I don’t think I was prepared for the drama and emotional impact of this second episode of Voltes V; I was expecting giant robot action but instead got a heartbreaking family background and a heroic mom sacrificing for her children. If the remaining episodes live up to this, I can completely understand why it is beloved.
I appreciate starting the episode reminding me who the main characters are, as I haven’t yet committed the names to memory.
We don’t see a lot of the Boazans in this episode, but their leader’s time on screen fits perfectly with the invading colonial forces.
The drama surrounding Baizanga is far more interesting than this bull-like monster, but his threat looms over everything.
The backstory of the children tasked with defending the Earth adds so much meaning to the action, with a father’s deception and sacrifice setting up what follows.
I was shocked when the mother of the Goh children was hit by an enemy attack. Having her receive medical attention was a clever way to but the viewer at ease before having her rush out to make a heroic and tragic rescue.
I was impressed by the pacing and storytelling used in this episode. So much was packed into 24 minutes. The ending was so fitting.