It really does annoy me the amount of people saying how the Japanese suck at TFs. What about the Japanese G1 series, BW2, BWNeo? The problem with Armada isn't that it's an anime, it's that it's a crap anime. Anime in japan sometimes tends to be targeted to a lower demographic than it would be if it was released over here. Look at a series like Bleach which is very violent, yet still intended for younger teenage boys. Over here, if it wasn't censored, that would be for older teens and adults. Real kids' anime in japan, tends to be VERY kiddy and VERY stupid. One of the common complaints about a lot of Armada toys was that they looked like Playschool toys, most notably Hot Shot. That's because they ARE playschool toys - remember Takara originally made them, and they were intending them for a younger audience (4-8) than the original G1 TFs (7-11). Armada was mostly designed for kids who just plain couldn't handle a real plot. The original TF cartoon was pretty kiddish but often had darker, more atmospheric undertones that are absent from the more hyperactive AEC toons. It was intentionally silly, unlike AEC which was silly because it was trying to be cool and failing for anyone over the age of 8. The reason Cybertron was a better line was because those kids were starting to grow up. Unfortunately, the show still sucked since the kind of people who were used to making cartoons for very young children were still making it.