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Transformers: Super-God Masterforce
Transformers Super-God Masterforce DVD cover art.jpg
North American DVD cover
トランスフォーマー 超神マスターフォース
(Toransufōmā: Chōjin Masutāfōsu)
Genre Adventure, Mecha
Written by Masumi Kaneda
Illustrated by Ban Magami
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Children
Magazine TV Magazine
Original run March 1988February 1989
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuo Imazawa
Produced by Koh Meguro
Written by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Toyohiro Ando
Yoshihisa Araki
Music by Katsunori Ishida
Studio Takara
Toei Animation
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment (2008–present)
Shout! Factory and Hasbro (2012–present)
Metrodome Distribution (2006–present)
Network Nippon TV (1988-1989)
English network
Original run April 12, 1988March 7, 1989
Episodes 42 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Transformers: Super-God Masterforce (トランスフォーマー 超神マスターフォース Toransufōmā: Chōjin Masutāfōsu?) is a Japanese Transformers line of toys and anime series that ran from April 12, 1988 to March 7, 1989 for 42 episodes. On July 3, 2006 the series was released on DVD in the UK, and it was aired on AnimeCentral in the UK a few years later. In 2008, Madman Entertainment released the series on DVD in Australia in Region 4, PAL format. On May 1, 2012, the series was released on DVD in the US.


The core concept of Masterforce begins with the human beings themselves rising up to fight and defend their home, rather than the alien Transformers doing it for them. Going hand-in-hand with this idea, the Japanese incarnations of the Autobot Pretenders actually shrink down to pass for normal human beings, whose emotions and strengths they value and wish to safeguard.[1] The Decepticon Pretenders tend to remain being large monsters, unless they battle in their robot forms. Later on children and adults would be recruited to become Headmaster Juniors for both the Autobots and Decepticons but as the story progressed the story focuses more on the Godmasters (released as Powermasters in the West) and they became the more powerful Transformers on the show. The Godmasters themselves are human beings with the ability to merge with their Transtectors (robot bodies). Most of the Godmasters would be adults with the exception of Clouder who is about the same age as the Junior Headmasters. Other characters would later appear including Black Zarak who would later merge with the Decepticons leader; Devil Z for the final battle and for the Autobots comes Grand Maximus who has a Pretender guise and is Fortress Maximus' younger brother. Also the Firecons make a brief appearance in one episode and a robot who transforms into a gun (similar to G1 Megatron) was giving to Cancer of the Headmaster Junior Decepticons as a gift from Lady Mega. His name was Browning (or BM in the dub). The Decepticons also had the Targetmaster Seacons under their command, but like the Pretenders, they were sentient robots and didn't require humans to operate them. The Autobots would also gain the help of another sentient robot called Sixknight (Or as he is known outside of Japan; Quickswitch), who appeared on Earth as a travelling warrior who wanted to challenge Ginrai (Optimus Prime) to a battle, but soon decided for himself to fight for the Autobots cause. The story basically tells the efforts of the heroic Autobot forces as they protect the Earth from the Decepticons. Only this time round, human characters played a more important role then in other Transformers series.


With the conclusion of the US Transformers cartoon series in 1987, Japan produced their first exclusive anime series, Transformers: The Headmasters, to supplement the fourth and final US season and to carry out the story concepts begun in The Transformers: The Movie and carried on through the third season, using the existing cast and adding the eponymous Headmasters into the mix. With the completion of the series, the evil Decepticons had finally been forced off Earth, and the stage was set for the beginning of Super-God Masterforce.

Although nominally occurring in the same continuity as the previous Transformers series, there was a very obvious effort on head writer Masumi Kaneda's part to make Masterforce a "fresh start" as a mecha story, introducing an entirely new cast of characters from scratch, rather than using any of the previous ones. To this end, although the toys are mostly the same in both Japan and the West (barring some different color schemes), the characters which they represent are vastly different—most prominently, Powermaster Optimus Prime is known as Ginrai in Masterforce, a human trucker who combines with a transtector (a non-sentient Transformer body, a concept lifted from Headmasters) to become a Transformer himself. The other Powermasters (known in Japan as Godmasters) and the Pretender figures released during that year were the same; however, in the cartoon they were portrayed as robots who disguise themselves as human beings.

The attempt to start things afresh with Masterforce does give rise to some continuity errors, however, such as Earth technology being portrayed as contemporary, rather than futuristic as in 2010 and Headmasters, and some characters being totally unaware of what Transformers are, even though they have been public figures for over two decades. Similarly, the show never supplied the viewer with the full backstory - within the main 42 episodes of the series, important aspects such as what the true villain, Devil Z is or who BlackZarak is are never explained. Even the timeframe of the show was never revealed, with the series taking place an indeterminate amount of time after Headmasters. Most of these facts would all be revealed later in made-for-video clip shows and other media, including a Special Secrets episode where both Goh and Grand Maximus would explain and reveal several pieces of trivia about the show.


The series was dubbed into English in Hong Kong by the dubbing company; Omni Productions, for broadcast on the Malaysian TV channel, RTM1 along with Headmasters and the following series, Victory. These dubs, however, are more famous for their time on the Singapore satellite channel, Star TV, where they were grouped under the umbrella title of "Transformers Takara", and all given Victory's opening sequence. Later acquired by the US Transformers animated series creator Sunbow Productions, they were given English-language closing credits (even including the English Transformers theme), but no official release of them has ever been carried in the US, because of their poor quality. Performed by a small group (less than half-a-dozen actors), the dubs feature many incorrect names and nonsensical translations - in the case of the Masterforce, especially, all the English-equivalent names are used for the characters, so throughout the series, the clearly human Ginrai is referred to as "Optimus Prime", and the little blonde girl called Minerva is referred to by the inappropriate name "Nightbeat".

In 2006, the complete series was released in Region 2 with the Japanese audio with subtitles (although like Shout Factory, it does not contain the English dub). For the Shout Factory release the Cybertrons are still referred to as Autobots and the Destrons are still known as the Decepticons.

A twelve-chapter manga adaptation of this anime was written by Masami Kaneda and illustrated by Ban Magami.

Theme Songs[edit]

  • Openings
  1. "Super-God Masterforce Theme" (超神マスターフォースのテーマ Chōjin Masutāfōsu no Tēma?)
    • April 12, 1988 - March 7, 1989
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Masahiro Kawasaki / Arranger: Masahiro Kawasaki / String Arranger: Tomoyuki Asakawa / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: 1-47
  • Endings
  1. "Let's Go! Transformers" (燃えろ!トランスフォーマー Moero! Toransufōmā?)
    • April 12, 1988 - March 7, 1989
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Masahiro Kawasaki / Arranger: Masahiro Kawasaki/ String Arranger: Tomoyuki Asakawa / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi, Mori no Ki Jido Gassho-dan
    • Episodes: 1-47
  • Insert Songs
  1. "Miracle Transformers" (奇跡のトランスフォーマー Kiseki no Toransufōmā?)
    • September 13, 1988, November 1, 1988, November 15, 1988, December 6, 1988
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Masahiro Kawasaki / Arranger: Masahiro Kawasaki / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: 20, 27, 29, 32
  2. "Advance! Super-God Masterforce" (進め!超神マスターフォース Susume! Chōjin Masutāfōsu?)
    • September 27, 1988, November 8, 1988
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Masahiro Kawasaki / Arranger: Masahiro Kawasaki / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: 22, 28
    • December 13, 1988, February 28, 1989
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Komune Negishi / Arranger: Kimio Nomura / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: 33, 42
  4. "Super Ginrai Theme" (スーパージンライのテーマ Sūpā Jinrai no Tēma?)
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Komune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: 34, 39
  5. "Transform! Godmaster" (変身!ゴッドマスター Henshin! Goddomasutā?)
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Masahiro Kawasaki / Arranger: Kimio Nomura / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: None
  6. "Small Warrior: Headmaster Jr Theme" (小さな勇士~ヘッドマスターJrのテーマ~ Chīsana Yūshi: Heddomasutā Junia no Tēma?)
    • Lyricist: Kayoko Fuyusha / Composer: Komune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Yumi Toma, Hiroko Emori, Yuriko Yamamoto
    • Episodes: None
  7. "See See Seacons" (See See シーコンズ Sī Sī Shīkonzu?)
    • Lyricist: Kayoko Fuyusha / Composer: Komune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Masato Hirano
    • Episodes: None
  8. "Ruler of the Universe: Devil Z" (宇宙の支配者・デビルZ Uchū no Shihaisha: Debiru Zetto?)
    • Lyricist: Machiko Ryu / Composer: Komune Negishi / Arranger: Katsunori Ishida / Singers: Toshiya Igarashi
    • Episodes: None


# Title Original airdate
1 "Rise Up!! Pretenders"
"Tate!! Puritendā" (立て!! プリテンダー) 
April 12, 1988
2 "Fearsome! The Destron's Manhunt"
"Kyōfu! Desutoron no ningen kari" (恐怖! デストロンの人間狩り) 
April 19, 1988
3 "Kidnapping!? The Targeted Jumbo Jet"
"Ūkai!? Nerawareta Janbo Jetto" (誘拐!? 狙われたジャンボジェット) 
April 26, 1988
4 "Birth! Headmaster Jr."
"Tanjō! Heddomasutā Junia" (誕生!ヘッドマスターJr.) 
May 3, 1988
5 "Rampage!! Little Devils with no Need for Rules"
"Daiabare!! Rūru Muyō no Chīsana Akuma" (大暴れ!! ルール無用の小さな悪魔) 
May 10, 1988
6 "Go Goshooter: Showdown in the Wasteland"
"Ike Gōshūtā: Kōya no Taiketsu" (行けゴーシューター・荒野の対決) 
May 17, 1988
7 "Panic! Protect the Wild Animals!!"
"Panikku! Yasei Dōbutsu wo Mamore!!" (パニック! 野生動物を守れ!!) 
May 24, 1988
8 "The Super Warriors: The Godmaster Brothers"
"Chō Senshi: Goddomasutā Kyōdai" (超戦士・ゴッドマスター兄弟) 
May 31, 1988
9 "A Fierce Battle! The Cybertrons are in Trouble"
"Gekisen!! Saibatoron Ayaushi" (激戦!! サイバトロン危うし) 
June 7, 1988
10 "A Hero is Chosen - His Name is Ginrai"
"Erabareta Hīrō - Sono Na wa Jinrai" (選ばれたヒーロー・その名はジンライ) 
June 14, 1988
11 "Ginrai: God On of Rage!!"
"Jinrai: Ikari no Goddo On!!" (ジンライ・怒りのゴッドオン!!) 
June 21, 1988
12 "A Strange Friendship: Cancer and Minerva"
"Kimyōna Yūjō: Kyansā to Mineruba" (奇妙な友情 キャンサーとミネルバ) 
June 28, 1988
13 "Friend or Foe!? The True Form of the Monster!!"
"Teki ka Mikata ka!? Monsutā no Shōtai!!" (敵か味方か!? モンスターの正体!!) 
July 12, 1988
14 "Eliminate the Godmaster Ginrai"
"Goddomasutā Jinrai wo Massatsu se yo" (ゴッドマスタージンライを抹殺せよ) 
July 19, 1988
15 "Heroic!! Birth of Super Ginrai"
"Sōzetsu!! Sūpā Jinrai Tanjō" (壮絶!! スーパージンライ誕生) 
August 2, 1988
16 "Lightfoot: A Dramatic Encounter"
"Raitofutto: Gekiteki Naru Deai" (ライトフット 劇的なる出逢い) 
August 9, 1988
17 "An Enemy? Ranger the Third Godmaster"
"Teki? Daisan no Goddomasutā Reinjā" (敵?第三のゴッドマスターレインジャー) 
August 16, 1988
18 "A Powerful Foe!! Sixknight the Wanderer"
"Kyōteki!! Sasurai no Shikkusunaito" (強敵!! さすらいのシックスナイト) 
August 23, 1988
19 "At Full Strength! The Four Godmaster Gunmen"
"Seizoroi! Goddomasutā Yonjūshi" (勢揃い! ゴッドマスター四銃士) 
August 30, 1988
20 "The Cybertron Warrior: Sixknight?!"
"Saibatoron Senshi: Shikkusunaito?!" (サイバトロン戦士 シックスナイト?!) 
September 13, 1988
21 "Save the Little girl! Chojin Warrior Godmasters"
"Shōjo wo Sukue! Chōjin Senshi Goddomasutā" (少女を救え! 超神戦士ゴッドマスター) 
September 20, 1988
22 "Life? Death? Lightfoot's Desprate Situation"
"Nama ka? Shi ka? Zettai Zetsumei Raitofutto" (生か?死か? 絶体絶命ライトフット) 
September 27, 1988
23 "Expose the Destrons' Dark Trap!"
"Desutoron no Kuroi Wana Oabake!" (デストロンの黒い罠をあばけ!) 
October 4, 1988
24 "Super Ginrai Gets Blown Away in the Desert!?"
"Sūpā Jinrai Sabaku ni Chiru!?" (スーパージンライ砂漠に散る!?) 
October 11, 1988
25 "Will it be Destroyed! The Bomber Project"
"Yaburareru ka! Bonbā Keikaku" (破られるか! ボンバー計画) 
October 18, 1988
26 "God Ginrai: Into Space!"
"Goddo Jinrai: Uchū e!!" (ゴッドジンライ・宇宙へ!!) 
October 25, 1988
27 "God Ginrai: Showdown on the Moon"
"Goddo Jinrai: Getsumen no Taiketsu" (ゴッドジンライ・月面の対決) 
November 1, 1988
28 "Overlord: Terror of the Super Soul Tornado"
"Ōbārōdo: Chō Tamashī Tatsumaki no Kyōfu" (オーバーロード・超魂竜巻の恐怖) 
November 8, 1988
29 "Escape!! The Exploding Underwater Volcano"
"Dasshutsu!! Kaitei Kazan Dai Bakuhatsu" (脱出!! 海底火山大爆発) 
November 15, 1988
30 "Destroy Godbomber!!"
"Goddobonbā wo Hakai se yo!!" (ゴッドボンバーを破壊せよ!!) 
November 22, 1988
31 "Appearance!! The Final Godmaster"
"Shutsugen!! Saigo no Goddomasutā" (出現!!最後のゴッドマスター) 
November 29, 1988
32 "Secret Orders! Destroy the Cybertron Base!!"
"Himitsu Shirei! Saibatoron Kichi wo Hakai se yo!!" (秘密指令! サイバトロン基地を破壊せよ!!) 
December 6, 1988
33 "Pinch! The Cybertron Base Explodes"
"Pinchi! Saibatoron Kichi Daibakuhatsu" (ピンチ! サイバトロン基地大爆発) 
December 13, 1988
34 "Black Zarak: Destroyer From Space"
"Burakku Zarakku: Uchū Kara no Hakaimono" (ブラックザラック・宇宙からの破壊者) 
December 20, 1988
35 "Crisis! The Day of the Downfall of Humanity"
"Kiki! Jinrui Metsubō no Hi" (危機!人類滅亡の日) 
January 10, 1989
36 "God Ginrai: Save Cancer!?"
"Goddo Jinrai: Kyansā wo Sukū!?" (ゴッドジンライ・キャンサーを救う!?) 
January 17, 1989
37 "God Ginrai: Showdown at the Destron Base"
"Goddo Jinrai: Desutoron Kichi no Kessen" (ゴッドジンライ デストロン基地の決戦) 
January 24, 1989
38 "The Ultimate Combination! New Lifeform Black Zarak"
"Kyūkyoku Gattai!! Shin Seimeitai Burakku Zarakku" (究極合体!! 新生命体ブラックザラック) 
January 31, 1989
39 "Battle to the Death!! God Ginrai VS Darkwings Reborn"
"Shitō!! Goddo Jinrai Bāsasu Shinsei Dākuuingusu" (死闘!! ゴッドジンライVS新生ダークウイングス) 
February 7, 1989
40 "Cybertrons! Desprate Attack!!"
"Saibatoron! Kesshi no Atakku!!" (サイバトロン! 決死のアタック!!) 
February 14, 1989
41 "Malevolent and Inhuman! The True Form of Devil Z"
"Gokuaku Hidō! Debiru Zetto no Shōtai" (極悪非道! デビルZの正体) 
February 21, 1989
42 "A Battle...And Then"
"Tatakai...Soshite" (戦闘…そして) 
February 28, 1989
43 "Fight! Super Ginrai"
"Tatakae! Sūpā Jinrai" (戦え!スーパージンライ) 
44 "Bomber Project Announced! Birth of God Ginrai"
"Bonbā Keikaku Hatsurei! Goddo Jinrai Tanjō" (ボンバー計画発令!ゴッドジンライ誕生) 
45 "The Secret of Godbomber!"
"Goddobonbā no Himitsu!" (ゴッドボンバーの秘密!) 
46 "Trading Places! Cybertron Warriors!"
"Dai Gyakuten! Saibatoron Senshi!" (大逆転! サイバトロン戦士!) 
47 "You Too Use the Masterforce to Transform"
"Masutāfōsu de Kimi mo Toransufōmu" (マスターフォースで君もトランスフォーム) 
March 7, 1989


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: "Gods? Devils? Pretenders" (「神か?悪魔か? プリテンダー」 "Kami ka? Akuma ka? Puritendā"?) (March 1988)
  • Chapter 2: "The Birth of the Headmaster Jr." (「ヘッドマスターJr.たんじょう」 "Heddomasutā Jr. Tanjō"?) (April 1988)
  • Chapter 3: "Destined Showdown - Children of Evil and Justice" (「運命の対決 正義と悪の子どもたち」 "Unmei no Taiketsu - Seigi to Aku no Kodomo-tachi"?) (May 1988)
  • Chapter 4: "Appearance! The Savior's Name is Ginrai!" (「登場! 救世主の名はジンライ!」 "Tōjō! Kyūseishu no Na wa Jinrai!"?) (June 1988)
  • Chapter 5: "Burn, Super Soul! New Commander Super Ginrai" (「もやせ、超魂! 新司令官スーパージンライ!」 "Moyase, Chō Tamashī! Shin Shirei-kan Sūpā Jinrai!"?) (July 1988)
  • Chapter 6: "The Battle Begins! The United Earth-Space Troops" (「戦闘開始!地球・宇宙連合軍」 "Sentō Kaishi! Chikyū Uchū Rengō-gun"?) (August 1988)
  • Chapter 7: "God Ginrai's Amazing Super-God Combination!" (「おどろきのゴッドジンライ超神合体!」 "Odoroki no Goddo Jinrai Chōjin Gattai!"?) (September 1988)
  • Chapter 8: "Earth Family of Justice and Evil" (「正義と悪の地球ファミリー」 "Masayoshi to Aku no Chikyū Famirī"?) (October 1988)
  • Chapter 9: "The Destrons' Great Counterattack!" (「デストロンの大逆襲!」 "Desutoron no Dai Gyakushū!"?) (November 1988)
  • Chapter 10: "Live or Die? The Desperate Super-God Combination!" (「生か死か? 決死の超神合体!」 "I ka Shi ka? Kesshi no Chōjin Gattai!"?) (December 1988)
  • Chapter 11: "Great Turn-Around! Cybertrons" (「大逆転! サイバトロン」 "Dai Gyakuten! Saibatoron"?) (January 1989)
  • Final Chapter: "Birth of Super Life-Forms" (「超生命体のたんじょう」 "Chō Seimei-Tai no Tanjō"?) (February 1989)



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

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Akai Kodan Zillion
Nippon TV Friday 17:00-17:30 Timeframe
Transformers: Super-God Masterforce

(April 12, 1988 - March 7, 1989)
Succeeded by
Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers Victory
(3/14/1989 - 12/19/1989)