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Tatakae! Chō Robot Seimei Tai Transformer: Victory
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戦え!超ロボット生命体 トランスフォーマーV
(Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformer: Victory)
Genre Adventure, Mecha, Science Fiction
TV anime
Director Yoshikata Arata
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan NTV
Hong Kong Star TV
United Kingdom AnimeCentral
Original run 1989-03-141989-12-19
Episodes 32
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Tatakae! Chō Robot Seimei Tai Transformer: Victory (戦え!超ロボット生命体 トランスフォーマーV Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimei Tai Toransufomā Bikutorī ?, lit. "Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers: Victory"), commonly shortened to simply Transformers: Victory, is an anime series produced by Toei Animation. It is a Japanese-produced spin-off of the well-known original Transformers cartoon, and the final complete animated series from the original "Generation 1" era.

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Development

Following the conclusion of the American Transformers cartoon series in 1987, Takara, the Japanese producers of the Transformers toyline, opted to create unique anime for their shores to advertise their own version of the Transformers toyline, which began to grow further and further apart from its American progenitor. After Transformers: The Headmasters in 1987 and Transformers: Super-God Masterforce in 1988, Transformers: Victory was produced in 1989.

These Japanese-exclusive Transformers series had been moving further and further away from the stylistic roots of the American series, and Victory represents this divergence at its greatest. The visual style of Victory is derived heavily from the anime of the time, with the transformations of the robots being treated as more monumental, presented through more dynamic and lengthy stock footage. Still frame effects and re-used animation were used wherever possible to compensate for high levels of animation compared to previous series, possibly due to budget cuts at the time.

Despite his apparent death in Transformers: The Movie, Wheeljack returned during the death of God Ginrai/Birth of Victory Leo saga, along with Perceptor from the original series, with God Ginrai and Minerva from Transformers: Super God Masterforce returning too.

Story

Victory is the story of the new Cybertron Supreme Commander, Star Saber, defending the Earth against the forces of Deszaras, the Destrons' new Emperor of Destruction. Deszaras desires the planet's energy to reactivate his massive planet-destroying fortress, sealed away in the Dark Nebula long ago by Star Saber. The series eschews the story arc-based approach of Headmasters and Masterforce, returning to the American show's method of episodic adventures that did little to alter the status quo of the series, with a heavy emphasis on action, complemented by dynamic animation. Its cast consists almost entirely of brand new characters (although there are some guest appearances from characters on earlier shows).

Victory's story is told over thirty-two original episodes. However, the broadcast series also includes six additional clip shows - bringing the total number of broadcast episodes to thirty-eight. Additionally, after the end of the series, another six additional clip shows were created by Masumi Kaneda, which were available only through home video and seldom-seen regional Japanese broadcasts, taking the total number of Victory episodes to forty-four.

Characters

Autobots

Brainmasters

Roadceasar

Brainmasters were Transformers who came with an individual partner, who when combined formed the host's face.

  • Road Caesar - Combined Form of Blacker, Braver and Laster

Multiforce

The Multiforce consisted of six Autobots who could combine with each other as well as one entire entity. This technology is similar to the powerlinking process seen in Transformers: Energon. The following were the most common combinations used in the series.

  • Wingwaver
  • Dashtacker
    • Dash - Sports Car
    • Tacker - Military Transport Vehicle
  • Machtackle
  • Landcross - Multiforce Combined Form

Micromasters

  • Rescue Patrol
    • Holi (Stakeout) - Police Car
    • Pipo (Fixit) - Ambulance
    • Boater (Seawatch) - Police Boat
    • Fire (Red Hot) - Fire Engine
  • Clipper - Sports Car

Sixchanger

  • Greatshot - Assault Tank, Jet, Rhino, Armored Car, Assault Gun
    • Greatshot was a retooling of the U.S. figure Sixshot

Other

Decepticons

Breast Force

The Breast Force were Decepticon warriors whose breast plates transformed into animals as well as weapons to tip the scale in battle.

Dinoforce

The Dinoforce are a team of Pretenders with dinosaur shells. They toys are redecoed versions of the American Pretender Monsters, with new dinosaur shells. They provided the comic relief in the series.

Crossformers

  • Black Shadow - Spaceship / Interceptor
    • Black Shadow was a retooling of U.S. figure Thunderwing
  • Blue Bacchus - Helicopter / Dragster
    • Blue Bacchus was a retooling of U.S. figure Crossblades

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