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Transformers: Energon

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Distributor: Unknown
Original Story: Hasbro
Volume: 4
Rating: TVY7
Anime Code: A

Ten years have passed since the events of Transformers: Armada.  Earth and Cybertron had united and expanded to include Mars and the asteroid belt.  The Decepticons have been grudgingly working along side of the Autobots.  But Unicron, the ultimate evil, still exists.  He sends his new minion Scorponok and his army of energon-seeking Terrorcons to gather Energon to revive Unicron.  The Autobots' problems get very complicated when Megatron is resurrected and sets out on his own Energon hunt.  With so many enemies, the Autobots will need to do anything to survive.

Review: Much darker than anything I have ever seen before.  The first three or four episodes have the Autobots falling left and right, even Hot Shot.  The versions of the Autobots and Decepticons are CG instead of traditional animation.  Their new forms look cool, especially Jet-Fire, plus there are more homages to the original TF.  I also like Kicker, who's the pirmary human in the series.  He doesn't just stand around and state the obvious like some other humans.  While Rad and Carlos from Armada do appear from time to time, they really take a back seat to Optimus and the Autobots.  This definitely deserves the TVY7 rating.  Perhaps they should even move it up to TVPG (if the society of volvo-driving-soccer-moms see this).  One Transformer that really shined here was Demolisher.  However, they don't explain how the relationship between the Transformers and Earth began, or how Optimus Prime came back to life (going by previous experience, it has something to do with the Matrix) or how they got their new forms.  In fact, as the series goes on, there's almost no resemblance between Energon and Armada.  But despite all this, as long as they keep up their fantastic work, I don't care how they got that way.

Action Level: 5/5
They still retain the military-like format of Armada rather than the heroic team of G1.  They're not afraid to show Autobots falling to enemy fire.

Romance Level: 2/5
They didn't put a whole lot of thought into the whole Kikker/Mischa relationship.

Comedy Level: 1/5
Ironhide is definitely the comic type.

Adult Level: 2/5
Dead robots.

Drama Level: 5/5
They have lots of internal conflict, especially with Demolisher, trying to decide where his alleigence lies.

Overall Level: 4/5
There's so much more I could say about it, but I got other stuff to do.