Beyblade

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Beyblade
Beyblade Logo.png
The logo of the first season of Beyblade
爆転シュートベイブレード
(Bakuten Shūto Beiburēdo)
Genre Action, Science fantasy, Drama, Sports
Manga
Written by Takao Aoki
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine CoroCoro Comic
Original run January, 1999December, 2003
Volumes 14
Anime television series
Directed by Toshifumi Kawase
Produced by Masao Maruyama
Jae-Young Kim
Eun-Mi Lee
Written by Kazuhiko Soma
Tatsuhiko Urahata
Music by Yoshihisa Hirano
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 8, 2001December 24, 2001
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Beyblade V-Force
Directed by Yoshio Takeuchi
Produced by Shin'ichi Ikeda
Susumu Matsuyama
Kanehide Sai
Eun-Mi Lee
Written by Yoshifumi Fukushima
Music by Hiruyuki Hayase
Studio Nihon Animedia
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 7, 2002December 30, 2002
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Beyblade: Fierce Battle
Directed by Takuo Suzuki
Produced by Hiroya Nishimura
Takao Murakami
Written by Yoshifumi Fukushima
Music by Hiruyuki Hayase
Studio Nihon Animedia
Released August 17, 2002
Runtime 70 minutes
Anime television series
Beyblade G-Revolution
Directed by Mitsuo Hashimoto
Produced by Shin'ichi Ikeda
Susumu Matsuyama
Mamiko Aoki
Shunju Aoki
Written by Jiro Takayama
Music by Yasuharu Takanashi
Studio Nihon Animedia
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 6, 2003December 29, 2003
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Related manga
Related anime
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Beyblade, known in Japan as Explosive Shoot Beyblade (爆転シュートベイブレード Bakuten Shūto Beiburēdo?), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takao Aoki in order to promote sales of spinning tops called "Beyblades". Originally serialized in CoroCoro Comic from January, 2000 to December, 2003, the individual chapters were collected and published in 14 tankōbon by Shogakukan. The series focuses on a group of kids who form teams with which they battle one another using Beyblades.

The manga is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media. An anime adaptation, also titled Beyblade and spanning 51 episodes, aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from January 8, 2001 to December 24, 2001. The second, Beyblade V-Force, ran for another 51 episodes from January 7, 2002 until December 30, 2002. Beyblade G-Revolution, the third and final adaptation, also spanned 52 episodes (the last two episodes were released together as a double-length special in Japan) and aired from January 6, 2003, until its conclusion on December 28, 2003. Nelvana licensed the anime for an English-language release. Takara Tomy also developed the Beyblade toy line.

Plot[edit]

Beyblade [edit]

A young boy named Tyson (Takao Kinomiya) enters the Japan Regional Beyblade Qualifying Tournament. Tyson encounters Ray Kon (Rei Kon) and Kai Hiwatari, and after defeating them, they organize a team, known as the Bladebreakers, along with Max Tate (Max Mizuhara), and Kenny tags along the bladebrakers as Chief or their financial and other matters manager. The Bladebreakers tour China to register for the championships, while confronting the White Tigers, Ray's former team. It is seen that Ray's old team holds a grudge against him for leaving them, but towards the end of the Chinese Tournament, Ray and his ex-teammates make amends, and the Bladebreakers win the tournament. After this, Tyson and his friends arrive in the United States to fight the All Starz, who are coached by Max's mother. After winning the American league, the team find themselves stranded in Europe. In order to be in the Beyblade championship they must beat the Euro Team, which proves to be a challenge but eventually defeat the Euro Team while also becoming stronger.

Beyblade V-Force[edit]

The Bladebreakers have gone their separate ways, but when Team Psykick and the Saint Shields attack the Bladebreakers, and try to steal their bit-beasts for their own reasons, the Bladebreakers assemble once again to defeat the new enemies. Tyson's classmate Hilary Tachibana (Hiromi Tachibana) joins the Bladebreakers, but takes time to learn the fact that Beyblade isn't just a stupid game as she thinks it is. In an attempt to steal the four bit-beasts from the Bladebreakers, Team Psykick creates four cyborg copies of the Bladebreakers' bit-beasts and recruit four skilled bladers named Kane, Salima, Goki and Jim to control the bit-beasts and their respective blades. These teenagers were actually pure hearted and innocent bladers with high ambitions, but the dark power of the cyborg bit-beasts gradually take over their minds and turn them evil. The first half of the second season ends with the Bladebreakers defeating Team Psykick. Tyson, Ray, Kai and Max battle Kane, Salima, Goki and Jim respectively and defeat them. After the cyborg beasts are destroyed Team Psykick come back to their normal selves and regain consciousness. The second half of Season 2 deals with the truth of why the Saint Shields and Team Psykick are after Bladebreakers' bit-beasts and about a rock that Max's mother found that contains bit-beasts, which is stolen by Team Psykick. The Saint Shields' reason behind attempting to steal the bit beasts is because they wish to seal the Bladebreakers' bit-beasts in a rock because they fear that the bit-beasts could get out of control like they did in the past, the saint-shields battle the Bladebreakers and manage to seal off Ray's bit-beast Driger in a rock but later Ray reclaims Driger and defeat all the Saint Shields in a team face off. Team Psykick's reason in trying to steal the bit-beasts is because the Psykick's leader, Dr. Zagart, wants the bit-beasts to turn his android son Zeo (an exact replica of his actual son who died in an accident) into a real human. After defeating the Saint Shields, Tyson and co meets Zeo and befriends him without knowing the fact that he is the son of Team Psykick's leader. Zeo also is unaware of the fact that he is a cyborg and not a human and that his father is behind all of Team Psykick's plans. Later Zeo finds out about his past and decides to help his father in his plans. Dr. Zagart gives Zeo a bit beast named Cerberus, the strongest bit-beast sealed in the rock. Zeo enters the world Beyblade tournament with the motive of defeating all the Bladebreakers members and stealing their bit beasts. In the tournament Zeo defeats Kai and Ray and steals their bit-beasts Dranzer and Driger. But in the final battle Tyson and Dragoon (Tyson's bit beast) defeat Zeo and Cerberus. In the process Tyson and Max's team win the world tournament. Dranzer and Drigger come back to their original bladers, Kai and Ray.

Beyblade G-Revolution[edit]

Kai, Ray and Max left Tyson and went their separate ways to rejoin their old teams so that they have a chance to beat each other at the World Championship. This leaves only Tyson, Hilary, and Kenny on the team, but a new character, Daichi Sumeragi, and Tyson's brother Hiro Granger, join them. One week after the results of the World Championships, Boris, the secondary villain from the first season, says things will return to the way they were before. But he declares that all the Beyblade shops must sell Beyblades and their parts to BEGA associated Beybladers only, otherwise they will not be allowed to run the shops.

Tyson and the team find some parts at Max's father's store, which are insufficient. Then after sometime Kenny comes with the solution, he makes new type of Beyblades, using different type of parts. But they still needed one more blader, that's when Kai, who tried to join BEGA but lost severely to Brooklyn, rejoins the team. Daichi and Ray lose the first two matches to Ming-Ming and Crusher. Max ends the third match with Mystel in a draw. Then it was Kai's turn to face the unbeaten Brooklyn. Kai then defeats Brooklyn in a match. Then Tyson beats Garland. Brooklyn becomes insane due to his loss to Kai and confronts Tyson. In the ensuing match, Tyson and Brooklyn would battle it out in the tie breaker match. As the final fight rages on, Tyson was able to absorb the powers of every single Bit Beast and with a final attack defeats Brooklyn's beyblade Zeus. And the BEGA corporation had fallen thanks to the efforts of the Blade Breakers (G-Revolutions). The final episode ends with Tyson and Kai about to have one final match.

In the Japanese version the episode ends with a special ending showing every major character from the series.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The chapters of the Beyblade manga were written and illustrated by Takao Aoki. It was serialized in CoroCoro Comic from 2000 to 2004. The manga was licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media.

Anime[edit]

A three season anime television adaptation was adapted from the series. The first season, spanning 51 episodes, was produced by Madhouse and aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from January 8, 2001 to December 24, 2001. The second season, produced by Nihon Animedia and titled Beyblade V-Force, ran for another 51 episodes from January 7, 2002 until December 30, 2002. The third season, Beyblade G Revolution was also produced by Nihon Animedia. It spanned 52 episodes and ran from January 6, 2003 until its conclusion on December 29, 2003. All three seasons are licensed for English adaptation, broadcast, and release in North America by Nelvana.

A new Beyblade anime series entitled Metal Fight Beyblade was produced by Tatsunoko and Synergy SP, and is based on the aforementioned Metal Fight Beyblade manga. It premiered on April 5, 2009.[1] Nelvana has licensed the series, which was released in North America as Beyblade: Metal Fusion.[2] It premiered on Cartoon Network in June 2010 with showings on Saturdays and Sundays, and has lasted four seasons, including Metal Fusion, Metal Fury, Metal Masters, and Shogun Steel.

Spin-offs[edit]

Beyblade inspired two spin-off series, BeyWheelz and BeyWarriors.

Merchandise[edit]

Beyblade developed a cult following when the series' popular spinning top toy was launched worldwide. Now with the released fourth season of the Metal Fight Beyblade series, Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G, aka Beyblade Shogun Steel, a toy line which consists of Beyblades from the anime including Samurai Ifraid W145CF, MSF Shinobi Saramanda SW145SD, MSF Pirates Orojya 145D, Thief Phoenic E230GCF, Guardian Reviser 160SB, MSF Archer Gryph C145S, Pirates Killerken A230JSB, and many more are being released in Asia. Beyblade, Let It Rip! The Official Album was released in the UK to coincide with the show's popularity. It featured the anime's opening theme, as well as songs by various artists including Nickleback and Busted.

Toys[edit]

Main article: Beyblade (toy)

Originally developed and manufactured by Takara Tomy, first released in 2000. The toys include a 'launcher' – a device for bringing the spinning top up to speed in a plastic arena known as a Beystadium, with a slightly dished base, where they subsequently strike each other. The last top still spinning wins. Beyblade is largely a game of power and angle,[citation needed] although many players believe a particular launch style can influence the outcome of a game.

Reception[edit]

Beyblade was popular among people, especially due to its toys and accessories. It gained notoriety in school playgrounds all across Australia, Israel, North America, Latin America and the United Kingdom during the early 2000s and in Pakistan during 2004-2006 and its popularity was replaced by Blazing Teens. It was popular in India between 2004 - 2007, its toys were liked by many. The show was aired by Jetix and Cartoon Network in America as well as in parts of Asia, Europe, and Australia. It has had renewed popularity in the last two years.

There have been many official Beyblade tournaments held across the world, just like in the anime. At official tournaments hosted by Tomy, Sonokong, Mani, or Hasbro, their companies advertise themselves as the World Beyblade Battle Association (WBBA) instead of their company name, similarly to how the BBA and WBBA handle Beyblade tournaments in the anime.

The show was criticized for being one long, repetitive commercial.[3][4][5]

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