Anime: Transformers Super God Masterforce
Transform! God On!Transformers: Super-God Masterforce
Hey, it's Optimus! Oh wait
(1988) is the third or fourth (depending on how the third season of G1
is viewed) incarnation of Transformers
produced. Divisive even by Transformers standards
, it tells the story of a battle between Transformers who become humans, and humans who become Transformers.
Millennia ago, a group of Transformers gained the ability to disguise themselves as organic beings. Calling themselves Pretenders, they came to live on Earth, where the Autobots disguised themselves as humans. The Decepticons disguised themselves as demons and terrorised humanity until they were sealed away in the Egyptian pyramids, Atlantis
, and the Nazca Lines of Peru. Much later, the Decepticon Pretenders reawaken and, led by the mysterious Devil Z, begin an assault on humanity.
A short time into the show, both factions recruited the Headmaster Juniors. These were a group of human children bonded to inanimate Transformer bodies known as Transtectors, of which they became the heads. They thus represented a medium between the American and Japanese incarnations of the Headmaster toys, while also being closest thing Transformers
has had to Humongous Mecha
. The Autobot Headmaster Juniors transformed into emergency vehicles, while their Decepticon counterparts transformed into animals.
Later, the Godmasters (whose toys were known as Powermasters in English-speaking territories) were introduced. Godmasters were similar to Headmaster Juniors, but instead of forming their Transtectors' heads, they formed the engines. They added jinchokon
, the Life Energy
of humanity, to the tenchokon
(heavenly energy) and chichokon
(Earth energy) of the Transformers, thus forming the ultimate lifeform - the Super-Gods of the title.
In terms of continuity
is canonically set after Headmasters
; however, while Headmasters
was clearly set Twenty Minutes into the Future
used contemporary technology and fashions. However, aside from a few brief instances, Masterforce
is pretty much self-contained, and so knowledge of Headmasters
is (fortunately) not necessary to follow or understand it.Masterforce
was the first Transformers
series to have an ongoing plot and Character Development
. The theme of personal transformation, rather clumsily attempted in Headmasters
, is skillfully shown here as the human characters are shown to initially be quite naive and to gradually evolve into powerful warriors and protectors. The final result is a rather sad but satisfying ending.
The toyline was largely the same as the American G1
toyline for 1989, but with a few additions, such as the Ginrai toy (Optimus Prime in Hasbro territories) coming with the Godbomber; this would not be released outside Japan until 2003 with the 15th anniversary reissue of Powermaster Optimus Prime, where it was known as Apex Armor.
The Pretenders were rather simple toys with basic transformations and forgettable altmodes, which came with human- or demon-shaped posable outer shells. The Headmaster Junior toys were the same as the regular Headmaster toys - a large robot whose head transforms into a smaller robot and whose body becomes a vehicle or animal. The Godmasters also had two components; one was a small human in Powered Armor
that transforms into an engine which plugs into a slot in the larger vehicle. The vehicle cannot transform into robot mode unless the engine is plugged in.
The cartoon received the same hilariously bad dub treatment as Transformers Headmasters
. The dub was first broadcast in Malaysia on RTM-1 in 1988, and later in Singapore on StarTV. DVDs
containing both the dub and subtitled Japanese episodes were released in the UK in 2006 (sub only) and Australia in 2008; both were also shown in the UK on Anime Central in 2007.
The entire series is now released on DVD, but you'll won't be able to find the extras post-series like you would on YouTube
, since they were not included.
Followed by Transformers Victory
The show provides examples of: