Anime / GoLion

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Let's GoLion!

One!... Plus one!... Plus one!... Plus one!... Plus one!... GoLion!!

King of the Beasts GoLion (百獣王ゴライオン, Hyakujuuou Goraion) is a Combining Mecha from Toei Animation that aired in 1981. Since shows like this were a dime a dozen in Japan, it unfortunately got overlooked. But elsewhere, including the US, where Humongous Mecha shows were still practically unheard of, it got recognition as the lion robot of Voltron.

The show takes place in the then-future year of 1999, and Earth has just been hit by World War III, and all the cities are nuked. Five space academy students come across the ruins, and before they even have time to grieve, they are taken as slaves by ships of the Galra Empire. They manage to escape, are nearly shot down, but are pulled in by a mysterious force from the planet Altea.

Stumbling across a ruined castle, they meet Princess Fala, the last survivor of the planet's royal family after the Galra empire ravaged the planet, and her advisor Raible. They determine that the explorers are there to pilot Golion, a robot that was unrivaled in battle thousands of years ago, but split into five lions after he tried to take on a goddess.

So the pilots form Golion, and become the protectors of Altea (including Fala herself after one of the pilots is killed), and eventually overthrow the Galra empire.

Even though the series never took off in Japan as well as Voltron elsewhere, it does have a cult following, and GoLion appeared in Super Robot Wars W.

Needs Wiki Magic Love.

Tropes:

  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone has exactly two outfits - a uniform, and one set of civvies, save for Fala, who also has a dress.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: Mentioned as a possibility in episode 10, when Fala is lured out to a waterfall by a Beastman (pretending to be the reincarnation of her mother as a lion), and Fala thinks she's going to be trained to be a better fighter.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Averted with Raible, who survived the series.
    • Played straight with Hys
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Amue, after she gets rescued and gets involved in the final battle.
  • Modest Royalty: Once Fala is a pilot, she usually wears her pink jumpsuit instead of her fancy dress.
  • Monster of the Week: GoLion's gotta fight something, doesn't he?
  • Oedipus Complex: The half-Galran, half-Altean Sincline has a lot of daddy and mommy issues, especially with Fala resembling his long dead mother.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Fala, although the way they are drawn makes them easy to mistake for sideburns.
  • One, Two, Three, Four, Go!: Hence the name; "Go-Lion."
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The original five Golion pilots usually called each other by nickname: "Chief", "Quiet", "Moody", "Hothead", and "Shorty". They were otherwise only known by their last names. (The "Princess" manages to fit into the scheme later.)
  • Overlord Jr.: Sincline, he's very much his father's son, perhaps even worse!
  • Parental Abandonment: Fala's parents and sibilings were killed when she was still a baby. Raible raised her since then.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Fala's princess dress.
    • Amue's princess dress isn't that fancy, but when she wears her battle mini dress, it fits this trope better.
    • The wedding dress Hys made for Fala to wear for her eventual wedding.
  • Pride: As mentioned, GoLion was originally a single robot who thought he was the greatest thing since sliced bread; when he tried to fight a space goddess, she split him into the five lions to teach him some humility.
  • Princess Classic: Even as a pilot, Fala is like this.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Fala wears pink with nearly everything, even her uniform.
  • Robeast: The Deathblack Beastmen which have various origins: pre-existing creatures, enhanced animals, or captured prisoners. A group of more powerful, robot monsters called the Mechablack Beastmen were introduced later on.
  • Rocket Punch: GoLion's Four Lion Attack has it launch the lion heads on its four limbs at the enemy.
  • Rock Theme Naming: The original five pilots have the names of metals as their surnames.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something — Fala as one of the pilots.
    • Sincline is an example, though in most cases it would have been better for Daibazaal and Galra if he was a Royal Who Did Not Do Anything.
  • Spanner in the Works: Honerva's plan to take down Altea by killing Shirogane falls victim to two spanners- one was Kurogane in Red Lion coming up with the idea to push the Deathblack Beastman Galcia into some magma, and when Galra attacks again before Altea could train a replacement, Fala takes Blue Lion.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Before Media Blasters' official spelling, "Fala" was usually romanized as "Farla".
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Hiroshi.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: Happens once to Princess Fala. A high dive while wearing a bikini leads to her top surfacing before she does.
  • Standardized Leader: Akira.
  • The Starscream: Prince Sincline wants his father's throne.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: The way Fala's guardians, Raible, and Hys treat her some of the time.
  • Stock Footage: The footage of the Golion team entering their vehicles, as well as Golion being formed.
  • Super Robot: Again, just another one of many at the time in Japan, although GoLion would receive worldwide fame when adapted into Voltron.
  • Theme Naming: The original team all have metals for their names: Kogane (Gold), Shirogane (Silver), Kurogane (Steel), Seidou (Bronze), and Suzuishi (Tin).
  • Theme Song: See here.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted oh so many times, that's what happens when you get clever villains.
  • Transforming Mecha: Mecha Beastman Delta went from robot to Drill Tank.
  • True Blue Femininity: Amue's main dress.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Amue.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Sincline goes crazy and kills Honerva when he finds out that his mother was Altean.
  • Villainous Crush: Sincline has it bad for Fala.
  • Warrior Princess: Sincline is a very powerful, and skilled fighter who spent years conquering planets. Fala is a Warrior Princess after she becomes, and even Amue becomes this near the end.
  • Was Once a Man: Several of the beastmen were prisoners transformed into monsters. They're sometimes called ''Half beast men.''
  • Wicked Witch: Honerva wouldn't be out of place in a Disney Film.
  • The Worf Effect: Every encounter the titular robot has with a beastman who is a physical threat to GoLion is an example of this.

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