7 Shows to Watch While Waiting for Voltron Season 8
Nothing can ever replace Voltron: Legendary Defender's blend of epic robot lion battles, amazing character development, and memorable drama. The character interactions alone have inspired terabytes of internet content. (Okay, I don't know for a fact if terabytes is accurate, but it might well be.) The good news is that some shows out there are almost as good - and some even do certain things better. Here are the ongoing and completed shows that are most similar to Voltron in spirit and content. Of course, leave a comment if you have other recommendations!
Gurren Lagann's premise is ridiculously similar to Voltron's: young hooligans unearth a mecha, meet a girl, and begin to battle an enemy far greater than themselves. Gurren Lagann is decidedly less pure and wholesome than Voltron - there's an entire episode dedicated to hot spring hijinks - but you get the same level of galaxy-spanning epicness in a slightly zanier package. Main character Simon is basically Hunk, Kamina is arguably a blend of Shiro and Lance, and the rest of the cast brings a well-blended range of character traits and talents that makes almost every episode a real treat for mecha fans.
If you're not usually a fan of anime, it's possible that you've never heard of Eureka Seven. It's a nearly fifteen-year-old franchise that has remained alive and popular in Japan, but hasn't retained much of a fan following in America. Its sequel series, Eureka Seven AO, didn't do nearly as well as the original, though a three-movie reboot is currently being released in Jaapn.
Like Voltron and TTGL, Eureka Seven opens with a boy, a mecha, a girl, and a sudden battle - but this time, the enemy is much closer to home. The world of Eureka Seven has mysterious creatures, sci-fi societies, and political dealings, making it similar to Voltron in many ways. While Eureka Seven ends up being significantly darker overall, it still maintains enough comedy and charm to make it accessible to most audiences.
Miraculous: The Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir
This French show about two superhero teens with secret identities has drawn international attention for its cute character dynamics. Some have even compared it to Sailor Moon in how the main characters interact with each other while hiding their true identities! Fans of Voltron's romantic subplots will probably find Ladybug and Cat Noir to be a lovable pair. Overall, it's a well-written and clever series, making it a notch above most children's shows.
Avatar: The Last Airbender / Legend of Korra
No list of recommendations for Voltron fans would be complete without Avatar and its critically-acclaimed sequel, which paint a vivid and accessible fantasy world for fans of action and drama. Both series are made by the same studio that made Voltron, so the spirit and style of the shows are largely the same. Legend of Korra drew praise in particular for its relatively mature themes, which older Voltron fans may appreciate.
My Hero Academia
After the controversy of Voltron season 7, many disappointed fans announced that they would be shipping - er, shifting their love and adoration to My Hero Academia. MHA is about teens at a high school for superheros, so the premise is very different from Voltron's, and some may not enjoy the superpowered antics. The large and colorful cast makes for endless entertainment, though, and the villains' motivations keep fans engaged for battle after battle. Currently, the series has three seasons and a movie, but a fourth season has been announced.
This classic anime skips the mecha action in favor of a more traditional sci-fi feel. Like Voltron, there are high-drama episodes, high-comedy episodes, and an overarching plot that keeps viewers glued to the screen. Main character Spike is much cooler and put-together than any of Voltron's main cast, but he has enough secrets and quirks to make him a compelling lead. Cowboy Bebop's female cast is arguably just as good as Voltron's, despite having far fewer episodes and less time for character development. Fans of Pidge will find Ed to be a joy to watch, since Ed is basically Pidge after drinking five cups of coffee. (Yes, Ed's a girl, and she's perfect.)
Out of all of the recommendations on this list, Gundam 00 is probably the biggest stretch. It's not nearly as funny or endearing, the characters are a little more flat, and the writers didn't wield the large cast as skillfully as Voltron's staff did.
Still, Gundam 00 is less predictable than Voltron, making it a solid choice for viewers who want a thought-provoking, geopolitically-charged series to sink their teeth into. Character deaths abound, and a few characters go through truly compelling transformations in order to survive - and protect the people they love. It handles its content matter far more skillfully than some other Gundam series, so give it a try even if you typically stay away from darker mecha shows.