Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga

Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga

Monday, March 26th, 2018 8:32am CDT

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Thanks again to Matt in Japan, friend of Seibertron.com and regular source for releases of figures from Takara Tomy Transformers, we also have the pack-in comic that came with the Transformers Legends LG-64 Seaspray and Lione set - still written and drawn by Hayato Sakamoto, and still part of the ongoing manga series - this time featuring the titular characters plus Alana, Seaspray's romantic interest in the original cartoon series, in both her human and robot forms, and only minor unnecessary cheesecake.

In addition, we also have some summaries for the previously posted online mini-chapters about the Jumpstarters, now Targetmasters, in the same toyline! Check it all out below, including the two-page comic and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga


G1 Warrior Twin Twist

Twin Twist's love for drilling holes often gets him into trouble when he damages the Autobot base, and when Topspin tries to talk him out of his bad habit, he instead asks his brother to keep watch while he keeps drilling. Topspin accepts, reflecting that he's a huge thrillseeker who loves the risk of getting caught.


G1 Warrior Topspin

The Jumpstarters are caught by Red Alert and flee on Topspin's jet mode, but have no regrets as they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However, Twin Twist's urge emerges and he begins considering drilling holes in his brother's wings, which Topspin protests against despite how thrilling it would be.


Operation: Destroy the Decepticons

Twin Twist's drilling continues causing trouble for the Autobots, but Optimus Prime hits upon the idea of using his habit to their advantage by having him dig pitfall traps for the Decepticons. The plan fails after they remember the Decepticons can fly and Twin Twist ends up digging so many holes that the Autobots themselves fall in them.


The Commander's Good Idea

The Jumpstarters are such a bother that the other Autobots complain to Optimus Prime, who appoints Twin Twist leader of the Jumpstarters so that the responsibilities and duties of the post will keep him too busy to think about his urges... and appoints Topspin commander of the Jumpstarters for that same reason. The brothers begin fighting over who is the real leader, which Prime sees as proof that they've forgotten about the drilling, though Sideswipe protests against this solution.


LG-07 Jetfire Sequel

In the 2000s, Topspin and Twin Twist meet Whirl and Roadbuster who introduce themselves as Wreckers from another world. While the two brothers have never heard of such a group, Springer overhears them and announces his intent to create a Wreckers unit in their own world... because the name sounds cool and might impress girls.


G1 Wreckers Birth Story

Springer recruits the other four and goes to Optimus Prime to ask for his approval in creating the Wreckers, though Prime is unimpressed when he asks for the team's purpose and Springer's response is "doing cool stuff". He only approves on the condition that the Wreckers are responsible for cleaning the area around Mount St. Hilary, which Springer finds so boring and uncool that he leaves for Autobot City, leaving his team members behind.


LG19 Springer Sequel

In the 2030s, Springer returns home from the Legends World in his new body, impressing the Jumpstarters who assume he's now ready to confess his love to Arcee. He argues that he's already been turned down, but Whirl tells him that was a different Arcee and the Wreckers push him over to Arcee where he begins to stammer a confession. How this goes, however, is a story for another time...


LG65 Twin Twist Prologue

Some time later, the Wreckers receive a message from Alpha Trion informing them that the Legends World is under attack by Windblade and the mutant Targetmasters. Given their connections to the dimension, Springer, Whirl, and Roadbuster are ready to head out and defend it, but are surprised when the Jumpstarters ask to come along as well. To explain why they feel obliged to help, the two brothers must reveal a well-kept secret... they too were created in the Legends World!

Source: http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Jumpstarter_Chapter

Credit(s): Matt in Japan


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Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948386)
Posted by Rated X on March 26th, 2018 @ 9:25am CDT
Hell yeah !!! Sakamoto is back !!! Those last few cartoons couldn't have been him because his signature sleeze was missing. Must have not had any sake that night. But great to have him back ! Without the hot chicks "manga" is just comics...lol.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948398)
Posted by griftimus prime on March 26th, 2018 @ 9:39am CDT
great story between seaspray and alana in that episode.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948406)
Posted by ThunderThruster on March 26th, 2018 @ 10:10am CDT
Dammit. Now I want an Alana figure for my Seaspray.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948412)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 26th, 2018 @ 10:52am CDT
Rated X wrote:Hell yeah !!! Sakamoto is back !!! Those last few cartoons couldn't have been him because his signature sleeze was missing.
But, there's none of that here either. Alana isn't drawn in any compromising or undignified depiction. She's just drawn as her normal self. Sakamoto's treating her with respect (well, with as much respect as the original cartoon's episode did, at least).
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948414)
Posted by Glarryg on March 26th, 2018 @ 10:58am CDT
It makes me smile that the transformation sound is rendered "Gigo-gago." Never noticed that before.

:D

Glarryg
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948441)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on March 26th, 2018 @ 2:00pm CDT
Once more I long for an English translation on the comics.
I actually tried ti use Googles Translate App, but it's really painful and I doubt think it's very accurate.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948463)
Posted by Rated X on March 26th, 2018 @ 3:30pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Hell yeah !!! Sakamoto is back !!! Those last few cartoons couldn't have been him because his signature sleeze was missing.
But, there's none of that here either. Alana isn't drawn in any compromising or undignified depiction. She's just drawn as her normal self. Sakamoto's treating her with respect (well, with as much respect as the original cartoon's episode did, at least).


Ummmm....shes bent over practically twerking on top of seaspray. I thought you were from Florida homie?
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948466)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 26th, 2018 @ 3:36pm CDT
Rated X wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Hell yeah !!! Sakamoto is back !!! Those last few cartoons couldn't have been him because his signature sleeze was missing.
But, there's none of that here either. Alana isn't drawn in any compromising or undignified depiction. She's just drawn as her normal self. Sakamoto's treating her with respect (well, with as much respect as the original cartoon's episode did, at least).


Ummmm....shes bent over practically twerking on top of seaspray. I thought you were from Florida homie?
He's a very tiny but speedy watercraft. She has to bend over to hold on to him and not fall off as he moves. She did the same in the episode itself.

Image

And don't mistake the rest of our state for Miami.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948469)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on March 26th, 2018 @ 3:43pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Hell yeah !!! Sakamoto is back !!! Those last few cartoons couldn't have been him because his signature sleeze was missing.
But, there's none of that here either. Alana isn't drawn in any compromising or undignified depiction. She's just drawn as her normal self. Sakamoto's treating her with respect (well, with as much respect as the original cartoon's episode did, at least).


Page 2, top left panel. That's the only bit that could be remotely considered questionable. I'll leave the hook alone now.

Some interesting things:
- Tigerburn is still in Lione's body, but Lione seems to attempt to reject the former.
- The chariots make an appearance, and Tigerburn's is in fact the golden mailaway prize.
- Alana changing to a robotic form upon the touch of (special) water is tied to the G1 episode Sea Change. Apparently Seaspray shoots that very same water from the episode and it's the wish-granting quality of that water that allowed Lione to exorcise Tigerburn.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948541)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 26th, 2018 @ 11:25pm CDT
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa the female human anatomy...........Eeeeeeeeeeew! :lol:
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948542)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on March 26th, 2018 @ 11:28pm CDT
fenrir72 wrote:Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa the female human anatomy...........Eeeeeeeeeeew! :lol:


Technically speaking she's not human, but Tlalakan (try saying that 3 times fast). She's humanoid however :P
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948543)
Posted by Rated X on March 26th, 2018 @ 11:29pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Rated X wrote:Hell yeah !!! Sakamoto is back !!! Those last few cartoons couldn't have been him because his signature sleeze was missing.
But, there's none of that here either. Alana isn't drawn in any compromising or undignified depiction. She's just drawn as her normal self. Sakamoto's treating her with respect (well, with as much respect as the original cartoon's episode did, at least).


Ummmm....shes bent over practically twerking on top of seaspray. I thought you were from Florida homie?
He's a very tiny but speedy watercraft. She has to bend over to hold on to him and not fall off as he moves. She did the same in the episode itself.

Image

And don't mistake the rest of our state for Miami.


Look at the difference between sunbows picture and sakamotos picture. On the sunbow shes sitting skirt down Sakamoto has her bending over, skirt ready to pop up and expose whatever is under there lol. I guess it takes a Miami boy to see the obvious intent. Uncle Luke would be proud. :D
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948559)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 27th, 2018 @ 1:49am CDT
How many more of these are left now? Won't be long before the mangaka is finished drawing these (since he likes drawing girls maybe he would be better suited sticking to ecchi series instead)
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948562)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 27th, 2018 @ 1:57am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:How many more of these are left now? Won't be long before the mangaka is finished drawing these (since he likes drawing girls maybe he would be better suited sticking to ecchi series instead)


No different from what Marvel,DC and Image had been churning these past years( less cloth more skin ). Loli style aside (Sue is so kawaii), his mech designs, from the simplified ones in the manga and those in the boxes are kick azz awesome!
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948569)
Posted by Evil Eye on March 27th, 2018 @ 5:41am CDT
Putting aside the "M-muh icky fictional 2D girls!" argument, Sakamoto is an excellent artist, and a master of the lost art of "Having fun". I'd love to see an entirely original TF manga done by him rather than a pack-in comic. Especially if he got to make his own continuity with original designs.

Though I still maintain the ideal man to get to do a TF manga would be Kenichi Sonoda. Between his insane attention to detail, wonderful sense of style, impeccable artistic ability, love of FUN and huge amount of respect for his fans both in Japan and the West, he'd be an excellent candidate. Shame that AFAIK he's too busy/worn out to do much these days.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948571)
Posted by Michael Alex Kawa on March 27th, 2018 @ 6:00am CDT
I agree with both of the above comments that Sakamoto is a great artist, I would love for him to get an official on-going Transformers Manga. I also agree that his depiction of females is no worse then what Marvel or DC does, and as for the "under age" argument, have you seen how the "teenager" Starfire from DC is drawn and dressed, and she is just the tip of the iceberg.
Anyways getting off that subject, I really liked this comic/manga chapter since Sea Change was always a favorite episode of mines, and it is sad that these mini-manga/comics are coming to an end.
Also I agree that a Transformers manga drawn by Kenichi Sonoda would be the bomb, that is like one of the best ideas I have ever heard.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948575)
Posted by Burn on March 27th, 2018 @ 6:16am CDT
Marvel and DC have nothing on Zenescope, heck, they probably outdo Sakamoto.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948579)
Posted by ZeroWolf on March 27th, 2018 @ 7:10am CDT
Kenichi sonada...ah! The mangaka of gunsmith cats and riding bean. Thought the name was familiar. Also don't mistake my comment for "2d girl = bad" i just said I think his style would fit an ecchi series, then he could have free reign to go even more over the top! I mean have you seen to love ru?

Though what we really need is studio trigger to step in with another tf anime it's been twelve-thirteen years since transformers cybertron, it think it's over due them being allowed a cracking at it.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948581)
Posted by Evil Eye on March 27th, 2018 @ 7:17am CDT
(Massive essay on Sakamoto and the comics industry in general below)
The thing with Sakamoto is he's actually pretty tame in comparison to most "fanservicey" comic/manga artists (on both sides of the world). Most of his fanservice is played for comedy as much as anything, and at the very least makes anatomical sense, as opposed to some artists (Rob "What is a foot" Liefeld, Masami "Master of Mecha, Woeful at Women" Obari, etc) and when it doesn't it's usually done in a silly enough style that it doesn't stand out too much. And compared to other "ecchi" comics (regardless of global hemisphere) his stuff is borderline prudish. Look at the Gunsmith Cats manga (which is absolutely excellent but very sleazy, albeit intentionally as the series is set in 90s Chicago, is about crime and follows a cast of characters who range from scummy to psychotic) or on the other end of the scale of "actually good", Eiken.

Sure, he has drawn some pretty cringeworthy porn in his off time, but so has literally every comic artist ever. After all, David Willis/ItsWalky/The Wikifuhrer does a fair bit of truly ghastly porn and he's still a fandom darling. Though I have a feeling if he didn't run the wiki and if he wasn't surrounded by cronies in an echo chamber he'd be pretty universally hated, because seriously he is a lunatic.

I think the problem is that outside of Kiss Players (which went too far the other way), Transformers has been almost weirdly asexual, even in Japan- and most of the stuff that does have it in to any degree is pretty obscure. I don't even mean anything explicit or massively ecchi, but there's barely even any hints that romance exists in the Transformers franchise half the time, let alone anything remotely sexual- the result being that TF fans are often very oversensitive to such things from lack of exposure. Like, Sailor Moon is more risque than Transformers, and that was primarily a young girls' show! Outside of Kiss Players (because seriously that was weird) and the Legends manga (because that's been discussed to death already) there's very little in the way of even love themes, let alone fanservice. Off the top of my head, I can think of:
>Octane trying to tune in to "G-rated porn" in G1 for a few seconds
>The occasional sly innuendo in Beast Wars, and a few romantic relationships such as Silverbolt/Blackarachnia and Tigatron/Airrazor.
>Cain and Akira (was that his name?) from Zone being blatant fujoshi bait uh I mean, the first GLBT representation in the brand.
>BWII having the Scuba/Bighorn/Scylla triangle of hilarity.
>Thunderblast's tits in Cybertron.
>A fair bit of human "fanservice" in the movies (which barely counts as it's more or less generic teenage boy bait you'd see in any similar movie, and the Transformers themselves never show anything even remotely approaching personality romantic attraction or sexuality outside of Devastator's scrotum. Which to be fair, made me and my mother laugh quite a bit, even if only because of John Tuturro's line delivery.)
>Elita and Optimus in Animated, along with occasional very well disguised dirty jokes (more reasons Animated is the best cartoon ever).
>Whatever the hell is going on with IDW, which is less fanservice and more a mix of melodramatic angsty romance fangirl bait and "Look how progressive we are" virtue signalling.
>That one BotCon comic that Sakamoto helped with that upset the Tumblrites.

And...that's really about it. I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can recall off the top of my head. It sounds like a lot but when you consider the brand is 34 years old and made of countless continuities and sub-continuities by a variety of creators, it's pretty minuscule.

Now obviously fanservice and romantic or sexual themes don't automatically make something better (though they don't make it automatically worse either) but the relative dearth of it in the brand compared even to other kid's shows (and definitely to other anime/manga) would go some way to explaining why the fandom has such a knee-jerk reaction to its inclusion in Transformers media- that is, they're relatively unused to it and so even the tamest content raises eyebrows when in other fandoms it probably wouldn't even be noticed.

Now I'm not saying that what the world needs is for every Transformers series to become softcore porn, that would be very silly. But I for one would like to see more "proper" Transformers series, Japanese or Western, that actually features romantic themes and yes, even subtle hints of sexuality, preferably kept fairly tame if it's a kid's show, though obviously something made for more mature audiences could get away with more. Other shows on both sides of the globe have made cartoon or comic series (for kids and adults) that handle such themes maturely and tastefully, or in the case of "fanservice" at least do it in good humour or make it genuinely appealing. Why shouldn't Transformers? In the case of handling themes with care and respect, look at Cardcaptor Sakura, which is extremely kid-friendly and a lovely show but does handle more mature themes. On the other end of the spectrum, look at Animaniacs, which was positively filled with innuendo but was absolutely hilarious. And for a combination of both look at Sailor Moon, a timeless classic anyone can enjoy that includes mature, well-executed romance and tension, appealing characters and the occasional bit of ever so slightly ecchi (but no less funny) humour. And if a series about cute girls fighting monsters in sailor suit-themed ballet outfits can do it then by God, so can a series about robots that turn into cars.

TLDR: The Legends manga, whilst not exactly high art, isn't actually that bad, it's just that the Transformers fandom is possibly oversensitive to fanservice.


On topic, yeah Kenichi Sonoda is a goddamn good artist, and an absolute madman to boot. Also good to see someone else who actually knows Riding Bean exists, ZeroWolf. I need to watch it, I hear it makes the Gunsmith Cats OVA pale in comparison- and that was fantastic. Bubblegum Crisis is still my favourite thing of his though.

Who else would make for a good mangaka/creative director for Transformers (aside from Trigger/Imaishi because that's easy mode)? Mika Akitaka (the Galaxy Fraulein Yuna guy) would be pretty great IMO, he's a really good artist both for characters and machines.
Re: Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG64 Seaspray Pack-In Manga (1948602)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 27th, 2018 @ 8:54am CDT
Seaspray comic summary - http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Legends_Comic:_Bonus_Edition_Vol._64

Having lost the war for Beast, Tigerburn returns to the Legends World with his Laser Beast army and attempts a conquest by using the Three Wise Ones' Water Gem to flood the world and turn the inhabitants into Laser Beasts. Rattrap demands to know why the losing side of the war keeps coming to his world, but Tigerburn's explanation, involving the Legends World's Beast Power, is interrupted by an attack from Seaspray and Alana. The Autobot explains that Tlalak is suffering from a major drought, so he and his girlfriend are seeking to restore the planet's water supply using the power of the Water Gem. A voice in Tigerburn's head encourages him to use the gem for benevolent purposes, but he tells it to shut up—as White Lune explains to a confused Chromedome, he's hearing the voice of Lione, whom he has merged with. Tigerburn proceeds to use his head mode to take control of Trypticon, transforming the giant dinosaur into a Laser Beast.

Alana wishes to join the battle and asks Seaspray to blast her with water from the Well of Transformation, turning her into a Transformer again, but the power of the water catches Tigerburn's attention and he grabs the water gun and dumps the contents on himself. That being the last of the well's water, Seaspray apologizes to Alana for causing her to be stuck with her robot body, though she doesn't mind as long as they're together and explains that since Tigerburn's body contains two minds, the water won't affect him the way he thinks it will. Indeed, the desires of Lione's heart overpower those of Tigerburn's and he is able to use the water's transformative properties to separate the Laser Beast from his body. The invaders retreat back to their own dimension, and Seaspray and Alana reflect that where the Laser Beasts' hearts are cold like machines, Lione's actions prove that while the Transformers have machine bodies, their hearts are true. Having recovered the Water Gem, they then discuss taking a vacation on Beast after restoring Tlalak and returning the gem to the Beastformers, leaving the singles Rattrap and Tigatron jealous and annoyed by the happy couple.

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