Miko was made a Japanese exchange student because the writers originally wanted to produce an episode in which she, along with her Autobot partner Bulkhead, travel back to Japan. As this episode idea was scrapped, the importance of her being of Japanese origin never comes up in the finished series, only for one short scene where she briefly talks to Jack about her life in Japan. The fact that she would have to go back to Japan once the school-year's over isn't touched upon, despite her eagerness to stay with her newfound friends being a very important part of the story. See more »
Since the show often recycled their CGI assets, this meant that the jet flown by Agent Fowler has all sorts of robot-bits on it because it used the same animation model as Dreadwing's and Skyquake's jet forms. See more »
The Japanese dubbing turned the originally solemn and serious series into a more jovial children's cartoon show. Some of the characters were given funny-sounding voices and a lot of comical chatter was added to the dialog. A few characters were re-imagined completely - for example, Airachnid turned from a vengeance-fueled sadist into an over-the-top love-obsessed stalker of teenage boys. The moody orchestral theme-tune was also replaced with an upbeat pop song. Further, season 3 in its entirety was ignored by the Japanese dub, and the big cliffhanger from the second season finale was also removed. Instead, an entirely new mini-series titled Transformers: Go! was created to replace season 3. The reason for all these changes is that in Japan, the Transformers franchise is regarded strictly as children's property, and the serious tone of the cartoon's original American version clashed greatly with this perception. See more »
Due to the quality of the Micheal Bay films, when I heard of the newest attempt at a transformers series I was in a word.... Skeptical. My first experience with Transformers: Prime was watching poor quality reruns ripped on YouTube, and I couldn't stop watching. As a die hard fan of Transformers, I've been waiting for a well written series based off of my favorite toys.
In the first season of TF: Prime, it becomes apparent to the viewer that the characters are characters. they have depth and reason to be on the show, unlike the "characters" from previous incarnations of the Autobots and Decepticons. in the past, the characters in transformers have been used as plot devices, only there to offer unnecessary help to the characters that really mattered. Transformers Prime shows the characters meanings through the relationships they discover with themselves and others.
In the second season things do get a bit more jaded, with interlocking stories and more complex characters with more hints to the good 'ol days of G1. from what I can tell so far, Transformers Prime is a fantastic show with dark stories, fantastic animation, and promise beyond expectations. If you've been on the fence about the privately owned series, I can guarantee you'll like it.
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