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Transformers: Zone
トランスフォーマーZ
(Transformer: Zone)
GenreDrama, Mecha
Original video animation
DirectorHiromichi Matano
StudioToei Animation
Released1990
Runtime30 minutes
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Transformers: Zone (トランスフォーマーZ Toransufōmā Zōn?) is a one-shot OVA exclusive to Japan in the fictional Transformers universe.

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Development

Originally intended to be a full TV series, Transformers: Zone was forced to become direct-length direct-to-video (OVA) due to less than expected toy sales. The series was canceled after just one episode at 25 minutes. It is considered the last TF Generation 1 animated project.

Story

Following on from Victory, the mysterious three-faced insectoid being, Violenjiger dispatches the nine "Great Decepticon Generals" - Devastator, Menasor, Bruticus, Trypticon, Predaking, Abominus, King Poseidon, Overlord and BlackZarak - to acquire "Zone Energy," destroying the planet Feminia to obtain the world's store. Caught in the destruction of the planet, Star Saber is rescued by Dai Atlas, who then repels an attack by the Decepticons, and is appointed the new Autobot commander at the conclusion of the episode.

Characters

The cast of Zone is heavily comprised of Micromasters, who also made up much of the toyline. Dai Atlas is a "Powered Master," so named for his motorized gimmick, as is his combining partner Sonic Bomber - the toyline also featured another partner for them, Roadfire, who was not in the episode. The solitary Decepticons in the toyline were the Race Track Patrol, and Metrotitan, a redeco of the Autobot city Metroplex, neither of whom appeared in animated form.

Autobots

Powered Masters

Dai Atlas (va Yusaku Yara)
Paired with Speeder.
Sonic Bomber (va Kaneto Shiozawa)
Paired with Sonic.
Roadfire
Paired with Drillbuster.

Micromasters

Moon Radar (va Ryō Horikawa)
Known as Countdown in the U.S. Transforms into a Lunar rover. Commander of the Micromaster Rocket Base.
Rabbit Crater (va Tsutomu Kashiwakura)
Transforms into a Porsche. Galaxy Shuttle pilot.
Overload
Erector
Roughstuff
Flattop
  • Battle Stations
Ironworks
Hot House
Greasepit
Airwave
  • Bases
Rocket Base
Groundshaker
Skyhopper

Others

Victory Saber (va Hideyuki Tanaka)
Galaxy Shuttle
Cain (va Eiko Yamada)
Last survivor of the planet Feminia.
Emusa (va Yumi Tōma)
Cain's pet rabbit from Feminia.
Akira (va Naoko Watanabe)
A human boy.

Decepticons

Violenjiger (va Daisuke Gōri)
Demonic three-faced leader of the Decepticons.

Nine Great Generals (九大魔将軍)

Overlord (va Keiichi Noda)
Super God General; leader of the Nine.
Devastator (va Hirohiko Kakegawa)
Engineering General
Menasor (va Masato Hirano)
Intelligence General
Bruticus (va Yukimasa Kishino)
Fire General
Trypticon (va Daisuke Gōri)
Dinosaur General
Predaking (va Yukimasa Kishino)
Beast General
Abominus (va Yukimasa Kishino)
Monster General
King Poseidon (va Masato Hirano)
Aquatic General
Black Zarak (va Hirohiko Kakegawa)
Dark spirit General

Metro Force

Metrotitan
Metroshot
Metrodash
Metrotank
Metrobomb

Micromaster Race Track Patrol

Barricade
F-1 Racer
Roller Force
Racing Buggy
Ground Hog
Dragster
Motorhead
Stock Car

Adaptations

The missing characters did go on to appear in the pages of the Japanese publication, TV Magazine otherwise known as "Telemaga". This monthly magazine had always included Transformers manga story pages and splash illustrations with explanatory text. No direct manga was ever released for Zone.

These story pages were used to provide supporting fiction for the remaining two years worth of toylines - 1991's Battlestars: Return of Convoy and 1992's Operation: Combination.

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