Transformers: Armada, known in Japan asSuper Robot Life-Form Transformers: Legend of the Microns, is a Japaneseanimeseries produced by animation studiosActas, Studio Galapagos, andNASand consists of 52 episodes. The anime was a co-production betweenTakaraandHasbroand a reboot of the franchise, featuring new concepts.Despite being a Japanese production, the series premiered first in the United States. The series premiered onCartoon Networkon August 23, 2002 at 4 P.M. with a 90-minute movie special, consisting of the first three episodes.Following its premiere, new episodes started coming out on August 30, airing every Friday at 6:30 P.M.In the December issue of Japanese magazineAnimage, it was announced that the anime would start airing in Japan on January 10, 2003 onTV Tokyo, with new episodes coming out every Friday at 6 P.M.
Transformers: Armadais the first series in the "Unicron Trilogy", named so due to all three anime featuringUnicronas the main antagonist.Transformers: Energon, the second installment in the trilogy, is a direct sequel toArmadaand takes places ten years after its conclusion.Transformers: Cybertron, the final installment, shares a thematic connection to the previous series and takes place in its own continuity. This was changed in the English dub which made explicit references toArmadaandEnergon.