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Denyer 2005-04-13 11:23 AM

Japanese Transformers Resources generally great site for info

Headmasters, Masterforce, Victory & Zone series info

TVNihon fan subbing projects

Episode titles and links to guides

Stuff on this site

Any other good sites, let me know.

Brave Maximus 2005-07-13 09:54 AM

"Everything you never wanted to know about....." AKA Japanese TF FAQ
Work In Progress

The Japanese Animated Series are as follows (With their US equivilent in brackets):

Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers (G1 Seasons 1 and 2)
Scramble City
Transformers 2010 (G1 Season 3)
Headmasters (This is NOT Rebirth only longer.....)
Beast Wars (Season 1 US Beast Wars\Beasties)
Beast Wars The Second
Beast Wars Neo
Beast Wars Metals (Seasons 2 and 3 of Beast Wars\Beasties)
Beast Wars Returns (Beast Machines)
Car Robots (Robots In Disguise)
Micron Densu (Armada)
Superlink (Energon)
Galaxy Force (Cybertron)

An episode guide can be found Here

Origins of the "Bad Dubs":

The english dub for Headmasters, Masterforce and Victory were done for a Hong Kong television station called "Star TV". Believe it or not, they ARE professionals and they STILL get work. They dubbed all of the Heisei-era Godzilla films as well as many martial arts movies (including the live action Dragonball movie). They're based in Hong Kong.

The translations are poor as most of them are the actual literal translation. Hence why they're very boring and/or make no sense. They also, for reasons unknown, changed names. Some really random crap like Broadcast being called "Billy", Blur being called "Willy", Metroplex being called "Phillip" and all the Trainbots being called "Grimlock". Some of the wrong names were actually due to noble attempts to translate the names from the Japanese pronunciation. They called Meister (Jazz in the US) "Maestro" and they called Dashtaker "Batchtaster". Hey, at least they tried. Also, they decided to use the ENGLISH names for all the characters in their dub of Masterforce. So no, that is NOT Optimus Prime, that's Jinrai. And Nightbeat's still a guy......

Now, this is not to be confused with the Fan-dubbing project that is on-going for Victory and BW Neo.

Characters (Real name\Star TV mockery):

Energon Cubes/Matrix-Power Pack
Mega Zarak-The Scorpion
AthenaPlanet Sydnia (can't remember tha Japanese name)
Trainbots (all of em)-Grimlock

Jinrai-Optimus Prime
Sixknight-Sixshot (even though his American name was Quickswitch)
Metalhawk-Hawk (toy never sold in America)
Grand Maximus-Fortress Maximus (repaint never sold in America, NOT the same character)
Browning-B.M. (toy never sold in America)
Cancer-Squeezeplay (BTW, he is a BOY)
Turtler-Snap Trap
Black Zarak-Scorponok (toy not sold in America)

Greatshot-Sixshot (toy not sold in America, though in the show Greatshot was an upgraded version of Headmasters Sixshot)
Holi-Fixit (despite his American name being "Stakeout", Fixit was the name of the Rescue Patrol ambulance in America)
Jan-Mikan (strange name change, as "mikan" means "fruit")
Dashtaker-Batchtaster (my favorite)
Goryu-Icepick (despite his American toybeing called "Scowl")

Where to find\DL shows:
All of the Star TV-dubbed episodes can be purchased on eBay for dirt cheap prices. They show up regularly, in complete seasonsets on DVD. Just type them in.

Conversly, Iacon Hub has a DC++ hub that you can download most TF episodes from. It also has an FAQ guide, so don't ask here. is currently Subbing Headmasters, Masterforce and Galaxy Force. To use that, you need bitTorrent.


Planet Master-where Headmaster technology was developed
Planet Micro-where Micromaster technology was developed
Planet Zone-Cybertron base of operations in Zone
Planet Sydnia AKA Athena-Cybertron base of operations in Headmasters
Enerogia-prehistoric Earth in Beast Wars; they called it Enerogia before they realised where they were
Gaea-the planet where Unicron's Angromois Energy was trapped during Beast Wars II; Lio Convoy's Robot Master tech spec reveals to to have actually been future Earth
Seibertron - blown up in Headmasters but rebuilt after Battlestars

*The above lists were thanks to the help of Dr. Spengler, with minor edits from myself

Japanese Figures released:


Nevermore 2005-07-13 05:23 PM

For toys:

Episode guide:

DrSpengler 2005-07-13 05:34 PM

Re: Going to write an "Everything you never wanted to know about....." For this forum....

Brave Maximus 2005-07-13 11:58 PM

See, this works quite nicely (I was going to do it, but Spengs saved me so much work! :D).

The only thing I can point out is that you missed Operation Combination in your timeline. But that's a minor thing.

Hey mods-that-be! Can this get stickied at the top of the forum?

DrSpengler 2005-07-14 12:17 AM


Brave Maximus 2005-07-14 12:26 AM

heh.... would you look at that..... :p

God Jinrai 2005-07-20 01:54 AM

you want downloads?

Galaxy Force

in their ORIGINAL states... with subbing in some cases

Nevermore 2005-07-20 07:36 AM

"Planet Sydnia" (or was it "Cygnia"?) was apparently named "Athenia" in the Japanese version.

DrSpengler 2005-07-20 05:08 PM


Chris McFeely 2005-07-20 07:41 PM

Apparently, Athenia is supposed to be the same planet that the Galactic Olympics were held on in "Five Faces of Darkness." Although it doesn't look anything like it.

DrSpengler 2005-07-20 10:27 PM


Gremlin 2007-05-20 03:02 AM

Japanese Transformers
:) :D :D I was in,saw a lot of different bits,from the
north american sights. Two that are worth a mention,among many:
woolymammoth Optimus. Wow. Animal/Robot combo is unique. Fits
well.The blue/lime subaru impreza:Smoke screen,and the actually
car. All the rest of the custom transformers are stories in themselves.

Denyer 2007-10-26 07:51 PM

Memo to self: collate and transfer to main site.

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