Even as a child I knew something was up the way they killed off the original blue dude (the one the princess replaces) as I watched the English version. Upon rewatching the episode in Japanese, it was the first time I realized how much the editors hacked away. Also it was confusing at first how the leader piloted a black lion but had a red suit while one of the other dude had a red lion, but a black suit.. It’s known that the leader always wear red but….. Oh and the more recent (American/Canadian?) computerized version where they do match the suits to the lions just sucks.
“Golion, a powerful sentient robot, abuses his great powers by attacking and killing creatures known as Deathblack Beastmen, boasting that no one could defeat him. A divine space being punishes Golion for his arrogance and abuse by separating him into 5 different lion robots. In the year 1999, a group of 5 young men return to Earth after a space voyage, only to find it ravaged by nuclear war. After encountering the alien race known as the Galra, the 5 youths end up on the planet Altea, and learn that the 5 lion robots that Golion was split into are in hibernation in various parts of Altea. Somehow, they must reunite the lions and form Golion, the only hope for the human race.” – Anime News Network