Nelvana officially announces Beywheelz, Baku-Tech Bakugan suspiciously missing in action
Remember Beywheelz? Well, okay none of you could forget given it was the last thing posted on this site. Anyways, it’s basically a filler run of 13 North American exclusive episodes of the Beyblade anime series to fill in an episode order gap due to the third cycle of Beyblade in Japan having a reduced run time. Nelvana has now released their MIPTV (Children’s television tradeshow) lineup which finally officially announces the series. They describe it as the following:
BEYBLADE: Metal Fury and BEYWHEELZ – Nelvana Enterprises and d-rights Inc. bring 52 new episodes of this hit anime-style boys action TV series to MIPTV. 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. Includes the exciting new BEYWHEELZ chapter, which takes place 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.
Interestingly, the description also confirms my suspicions about it being episode order filler. Beywheelz is being sold within the Season 3 episode order for Beyblade Metal Fury. Metal Fight Beyblade 4D (the show of which Beyblade Metal Fury is adapted from) did not feature any Beywheelz storylines, and are moving onto a different Beyblade series next month. The Beywheelz show comes in support to a Hasbro produced Beyblade toyline announced at Toyfair 2012. Rather than a traditional Beyblade battle the toyline sees the users doing stunt tricks using ramps, and more extreme fun. The TV show appears to be self-contained, and is currently being recorded in Toronto. You can see them in the leaked video below:
Nelvana, Hasbro, and Takara Tomy just hosted the second world Beyblade tournament this weekend in Toronto at Corus Quay. Japan took first place, with the USA, and the Philippines being runners up. The event was livestreamed, and you can view recaps here.
Interestingly, Nelvana’s MIPTV report neglected to mention Bakugan. The Spin Masters co-pro was the talk of the town for a few years, and managed to get four seasons out of its original series almost entirely due to its success in western nations. Now it seems that has ended. Earlier this year it was revealed that Japanese Bakugan manga Baku-Tech would be receiving a television adaptation. Baku-Tech is entirely unrelated to the previous Bakugan universe. What’s bizarre is that Baku-Tech wasn’t announced by Nelvana like every sequel series in the first show’s history but rather the Japanese. Mechtanium Surge concluded the story of the first series’ cast. MS concluded in North America this year. However, Japan appears to not be airing the series as Baku-Tech will being broadcast on April 7 at the 8:45 AM slot. Yes, Baku-Tech is a half episode length series. It’ll be in the block of programming the likes of Duel Masters has been in for years. As mentioned before, Nelvana has not mentioned Baku-Tech at all. This leads me to believe Baku-Tech will stay Japan-only, while Mechtanium Surge stays West-only. We’ll know for certain once Baku-Tech premieres and we dig around the staff credits, but right now it isn’t looking great for Bakugan fans.