Which 80's Anime/Cartoon Am I Forgetting?
June 14, 2016 1:23 PM   Subscribe

With the remake of Voltron, I've gotten that nostalgiac bite. But there's something I don't quite remember. (more inside)

For some reason I swear what I'm remembering is the original mythos from Voltron, but reading up on it clearly I'm wrong.

It's not Robotech/Macross.

Its a giant robot type cartoon from the 80s.

What I'm remembering specifically is that the giant robot was cursed to protect a planet due to a crime he had committed - against gods. Pride, maybe, so he needed to be humble?

That backstory was mostly ignored during the cartoon run.
posted by BenevolentActor to Media & Arts (7 answers total)
Can you provide any more details about the robot? Knowing if it was a combiner or what its signature attack was (and if it's the 80s there almost had to be a signature attack... the ability to fill out 2 minutes of an episode with stock footage was an ubiquitous cost saving measure) would help narrow it down.
posted by radwolf76 at 1:34 PM on June 14, 2016

It's not exactly the same, but there's a vague similarity to Omega Supreme from the Transformers.
posted by LionIndex at 1:43 PM on June 14, 2016

You can try looking for it here, where I imagine it should belong, though it may not necessarily be there if it was a rather smaller seen shown: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SuperRobotGenre

I couldn't really detect find anything there. Reideen had a mech that was to guard a continent, but it came from a civilization and not gods. Ideon came to mind too, with its mech being a bit myseterious in origin, and not having been constructed by people, but I couldn't see (online, at least) any reference to the nature of the mech.
posted by Dalby at 1:48 PM on June 14, 2016

radwolf76 - I would swear the robot looked like Voltron, so any real description I can provide might be useless. The one defining characteristic was the huge light emitting sword.
posted by BenevolentActor at 1:49 PM on June 14, 2016

Dalby - you may be on to something. I'm not going to say absolutely that it came from the gods.
But it was definitely some kind of deamon/god/whatever in the body of the robot, and charged with defending the planet.
posted by BenevolentActor at 1:54 PM on June 14, 2016

This sounds like the plot of GoLion, the Japanese anime that Voltron used as its source material (i.e., it looked exactly the same as Voltron).
posted by justkevin at 1:54 PM on June 14, 2016 [6 favorites]

justkevin - you nailed it. that is exactly what I was remembering.
posted by BenevolentActor at 1:57 PM on June 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

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