In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Choudenji Machine Voltes V, there will be a fan event and character marathon held in Manila, the Philippines, on 10 December 2017. The celebration is taking place there because Voltes V was a very popular show in the Philippines, recording the highest viewer rating of 58% and is popular for the last three generations all over the nation.
Voltes V is a robot anime that aired its 40 episodes between June 1977 – March 1978 on TV Asahi. It was planned by Toei, produced by Nippon Sunrise, and directed by Tadao Nagahama. Voltes V is the second part of the Robot Romance Trilogy, following Choudenji Robo Combattler V, which also gained a lot of support from women.
In the Philippines, the series started broadcasting in 1978 and was very popular, gaining 58% in viewer ratings. The series had a re-run in 1999, where it had another break-through and crossed generations, now entertaining three generations. The series is better known there than it is in Japan.
The character marathon is an event where everybody can enjoy the world of the series while running. Tokyo Gets, who are organizing this event, also held similar successful events in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
The venue will be decorated just like the world of Voltes V and the running course will be 5 km long. Participants will be given an event t-shirt and bag as a present and those who finish the course will also get a medal. On top of that, veteran voice actress Horie Mitsuko, who sang the opening of Voltes V titled ‘Voltes V no Uta’, will be giving a live performance in the Philippines. Of course, more exciting things are planned, like a Theme Song Karaoke Competition and photo spots, so fans will definitely enjoy this event.