YTV debuts the final seven episodes of Beyblade: Shogun Steel exclusively online
When Beywarriors: Beyraiderz began airing on YTV, I mentioned that the western-exclusive Beyblade spinoff had replaced the time slot of the latest mainline show, Beyblade: Shogun Steel. YTV’s broadcast of the show ended prematurely at episode nineteen. At the time, I expected the show to simply go on hiatus while Beyraiderz aired as a promotional tie-in for toys hitting the shelves, but it looks like that won’t be the case. YTV has announced that the final seven episodes of the series will only be available to stream through their website. They’ve already posted the first four episodes to watch.
Looking these episodes up, I realized that they didn’t air in Japan either. If you’ve been following my Beyblade posts over the years, you might recall that the series broadcast is kind of a mess over there. It’s a long story, so I’m going to suggest you read this post rather than having me recite that all. So yeah, these online exclusive episodes are the seven that were released as DVD exclusives in Japan. Skimming over some of the story synopsis, it looks like these episodes are just bonuses to the series, as the main storyline wraps up in the first nineteen. The modern Beyblade shows are Canada-Japan co-productions, so it’s kind of weird to see neither home country air the entire series. Shogun Steel‘s final seven episodes have aired on TV in other markets.
The decision to make these last seven episodes online exclusive is a bit odd. YTV has already run through all of Beyraiderz, and now are airing repeats. I guess Beyraiderz reruns will inhabit that time slot until the next spinoff is ready in the fall. I should also mention that YTV has dropped their weekday morning strips of the earlier Beyblade seasons.