Tenku Ken! (Sword of Heaven)

Wow. You know there is a lot to Voltes V’s “Tenku Ken” aka “Sword of Heaven” aka “Laser Sword”. When I hear those words, many things start coming back to me. LOL. Mostly nostalgic images of the super robot preparing to finish of his opponent. Not many know that it was Voltes V’s Tenku Ken that made the “One Hit Kill” sword finish quite a staple in the genre back in the day. Voltron was even said to have copied the move. But really I’m not here to argue that or any other super robot who decided to use the sword as a finisher. I’m just saying, I’m so glad to have something that reminds me of it. It might’ve been better to have the sword showing, but hey I’ll take this shot of Steve shouting the finishing move and Voltes V is looking ultra cool with his chest and arms stretched out like that! Hehehehe! After watching the show again, I notice this shot was used several times in the earlier episodes, so I’m wondering if this could be considered a bank cel too. I attached screenshots of episode 1 and 7 as samples. I am not sure however as sometimes they would jump right away to Voltes pulling out his sword when they seem to run out of time. Yep you heard me, they actually cut-off or shorten robot fight times because one of Nagahama sensei’s focus was the story as well. Isn’t that great? I love this series…