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So, I was wondering about Shiro

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So, I was wondering about Shiro



I've been wondering about this too since the show was first announced.

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Deuswyvern wrote:

So, I was wondering about Shiro



I've been wondering about this too since the show was first announced.


I suspect you are right.
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My only major gripe about this is that the rating is TV-Y7. I could understand the constraints of Avatar and Korra being on Nickelodeon, but now the Avatar/Korra team is unleashed and are on Netflix-only. The sky is the limit here! Seriously, older audiences are going to be the primary audience watching this and yet it's still aimed at kids. I just find that frustrating especially since Korra got darker and dealt with a lot of mature themes as the series progressed and it probably could have dug even deeper if it weren't on Nick. This may have to do with Dreamworks producing this show, but DW really couldn't have aimed this at a older audience? Just for once? To me it seems like a missed opportunity especially with the changing climate in the west's view on animation.

This really shows some of the limits to western animation (studios and producers) because the majority of it is aimed at kids unless it's an animated sitcom a la Family Guy. Like, fucking A! RWBY is about the only one that's aimed at an older audience and that really only started with volume 3. Western animation studios and producers need to spice it up a bit and start competing with the Japanese with the diversity of animated shows that have a wide age range. To be fair though, things are certainly getting better. Obviously more western companies are taking notice to the rise of anime. Netflix is producing their own original anime Perfect Bones, so hopefully that's a hit and will be a wake up call for other western producers and studios to start dipping their toes into new territory.

I'm sure this will still be very enjoyable like Avatar and Korra, but I have the feeling it may feel a confined and corny to meet that kid friendly quota.
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My only major gripe about this is that the rating is TV-Y7. I could understand the constraints of Avatar and Korra being on Nickelodeon, but now the Avatar/Korra team is unleashed and are on Netflix-only. The sky is the limit here! Seriously, older audiences are going to be the primary audience watching this and yet it's still aimed at kids. I just find that frustrating especially since Korra got darker and dealt with a lot of mature themes as the series progressed and it probably could have dug even deeper if it weren't on Nick. This may have to do with Dreamworks producing this show, but DW really couldn't have aimed this at a older audience? Just for once? To me it seems like a missed opportunity especially with the changing climate in the west's view on animation.

This really shows some of the limits to western animation (studios and producers) because the majority of it is aimed at kids unless it's an animated sitcom a la Family Guy. Like, fucking A! RWBY is about the only one that's aimed at an older audience and that really only started with volume 3. Western animation studios and producers need to spice it up a bit and start competing with the Japanese with the diversity of animated shows that have a wide age range. To be fair though, things are certainly getting better. Obviously more western companies are taking notice to the rise of anime. Netflix is producing their own original anime Perfect Bones, so hopefully that's a hit and will be a wake up call for other western producers and studios to start dipping their toes into new territory.

I'm sure this will still be very enjoyable like Avatar and Korra, but I have the feeling it may feel a confined and corny to meet that kid friendly quota.


I know the producers said that they rejected grittier interpretations since they saw them as too far from the original voltron, so there may be some personal sensibilities in there as well. Still, I doubt that they would want to alienate children too much since there will probably be a merchandise element alongside the show. Hopefully the creators will keep the show from feeling like a 20 minute toy commercial. I think that things should be good as long as they aren't too afraid of dealing with death.

Editing so as not to double post: Okay, I watched the movie and episode 2. I probably won't post until I get the other 9 under my belt, but so far I have nothing but good things to say. Hopefully they can keep it up.

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Just watched for the first episode, I'm enjoying the show so far. I say this as someone who never really got into any previous version of Voltron. On its own merit I think that Voltron 2016 holds a lot of promise, nice animation and a solid cast of voice actors.

My only complaint so far is that sometimes the humour seems a little forced. Seeing Hunk vomit in the cockpit is funny the first time but begins to become a little grating over the course of the episode. I mean, this guy better find a box of motion sickness tablets and soon, otherwise it's going to become really annoying by the end of Episode 11.

Honestly though, that's still a minor complaint, overall I really like what I've seen so far. Since Netflix has all the episodes up already I could just marathon them all, like I do when a new season of House of Cards drops. Yet, I think I'll take my time with Voltron, watching the remaining episodes over the next couple of weeks. That is unless I get really hooked and burn through the remaining episodes in one go.

Regardless, so far I recommend Voltron to anyone sitting on the fence. Even if you've never head the name 'Voltron' before this is still a fun show to watch.
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Episode 11



For those on the fence with Hunk, he does get better after some character development.
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Oh god, I think am I going to be sick. I grew up watching the original, even if it was the Americanized version and I was 5 when I saw it (everything is awesome when your that age). After watching and grinding my teeth half way through Macross Delta with the annoying far too cutesy girls and the annoying singing (Yeah, I watched it when I was a kid and it was called Robotech but that girl didn't sing near near as much!) or Lost Village (I am putting it in the same category as Lost series with the island, I lost interest half way through that series) . Any reboot...kind of just ends up being a disappointment
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Any reboot...kind of just ends up being a disappointment <_<


Have you seen Space Battleship Yamato 2199? It was extremely well done.
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Oh god, I think am I going to be sick. I grew up watching the original, even if it was the Americanized version and I was 5 when I saw it (everything is awesome when your that age). After watching and grinding my teeth half way through Macross Delta with the annoying far too cutesy girls and the annoying singing (Yeah, I watched it when I was a kid and it was called Robotech but that girl didn't sing near near as much!) or Lost Village (I am putting it in the same category as Lost series with the island, I lost interest half way through that series) . Any reboot...kind of just ends up being a disappointment <_<


I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet, but I rewatched the first episode of the original Voltron and the dub was lolsy.

I think the Thundercats reboot was pretty good. Most disappointing thing was that it got canceled at the Empire Strikes Back style ending.
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Having been a big fan of the original series as a kid...I am loving this new take.

Just a pity I couldn't marathon it all in one sitting.
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LoomyTheBrew wrote:

My only major gripe about this is that the rating is TV-Y7. I could understand the constraints of Avatar and Korra being on Nickelodeon, but now the Avatar/Korra team is unleashed and are on Netflix-only. The sky is the limit here! Seriously, older audiences are going to be the primary audience watching this and yet it's still aimed at kids. I just find that frustrating especially since Korra got darker and dealt with a lot of mature themes as the series progressed and it probably could have dug even deeper if it weren't on Nick. This may have to do with Dreamworks producing this show, but DW really couldn't have aimed this at a older audience? Just for once? To me it seems like a missed opportunity especially with the changing climate in the west's view on animation.

This really shows some of the limits to western animation (studios and producers) because the majority of it is aimed at kids unless it's an animated sitcom a la Family Guy. Like, fucking A! RWBY is about the only one that's aimed at an older audience and that really only started with volume 3. Western animation studios and producers need to spice it up a bit and start competing with the Japanese with the diversity of animated shows that have a wide age range. To be fair though, things are certainly getting better. Obviously more western companies are taking notice to the rise of anime. Netflix is producing their own original anime Perfect Bones, so hopefully that's a hit and will be a wake up call for other western producers and studios to start dipping their toes into new territory.

I'm sure this will still be very enjoyable like Avatar and Korra, but I have the feeling it may feel a confined and corny to meet that kid friendly quota.


I know the producers said that they rejected grittier interpretations since they saw them as too far from the original voltron, so there may be some personal sensibilities in there as well. Still, I doubt that they would want to alienate children too much since there will probably be a merchandise element alongside the show. Hopefully the creators will keep the show from feeling like a 20 minute toy commercial. I think that things should be good as long as they aren't too afraid of dealing with death.

Editing so as not to double post: Okay, I watched the movie and episode 2. I probably won't post until I get the other 9 under my belt, but so far I have nothing but good things to say. Hopefully they can keep it up.



I see so there is some personal reasons as well, I can get that. What I said was more of a general statement since I don't know much about the original or what's going on behind the scenes, I'm just assuming and projecting my opinion/bias. I was worried that the age limit could hinder it. I personally want the Korra team to tackle something that's aimed at older audiences since I think they'd be great at it but oh well. Dreamworlds and Studio Mir have a agreement to make 78 episodes for a variety of different shows. Voltron seems to be the first of that 78, so maybe the Korra team is working on more. I just hope it isnt all kid friendly.

And I don't think death will be an issue since Avatar and Korra had a fair amount of it.

Anyways I'm glad you're liking it, sounds like it'll be fine. These shows with this type of vibe certainly have their appeal and I'm fine with them 100%. I was just concerned about possible constraints on the creators and so forth, but I might have been looking too far into it.
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Okay, on the whole I thought very highly of the first season. It's definitely a kid's show, but it's a very well executed one. The heroes are likable and have depth, and the villains are sufficiently competent to keep the stakes high (the last episode was a real nail-biter.) I definitely felt like it was just the beginning of a larger saga, so I hope this show gets the support it deserves.

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It will definitely be interesting seeing where they want to take the series. I'm looking forward to the next installment.


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I pretty much agree with you here. They definitely shouldn't need to make things more mature just for the heck of it, but we don't want keeping things child-friendly to hold it back.
Posted 6/12/16
I don't have the nostalgia goggles of most people here, so maybe because of that my enjoyment factor is a little bit different. Currently I am on episode 5 of this new series and I am loving it. The writing in the first episode was a bit choppy and very info-dumpy, but it got smoother in the last few episodes. It feels a lot better and easier to follow now after that hour long premiere. The animation is beautiful (thank-you Mir!) and the character designs are all very cute. The boys have been super endearing so far! As for the comedy, it can be a hit or a miss, but its reminiscent of Avatar's kind of humor, so I enjoy that aspect of it. More of a kid's show, for sure, but ATLA started out that way as well and in its later seasons it was an incredibly mature themed show that really stuck out. Other than those things, I like that they made the cast rather diverse. There's a nice mix of different ethnicities put into the cast so that's a pretty nice change. (I heard some of the Avatar staff was working on this project and they tend to like having diverse casts, so maybe that's part of it?

Something I'm enjoying that I don't really consider a spoiler, but I'll tag it as such anyway is:


Anyway, I like the show so far. Keith and Lance are my OTP and I would like to see them together, but probably won't happen. Shiro is also bae as well though I love all the cast. They're all so cute!
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My wife and I watched the entire season in one sitting, and we thought it was great, but ... we want more! And there will not be more for a while, alas.
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