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Transformers: The Headmasters

[[Image:Transformers The Headmasters DVD cover art.jpg|250px|North American DVD cover]]
Director: Katsutoshi Nakano, Shoji Tajima
Studio: Toei Animation
Licensor: Shout! Factory
Network: NTV
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Transformers: The Headmasters (トランスフォーマー ザ★ヘッドマスターズ Toransufōmā za Heddomasutāzu?) is a Japanese anime television series.[1]

Development

Inititally, Takara, the Japanese producers of the Transformers toyline, imported the American Transformers cartoon series from 1985 to 1986. When the series came to an end with the three-part miniseries "The Rebirth" in 1987, however, Takara decided to continue the series themselves, declining to import The Rebirth and instead creating a full-length 35-episode spin-off series, Transformers: The Headmasters (two additional clips episodes were produced after the fact for direct-to-video release). Supplanting The Rebirth's position in Japanese continuity, The Headmasters occurred one year after The Return of Optimus Prime, introducing the titular characters to the Transformers universe in a different way. Whereas in western fiction, the Headmasters result from the merging of a Transformer with an organic alien being from the planet Nebulos, the Headmasters of the Japanese series are a group of small Cybertronians who departed the planet millions of years ago and crash-landed on the inhospitable planet Master. To survive its harsh climate, a select few Cybertronians constructed larger bodies called "Transtectors", to which they connected as the heads.

Story

Six years after the decisive battle against Unicron, when a group of rebellious Headmasters led by Weirdwolf joined with Galvatron's Decepticons in an attack on Cybertron, the Autobot Headmasters, led by Fortress return to their home planet to aid in its defense. The situation soon gets worse when it is revealed that Vector Sigma, the super-computer at the planet's heart, was destabilizing, and Optimus Prime again sacrifices his life to save Cybertron. This soon proves to be only delaying the inevitable, however, when a bomb attack instigated by Scorponok turns Cybertron into a burnt-out, inhospitable husk. Rodimus Prime departs to search for a new planet for the Transformers to live on, leaving Fortress in command, operating from the planet Athenia. Meanwhile, Scorponok replaces Galvatron - who had vanished in the explosion - as Decepticon leader, constructing a personal Transtector so that he can battle Fortress's own giant form, Fortress Maximus, and redubbing himself MegaZarak.

Although populated mainly with new characters, The Headmasters featured characters from all previous seasons, including new versions of Soundwave and Blaster, rebuilt after a duel that destroyed them both as Soundblaster and Twincast. Human Daniel Witwicky and his young Autobot friend Wheelie also played major roles in the series, serving as the youthful characters for the audience to identify with. More new characters were introduced when Galvatron returned to leadership and the Decepticons embarked on a space voyage, ransacking planets in a chain of stories that introduced the Horrorcons, Autobot and Decepticon Clones. Later, the Decepticon ninja six-changer Sixshot kill Ultra Magnus, and the Autobot Headmasters finish off Galvatron. When the Decepticons then return to Master, refugees from the planet are caught in a plasma bomb accident that fuses them to the arms of several Autobots and Decepticons, creating the Targetmasters, and in a final move, Scorponok attempts the destruction of Earth, only to be foiled, thanks in part to a traitorous Sixshot.

Characters

Main article: List of Transformers: The Headmasters characters

Episodes

  1. Four Warriors Come Out of the Sky
  2. The Mystery of Planet Master
  3. A Dream is Born, Double Prime
  4. Operation: Cassette
  5. Rebellion on Planet Beast
  6. Approach of the Demon Meteorite
  7. The Four-Million-Year-Old Veil of Mystery
  8. Terror! The Six Shadows
  9. Cybertron Is in Grave Danger, Part 1
  10. Cybertron Is in Grave Danger, Part 2
  11. The Shadow Emperor, Scorponok
  12. The Dormant Volcano Mysteriously Erupts
  13. Head On!! Fortress Maximus
  14. Explosion on Mars!! Maximus Is in Danger
  15. Explosion on Mars!! MegaZarak Appears
  16. Return of the Immortal Emperor
  17. SOS from Planet Sandra
  18. Daniel Faces His Biggest Crisis Ever!!
  19. Fight to the Death on Planet Hive!!
  20. Battle for Defense of the False Planet
  21. Find MegaZarak's Weak Spot!!
  22. Head Formation of Friendship
  23. Mystery of the Space Pirate Ship
  24. Ultra Magnus Dies!!
  25. The Emperor of Destruction Vanishes on an Iceberg
  26. I Risk My Life for Earth
  27. Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters, Part 1
  28. Miraculous Warriors, Targetmasters, Part 2
  29. The Master Sword Is in Danger!!
  30. The Zarak Shield Turns the Tide
  31. Operation: Destroy the Decepticons
  32. My Friend Sixshot!
  33. Duel on the Asteroid
  34. The Final Showdown on Earth, Part 1
  35. The Final Showdown on Earth, Part 2
  36. Heroic Legend: Optimus Prime vs. Megatron!
  37. Heroic Legend: 2010 Wars
  38. Heroic Legend: Head On! Master Warriors

Adaptations

Not professionally released in the United States until July 2011, The Headmasters was dubbed into English in Hong Kong for broadcast on the Malaysian TV channel, RTM1, and later the Singapore satellite station, StarTV, where it attained greater fame, leading it to often be referred to as the "StarTV dub". The dub is, however, infamous for its poor quality, full of mistranslations and incorrect names (Blaster becomes "Billy", Blurr becomes known as "Wally", Hot Rod is "Rodimus Prime", the Matrix becomes "the Power Pack", Spike is "Sparkle", Soundblaster is "New Soundwave", Metroplex is called "Phillip", and Fortress Maximus is known as "Spaceship Bruce"), and stilted dialog such as "I'll send you express to hell", and "Fortress Maximus has come himself". This dub has seen some DVD releases in the United Kingdom, and the entire series was released in a dual-language format on 26 September 2005. The series was broadcasted on the British Television channel AnimeCentral from September 13, 2007. The full series was released on DVD in North America by Shout! Factory on July 5, 2011, without the English dub.[citation needed] In 2008, Madman Entertainment released the series on DVD in Australia in Region 4, PAL format.

Video game

The Headmasters
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Developer(s) Takara[citation needed]
Publisher(s) Takara
Platform(s) Famicom Disk System
Release date(s)
  • JP August 28, 1987
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Media/distribution Floppy disc

A video game based on the series was released by Takara in 1987 for the Family Computer Disk System (FDS).

In the game, players control one of the Autobot Headmaster through four planets—Earth, Cybertron, Master, and Jail—fighting the Decepticons. Unlike it predecessor, Convoy no Nazo, players cannot switch between robot and vehicle mode, as they are predetermined by level. Players also cannot choose which Autobot to play. Players must collect them throughout the game, as they will be flown in by helicopter and will replace that Autobot when they die. Due to Headmasters being for the FDS, the game came with a save game feature similar to those found in early Zelda and Metroid games.

References

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