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Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Victory ran from March 14, 1989 to December 19, 1989 in Japan for 37 broadcast episodes, in support of the toyline of the same name.
After the conclusion of the daring, unusual Super-God Masterforce, Victory took the continuing animated saga of the Transformers back to a much more basic approach, restoring an unmoving status quo of small groups of Autobots and Decepticons battling over energy on Earth. Like Masterforce before it, the series takes a fresh-start approach, focusing on a cast of entirely new characters, although the connections between the previous series are a lot more clearly drawn than they were between Masterforce and The Headmasters, with repeated appearances by members of its cast.
For an unknown reason—be it a rushed schedule, a diminishing budget (perhaps caused by Victory's uncommonly well-done animation) or something else—Victory's 38-episode run features a full six clip shows, containing no new footage or story at all. As if that wasn't enough, a further six were released directly to video after the end of the series, bringing the total up to 44.
Victory was planned out by Masumi Kaneda, who had also been responsible for The Headmasters and Super-God Masterforce, but in this instance, his involvement with the actual production of the show appears to have been comparatively less, with Hiroyuki Hoshiyama credited as the head writer. Kaneda did, however, work on the Victory manga, with the massive storytelling gulf between it and the anime illustrating how few of Kaneda's ideas for the series actually made it into the anime.
In the year 2025, following the defeat of the Decepticons on Earth in the Masterforce war, the villains have begun aggressively attacking other planets in the universe. To counter this threat, the Autobots join with many other civilizations and lifeforms (including Humanity) to form the Galactic Peace Alliance, which strikes back against the Decepticons with its military Space Defense Force. Recently appointed Supreme Commander of the Autobots, Star Saber heads up the Sector One Defense Force, backed up by the Brainmasters and Multiforce, while God Ginrai takes charge of Sector Two.
Seeking the energy necessary to free his massive Planet-Destroying Fortress from imprisonment in the Dark Nebula where Star Saber sealed it years ago, the Decepticons' new Emperor of Destruction, Deathsaurus, attacks Earth with his Dinoforce, prompting Star Saber and his team to set up residence on the planet. Accompanying them is Jean Minakaze, Star Saber's adopted human son, whose parents died in a Decepticon attack when he was just a baby, and Holi, head of the Micromaster Rescue Team, who soon arrive on Earth to be with their leader. The Decepticons, meanwhile, are progressively joined by more and more members of the elite Breastforce squad, including their scheming leader Leozack, who seeks to take leadership of the Decepticons from Deathsaurus, and the sneaky Hellbat, who's only looking out for himself.
After a series of energy-raiding adventures on Earth, the Breastforce target the Micromasters' homeworld of planet Micro, where they liberate their teammate, Gaihawk, enabling the team to combine into the mighty Liokaiser and finally defeat Star Saber in battle for the first time. Despite the addition of the six-changing samurai Greatshot to their ranks, the Autobots are weakened by this turn of events, and when God Ginrai arrives on Earth to aid them, he is fatally wounded by Deathsaurus and recreated as Victory Leo. When Deathsaurus finally reactivates his fortress and turns it upon the Earth, Star Saber and Victory Leo combine together into Victory Saber to end the threat of Deathsaurus once and for all.
- The Brave Hero of the Universe - Star Saber
- Sneak Attack! Dinoking
- Attack! Leozack
- Unite!! Multiforce
- Move Out! Rescue Team
- Infiltration... The Uranium Mine
- Explosion!! The Energy Base
- Big City - Underground Terror
- Clash!! Two Great Heroes
- The New Warrior - Hellbat
- Attack the Shuttle Base!!
- Tanker Hijack Operation
- Move Out!! Breastforce
- Rescue Jean!!
- Mach and Tackle
- A Fierce Battle!! The Asteroid
- Planet Micro - The Mysterious Warrior
- Rescue! Gaihawk
- Unite! Liokaiser
- Assemble! The Warrior Combiner
- Resurrection!? The Decepticon Fortress
- Battle Up of Wrath!!
- Fight to the Death!! Antarctic Battle
- Crisis! Ambush in the Desert
- A Deadly Battle
- Ginrai Dies!!
- Fight!! Victory Leo
- Ultimate Crisis!! Autobots
- Awaken! Victory Leo
- The Tide is Turned! The Ultimate Weapon, the Victory Unification
- Jean - Defend the Campus!!
- A Mystery?! The Deception of the Base Bombs
- The Death-Bringing Space Insects!!
- The Strongest! Victory Saber
- The Terror of the Giant Tidal Waves
- The Wrath of the Resurrected Giant Fortress!
- Showdown! The Fortress vs the Victory Unification
- Autobots Forever
- Radiant! Victorious Planet
- The Emperor of Destruction Wins!
- SOS! Global Defense Directive
- Victory Attack of Friendship!
- Echo Across the Galaxy! Bell of Love!!
Sector Two Force
Sector Two Force
As one of the three series that received the RTM 1 dub treatment, Victory fell under the ownership of TV-Loonland, and consequently was made available for potential release by Transformers license-holders. Although as of this writing it has still not been made available in North America, the entire series has been released on DVD in the United Kingdom in December 2006 by Metrodome (in its original Japanese format plus subtitles) and in Australia in May 2008 by Madman Entertainment (in a dual-language format). Additionally, the RTM 1 dub was aired on the UK channel Anime Central in late 2007.