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Taking place after the Second Season of Transformers, Scramble City is a story in which the Cybertrons... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Yûji Endô 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Toyohiro Andô 

Produced by
Yoshifumi Hatano .... producer
Hirohisa Satô .... producer
Kôji Sekiguchi .... producer
Original Music by
Johnny Douglas 
Robert J. Walsh 
Cinematography by
Masayuki Hirono 
Film Editing by
Masaaki Hanai 
Art Direction by
Shoichiro Sugiura 
Production Management
Susumu Nishikawa .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jun Fukuda .... assistant director
Art Department
Hiroshi Misono .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Katsuyuki Kondo .... sound recordist
Shozo Tajima .... sound
Special Effects by
Nobuhiro Shimokawa .... special effects
Animation Department
Hiroki Abe .... key animator
Shigemi Aoyagi .... key animator
Floro Dery .... character designer
Yasuyoshi Geki .... key animator
George Goode .... character designer
Jun'ichi Hayama .... key animator
Yasue Itasaka .... finish animation
Yasuhiko Izumi .... inbetween artist
Kazuhiro Kaneko .... inbetween artist
Andy Kim .... character designer
Hiroyuki Onodera .... inbetween artist
Yôko Sakamoto .... finish animation
Yoshiko Sakuma .... finish animation
Yoshie Sugimoto .... background artist
Yûji Tsuge .... key animator
Jiro Urakami .... background artist
Satoshi Yamaguchi .... animation director
Toshiyuki Yamaki .... inbetween artist
Shigeru Yamazaki .... key animator

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"Transformers: Scramble City" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Confused? You won't be after this episode of Scramble City Hatsudohen!, 2 January 2004
Author: Ayatollah from Florida

Well, ok, I lied. You'll still be confused. Ostensibly, this piece of work serves to sort of bridge the gap between the end of the second season and the beginning of the third (this is referred to as an entirely separate series, "2010," in Japan, however). This is important, given that the events of "Transformers the Movie" do not occurr in the Japanese timeline. The premise is pretty simple: Convoy tasks Ultra Magnus with overseeing the construction of a secret superfortress (alternately referred to as Scramble City and Metroflex) to combat the Constructicon combiner Devastar. Megatron catches wind of this and dispatches multiple Destrons to destroy it. Hilarity ensues. As the other reviewer mentioned, this doesn't fit into the American cartoon continuity. What he did not mention, however, is that it also fails to fit in with the Japanese continuity for which it was made. With the exception of "Transformers The Movie," everything that happened in the US cartoon continuity up until the 4th season 3-parter "The Rebirth" happened in the Japanese continuity. This means that Starscream would have no reason for being totally unaware of the Stuntron unit as he was very much present for the construction of it in season 2. Likewise, how is that Dinosaurer is present in the timeline before his own creation which occurred in "2010?" This one-shot video does not do much to clarify anything. Quite frankly, it's a showcase for the third-year figures like the Aerialbots and the Combaticons.

As a one-off episode, however, Scramble City is pretty decent. Fair characterization and great original animation make it come together really well. Not counting continuity, the only major gripe I have with this episode is the voice work. If you can get past the fact that a lot of the voices sound exactly the same, then you're confronted with the fact that many of them are really, really annoying. The combiners have these incredibly low voices that make their words virtually indistinguishable. Convoy is far too melodramatic. Bumble sounds like a 4-year-old child. This is a good introduction to the Transformers mythos, but I honestly can't see myself recommending this to someone who doesn't have at least a little knowledge of the original Transformers series.

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