is a one-shot OVA
exclusive to Japan
in the fictional Transformers universe
Originally intended to be a full TV series, Transformers: Zone was forced to become direct-length direct-to-video
) due to less than expected toy sales. The series was canceled after just one episode at 25 minutes. It is considered the last TF Generation 1 animated project.
Following on from Victory, the mysterious three-faced insectoid being, Violenjiger dispatches the nine "Great Decepticon Generals" - Devastator
, King Poseidon
- to acquire "Zone Energy," destroying the planet Feminia to obtain the world's store. Caught in the destruction of the planet, Star Saber
is rescued by Dai Atlas
, who then repels an attack by the Decepticons
, and is appointed the new Autobot
commander at the conclusion of the episode.
The cast of Zone is heavily comprised of Micromasters
, who also made up much of the toyline. Dai Atlas is a "Powered Master
," so named for his motorized gimmick, as is his combining partner Sonic Bomber - the toyline also featured another partner for them, Roadfire, who was not in the episode. The solitary Decepticons in the toyline were the Race Track Patrol, and Metrotitan, a redeco of the Autobot city Metroplex
, neither of whom appeared in animated form.
Powered MastersDai Atlas
(va Yusaku Yara
- Paired with Speeder.Sonic Bomber (va Kaneto Shiozawa)
- Paired with Sonic.Roadfire
- Paired with Drillbuster.
Moon Radar (va Ryō Horikawa
- Known as Countdown in the U.S. Transforms into a Lunar rover. Commander of the Micromaster Rocket Base.Rabbit Crater (va Tsutomu Kashiwakura)
- Transforms into a Porsche. Galaxy Shuttle pilot.
Off Road Patrol
(va Hideyuki Tanaka
)Galaxy ShuttleCain (va Eiko Yamada
- Last survivor of the planet Feminia.Emusa (va Yumi Tōma)
- Cain's pet rabbit from Feminia.Akira (va Naoko Watanabe)
- A human boy.
Violenjiger (va Daisuke Gōri
- Demonic three-faced leader of the Decepticons.
Nine Great Generals (九大魔将軍)Overlord
(va Keiichi Noda
- Super God General; leader of the Nine.Devastator (va Hirohiko Kakegawa)
- Engineering GeneralMenasor (va Masato Hirano)
- Intelligence GeneralBruticus (va Yukimasa Kishino)
- Fire GeneralTrypticon (va Daisuke Gōri)
- Dinosaur GeneralPredaking (va Yukimasa Kishino)
- Beast GeneralAbominus (va Yukimasa Kishino)
- Monster GeneralKing Poseidon (va Masato Hirano)
- Aquatic General_Super-God_Masterforce (va Hirohiko Kakegawa)
- Dark spirit General
- F-1 RacerRoller Force
- Racing BuggyGround Hog
- Stock Car
The missing characters did go on to appear in the pages of the Japanese publication, TV Magazine otherwise known as "Telemaga". This monthly magazine had always included Transformers manga story pages and splash illustrations with explanatory text. No direct manga was ever released for Zone.
These story pages were used to provide supporting fiction for the remaining two years worth of toylines - 1991's Battlestars: Return of Convoy and 1992's Operation: Combination.