Anime DVD Review: Beast King GoLion Volume 3

Beast King GoLion Volume 3 is a three-disc set that contains the last 16 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. The first two discs contain six episodes, while the third disc has four episodes and trailers for releases that Media Blaster was promoting at the time this DVD box set was released.

Beast King GoLion Volume 3
English Publisher: Media Blasters
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 25, 2008

Unfortunately, the audio level problem that appeared on the first two sets is still present with the third volume. The audio is so soft that you have to turn up the volume quite a bit in order to hear it.

Just like the previous two sets, 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 this version of the episodes. Overall, more cuts of this nature had to be made during the episodes included on this last set, when compared to the previous two sets. This was especially true for the last six episodes of the series.  During these last six episodes; at least five major characters were killed in Beast King GoLion. In the Voltron version, the death scenes were either removed completely, or re-edited in such a way that the characters didn’t die.

One thing I really appreciated after seeing all of Beast King GoLion, was to realize that there were story arcs that ran throughout the whole series. Several of these story arcs that ran for several episodes were lost in the Lion Force Voltron series, because World Events didn’t use translations of the original Japanese scripts, and just wrote scripts from watching the footage. This method of dubbing the episodes resulted in episodes later in the series that took place on planets the Voltron force had already visited being changed; these planets ended up being given different names. It also affects the episode with the summit meeting to establish an alliance. While the representatives were obviously from these planets, the English dub only acknowledged one of the representatives’ planets correctly. In the end, the method World Events used to dub Voltron weakened the overall story. I must say that Beast King GoLion is a stronger series than the Lion Force Voltron series.

While Voltron would be acceptable for kids to watch, I can’t say the same thing for Beast King GoLion. This set is definitely being targeted at and marketed to the adults who had originally watched Voltron when they were children over 20 years ago; however, teenagers might also find this set to be enjoyable.

Even with the issues I have with the audio levels, I would still recommend this set to any Voltron fan that is curious to see what the series was originally like before it became Lion Force Voltron. However, if you do purchase this set, be sure to watch it when younger children aren’t around or after they’ve gone to bed.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Beast King GoLion Volume 3 that my husband and I purchased.

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