Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut

Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut

Saturday, April 7th, 2012 3:48pm CDT

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Japanese fans have received their first taste of Transformers Prime. The Japanese version known as Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime made it's debut last night with it's premiere episode "Kanzen Henkei! Transformer Tōjō" (完全変形! トランスフォーマー登場, "Perfect Transformation! Enter the Transformers"). The Japanese dub features new opening and ending sequences by BigBang and Clutcho, which have been embedded below. After the ending sequence there was a digital short featuring the Arms Microns O.P., B2, and R.A. floating in weapons mode, they attempt to transform, to be continued. So far no clips of this short have surfaced.



Sprocket and Hydra of Allspark.com have made some notes/comments regarding the dub of the itself, noting any changes made and whatnot:
Sprocket wrote:Aaand the intro's a clip show.

Saw that coming.

Man, but the footage used does not fit this song.

Oh Lord, Cliffjumper sings about how great he is. Hah. "Ore wa Cliffjumpah~"

Hah! Instead of "You want the horns? You got 'em." it's "ARMS UP!" In fact, every Autobot says that when they put their weapons out. That and "TRANSFORM!"

Well that's clever time editing. They cut out the stuff between Starscream's strike and Cliffjumper falling. There's lots of little edits, but they're really seamless.

Starscream's voice is flamboyant as HELL.

And the commercial bumper's a CGI turnaround of Optimus and Arcee in vehicle and robot mode with the G1 theme as a jingle.

The Vehicons have slightly more lines, including 'Transform!'

Bumblebee's the same as he ever was.

Arcee's catchphrase seems to be 'saiyaku', whatever that means.

The bit with the idol group's as akward as I thought it would be. It's slightly less annoying than the Otobotto family though.

And the arms Microns are very low budget CGI. It's O.P, B2, and R.A. They're floating in weapon mode the whole time. They try transforming and...to be continued. I'm getting a bit of a Zako Zako hour vibe from it.

And instead of a 'next time' bit, they put clips of the next episode into the credits.

And that's it!
Hydra wrote:As mentioned, there were some little additions here and there.
Compared to Animated, it's much more loyal to the source material.

It seemed like Cliffjumper's fight was edited down a little bit. I had heard that series might be edited for violence.
I haven't compared the timing to the original yet.

The voices in general are very fitting, though. I'd describe SS as flamboyant, but not much more so than the original.
He seems to be based after the JP G1 Starscream voice (at least, that was the general reaction to it).

Arcee's "saiaku!" is kind of like "Oh, GREAT!"

They call "Transform" when they TF, and "Arms Up" when deploying weapons.
It didn't seem to replace other lines, though. Cliffjumper did have his little line about his horns.

The idol segment has a bunch of girls who know nothing about TF being educated on them by Vector Sigma.
Although I suppose it was low budget, I thought the Micron segment was pretty funny (and thankfully short enough
that it doesn't shave airtime down.) They all try to transform by wiggling around... and it ends before they manage to.

Pretty much fits what I had heard thus far about the dubbing. I'll probably enjoy watching the series play out in Japanese.

-Hydra


So, all in all, it seems that it's not perfect, but still a pretty good dub and even more faithful to the English version than Animated's Japanese dub was (which was also a faithful dub in spite of its own changes)

Credit(s): Sabrblade, Allspark's Sprocket and Hydra


This article was last modified on Sunday, April 8th, 2012 11:38am CDT

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Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366906)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on April 7th, 2012 @ 4:26pm CDT
im sorry, but worse transformers opening ever :SICK:
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366907)
Posted by jgilkinson on April 7th, 2012 @ 4:48pm CDT
Immortal Starscream wrote:im sorry, but worse transformers opening ever :SICK:


While I can't say I've seen EVERY TF opening... this is a terrible song choice
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366910)
Posted by CBratetron on April 7th, 2012 @ 5:04pm CDT
In this topic: people have never seen the Beast Wars intro.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366913)
Posted by Shadowstream on April 7th, 2012 @ 5:20pm CDT
I've seen the BW japanese opening... and quite frankly I'm still not sure if this is worse or not, but it is way down there.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366935)
Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on April 7th, 2012 @ 7:25pm CDT
That is a terrible opening... And a strange choice for a name. Just curious if anybody knows how they are going to portray the characters in the show; will they be serious like in our version or a joke like Beast Wars in Japan?
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366940)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 7th, 2012 @ 7:40pm CDT
BATTOUSAI XD wrote:That is a terrible opening... And a strange choice for a name. Just curious if anybody knows how they are going to portray the characters in the show; will they be serious like in our version or a joke like Beast Wars in Japan?
Read the first post. It's an accurate dub.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366941)
Posted by Vicalliose on April 7th, 2012 @ 7:43pm CDT
My audio receptors!
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What is that noise?!
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366943)
Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on April 7th, 2012 @ 7:45pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
BATTOUSAI XD wrote:That is a terrible opening... And a strange choice for a name. Just curious if anybody knows how they are going to portray the characters in the show; will they be serious like in our version or a joke like Beast Wars in Japan?
Read the first post. It's an accurate dub.


I must have missed it.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366953)
Posted by Matrix_Holder on April 7th, 2012 @ 8:23pm CDT
That opening was the best opening ever, man why can't we get awesome stuff like this here in North America.

INSERT SARCASTIC TONE HERE!!!!!!!!
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366959)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 7th, 2012 @ 8:37pm CDT
Reposting for everyone who missed it:

Sabrblade wrote:The first episode of the Japanese dub of Transformers: Prime, renamed in Japan as Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime (超ロボット生命体 トランスフォーマー プライム Chō Robot Seimeitai Transformers Prime), has aired in Japan.

The name of the episode was "Kanzen Henkei! Transformer Tōjō" (完全変形! トランスフォーマー登場, "Perfect Transformation! Enter the Transformers"), and featured an all new opening:


And ending:


Sprocket and Hydra of Allspark.com have made some notes/comments regarding the dub of the itself, noting any changes made and whatnot:
Sprocket wrote:Aaand the intro's a clip show.

Saw that coming.

Man, but the footage used does not fit this song.

Oh Lord, Cliffjumper sings about how great he is. Hah. "Ore wa Cliffjumpah~"

Hah! Instead of "You want the horns? You got 'em." it's "ARMS UP!" In fact, every Autobot says that when they put their weapons out. That and "TRANSFORM!"

Well that's clever time editing. They cut out the stuff between Starscream's strike and Cliffjumper falling. There's lots of little edits, but they're really seamless.

Starscream's voice is flamboyant as HELL.

And the commercial bumper's a CGI turnaround of Optimus and Arcee in vehicle and robot mode with the G1 theme as a jingle.

The Vehicons have slightly more lines, including 'Transform!'

Bumblebee's the same as he ever was.

Arcee's catchphrase seems to be 'saiyaku', whatever that means.

The bit with the idol group's as akward as I thought it would be. It's slightly less annoying than the Otobotto family though.

And the arms Microns are very low budget CGI. It's O.P, B2, and R.A. They're floating in weapon mode the whole time. They try transforming and...to be continued. I'm getting a bit of a Zako Zako hour vibe from it.

And instead of a 'next time' bit, they put clips of the next episode into the credits.

And that's it!
Hydra wrote:As mentioned, there were some little additions here and there.
Compared to Animated, it's much more loyal to the source material.

It seemed like Cliffjumper's fight was edited down a little bit. I had heard that series might be edited for violence.
I haven't compared the timing to the original yet.

The voices in general are very fitting, though. I'd describe SS as flamboyant, but not much more so than the original.
He seems to be based after the JP G1 Starscream voice (at least, that was the general reaction to it).

Arcee's "saiaku!" is kind of like "Oh, GREAT!"

They call "Transform" when they TF, and "Arms Up" when deploying weapons.
It didn't seem to replace other lines, though. Cliffjumper did have his little line about his horns.

The idol segment has a bunch of girls who know nothing about TF being educated on them by Vector Sigma.
Although I suppose it was low budget, I thought the Micron segment was pretty funny (and thankfully short enough
that it doesn't shave airtime down.) They all try to transform by wiggling around... and it ends before they manage to.

Pretty much fits what I had heard thus far about the dubbing. I'll probably enjoy watching the series play out in Japanese.

-Hydra


So, all in all, it seems that it's not perfect, but still a pretty good dub and even more faithful to the English version than Animated's Japanese dub was (which was also a faithful dub in spite of its own changes)
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366964)
Posted by freaky777 on April 7th, 2012 @ 8:45pm CDT
I wonder when will the Arms Microns Part be shown. Waiting impatiently..
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366978)
Posted by ILL-Star on April 7th, 2012 @ 9:30pm CDT
From what I remember of Japanese Beast wars this is 10+ times worse. It's like one of those terrible character tribute videos on youtube with just the worst choice of music. :BOOM:
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366981)
Posted by Trikeboy on April 7th, 2012 @ 9:59pm CDT
A text comment just doesn't show my disgust for these so let me turn this over to General Melchett:



That pretty much sums it up for me. The English version is so good, I find myself humming it now and again when out and about.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366988)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 7th, 2012 @ 10:43pm CDT
Would someone please explain to me what makes this song so bad?

ASIDE from the "Because it sucks!"-type answers.

As for any "It does not fit the tone of the show"-type answers, both this and the U.S. opening are soft, mellow openings with a slight feel of coolness to them (though each feels different, they are of the same energy level).

What I think the issue is is that most of us are so used to the theme song of the English version, and that since the Japanese have such a widely different culture than us, that something as different as this is automatically deemed as "bad" by those who refuse to let themselves adjust to such variety.


@El Duque: I appreciate the news post, but this is exactly why I posted the details about the dub itself, as I knew that there would be much whining about the songs if they were highlighted more than anything. I wanted to focus on the changes made on a deeper scale, such as the dialogue script ("Transform!", "Arms Up!", and such) and the added features like the "Arms Micron Theater" and the "From the Cybertron Satellite, Transformers Division" sketch with the Tokyo Girls Style idol group and Vector Sigma.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1366992)
Posted by NatsumeRyu on April 7th, 2012 @ 10:56pm CDT
I thought it was hilarious! It did remind me of an AMV like you might find while randomly surfing youtube! Hah! Awesome! :lol:
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1367004)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 8th, 2012 @ 12:42am CDT
Full first episode raw (no subtitles)


Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1367025)
Posted by freaky777 on April 8th, 2012 @ 3:05am CDT
I kinda like the Ending theme though, quite cool. The opening is not bad, just that I don't find it suitable..

Also the AM part is kinda okay I guess, hope to see more action than just the 3 of them standing/floating there..
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1367034)
Posted by Ravage XK on April 8th, 2012 @ 4:16am CDT
Ha ha. That's funny. Such a change of tone from the English version. Try imagining this opening and then cutting to Peter Cullens somber tones as a very serious Optimus Prime.

I love the title of the show too, way too many words when two would do. Awesome.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1367036)
Posted by Dead Metal on April 8th, 2012 @ 4:19am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Would someone please explain to me what makes this song so bad?

ASIDE from the "Because it sucks!"-type answers.

As for any "It does not fit the tone of the show"-type answers, both this and the U.S. opening are soft, mellow openings with a slight feel of coolness to them (though each feels different, they are of the same energy level).

What I think the issue is is that most of us are so used to the theme song of the English version, and that since the Japanese have such a widely different culture than us, that something as different as this is automatically deemed as "bad" by those who refuse to let themselves adjust to such variety.



You mean like for the same reasons Japanese anime purists hate English language versions of anime? You mean those people are also wrong for saying that the non-Japanese versions of their shows are inferior to the original?

But yea, these suck, seriously. The original opening is soft but dramatic and gives of a slight sense of danger, this is just a silly feel good pop song, probably something that's currently in the Japanese tween charts.
Re: Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Prime Makes It's Debut (1367039)
Posted by gavinfuzzy on April 8th, 2012 @ 4:43am CDT
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