Apologies for having been in absentia for so long. However, I can think of no better way to get this blog back on track than reviewing Voltron: Legendary Defender. As a teenager, a show that really got me into animation/anime was Avatar: The Last Airbender (which I will certainly review at some point of time going forward). You may ask, what has that got to do with anything? But, Jae Myung Yu who was an animation director on The Last Airbender founded Studio Mir and subsequently, the Avatar sequel, Legend of Korra was primarily animated by Studio Mir. Therefore, I have an unwavering loyalty to Studio Mir and anyone connected with the Avatar universe. So when the news broke that a new version of Voltron was being done by Studio Mir and with some of the writers who had worked on Avatar, there was nothing that would stop me from watching it.
So what’s it about?
For 10,000 years, the Galra Empire has been slowly conquering all the planets of the universe. The only way to stop Galra Emperor Zarkan is the robot warrior Voltron. However, the key to unlocking Voltron and the five robot lions that come together to form Voltron lie with a civilisation that hasn’t been seen in the past 10,000 years. Join, Shiro, Keith, Lance, Hunk, and Pidge, 5 earthlings abruptly forced into the role of defending the universe and fighting the formidable Zarkan and his empire.
To binge or not to binge?
This show is distributed by Netflix, which, at the outset, screams “must-binge”. However, it’s quite easy to take the show slowly, I watched the first five episodes over the course of 5 days and binged the last 8. I think it’s worth binging it because it’s a fairly short season (13 episodes) and the last 3 episodes really pick up momentum and leave you wanting more.
Is it a gateway animated show?
In a way it is. It has easy humour, the story line becomes very mature and smart towards the end and Studio Mir is always fantastic with their animation style.
Dub or sub?
Well, it is in English. I am not sure if there are subtitles in other languages, I certainly hope so!
What’s to like?
I’ll be honest, Voltron was quite slow to begin with. What I really enjoyed initially was the humour which was so much like the humour from The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. However, the last three episodes really picked up at you could see that there is a story which I am now extremely intrigued by. Another thing is, Studio Mir’s animation is always on point and it’s an absolute joy to watch shows animated by them. They have this unique skill of making me feel like pausing the show and taking screenshots because the animation is so good. Also, the characters are all interesting, unique, and loveable. Voltron: Legendary Defender does not disappoint and I look forward to the next season.