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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 20, 2021



GMA NETWORK has released two teaser trailers of their much awaited live action adaptation of the hit Japanese anime series, “Voltes V: Legacy”, and it got generally good feedback from viewers. 

It features spectacular computer graphics showing the Voltes V headquarters, Camp Big Falcon, where the crew and their vehicles were seen launching from the base on a mission to save the Earth from the Boazanian empire’s invasion.

The group’s leader Steve Armstrong was also shown leading his members and piloting the Volt Cruiser while shouting the show’s popular catchphrase “Let’s Volt In!” 

The trailer has since gained over 720,000 views on YouTube, 1.7M views on Facebook, and 800,000 views on Twitter since its release last week.

But of course, you cannot please everybody and some netizens chose to be wet blankets. Someone wrote that the GMA adaptation will just destroy the great image left by the anime. 

Someone even added that “it is going to be fucked up coz it's gonna be soap operaish (coz there might be less robot fights and they will slap a lot of dramas and love angles on to it like Zaido.” One said that GMA will even give the robots a “kabit”.

Suzette Doctolero, the feisty headwriter of the show, retorted: “Lo and behold! I found the new Madam Auring na!” 

She told viewers to watch "Voltes V Legacy" first, before they dare pass any judgment on the live-action remake. 

She wrote: “Para ‘di magmukhang memang tukmol, wait first for the show to air at saka i-judge pag fucked up o hindi. For now: shhh muna.”  

She also added that she will never give a robot a kabit. “And pls stop telling me na sana walang kabit. Bakit ko bibigyan ng kabit ang robot??? Lolz. FYI, Ang lahat po ng scripts, karakter na idinagdag, mundo at kulturang pinalawig, kasama@ang Boazanian language ay inaprubahan po ng Japan. Okey? :) see ya soon.”

But there are netizens who also registered their approval for GMA’s trendsetting live action show. One wrote that the trailer on youtube is: 

“World Class! I trust that Director Mark Reyes will pull this off because he did an amazing job with ‘Encantadia’. This will be setting the next level of visual effects in the Philippines! Fantastic job, Kapuso!”

Direk Mark shares that he and the rest of the team are beyond grateful for all the positive feedback following the recent release of the new trailer. 

“It’s very heart-warming that most viewers are accepting of the hard work we have put in it. They have also noticed the upgrades we have made on the designs from the first teaser trailer. We are very thankful.”

The esteemed director also reveals the reason behind the materialization of this project, “It has been a 7-year journey for me to make Voltes V a reality. This is a passion project from someone who is a true fan. 

"Someone who grew up believing in the overall theme of Voltes V which is family, love, and fighting for good. And without GMA, this would still remain a pipe dream.”

December of last year, Direk Mark has also teased the fans with anonymous photos of artists who are set to portray the characters of Steve, Big Bert, Mark, and Jamie during their costume fitting. 

The official date of the launch and the final cast members of ‘Voltes V: Legacy’ are yet to be announced.