Who would have thought a franchise about spinning tops would be so intense? Beyblade is an anime based on a toyline of dueling tops, wherein players use their Beyblades to battle it out with each other. While it may have some similarities to other anime, it doesn’t push the boundaries of other anime. toys and games, like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Bakugan, Beyblade stands out among others without needing flashy cards, just tops, an arena, and a surprisingly engaging anime.
The anime has spawned multiple seasons, with plenty of action to go around and fans have definitely picked up on some details, that casual viewers and newcomers may not have caught on their first viewing. Here are 10 of them.
For those less familiar with the franchise, it might be a shock to find out that Beyblade is not just about watching tops bump into each other. Beyblades are home to spirits that are often called “The Beyblades”. “Bit-Beasts”(or “Avatars”In the latter seasons, they also battle each other.
Bit-Beasts increases the stakes and intensity in anime. It also adds excitement to the unique spirit the characters will encounter.
9RAY ALWAYS LOSES HIS FIRST MATCH
Ray Kon was also part of the main cast and the Beyblade team. “The Bladebreakers”Driger, Bit Beast white tiger Bit, is his keeper. He was an integral part the team, and had many victories. He developed a bad habit during the anime and lost his first match.
Ray was not a good Blader. However, it is a strange and funny coincidence that Ray’s first bout ended in a loss in every season. Poor guy can’t catch the break.
8HILARY, THE BLADEBREAKERS’ ONLY GIRL
In the first season of Beyblade, for whatever reason, the Bladebreakers consisted completely of guys. It wasn’t until V-Force that a girl would be added to the main cast, Hilary Tachibana, who would become the manager for the team.
Hilary was also one of the few girls to join Bladebreakers. Although she didn’t have a Beyblade nor a Bit-Beast, she was able to see them on her very own. She also served as one of the more caring and responsible members of the team.
7AIGER, THE TRADITION BREAKER
Through its many seasons and a constantly changing cast of characters, Beyblade has managed to keep a few traditions going. One of those traditions has been the main protagonist’s use an Attacker Type Beyblade. That was until Aiger Akabane joined.
Aiger, the main character of Beyblade Burst Turbo, was the first to break this longstanding trendUse a Balance Type Bey to replace an Attacker in anime. If nothing else this helps Aiger to stand out amongst the crowd of Beyblade’s large collection of go-getting protagonists.
6NOODLES & MUSTARD
Max Tate, a positive and optimistic member of the Bladebreakers was also a member. His blonde hair made him the only American on the team. He is best known for his Bit-Beast Dragon Draciel, easy-going personality, and bizarre eating habits. However, he was also a prominent member of the Bladebreakers.
Max loved mustard with noodles, even though it was Japanese dub mayonnaise. Max loved his noodles and enjoyed them with great joy. Max tried to instill this habit upon others with varying degrees success. While it is weird, it does reinforce that everyone’s tastes are different.
5CAPTAIN ARROW IS BASED OFF TYSON
Captain Arrow was one of the villains in Beyblade: Shogun Steel, sporting a grey mask, spiky blue hair, and a strange sense of justice. Arrow shares a striking resemblance to Tyson, even though he wasn’t in the original series. This is partly because Captain Arrow was based upon him.
An interesting little fun fact that ties Shogun Steel back to the previous seasons, though aside from his look he doesn’t seem to share anything else with Tyson. It’s more of an amusing fact considering how little Captain Arrow was in that season. “blink and you’ll miss it”Type of reference
4BIT-BEASTS IN CHINESE MYTHOLOGY
The original Bit-Beasts that the Bladebreakers possessed consisted of a dragon called Dragoon, a phoenix named Dranzer, a tiger known as Driger, and a turtle called Draciel. Their ties to Chinese Mythology is what’s really amazing about them.
The four symbols found within Chinese conversations inspired the Bladebreakers Bit-Beasts. They include azure, red, and white dragons. They were believed to be the guardians over the universe. Beyblade would go on to take inspiration from other constellations and mythology after this too.
3ALL THE CENSORED SCENENES
This anime is similar to many others that were made for this audience. kids in the US, Beyblade has got a lot of scenes that were cut when brought over to the west. While censorship is not a new phenomenon in localized animes there were some shocking scenes that were removed.
These included many scenes that involved violence, Kai’s scare in a dungeon, a very suggestive moment from Tyson’s grandfather in the first-ever episode and one in which Tyson cross-dressed. Some of these admittedly were deleted in the English version for some pretty understandable reasons.
2 BATTLE SAINT LOLITA
Alternate universes are a pretty popular and fun way to look at a series in a new light, and Beyblade is not absent from using this concept. The original Beyblade anime didn’t have a lot of it, but a manga called Beyblade Battle Saint Lolita turned that on its head.
In Battle Saint Lolita, the story of Beyblade gets a retelling where all of the characters have female equivalents. It was written specifically for girls who might have been part of the franchise. There were other differences as well. For example, Bit Beasts could talk to their Bladers. This manga was rather short too, only having two volumes, making it an obscure piece of media for Beyblade fans.
1IT’S STILL GOING TRULY STRONG
Those who grew up with the first three seasons of Beyblade back in the early 2000s might be surprised to hear that Beyblade made a stunning comeback in 2011 with Beyblade: Metal Fusion, which reinvigorated the franchise to the point that it’s still going today.
Although the new seasons are different than the original series, and don’t feature Bladebreakers in them, they are freed to create new stories and concepts that are not possible in the original. It appears that Beyblade hasn’t lost any appeal for kidsThe anime will continue to be popular as long as the spinning tops are around.
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