The award-winning comedian and content creator, Michael V., can’t help but air his thoughts about GMA Network’s live-action version of the classic Japanese anime, Voltes V.
In his latest Bitoy Story vlog entitled DX VOLTES V (Unboxing & Review), the award-winning comedian couldn’t take the bashing that most netizens said against the upcoming live series.
He calls out bashers who, he believes, are actually impressed and excited for the upcoming remake.
“Doon sa mga nakapanood ng teaser ng ‘Voltes V: Legacy,’ huwag na kayo magpanggap na hindi kayo na-impress at hindi kayo na-excite. ‘Yung iba kasi naggagaling-galingan, kung anu-ano ang sinasabi, ‘dapat ganito, dapat ganun’ Naka, huwag ako!”
Michael V. also hopes that the series will be successful. He is confident that with Direk Mark Reyes’ geekiness, this series will be a successful one because it was, according to Bitoy, has been the director’s long time dream.
“Well, hindi naman ako magpapanggap na hindi mataas ang expectations ko, pero kampante naman ako, kasi siyempre kilala ko naman si Direk Mark Reyes–geek talaga ‘yan, e, tsaka matagal na niyang pangarap ‘yan.”
While unboxing the DX SOC Volt In Box, the comedian recalled a certain episode of Pepito Manaloto where he got the chance to wear Steve Armstrong’s costume.
Sabi ko nung nag-suot ako ng costume ni Steve Armstrong sa ‘Pepito Manaloto,’ feel na feel ko, e.”
“It’s the closest I could get to the original series and now silang mga involved sa project, they are a lot closer to this legacy, so to speak ah. Dapat malikot talaga ‘yung utak mo dito sa project na ‘to. Dapat bumalik ka sa pagkabata mo.”
Some Twitter netizens shared the reasons for their doubts on GMA Network’s remake of Voltes V base from GMA’s previous shows and even comparing them to other superhero series.
the reason why my expectations are low for the upcoming VOLTES V: Legacy is that GMA can't even do this kind of stuff with their other Super Hero series..this is a 2006 show and it's still 10x better compared to Victor Magtanggol in PLOT ACTION and SFXhttps://t.co/3dteM6I7uh
— Niclio Rafael Ruiz (@BadBoyNaGntlMan) February 16, 2021
I am actually worried that it might disappoint the jp fans 😭 but I hope it will turns out well, GMA is known here in ph with cringey shows.
— Mikazuki 🌙 COMMISSION OPEN (@Mikazuki_0004) February 13, 2021
mukhang kailangan i step up ng GMA yung animation nila sa Voltes V ah, kasi pati mga japanese sa Japan excited makita e.
— Escobart🥀 (@adamaycardo) February 15, 2021
Voltes V and GMA
— Kyle Ilagan (@kc_ilagan22) February 15, 2021
Bitoy believed that “Voltes V: Legacy” has a lot of supporters than bashers, and the production team could use this advantage to gather true fans of Voltes V to promote the live-action series.
“Given na ‘yung ka-career-in e, pero pag ‘di ka nag-enjoy, dun magsi-simula ‘yung problema and sana nga, pagsama-samahin talaga ng GMA ‘yung mga totoong fans ni ‘Voltes V’ to make sure that this project succeeds.”
“Maraming bashers pero feeling ko mas maraming nagda-dasal na maging successful itong project na ‘to.”
On the other hand, some netizens are still excited about the remake of GMA Network’s Voltes V: Legacy.
Let us see if GMA can justify the live action adaptation. We had no TV set then so I just watched Voltes V in our neighbor's B/W TV when it first aired in the Philippines back in 1979. https://t.co/VlQReeGotT
— Walter (@mentorwalter) February 17, 2021
— Loraine Rivera (@Lorena166798595) February 16, 2021
YOOOO GMA IS DOING A LIVE ACTION VOLTES V!? YOOO MY CHILDHOODDDDD
— Red (@Ninasaurusextra) February 17, 2021
Voltes V’s casts include Miguel Tanfelix, who will play Steve Armstrong’s leading role, while Ysabel Ortega will play Jamie Robinson. Radson Flores will play Mark Gordon, while Matt Lozano is Big Bert and Little Jon is Raphael Landicho.
Other cast members are Martin del Rosario, Liezel Lopez, Epy, Quizon, Carlo Gonzalez, Neil Ryan Sese, and Gabby Eigenmann.