Who would have thought that a franchise about spinning tops could 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. Although it may share some similarities with other anime, it does not 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. There are actually spirits within the Beyblades that are known as “Bit-Beasts”(or “Avatars”In the later seasons, they also battle one another.
Bit-Beasts adds to the intensity and stakes in the anime. It also creates excitement for the unique spirit that the characters will encounter.
9 RAY ALWAYS LOSES HIS FIRST MATCH
Ray Kon was part of the main cast as well as the Beyblade team. “The Bladebreakers”Driger, the Bit-Beast white tiger Bit is his keeper. He was an integral part of the team, and had many wins. However, he developed a bad habit throughout the anime, losing his first match of the season.
Ray was no 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.
8 HILARY, 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 the only girl to join Bladebreakers in any capacity. 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.
7 AIGER, 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. Or at least 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.
6 NOODLES AND MUSTARD
Max Tate, an optimistic and positive member of the Bladebreakers, was also a member. His blonde hair made him stand out as the only American on their team. Although he is most well-known for his Bit-Beast Draciel, easy-going personality and strange eating habits, he was also a notable member of the Bladebreakers.
Max loved mustard on noodles, though it was mayonnaise in Japanese dub. He ate his noodles with great joy. Max would also try to instill this habit on others, with varying degrees of success. While it is weird, it does reinforce that everyone’s tastes are different.
5 CAPTAIN 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. Although he was not a part of the original series, Arrow has a striking resemblance with Tyson. This is partly due to the fact that Captain Arrow was based on 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 OF 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 Bladebreakers Bit-Beasts are inspired by the four symbols found in Chinese conversations. They include an azure, white, and red dragons, which were believed to be the guardians of the universe. Beyblade would go on to take inspiration from other constellations and mythology after this too.
3 ALL THE CENSORED SCENENES
Like many other anime that were aimed at this audience. kids in the US, Beyblade has got a lot of scenes that were cut when brought over to the west. Although censorship is not new to localized animes, there were some outrageous 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 for girls who might have been in the franchise. It also had some other differences (for example, the Bit Beasts can 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.