According to IMDb trivia (Beast Wars: Transformers (1996) - Trivia - IMDb), when the series was released in Japan, certain changes in characterization/plot were carried out (some of which did not go down well): •Foolish questions would be asked at the beginning of each episode - an infamous instance reports the robot Optimus Primal asking "Where is my banana?" •There was plenty of fourth-wall humor and over-the-top and in-your-face jokes, even at the most inappropriate of moments. •Clipshows would feature the characters interacting in silly game shows and contests (e.g. in the episode "Other Victories" Megatron acted as a judge in a celebrity impersonation contest); •the Predacon Megatron was rendered a bumbling fool who often made high-pitched screams (which replaced his "Yeesss" and "Nooo" exclamations); •the Maximal Cheetor would almost always end his comments with a long, stressed "Ja-n!" (which is meant to be a feline growl) •the Maximal Rattrap would often break the fourth wall, sniffing in the viewer's direction and commenting on what food he could smell; •the Predacon Tarantulas had a high-pitched voice, shrieked constantly and had his trademark cackle altered to be more feminine; •the female robot Blackarachnia carried a "bipolar" voice, switching from a sultry flirtatious drawl to a bloodthirsty maniacal scream; she also became less independent (though still a strong female character) and was occasionally prone to begging for mercy from her enemies; •the Maximal Tigatron was made a samurai-inspired warrior, acting and speaking in a formal tone; •the female Maximal Airazor was made a male to increase sales, and HIS relationship with Tigatron was reestablished as a relationship between a protective guardian and his young apprentice (where certain unavoidable scenes were featured that presented otherwise, the Japanese gently informed viewers that "these things sometimes happen between people") •the Maximal Silverbolt was made an rigidly cheerful and polite character who would always end his sentences with the word "desu!" (a Japanese phrase for "Yay!") •and the Maximal Depth Charge would sing a fishing song ("Ito Maki-Maki," or "Wind the Thread") whenever he transformed. Is this for real (especially the Tigatron-Airazor thing)? Does anyone have clips to compare?