Mobile Suit: Gundam has many life-size statues that were erected in Japan. With a number of classic mech costumes represented, a special festival in the East took the opportunity to introduce new mechs to the land in the form of VOTOMS, aka Vertical One-Man Tank for Offense & Maneuvers. Although this series may not have reached the same heights as that of Gundamwhich is considered one of the most popular robot series of all time, it’s clear that there’s still a fan base for the series.
VOTOMS armored soldier first arrived in 1983 with an animated series that ran for fifty-two episodes before receiving a number of original video animations over the years. While unrelated to the world of Mobile Suit Gundam, surprisingly they were both produced by studio Nippon Sunrise, with the Gundam series clearly reaching a much larger fan base in the decades since its introduction.
A Twitter user was able to capture the festivities which featured a life-size VOTOM standing watch over the dancing population, showing how there remains a fan base for the classic anime franchise that last appeared with the OVA special. , Alone againin 2011:
— まちゃみ@神主 (@macha780) July 31, 2022
If you haven’t had the chance to dive into the world of VOTOMS armored soldierwhich consisted of fifty-two episodes of its original anime series, you can view them on the HDIVE streaming service, which offers an official description of the series as such:
“The series revolves around Chirico Cuvie, a battle-worn soldier who is accidentally involved in a mission to steal military secrets from the allied forces. However, during the mission, he discovers that the real reason for the mission is a beautiful woman trapped in a Narrowly escaping alive and fleeing his own army, he will have to fight to unravel the truth behind the betrayal, the mysterious woman and the conspirators who will do anything to silence him.”
As of now, there has been no news of a series revival impacting the world of pop culture, albeit with classic series like Trigun returning to the small screen, it may only be a matter of time.
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