Take a sneak peek at the Canadian dubbed Little Battlers eXperience
All I write about is kids shows … Here’s one that has been in the works for a while. Little Battlers eXperience, known in Japan as Danball Senki (literally, “The Cardboard Troopers”) dates back to 2008 when well known games company Level-5 announced the original action RPG on PSP. It wasn’t until June 2011 that said PSP game actually hit store shelves in Japan, but it didn’t come alone. Level-5 had worked with a variety of partners, including Bandai, Shogakukan, and TV Tokyo to ensure the game would launch alongside model kits, manga, and a TV anime by OLM. After the series proved itself in its native land, Dentsu Entertainment USA picked up the show later that year with interests in releasing it in North America, Europe, and other markets. Rather than reusing the dub produced for Asian markets, like what happened to Level-5’s Inazuma Eleven, Dentsu Entertainment USA hired Calgary’s own Blue Water Studios to adapt 78 episodes of the series.
Little Battlers eXperience (LBX) is based on a highly successful animation, toy, videogame, and manga franchise in Japan known as “Danball Senki.” In this popular animation series, children in the year 2050 have miniature LBX robots, which they build, customize and play in robot battles.
Our young hero, 13-year-old Van Ridgeway, has control over the LBX model, a super-charged robot left to him by a mysterious woman. Van and his friends, with their own unique robots, become involved in a global conspiracy that turns the robot battles deadly serious and affect the safety of the world. The LBX robots are personalized by the characters in the animation series – and by fans of the show with their own LBX toys at home.
So if the run down in the top of the article didn’t tip you off, I’m familiar with this franchise. As such, I have to cringe at “Van Ridgeway”. The character’s Japanese name is “Ban Yamato”. Is his English first name like “van” as in a Dodge Grand Caravan, or “Vaughn” as in the place slightly outside of Toronto? what kind of family name is ridgeway anyways is he a sega arcade machine
Anyways, Bandai signed on to do North American and European toy distribution back in early 2012 with an estimated launch date of this upcoming fall. As LBX has yet to land a broadcast partner in North America, I’m going to assume those plans have been pushed back.
Via: Dentsu Entertainment USA (