Transformers Japanese Collection: Super-God Masterforce
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Following their victory over the Destrons (a/k/a Decepticons) at the end of Headmasters, the Cybertrons (Autobots) depart Earth, leaving behind only a small group to protect the planet from any future menace. But when the powerful Destrons return to an unsuspecting planet, the Cybertrons must come out of hiding to defend their human friends once again: only this time theyll be unable to do it on their own!
Taking the biggest departure from the original Transformers mythology, Super-God Masterforce is hailed by fans all around the world. Now, for the first time in North America, you can see every episode of this anime classic in your choice of the original Japanese audio or English language tracks!
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The style of Masterforce is much more Anime in influence then Takara's previous series Headmasters. Which is departing further from the American influence of the original Generation One series. This doesn't hurt the show at all. In fact from an Animation stand point everything feels a lot more dynamic, a lot of the Transformations are done with Stock footage which allows for more impressive animation and makes the characters seem more powerful.
Story wise, as I mentioned above Masterforce is very different then the previous series, Innitially the main cast of Cybertrons (Autobots) and Destrons (Decepticons) consist of Pretenders. Transformers who hide in an outer shell that helps them blend in with organic life on Earth. Eventually the Pretenders are phased to minor characters as the main cast of Humans who become God Masters (Power masters) and Head Masters repectively take center stage. They merge with Transtectors (lifeless Transformer bodies) to become a new form of life.
As far as the set goes, it's well put togethor the menu system is the same as Headmasters except the Masterforce theme plays in the background. I experienced a problem on Disc 4 where the subtitles got stuck during an episode for a few minutes. It was during a fight scene so most of the dialog was the usual "I'll kill you" "No you won't" stuff. Other then that the set is definately worth the $20 I paid for it.
If you don't mind reading subtitles, and you can't get enough old school Transformers then this is a great set at a great value. Shout Factory has put togethor a chance for fans to own nice high quality versions of previously (Legaly) unobtainable material. There is no Dub track on these DVD's it is Japanese only. This may deter some people, but I urge you for twenty bucks give it a chance.
In reguards to a previous reviewers comments it would have been VERY expensive to do a dub of this series for this release which would have increased the price of the set. Any fan who wants to see it in English can certainly purchase bootlegs of the very poor Star dubs where the same five voice actors play all the characters and everyone is named wrong. But if you want a high quality representation of these great shows for a very affordable price then Shout Factory has provided it.
Characters are likeable, the plot is a little loose but it's there, and there have actually been a couple emotional moments that caught me off guard.
Like a said a very enjoyable MECHA ANIME. Because this is where fans of Transformers need to be warned: this is HUMANS pretending to be Transformers, and it SHOWS. I personally never had the illusion the characters transformers into mechanical aliens. For me it looked more like a Transformers influenced Gundamn series. But, again, a very enjoyable one, and I personally don't regret watching it.
This is probably my least favorite Transformers series. The Pretenders are the worst and most confusing mess in the franchise with Headmaster Jrs coming right behind them. I always said the worst part of the transformers was the Human element and this is full of all that. It does pick up a little towards the end but I watched the entire series on my PS3 at 1.5 speed just to burn through them and get to Victory.