Hasbro/Sabella-Dern Entertainment, 2002 Directed by Hidehito Ueda (Hono no Alpen Rose). Rated Y-7 for violence. by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/) Millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, the heroic Autobots and the Evil Decepticons engaged in a war for supremacy. Yes, you have heard that story before. But this series has a new twist: the Mini-Cons. These human-sized, semi-sentient robots were important in this war as they enhanced the physical abilities of all Transformers. Fleeing from the war, the Mini-Cons boarded a ship and warped out of Cybertron, only to crash on Earth. When elementary school students Rad, Carlos and Alexis discover a Mini-Con near their town, the Autobot/Decepticon war resumes on Earth as both factions battle once again to gain control of all Mini-Cons. Story: C- Now look what we have here: Transformers meets Pokemon with the introduction of the Mini-Cons. Quite frankly, I really don't like it when people tamper with the original G1 plot. Sure, Transformers Car Robots (butchered and released in the US as Transformers: Robots in Disguise) was nowhere as good as G1, but it had a lot of comedy in it and the camp was enough to keep you on your seats. Armada tries to be funny and serious at the same time, but fails on both aspects. As for the battle scenes...[*YAWN!*] Animation: B+ Armada actually has better artwork and animation than Car Robots or any of the Japanese Beast Wars spin-offs. It uses some decent 3D special effects in some scenes. However, Transformers: The Movie still looks better than this. Soundtrack: B- Didn't pay too much attention to the BGM other than the guitar riffs of the original TF theme. Sub vs. Dub So far, there is no Japanese version out yet. The English version features Gary Chalk (Optimus Primal in Beast Wars/Beast Machines, Man-At-Arms and Whiplash in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) as Optimus Prime, David Kaye (Soun Tendo in Ranma 1/2, Kim Kaphwan in Fatal Fury 2 & The Motion Picture) reprising his Beast Wars/Beast Machines role as Megatron, Michael Dobson (Kazuki Fuse in Jin-Roh, Dryden in Escaflowne: The Movie) as Starscream, Brent Miller as Hot Shot, Brian Dobson (Skeletor and Buzz-Off in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Nukushi in Escaflowne: The Movie) as Red Alert, Don Brown (Elder Ham in Hamtaro, Balgus in The Vision of Escaflowne) as Cyclonus, Alvin Sanders as Demolisher, Kirby Morrow (Trowa in Gundam Wing, Van Fanel in Escaflowne) as Rad, Matt Hill (Laocorn in Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, Ryo in Ronin Warriors) as Carlos, Tabitha St. Germain (Cappy in Hamtaro) as Alexis, and Jim Conrad as the narrator. The Bottom Line Nowhere close to the G1 era and not as interesting as any of the Japanese TF series, but it sure beats watching Beast Machines and Transformers: Robots in Disguise.