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Old 2005-07-13, 09:54 AM   #2
Brave Maximus
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Default "Everything you never wanted to know about....." AKA Japanese TF FAQ

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Series
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.....)
Masterforce
Victory
Zone
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):

Blaster/Broadcast-Billy
Blur-Willy
Metroplex-Phillip
Energon Cubes/Matrix-Power Pack
Spike-Sparkle
Meister/Jazz-Maestro
Mega Zarak-The Scorpion
Wipe-Mindwipe
Skull-Skullcruncher
AthenaPlanet Sydnia (can't remember tha Japanese name)
Trainbots (all of em)-Grimlock

Jinrai-Optimus Prime
Shooter-Siren
Cab-Hosehead
Minerva-Nightbeat
Lightfoot-Getaway
Ranger-Joyride
Roadking-Slapdash
Sixknight-Sixshot (even though his American name was Quickswitch)
Doubleclouder-Doubledealer
Metalhawk-Hawk (toy never sold in America)
Lander-Landmine
Diver-Waverider
Phoenix-Cloudburst
Grand Maximus-Fortress Maximus (repaint never sold in America, NOT the same character)
Blood-Bomb-Burst
Daulos-Skullgrin
Gilmer-Submarauder
Browning-B.M. (toy never sold in America)
Wilder-Fangry
Bullhorn-Horri-Bull
Cancer-Squeezeplay (BTW, he is a BOY)
Hydra-Darkwing
Buster-Dreadwind
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)
Deathsaurus-Deathsandrazz
Goryu-Icepick (despite his American toybeing called "Scowl")
Kakuryu-Slog
Dinoking-Monstructor


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.

www.tvnihon.com is currently Subbing Headmasters, Masterforce and Galaxy Force. To use that, you need bitTorrent.

Planets:

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:

Artfire
Decibel
Dail
 


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