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Armored Trooper VOTOMS Anime Review

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Armored Trooper VOTOMS

2.5 stars / TV Series / Action / 13-up

Bottom Line

It's old-fashioned, but that's its only major "flaw."

It’s Like...

...A gritty Macross minus the cool.

Vital Stats

Original Title


Romanized Title

Soukou Kihei Votoms

Animation Studio


US Release By

US Manga Corps


Old-School Mecha Action

Series Type

TV Series


52 25-minute episodes

Production Date

1983-04-01 - 1984-03-23

What's In It


Look For

  • Gunfights
  • Mass Combat (a little)
  • Super Technology (well, sorta super)
  • Kinda Cheesy Space Ships
  • Funky Old-School Mecha

Objectionable Content

  • Violence: 3 (significant)
  • Nudity: 2 (moderate)
  • Sex: 0 (none)
  • Language: 1 (mild)

See Also


  • Armor Hunter Mellowlink (spinoff)

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  • Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

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Plot Synopsis

Two societies in a distant galaxy are engaged in a war that has lasted a hundred years and involved the two hundred planets controlled by them. The story begins as the two sides are finally beginning peace talks, and centers around Chirico, a former VOTOM pilot--the elite robot attack troops.

Chirico's life turns upside-down when he becomes an unwitting pawn in a mutiny. Before long, he's stuck in Uoodo City with a motley crew of outcast friends and whole host of problems: The corrupt police want to kill Chirico, the military wants to kill Chirico, the remnants of the local bikers want to kill Chirico, the gladiators at the local robot arena want to kill Chirico, and (when they're not rescuing him from the clutches of one of the above) even his friends sometimes want to kill him.

And that's just the first Stage.

Quick Review

Armored Trooper VOTOMS is serious old-school anime from the early '80s with all the good and bad that comes with that. The style (and basic plot) will be familiar to fans of Robotech (and of course the Macross series); it's pretty cheesy, but it does have some of that epic quality that (along with lots of mecha) made Robotech so popular. The character designs are what you'd expect, and the characters themselves are not very original, but Chirico's unwilling entourage provide plenty of fun banter and complaining, and the main characters are fairly well acted. Technically, the animation isn't very good, the art isn't very consistent, and the designs are pretty generic, though the animation is a little higher budget than a lot of the series of that era. On the positive side, the VOTOMS themselves are kind of interesting; they have a sort of bulky, realistically low-tech feel to them that's a nice contrast to the usual superfast, fluid mecha. There is also some pretty realistic zero gravity maneuvering and combat at the very beginning. As dated as it is and for all the age-related flaws, it's the kind of series that starts to grow on you after a while, and you'll definitely have a while with 4 full seasons to watch.

For fans of the old mecha action/war story series like Macross/Robotech, VOTOMS might be very enjoyable, and if you wait through the first few episodes, the friendly banter and evolving plot are fun, but for most people I doubt there's that much worth seeing. You'd certainly better be a pretty big fan of this kind of stuff if you're going to watch the whole thing, let alone buy it.

Notes and Trivia

An old TV series, split up by the original four seasons. Another series, Armored Hunter Mellowlink, takes place in the same universe, though it isn't directly related to VOTOMS. It hasn't been released in the US as of this writing, and, I've read, never will be (due to damage to the masters).

Staff & Cast

Original Japanese Cast

Chirico Cuvie : Gouda Hozumi
Vanila Varta: Chiba Shigeru
Coconna: Kawanami Youko
Fyana: Yanaga Kazuko
Gon Nuu: Genda Tessho
Jan Paul Rocchina: Ginga Banjou
Narration: Ginga Banjou
Cherokee: Kitamura Kouichi
Murza: Nakao Ryuusei
Aaron: Nojima Akio
Boror: Ogata Kenichi
Pelzen: Ohtsuka Chikao
Wiseman: Shibata Hidekatsu
Rador: Suzuki Kiyonobu
McKay: Tahara Aruno
Kanzellman: Terada Makoto
Butchintein: Totani Kouji
Nehalco: Watanabe Takeshi
Iskui: Yara Yuusaku


Formerly available in North America from the late US Manga Corps on four 2-disc subtitled (only) DVD sets, each of one season ("Stage"), as well as a big, fancy collectors' edition in an ammo can packed with goodies, including an extra disc of bonuses, among which is a dub of the first episode. Prior to that was available on four 4-disc box sets, also subtitled-only DVD. Even earlier, it was released on 19 subtitled VHS tapes, sold individually and compiled into four box sets (Stage 3 had 4 tapes in instead of 5).

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