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* BrokenBase: This is ''Transformers'' and all.

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* BrokenBase: This is The general increase of human aspects in the show, like Transformers who turn into humans and humans who become Transformers. Some fans (especially those who hate human characters in any ''Transformers'' media) don't like this concept for putting extra focus on humans in a franchise about giant robots or feeling that it's too different from the norm. Others enjoy how it reinforces the HumansAreSpecial theme and all.adds a twist to the usual ''Transformers'' formula.


* EarWorm: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBaHXNmaX24 The ending theme]]


* HarsherInHindsight: When Ginrai compares the moon to the Earth, he declares that the Earth must be protected and must not become a dead and lifeless world like the moon. ''BeastWarsII'', which is part of the Japanese G1 timeline, reveals that humans were responsible by drawing out the Angolmois Energy, the lifeforce of ''Unicron'', ad Earth was renamed to Gaia. In other words, the humans were responsible for Earth's destruction, not Decepticon leaders no matter how hard they tried.

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* HarsherInHindsight: When Ginrai compares the moon to the Earth, he declares that the Earth must be protected and must not become a dead and lifeless world like the moon. ''BeastWarsII'', ''Anime/BeastWarsII'', which is part of the Japanese G1 timeline, reveals that humans were responsible by drawing out the Angolmois Energy, the lifeforce of ''Unicron'', ad and Earth was renamed to Gaia. In other words, the humans were responsible for Earth's destruction, not Decepticon leaders no matter how hard they tried.


* HarsherInHindsight: When Ginrai compares the moon to the Earth, he declares that the Earth must be protected and must not become a dead and lifeless like the moon. ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'', which is part of the Japanese G1 timeline, reveals that humans were responsible by drawing out the Angolmois Energy, the lifeforce of ''Unicron''. In other words, the humans were responsible for Earth's destruction, not Decepticon leaders no matter how hard they tried.

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* HarsherInHindsight: When Ginrai compares the moon to the Earth, he declares that the Earth must be protected and must not become a dead and lifeless world like the moon. ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'', ''BeastWarsII'', which is part of the Japanese G1 timeline, reveals that humans were responsible by drawing out the Angolmois Energy, the lifeforce of ''Unicron''.''Unicron'', ad Earth was renamed to Gaia. In other words, the humans were responsible for Earth's destruction, not Decepticon leaders no matter how hard they tried.

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* HarsherInHindsight: When Ginrai compares the moon to the Earth, he declares that the Earth must be protected and must not become a dead and lifeless like the moon. ''Anime/BeastWarsNeo'', which is part of the Japanese G1 timeline, reveals that humans were responsible by drawing out the Angolmois Energy, the lifeforce of ''Unicron''. In other words, the humans were responsible for Earth's destruction, not Decepticon leaders no matter how hard they tried.


* FairForItsDay: When Shuta and Cab are caught spying on the female swimming competition, they are clearly portrayed in the wrong. While the fact the whole scene is played for comedy and it merely takes them saying sorry for Minerva to forgive them would likely make Western audiences cringe, in Japanese anime, sexual harassment is either downplayed or the women don't protest because in Japan, it is seen as impure, so the fact that the whole incident is painted by the writers as bad, and Minerva's disgust being portrayed as sympathetic, is an enormous leap forward.

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* FairForItsDay: When Shuta and Cab are caught spying on the female swimming competition, they are clearly portrayed in the wrong.wrong (mainly Cab, since Shuta [[Main/ChivalrousPervert actually wanted nothing to do with it]], and Cab merely dragged him along). While the fact the whole scene is played for comedy and it merely takes them saying sorry for Minerva to forgive them would likely make Western audiences cringe, in Japanese anime, sexual harassment is either downplayed or the women don't protest because in Japan, it is seen as impure, so the fact that the whole incident is painted by the writers as bad, and Minerva's disgust being portrayed as sympathetic, is an enormous leap forward.


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Every song in this series. Including the intro, [[GratuitousEnglish WE BELIEVE TOMORROW]], the ending, etc. It helps that it's sung by Toshiya Igarashi, who did songs in the earlier ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series''.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Every song in this series. Including the intro, [[GratuitousEnglish WE BELIEVE TOMORROW]], the ending, etc. It helps that it's sung by Toshiya Igarashi, who did songs in the earlier ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series''.series.


* FairForItsDay: When Shuta and Cab are caught spying on the female swimming competition, they are clearly portrayed in the wrong. While the fact the whole scene is played for comedy and it merely takes them saying sorry for Minerva to forgive them would likely make Western audiences cringe, in Japanese anime, sexual harassment is either downplayed or the women don't protest because in Japan, it is seen as impure, so the fact that the whole incident is painted by the writers as bad, and Minerva's disgust being portrayed as sympathetic, is an enormous leap forward.



** Furthermore, when Shuta and Cab are caught spying on the female swimming competition, they are clearly portrayed in the wrong. While the fact the whole scene is played for comedy and it merely takes them saying sorry for Minerva to forgive them would likely make Western audiences cringe, in Japanese anime, sexual harassment is either downplayed or the women don't protest because in Japan, it is seen as impure, so the fact that the whole incident is painted by the writers as bad, and Minerva's disgust being portrayed as sympathetic, is an enormous leap forward.


* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Devil Z]], the Decepticon Emperor, is an evil unrepentant OmnicidalManiac. Stealing 8 Transtectors to create an army of humans merged with the power of Transformers, Devil Z later intended to cast aside the Godmasters as tools. Straight up DesecratingTheDead and later [[BadBoss torturing his minions]], Devil Z happily resorts to [[NeverMyFault blaming his minions]] when he makes an error or miscalculation. Later when humanity proves themselves to be unpredictable, Devil Z decides that humanity is an existential threat and that he must KillAllHumans. When [[EvenEvilHasStandards his own subordinates think he is going too far]], he kills them without hardly a second thought, and displays absolutely no remorse for his actions.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Devil Z]], Z]] is the Decepticon Emperor, is an evil unrepentant OmnicidalManiac.Emperor. Stealing 8 Transtectors to create an army of humans merged with the power of Transformers, Devil Z later intended to cast aside the Godmasters as tools. Straight up DesecratingTheDead and later [[BadBoss torturing his minions]], minions, Devil Z happily resorts to [[NeverMyFault blaming his minions]] when he makes an error or miscalculation. Later when humanity proves themselves to be unpredictable, Devil Z decides that humanity is an existential threat and that he must KillAllHumans. When [[EvenEvilHasStandards his own subordinates think he is going too far]], he kills them without hardly a second thought, and displays absolutely no remorse for his actions.


** Downplayed in this case. Shuta and Cab's attraction to Minerva, along with several scenes where they insinuate that they think her defence of Cancer is because she has feelings for him, are played entirely for comedy. Similarly, in episode 16 "Lightfoot: A Dramatic Encounter", Cab decides to sneak back to the fence to spy on Minerva during a swimming competition. Shuta's attempt to stop him and the scene where they get caught is played completely for comedy along with Minerva forgiving them incredibly easy after they say sorry. While the fact that they are children does give them a strong defence in that they are unaware of just how improper this is, any modern television show, especially one aimed at kids, would not be able to do any of this without generating a truckload of controversy.



** The characterization of Minerva and Mega is very progressive by Japanese standards. Minerva, while disliking a fight, is shown to be an incredibly capable combatant and has been able to take down and hold her own against much stronger adversaries. Similarly, she can easily out argue an older male character quite skillfully. Mega is shown as a very competent leader and a very skillful leader whose orders are obeyed without question. Given that Japanese media traditionally portray women as StayInTheKitche, their depictions are very much ahead of the time.

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** The characterization of Minerva and Mega is very progressive by Japanese standards. Minerva, while disliking a fight, is shown to be an incredibly capable combatant and has been able to take down and hold her own against much stronger adversaries. Similarly, she can easily out argue an older male character quite skillfully. Mega is shown as a very competent leader and a very skillful leader whose orders are obeyed without question. Given that Japanese media anime traditionally portray women as StayInTheKitche, their depictions are very much ahead of the time.


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** Furthermore, when Shuta and Cab are caught spying on the female swimming competition, they are clearly portrayed in the wrong. While the fact the whole scene is played for comedy and it merely takes them saying sorry for Minerva to forgive them would likely make Western audiences cringe, in Japanese anime, sexual harassment is either downplayed or the women don't protest because in Japan, it is seen as impure, so the fact that the whole incident is painted by the writers as bad, and Minerva's disgust being portrayed as sympathetic, is an enormous leap forward.

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* NightmareFuel: Given that this is the most darkest of the three Japanese G1 shows, there is a lot of moments that will terrify you.
** Devil Z, the emperor of the Decepticons, is utterly terrifying. He is a pulsating globe, with a deep voice and whose the power can devastate an entire planet simply on his own power. The fact that Giga and Mega, who have been shown to be in complete control, beg for forgiveness the second he speaks, is a testament to his own power. He also succeeded in brainwashing Scorponok, a Transformer who survived the horrors of Planet Master and managed to undermine Galvatron as leader of the Decepticons. He is probably one of the most evil Decepticon leaders ever, and certainly the darkest Japanese leader.
** The series opening is straight out of a horror movie. Its a nice cruise ship, the captain is singing, and a guy is filming the honeymoon. All of a sudden, Blood in his vampire form comes out of nowhere and kills the captain, while Gilmer jumps out of the sea and appears behind the wife and throws her overboard while she dies via a ScreamDiscretionShot. Gilmer then proceeds to start throwing random humans overboard, while the Seacons destroy the engines and destroy the entire ship, and until Blood summons them, the only thing the Pretenders do is laugh. The Decepticon Pretenders do become your average named mook who is there for comic relief, but the opening shows that this series will not be shy about human casualties.
** The Destroids. The Decepticon Pretenders kidnap corpses and resurrect them in order to make them their soldiers, and when that fails, they decide to turn live humans into undead monsters.
*** Similarly, Professor Go's death. Blood takes advantage of the unmanned laboratory and launches an attack. Lander tries to get Professor Go out safely, but Blood knocks a pillar on top of the professor before proceeding to knock Lander unconscious. Shuta can return only just as his father dies.
** The Deceptiocons try to incite animals into violence against humans, and the Autobots can only try to restrain them or redirect them.
** Hydra and Buster. Both are close to irredeemable sociopaths with links to the criminal underworld with their only saving grace being their care for each other. Every time they appear in the first half of the show, they are deathly serious.
** King Poseidon. Much like the Decepticon Pretenders, he quickly becomes a walking punchline who can be easily beaten, but his initial appearances, and his final appearances, are utterly terrifying.


* EvilIsSexy: Mega, who wears a deeply revealing dress, and is plenty evil.



* ValuesResonance:

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* ValuesResonance: This show has quite a lot of it.


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** The characterization of Minerva and Mega is very progressive by Japanese standards. Minerva, while disliking a fight, is shown to be an incredibly capable combatant and has been able to take down and hold her own against much stronger adversaries. Similarly, she can easily out argue an older male character quite skillfully. Mega is shown as a very competent leader and a very skillful leader whose orders are obeyed without question. Given that Japanese media traditionally portray women as StayInTheKitche, their depictions are very much ahead of the time.
** Similarly, when Mega asks Cancer to talk to him about his problems, the incident is portrayed incredibly positively. In Japan, talking about personal issues is seen as a sin, so this moral also is well ahead of its time.

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* VindicatedByHistory: While there still is a considerable BrokenBase, the series is a lot more well liked in North America than it was initially, in large part because the belief that the humans were piloting the Transformers was swiftly disproven in that the humans were the Transformers, along with having interesting and complex characters, along with a much darker tone.


** Cancer is well liked among the fans similarly because of his strong struggle with who he is, having a deeply sympathetic backstory and being one of the few Decepticons aside from Overlord and Devil Z to get a considerable side plot.

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** Cancer is well liked among the fans similarly because of his strong struggle with who he is, having a deeply sympathetic backstory and being one of the few Decepticons aside from Overlord and Devil Z to get a considerable side plot. The fact he is one of the few Chinese characters in Japanese media to avert the EthnicScrappy trope similarly contributes to his popularity.



* ValuesResonance: The natives of Karin Island are portrayed as completely ordinary people, their culture and religion is not depicted as inferior, and Cab, while disliking travelling overseas to study, agrees, but it has more to do with childhood arrogance and the fact that as the heir to the kingdom, he will need the skills, and he ultimately goes of his own choice. Similarly, when Shuta says in one episode that the island will become a civilized nation, Cab's seething DeathGlare has the show portray the comment as a deeply offensive comment, that Shuta wisely backs down on, which very few shows set in the time period would portray it as. This is a show in the 80's, when such stereotypes about Indigenous peoples around the world were held up as true, and where the harsh stereotypes still very much haunt Indigenous peoples in the contemporary era, and it is very rare for such an ordinary or sympathetic depiction to be seen even in modern times.

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The natives of Karin Island are portrayed as completely ordinary people, their culture and religion is not depicted as inferior, and Cab, while disliking travelling overseas to study, agrees, but it has more to do with childhood arrogance and the fact that as the heir to the kingdom, he will need the skills, and he ultimately goes of his own choice. Similarly, when Shuta says in one episode that the island will become a civilized nation, Cab's seething DeathGlare has the show portray the comment as a deeply offensive comment, that Shuta wisely backs down on, which very few shows set in the time period would portray it as. This is a show in the 80's, when such stereotypes about Indigenous peoples around the world were held up as true, and where the harsh stereotypes still very much haunt Indigenous peoples in the contemporary era, and it is very rare for such an ordinary or sympathetic depiction to be seen even in modern times.times.
** Cancer's entire depiction is very progressive. He is not an EthnicScrappy, as many characters who are Chinese are in Japanese media, but a deeply complex character who has a deep internal struggle, and later turns on his faction and becomes heroic, with his character arc being deeply portrayed as sympathetic and of his own choice. While many Western audiences would find this character journey normal, in Japan, Cancer is a very rare portrayal of a Chinese person portrayed positively in media.


* ValuesDissonance:

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* ValuesDissonance: Quite a bit given that it is from the late 80's.


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** Before the birth of the Headmaster Juniors in that titular episode, Metalhawk tells Minerva that becoming a Headmaster Junior is too dangerous, and explicitly cites her gender as to why it is too dangerous. While such a comment is already sexist, using gender as an excuse to forbid a woman from fighting would be completely unacceptable today, especially in a kid's show.

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