Little Battlers Experience

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Little Battlers Experience
Danball Senki DVD vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first DVD volume
ダンボール戦機
(Danbōru Senki)
GenreAction, science fiction, mecha
Manga
Written byHideaki Fujii
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
DemographicChildren
Original runJanuary 15, 2011February 15, 2013
Volumes6
Anime television series
Directed byNaohito Takahashi
Written byAtsuhiro Tomioka
Music byRei Kondoh
StudioOLM
Licensed by
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
Original run March 2, 2011 January 11, 2012
Episodes44 (original)
26 (dubbed) (List of episodes)
Game
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5
GenreAction role-playing
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: June 16, 2011
Game
Little Battlers Experience Boost
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5
GenreAction role-playing
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: November 23, 2011
Manga
Danball Senki Kaidō Jin Gaiden
Written byHiroyuki Takei
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro G
DemographicShōnen
Original run2011 – present
Anime television series
Little Battlers eXperience W
Directed byNaohito Takahashi
Written byAtsuhiro Tomioka
Music byRei Kondoh
StudioOLM
Licensed by
Dentsu Entertainment USA
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo)
English network
Animax
Nicktoons
Original run January 18, 2012 March 20, 2013
Episodes58 (original)
26 (dubbed) (List of episodes)
Game
LBX: Little Battlers eXperience
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5 (Japan)
Nintendo (America and Europe)
GenreAction role-playing
PlatformNintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP: July 5, 2012
  • NA: August 21, 2015
  • EU: September 4, 2015
  • AU: September 5, 2015
Game
Little Battlers eXperience W
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5
GenreAction role-playing
PlatformPlayStation Portable
PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP: October 18, 2012
Anime television series
Little Battlers eXperience Wars
Directed byNaohito Takahashi
Written byAtsuhiro Tomioka
Music byRei Kondoh
StudioOLM
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 3, 2013 December 25, 2013
Episodes37 (List of episodes)
Game
Little Battlers eXperience W Super Custom
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5
GenreAction role-playing
PlatformNintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP: June 27, 2013
Manga
Danball Senki Wars
Written byHideaki Fujii
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 15, 2013October 15, 2013
Volumes2
Game
Little Battlers eXperience Wars
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5
GenreAction role-playing
PlatformNintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP: October 31, 2013
Game
LBX Girls
DeveloperDMM Games
PublisherLevel-5
GenreGacha game
PlatformPC
Released2017
Anime television series
LBX Girls
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Written byYasuyuki Muto
Music byGo Sakabe
StudioStudio A-Cat
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, MBS
Original run January 7, 2021 March 25, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
icon Anime and manga portal

Little Battlers Experience, also called as Danball Senki (Japanese: ダンボール戦機, Hepburn: Danbōru Senki, lit. "Cardboard War-machines"), or simply 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 was released on June 16, 2011, for the PlayStation Portable and has expanded to six official games and three Japanese anime series. Nintendo published the first game for Nintendo 3DS in North America on August 21, 2015, Europe on September 4, 2015, and Australia on September 5, 2015.

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 English dub), a male middle school student has been entrusted with the LBX "AX-00" by a mysterious woman, containing a Platinum Capsule. Ban learned from the woman that his father is still alive and knew about a secret conspiracy in the government. Ban 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 on 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, Little Battlers eXperience 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 Little Battlers eXperience Wars (ダンボール戦機WARS, Danbōru Senki Wōzu, lit. "Cardboard war-machine wars") aired on TV Tokyo on April 3, 2013, to coincide with the third game's release. Wars would be the final season for the anime series and ended on 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 on Nicktoons from August 24, 2014.[3][4][5][6] After the dub was aired in its entirety, it was revealed the series was abridged from 44 episodes to 26 episodes. Episodes with what was considered questionable content were merged with other episodes or in some cases skipped altogether. Because of the large difference in content, the list of dubbed episodes are listed under a new section called LBX: Little Battlers eXperience.

An adaptation of the sequel series, Little Battlers eXperience W, aired as the second season of LBX, premiering October 18, 2015 on Nicktoons.[7]

During AnimeJapan 2019, LBX Girls (Sōkō Musume Senki) was announced by DMM Pictures as a new spinoff of the Little Battlers eXperience series and part of the Sōkō Musume multimedia project.[8] The series aired from January 7 to March 25, 2021.[9] Rikako Aida performs the series' opening theme "Dream Hopper", while Kano performs the series' ending theme "Compass Song".[10][11] Funimation licensed the series and will stream it on its website in North America and the British Isles, in Europe through Wakanim, and in Australia and New Zealand through AnimeLab.[12] An English dub of the series will be released on January 19, 2022.[13]

Movie[edit]

A movie adaptation was announced in the July issue of CoroCoro Comic titled Inazuma Eleven GO vs. Danbōru Senki W, which premiered in theaters on December 1, 2012.[14]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation was serialized in Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic from February 2011 to March 2013.[15] It lasted for six volumes. In the US, it is distributed by Viz Media. 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.[16] There is also a manga adaptation of Danball Senki Wars which is also serialized in CoroCoro Comic.

Music[edit]

The background music for the English version was composed by David Iris, John Mitchell and Tom Keenlyside. Michael and Andrew Twining wrote the closing theme songs "Battle On" (season 1) and "Save the World" (season 2).

The music for the anime was composed by Rei Kondoh, who also composed the soundtracks for the video games Ōkami and Sengoku Basara 3, among others.

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.

Little Battlers eXperience W has eight official theme songs. The first being "Brave Hero", the second opening theme is "Three as One" (三位一体, Sanmi Ittai), the third opening theme is "2 Spirits" (2スピリッ, 2 Supiritsu), and the fourth opening song "Telepathy", 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. The fourth ending theme is "Bonds of Earth" (地球の絆, Chikyu no Kizuna), performed by Dream5.

Little Battlers eXperience Wars has five official theme songs. The first opening is titled "Mugen Myself" and the second opening is titled "Eternal", both performed by Little Blue boX. The first ending song is "Kamisama Yāyāyā" performed by Dream5. The second ending song is "Bokutachi no Wars" performed by Ryota Ohsaka, Sayori Ishizuka, and Tomoaki Maeno. The third ending song is "Hirameki" performed by Ryota Ohsaka.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Level 5's Danbōru Senki Robot Game to Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. August 25, 2009. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  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. ^ "Dentsu Brings Japanese Hit to U.S. | License! Global". www.licensemag.com. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22.
  5. ^ "Little Battlers eXperience/Danbōru Senki Coming to Nicktoons". Anime News Network. February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "Dentsu to Debut New Anime Property | License! Global". www.licensemag.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-09.
  7. ^ "Nicktoons gears up for more LBX".
  8. ^ "Danbōru Senki/Little Battlers eXperience's Sōkō Musume Bishōjo Spinoff Anime Reveals Title, TV Airing". Anime News Network. March 24, 2019. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Sōkō Musume Senki TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Teaser Video, January 6 Debut". November 11, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  10. ^ "Rikako Aida Performs Opening Theme for Sōkō Musume Senki TV Anime". Anime News Network. November 27, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  11. ^ "Kano Performs Ending Theme for Sōkō Musume Senki Anime". Anime News Network. November 28, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "Suit Up! LBX Girls Arrives on Funimation This January". Funimation. December 24, 2020. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  13. ^ "Funimation Streams LBX Girls TV Anime's English Dub".
  14. ^ "Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danbōru Senki W Film Revealed".
  15. ^ 連載マンガ [Manga Serializations]. CoroCoro Official Site (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  16. ^ "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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