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'''Armada''' was the first Transformers cartoon to be co-developed in the United States and Japan. However, it was produced in Japan and aired there first. It was then dubbed into English for the North American market. The cartoon served as a media tie-in for the overall ''[[Armada|Transformers Armada]]'' franchise.
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==Story setup==
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'''''Armada''''' is a ''Transformers'' cartoon series that ran from 2002–2003, in support of the franchise of the same name. The show initiated a total continuity reboot, setting up a brand new ''Transformers'' universe separate from any previous storyline. Together with its two sequels, this continuity family is now known as the [[Unicron Trilogy]].
   
''Armada'' is set in a [[Unicron Trilogy]] universe, and is the first series its continuity. Thus, the ''Armada'' cartoon was responsible for establishing the animated UT universe. (There are also [[Armada (comic)|comic books]] based on ''Armada'' that are set in slightly different UT continuities.)
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''Armada'''s universe is most distinguished by the presence and importance of [[Mini-Con]]s, a race of human-sized Transformers that, when "[[powerlinx]]ed" to their larger brethren, would unleash a flood of energy. Because of the great potential for their exploitation, the Mini-Cons attempt to abstain from the [[Autobot]]/[[Decepticon]] war and flee [[Cybertron (planet)|Cybertron]], crashing on [[Earth]] and its moon. When some Mini-Cons are accidentally reactivated in 2010 by clumsy teenagers, a beacon alerts both the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron, who track them to Earth and continue their battle here.
   
''Armada'' added to Transformers mythology the notion of [[Mini-Con|Mini-Cons]], a tiny (human-sized) race of Transformers that, when "[[powerlinking|powerlinked]]" to their larger brethren, would unleash a floodgate of energy. Because of the great potential for their exploitation, the Mini-Cons attempted to abstain from the Autobot/Decepticon war and fled Cybertron, crashing several of their ships on or near Earth. When some Mini-Cons are accidentally reactivated in 2002 by clumsy teenagers, a beacon alerts both the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron, who track them to Earth and continue their battle here.
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Unlike [[Generation One]], the [[Beast Wars]] and [[Robots in Disguise (anime)|Robots in Disguise]], and like [[Beast Machines (cartoon)|Beast Machines]], the series is presented as its episodes being of a serialized nature starting from [[First Encounter|its first episode]] onward - the reason for this serialization eventually escalates beyond just a search for the Mini-Cons as the episodes progress, with the series eventually using a special sub-title for the remaining stories of the series' 52-episode count starting from [[Depart|episode 41]]: ''[[The Unicron Battles]]''.
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:''Followed by: ''[[Energon (anime)|Energon]]'''<nowiki/>'''
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==Characters==
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{{featuredcharacters
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* [[Optimus Prime (Armada)|Optimus Prime]] ([[Garry Chalk]])
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* [[Blurr (Armada)|Blurr]] ([[Brian Drummond]])
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* [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]] ([[Brent Miller]])
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* [[Jetfire (Armada)|Jetfire]] ([[Scott McNeil]])
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* [[Overload (Armada)|Overload]]
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* [[Red Alert (Armada)|Red Alert]] ([[Brian Dobson]])
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* [[Scavenger (Armada)|Scavenger]] ([[Ward Perry]])
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* [[Side Swipe (Armada)|Side Swipe]] ([[Sam Vincent]])
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* [[Smokescreen (Armada)|Smokescreen / Hoist]] ([[Dale Wilson]])
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|c2=
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* [[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron / Galvatron]] ([[David Kaye]])
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* [[Cyclonus (Armada)|Cyclonus]] ([[Don Brown]])
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* [[Demolishor (Armada)|Demolishor]] ([[Alvin Sanders]])
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* [[Starscream (Armada)|Starscream]]/[[Thundercracker (Armada)|Thundercracker]] ([[Michael Dobson]])
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* [[Thrust (Armada)|Thrust]] ([[Colin Murdoch]])
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* [[Tidal Wave (Armada)|Tidal Wave]] ([[Doug Parker]])
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* [[Wheeljack (Armada)|Wheeljack]] ([[Michael Daingerfield]])
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* [[Nemesis Prime (Armada)|Nemesis Prime]] (Paul Dobson)
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* [[Rad White]] ([[Kirby Morrow]])
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* [[Alexis]] ([[Tabitha St. Germain]])
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* [[Billy (Armada)|Billy]] ([[Andrew Francis]])
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* [[Carlos Lopez]] ([[Matt Hill]])
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* [[Fred (Armada)|Fred]] ([[Tony Sampson]])
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}}
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{{featuredcharacters
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|h1=Autobot-allied [[Mini-Con]]s|c1=
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* [[Sparkplug (Armada)|Sparkplug]]
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* [[Jolt (Armada)|Jolt]]
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* [[Longarm (Armada)|Longarm]]
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* [[Incinerator (Armada)|Incinerator]]
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* [[Comettor]]
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* [[Rollbar (Armada)|Rollbar]]
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* [[Nightbeat (Armada)|Nightbeat]]
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* [[Liftor]]
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* [[Street Action Mini-Con Team]]
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** [[Perceptor (Armada)|Perceptor]]
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* [[Air Defense Mini-Con Team (Armada)|Air Defense Mini-Con Team]]
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**[[Star Saber (Armada)|Star Saber]]
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* [[Race Mini-Con Team]]
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**[[Skyboom (Armada)|Skyboom Shield]]
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* [[Space Mini-Con Team]]
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**[[Requiem Blaster]]
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|h2=Decepticon-allied [[Mini-Con]]s|c2=
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* [[Leader-1 (Armada)|Leader-1/Clench]]
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* [[Swindle (Armada)|Swindle]]/[[Zapmaster]]
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* [[Crumplezone (Armada)|Crumplezone]]
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* [[Blackout (Armada)|Blackout]]
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* [[Inferno (Armada)|Inferno]]
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* [[Ramjet (Armada)|Ramjet]]
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* [[Wind Sheer (Armada)|Wind Sheer]]
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* [[Air Military Mini-Con Team]]
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* [[Run-Over]]
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|h3=Others|c3=
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* [[Sideways (Armada)|Sideways]] ([[Paul Dobson]])
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** [[Crosswise (Armada)|Crosswise]]
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** [[Rook]]
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* [[Unicron]] ([[Mark Acheson]])
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** [[Dead End (Armada)|Dead End]]
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|nonumbering=true
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}}
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Narrator: [[Jim Conrad]]
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==Major Locations==
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* [[Lincoln, Nebraska]]
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**[[Cybertron Base (Armada)|Cybertron Base]] (Autobot HQ)
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**[[Cosmoscope Research Center]]
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* [[Lunar Base (Armada)|Lunar Base]] (Decepticon HQ)
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* [[Cybertron (planet)|Cybertron]]
   
 
==Production==
 
==Production==
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''Armada'' is the first Transformers cartoon, or anime, to be co-developed in the United States and Japan. It is produced in Japan by [[WE'VE]] (Known at the time as Aeon), airs first in the United States, and then airs in Japan later on.
   
''Armada'' was plagued with translation errors, particularly the repeated misnaming of characters in dialog, and as far as writing quality it was not nearly up to the standards ''[[Beast Wars (cartoon)|Beast Wars]]'' had set six years before, often containing juvenile dialog and stock science-fiction plots. Still, after the failure of ''[[Beast Machines (cartoon)]]'' and lukewarm reception to ''[[Robots in Disguise (cartoon)|Robots In Disguise]]'', many welcomed the freshness of ''Armada'', as well as the new features it brought to both the Transformers toyline and its greater story as a whole.
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The U.S. version is produced by S.D. ('''S'''abella '''D'''ern) Entertainment with ADR studio [[Voicebox Productions]] casting for English talent and recording the version's dialogue.
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As the series continues, new characters (human, Autobot, Decepticon, Mini-Con, or otherwise) eventually start making their first appearance onscreen as the stories progress - this means that casting for extra English talent as quickly as possible is essential later on.
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==Criticisms==
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The U.S. dub of ''Armada'' is plagued with errors. Most explicit is the repeated misnaming of characters, particularly the Mini-Cons. More subtle clues point to scripts that were transliterated and never given a proper re-write to adapt them for a Western, or any English, audience.
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The show also features wildly varying animation quality, which is due in large part to an extremely rushed production schedule; Voicebox often receives unfinished animation to work with, and rarely has time to get more than a first-draft translation of the script together in time for English recording.
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The cause of this rush job is still under speculation, but there appear to be two primary suspects:
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* Initial plans call for [[Dreamwave]] to supply character models for the series (at least, that was the claim), but that never materialized, possibly throwing off production schedules.
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* Cartoon Network, the channel that airs the show, reportedly would not sign off on the series without a certain number of episodes already finished, forcing a rush job to get the cartoon out to coincide with the toy line's release.
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Even accounting for the rushed dub, ''Armada'''s scripting tends to be of poor, indecent quality. Characters give long, rambling, semi-coherent monologues, react strangely to one another's dialog, have very disjointed "conversations", reiterate obvious plot points to one another, and repeatedly use stock phrases such as "Hey, wait up!" Moments of intended silence are filled with babble, especially the dreaded "Uh?" every time a character reacts to anything.
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The show also takes flack for the repetitive nature of its first half, in which the same small groups of Autobots and Decepticons hunt for Mini-Cons in one episode after the previous. The rising threat of [[Unicron]], as well as the gradually expanding cast, eventually leads to more wide-ranging stories.
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Some people also gave Armada criticism for resembling ''[[Wikipedia:Pokémon|Pokémon]]'' in that the story revolves around characters capturing other characters to make them stronger.
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==Reception==
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Although fans had a [[Pokeformers|mixed reaction]] towards the product as a whole (which is [[Ruined FOREVER|typical]] of ''any'' new series), it was ''incredibly'' successful with the target audience {{m-}} children ages 4–9. The toys sell fast like hotcakes - this prompts Hasbro to pad out the tail end of the toyline with a number of ''Beast Wars'' redecos that are partnered up with Mini-Cons - so far, a select few [[Transmetal]] figures are redecoed so that some, but not all, of those chosen figures are now entirely new characters.
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The success of ''Armada'' leads to the more expensive R&D that went into the next two franchises: ''[[Energon (franchise)|Energon]]'' and ''[[Cybertron (franchise)|Cybertron]]''. It also prompts the launch of the ''[[Universe]]'' subline, as demand for Transformers product continues to outstrip Hasbro's ability to develop new molds.
   
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
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{{collist|4|
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#[[First Encounter]]
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#[[Metamorphosis]]
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#[[Base]]
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#[[Comrade]]
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#[[Soldier]]
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#[[Jungle]]
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#[[Carnival]]
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#[[Palace]]
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#[[Confrontation (Armada episode)|Confrontation]]
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#[[Underground]]
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#[[Ruin]]
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#[[Prehistory]]
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#[[Swoop (Armada episode)|Swoop]]
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#[[Overmatch]]
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#[[Gale]]
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#[[Credulous]]
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#[[Conspiracy]]
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#[[Trust]]
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#[[Vacation]]
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#[[Reinforcement]]
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#[[Decisive Battle]]
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#[[Vow]]
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#[[Rebellion]]
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#[[Chase (Armada episode)|Chase]]
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#[[Tactician]]
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#[[Link Up]]
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#[[Detection]]
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#[[Awakening]]
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#[[Desperate]]
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#[[Runaway]]
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#[[Past, Part 1]]
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#[[Past, Part 2]]
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#[[Sacrifice]]
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#[[Regeneration]]
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#[[Rescue]]
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#[[Mars (Armada episode)|Mars]]
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#[[Crack (Armada episode)|Crack]]
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#[[Threaten]]
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#[[Crisis]]
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#[[Remorse]]
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#[[Depart]]
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#[[Miracle]]
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#[[Puppet]]
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#[[Uprising]]
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#[[Dash (episode)|Dash]]
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#[[Drift (episode)|Drift]]
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#[[Portent]]
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#[[Cramp]]
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#[[Alliance (episode)|Alliance]]
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#[[Union]]
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#[[Origin]]
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#[[Mortal Combat]]
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}}
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==External links==
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*[http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Knight/6670/my_micron/armada-legend.html Site comparing animation differences between Armada and Micron Legend]
   
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Armada is a Transformers cartoon series that ran from 2002–2003, in support of the franchise of the same name. The show initiated a total continuity reboot, setting up a brand new Transformers universe separate from any previous storyline. Together with its two sequels, this continuity family is now known as the Unicron Trilogy.

Armada's universe is most distinguished by the presence and importance of Mini-Cons, a race of human-sized Transformers that, when "powerlinxed" to their larger brethren, would unleash a flood of energy. Because of the great potential for their exploitation, the Mini-Cons attempt to abstain from the Autobot/Decepticon war and flee Cybertron, crashing on Earth and its moon. When some Mini-Cons are accidentally reactivated in 2010 by clumsy teenagers, a beacon alerts both the Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron, who track them to Earth and continue their battle here.

Unlike Generation One, the Beast Wars and Robots in Disguise, and like Beast Machines, the series is presented as its episodes being of a serialized nature starting from its first episode onward - the reason for this serialization eventually escalates beyond just a search for the Mini-Cons as the episodes progress, with the series eventually using a special sub-title for the remaining stories of the series' 52-episode count starting from episode 41: The Unicron Battles.

Followed by: Energon

CharactersEdit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans


(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobot-allied Mini-Cons Decepticon-allied Mini-Cons Others



Narrator: Jim Conrad

Major LocationsEdit

ProductionEdit

Armada is the first Transformers cartoon, or anime, to be co-developed in the United States and Japan. It is produced in Japan by WE'VE (Known at the time as Aeon), airs first in the United States, and then airs in Japan later on.

The U.S. version is produced by S.D. (Sabella Dern) Entertainment with ADR studio Voicebox Productions casting for English talent and recording the version's dialogue.

As the series continues, new characters (human, Autobot, Decepticon, Mini-Con, or otherwise) eventually start making their first appearance onscreen as the stories progress - this means that casting for extra English talent as quickly as possible is essential later on.

CriticismsEdit

The U.S. dub of Armada is plagued with errors. Most explicit is the repeated misnaming of characters, particularly the Mini-Cons. More subtle clues point to scripts that were transliterated and never given a proper re-write to adapt them for a Western, or any English, audience.

The show also features wildly varying animation quality, which is due in large part to an extremely rushed production schedule; Voicebox often receives unfinished animation to work with, and rarely has time to get more than a first-draft translation of the script together in time for English recording.

The cause of this rush job is still under speculation, but there appear to be two primary suspects:

  • Initial plans call for Dreamwave to supply character models for the series (at least, that was the claim), but that never materialized, possibly throwing off production schedules.
  • Cartoon Network, the channel that airs the show, reportedly would not sign off on the series without a certain number of episodes already finished, forcing a rush job to get the cartoon out to coincide with the toy line's release.

Even accounting for the rushed dub, Armada's scripting tends to be of poor, indecent quality. Characters give long, rambling, semi-coherent monologues, react strangely to one another's dialog, have very disjointed "conversations", reiterate obvious plot points to one another, and repeatedly use stock phrases such as "Hey, wait up!" Moments of intended silence are filled with babble, especially the dreaded "Uh?" every time a character reacts to anything.

The show also takes flack for the repetitive nature of its first half, in which the same small groups of Autobots and Decepticons hunt for Mini-Cons in one episode after the previous. The rising threat of Unicron, as well as the gradually expanding cast, eventually leads to more wide-ranging stories.

Some people also gave Armada criticism for resembling Pokémon in that the story revolves around characters capturing other characters to make them stronger.

ReceptionEdit

Although fans had a mixed reaction towards the product as a whole (which is typical of any new series), it was incredibly successful with the target audience — children ages 4–9. The toys sell fast like hotcakes - this prompts Hasbro to pad out the tail end of the toyline with a number of Beast Wars redecos that are partnered up with Mini-Cons - so far, a select few Transmetal figures are redecoed so that some, but not all, of those chosen figures are now entirely new characters.

The success of Armada leads to the more expensive R&D that went into the next two franchises: Energon and Cybertron. It also prompts the launch of the Universe subline, as demand for Transformers product continues to outstrip Hasbro's ability to develop new molds.

EpisodesEdit

External linksEdit

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