Netflix Debuts New G1-Styled Anime Transformers Series

Transformers War For Cybertron
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It has been decades since fans of the original Transformers cartoons, commonly referred to as G1, have seen their favorite characters in action. It should also come as no surprise that not everyone was a fan of the radical design changes made in the Michael Bay movies. Well, get ready to roll out again because Netflix has just debuted a new CGI anime series based on the original series.

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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy “Siege” begins before the iconic characters have left for Earth. The Cybertronian wars are not going well for the heroic Autobots. As the first episode begins, we get a glimpse of two very familiar characters in a desperate search for Energon. Not unexpectedly, things don’t go as planned, and, of course, they encounter Decepticons.

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This new series does not feature the original voice actors, but it does feel like the new crew understands the weight of portraying such well-loved fan favorites. Some of them, at times, even sound like the original cast, further showcasing homage to the G1 series.

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Primary Cast

  • Optimus Prime: Jake Foushee
  • Megatron: Jason Marnocha
  • Starscream: Frank Todaro
  • Wheeljack: Bill Rogers
  • Elita-1: Linsay Rousseau
  • Red Alert: Todd Haberkorn
  • Bumblebee: Joe Zieja
  • Soundwave: Edward Bosco
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As the name implies, Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy “Siege” is planned to be a three-part series. This first one gets things moving with six episodes. In a somewhat typical fashion for streaming shows, things kick off with a bit of a slow burn, at first. For those still recovering from sensory overload from the live-action movies, it could be a welcome relief. Netflix is streaming the series in 4K Dolby Vision/Atmos where available.

Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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