Transformers: Victory

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Transformers: Victory
Transformers Victory DVD cover art.jpg
North American DVD cover
Genre Adventure, Mecha, Science Fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshikata Arata
Studio Toei Animation
Takara
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment (2008-present)
Shout! Factory (2012-present)
Omni Productions
Metrodome Distribution (2006-present)
Network Nippon TV (1989)
English network
AnimeCentral (2007-2008)
Original run March 14, 1989December 19, 1989
Episodes 44 (32 regular & 12 clip shows) (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Masumi Kaneda
Illustrated by Ban Magami
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Children
Magazine TV Magazine
Original run April 1989January 1990
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers: Victory (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー ビクトリー Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā: Bikutorī?), also known as Transformers: Victory (トランスフォーマー ビクトリー Toransufōmā: Bikutorī?) 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.

Development[edit]

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 The 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. The series was released in the UK on DVD in Region 2, PAL format on December 26, 2006. In 2008, Madman Entertainment released the series on DVD in Australia in Region 4, PAL format. Transformers Victory was released with Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce in the USA, released by Shout Factory. It was released on August 28, 2012.

Story[edit]

Victory is the story of the new Autobot Supreme Commander, Star Saber, defending the Earth against the forces of Deathsaurus, the Decepticons' 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.[1] 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.

Shout Factory USA Release[edit]

Confirmed details due to Amazon's information reveal that only 37 episodes will be released on DVD in the USA by Shout Factory on 4 DVDs. Only 5 of the Clip shows are likely to be on the North American Release. Shout Factory wants to apparently focus on the series it self rather than put in extra features. Amazon has posted the episodes that will be in the North American release.

Adaptations[edit]

Much like the two previous seasons of Transformers, The Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce, the series was dubbed by the dubbing company; Omni Productions, into English and was aired on Malaysia's RTM-1 channel, but it was later aired on Singapore's Star TV, where it was noticed by western viewers. The 6 clip show episodes that were broadcast, were also dubbed. The opening sequence for Victory was actually used for all three exclusive Japanese Transformers series under the umbrella title of Transformers Takara. Like the other dubs, it was soon purchased by Sunbow Productions. Most of the names in the dub were unchanged, as most of these characters are unique to Japan, with a few exceptions like the Micromasters had their American names, though Stake Out (Holi)'s name was accidentally changed to Fix It, who was another member of the same patrol. The Dinoforce had the names of the Monster Pretenders, as they were the same robot molds, just in different shells and Dezarus' name was pronounced in the dub as "Deathzanrus". Additionally, 26 out of the 38 episodes of the show were dubbed into English by Transformers fans at TFCog.

Characters[edit]

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Openings
  1. "Transformers V (Victory)" (トランスフォーマーV(ビクトリー) Toransufōmā Bī (Bikutorī)?)
    • March 14, 1989 - December 19, 1989
    • Lyricist: Konosuke Fuji / Composer: Chumei Watanabe / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Kaya Koji, Mori no Kijido Gassho-dan
    • Episodes: 1-44
  • Endings
  1. "Long Live Cybertrons" (サイバトロンばんざい Saibatoron Banzai?)
    • March 14, 1989 - December 19, 1989
    • Lyricist: Konosuke Fuji / Composer: Chumei Watanabe / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Korogi '73, Mori no Kijido Gassho-dan
    • Episodes: 1-44

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "The Brave Hero of the Universe - Star Saber"
"Uchū no Yūsha - Sutā Seibā" (宇宙の勇者・スターセイバー) 
March 14, 1989
2 "Surprise Attack! Dinoking"
"Kishū! Dainokingu" (奇襲!ダイノキング) 
March 28, 1989
3 "Attack! Leozack"
"Shūgeki! Reozakku" (襲撃!レオザック) 
April 4, 1989
4 "Unite!! Multiforce"
"Gattai!! Maruchisentai" (合体!!マルチ戦隊) 
April 11, 1989
5 "Move Out! Rescue Team"
"Shukkin! Resukyū Butai" (出勤!レスキュー部隊) 
April 18, 1989
6 "Infiltration...Uranium Mine"
"Sennyū...Uran Kōzan" (潜入…ウラン鉱山) 
April 25, 1989
7 "Explosion!! Energy Base"
"Bakuha!! Enerugī Kichi" (爆破!!エネルギー基地) 
May 9, 1989
8 "Big City - Underground Terror"
"Dai Tokai - Chika no Kyōfu" (大都会・地下の恐怖) 
May 16, 1989
9 "Clash!! Two Great Heroes"
"Gekitotsu!! Ni Dai Eiyū" (激突!!二大英雄) 
May 23, 1989
10 "The New Warrior - Hellbat"
"Shin Heishi - Herubatto" (新兵士・ヘルバット) 
May 30, 1989
11 "Attack the Shuttle Base!!"
"Shatoru Kichi wo Nerae!!" (シャトル基地を狙え!!) 
June 6, 1989
12 "Tanker Robbing Operation"
"Tankā Gōdatsu Sakusen" (タンカー強奪作戦) 
June 13, 1989
13 "Move Out!! Breastforce"
"Shutsugeki!! Buresutofōsu" (出撃!!ブレストフォース) 
June 27, 1989
14 "Rescue Jean!!"
"Jan wo Kyūshutsu se yo!!" (ジャンを救出せよ!!) 
July 4, 1989
15 "Mach and Tackle"
"Mahha to Takkuru" (マッハとタックル) 
July 18, 1989
16 "Fierce Battle!! Asteroid"
"Gekisen!! Asuteroido" (激戦!!アステロイド) 
July 25, 1989
17 "Planet Micro - The Mysterious Warrior"
"Maikuro Boshi - Nazo no Senshi" (マイクロ星・謎の戦士) 
August 1, 1989
18 "Rescue! Gaihawk"
"Dakkan! Gaihōku" (奪還!ガイホーク) 
August 8, 1989
19 "Unite! Liokaiser"
"Gattai! Raiokaizā" (合体!ライオカイザー) 
August 15, 1989
20 "Assemble! Warrior Combiner"
"Seizoroi! Gattai Senshi" (勢揃い!合体戦士) 
August 22, 1989
21 "Resurrection!? The Destron Fortress"
"Fukkatsu!? Desutoron Yōsai" (復活!?デストロン要塞) 
August 29, 1989
22 "Battle Up of Anger!!"
"Ikari no Batoru Appu!!" (怒りのバトルアップ!!) 
Unaired
23 "Fight to the Death!! Antarctic Battle"
"Shitō!! Nankyoku no Kōbō-sen" (死闘!!南極の攻防戦) 
September 5, 1989
24 "Crisis! Desert Ambush"
"Kiki! Sabaku no Machibuse" (危機!砂漠の待ち伏せ) 
September 12, 1989
25 "A Deadly Battle Bet"
"Shi wo Kaketa Gekitō" (死を賭けた激闘) 
September 19, 1989
26 "Ginrai Dies!!"
"Jinrai Shisu!!" (ジンライ死す!!) 
September 26, 1989
27 "Fight!! Victory Leo"
"Tatakae!! Bikutorī Reo" (戦え!!ビクトリーレオ) 
September 26, 1989
28 "Desprate Situation!! Cybertron"
"Zettai Zetsumei!! Saibatoron" (絶体絶命!!サイバトロン) 
Unaired
29 "Awaken! Victory Leo"
"Mezameyo! Bikutorī Reo" (めざめよ!ビクトリーレオ) 
October 3, 1989
30 "Turnaround! Deadly Victory Unity"
"Gyakuten! Hissatsu no Bikutorī Gattai" (逆転!必殺のビクトリー合体) 
October 17, 1989
31 "Jean - Defend the School!!"
"Jan - Gakkō wo Mamore!!" (ジャン・学校を守れ!!) 
October 31, 1989
32 "Mysterious?! The Base Explosion Trap"
"Nazo?! Kichi Bakuha no Wana" (謎?!基地爆破の罠) 
November 7, 1989
33 "The Death-Bringing Space Insects!!"
"Shi wo Yobu Uchū Konchū!!" (死を呼ぶ宇宙昆虫!!) 
November 14, 1989
34 "The Strongest! Victory Saber"
"Saikyō! Bikutorī Seibā" (最強!ビクトリーセイバー) 
November 21, 1989
35 "Terror of the Giant Tsuanami"
"Kyodai Tsunami no Kyōfu" (巨大津波の恐怖) 
November 28, 1989
36 "The Wrath of the Resurrected Giant Fortress!"
"Kyodai Yōsai Ikari no Fukkatsu!" (巨大要塞怒りの復活!) 
December 5, 1989
37 "Clash! Fortress vs Victory Unity"
"Gekitotsu! Yōsai tai Bikutorī Gattai" (激突!要塞vsビクトリー合体) 
December 12, 1989
38 "Cybertrons Forever"
"Saibatoron wa Eien ni" (サイバトロンは永遠に) 
December 19, 1989
39 "Shine! Star of Victory"
"Kagayake! Shōri no Hoshi" (輝け!勝利の星) 
Unaired
40 "The Great Destruction Win!"
"Hakai Taitei ni Kate!" (破壊大帝に勝て!) 
Unaired
41 "SOS! Global Defense Command"
"Esu Ō Esu! Chikyū Bōei Shirei" (SOS!地球防衛指令) 
Unaired
42 "Micro Transformers!"
"Maikuro Toransufōmā!" (マイクロトランスフォーマー!) 
Unaired
43 "Victory Attack of Friendship!"
"Yūjō no Bikutorī Atakku!" (友情のビクトリーアタック!) 
Unaired
44 "Echo Across the Galaxy! Bell of Love!!"
"Ginga ni Hibike! Ai no Kane!!" (銀河にひびけ!愛の鐘!!) 
Unaired

Chapters[edit]

No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformers: The Comics
Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā: Za Komikkusu (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー ザ☆コミックス)
October 23, 2002[2] ISBN 978-4813000938
  • Chapter 1: "Cool! Our Friend, Star Saber!" (「かっこいいぞ!ぼくらのみかた、スターセイバー!」 "Kakkoī zo! Bokura Nomikata, Sutā Seibā!"?) (April 1989)
  • Chapter 2: "Great Turnaround! Star Saber" (「大逆転!スターセイバー」 "Dai Gyakuten! Sutā Seibā"?) (May 1989)
  • Chapter 3: "Leozack's Great Rampage!" (「レオザック大あばれ!」 "Reozakku Dai Abare!"?) (June 1989)
  • Chapter 4: "Star Saber Warrior of Love!" (「愛の戦士スターセイバー!」 "Ai no Senshi Sutā Seibā!"?) (July 1989)
  • Chapter 5: "Watch Out, Jean! Hurry, Star Saber!" (「あやうし、ジャン! いそげ、スターセイバー!」 "Ayaushi, Jan! Isoge, Sutā Seibā!"?) (August 1989)
  • Chapter 6: "Stars of Friendship, Jean and Star Saber!" (「友情の星、ジャンとスターセイバー!」 "Yūjō no Hoshi, Jan to Sutā Seibā!"?) (September 1989)
  • Chapter 7: "The Strongest Combination, Unity of Victory!" (「最強コンビ、勝利の合体!」 "Saikyō Konbi, Shōri no Gattai!"?) (October 1989)
  • Chapter 8: "Strong! Victory Saber" (「強いぞ!ビクトリーセイバー!」 "Tsuyoi zo! Bikutorī Seibā!"?) (November 1989)
  • Chapter 9: "Shine! Five Stars of Victory" (「かがやけ!勝利の五つ星」 "Kagayake! Shōri no Itsutsu Hoshi"?) (December 1989)
  • Final Chapter: "Heroic! The Great Victory War" (「そうぜつ!ビクトリー大戦争」 "Sōzetsu! Bikutorī Dai Sensō"?) (January 1990)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The History of Transformers on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Transformers TV Magazine Manga collection". Retrieved 2014-04-17. 

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