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Beast Wars II: Super Life-form Transformers
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ビーストウォーズⅡ 超生命体トランスフォーマー
(Bīsuto Wōzu Sekando: Chō Seimeitai Toransufōmā)
Genre Adventure, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Sekita[1]
Written by Junki Takegami
Kazuhiko Godo
Yukiyoshi Ohashi
Music by Yuzo Hayashi
Hideo Takahashi
Studio Production Reed
Nihon Ad Systems
Network TV Tokyo (1998-1999)
Original run April 1, 1998January 27, 1999
Episodes 43 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Shoji Imaki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint BomBom KC
Magazine Comic BomBom
Original run July 1998March 1999
Volumes 2 (List of volumes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Beast Wars II: Super Life-Form Transformers (ビーストウォーズⅡ 超生命体トランスフォーマー Bīsuto Wōzu Sekando: Chō Seimeitai Toransufōmā?) is a 1998 Japanese Transformers anime series, spawning a movie and a toyline. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 1998 to January 1999, and was the first Transformers anime to be produced by Nihon Ad Systems. While its position in the Transformers continuity has previously been unknown, the IDW Publishing comic book mini-series Beast Wars: The Gathering and comments from Transformers writer Simon Furman have shown it is part of the Beast Wars continuity.[citation needed] The series was preceded by Beast Wars, and was followed by Super Life-Form Transformers: Beast Wars Neo. Voices are done by Hozumi Gōda and each episode runs for 30 minutes. This anime was succeeded by Beast Wars Neo. The series has a much lighter tone and is aimed more towards children, whereas the more accessible Beast Wars was intended for a wider age range. The series also uses conventional animation rather than CGI. With the exceptions of the faction leaders, all of the characters within the series are either re-molds or re-colors of earlier Beast Wars figures or Generation 2/Machine Wars figures.[2]

In addition to the 43 episodes, there is also a 50-minute movie, Beast Wars II: Lio Convoy's Close Call!, which takes place sometime between episodes 32 and 38, and a manga adaptation by Shoji Imaki. The only other country it was published in is Korea, and it was done by Daewon Media. The anime was also released in Korea, and it was broadcast on SBS.

Plot[edit]

Beast Wars II tells the story of a battle waging between Lio Convoy's team of Cybertrons (Maximals) and Galvatron's army of Destrons (Predacons) on the planet Gaia. As Lio Convoy and Galvatron fight over the mysterious energy source known as Angolmois energy, many strange occurrences and mysterious properties of Angolmois begin to arise.

Characters[edit]

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Openings
  1. "GET MY FUTURE"
  2. "SUPER VOYAGER"
  • Endings
  1. "Places Where Dreams Go" (夢のいる場所 Yume no Iru basho?)
    • April 1, 1998 - January 27, 1999
    • Lyricist: Eiko Kiyo / Composer: Hiroto Ishikawa / Arranger: Seiichi Kyoda / Singers: Jun Yoneya
    • Episodes: 1-43
  • Insert Songs
  1. "SPACE DREAMER - Distant Beast Wars" (SPACE DREAMER 〜遥かなるビーストウォーズ〜 SPACE DREAMER - Haruka Naru Bīsuto Uōzu?)
    • Lyricist: Kensaku Saito / Composer: Hideki Fujisawa / Arranger: Hideki Fujisawa / Singers: COA
  2. "MY SHOOTING STAR"
    • Lyricist: COA / Composer: COA / Arranger: COA / Singers: COA

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "New Forces Arrive!"
"Shin Gundan Tōjō!" (新軍団登場!) 
April 1, 1998
2 "Run, White Lion!"
"Shiroi Raion, Hashiru!" (白いライオン、走る!) 
April 8, 1998
3 "Bighorn's Anger"
"Bigguhōn no Ikari" (ビッグホーンの怒り) 
April 15, 1998
4 "The Lake Trap"
"Mizūmi no Wana" (湖のワナ) 
April 22, 1998
5 "Galvatron Ressurrected"
"Fukkatsu Garubatoron" (復活ガルバトロン) 
April 29, 1998
6 "Mystery of the Ancient Ruins"
"Kodai Iseki no Nazo" (古代遺跡のナゾ) 
May 6, 1998
7 "The Insect Army Arrives!"
"Konchū Gundan Genwaru!" (昆虫軍団現わる!) 
May 13, 1998
8 "Friend or Foe? Insect Robos"
"Teki Mikata? Konchū Robo" (敵・味方?昆虫ロボ) 
May 20, 1998
9 "The Strongest Tag Team?"
"Saikyō Taggu Kessei?" (最強タッグ結成?) 
May 27, 1998
10 "Autorollers Attack!"
"Ōtorōrāzu Shutsugeki se yo!" (オートローラーズ出撃せよ!) 
June 3, 1998
11 "Danger! Scissor Boy"
"Ayaushi! Shizā Bōi" (危うし!シザーボーイ) 
June 10, 1998
12 "Galvatron's Great Rampage!!"
"Garubatoron Dai Bōsō!!" (ガルバトロン大暴走!!) 
June 17, 1998
13 "Destron All-Out Attack!"
"Desutoron Sō Kōgeki!" (デストロン総攻撃!) 
June 24, 1998
A clip show of the Insectron episodes. 
14 "Combined Giant Tripledacus"
"Gattai Kyojin Toripurudakusu" (合体巨人トリプルダクス) 
July 1, 1998
15 "Hilarious Jointrons"
"Yōkina Jointoron" (陽気なジョイントロン) 
July 8, 1998
16 "A Fearsome Combination Plan?"
"Osorubeshi Gattai Sakusen?" (恐るべし合体作戦?) 
July 15, 1998
17 "Who Is the Leader!?"
"Rīdā wa Dare da!?" (リーダーは誰だ!?) 
July 22, 1998
18 "Black Lio Convoy"
"Kuroi Raio Konboi" (黒いライオコンボイ) 
July 29, 1998
19 "Space Pirate Seacons!"
"Uchū Kaizoku Shīkonzu!" (宇宙海賊シーコンズ!) 
August 5, 1998
20 "Who Is the Strongest Warrior!?"
"Saikyō Senshi wa Dare da!?" (最強戦士は誰だ!?) 
August 12, 1998
A clip show gauging the best Transformers. 
21 "The Cool Squid Scuba"
"Ika Shita Sukūba" (イカしたスクーバ) 
August 19, 1998
22 "Megastorm's Reckoning"
"Megasutōmu no Keisan" (メガストームの計算) 
August 26, 1998
23 "Underwater Showdown"
"Kaichū no Taiketsu" (海中の対決) 
September 2, 1998
24 "Face the Setting Sun"
"Yūhi ni Mukatte" (夕陽に向かって) 
September 9, 1998
25 "Final Battle"
"Saigo no Tatakai" (最後の戦い) 
September 16, 1998
26 "Enter Lio Junior"
"Raio Junia Tōjō" (ライオジュニア登場) 
September 23, 1998
27 "Reborn Megastorm"
"Shinsei Megasutōmu" (新生メガストーム) 
September 30, 1998
28 "New Weapon Tako Tank"
"Shin Heiki Tako Tanku" (新兵器タコタンク) 
October 7, 1998
29 "Artificial Planet Nemesis"
"Jinkō Wakusei Nemeshisu" (人工惑星ネメシス) 
October 14, 1998
A clip show. 
30 "Gigastorm's Treachery"
"Gigasutōmu no Uragiri" (ギガストームの裏切り) 
October 21, 1998
31 "Starscream's Last Moments"
"Sutāsukurīmu no Saigo" (スタースクリームの最期) 
October 28, 1998
32 "Lio Convoy Assassination Plot"
"Raio Konboi Ansatsu Keikaku" (ライオコンボイ暗殺計画) 
November 4, 1998
33 "The Great Angolmois Freezing Operation"
"Angorumoa Reitō Dai Sakusen" (アンゴルモア冷凍大作戦) 
November 11, 1998
34 "Kick Nemesis' Butt!"
"Nemeshisu wo Buttobase!" (ネメシスをぶっ飛ばせ!) 
November 18, 1998
35 "Lio Junior's Revolt!"
"Raio Junia no Hanran!" (ライオジュニアの反乱!) 
November 25, 1998
36 "Messenger of the Fourth Planet"
"Daiyon Wakusei no Shisha" (第四惑星の使者) 
December 2, 1998
37 "Planet Gaea Crisis"
"Wakusei Gaia no Kiki" (惑星ガイアの危機) 
December 9, 1998
38 "Fly Out! Planet Gaea"
"Tobidase! Wakusei Gaia" (飛び出せ!惑星ガイア) 
December 16, 1998
39 "Assemble! Thirty-Nine Warriors"
"Seizoroi! Sanjūkyū Senshi" (勢揃い!三十九戦士) 
December 23, 1998
A clip show showcasing transforming sequences and the combiners. 
40 "Revenge of the Space Pirates"
"Uchū Kaizoku no Fukushū" (宇宙海賊の復讐) 
January 6, 1999
41 "Breaking into Nemesis"
"Nemeshisu e no Totsunyū" (ネメシスへの突入) 
January 13, 1999
42 "Legend! The Green Warrior"
"Densetsu! Midori no Senshi" (伝説!緑の戦士) 
January 20, 1999
43 "Farewell! Lio Convoy"
"Saraba! Raio Konboi" (さらば!ライオコンボイ) 
January 27, 1999

Chapters[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 November 6, 1998[3] ISBN 4-06-323852-0
  • MISSION-001: "Demolish the Superdreadnought Tank!" (超弩級戦車を粉砕せよ! Chōdokyū Sensha wo Funsai se yo!?) (July 1998)
  • MISSION-002: "Infiltrate the Mysterious Island!" (神秘島に潜入せよ! Shinpi Shima ni Sennyū se yo!?) (August 1998)
  • MISSION-003: "Free the Captured Soul!" (捕われし魂を解放せよ! Torawareshi Tamashī wo Kaihō se yo!?) (September 1998)
  • MISSION-004: "Realize the Forbidden Love!" (禁断の恋を成就せよ! Kindan no Koi wo Jōju se yo!?) (October 1998)
2 March 5, 1999[4] ISBN 4-06-323864-4
  • MISSION-005: "Make a Surprise Attack on the Super Weapon Base!" (超兵器基地を奇襲せよ! Chō Heiki Kichi wo Kishū se yo!?) (November 1998)
  • MISSION-006: "Recover the Bonds Lost!" (失なわれた絆を奪回せよ! Ushinawareta Kizuna wo Dakkai se yo!?) (December 1998)
  • MISSION-007: "All Hands, Make a Special Attack on the Evil Planet!" (総員、凶惑星に特攻せよ! Sōin, Kyō Wakusei ni Tokkō se yo!?) (January 1999)
  • FINAL-MISSION: "Win the Battle of Light and Darkness!" (光と闇の戦いに勝利せよ! Hikari to Yami no Tatakai ni Shōri se yo!?) (February 1999)
  • EPILOGUE: "Beast Wars "Neo" Begins!!!" (ビーストウォーズ"ネオ"開戦!!! Bīsuto Uōzu "Neo" Kaisen!!!?) (March 1999)

Toy line[edit]

The series was primarily repaints of non-show Beast Wars figures and repaints of Generation 2 figures, including two unreleased Autoroller figures and the black Dreadwing/Smokecreen repaint, planned for the cancelled 1996 assortment of figures. In both cases the items were recolored and slightly remolded.

The series did feature new molds for Lio Convoy and Galvatron, as well as the Tako Tank. Generation 1 Trypticon, and Beast Wars Dinobot, Cybershark, Wolfang, and Waspinator were remolded as "upgraded" versions of Megastorm, Starscream, BB, Dirge and Thrust.

The remolded Cybershark saw release as Overbite in the U.S. as Universe exclusive.

References[edit]