TFA: Prowl (Prowl, No! We'll Find Another Way!) - YouTube TFA: Optimus Prime vs Megatron (My NAME Is Optimus Prime!) - YouTube Our beloved Animated ended five years ago today. I still remember getting up at 6 or 7 in the morning, wishing that this show would still be loved for years to come. And I got my wish. The best TF series we've ever gotten still lives on. Some of it's elements and designs and characters have been integrated into older fiction, and new fiction as well. Lockdown himself has a starring role in AOE this year, for just one example. Now if only Hasbro would release Animated toys for the Thrilling 30 line. Otherwise, they have failed to celebrate Transformers' anniversary. But, nonetheless, rock on, Animated. The series that won over so many with it's characterization, story arcs, originality, lavish and witty homages (even ones as minor as Sunstorm and Ramjet's helmets), a bunch of returning voice actors, surprisingly mature content for a kids show, and above all else, it's fun. Though it's lifespan was tragically cut short by executive politics (not ROTF, as many believed at the time), it still gave us a short, sweet, and fun ride. Long live Animated, and thanks to all the great voice actors, show runners, and wacky Nixon-loving artists behind it.