The show was a huge success in the Philippines. The show's theme song (which was available in both Japanese and English) even became a Top-Ten hit there. In 1979, the show was banned by then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Rumors as to why he canceled the show vary from manipulating what shows could and couldn't air for the benefit of the government television broadcaster's ratings, to fears that the struggle of oppressed vs. oppressors would inspire revolt against his regime and its practices. But the series returned to the Philippines after Marcos' deposition in 1986, and remains popular. See more »
I live in the U.S. now but I grew up in the Philippines watching Voltes V dubbed in English (later, I was surprised to know that it was Filipinos who were doing the dubbing, for they spoke perfect English) and still hear in the background the original Japanese dubbing whenever Voltes V fights a foe. For example, whenever he uses one of his weapons, like the top, the team leader would shout "UUUULLLLTTTRRRAAAMMMAAAGGGNNNEEETTTIIICCCCTTTOOOOPPPP!!" or something like "EEEELLLLEEEECCCTTTTRROOOOMMM AAAGGGGNNNEEETTTIIIICCCTTTOOOOPPPPP" while on the background you would here another voice, which is in Japanese, yelling something else. When I get to school the next day me and my classmates would make fun of this and imitate the Japanese voice background... but it was all good you know, its part of your good old days, like everyone else who reminisce about their favorite cartoon shows when they were young, it brings back delight for it was a much simpler times...not like adulthood where you constantly think about the high pressures of life!
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