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Dairugger XV Volume 2

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Dairugger XV Volume 2 is a three-disc DVD set that contains 18 episodes of the series; this series is the original source material for what ended up becoming Vehicle Voltron in the United States. All of the episodes only have Japanese audio, and you choose whether or not to have subtitles. All three discs of the set include six episodes. However, the third disc also includes trailers for Fight! Iczer-One, Giant Robo, and Queens Blade.

My biggest disappointment with this DVD set is the audio levels. The volume level on all three discs is rather soft, so you have to turn the volume up quite a bit in order to hear the audio.

What I enjoyed best about this set was being able to see what happened in the original series. In Vehicle Voltron, shots of violence and death were edited out. In these episodes, a number of Galveston commanders are killed while fighting with Dairugger. In Vehicle Voltron, instead of being killed, it is said in dialogue that they managed to make it to their escape pods; however, these characters are never seen again in the series. Also, any shots that show human pilots in any of the fighter planes were removed in Vehicle Voltron; this is due to the fact that in Vehicle Voltron, these fighter planes are "robot fighters," so death can be covered up when the fighter planes are shot down.

When compared to the corresponding episodes of Vehicle Voltron, the Dairugger XV episodes are a lot stronger and make much more sense. You can tell in Dairugger XV that there is an overarcing story to the series, and it's easy to follow what is going on. In Vehicle Voltron, however, the overarcing story is lost, because the English dub tried to treat the series as an episodic show instead of having one big storyline. However, by dubbing the show this way, it introduced a lot of inconsistencies to Vehicle Voltron.

While Voltron would be acceptable for kids to watch, I can't say the same thing about Dairugger XV. Between the violence and the politics, it really isnít being aimed at a young audience. This set is definitely being targeted at and marketed to the adults who had watched Voltron when they were children over twenty years ago. However, older teenagers might also get some enjoyment out of this set.

Even with the audio level issues, I would still recommend this set to a Voltron fan who is interested to see what this series was like before it became Vehicle Voltron. However, if you do purchase this set, be sure to watch it when younger children aren't around or after they've gone to bed.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD set that my husband and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Red Moon Rising
Desperate Struggle for Planet K
Arise, Galaxy Garrison
Ex-Commander Teles
The Mission to Recapture Planet K
Riot On Galveston




Bitter Struggle on the Planet of Light
The Snare of the Hell Planet
Storming the Space Fortress
Eldora's Plea
Uprising at the Space Fort
Earth's State of Emergency




Locate Enemy Headquarters
Destruction of the Front Line Base
The New Allied Fleet to the Rescue
Planet of the Burning Cave
Get Yourself Together, Mutsu
A Desperate Undersea Combining

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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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