Before I begin, let me just say that this isn't anime as we know it. However, I am choosing to review it because
the TF franchise is so associated with anime (with the last 3 TF series being anime-driven).
It is the year 2005. The Decepticons have conquered Cybertron (don't ask me how). But now, an evil force called
Unicron is on his way to suck everything up. With Optimus Prime and most of the Autobots from G1 fallen in battle,
it's up to a new group of Autobots to save the day.
Review: This movie debuted in 86, 2 years after the series first aired. Until Kid Rhino re-released it, the only
time I seen the movie was in video stores. This is definitely not like the series. I mean for one thing, they
kill off most of the characters from the TV series and replace them with new guys voiced by such stars as Robert Stack, Judd
Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, John Moshitta (the announcer for Hollywood Squares and the Micro-Machines line), Eric Idle (of Monty
Python) and Orson Wells as Unicron (fitting, huh?). I never miss a chance to see this movie. It can get pretty
scary at times and there are some annoying characters (and for once, Bumblebee isn't one of them) but it leaves such an impact
because it set the stage for Beast Wars/Machines, RiD, Armada, and Energon. TF fans, get this movie. Anime fans,
get this movie. (Secret info: I heard that when they showed this in theaters, they got a lot of peopel upset, especially
with Optimus Prime's death. It's why they made "The Return of Optimus Prime" and "Dark Awakenings").
For the 20th anniversery release of the movie, they included a whole boatload of extras including two commentaries, the
Scramble City special, remastering techniques, and so much more.