The latest edition of TV Magazine (aka Terebi-Kun or TV Boy) in Japan has been released, with a bonus DVD containing further information on the Japanese release of Transformers Animated. The DVD takes the form of an introductory tale told by Optimus Prime, introducing the main characters. Of particular interest are some pieces of information from Masahiko Yamazaki, a marketing officer working for Takara Tomy relating to the series:
– Since Optimus Prime is not the Supreme Commander of the Autobots in Transformers Animated, the series is set chronologically before the live action movies.
– Ironhide (Bulkhead in the US Animated) will share a world view with his Movie universe counterpart, with the name change being primarily to connect the Movie series with the Japanese release of Animated. His motto reads something like “I aim to be a weapons specialist, but more unique”.
– Episode order will be changed to push the episodes featuring well-known characters forward.
Additionally, in an interview with Figure King, Masahiko Yamazaki makes a comment that:
“It might be possible to release the products canceled by Hasbro to the Japanese market.”
Does this mean that Transformers Animated toys such as Rodimus and Wing Blade Optimus Prime, previously intended for a US release but as yet still stuck in limbo, will be joining the Japanese Transformers Animated line alongside the already announced Blackout?
I would like to extend a big thanks to 2005 Boards member Masabon and 2005 Staff member SydneyY for posting this information and translations for us.