I have to say - G1, Armada, and Animated are just about tied with me.
I love G1 because... Well, I think it explains for itself.
Armada has always had a nastalgic place in my heart.
And I love the new places Animated takes the storyline, even though it was short lived. Permalink
depends on your definition of "best". For pure nostalgia you can't really beat G1, but for writing, characterisation and quality of animation I think it's a battle between Beast wars, Animated and Prime for my favourite.
I have seen all g1 (I'm 37) and little else (I saw a few eps of every series), but I recently saw Prime, and it's vastly superior.
I'm not talking about animation (because DUH), but writing, character design and character development are way better.
I think that's because while G1 was just a straight-up toy commercial, over the years execs have seen the franchise's value as a show capable of drawing ad money, and the various productions started to reflect that. But that's just an opinion. Permalink
I love the classic G1 series. I'm also a big fan of Beast Wars. But I have to say that Prime is an outstanding series that should've continued for at least another couple of years. The visuals, the writing, and the darker atmosphere made for a great show. I'm not happy that the next series will be more kid friendly. Permalink