Transformers: Super-God Masterforce Episode 39 Recap – “Battle to the Death!! God Ginrai VS Darkwings Reborn”

If you’ve ever watched The Transformers, you know that the Decepticons lose every week. And that’s to be expected on a weekly cartoon show. But this episode actually deals with the ramifications of what it’s like to lose again and again. Two pairs of Decepticons each take a different path and while it hardly gets very deep with their motivations, it’s at least something we haven’t really seen cartoons like this address before. But first, the show brings us up to speed on what losers Hydra and Buster are, recapping them getting their asses handed to them in clip show form. It’s pretty embarrassing stuff.

The Decepticons' career summarized in one image.

The Decepticons’ career summarized in one image.

Shuta, you clean the toilets.

Shuta, you clean the toilets.

Meanwhile, the Autobots are hanging out on some island or other, using Grand Maximus as their base of operations. God Ginrai explains to his troops that now that they’ve destroyed the Decepticons’ base, they’ll almost definitely launch some sort of counter attack on them or innocent people so they should all be on high alert. Then he sends one single Autobot to patrol the planet. Metalhawk. That’s it.

Whining always works.

Whining always works.

At the end of the last episode, the Decepticons abandoned Wilder and Bullhorn when they set their base to explode. Ginrai saved them but that isn’t enough to make them join the Autobots. I kinda like that they don’t have an instant change of heart. Cancer begs them to stay and join the Autobots with him, but they still pretty much hate the Autobots. They just also hate the Decepticons now. There’s plenty of hate in their hearts for everyone.

Cab and Shuta spend a lot of money on hair products.

Cab and Shuta spend a lot of money on hair products.

Shuta also tries to argue that they should join the Autobots, but Cab eventually has to point out that it’s a lost cause. Yeah, butt out Shuta.

The Saddest Little Decepticon.

The Saddest Little Decepticon.

Bullhorn and Wilder wander off and Cancer is broken-hearted to lose his former friends and allies. He longingly whispers Bullhorn’s name as Minerva hugs him. Cancer is a total pussy.

That's a lot of tears. A LOT.

That’s a lot of tears. A LOT.

And in case you had any lingering doubt, Cancer then bursts into tears. I’m having flashbacks to Daniel on last season of Headmasters. I mean, there’s being upset and then there’s just embarrassing yourself by bawling in public. Get it together, man.

Step one: deregulate the banks.

Step one: deregulate the banks.

Meanwhile, the Decepticons are hanging out in some random jungle. Devil Z is now merged with BlackZarak and so their names are interchangeable. They’re one and the same. Devil Z announces that he intends to get his work done himself – he will destroy all of humanity. It’s pretty extreme.

That really grates on Steven Seagal's nerves.

That really grates on Steven Seagal’s nerves.

Lord Giga sort of stands up to him asking if that’s really necessary to kill every human being. He cares because he is human. Half of the Transformers this season are. But Devil Z tells him he doesn’t need to have any doubts or think about it, he just needs to obey. And Giga does. He has as much backbone as any of the Decepticons, which is to say none.

Because you use bad grammar.

Because you use bad grammar.

After that meeting, Buster rants about how they always lose in their fights to God Ginrai and can’t figure out why they always lose. His brother, Hydra, apparently enjoys a nice glass of Scotch. Where they got couches and drinks in the middle of the jungle, I cannot say.

Cool shades, bro.

Cool shades, bro.

Hydra has figured out the answer to Buster’s question, though. He believes they always lose because they are weak. They may be Godmasters, but he thinks their human bodies aren’t a strength but a hindrance. That’s some pretty cold rationale. And yeah, he convinces his brother they need to give up their humanity. That is a pretty damn evil decision.

Kinda like Unicron's deal.

Kinda like Unicron’s deal.

They approach Devil Z and ask him to use his powers to remove their humanity and turn them into pure robots. In a scene a bit reminiscent of Galvatron’s creation from Megatron’s body by Unicron, Devil Z purges Hydra and Buster of their human forms. Is it a good idea? We’ll see.

Our ping pong scores have never been higher.

Our ping pong scores have never been higher.

Hydra and Buster return to the other Decepticons and surprise them all by revealing cool new robot voices a bit like Soundwave’s and pull their masks aside to show that they are now full Transformers, no longer human. Even Lord Giga and Lady Mega are pretty shocked by this development. Hydra claims they are now more powerful than even Godmasters. Again, let’s wait and see. You haven’t exactly tested your powers yet, dude.

Hornets. I want to go to there.

Hornets. I want to go to there.

Are you curious what other powers Devil Z has? Well, they never get defined, but the next thing he does is create storms above several major U.S. cities. Which cities? Unknown. We really only focus on one, which looks like a generic New York, but then…

So long vague desert city.

So long vague desert city.

Devil Z blows it up! And it’s in the desert. So I have no idea what city that was. I think the Japanese think we live in the desert like cowboys. Also, the show’s narrator says this happens all over America. So potentially millions are dying. This is a pretty dark episode.

Hiding in a tourist destination. Brilliant.

Hiding in a tourist destination. Brilliant.

Back with the Autobots, they have an electronic doohickey that tells them BlackZarak is generating some sort of energy from the Grand Canyon and causing these disasters. God Ginrai tells most of the Autobots to help out with relief efforts and takes the Headmaster Jrs with him to investigate the Grand Canyon. Say what? The only job the Headmaster Jrs ever get is rescue efforts which makes some sense because they transform into rescue vehicles. But he takes his weakest soldiers with him to go up against Devil Z? It’s times like this that I remember Ginrai was just a trucker who the Autobots elected new leader because he had a powerful robot body. But maybe a trucker isn’t the best leader.

The frustrations of leading get to Ginrai.

The frustrations of leading get to Ginrai.

Ginrai powers down to Super Ginrai as he’s almost immediately shot down by Hydra and Buster. The Godbomber trailer with the Headmaster Jrs (which now includes Cancer) lands and they kinda do nothing for a while. We’ll check in with them soon.

Devil power! I just wish it included a pitchfork.

Devil power! I just wish it included a pitchfork.

Hydra and Buster attack Super Ginrai with their new ability: Devil Power. It’s kind of like the vague Chokon power that Godmasters can summon and shoot at each other but instead of being rainbow colors, Devil Power is red. It seems to put Super Ginrai in crippling pain that brings him to his knees. So far, I guess Hydra and Buster have traded up. But they won’t get to enjoy Scotch anymore so was it worth it?

Keep them surrounded with fire but don't move in!

Keep them surrounded with fire but don’t move in!

The Headmaster Jrs and Godbomber are surrounded by Sparkdashers who burrow out of the ground, preventing them for helping Ginrai. In the U.S. they were called Firecons I think. They appeared a couple episodes ago and were destroyed within seconds but apparently they are drones like the Seacons this season and past Decepticon drones like Insecticons and Sweeps. The Sparkdashers surround the Autobots with their fire breathing but don’t bother to move in and finish them off. Dumb dumbs.

Don't judge, Minerva.

Don’t judge, Minerva.

Godbomber’s eyes start blinking and he stands still, with his mute mouth hanging open. He looks like an idiot. Only Minerva seems to notice this. How do these guys not understand that Godbomber is a drone that responds to Ginrai? They’ve had him around forever but don’t seem to understand how he operates. He should’ve come with a manual. Anyway, they guess (and it is a guess) that Ginrai needs help so they order Godbomber to fly off and help him. The rest of them… stay pinned down.

Even as a robot, Cancer is whining.

Even as a robot, Cancer is whining.

The Sparkdashers may not have moved in to actually burn the Autobots (and Cancer and Browning who I don’t know if I should call Autobots since they haven’t changed their insignias). But it is warm. How can I tell? Because Browning is fanning himself. Yup. The little gun carries around a fan for days like this.

True love.

True love.

Suddenly, help comes from an unlikely place: Wilder and Bullhorn show up. They make short work of the Sparkdashers. Cancer is pretty psyched to have his old friends come to his aid. They may have compromised morals, but the three of them are legit friends. So they have made a very different choice from Hydra and Buster. They’ve embraced their humanity where the Hydra brothers completely shrugged theirs off.

Try not to damage the donkey trails.

Try not to damage the donkey trails.

Speaking of the Hydra brothers, they form Darkwings and appear more powerful than before, blasting away at Ginrai who merges with Godbomber to power up to God Ginrai. They fly around the Grand Canyon, shooting at each other and destroying structures that are millions of  years old.

Glowing pink stuff attack.

Glowing pink stuff attack.

Finally, Darkwings engages in a new attack: Hellfire Attack, which basically just means they glow purple. To respond to this, God Ginrai does his Chokon power up move “God Fire Guts” which means he also glows like fire. They fly at each other and create a massive explosion. All three combatants fall to the ground. Hydra and Buster declare it’s a draw and fly away. If you leave the field of battle, I don’t think you get to call it a draw.

No balloons or ticker tape?

No balloons or ticker tape?

God Ginrai is cartoon-injured which means he just has some smokey lines drawn on him. Devil Z decides this is the perfect time to finish him off. And he’s right! But Devil Z doesn’t bother to do it himself. We have to save that for the finale I guess.

Cliffhanger!

Cliffhanger!

Instead, Overlord flies in, completely fresh and ready for battle. As the skies crackle with Devil Z’s energy, God Ginrai prepares to battle his opponent after barely surviving his first battle. Yes, this episode ends in a CLIFFHANGER!