As I enter the final leg in my viewing of the Japanese G1 series, I finished Transformers Victory yesterday as part of my goal to have seen all the TF media. Of the "Japanese G1 Trilogy", Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory, Victory is by far my favorite. My current ranking for the series I've actually seen: Animated Beast Wars Beast Wars Neo* Victory Cybertron Superlink (Superlink, not Energon) Car Robots (Car Robots, not RiD) G1 Masterforce Headmasters Beast Wars II* Beast Machines Armada *I've seen the majority of BWNeo but I'm missing a few episodes, I've seen around half of BWII; but I have seen the movie. As you can tell, I rather enjoyed Victory. If I could pick some characters to get figures for say a 30th Anniversary line to get figures to represent the Victory-era of Transformers, I'd love to see Star Saber and Victory Leo to represent the Autobots, and Goryu, Leozack, and Deathsaurus for the Decepticons. Heck, I'd even take a redeco of FOC Grimlock (we'll get one!) as Goryu. The series as a whole, on paper doesn't sound that great, or even all that appealing to me. The comedic antics of the Dinoforce, Jan's arc about going to school, etc. However, on screen, it either worked or didn't bother me. I was also concerned that this would be another series in which the protaganist is largely unchallenged, but after we get LioKaiser there was a shift in tone leading to perhaps my favorite Transformers finale of them all. Spoilers for the series follow this point, so consider yourself warned, reading on will spoil the series for you, so if you're intending to eventually get to it and want it to be fresh, you should stop reading now. Pros: The Dinoforce. Initially I was going to take a longer break before I started Victory after finishing Masterforce, but the screen cap of the transformer riding a cybernetic T-Rex intrigued me to the point where I had to start it early. While some viewers may get turned off by the comedic antics of the group, and I fully expected to be among that group, I instead enjoyed their antics. Then they took on a new light in episode 31 and by the end of the series with their honorable turncoating, they were my favorite group, shockingly enough. Jan. Like the Dinoforce, I was going into this expecting to find Jan the annoying token human of the series. Instead while he has many childlike qualties, he's generally an asset to the team. With the Illumina II, he is the biggest plot point of the series, which makes him usefull. He realizes that he's a kid in a larger war, so he doesn't try to get in the way of major battles instead concentrating on evacuations and rescue operations and even after he gets his own mech, he uses it not to battle, but to help. While I knew there'd be no way for him be killed off, his actions in the last episode really showed his character, even Victory Saber boasts of how one human child stopped the Decepticon Empire. The Animation in episode 37. While Victory as a whole is pretty well animated, they really took it up a notch in the last new episode. Deathsaurus' base transformation was in the same league as Unicrons transformation in terms of animation quality and design. The battle between Deathsaurus and Victory Saber was brutal and fun to watch, it was all very good. Plotwise it was just as strong. It wrapped up the series very well and even had a very satisfying epilogue. Hellbat. We have a Starscreamish Leozack, the second in command who is planning to ultimately overthrow Deathsaurus and become Emperor of Destruction in the long run, but we've also got Hellbat, who is planning on overthrowing Leozack to become second in command. Hellbat even murdered a fellow Decepticon to stay vital to forming LioKaiser. He also had several plans to make himself look good and Leozack look bad. This was very fun. There's some character depth. Not a whole lot, but there is some and what's there is pretty decent. Cons: I don't think it's possible to criticize Victory without first and foremost bringing up the clips shows. 12 clip shows in 44 episodes! More then a quarter of the series, 27% of the series was a clip show! The Multiforce never get a chance to shine. While most characters get something in this series, the Multiforce never really have an episode that really allows them to shine. We get some development of some of the members and the teams, but never the entire Multiforce, which considering they are the largest Autobot subgroup, is a bit of a shame. Poor Galaxy Shuttle. Seriously, most of the time he's not treated as a sentient being, he never gets a real battle or any focus. He's the Autobot Bus, only treated worse then any other Autobot Bus. He has so close to zero dialogue dispite him being in so many episodes, just because he's treated as a vehicle and not another Transformer. The plot does slow down in the low teens, but for me it gained back a lot of momentum after episode 17. It's not nearly as bad as Headmasters straight out stall though. Well, that's all that comes to mind now. Thank you very much for reading. If you haven't, you can check out my thoughts after I finished Masterforce and after I finished watching Cybertron. Up next is Zone, I hope it's good!