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Beyblade
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The original logo
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 Nippon 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 Nippon 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
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 6, 2003December 29, 2003
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
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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 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. Hasbro Studios and Nelvana Limited licensed the anime for an English-language release. Takara Tomy developed the Beyblade toy line.

Plot[edit]

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A young boy named Tyson (Takao Kinomiya) enters the Japan Regional Beyblade Qualifying Tournament. Tyson encounters Ray Kon (Rei Kon) and Kai Hiwatari. After defeating them, they organize a team, known as the Bladebreakers, along with Max Tate (Max Mizuhara). Kenny tags along as their 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. Toward 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. They tour Europe and meet Oliver, Enrique, Johnny and Robert, who go by the name Majestics.

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, the Bladebreakers reassemble to defeat the new enemies. Tyson's classmate Hilary Tachibana (Hiromi Tachibana) joins the Bladebreakers but takes time to learn that Beyblade isn't just the stupid game 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 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 them 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. Later Ray reclaims Driger and defeats all the Saint Shields in a team face-off. The Psykick's leader, Dr. Zagart, wants the bit-beasts to turn his android son Zeo (an exact replica of his son who died in an accident) into a real human.

After defeating the Saint Shields, Tyson and meets Zeo and befriends him without knowing that he is the son of Team Psykick's leader. Zeo is unaware that he is a cyborg 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 Max and steals their bit-beasts Dranzer and Draciel. 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 Draciel come back to their original bladers, Kai and Max.

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. 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 is Kai's turn to face the unbeaten Brooklyn. Kai 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 battle it out in the tie-breaker match. As the final fight rages on, Tyson is 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 Bladebreakers (G-Revolutions). The 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.

Characters[edit]

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 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]

Common Sense Media described the series as a "formulaic toy-inspired series [that] has some good messages."[3] Don Houston of DVD Talk wrote, "The show is just one long repetitive commercial, and not a well made commercial at that."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "あにてれ:メタルファイト ベイブレード 4D". tv-tokyo.co.jp. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "AWN Headline News". Animation World Network. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Beyblade". commonsensemedia.org. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Beyblade — Hidden Tiger (Vol. 3) : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2014. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 

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