Posts Tagged ‘ Zero-G ’

International audiences to play host to Beyblade: Shogun Steel premieres

Volume 1 of Nippon Columbia's rental only release of Zero-G

Volume 1 of Nippon Columbia’s rental only release of Zero-G

Lots has happened since I wrote about Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G being dubbed into Beyblade: Shogun Steel for worldwide broadcasts. During that time the show was still airing in Japan, sharing a 30-minute timeslot with Cross Fight B-Daman eS on TV Tokyo, and was expected to until the spring season in Japan, as the previous Metal Fight Beyblade seasons had. Then something interesting happened, after 38 episodes the series was replaced by Beast Saga, Takara Tomy’s reboot of the Battle Beasts franchise. The 38 episode run was a bit surprising, as Nelvana confirmed Shogun Steel would run for 26 full length episodes. The previous season of the show had two 12 minute episodes combined into one full length episode for the Japanese rental release, and international markets. The same would’ve been expected to happen with Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G, but you’d be left with 19 episodes with this season. Most expected this episode deficiency to be filled up for international broadcast, as that was the case for the existence of Beywheelz, especially as one of the staff members from the show hinted that the entire story wasn’t aired. Continue reading

Looks like Beyblade Zero-G will be spinning in North America in 2013, Beywheelz detailed inside

In a move that shouldn’t shock anyone given Nelvana staff are once again listed in the show’s Japanese credits, it appears that Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G will be heading westward in 2013. The revelation came in the latest issue of Nelvana’s Beyblade Buzz newsletter and their MIPTV flyer.

In both cases Nelvana says a fourth season of Beyblade is set for broadcasters in Fall 2013. This will be following the upcomming broadcasts of the third season of the show, titled Metal Fury in North America, and the western exclusive BeyWheelz spinoff. Speaking of which, toy licensee Hasbro posted a trailer for the latter on their official Beyblade Youtube channel: Continue reading

BakuTech! Bakugan likely won’t be brawling outside of Japan, but Beyblade Zero-G probably will

BakuTech! Bakugan premiered this past weekend in Japan on TV Tokyo. It’s the newest series in the long running franchise. This particular entry is based on a manga series from CoroCoro Comic, which stars Harubaru … and his rival Raichi? I honestly don’t know what it’s about. There isn’t an English plot synopsis anywhere on the net, and I don’t understand Japanese. The first episode, Critical K.O. sees Harubaru and his Flare Dragaon (yes, that is how it is spelled) save a kid named Tatsuma from getting hit by a car. Now with a soon to be sidekick at hand Harubaru confronts his rival Raichi in an epic Bakugan battle. It’s the most down to Earth Bakugan series as it doesn’t feature galatic battles and the usual Vestroia links. But there’s a problem with this. BakuTech! Bakugan is a 5 minute CG series. Yes, you read that right. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Nelvana funds a western exclusive Beyblade series while Japan goes Zero-G

Evidently, kids are still doing it across the nation, and by “it” I mean buying Beyblades by the truckload. At this year’s New York Toy Fair western Beyblade licensee Hasbro had something interesting to announce. They announced a subseries to the Beyblade universe called BeyWheelz, which as the name implies are more like Flywheels than normal Beyblades. Bladers (BeyWheelerz?) would launch their BeyWheelz off of ramps, and play games of target practice. Now, taking a step into Toys “R” Us or any where that sells Beyblades would tell you Hasbro isn’t afraid to push off random Beyblade subseries from the likes of the XTS series with hidden weapons, or the every popular shelf warmer giant electronic Beyblades that have lights and sounds. What sets BeyWheelz apart from the other sublines is simple – it’s getting an animated series. Yes, Hasbro and Nelvana have officially, but not so officially announced a Beywheelz animated series. The Writer’s Guild of Canada tells us the series will run a paltry 13 episodes, which is abnormally short for a Beyblade animated series. There’s a reason for that. Continue reading

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