Q Transformers Anime's 1st Episode Streamed

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Lockdown consider how to market themselves to girls

The official YouTube channel for DLE Inc. began streaming the first episode of the Q Transformers: Kaettekita Convoy no Nazo (Q Transformers: The Mystery of the Convoy Returns) anime on Monday. The episode is titled "30-Shūnen Shōhin no Nazo" (The Mystery of the 30th Anniversary Merchandise).

The episode stars Optimus Prime (Yoshimasa Hosoya), Lockdown (Tatsuhisa Suzuki), and Bumblebee (Ryohei Kimura) as they struggle with the Q-Transformers smartphone game. Lockdown asks about the trio's cute design makeover and Optimus and Bumblebee reply that it is to appeal to girls. Bumblebee has the idea to further market their franchise's 30th anniversary by doing a 12 Animals of the Zodiac tie-in, to which Lockdown replies they should just bring back Beast Wars instead. The group continues to speculate on how to make Transformers appealing to girls, including making themselves soft or participating in a romance triangle as young male versions of themselves. Bumblebee says about the latter that he definitely wouldn't want to see that. Then Bumblebee and Lockdown ask Optimus for a more serious idea, and he thinks hard but starts sweating, and the two ask if he's OK. He then asks the two to wait a minute, and the episode cuts to a promo for the "Q-Transformers" merchandise and game.

The TV anime is inspired by the 1986 Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System) game The Transformers: Mystery of Convoy. The game also inspired a smartphone app earlier this year.

Additional cast members include:

Fukujurō Katayama as Bluestreak
Go Inoue as Prowl
Jun Fukushima as WheelJack
Kouki Uchiyama as Smokescreen
Yūichi Nakamura as Rumble & Sunstreaker

Kōtarō Ishidate (Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono, gdgd Fairies) is directing the anime at DLE Inc., and is also providing the scripts. 6 Jigen Animation is providing the animation for the opening sequence. OLDCODEX performs the opening theme, "physical."

The remainder of the staff is as follows:

Music: Hajime and Jiro (from LiLi)
Animation Director: Mame Suzuki
Background Art: Sanae Fujioka
Organization Cooperation: Kuniosa Hirama
Recording Adjustment: Soichi Tsunekawa
Scripts: Kōtarō Ishidate
Sound Effects: Yoshiaki Tokunaga

The series premiered on Tokyo MX on January 6.

[Via TFW2005]

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