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Voltron Beast King Golion Vol 2 (1981)

Beast King Golion , Beast King Golion  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Beast King Golion
  • Directors: Beast King Golion
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 425 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019X3ZQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil... Its home of Altea continues to be the one glimmering light in the darkness that is the Galra Empire's tyranny. Despite Daibazaal, Honerva, and Sincline's constant attacks and traps, the heroic team of five always seems to come out ahead. And no matter how many Deathblack Beastmen are sent to face them, Golion is always ready for battle with the Jyuohken blazing in hand. Golion is the original Japanese show cut to create the 80's cartoon classic Voltron.

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did you see vol. 1? It's more of the same. September 25, 2008
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What's on the discs?
Episodes 19-36. Subtitled only. Three trailers on the last disk. No special features.

If you've seen volume 1, then you know what it's about. Five space travelers from Earth escape the clutches of the Galra empire. They land on the planet Altea, and fight the Galra empire with five robot lions that combine to form GoLion!

In the middle of this volume, Prince Sincle and the witch Horneva stop making giant beasts and start making 1960s looking giant robots. The first robot actually injures GoLion. But then GoLion learns a new move and everything goes back to the way it was. Sometimes The Simpsons seem less episodic than this.

This volume also has the episode where the princess loses her top in the lake :) Don't fret. They don't show any girl parts, so the kids can still watch it... as long as the kids don't mind frogs with fangs biting men's throats, images of children engulfed in flames, and a spa with a running stream of blood. And the Earth explodes. Everyone sleeps better after they've seen the Earth explode. It's not horribly offensive stuff, but Japanese children must have been very emotionally balanced to handle such dark concepts at an early age.

GoLion is very episodic, the characters are very one-dimensional, and the animation hasn't held up to well over the years. GoLion works, however, because it is simple. It's a fantasy on a grand scale with an exaggerated good versus and even more exaggerated evil. The five lions that combine into a giant robot still amaze even today.

So if you've seen it during the 80s as Voltron, or if you just like 80s Anime, you'll enjoy. I still wouldn't recommend this to the average American viewer though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not your daddy's Voltron....(Part II) October 12, 2008
By M.K.
World Events Productions, Ltd., along with Anime Works and Media Blasters, presents Collection 2 of Hundred Beast King Golion. The Golion team serves up more action and adventures with episodes 19-36. This has proven to be the most lackluster bunch of episodes of the entire series.

The only few highlight episodes were:

-Goodbye, Earth
-The Prince Imperial's Dark Love
-Phantom Space Flowers

A lot of plot holes are explained a lot better in Golion, especially when it comes to the strong, emotional tension between Prince Sincline of the Galra Empire and Princess Fala of Altea. I don't want to spill the beans to anyone reading this review.

When it came to the story, World Events story editor Marc Handler explained it better when he said:
"We tried to stick with 90% of the story if we can."

....meaning, if the story was too graphic to explain, it was explained to lessen the impact of any unfortunate event (i.e. deaths, suicides, etc.)

Plus, with this set, the Golion opener is a little shorter than the original. Plus, I also noticed that, depending on the episode, the singer sings about a particular lion and its special weaponry within its bridge and chorus verses....usually, a recurring theme for some to most animated shows.

My rating is the same as the previous reviewer's. I also agree about their comments about having no special features included once again for Golion. How are you going to release a DVD box set without any extra special features?....(and I'm not talking about the other anime trailers).
In conclusion, this box set is considered the mediocre bunch of episodes for the entire series.

The next release will be the third and final box set, containing episodes 37-52.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The second volume of Beast King GoLion episodes December 23, 2008
Beast King GoLion Volume 2 is a three-disc set that contains eighteen episodes of the series; this series is the original source material for what ended up becoming Lion Force Voltron in the United States. All of the episodes only have Japanese audio, and you choose whether or not to have subtitles. All three discs of the set include six episodes. Unfortunately, the audio level on the discs so soft that you have to turn up the volume quite a bit in order to hear the audio.

Just like with Volume 1, I could see where changes had been made between Beast King GoLion and Voltron. For example, shots of blood and people obviously being maimed or killed appeared in these versions of the episodes. Some of the most major changes occurred in the episode, "The Prince Imperial's Dark Love" ("The Sleeping Princess" in the American version). In GoLion, Prince Sincline is dreaming of his mother being attacked by Emperor Daibazaal, and seeing Princess Fala's face appearing over his mother's; in Voltron, the woman is only referred to as Allura (no mention is made that the woman is Lotor's mother). Also, in the English version of this episode, shots of the princess' aunt fainting were cut.

Also, the mood and information for some of the episodes was also changed. One of the most notable episodes for this was "Goodbye, Earth" (known as "Pidge's Home Planet" in Voltron). In this episode, the four men from Earth see that missiles are being fired on Earth and want to go and see if there's anything they can do. Raible threatens to have them arrested if they leave, but the four leave anyway in their lions. Raible orders them to be shot down to be prevented from leaving, but they escape.
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