As Netflix moves to produce more and more original content, the streaming service has been largely unafraid to reach audiences across genres. From dramas like House of Cards to Marvel shows like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, the site is working hard to cover all kinds of interests, but Netflix had little original programming for younger audiences until this summer. Sci-fi and animation fans were therefore thrilled when Netflix rolled out their first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender this summer, in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation.
Voltron follows five Earth teens who become embroiled in an intergalactic war and must pilot the titular Voltron, a giant robot comprised of several smaller robots, to save the day. Confused? Welcome to the wild world of anime revival, and don’t worry, we’ve summed things up for you. This revival of classic 80s anime Beast King GoLion and its American offshoot Voltron: Defender of the Universe aired this summer on Netflix to much critical acclaim, and we’ve recently learned some new details about its upcoming second season – as well as what Voltron fans should look out for this Friday at New York Comic Con.
First, the show’s official Facebook page released a teaser that originally premiered at San Diego Comic Con this summer, much to the delight of those who couldn’t make it to the convention. Second, New York Comic Con has unveiled the official Voltron events in their schedule, and DreamWorks and Netflix are offering some pretty incredible fan exclusives. Check out the teaser and the schedule below:
FRIDAY, OCT 7:
DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender Signing
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Table 21 of Autographing Area at Javits Center (Hall 1-B)
A DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender signing with Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery and Tim Hedrick will take place from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM on Friday at Table 21 the Autographing Area located in Hall 1-B of the Javits Center.
Season 2 Sneak Peek: DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Main Stage at Javits Center
Catch the world premiere of an episode from the highly anticipated upcoming second season of DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender with executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, story editor Tim Hedrick and voice actors Jeremy Shada and Bex Taylor-Klaus. Together they’ll discuss what’s in store for Team Voltron and provide a glimpse inside what promises to be an epic second season, coming soon to Netflix. All panel attendees will receive an exclusive limited-edition Voltron poster.
Voltron Collective Fan Party
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location to be announced
DreamWorks Animation presents the Voltron Collective, a collaboration of leading lifestyle and apparel brands that have created exclusive product inspired by the Netflix original seriesDreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. Event details to be announced.
SATURDAY, OCT 8:
Lion Forge Comics Signing
1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
Lion Forge Comics will host a signing in booth #1669 with writers of the Voltron Legendary Defender comic series Tim Hedrick and Mitch Iverson. A Voltron #1 New York Comic Con Exclusive Variant cover will be available at the booth, limited to 250 copies.
All in all, this is shaping up to be a great year for Voltron fans both old and new. The opportunity to check out a full episode from the show’s second season is certainly not one to be missed, especially given the sweet poster giveaway that’s included. It’s also nice to see that the show is already reaching out to its ever-growing fan base with traditional Comic Con events like an autograph table and a merch-led fan party. We’re excited to learn even more about Voltron season 2 after this weekend, and we’ll be sure to report our findings.
Voltron: Legendary Defender season 2 premieres worldwide on Netflix in late 2016. A specific release date is yet to be announced.