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I used to love watching the original Beyblade as a kid, but never got
round to watching the metal series. I had heard bad things about
it...it's non-canon, has annoying characters, silly stories etc. It
didn't make me want to actively watch it when it was on TV so I never
did. However, I am going through a few cartoon series as a university
student (mainly to wind down after a long day of revision) and thought
it would be a good idea to include this.
This review encapsulates all 3 metal seasons (fusion, masters, fury).
As soon as I started watching this, I quickly learned that this series
is indeed non-canon. There is no reference to the original show and it
seemed to want to completely reinvent the concept of Beyblade. This
annoyed me from the start because it would have been quite simple to
make this series be set in the future and make occasional nods to the
original Bladebreakers. However, despite being a 'reinvention' the main
characters of the series echo each of the main characters of the
original show. Gingka reminded me of Tyson, Kyoya was like Kai etc.
Aside from Gingka's extremely annoyingly high-pitched voice, I liked
the new characters. They each brought their unique personalities and
back-stories to the table. However, I found Benkei incredibly annoying
because of his idolisation of Kyoya. As controversial as it might
sound, I also found Kenta somewhat grating because of his persistent
clinginess. The final character worth mentioning for its ability to
anger me was the crab-king himself (if you get round to watching this,
you will know who I am referring to). All I can say is that the word
"crabby" will make you angry for the rest of your life.
The story for the first 2 series were quite similar and plausible in
the world of Beyblade. The revolved around various championship battles
and someone trying to take over the world. They reminded me of the
original series, with the addition of Ryuga, who is a enemy turned
frenemy and I thought he was great. The latter series was a bit 'out
there'. I find it odd when they refer to the ancient origins of
Beyblades. Bladers trying to stop other Bladers from taking over the
world with their bitbeasts. It just seems so odd, as if Beyblades are
the most powerful weapon in the world. I mean, even the security guards
have Beyblades for weapons! It was certainly the weakest of the 3
series but it was still enjoyable to watch (maybe because it was also
The final thing I want to touch on is the Beyblades themselves. They
are completely different from the originals, with new parts, looks and
even bitbeasts. I do like them but for very different reasons from the
old ones. The original Beyblades were cool because of how varied they
could look and how fierce they could be. These new ones looked quite
sleek and modern. What I didn't like was they tried to make the
bitbeasts look cooler by giving them an almost graffiti-like artwork. I
also thought most of the Beyblades looked the same and there was little
in the way of variety.
All in all, this series is OK. If you have seen the original series and
want something else to watch this is something you could turn to. I
think the creators missed on a few tricks that could have made this
series better, but they tried to hard to be cool. It was still
enjoyable to watch as an adult, just not as fun.
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