YTV will premiere B-Daman: Crossfire on September 7th
I was a bit perplexed by some omissions in YTV, and Teletoon’s fall programming highlights this year but didn’t really care enough about the shows to write a post about them. I wasn’t expecting a Canadian rendition of [adult swim]’s Toonami or anything, but seemingly safe bet children’s anime like Digimon: Fusion, B-Daman: Crossfire, and Tenkai Knights were no where to be seen despite pending product and US broadcast launches. It appears that at least one of those is making a debut this side of the border. Internet scheduling giant Zap2it! lists a September 7th broadcast at 1:30PM Eastern by the title of “Battle B-Daman” on YTV. I’m going to assume that the channel will not be airing a 22 minute toy commercial from ten years ago, but rather it’s a mix up for the newest B-Daman series, B-Daman: Crossfire. Crossfire launched in the US on The CW’s Vortexx Saturday morning block on August 17th.
YTV has some history with the B-Daman franchise. The network aired the Battle B-Daman anime series back in the day, alongside half of its’ follow-up, Battle B-Daman: Fire Spirits. Curiously, while the first season was dubbed in Los Angeles, the second season was clearly not done by native English speakers. The acting, and directing was quite questionable, and there was no attention given to correctly timing the lip flaps to the audio. This season did not see broadcast in the US, UK, or Australia. Like Crossfire, Fire Spirits began broadcast on YTV unannounced.
B-Daman: Crossfire, known in Japan as Cross Fight B-Daman is the 2011 reboot to the miniature robot marble shooting franchise. The show stars a young boy named Riki, who is a rookie at the game of B-Daman. He quickly finds out that his B-Daman, Thunder Dracyan can talk, and is soon drawn into the Crossfire group of players that share this unique ability in common. The show’s animation is produced by Synergy SP, who are behind the recent Beyblade productions. The English dub is handled by Sunrights, the western division of Japanese giant d-rights. Voice acting talent stems from Los Angeles, and features well knowns such as Wendee Lee, Cristina Vee, Sam Regal, and Bryce Papenbrook among others . Cross Fight B-Daman shared a half hour timeslot with Metal Fight Beyblade 4D (known internationally as Beyblade: Metal Fury) in Japan, which meant episodes ran for about 11 minutes. Similar as to what Nelvana did to Beyblade, two 11 minute episodes will be merged to form a twenty-two minute episode for international broadcast. This means B-Daman: Crossfire will run for 26 episodes, with its’ followup, B-Daman: Crossfire eS running the same. Hasbro is launching an extensive toyline for the series in North America.
This is becoming a thing, but what is up with this show’s English theme song? That might be a liberal definition of the English language, because I’m absolutely miffed at some of what the singer’s belting out. Is the first line, “Are you a leveled even heart”? wat
Oh and it appears Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is back in its’ old slot on the network. Monsuno: Chaos Combat is still MIA, so it looks like YTV has said Monsuno to that brand.
UPDATE: YTV’s online schedule now confirms it: