Noob Reviews: Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 01 - Siege)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy?
Taking us all the way back to the start of the Transformers franchise, War for Cybertron begins with the first chapter (entitled Siege) and sees Cybertron at war, with both Autobots and Decepticons fighting for control over their homeworld. With Megatron at the head of the Decepticons, he seeks to annihilate all none Decepticons and claim the planet as his own. But Optimus Prime, renowned warrior and fearless leader of the Autobots stands in his way. Rallying what resistance he can, Optimus Prime and his forces fight the Decepticons every step of the way and oppose their rule - wishing to free Cybertron of all tyranny and return it to the people.
I would just like to note at this point that the anime does not have any ties to the video game of the same name but has been an influence for the models and toys that are available.
What type of anime-style is Transformers: War for Cybertron?
Transformers: War for Cybertron was created using CGI (computer-generated imagery).
What is the first chapter about?
As mentioned above the first chapter takes us back to the very beginning of the Transformers franchise and sees us thrust into the war between Decepticons and Autobots. And covers the events all the way from the war on Cybertron. Up to and including the Autobots escape off of the planet with the Allspark. To some a revered artefact that creates the world around them. And to others a means with which they can crush their enemies and remake Cybertron as they see fit.
Although the chapters are only going to be short, some of the critical storylines in the first are:
An introduction to the Autobots and Decepticons as warring factions.
An introduction to Bumblebee and the Guardians, who are neutral factions in the war on Cybertron.
An explanation of what the Allspark is and how it can be used for both good or evil. Creating life or destroying life as the user sees fit.
The Autobots fight to secure the Allspark and whisk it away from Cybertron so that it can not be corrupted and used as a weapon.
All of these storylines you may have heard before and be familiar with if you are a Transformers fan, but are brought to us in such a way, they set the foundations on which the next two chapters (Earthrise and Kingdom) will unfold.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can find the anime’s listing on Netflix here.
When was the first chapter released?
Chapter one was released in July 2020.
Has a second chapter been confirmed?
At the moment, there has been an official confirmation that there will be a second and third chapter. However, no specific time frames on when they are going to be released have been given. According to non-official sources though it is believed a second chapter will be released at the end of 2020 or early 2021. With only a few weeks of 2020 left, I think it will most likely be early 2021.
There has though, been a teaser trailer revealed which you can watch below.
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
How many episodes are there?
There are a total of six episodes in chapter one, each with a run time of twenty-four minutes.
When researching the trilogy, it appears there will be eighteen episodes in total meaning each chapter will consist of six episodes, with similar run times for each.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy’s first chapter?
Having been a massive fan of the Transformers franchise since I was a young kid back in the late 80s/early 90s. I was very excited when the anime was announced and really found the new direction in which the anime took it to be a fascinating choice. Whereas the original animated shows for Transformers have all been bright, colourful and more suggested violence with often minimal conflict - the anime delves into a more dark and sinister world. Not only is the overall anime-style darker and a lot more appealing to teens and adults, as opposed to younger viewers. But there are heavy elements of slavery, oppression and genocide. And the writers are not afraid to show it. Also, the fight scenes are more graphic, and there have already been instances of torture and executions.
When it comes to the presentation, not everyone is a fan of the new CGI animes that Netflix seems so keen on, but I really found the visual style to fit perfectly with Transformers. It was stunning, and I would class the visuals as some serious eye candy. Although the colour palette is darker than usual, the character models are well represented and each bot. Whether they be Autobot or Decepticon has a strong and unique personality that really comes through. And this is complemented by the voice actors who really bring a level of immersion and passion to their characters there I could not fault.
Overall it was tough for me to step back and review the anime as a simple anime outside of the Transformers franchise I loved so much but when doing so only grew to appreciate what a loyal (if not somewhat modernised) addition it was. Admittedly as mentioned, it does take on a few more risque or adult themes than other animated entries from years past. Still, they are handled and integrated so well it only serves to strengthen this entry as a real love letter to the fans and hopefully something new/future fans will enjoy.
What rating would you give Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 01 - Siege)?
I would rate the first entry of the Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy as a 5 out of 5 bananas.
From the voice acting to the script. From the animations to the combat choreography. War for Cybertron takes an already well-known origin story and shakes it up so creatively and effectively that it only strengthens and modernises the story for modern-day audiences. With an easy to follow plot that is well explored and character arcs that are meaningful and have a real impact on the events unfolding in the anime, War for Cybertron is perfect for both existing and new fans. Offering a little something to both groups.
Having already watched the first chapter and repeatedly re-watched the teaser trailer for the second chapter, whose release date is yet to be confirmed, I can confidently say this is a five out of five banana worthy entry. I am excited to see where the next chapter takes us. And how - if it can - it builds upon the success of the first.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 01 - Siege) and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.