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Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Votoms logo.jpg
Logo from show opening
装甲騎兵ボトムズ
(Sōkō Kihei Botomuzu)
Genre Action, Military Science Fiction, Mecha
TV anime
Director Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Network Japan TV Tokyo, Animax
Original run April 1, 1983March 23, 1984
Episodes 52
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Last Red Shoulder
Director Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released August 21, 1985
Episodes 1
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Big Battle
Director Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released July 5, 1986
Episodes 1
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Red Shoulder Document: Roots of Ambition
Director Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released March 19, 1988
Episodes 1
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Shining Heresy
Director Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released March 21, 1994-November 21, 1994
Episodes 5
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Pailsen Files
Director Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released October 26, 2007 -August 25, 2008
Episodes 12
Games

List of Armor Trooper Votom games

Anime and Manga Portal

Armored Trooper VOTOMS (装甲騎兵ボトムズ Sōkō Kihei Botomuzu ?) is a 52-episode anime television series, created by Ryosuke Takahashi and Sunrise, aired in Japan from April 1, 1983 to March 23, 1984 on TV Tokyo. Several VOTOM OVAs have been created as well, for more details see the storyline chronology.

VOTOMS was the successor (though the universes are different and the stories are not linked) to Ryosuke Takahashi's previous hit series Fang of Sun Dougram, which established hard science military anime as a viable genre.

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Plot

The series followed a main character named Chirico Cuvie (Kiriko Kyuubi), a former special forces Armored Trooper pilot and former member of the Red Shoulder Battalion, an elite mecha force used by the Gilgamesh Confederation in its war against the Balarant Union—both interstellar nations within the distant Astragius Galaxy. Gilgamesh and Balarant had until recently been locked in a century-old galactic war whose cause was long ago forgotten. Now, the war is ending and an uneasy truce has settled.

Chirico Cuvie is suddenly transferred to a unit engaged in a suspicious mission, unaware that he is aiding to steal secrets from what appears to be his own side. Chirico is betrayed and left behind to die, but he survives, is arrested by the Gilgamesh military as a traitor, and tortured for information on their homeworld. He escapes—triggering a pursuit extending across the entire series, with Chirico hunted by the army and criminals alike as he seeks the truth behind the operation. He is driven to discover the truth of one of the objects he was assigned to retrieve in that operation: A mysterious and beautiful woman who would become his sole clue to unraveling the galactic conspiracy.

The main characters of the series take their names from the Greek alphabet. Chirico, (Japanese transliteration, "Kiriko"), is from the Greek letter "chi" (Χ). Fyanna (Fuiana) is from Greek letter "phi" (Φ), and Ypsilon (Ipushilon) from the Greek letter "upsilon" (Υ).

Characters

Secret Society

Gilgamesh

Red Shoulders

Kummen

Veela

Balarant

Quent

Others

Theme Songs

Opening: Honou No Sadame (Destiny of the Flames)

Lyrics: Takahashi Ryousuke

Composition and Arrangement: Inui Hiroki

Performed by: Tetsu

Storyline chronology

  • OVA Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Red Shoulder Document: The Roots of Ambition (レッドショルダードキュメント 野望のルーツ)
  • OVA Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Pailsen Files (ペールゼン・ファイルズ)
  • TV Anime Armored Trooper VOTOMS episodes 1-13, Uoodo storyline
  • OVA Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Last Red Shoulder (ザ・ラストレッドショルダー)
  • TV Anime Armored Trooper VOTOMS episodes 14-27, Kummen storyline
  • TV Anime Armored Trooper VOTOMS episodes 28-39, Sunsa storyline
  • TV Anime Armored Trooper VOTOMS episodes 40-52, Quent storyline
  • OVA Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Battle Of The Heterogeneous Species (ビッグバトル Big Battle)
  • TV Anime Armored Trooper VOTOMS episode 52, epilogue
  • OVA Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Heretic Saint (赫奕たる異端 Shining Heresy ?) (set 32 years after the television series)

Technology

Except for its starships and medical technology, the VOTOMS universe is fairly low-tech (and is often described as hard science fiction). Soldiers and combat vehicles alike are equipped with missiles and projectile weapons; only large spaceships have energy weapons, and then only in small numbers. The main weapon of the conflict is the common Armored Trooper (also known as AT, described in a derogatory term as a 'tin can with a machine gun'), a mass-produced humanoid combat vehicle piloted by a single soldier. They are known alternately as VOTOMS (Vertical One-man Tank for Offense & ManeuverS).

The ATM-09-ST Scopedog, mainstay all-purpose unit of the Gilgamesh Confederation

ATs are rugged, simple machines equipped with one or two weapon systems, usually a light automatic cannon and a rocket or missile pod. They stand between three to four meters tall, with the pilot occupying most of the chest area and the head. Batteries are used to energize a special liquid called Polymer Ringers Solution in the limbs' "muscle cylinders" to emulate a range of human-like motion. Polymer Ringers Solution is highly flammable and breaks down over time, requiring regular replenishment for ATs that do not have Polymer Ringers Solution Purifier systems (typically housed in armored backpacks). ATs can be readily maintained in the field and can even be put together from spare parts using little more than a simple workshop. Unlike other mechas in other series at the time Votoms came out, the Votoms are more or less walking tanks as they can not fly or transform.

ATs have simple internal computer systems that allow them to operate in a semi-autonomous or "rabbit" mode without a pilot. Pilots may also prepare a "mission disk" in advance of deployment which is then inserted into the cockpit computer. The mission disk is used to store information relating to maneuvers that the pilot anticipates will be necessary, such as using the evaluation of an opponent's tactics to prepare against him. The pilot activates the mission disk at the approprite time and the AT's execution of pre-programmed maneuvers then becomes faster when the pilot needs them. This allows the pilot to pay more attention to the battle and react faster as a result. The Armored Troopers were created by the famous Japanese mecha designer Kunio Okawara.

Games

Video games

VOTOMS has appeared in numerous video games since the series' original airing. None of them have seen release outside Japan.

  • X68000: Dead Ash
  • PC8801: Black Unicorn
  • PC-9801: Votoms: The Real Battle
  • Super Famicom: Votoms - The Battling Road
  • PlayStation: Blue Sabre Knights
  • PlayStation: Armored Trooper Votoms - Uoodo and Kummen
  • PlayStation: Brave Saga (as a guest character)
  • PlayStation: Armored Trooper Votoms Lightning Slash
  • PlayStation: Armored Trooper Votoms Steel Force
  • PlayStation: Brave Saga 2 (as a guest character)
  • Dreamcast: Sunrise Eiyuutan (as a guest character)
  • PlayStation 2: Sunrise Eiyuutan 2 (as a guest character)
  • WonderSwan: Harobots (as a guest character)
  • Game Boy Color: GB Harobots (as a guest character)
  • Game Boy Color: Brave Saga Shinsou Astaria (as a guest character)
  • PlayStation 2: Soukou Kihei Votoms / Armored Trooper Votoms

For a limited time the Armored Trooper Votoms - Uoodo and Kummen game included a Red Shoulder Custom model. Chirico also figures in the Sunrise Eiyuutan (Sunrise Heroes) game for the PlayStation 2

Role-playing

VOTOMS was a direct inspiration for the Heavy Gear role-playing game. VOTOMS also has its own official role-playing game, developed by R. Talsorian Games and using the Fuzion system.

Spin-offs

  • Armor Hunter Mellowlink, a 12-episode OVA series set in the same universe, but with a different story and characters. Loosely ties in with events that lead to the start of the main TV series.

References

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