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Danball Senki
Danball Senki DVD vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first DVD volume
ダンボール戦機
(Danbōru Senki)
Genre Action, Science fiction, Mecha
Manga
Written by Hideaki Fujii
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Children
Imprint Ladybug Comics
Magazine CoroCoro Comic
Original run February 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Directed by Naohito Takahashi
Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka
Music by Rei Kondoh
Studio OLM
Licensed by United States Canada Dentsu Entertainment USA
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run March 2, 2011January 11, 2012
Episodes 44 (List of episodes)
Game
Developer Level-5
Publisher Level-5
Genre Action role-playing
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP June 16, 2011
Game
Danball Senki Boost
Developer Level-5
Publisher Level-5
Genre Action role-playing
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP November 23, 2011
Anime television series
Danball Senki W
Directed by Naohito Takahashi
Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka
Music by Rei Kondoh
Studio OLM
Licensed by United States Canada Dentsu Entertainment USA
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 18, 2012March 20, 2013
Episodes 58
Game
Danball Senki Baku Boost
Developer Level-5
Publisher Level-5
Genre Action role-playing
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP July 5, 2012
Game
Danball Senki W
Developer tri-Ace
Publisher Level-5
Genre Action role-playing
Platform PlayStation Portable
PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP October 18, 2012
Anime television series
Danball Senki Wars
Directed by Naohito Takahashi
Written by Atsuhiro Tomioka
Music by Rei Kondoh
Studio OLM
Network TV Tokyo
Original run April 3, 2013December 25, 2013
Episodes 37
Game
Danball Senki W Super Custom
Developer tri-Ace
Publisher Level-5
Genre Action role-playing
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP June 27, 2013
Game
Danball Senki Wars
Developer Level-5
Publisher Level-5
Genre Action role-playing
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP October 31, 2013
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Danball Senki (ダンボール戦機 Danbōru Senki?, lit. "Cardboard war-machines"), generally known as Little Battlers eXperience or known simply as LBX, is a series of Action role-playing video games created by Level-5, involving small plastic model robots known as LBXs (standing for "Little Battler eXperience") that fight on dioramas made out of cardboard, with the main character setting out to battle against LBXs created by other characters. The first game of the series is released on June 16, 2011 for the PlayStation Portable and has expanded to 6 official games and three Japanese anime series.

Plot[edit]

AD 2046, technology has grown all over the world and innovation is leading the way. The way of delivery methods has changed since the creation of the super strong cardboard, which can resist every impact and keeping its contents intact. As the popularity of the material grew, so did its purposes. The super strong cardboard was used as material for special battlefields for LBX's, specialized miniature robots made by Tiny Orbit that were once banned due to their destructive purposes. Their popularity has again risen due to the specialized battlefield, and special models of LBX were made.

Four years after the creation of the super strong cardboard, in AD 2050, Ban Yamano (Van Yamano in the Nicktoons dub), a male middle school student has been entrusted with the LBX "AX-00" by a mysterious woman, containing a Platinum Capsule. Van learned from the woman that his father is still alive and knew about a secret conspiracy in the government. Van himself must protect the LBX and the Platinum Capsule, as its contents could change the world forever.

Development[edit]

Development of the franchise began in 2008 alongside the game which is once titled "LEVEL5 VISION 2008". In December 2009, Level-5 announced that the anime/manga series is under production to accompany the release of their latest PlayStation Portable game, with Bandai releasing a series of plastic models featuring the mecha from the game.[1] Although initially set for release in 2010, the anime is delayed a year later and aired in March 2, 2011 while the game is released on June 16, 2011.[2]

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The first series, based on the first game is produced by Oriental Light and Magic under the direction of Naohito Takahashi and began airing on TV Tokyo from March 2, 2011 to January 11, 2012 with a total of 44 Episodes. The sequel series, Danball Senki W (ダンボール戦機W Danbōru Senki W?, lit. "Cardboard war-machines double") was announced in late December, and aired between January 18, 2012 and March 20, 2013 with a total of 58 episodes.

A third series titled Danball Senki Wars (ダンボール戦機WARS Danbōru Senki Wōzu?, lit. "Cardboard war-machine wars") aired on TV Tokyo in April 3, 2013 to coincide with the third game's release. It was also said that Danball Senki Wars would be the final season for the Danball Senki series. Danball Senki Wars ended at December 25, 2013 with a total of 37 episodes.

Dentsu Entertainment USA confirmed that they have licensed the anime in the U.S, and began airing in Nicktoons on August 24, 2014.[3] [4] [5] [6]

Episode list[edit]

No. English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
Original airdate English airdate
01 "Starting Small" / "Meeting With a Small Machine"
"Chiisa na Mashin to no Deai" (小さなマシンとの出会い) 
March 2, 2011[7] August 24, 2014[8]
Van Yamato and his best friends Amy Cohen and Kaz Walker have just entered the Artemis Tournament with the objective to become the best LBX players in the world. After pulling off a huge first round upset Van thinks back to how LBX cost his father his life, or so he believes, how LBX makes him feel closer to his father, and how a mysterious LBX named Achilles first came into his life and set him off on a path he would have never expected. 
02 "The Hunt Begins" / "The Lost Achilles"
"Ubawareta Akiresu" (奪われたアキレス) 
March 9, 2011[7] August 31, 2014[8]
Van's mom shocks everyone when she says she has moved on and Van can play LBX. Van takes the AX-00 to a local shop where he is offered the Achilles armor. Unfortunately a gang led by Hanz Gordon has used a fake purchase card to gain the Achilles armor. Van and Amy plot a way to get it back, but in order to do so they must defeat everyone in the gang. Meanwhile Damon Osgood is revealed to have produced the Achilles armor. He is shocked when armor outlines for another new LBX arrive that's sole purpose is to assist Achilles. 
03 "Enter the Destroyer" / "Hell's Destroyer"
"Jigoku no Hakaishin" (地獄の破壊神) 
March 16, 2011[9] September 7, 2014[8]
04 "Revelations" / "The Cursed Golden Knights"
"Norowareta Ōgon no Kishi" (呪われた黄金の騎士) 
March 16, 2011[9] September 14, 2014[8]
05 "A New Arrival" / "The Dark Assassin"
"Yami no Ansatsusha" (闇の暗殺者) 
March 23, 2011[9] September 21, 2014[8]
06 "The Catacombs Contest" / "Showdown: Sniper vs. Sniper"
"Taiketsu Sogekishu VS Sogekishu" (対決 狙撃手VS狙撃手) 
April 6, 2011[9] September 28, 2014[8]
07 "Harlequin Unleashed" / "My Name is "Innovator""
"Sono Na wa Inobētā" (その名はイノベーター) 
April 13, 2011[10] October 5, 2014[8]
08 "Showdown! The Emperor!" / "The Great Labyrinth, Angel Star"
"Daimeikyū Enjeru Sutā" (大迷宮エンジェルスター) 
April 20, 2011[10] October 12, 2014[8]
09 "Storming the Dark Fortress" / "The Steel Monster Ijiteus"
"Kōtetsu no Kaibutsu Ijiteusu" (鋼鉄の怪物イジテウス) 
April 27, 2011[10] October 19, 2014[8]
10 "A Fateful Reunion!" / "The Mysterious Transfer Student, Jin Kaidō"
"Nazo no Tenkōsei Kaidō Jin" (謎の転校生 海道ジン) 
May 4, 2011[10] October 26, 2014[8]
11 "Artemis Begins!" / "Magician in a Box"
"Hako no Maka no Majutsushi" (箱の中の魔術師) 
May 11, 2011[11] November 2, 2014[8]
12 "In Victory and Defeat" / "The Dark Field: The Underground Viscidus"
"Yami no Senjō Angurabishidasu" (闇の戦場 アングラビシダス) 
May 18, 2011[11] November 9, 2014[8]
13 "The Vorpal Vortex!" / "Joker: The Attack of the Evil Clones"
"Jōkā Ma no Bunshin Kōgeki" (ジョーカー 魔の分身攻撃) 
May 25, 2011[11] November 16, 2014[8]
14 "Battle Royale" / "Play-Off: The Emperor"
"Kessen Ji Enperā" (決戦 ジ・エンペラー) 
June 1, 2011[11] November 23, 2014[8]
15 "Winner Takes All!" / "The Power to Save the World"
"Sekai o Sukuu Chikara" (世界を救う力) 
June 8, 2011[11] December 7, 2014[8]
16 "A Glimmer of Hope" / "The Infiltrated Black Fortress"
"Sennyū Kuroi Yōsai" (潜入 黒い要塞) 
June 15, 2011[12] December 14, 2014[8]
17 "Changing of the Guard" / "The Fated Reunion"
"Unmei no Saikai" (運命の再会) 
June 22, 2011[12] December 21, 2014[8]
18 "Odin's Assault!" / "Artemis Opening"
"Arutemisu Kaimaku" (アルテミス開幕) 
June 29, 2011[12] January 4, 2015[8]
19 "The Legendary Hacker" / "The Fierce Fight: Jin and Rex"
"Gekitō Jin to Rekkusu" (激闘 ジンとレックス) 
July 6, 2011[12] January 4, 2015[8]
20 "Breaching the Gate" / "The Troublesome Tournament"
"Haran no Tōnamento" (波乱のトーナメント) 
July 13, 2011[13] January 11, 2015[8]
21 "The Infinity Engine" / "Explosive: The Super Plasma Burst"
"Sakuretsu Chō Purazuma Bāsuto" (炸裂 超プラズマバースト) 
July 20, 2011[13] January 11, 2015[8]
22 "Hold the Line!" / "The Mysterious Player: Yuuya Haibara"
"Nazo no Pureiyā Haibara Yuuya" (謎のプレイヤー灰原ユウヤ) 
July 27, 2011[13] January 18, 2015[8]
23 "A Sense of Purpose" / "The Face Off: Battle Royal"
"Kessen Batoru Rowaiyaru" (決戦 バトルロワイヤル) 
August 3, 2011[13] January 18, 2015[8]
24 "The Final Mission" / "The Shocking Last Battle"
"Shōgeki no Rasuto Batoru" (衝撃のラストバトル) 
August 10, 2011[14] January 25, 2015[8]
25 "A Race Against Time!" / "The Start of a New Battle"
"Aratanaru Tatakai no Hajimari" (新たなる戦いの始まり) 
August 17, 2011[14] January 25, 2015[8]
26 "A New Dawn Rises" / "The Flash LBX, Pandora"
"Senkō no LBX Pandora" (閃光のLBX パンドラ) 
August 24, 2011[14] February 8, 2015[8]
27 "Awaken! A New Machine"
"Mezameyo Aratanaru Mashin" (目覚めよ 新たなるマシン) 
August 31, 2011[14] 2015
28 "Odin's Sortie"
"Ōdīn Shutsugeki" (オーディーン出撃) 
September 7, 2011[14] 2015
29 "The Legend of the Super Hacker Otacross"
"Densetsu no Chō Hakkā Otakurosu" (伝説の超ハッカー オタクロス) 
September 14, 2011[15] 2015
30 "Break In, God Gate"
"Totsunyū Goddo Gēto" (突入 ゴッドゲート) 
September 21, 2011[15] 2015
31 "Aim for Akihabara Kingdom"
"Mezase Akihabara Kingudamu" (目指せ アキハバラキングダム) 
September 28, 2011[15] 2015
32 "The Opening of Akihabara Kingdom"
(アキハバラキングダム開幕) 
October 12, 2011[7] 2015
33 "Gouda VS. Sendou"
(郷田VS仙道) 
October 19, 2011[7] 2015
34 "Clash! Ban VS. Jin"
(激突 バンVSジン) 
October 26, 2011[9] 2015
35 "Shock, The Sun God Apollo Kaiser"
(衝撃 太陽神アポロカイザー) 
November 2, 2011[9] 2015
36 "Humanity's Hope, Eternal Cycler"
(人類の希望エターナルサイクラー) 
November 9, 2011[9] 2015
37 "Fort Tank Bardoma"
(要塞戦車バルドーマ) 
November 16, 2011[9] 2015
38 "When The Seekers Revive"
(シーカー再生の時) 
November 23, 2011[10] 2015
39 "Stand Up, Ban!"
(立ち上がれ バン) 
November 30, 2011[10] 2015
40 "Exposed Ambition"
(暴かれた陰謀) 
December 7, 2011[10] 2015
41 "When the Devil Ascends"
(悪魔飛び立つ時) 
December 14, 2011[10] 2015
42 "The All-to-Stake Final Mission"
(全てを賭けた最終ミッション) 
December 21, 2011[11] 2015
43 "The Great Battle in the Sky"
(大空の大決戦) 
January 4, 2012[11] 2015
44 "Those Who Change the World"
(世界を変える者) 
January 11, 2012[11] 2015

Movie[edit]

A movie adaptation is announced in the July issue of CoroCoro Comic titled Inazuma Eleven GO vs. Danbōru Senki W, which was premiered in theaters in December 1, 2012.[16]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation is serialized in Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic in February 2011.[17] Another manga adaptation, entitled Danball Senki Kaidō Jin Gaiden (ダンボール戦機 海道ジン外伝?), was written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei under the pen name Hiro was published in CoroCoro G.[18]

Music[edit]

A lot of the background music for the English version was composed by John Mitchell and Tom Keenlyside. Michael and Andrew Twining also wrote several of the main action and dramatic cues used in the series. The English version theme song "Battle On" was written by Michael and Andrew Twining.

The anime's music is composed by Rei Kondoh, who composed the soundtrack for the game Ōkami and Sengoku Basara 3.

The first anime series has four official theme songs. The first opening is titled "1 Dream" (1ドリーム 1 Dorīmu?) and the second opening is titled "Telepathy" (以心伝心 Ishindenshin?), both performed by Little Blue boX. The first ending song is titled "My Savings Bank" (僕の貯金箱 Boku no chokin-bako?) and the second ending is titled "Secret Base" (ヒミツキチ Himitsukichi?), both performed by Hiroki Maekawa.

Danball Senki W has 5 official theme songs. The first being BRAVE HERO, the second opening theme is "Three as One" (三位一体 Sanmi Ittai?) and the third opening theme is "2 Spirits" (2スピリッ 2 Supiritsu?), all performed by Little Blue boX. The first ending song is "Do Wak Parappa" (Do Wak パラッパ Do Wak Parappa?), the second ending is "Close your Eyes..." (目を閉じて… Me wo Tojite...?) and the third ending is "Even if born again, it's good to be me" (生まれ変わっても僕でいいよ Umarekawatte mo boku de ī yo?), all performed by Hiroki Maekawa.

Games[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Level 5's Danbōru Senki Anime Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. January 25, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Little Battlers eXperience/Danbōru Senki Anime Offered in U.S.". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.licensemag.com/license-global/dentsu-brings-japanese-hit-us
  5. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-02-18/little-battlers-experience/danboru-senki-coming-to-nicktoons
  6. ^ http://www.licensemag.com/license-global/dentsu-debut-new-anime-property
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  16. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-06-12/inazuma-eleven-go-vs-danboru-senki-w-film-revealed
  17. ^ 連載マンガ [Manga Serializations]. CoroCoro Official Site (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ "いきなりですが、コロコロG夏号で「ダンボール戦機 海道ジン外伝」を描かれるHIRO先生というのは武井先生なのでしょうか?" (in Japanese). Twitter. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 

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