The Philippines is about to have its live-action adaptation of one of the most iconic pop culture references in anime, and fans are ecstatic about its first look! Hopes and expectations are up as GMA Network might be releasing the best CGI piece in Philippine history, yet.
Fans of the original series can’t help but experience a rush of nostalgia and hope that the new series would live up to their childhood memories after the recent trailer for Voltes V: Legacy, GMA’s live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese anime, was aired on New Year’s Eve.
In the trailer, we can see the five heroes of the anime classic – Steve Armstrong (Miguel Tanfelix), Jamie Robinson (Ysabel Ortega), Mark Gordon (Radson Flores), Big Bert (Matt Lozano), and Little Jon (Raphael Landicho). And of course, with Prince Zardoz (Martin del Rosario), the leader of Boazania who wishes to conquer Earth.
A brand-new, mind-blowing cast member was also unveiled in the mega trailer: Dennis Trillo will play Ned Armstrong, the father of Steve, Big Bert, and Little Jon. Also included in the series are Liezel Lopez, Epi Quizon, and Carla Abellana.
The blockbuster trailer has received TOEI approval, according to Helen Sese, AVP of GMA Drama. Just recently, the final edit was seen by the Japanese animation company, and was “super impressed,” she told GMA News Online.
One of the most recognized pop culture figures, Voltes V is regarded as the most significant anime series for Filipino viewers. It is well-liked by viewers of all ages, but is especially loved by those who grew up during the martial law era.
The original series, produced by Toei Animation and Nippon Sunrise, aired on TV Asahi from June 4, 1977 to March 25, 1978.
Voltes V’s English-language dub debuted on GMA Radio and Television Arts in the Philippines on May 5, 1978. The series’ final five episodes were not included in the initial broadcast, despite the fact that it was widely watched every Friday night, as it was halted by the Marcos administration owing to “extreme violence.”
While GMA Network hasn’t released any more details about the upcoming spectacular live-action show, fans are hoping that the world-class quality of the trailer will be sustained throughout the series.
If you haven’t seen the mega trailer yet, check it out here: