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Transformers Japanese Collection: Victory
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With its glorious return to the classic Transformers, Victory (the third and final installment of the Japanese-exclusive series) introduces four new factions to the Transformers universe. Each group comes equipped with its own unique power and the ability to combine to form much larger, more powerful Transformers, immediately making each and every battle even more epic!
Now, for the first time in North America, you can enjoy 37 action-packed episodes of Victory on DVD in its original Japanese language with brand-new English subtitles!
"Victory (1989) concludes the alternate continuity that the toy company Takara and the Toei studio created, featuring new Transformers characters and storylines geared to the Japanese market. Shout Factory is releasing the series for the first time in the United States: for decades, it was available to American fans only in dim conversions from other formats and bootleg copies. The final adventure introduces a lot of new characters, the most important of whom is Star Saber. The mightiest swordsman-robot in the galaxy, he fights with his glowing Saberblade. His allies include the Multiforce, three pairs of Cybertrons who can combine to form the greater entity Landcross. They're pitted against a cadre of new Destrons led by Deszaras (or Deathsaurus), who has been stealing the energy needed to free his gigantic fortress that Star Saber sealed in the Dark Nebula ages ago. His hopes rest on the enormous resources of Earth, which he schemes to capture. Fortunately, Star Saber and his Cybertron crew are there to defend the planet. In the two years since Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters debuted, the designs for the robot-characters have grown more elaborate and sophisticated, reflecting the influence of Yoshiyuki Tomino's Gundam, which debuted in 1979. Many sequences take place against moving grids, rendered in simple computer animation. But the storytelling is still effortful and often unintentionally comic. Several of the Destrons ride apparently living dinosaurs through the vacuum of space, and the fighting poses the characters strike will remind otaku of the Gekigangar 3 spoof in Martian Successor Nadesico. For viewers who grew up on the original Transformers, Victory represents a blend of childhood nostalgia and new adventures. However, people without those memories may not be as entranced with the extremely limited animation, stolid direction, and on-the-nose dialogue. In Japanese only, with English subtitles. (Not rated; suitable for ages 8 and older: cartoon robot vs. robot violence) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Brave Hero of the Universe, Star Saber, 2. Sneak Attack! Dinoking, 3. Attack! Leozak, 4. Unite!! Multiforce, 5. Move Out, Rescue Team! 6. Infiltration… The Uranium Mine, 7. Explosion!! The Energy Base, 8. The Underground City of Terror, 9. The Clash of Two Heroes, 10. The New Warrior, Hellbat, 11. Attack the Shuttle Base!! 12. Tanker Hijack Operation, 13. The Chestforce Attack! 14. Rescue Jean!! 15. Mach and Tackle, 16. A Fierce Battle!! The Asteroid, 17. Planet Micro: The Mysterious Warriors, 18. Get Back Guyhawk! 19. Form Liokaiser! 20. Transformer Warriors, Assembled, 21. The Resurrection of the Destron Fortress, 22. Battle Up of Wratch!! 23. Battle to the Death at the South Pole!! 24. Crisis! Ambush in the Desert, 25. A Deadly Battle, 26. The Death of Ginrai!! 27. Fight, Victory Leo!! 28. Awaken, Victory Leo! 29. The Victory Unification, 30. Jan, Defend the Campus!! 31. A Mystery?! The Deception of the Base Bombs, 32. The Death-Bringing Space Insects!! 33. Victory Saber, 34. The Terror of the Giant Tidal Waves, 35. The Wrath of the Resurrected Giant Fortress, 36. Showdown! The Fortress vs. the Victory Unification, 37. Autobots Forever!)"
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1. This series starts over with yet another set of Autobots versus Decepticons on earth. It doesn't start there, but ends up there in a matter of episodes.
2. The references to the previous series, Super God Masterforce, are many in the beginning and then only a handful thereafter. Headmasters, as far as I can remember, are not referenced at all and if so, negligible at best. This series does not take place in outer space or elsewhere in the galaxy and is primarily on earth or the moon. This story takes up in 2025, about 20 years after Transformers: The Movie and about 14 years after the Headmaster series. It makes sense that Headmasters isn't referenced as much.
3. The story starts with a new champion for the Autobots, Star Sabre, who is the most decorated and heralded warrior among the Autobots. He leads a defense force created between earth, other alien civilizations, and the Autobots in order to defend the galaxy from the Decepticons. Star Sabre heads up Sector 1, God Ginrai (from Super God Masterforce) heads up Sector 2.
4. Once the Decepticons go to earth, pretty much all episodes are basically Decepts wanting, finding, or stealing energy and the Autobots thwart them from doing so while saving human lives, protecting earth, and lessons in leadership, confidence, life lessons, etc ensue. Pretty much the same formula as G1 has returned.
5. Once again, the creators decided to refurbish and recycle older toylines and rename them again for the purposes of this series. Victory Leo looks like Predaking. Galaxy Shuttle (horribly unimaginative name) represents Sky Lynx, without the Lynx part. Greatshot is the same thing as Sixshot (Headmasters) and Sixknight (Super God Masterforce). Dinoforce are basically Decepticon versions of the G1 Dinobots, but goofier.
6. The animation is far better. It also has its weaker animation points like the previous series in the collection but the anime style fighting is far more evident and as top notch as it can get.
7. Dialogue and script are as weak as the previous two.
8. The BIGGEST disappointment of this series and why I didn't like it was that it was far more dumbed down and targeted to little children. Not teens, not adults that watch with their kids, just little kids. There is only one main child character and he is exposed to all of these very risky events like a grown adult which I've always found so far fetched and stupid, but all three series have done that kind of thing. However, it's goofier, with far more silly childish and idiotic actions by Autobots and Decepticons that keep you from taking anything seriously for more than 2 minutes.
9a. The Dinoforce are goofier versions of the Dinbots and no matter what they try to do or what they say, you can't take them as a credible threat to anyone, even the humans. It's just bad. The main human character, Jan, acts like any child around Transformers and wants to "help" even though they don't have the intelligence, preparation, or skill to be of any help. A lot of goofball times with Jan and the rest of the Autobots too.
9b. The Decepticons try really hard to be "evil" but at no point are you watching and feel any form of intimidation or like the Decepticons are bad, mean, nasty, or cruel. You kind of got that impression a lot in G1, but outside of Leozack being conniving like Starscream, the rest feel like Decepticon children more so than terrifying warriors.
10. By the half way mark, I was about exhausted and thoroughly disappointed in the story arch. You could just feel that good will win out and evil is just too stupid to get anything done. I'm glad to be done with it and can move on to the Unicron Trilogy. Reviews aren't much better for that series but it's got to be better than Victory which I felt was the worst of the three (and that's saying a lot as Headmasters could really grind on your nerves after a while).
Last show of the Japanese trilogy, it can be watched on its own without a problem. And I highly recommend you do!