Armored Trooper Votoms is getting a Blu-Ray release!
Actually, the anime already has a Blu-Ray, a lovely SD on Blu-ray release by Sentai Filmworks where an impressive 27 episodes snugly fit on one disc, but now Sunrise is finally polishing off the old filmstrips and doing a proper HD remastering of the classic 80s mech franchise. Maybe it’s a distant fourth in mech franchises to Mobile Suit Gundam, Macross, and Mobile Police Patlabor, but what a hell of a fourth it is! That’s probably why it’s getting a second, superior Blu-Ray release.
To promote it, a crossover featuring the anime OBSOLETE was uploaded on YouTube.
To us, the platonic ideal of being an older anime fan is belting out Votom’s beloved ‘Destiny of the Flame‘ in some karaoke dungeon, and fully remaking its opening animation is the advanced version of even that. Weirdly, despite being fully middle-aged, you might be more aware of the name Armored Trooper Votoms than you are of the 2019 ‘YouTube Originals’ anime OBSOLETE. Don’t worry, we truthfully hadn’t heard of it either, despite the prolific involvement of Madoka’s Gen Urobochi and the dastardly Skrillex. We guess that despite having infinite more money than Crunchyroll, YouTube isn’t going to become the default *legal* anime streaming service any time soon.
We’ll get back to you on whether you should watch said Youtube Original OBSOLETE, but we can whole-heartedly recommend Armored Trooper Votoms. In fact, the humble writer penning this article has coincidentally spent the past couple months worming their way through the original Blu-Ray release, and while they’re fearful for their wallet, they’re all too enticed that this real robot show will soon be looking better than ever. If you want a mecha anime that’s dryer than the desert and presents both war and cyberpunk with nakedness and nuance, you won’t be disappointed.
You can watch Armored Trooper Votoms on HiDive and OBSOLETE on YouTube for free!