|Adult Swim Premiere||November 13, 2006|
Voltron is an American adaptation of two Japanese anime series from Toei Animation: Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Voltron was produced for American audiences by Ted Koplar through his production company World Events Productions. The show was created by Peter Keefe and John Teichmann in 1984 using the Japanese source material. The producers had no means of translating the Japanese series into English, thus they surmised the plots, created all-new dialogue, edited out the more violent scenes and remixed the audio into stereo format. The show aired in syndication in the United States from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985.
The "Lion Force" episodes (season 1) aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami programming block, including a run on Toonami's late night block The Midnight Run, from March 17, 1997 to February 26, 2000. The season one episodes also aired on Adult Swim from November 13, 2006 to July 7, 2007. Voltron was notably the first anime to air on Toonami, leading to Cartoon Network's success with anime titles in the years to come.
Lion Force Voltron
The first season was edited from the anime series Beast King Golion. Voltron featured a team of five young pilots commanding five robot lions which could be combined to form Voltron. In this undefined future era, the Voltron Force was in charge of protecting the planet Arus (ruled by Princess Allura) from the evil King Zarkon (from planet Doom), his son Lotor, and the witch Haggar, who would create huge Robeasts to terrorize the people of Arus.