"I am so unbelievably happy to see Shiro as our representation," one fan tweeted.
Samuel Leighton-Dore

24 Jul 2018 - 2:07 PM  UPDATED 24 Jul 2018 - 2:07 PM

Fans of popular Netflix animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender are celebrating the news that one of the show's main characters is gay.

The announcement was made during a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con, with showrunner Lauren Montgomery revealing that character Takashi ‘Shiro’ Shirogane is gay, according to reports from comicbook.com.

She also hinted that fans of the show will soon meet a new character, Adam, who Shiro was once ready to marry before breaking it off.

“He’s not married yet,” Montgomery said.

“But that was the road they were going down until Shiro made the unfortunate decision [to leave], and they drifted apart and that was the end… for their relationship.

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"It was definitely something, that beautiful relationship that had developed over years.

“You’ll see in that little case with the trophies is a picture of Shiro and Adam,” she added.

“They had been flight partners.”

Originally airing in 1986, the series was rebooted by Netflix in 2016 and is about to release its seventh and penultimate season.