Who is the main character of Transformers: Super-God Masterforce? Is it the leader, Metalhawk? Or our POV character, Shuta? Or is it Ginrai, who we’ll meet this episode and takes a lead role? It’s hard to say. But if it’s Shuta, he really should remember that the Decepticons killed his dad. He kinda got over that real fast, didn’t he? Anyway, we begin this episode in the Decepticon base with leaders Mega and Giga lecturing the Godmasters, Hydra and Buster. Lecturing them on what they are!
Trust me, you’ll never guess how they’re different. Just hit the jump and see.
Yeah, Lord Giga says that the Godmasters are basically their kids. And then he stops there. This is never really explained fully, though it will be obliquely referenced about midway through the series. The nature of Godmasters ties into the evil entity that the Decepticons are following, but who we have only seen fleeting references to so far. It’s awkward.
Regardless, the Decepticons discuss their greatest fear: as great as Hydra and Buster are, what if the Autobots got their own Godmaster? Giga tasks the brothers with looking into whether they Autobots have such an asset. Which actually sounds like a really broad task. But more important than that is their choice of outfits, right? I mean, I can accept Busters loose sweater, but what’s up with Hydra’s accountant look? Those armbands are super-weird but the tie has to be the strangest choice. Is he planning to meet someone for a business deal in between fighting Autobots?
Meanwhile, in America, specifically Diver’s research institute, Diver gets a call about a sick dolphin. His research facility is massive and I thought he was some sort of high-end marine biologist or energy scientist or something. But here he’s talking to a dude from some place like SeaWorld about getting his dolphin healthy again.
Since the dolphin hasn’t arrived yet and time is supposedly of the essence, Diver calls the truck driver who is delivering the dolphin. Turns out it’s just some young dude whose engine died so he’s stranded at a truck stop. He doesn’t seem too concerned about the dolphin that’s probably baking in his truck’s trailer.
Now that he knows he should actually try to meet his deadlines, he asks the auto mechanic if he has any trucks for sale instead. The mechanic has one but mentions that it has been returned for having strange supernatural phenomena occur with it. No more detail than that. Ginrai proves he’s either a man up for a challenging adventure or a complete moron when he agrees to take it.
However, the show must not want us to like him too much because the first thing Ginrai does is think up how he’ll complain to the mechanic that it has problems so that he can buy it on the cheap. Also, the mechanic lets him “borrow” it to see if he likes it before he has to buy it. You know, the way no car seller ever would.
Remember how Hydra and Buster have the vague mission of “see if the Autobots found a Godmaster?” Well, with nothing specific to go on, they were randomly told to start their search in America. You know, that little town called America? 3.8 million square miles. Population of 316 million, give or take? Yeah, start there.
Hydra spends his time in an efficient way, standing by the Grand Canyon and screaming about how powerful he is with only his brother to hear him.
Ginrai drops off the dolphin at Diver’s facility. He looks in the glove box and apparently he’s the first one to think of that because there’s a pair of Masterforce bracelets in there. He instantly puts them on and then right away wants to take them off but they won’t budge. This guy has impulses like a cat.
Diver picks that moment to thank him only to find him doing some weird humping action in an attempt to get the bracelets off. Instead of calling the authorities, he sticks around and watches and recognizes the bracelets. Ginrai decides he can’t just sit around for a few minutes to talk so Diver hops in to talk to him.
Diver explains to Ginrai about the Autobots and Decepticons and seems very surprised that Ginrai hasn’t heard of them on the news. I’m surprised, too, but Diver should probably be glad. After all Transformers are supposed to be robots in DISGUISE and Pretenders are trying to blend in even more!
After Diver explains that Decepticons are massive robots, frequently in a massive animal form, and have wrecked cities, that jogs Ginrai’s memory. One time he saw a huge buffalo (who?) raging in “the city” (which one?). I bet Ginrai is making that up to fit in. He angrily crushes his soda to show how serious he is about not liking the Decepticons, which he didn’t know about a few minutes ago.
But after that beautiful speech, Ginrai explains that he’s a loner and isn’t going to get involved. Thanks, tough guy.
The Godmasters, meanwhile, have decided that the best first step they can take is to sit in the middle of the desert and chat with their fellow Decepticons, the Headmaster Jrs, about whether they’ve heard any good rumors about a potential Godmaster. Remember, as far as anyone knows, there might not even be any. But the Headmaster Jrs have all heard rumors about a truck that heals itself.
Somehow, the Godmasters track that rumor down and figure out that it’s the same truck Ginrai borrowed. This all happens off screen. Too bad. I’d love to see Hydra talk to that mechanic. I bet the mechanic gave them some odd looks.
Oh, and Ginrai’s truck starts going crazy, swerving all over the place on a series of winding roads up in the mountains. Then his brakes fail. Why? I think just to make things more interesting.
Ginrai crashes over the edge of the cliff and Diver bails on him. The cliff seems to be about a goddamn mile high in the sky.
Diver then inspects the wreckage as though anyone should be expected to survive that insane disaster.
But surprisingly enough, Ginrai is alive although in very, very bad shape. He can barely move at all and is convinced he’s going to die. He struggles to even reach the door. Traditional cartoon fun.
The Godmasters happen to by flying overhead at that moment and land, recognizing Diver. Before simply blasting him to hell, they opt to break his spirit first. Diver told them he wants to defend humanity because he loves it and they point out that they are human but Diver is only pretending. It’s a pretty good insult, especially on the Transformers sliding scale where “Megajerk” was pretty much the wittiest insult the Autobots ever came up with.
The Godmasters then decide to show off their Chokon power, which in this instance is simply floating some rocks up and pelting Diver with them. At least they shout at him to “eat this!” which is the go-to battle cry for both sides in any given episode of Super-God Masterforce.
Hydra gloats a bit and even rubs it in to Diver that not every human is great. Implying, I suppose, that some are shitheads like himself.
Just then, Ginrai collapses inside the cab and his bracelets touch. He is instantly healed and encased in a robot suit. He transforms into an engine as the truck heals itself. When the engine combines with the truck, it transforms into a familiar looking Transformer! Ginrai exhibits Chokon power as well, surrounding himself in electricity and blasting energy towards the Decepticons, who decide to retreat and tell Mega they found an Autobot Godmaster. Why does Ginrai look like Optimus Prime? Guess what? They NEVER TELL YOU! Ok, that’s not entirely true. After this show completed all its episodes, it had a clip show episode and the voiceover explains that the Autobots had built a Transtector body that they intended to try to revive Optimus Prime with. Why didn’t they? WHO KNOWS?!
Ginrai lets Diver know that he’s Japanese. Diver wisely doesn’t respond to something so obvious.
The show apparently feels the need to explain why a Japanese guy would be in America, and Ginrai says that he felt stifled in Japan so he came to America to search out new opportunities. Which seem to mostly include becoming a long haul trucker. Truly the Autobots have gained one hell of an ally!