Over the weekend, Netflix and DreamWorks treated ‘80s geeks to a delightful bit of nostalgia with Voltron Legendary Defender, a reboot of the 1984 classic anime Voltron: Defender of the Universe. Executive-produced by the creative forces behind Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, the new Voltron sees five young pilots command the giant warrior-robot Voltron to protect the universe from King Zarkon and his galactic empire. And it’s the internet’s newest obsession.
The show garnered acclaim from critics, animation buffs, and even more casual sci-fi fans. “Netflix has created a show in Voltron that captures the feeling of watching those old Saturday morning cartoons,” The Verge writes. “It’s certainly binge-worthy TV, but if you slow down and resist the urge to watch it all at once, it becomes the perfect weekend cartoon experience.”
IGN had plenty of praise too: “Not only is it a great entry point for Voltron newbies like myself, but I suspect longtime fans will also appreciate the show’s character-driven storylines — if not as an update to the original series, then as its own unique space opera. “
The IGN critic was correct; fans’ Twitters and social media exploded over Voltron. The show’s richly defined characters, beautiful hand-drawn/CGI hybrid animation, and a sense of humor that was absent in the ‘84 original easily made Voltron Legendary Defender attractive to social fans eager to ship their favorite characters and draw loads of fan art.
Here’s a selection of some of their tweets:
The talented members of the fandom have already paired up their favorite ships and turned them into artwork Seems Shiro and Pidge take the cake.
But it seems no one told Jamie McKelvie, the artist behind Image’s breakout comic series The Wicked + The Divine.
And of course, everyone is wondering where Season 2 is.
The first season of Voltron Legendary Defender is now available on Netflix.