Transformers: Victory (1989– )
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My favorite Autobots were Star Saber, God Jinrai (God Bomber) and Victory Leo. But the best part was when they combined and turned into Victory Saber like in Transformers: RiD when Optimus and Ultra Magnus became Omega Prime like the Destrons Leozack, Hellbat, and others became Liokaiser or Liocaesar.
I give Transformers: Victory a 10/10
Yes you have read it correctly. After G1, Headmasters, Masterforce, Beast Wars, Beast Machines and RiD, this was the very first series that seriously managed to put me asleep. Not because I was tired - I fell asleep no later than after a mere 2 episodes each time I tried.
I know that the last three episodes are supposed to be just as good as the rest is bad, but the problem is, I still have to watch the remaining 10+ episodes before I get to it. Not something I think I can manage.
Victory is the third installation of the Takara-G1 TF tv series and continues the story of Masterforce, where Optimus left Earth and appointed a brave Autobot warrior, who is a mixture of Saber Rider & Gundam, Star Saber, Brainmaster & leader of the Earth Force. His team consists mainly of the Micromasters' rescue team, the other three Brainmasters who combine to Road Caesar and the six Multiforce members that combine in two ways, by two and as a whole to form Landcross, the weakest combiner ever. On the other hand, the new leader of Decepticons is the ambitious breastforce leader, Deathsaurus, with his Breastforce team who form one of the coolest combiners, Liokaiser, and the hilarious Dinosaur Force who form Dinoking.
The episodes take inspiration of the G1 series and the battles take place all over the world (and not only) and almost every character is built very well, giving you time to learn them, with solo action time. TF Victory's main advantage is that you learn the characters well and you love them, because they are not just characters who fight each others. Especially the Breastforce team is the best Combiner team in terms of knowing each character seperately. Btw, the human companion is probably one of the coolest ever, Jan. Also, it has by far the greatest battles of Japanese G1's TF series, with a lot of great action, choreography and detail.
Just skip Headmasters & Masterforce & Zone if you want to watch a good Japanese G1 TF series. Victory will reward you with very interesting characters and stories. Personally, I would put it to the top 10 TF animated series.
I hate to say this, but the "awful" new shows are actually better than Victory. Sure the animation is nice, but the plots are anything but. It isn't until the very last episodes when the show gets imaginative, and until then every single episode follows pretty much exactly the same plot: Decepticons attack, Autobots arrive, Star Saber goes on about he doesn't forgive the decepticons for threatening mankind/destroying nature/walking on flowers, Star Saber gives them all a major asspaddlin', decepticons run off with their tails between their legs, episode ends with autobots standing against sunset with the narrator saying how autobots' hearts burn with rage and they will fight even harder in the future.
Of course, there's no point to them fighting harder, considering they never even break a sweat (or lubricant, as Ironhide would put it) when they kick the decepticons' butts. The bad guys seem to be there just to prevent the autobots from being bored. They're about as threatening as the easter bunny...
Like I said, the last episodes are pure awesome, but what does it matter when you've grown to loathe the pompous gits that are the autobots? And the token human kid is little or no better than Daniel was. In fact, I recommend you to skip the majority of the episodes and only watch the three opening episodes, God Ginrai's recreation as Victory Leo, first appearance of Victory Saber and the last three episodes.
Victory is also the only series where I truly felt bad for the bad guys. If you really want to see a Japanese G1 Transformers series, I'd recommend Masterforce. I'm sorry for all the people out there that like Victory but it truly is a terrible show and the worst Transformers series I've ever seen and that list unfortunately includes Transformers: Energon.
For anybody who gave a positive review about this show, you rock! I came on here hoping for some positive reviews about this show, NOT all of this negative criticism!
Transformers: Victory is STILL FAR BETTER than Disney's The Little Mermaid because that film is truly terrible!!!!!!!!! The main character of Transformers Victory, Star Saber is a legend, whereas, the main character of The Little Mermaid, Ariel is an absolute idiot and I REALLY HATE HER!!! The only reason why I am comparing this amazing series to that goofy Disney film is because they both came out the same year!(1989)
What is most annoying about the show is that it has no respect whatsoever with its target audience; while it's a children's show, the scriptwriters could've at least constructed stories that do not insult the intelligence; even kids know that robots cannot drink coffee, weep, ride escalators in a supposedly alien planet or wear blankets(!) It's alright if this is Transformers: The Looney Tunes version but this is supposed to be a show about giant robots for Pete's sake; I mean I can tolerate cheesy and absurd scenes but to a point.
On the positive side, there are some cool and awesome portions to a few episodes; the transformation of Star Saber from space jet to robot never grows old as well as the combining of the various robot teams into gestalts are undeniably the highlights of the series but the Victory Saber merging footage is downright embarrassing; the fights are so-so but in the episode "The Resurrection of the Decepticon Fortress", Deszaraz and Star Saber's fight is surprisingly good (the episode itself is good along with "The Death of Ginrai" and "Fight, Victory Leo" and the last three episodes;
In the end though, a few quality episodes cannot redeem a downright awful and terrible show.