The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects. The series was supplemented by a feature film, The Transformers: The Movie (1986), taking place between the second and third seasons.
In Japan, the series was called Template:Nihongo for Seasons 1 and 2, and Template:Nihongo for Season 3. Following the conclusion of the series in 1987 but in 1988 the fifth and last season of the series is the retelling story of the TV series rerun, with episodes with Powermaster Optimus Prime as the host of the fifth season of TV series with a boy named Tommy, the Japanese created Transformers: The Headmasters, a sequel series. Three Children's manga adaptations of the Japanese dub were written by Masami Kaneda and illustrated by Ban Magami as part of their Template:Nihongo series. The first series was serialized in Kodansha's TV Magazine from April 1986 to November 1986, the second from December 1986 to April 1987 and the third from May 1987 to July 1987. The first manga used the same name as the TV series and is eight chapters long, the second manga was titled Template:Nihongo and is five chapters long, and the third was titled Template:Nihongo and is three chapters long.
Due to the 1992 franchise-wide relaunch under the name Transformers: Generation 2, the original series and its toy and comic book parallels are referred to as Transformers: Generation 1, aka G1.Template:Citation needed Initially a fan-coined term, it has since made its way into official use as a retronym.Template:Citation needed Although not a completely new show, new CGI features such as bumpers, alter the appearance of the old episodes.