Armored Trooper Votoms

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Armored Trooper VOTOMS
Votoms logo.jpg
TV series title card.
装甲騎兵ボトムズ
(Sōkō Kihei Botomuzu)
Genre Military science fiction, Mecha,
Anime television series
Directed by Ryōsuke Takahashi
Written by Jinzō Toriumi
Studio Nippon Sunrise, Nippon Animation
Licensed by Central Park Media
Network TV Tokyo, Animax
Original run April 1, 1983March 23, 1984
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Minoru Nonaka
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Kodomo
Magazine Comic BonBon
Original run May 1983April 1984
Volumes 4
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Last Red Shoulder
Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Nippon Sunrise
Released August 21, 1985
Runtime 53 minutes
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Big Battle
Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Nippon Sunrise
Released July 5, 1986
Runtime 56 minutes
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Red Shoulder Document: Roots of Ambition
Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released March 19, 1988
Runtime 56 minutes
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Shining Heresy
Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released March 21, 1994December 21, 1994
Episodes 5 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Phantom Chapter
Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released March 26, 2010October 27, 2010
Episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS Case;Irvine
Directed by Igarashi Tatsuya
Studio Sunrise
Released November 6, 2010
Runtime 50 minutes
Original video animation
Votoms Finder
Directed by Shigeta Atsushi
Studio Sunrise
Released December 4, 2010
Runtime 50 minutes
Original video animation
Armored Trooper VOTOMS: Alone Again
Directed by Ryosuke Takahashi
Studio Sunrise
Released January 8, 2011
April 22, 2011 (DVD and Blu-ray)
Runtime 50 minutes
Related works
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Armored Trooper VOTOMS (装甲騎兵ボトムズ Sōkō Kihei Botomuzu?) is a military science fiction mecha anime series, having undergone several incarnations. The original 1983 television series was created by Ryosuke Takahashi and Sunrise, featuring mechanical designs by Kunio Okawara. Following directly in the footsteps of Takahashi's previous series, Fang of the Sun Dougram, VOTOMS continued the trend towards hard science in the mecha anime subgenre. The series was supplemented by numerous original video animation releases, and also inspired a number of spin-off works whose media ranges from serialized light novels to video games.

Plot[edit]

The Gilgamesh and Balarant star systems had until recently been locked in a century-old galactic war whose cause was long ago forgotten. Now, the war is ending and an uneasy truce has settled. The main weapon of the conflict is the common Armored Trooper, a mass-produced humanoid combat vehicle piloted by a single soldier. They are known alternately as VOTOMS (Vertical One-man Tank for Offense & ManeuverS).

Anime[edit]

Armored Troopers VOTOMS (TV series)[edit]

A 1983 52 episode anime television series.

The Last Red Shoulder[edit]

A 1985 60 minute OVA. The storyline takes place after the Woodoo storyline in the tv series. It details Chirico meeting with his old comrades in his old military unit, and their plan to get revenge on General Palisen.

Big Battle[edit]

A 1986 60 minute OVA. Takes place near the end of the series. The storyline features Chirico and his comrades participating in a mecha gladiatorial match.

The Red Shoulder Document: Roots of Ambition[edit]

A 1988 60 minute OVA. The storyline serves as a prquel to the main series and specifically The Last Red Shoulder. It details Chirico's time in the Red Shoulder elite military unit and his encounters with General Palisen.

Armor Hunter Mellowlink[edit]

Armor Hunter Mellowlink, a 1988 12-episode OVA series set in the same universe, but with a different story and characters. Loosely ties in with events that lead to the start of the main TV series.

Shining Heresy[edit]

A 1994 5 episode OVA series.

Phantom Chapter[edit]

A 6 part 2010 OVA series.

Case: Irvine[edit]

  • Armored Trooper VOTOMS Case;Irvine (ケース;アービン), an OAV that follows the story of Irvine Lester, a repairer of the tank-like robotic Armored Trooper (AT) mecha in the VOTOMS story world.

Armored Trooperoid Votoms Finder[edit]

'Armored Trooperoid Votoms Finder (ボトムズファインダー), an "alternate universe" OAV that centers around Aki Tesuno, a Bottoms guard for scrap salvagers and a pilot of a robotic mecha called an At or Altro (as opposed to VOTOMS' trademark Armored Trooper mecha).

Alone Again[edit]

A 2011 50 minute OVA.

Games[edit]

Video games[edit]

VOTOMS has appeared in numerous video games since the series' original airing. None of them have seen release outside Japan.

  • X68000: Dead Ash
  • PC8801: Black Unicorn
  • PC-9801: Votoms: The Real Battle
  • Super Famicom: Votoms - The Battling Road
  • PlayStation: Blue Sabre Knights
  • PlayStation: Armored Trooper Votoms - Uoodo and Kummen
  • PlayStation: Brave Saga (as a guest character)
  • PlayStation: Armored Trooper Votoms Lightning Slash
  • PlayStation: Armored Trooper Votoms Steel Force
  • PlayStation: Brave Saga 2 (as a guest character)
  • Dreamcast: Sunrise Eiyuutan (as a guest character)
  • PlayStation 2: Sunrise Eiyuutan 2 (as a guest character)
  • WonderSwan: Harobots (as a guest character)
  • Game Boy Color: GB Harobots (as a guest character)
  • Game Boy Color: Brave Saga Shinsou Astaria (as a guest character)
  • PlayStation 2: Soukou Kihei Votoms / Armored Trooper Votoms
  • PlayStation Portable: Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-Hen
  • PlayStation Portable: Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen
  • PlayStation Portable: Super Robot Wars OE
  • PlayStation 3/PlayStation Vita: Super Robot Wars Z3: Jigoku-Hen

For a limited time the Armored Trooper Votoms - Uoodo and Kummen game included a Red Shoulder Custom model. Chirico also figures in the Sunrise Eiyuutan (Sunrise Heroes) game for the PlayStation 2

Role-playing[edit]

VOTOMS was a direct inspiration for the Heavy Gear role-playing game. VOTOMS also has its own official role-playing game, Armored Trooper VOTOMS: The Roleplaying Game, developed by R. Talsorian Games and using the Fuzion system.

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