The Japanese anime classic Voltes V is making a comeback on Philippine TV!
The anime, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this 2017, will have a rerun on GMA-7 starting on Monday, March 27.
This time, the iconic characters of this animated series will be voiced by Kapuso homegrown talents!
Tsuperhero actor Derrick Monasterio will lend his voice to Steve Armstrong, Voltes V team leader.
Meanwhile, his love team partner Bea Binene will provide the voice of Jamie Robinson, a female ninja who is also the lone girl member of Voltes V.
Jak Roberto will lend his voice for Mark Gordon, a rodeo champion who was forced to join Voltes V and became the fierce rival of Steve.
Hiro Peralta is tapped to voice Big Bert Armstrong, brother of Steve who mastered different hand-to-hand fighting styles.
The villain Prince Zardoz will be dubbed by Meant To Be leading man Ken Chan. His character is the nephew of the Emperor of Boazania who is referred to as the son of a traitor.
The Kapuso stars gave a sneak peek of their newest venture through their respective Instagram accounts.
Voltes V was first aired in 1978 in the Philippines. The anime became popular among kids and teens who religiously watched the show every 6 PM on GMA.
When the series was about to air its finale in April 1979, Filipino viewers got frustrated due to an unexpected cliffhanger. Then President Ferdinand Marcos issued a directive banning Voltes V and other similarly-themed anime series from being aired on TV due to "excessive violence."
However, most fans speculated that the anime was pulled out from broadcast because of its underlying themes of rebellion and revolution.
After the People Power Revolution in 1986, Voltes V immediately returned on screen and was aired in PTV-4 and ABS-CBN.
The series was also reaired in IBC-13 and RPN 9 in 1989. In 1999, the show returned to GMA Network.
This is also not the first time that the iconic characters were dubbed by popular actors.
When Voltes V was re-aired in ABS-CBN's anime channel Hero, Jett Pangan, Sandara Park, and Dennis Trillo were some of the celebrities who lent their voices for these characters.
The cast of Voltes V at Sunday Pinasaya last Sunday. (L to R: Jak Roberto, Bea Binene, Derrick Monasterio and Hiro Peralta) pic.twitter.com/jxYloS2h3K— Voltes V (@VoltesVGMA) March 22, 2017