TD here, yet again. Look, we all love the Japanese. Lord knows I wouldn't have made it through the 90's without them and their wacky sex cartoons and giant rubber monsters. And of course, we all know what sort of influence they have had on our favorite robot-oriented franchise, and they've done a LOT of good for the fiction and franchise. I mean, hell, they pretty much created the Transformers, if I'm not mistaken. The thing is...there's a lot of the blatantly BAD when it comes to Japanese TF. I mean, for Primus's sake, look at the Armada Trilogy. It'd be pretty much unwatchable if it weren't for Starscream. And what about female Transformers? They pretty much reinforce the Japanese stereotype that "if you're female and not a sex object, you're basically worthless." (Reference: Arcee) And by the Matrix, need I remind anyone of Manga Rattrap? And friggin' Kiss Players? What kind of crap is that? I will say this though: Beast Wars Neo makes for a hell of a lot better ending to the Beast Era than Beast Machines was...granted that BM was in a whole other level of animation quality...but still... Gah. I guess the direction I'm going in is this: I'd like to know the general fandom's opinion of Japanese influence on Transformers. It seems to be very much a love-hate relationship (bordering more on hate at times), so let's hear those opinions.