental anguish, followed by defeat after defeat. The yellow Voltron Lion Pilot, Hunk, really showed a great amount of growth. Hunk kept the team attentive and hopeful while at the same time dealing with the unknown fate of his entire family.
Overall, if you liked Avatar: Legend of Korra, then this is right for you. Similar characters, same art style, and great action scenes will be great for fans looking for a spiritual successor, but everyone will stay to see the never-ending struggle, fought across the universe. I give this series a 9/10. – Hasan Smith, Co-Founder of Urban Anime Lounge