Transformers: Super-God Masterforce

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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
Manga
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)
Original network Nippon TV (1988-1989)
English network
Original run April 12, 1988March 7, 1989
Episodes 42 (List of episodes)
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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.

Story[edit]

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 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.

Development[edit]

With the conclusion of the US Transformers cartoon series in 1987, Japan produced their first exclusive anime series, Transformers: The Headmasters, to replace 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's counterpart is Ginrai, a human trucker who combines with a transtector (a non-sentient Transformer body, a concept lifted from Headmasters) to become a Transformer himself, the same applies to the other Powermasters' counterparts; the Godmasters. The Pretender figures released during that year were the same but in Masterforce they disguise themselves regular sized humans that can wear normal clothing instead of being giant humans wearing armor as they were in contemporary Marvel comics.

The attempt to start things afresh with Masterforce does give rise to some continuity quirks, 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.

Adaptations[edit]

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, and many of the characters are given the names of the American releases of their toys.

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
  3. "WE BELIEVE TOMORROW"
    • 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

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "Rise Up!! Pretenders"
"Tate!! Puritendā" (立て!! プリテンダー) 
April 12, 1988
A cruise ship is sailing along peacefully when it is attacked by the Decepticon Pretenders Bomb-Burst, Submarauder, and their Seacon drones. Meanwhile, in Japan, young Shuta is participating in a soccer match and being cheered on by his father and their friend Hawk, who soon receive a message informing them of Decepticon activities. Recognizing his old foes, Hawk reveals to Shuta that he is in fact Metalhawk, an Autobot and a member of a Transformers group known as the Pretenders with the ability to take on the appearance of living things. He and his fellow Autobot Pretenders defeated Bomb-Burst, Submarauder, and their comrade Skullgrin thousands of years ago after taking on human form while the Decepticon Pretenders adopted demonic appearances, and trapped the three across the globe. The trio, now having escaped their prisons, reunite and have their Tentakil drones attack Japan, which prompts Metalhawk to summon his comrades Waverider, Cloudburst, and Landmine before going into action, only to be followed by Shuta. A confrontation between him and the Decepticons soon ensues, with the outnumbered Metalhawk faring poorly and Shuta ending up being captured and held hostage. Fortunately, the other Autobots arrive just in time to turn the tide and save Shuta, destroying the Tentakils and driving off the Decepticon Pretenders. 
2 "Fearsome! The Destrons' Manhunt"
"Kyōfu! Desutoron no ningen kari" (恐怖! デストロンの人間狩り) 
April 19, 1988
The Decepticon Pretenders raid a hospital morgue and steal a number of corpses, which Bomb-Burst animates through some dark means to create zombie minions for the Decepticon Pretenders. These creatures-known as Destroids-attack and prove more than a match for human law enforcement, but are swiftly handled by the Autobot Pretenders and disappear after being active a short time. Realizing that utilizing reanimated humans is a poor strategy, the Decepticons set their sights on living humans, and choose the small island nation of Karin to capture their new minions. Prince Cab, heir to the throne of Karin, soon learns of their activities and the Autobots existence after the latter arrive with Shuta in answer to reports of Decepticon activity in the area. Learning that the Decepticons have violated the sacred Island of the Gods, Cab goes alone to confront them only to be captured and taken to where a number of his countrymen are being held captive. He manages to escape and then witnesses the arrival of the Autobots, who defeat the Decepticons once again and drive them off. At the urging of Cab's grandfather, the Autobots offer to take Cab with them to Japan where he has been accepted at the International School, and Cab willingly accepts. Unfortunately, Bomb-Burst has taken advantage of the absence of three of the Headmasters to attack the observatory where Shuta lives with his father, leveling it and leaving the Professor badly wounded and trapped under rubble with Landmine. The others manage to dig them out, and Shuta's father dies after handing him a mysterious key, having agreed with Metalhawk that "the time has come to use them" without disclosing what he is referring to. The Autobots, Shuta, and Cab soon relocate to their new hidden base, prepared to continue the fight against the Decepticons. 
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
An airline from Mont Porte is hijacked by Bomb-Burst over the Dover Channel, leading the Autobot Pretenders to investigate. They soon learn of a second flight being attacked, and upon investigating learn from a young passenger named Minerva that Bomb-Burst was responsible for this attack as well. The passengers of the first flight then appear in Rome as Destroids, attacking the city and causing havoc, which prompts the Autobots to travel there and use anesthesia to knock them out. They then confront the Decepticon Pretenders, who have been discussing their plans for a biologist who was known to have been aboard one of the two flights, and force the three to retreat. The Autobots board a flight with Minerva, her parents, and the biologist, which is then attacked by Bomb-Burst in flight, leading Metalhawk and Cloudburst to confront him and resulting in Minerva learning the Autobots' secret. The stewardess aboard the flight turns into a Destroid as well and tries to take over the flight, but Shuta and Cab manage to subdue her after a considerable struggle and the Autobots save the plane after defeating Bomb-Burst and his Seawing drones. Arriving safely in Japan, the biologist proves to have the knowledge of how to cure the Destroids, and Minerva is invited to study at the International School with Shuta and Cab. 
4 "Birth! Headmaster Jr."
"Tanjō! Heddomasutā Junia" (誕生!ヘッドマスターJr.) 
May 3, 1988
Metalhawk discusses the numerous unexplained occurrences in Earth's history, which the Autobots have long feared may be tied to Decepticon activity on Earth. After the boys express their strong desire to help the Autobots, Metalhawk invites them to the Autobot base after school, and they are unexpectedly joined by Minerva after sharing the news with her. The three children are then given Master Bracelets, which allow them to tap into the power of Masterforce and gain robotic armor, making them the Headmaster Juniors with the ability to transform. Gifted with incredible speed and strength, the boys are quickly amazed, but then learn that the Masterforce is not intended for revenge and that their bracelets will be reclaimed if they take that path. The children then receive Transtector vehicles-Cab a fire truck, Shuta a police car, and Minerva an ambulance-that they are able to drive using the Masterforce. The three are then informed that they have the ability to transform into robots just as the Autobot Pretenders can become humans, with the intention of them becoming a rescue team to protect the people of Earth. Unbeknownst to them, the Decepticons have recruited their own monstrous Headmaster Juniors-Fangry, Horri-Bull, and Squeezeplay-whom they soon unleash upon a nearby city. After transforming into robots for the first time-with Shuta adopting the identity of Goshooter-the children learn that the Autobots had prepared for the Decepticon Pretenders' eventual return, and that the other Autobots and Decepticons have been battling in space since the events of The Headmasters. Chromedome of the Headmasters was able to provide them with the Transtectors the children are now using, but several were stolen on their way to Earth-the ones now being used by the Decepticons. The Autobots soon launch into action, with the Headmster Jrs. taking on their rescue duties while the Pretenders engage the Decepticon forces. Shuta is soon confronted by the Decepticon Headmaster Jrs., but is unable to fight them due to his promise to Metalhawk, who fortunately arrives in time to keep things from escalating. The Decepticons soon flee again, and the Autobots move forward with Metalhawk confident that his young friends can learn to become great heroes. 
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
The Autobot Headmaster Jrs. are invited to America by Waverider, while the Decepticon Headmaster Jrs. learn of their leader Fangry's past as part of a motorcycle gang who were crushed by a rival group, prompting him to seek revenge. Waverider then begins training the Headmaster Jrs. in combat simulations, with their initial attempts going poorly for Cab and Minerva. The battle between Bikers and Decepticon Headmasters begins, and the thugs are quickly overpowered by the suit-equipped youngsters, who are operating under orders from the Decepticon Pretenders to inspire others to seek membership in the Decepticon ranks. They soon begin attacking local law enforcement, with their newly recruited biker minions joining in. Learning of this, Shuta rushes off to challenge them despite Minerva's objections, and is quickly joined by Cab while Minerva stays behind until she is eventually moved by the danger to others. Shuta soon engages the Decepticons while Minera links up with Cab and they go in search of a young girl she saw get trapped on television, but they are then spotted by one of the bikers, who alert the Decepticon Headmasters. The villains leave a Seawing to deal with Shuta and close in on Minerva and Cab, and their cruelty moves Minerva to take action and join the battle. They succeed in driving off the Decepticon Headmasters and then go to Shuta's aid, and with the aid of an arriving Waverider take out the Seawing drone. The three young heroes are left with an appreciation for teamwork and-in Minerva's case-a new level of courage. 
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
The Decepticon Headmaster Jss. are taught about the three great powers or Energons on Earth: Earth Energon, Spark Energon, and Star Energon, which can be stolen and added to their power at the cost of harming the balance of the universe. The Autobot Headmaster Jrs., meanwhile, are preparing for a party when a girl named Mary comes to them for help, her brother being a former member of Fangry's motorcycle gang who sought to cut ties with him after he joined forces with the Decepticon and was kidnapped as a result. She soon recalls a hideout of theirs in the desert, which Mary's brother Chris has been brought to by the biker gang in Fangry's effort to convince him to side with them. However, Chris refuses, feeling that Fangry's alliance with the Decepticons has changed him into a person he can no longer be friends with, which prompts Fangry to begin brutally beating him. Mary and the Autobots soon arrive, and Shuta takes on the Decepticon Headmasters while his friends attend to Chris and Mary, only for Mary to be captured, forcing the Autobot Headmaster Jrs. to put up no resistance. However, Chris recovers and intervenes, freeing Mary and allowing the Autobots to fight back and make their escape. The new friends soon enjoy a party with Waverider, while Submarauder accuses Fangry of weakness and is then punished by a mysterious orb of energy that floats within the Decepticon headquarters. 
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) 
Unaired
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) 
Unaired
45 "The Secret of Godbomber!"
"Goddobonbā no Himitsu!" (ゴッドボンバーの秘密!) 
Unaired
46 "Trading Places! Cybertron Warriors!"
"Dai Gyakuten! Saibatoron Senshi!" (大逆転! サイバトロン戦士!) 
Unaired
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

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: "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)

Characters[edit]

References[edit]

  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)