“Autobots Assemble”—If you did not hear that in Optimus Prime’s voice, you’ve missed out on one hell of a franchise. In a world where sci-fi can often get repetitive—especially when we’re dealing with intergalactic beings—with its introduction of a giant mecha shape-shifting alien race, ‘Transformers‘ has given us something very unique and intriguing. We’ve all grown up reliving the tales of Cybertronians through movies, anime, comic books, and even games, and even after all these years, it seems like it’s far from over. Netflix has announced a whole new ‘Transformers’ anime series and here is everything you need to know about it.
Transformers: War for Cybertron Release Date: When will it premiere?
It all started with a bunch of advanced toys way back in the 80s and then the first ‘Transformers’ anime series premiered in 1985. Soon it became popular all over the world because of its glossy sci-fi elements and simplistic storyline. The franchise further expanded when Micheal Bay created Hollywood’s very own live-action adaptation of it and since then, ‘Transformers‘ has further traversed into other mediums as well. Netflix has announced that the epic Mecha anime will again be returning to our screens very soon. Titled, ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’, this new version of the renowned anime is actually a three-part anime series and its first installment is titled “Seige.”
When it comes to its release date, the official trailer of the anime says “coming soon” but we expect Transformers: War for Cybertron to release sometime in July 2020. The anime is apparently a collaborative effort between Hasbro’s production studio Allspark, Polygon Pictures (‘Ajin‘, ‘Kuutei Dragons‘), and Rooster Teeth (‘RWBY‘) with F.J. DeSanto (‘Transformers: Titans Return and Power of the Primes’) as the showrunner. Gavin Hignight and Brandon Easton, who are known for their work in ‘Transformers: Cyberverse’ and ‘Transformers: Rescue Bots’ respectively, are penning down its script.
When it comes to the voice cast of the films, Jake Foushee is voicing Optimus Prime and Jason Mamocha is the voice behind Megatron. Other members of the voice cast include Edward Bosco (Ultra Magnus, Soundwave), Bill Rogers (Wheeljack), Sophia Isabella (Arcee), Brook Chalmers (Impactor), Shawn Hawkins (Mirage), Kaiser Johnson (Ironhide), Linsay Rousseau (Elita-1), Joe Zieja (Bumblebee), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Rafael Goldstein (Ratchet), Keith Silverstein (Jetfire), Todd Haberkorn (Shockwave, Red Alert), Miles Luna (Teletraan I, Cliffjumper), and Mark Whitten (Sideswipe, Skywarp).
Jason Mamocha also confirmed his part in the anime on twitter:
To be reprising the role of #Megatron once again is a dream come true, and in such a gorgeous show! I'm floored. All the thanks in the world to the whole production team, the cast, and to @Hasbro @RoosterTeeth and @NXOnNetflix. Stay tuned for #TransformersWFC coming soon! https://t.co/fkvnGSjdoF
— 𝕵𝖆𝖘𝖔𝖓 𝕸𝖆𝖗𝖓𝖔𝖈𝖍𝖆 🗣🎙 (@JMarnocha) February 22, 2020
If one can recall, Michael Bay’s version of the ‘Transformers’ had heavily altered the original designs of the ‘Transformers’ and this wasn’t accepted too well by the fans of the original series. But from the looks of it, the designs of ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’ seem very loyal to the Generation 1 models which, if not anything else, will evoke a sense of nostalgia for those who loved the first original anime.
— Rooster Teeth (@RoosterTeeth) February 22, 2020
Transformers: War on Cybertron Plot
According to the synopsis provided by Netflix: “In the midst of ongoing war on Cybertron, forces of good and evil clash as they search for the source of their power: the Allspark. This may not be the life they imagined, but it’s a life worth fighting for.”
From both its official description and the trailer, it is evident that the first installment of the anime, titled “Seige”, will be set during the time where a civil war has broken between the Autobots and Decepticons and this, in turn, has completely destroyed their home planet Cybertron. With the greed of rebooting the Autobots and unifying all of his people, Megatron is on the lookout for the All Spark. Thus, at the end of the day, in order to stop Megatron, the Autobots will have to make a terrible sacrifice and destroy their own planet.
The title of the second installment of the anime has been revealed to be “Earthrise” which suggests that, unlike the first one, it will be set on planet Earth. So this installment will probably go all the way back to the origins of the series where the Transformers landed on Earth and made their first human interaction. The title of the third part of the series has been kept a mystery to avoid any potential spoilers.
Transformers: War for Cybertron English Dub
The English Dub of ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’ will be available on Netflix.
Transformers: War for Cybertron Trailer
The new Netflix trailer literally brings the original Seige toys to life. Check it out below: