At first, I was enthusiastic. I knew it was Japanese grown, so I expected the usual anime 'announce it before you do it' stuff, "Tsunami blast, Fire!". By rights, no one should have been shot at all, there was fair warning! LOL! I also expected some goofiness and I actually don't mind the 'in the spotlight' transforming sequences at all. After the first episode, I was impressed with the Autobot side of things as well as the humans and, for the most part, it remained that way. However, the Predacons were harder to like. Megatron, in the beginning, seemed to point at a familiar evil, but Slapper, Gas Skunk and so on are nothing more than stooges. Its not until Skybite arrived that I even took them seriously. Even then, he soon turned stooge too. What I'm saying is, theres a lot of silliness on the Predacon side and even though the Autobots were cool and I got a kick out of watching them on screen, there was never a sense of real threat from the Predacons....until the 'Decepticons'. THEN, it all got very interesting. Their creation, the 'bond' between Scourge and Prime, the more serious nature of the Decepticons (or should I say Combaticons) and the sidelining of the comic relief Predacons brought about good change. The strongest and best episode of series one is by far 'Volcano'. In terms of plot, there were clunkers, but some, like 'Volcano' and 'Spychangers', were quite good. The animation was for the most part as I like Transformers, it plays a crucial part and is one of the factors why the other TF series don't grab me, but naturally it was infused with wacky anime which was, I have to admit, very destracting sometimes. The designs of the Autobots and Decepticons were really good - Predacons, not so much. Well, on to series two, if I ever get my hands on it.