Genres: adventure, comedy, tournament Themes: sports Objectionable content: None
Plot Summary: Thirteen-year-old Tyson Granger (Takao Kinomiya), along with his fellow teammates, Kai Hiwatari, Max Tate (Max Mizuhura), and Ray Kon (Rei Kon), strive to become the greatest beybladers in the world. With the technical help of the team's resident genius, Kenny (Kyouju), and with the powerful strength of their bit beasts, the Bladebreakers armed with their tops (AKA: blades) attempt to reach their goal. Number of episodes: 51 Vintage: 2002-07-06 to 2003-05-24 (English Broadcast)
Alternative title: Beyblade V-Force Genres: adventure, comedy, tournament Themes: sports Objectionable content: None Plot Summary: The Bladebreakers have to join forces once again because a mysterious group under the lead of Oozuma has defeated them, but the real enemy is not Oozuma. The real threath is formed by a group of people who use cyber-bitbeasts to capture the original ones from the Bladebreakers. Number of episodes: 51
Vintage: 2003-08-09 to 2004-03-28 (English Broadcast)
Alternative title: Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G Revolution Genres: adventure, comedy, fantasy, tournament Themes: sports Plot Summary: After keeping their Bit Beasts out of harm's way, a new world championship tournament is announced, but the defending champions can't all be on the same team. Their friendship will be tested and tried as each Bladebreaker goes on a quest to prove why they are the best beyblader around. Tyson, Max, Ray, Kai, and newcomer Daichi, must keep up their winning ways...even if they must face each other. But, after the tournament is over, what awaits them is an old foe, Boris, taking over the BBA and transforming it into BEGA, the Beyblade Entertainment Global Association. To save Beybladers of the entire world from BEGA's corruption, the Bladebreakers must reunite once again... Number of episodes: 52 Vintage: 2004-09-18 to 2005-05-07 (English Broadcast)
Beyblade: Metal Fusion
Alternative titles: Metal Fight Beyblade, Metal Fight Beyblade Explosion Genres: adventure, comedy, fantasy, tournament Plot Summary: A new cast of characters take on the continued battle between good and evil. Ginga, our hero, and his group of loyal friends take on a dangerous group called the Dark Nebula. Dark Nebula’s mission is to take over the world and unleash their evil upon it; but before they can do so, they must destroy Ginga as he is the only person that’s strong enough to stand in their way. The plot thickens as friends become enemies and enemies become allies. Everything starts and ends with Ginga as he struggles to find the strength to defend his world and the honor of Beyblade.
Ginga is a determined beyblader; he will fight 100 beys from the Face Hunters and meet Kyouya. Number of episodes: 65 Vintage: 2010-06-26 (USA - Cartoon Network)
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U.S.'s Cartoon Network to Launch Beyblade: Metal Fusion Bakugan, Pokémon anime to return in 2010-2011 season
America's Cartoon Network has announced during its Advertising Upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday that it will debut the "Beyblade: Metal Fusion" anime series. As the newest anime series based on the "Beyblade" spinning top game and manga franchise, "Beyblade: Metal Fusion" premiered in Japan last April under the name "Metal Fight Beyblade". The 'Metal' in the new anime and toy line's name is a reference to the use of metal in the new tops, instead of just plastic as in the earlier incarnations.
The Canadian television production company Corus Entertainment is bringing the same series to Canada's YTV on May 15. The North American production company Nelvana Enterprises is co-producing the anime with Japan's d-rights. Takara-Tomy is producing the toys which Hasbro will sell worldwide except in the Middle East and Asia starting this spring. Nelvana, d-rights, Takara-Tomy, and Hasbro had partnered on all the previous "Beyblade" incarnations.
Corus describes the plot as the following:
Following the Let it Rip phenomena that took over the TV screens and playgrounds in 2002, Beyblade makes its much anticipated return with a brand new generation of characters who take on the battle between good and evil. Competing for dominance with their spinning Beyblade tops, the perilous organization of the Dark Nebula is vying for world domination. The only person standing in their way is teenager Gingka, who struggles to find his strength to honour Beyblade and save the world.
Takara-Tomy launched the original game franchise in 1999, and sponsored three anime series between 2001 and 2003: "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade", "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 (Beyblade V-Force)", and "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G-Revolution". New Beyblade episodes have not aired in the United States since 2005. Viz Media released Takao Aoki's original "Beyblade" manga, and Takafumi Adachi launched his new "Metal Fight Beyblade" manga in Shogakukan's Coro-Coro Comic magazine in 2008.
Cartoon Network also confirmed that the "Bakugan" and "Pokémon" anime series will return during the 2010-2011 season.
Considering that Nelavan is co-producing Metal Fight/Metal Fusion, I do hope that the dub will be pretty much the same thing as the Japanese version in terms of names, story, music, etc. as the show is very good and is already my favorite of all of the Beyblade animes (G-Revolution used to be my favorite). It would be cool if Nelvana dubs this show uncut and then just edits for time restraints on North American television.
Also, I would love to see Nelavan team up with an anime distributor, like maybe Sentai, and give this show an uncut & dual-audio DVD release over here. I would definitely buy it!
Beyblade: Metal Fusion to Premiere in U.S. on June 26 Cartoon Network to run 51 manga/game-based episodes on Saturday mornings
The Canadian television production company Corus Entertainment has announced on Friday that the "Beyblade: Metal Fusion" anime series will premiere on television in the United States on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT. America's Cartoon Network had already announced last week that it will run this new anime series based on the "Beyblade" spinning top game and manga franchise.
Corus describes the plot as the following:
Competing for dominance with their spinning Beyblade tops, the perilous organization of the Dark Nebula is vying for world domination. The only person standing in their way is teenager Gingka, who struggles to find his strength to honour Beyblade and save the world.
The series premiered in Japan last April under the name "Metal Fight Beyblade". Corus describes the anime as a 51-episode series, although the 56th episode is airing in Japan this Sunday. The company is bringing the same series to Canada's YTV on May 15. (The "Metal" in the new anime and toy line's name is a reference to the use of metal in the new tops, instead of just plastic as in the earlier incarnations.)
Takara-Tomy launched the original game franchise in 1999, and sponsored three anime series between 2001 and 2003: "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade", "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002" ("Beyblade V-Force"), and "Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G-Revolution". New "Beyblade" episodes have not aired in the United States since 2005. Viz Media released Takao Aoki's original "Beyblade" manga, and Takafumi Adachi launched his new "Metal Fight Beyblade" manga in Shogakukan's Coro-Coro Comic magazine in 2008.
Well, to bring this back to the top, I did see a few scenes of the English dub of Metal Fight, a.k.a. Metal Fusion, and I have to say that it's not bad at all. I can definitely see it improve as the show goes on, but there are some thigns I just have to nitpick on:
1. Benkei's voice is too much of a generic "big tough guy" voice, and considering how he's a main character it might be annoying to hear that voice in the long haul. There are some other performances like Benkei's that aren't that great, but Benkei's is the worst offender.
2. Nelvana changed the name of beyblade Mad Cancer's name to Mad Gasher... Is Nelvana really worried that parents might think that they're kids are talking about the wrong "cancer"?
3. Odd pronounciations of names:
-Kyoya pronounces his beyblade's name, Leone, "Lee-Own" instead of the more natural sounding "Lee-O-Ne" that the original Japanese version uses
-Main character Ginga Hagane's name is utterly butchered... Instead of how it looks, the dub instead either pronounces it "Jing-Ka" or "Jin-Ga". How could they mess up "Gin-Ga"? And that's the main character's name, so you keep hearing it over and over like that.
But there are good points:
-The opening theme is just a shortened version of the original Japanese theme, just with English lyrics all their own. True, the lyrics aren't all that great, but it's nice to hear the same rough beat... Of course, Martin Kucaj, who did the dub music for original Beyblade trilogy, wrote the original Japanese theme, so of course they'd use the same basic song.
-On the same token, all of the original music is kept intact. Of course, Neil Perfitt, a Nelvana employee, did all of the music himself, so why change it?
-Other than Mad Cancer becoming Mad Gasher and Ginga's name possibly being spelt differently due to the odd pronounciation, none of the names have been changed! Yay!
-The eyecatches are actually kept in the show! How many animes televised in North America actually keep their eyecatches? Not many usually, outside of FUNimation Channel and Anime Network.
Now hopefully Nelvana is having the show dubbed uncut and then just they just edit for time... That way it could very well be possible to have uncut, dual-audio DVDs for this show!
Nelvana Confirms Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge Show Plans More Beyblade also planned under the name Beyblade: Metal Masters
The Canadian production company Nelvana Enterprises confirmed on Monday that it is planning a show called 'Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge', as well as more 'Beyblade' under the name 'Beyblade: Metal Masters'. Nelvana is presenting these and other shows to potential licensees and distributors worldwide at MIPCOM, the trade show that will run next week in Cannes, France. Nelvana is currently co-producing the 'Bakugan Gundalian Invaders' television series and the 'Beyblade: Metal Fusion' television series.
The whole Bakugan franchise is based on Spin Master and Sega Toys' combination of metal cards and marble-like magnetic toys that automatically transform into figures during gameplay. The franchise has been a bestseller in North America, and it won numerous honors at Toy Fair's annual Toy of the Year Awards. Spin Master already filed for a registered trademark for toys on "Mechtanium Surge" in the United States in July. America's Cartoon Network began showing the first 'Bakugan' anime series in February of 2008. It recounted the adventures of Daniel (Danma "Dan" Kuso in Japanese) and his friends as they help free Vestroia, the alternate world of the Bakugan warrior Dragonoid (Drago for short).
A second 'Bakugan: New Vestroia' season of 26 episodes premiered in North America in spring of 2009. The Hollywood Reporter newspaper revealed later that year that Universal Pictures and Stuber Productions signed a deal with Spin Master for a proposed theatrical film version. The third television season, 'Bakugan Gundalian Invaders', premiered this year.
Nelvana Enterprises has been adapting the 2009-2010 'Metal Fight Beyblade' anime series as 'Beyblade: Metal Fusion', and the series premiered in Canada in May and then in the United States in June. 'Metal Fight Beyblade'/'Beyblade: Metal Fusion' is the first new anime in four years for 'Bakugan', the franchise based on the spinning-top games from Takara Tomy and Hasbro. The next anime season premiered in Japan in April under the name 'Metal Fight Beyblade Baku', followed by the 'Metal Fight Beyblade VS Taiyo Shakunetsu no Shinryakusha' film in July.
Before 'Metal Fight Beyblade'/'Beyblade: Metal Fusio'n, there were three earlier 'Bakugan' television anime series between 2001 and 2003: 'Bakuten Shoot Beyblade', 'Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002' ('Beyblade V-Force'), and 'Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G-Revolution'. Nelvana released all three in the United States.
Toronto TV news anchor and part-time voice actor Mark Dailey has passed away today due to complications from kidney cancer. Dailey, 57, has voice-acted in several anime series, including the Beyblade franchise as Brad Best, and as multiple characters in the Medabots franchise.
Dailey was born in Ohio in 1953 and worked as a police officer before transitioning to full-time news reporter; he specialized in crime reporting. In 2009, Dailey celebrated his 30th anniversary with Toronto's CityTV, where he anchored the CityPulse and CityNews programs. Dailey announced his cancer diagnosis in September.
The Canadian production company Nelvana confirmed earlier this fall that it will release Metal Fight Beyblade 4D, the third Metal Fight Beyblade anime series, under the name Beyblade: Metal Fury. Nelvana describes the story as follows:
In part three of the Beyblade saga, the world is at a tipping point in the battle between good and the ultimate evil. They key to earth's salvation or destruction lies within 20 star fragments that empower its masters to fight for their chosen side. The masters of these star fragments are called the Legendary Bladers. When Gingka finds out he is one of the Legendary Bladers, he races to find the rest of the star fragments before 'Nemesis' does.
Metal Fight Beyblade was the first new anime in four years for Beyblade, the franchise based on the spinning-top games from Takara Tomy and Hasbro. Nelvana adapted the 2009-2010 Metal Fight Beyblade anime series as Beyblade: Metal Fusion in North America last year, and it is releasing the second Beyblade anime under the name Beyblade: Metal Masters.
As the third Metal Fight Beyblade anime, Metal Fight Beyblade 4D began airing in Japan in April. After 26 weekly half-hour episodes, it switched to a weekly 15-minute episode format in October. However, Nelvana lists Beyblade: Metal Fury as 51 half-hour episodes.
Not only has Nelvana been co-producing the different Metal Fight Beyblade series from the start, but Scott Buscis and Neil Parfitt have been composing the music for both the Japanese and English releases, including on 4D. The "4D" of the Japanese title comes from the game franchise's revised "4D" system. The "4D" stands for "different" materials, "divided" (multi-part construction), "dynamic," and "deep" customizability.
Beyblade: Metal Fury to Include New BeyWheelz Series New toyline, animated series with Japanese studio unveiled in N. America first
The Canadian entertainment company Nelvana announced on Tuesday that 'Beyblade: Metal Fury', the upcoming English-language adaptation of the 'Metal Fight Beyblade 4D' anime, will include an all-new 'BeyWheelz' "chapter". The 'BeyWheelz' story has not aired in Japan or any other country before.
Nelvana describes 'Beyblade: Metal Fury's story: "In part 3 of the Beyblade saga (Metal Fury), the world is at a tipping point in the battle between good and the ultimate evil. The key to earth's salvation or destruction lies within 10 meteor stones that empower its masters to fight for their chosen side."
'BeyWheelz' is a separate storyline set "in the futuristic city of Destection where our hero, Sho, is champion of the BeyWheelz World Tournament! This peaceful city is home to exciting and challenging battles between friends and allies until suddenly the city is attacked by an evil BeyWheelz army called the Dominators."
The original 'Metal Fight Beyblade 4D' anime premiered last April with 26 22-minute episodes and 26 11-minute episodes. However, Nelvana states that 'Beyblade: Metal Fury' and 'BeyWheelz' combined will have 52 episodes. According to a document published by the Writer's Guild of Canada, at least 13 episodes of the 'BeyWheelz' series have been planned for production.
Although little information has been revealed on the animation production of the 'BeyWheelz' episodes, Pioneer Production, a Japanese anime subcontracting studio, lists 'BeyWheelz' in its production roster.
'Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G', the seventh 'Beyblade' anime series, will begin airing in Japan on April 8 after 'Metal Fight Beyblade 4D' ends. Another anime with a toy tie-in, 'Baku Tech! Bakugan', will premiere on April 7 as shorts within the 'Oha Colo Up!' on April 7. Nelvana has adapted the previous 'Bakugan' anime into English, but it did not announce plans to present a new 'Bakugan' project at MIPTV, the television market trade show which will be held in France next month.
In its MIPTV market newsletter, the Canadian entertainment company Nelvana revealed that it is producing a fourth season of Beyblade for a Fall 2013 launch. It is already planning to broadcast Beyblade: Metal Fury, its adaptation of the Metal Fight Beyblade 4D anime, this fall.
Metal Fight Beyblade 4D is actually the sixth Beyblade television anime series in Japan. The seventh, Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G (pictured right), premiered in Japan on April 8.
Nelvana already confirmed that its Beyblade: Metal Fury adaptation will include an all-new spinoff series called BeyWheelz this fall as well.