Armada was the first Transformers show to be co-developed in the United States and Japan; however, it was animated and aired in Japan first, and was dubbed for US markets. Armada added to the Transformers mythology the notion of Minicons, a tiny (human-sized) race of Transformers that, when "powerlinked" to their larger brethren, would unleash a floodgate of energy. Because of the great potential for their exploitation, the Minicons attempted to abstain from the Autobot/Decepticon war and fled Cybertron, crashing several of their ships on or near Earth. When they're accidentally reactivated in 2002 by several clumsy teenagers, a beacon alerts both Autobots and Decepticons on Cybertron, who track them here and begin their battle again. Armada was plagued with translation errors, particularly the misnaming of characters, and as far as writing quality it was not nearly up to the standards Beast Wars had set six years before, often containing juvenile dialog and stock science-fiction plots. Still, after the failure of Beast Machines and the greatly unoriginal 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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