Beast Wars II tells the story of a battle waging between Lio Convoy's team of Cybertrons (Maximals) and Galvatrons army of Destrons (Predacon) on the planet Gaia. As LioConvoy and Galvatron fight over the mysterious energy source known as Angolmois energy, many strange occurrences and mysterious properties of Angolmois begin to arise.
Since there's no review available on MyAnimeList for the Beast Wars II anime that aired in Japan in 1998 and has been fansubbed since 2016 by Karyuudo Fansubs and can be found on Youtube, I really wanted to be the first to give my own nitpicks about the anime Beast Wars II (read aloud as Beast Wars Second) here on MyAnimeList. This is a spin-off of the Western cartoon Beast Wars: Transformers we probably all loved and aired around the time (Spring 1998) between Beast Wars and Beast Wars Transmetals aired in Japan.
*May contain minor spoilers - incase you aren't familiar with Transformers in
The planet Gaia, better known as what we can compair to our own very Earth is home to a powerful but unstable energy source known as Angolmois energy (you can pretty much compair it with lava in my opinion), which has come to attention of the Destrons (or Predacons if you’d prefer, you know the descendants of the Decepticons) being led by Galvatron (not to be confused with the G1 one). The Cybertrons (Maximals) are being led by Lio Convoy, whose mission is to stop Galvatron from extracting the Angolmois Energy and protect the planet Gaia from destruction. Lio Convoy is teamed up by Tasmanian Kid, Diver, Scuba, Big Horn and Apache, while Galvatron’s soldiers include Starscream (not the Starscream G1 one, but a complete other one according to the sourcebook that I own), BB, Dirge, Thrust, the Autorollers and his own younger brother Megastorm. Would Galvatron succeed his plan? Will the Cybertrons (Maximals) stop Galvatron and his team just in time?
Pretty much every Transformers fan knows up on this point “Japanese-made Transformers series” is not a good combination and it has it's good reasons. The fact that it's quite obvious the Transformers franchise only exists for purely one thing; 'to sell toys' (big suprise, huh?) and the Japanese also try to earn some money within the franchise in the form of much more show accurate toys made by TakaraTomy compaired the ones we have gotten by Hasbro. The show itself also aims for a much younger demographic than its Western much darker counterpart. Even though this anime is a fun watch if you really loved Beasts Wars or even the G1 Transformers cartoons. Even though it has a quite boring beginning and I was myself on the verge of dropping the show, but once the ball started rolling the show became much more enjoyable to watch even though with some quite outdated artstyle and re-used clips where our Transformer characters transforms, but once you get past that it's no problem.
The characters are quite enjoyable to watch, despite how childish Beast Wars II can get. I personally loved Scuba, Starscream, BB and the Jointrons the most. The characters Artemis and Moon are two androids who watch over the planet Gaia, frequently commenting on the show’s events and are offering small factoid segments at the end of each episode and would serve almost no real purpose in the plot. The show also has 3 'recap episodes' and it's up to you to skip them if you want. Remember; this show is aimed for childern and is basicly one big toy advertisement just like any other Transformer show basicly is.
Despise it's flaws, I still enjoyed the show and I look forward in late 2018 when Karyuudo Fansubs will have scheduled the release the fansubbed sequal called 'Beast Wars Neo'.