• Transformers
  • トランスフォーマー
  • The Transformers
The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects. Written and recorded in America, the series was animated in Japan and South Korea. The series was based upon Hasbro's Transformers toy line, itself based upon the Diaclone and Microman toy lines originally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara. The series was supplemented by a feature film, The Transformers: The Movie (1986), taking place between the second and third seasons.

In Japan, the series was called Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimei-Tai Toransufōmā?) for Seasons 1 and 2, and Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers 2010 (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー2010 Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimei-Tai Toransufōmā Nisenjū?) for Season 3. Following the conclusion of the series in 1987 but in 1988 the fifth and last season of the series is the retelling story of the TV series rerun, with episodes with Powermaster Optimus Prime as the host of the fifth season of TV series with a boy named Tommy, the Japanese created Transformers: The Headmasters, a sequel series. Three Children's manga adaptations of the Japanese dub were written by Masami Kaneda and illustrated by Ban Magami as part of their Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformers: The Comics (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー ザ☆コミックス Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā: Za Komikkusu?) series. The first series was serialized in Kodansha's TV Magazine from April 1986 to November 1986, the second from December 1986 to April 1987 and the third from May 1987 to July 1987. The first manga used the same name as the TV series and is eight chapters long, the second manga was titled Super Robot Life-Form Story - The Transformers (超ロボット生命体物語 ザ★トランスフォーマー Chō Robotto Seimei-Tai Monogatari: Za Toransufōmā?) and is five chapters long, and the third was titled Great Transformers War (トランスフォーマー大戦争 Toransufōmā Dai Sensō?) and is three chapters long.

Due to the 1992 franchise-wide relaunch under the name Transformers: Generation 2, the original series and its toy and comic book parallels are referred to as Transformers: Generation 1, aka G1.[citation needed] Initially a fan-coined term, it has since made its way into official use as a retronym.Although not a completely new show, new CGI features such as bumpers, alter the appearance of the old episodes.


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