The actual series is fairly basic- Galvatron returns to retake Cybertron (obviously the pact with Optimus Prime wore out), and employs the new Headmasters, lead by the mysterious Megazarak/Scorpinok. However, from a far off, distant planet, autobot headmasters come and well.. you can sort of figure it out for yourself. The plot actually goes somewhere, though, something that's been missing from Transformers series before this.
The series was the first Japanese-spearheaded project in the Transformers animated series that acheived a full length production (Scramble City, a one-off that introduced Ultra Magnus, Metroplex and Trypticon into the Japanese G1 toyline, due to the absence of the movie), and as such doesn't stray too far away from the original styles of Generation one (though sadly, the music is not as orchestral or fantastic as the majority of G1's score), including similar designs, characters, and even the scene-changing interludes are still there, which really add to the "alternative nostalgia" thing in the title. It's something you should have watched when you were a child, and it feels like something you should have watched, but due to where you were in the world, you just couldn't.Read more ›
There is no point in watching cartoons from your childhood if you are going to scrutinize them as an adult - you will not enjoy them !
A small warning - the English language soundtrack to these episodes is awful.
Much of this series is poorly written. Although earlier series of Transformers were far from being the best thing any written, they had that certain something and definitely were never as poor as this. A FAILURE to develop character is the most obvious flaw in this series. Where characters are represented, they are done in only the most basic way (oh look, Hardhead is saying he wants to fight decepticons and is making mock punches in the air) or, for the most part, not at all.
I don't want to address specific concerns because these would act as "spoilers" but, I'm sorry, this is poor at best and I believe the writing shows little of what made me like Transformers in the first place.
But I will say... (look away now)
The Battle Beasts (remember them?) cross-over was pathetic. They might call them "Beast Formers" but I've still got the action figures (in a box in the attic) hat proves somewhere that this is what it was.
Fortress Maximus is depicted as Voltron?? You can't argue with that - when he is first introduced, they show him doing the Voltron pose, you know with the sword and the half-open mouth. I don't know if its a homage or what but whichever way you look at it, it's pointless. Transformers are a classic in its own right without having to ape another series.
Trainbot was rather lame. Besides, a train that can travel intersellar distances? I'm sure that had already been done in another anime series??
The above were things that annoyed me but the worst part really was that, generally, the writing was poor.Read more ›
Lots of dramatic changes happen,... Read more