All young Ikki wants is to have his very own Medabot, but his parents insist that he purchase the machine with his own hard-earned money. Though he can't afford a top-of-the-line model, Ikki finds, by chance, a special medal in the river; with it, any Medabot will come to life and accept the commands of its owner. After a fellow classmate is bullied at school, Ikki rushes to buy an inferior model of Medabot and places his medal inside of it. While his new companion - which he dubs Metabee - is functional, there's one important problem: Metabee has a serious attitude problem and refuses to acknowledge Ikki's commands. Together, Ikki and Metabee will duel opponents such as the Rubberobo gang and local bullies while they prepare for an upcoming Robattle Tournament - but their worst opponents are each other! Will Ikki and Metabee stop arguing long enough to climb to the top?
When Kakeru's friend Natsumi introduced him to the fast-paced world of fighting toys known as B-Daman one day, he had no idea his life would change forever! After working a part-time shift at the local Miracle Shoot B-Daman shop, Kakeru gets his very first B-Daman named Dorasian. And soon thereafter, discovers a hidden tournament known as Cross Fight. Determined to become the very best B-Daman player, Kakeru will try to battle his way to the top, but fierce competitors and friends will challenge his every move...
Kids battling it out with toys? Family friendly action and a generic shounen feel? These two titles will appeal to the same audiences.
Both of these shounen series are about kids who battle against one another with popular toys. Although one has marble-launchers and the other has robots, I think they both appeal to the same audience.
In a world where children battle it out in the ring with Crush Gears, Kouya Marino would like nothing more than be a champion in his own right. However, he can’t seem to leave the shadow of his brother, a crowned champ of the sport. What’s worse, all of the members of the Tobita Crush Gear Club, including the famous Takeshi, leave to form their own team. In order to prove he’s got what it takes, Kouya must help rebuild the club on his own – and first, he’s got to find worthy teammates. Alongside Kaoru, Jirou and other new friends, Kouya will try to help the Tobita Crush Gear Club regain its glory once more.
Throughout his life, Oozora Reiji has always been rather half-hearted. Never able to fully dedicate himself to anything, he lives a sloppy day-to-day existence, until his classmate Yukino introduces him to Dragon Drive -- a virtual reality game. While Reiji garners a passion for the game, it would seem that its founders have other things in mind than simple entertainment. During a special training, Reiji discovers that Dragon Drive is more than just a game, and now must fight for the survival of the dragons as well as all of mankind!
Ginga is a passionate Blader who travels from place to place, searching for strong rivals so that he can become the best. His journey leads him to a new town where he saves Kenta, a young, would-be Blader, from the hands of the nefarious Face Hunter gang - a group that forces weaklings to battle to forcefully steal their points. Alongside newfound friend Kenta, a Beyblade repair store's daughter Madoka, enemies-turned-friends and more, Ginga will battle fierce rivals, challenging opponents and even the one who caused great tragedy in his past - all on his way to becoming the best Blader of all!
Medabots and MFB deal with young boys battling it out with objects (tops and robots) to become the strongest. This rec likely doesn't need more of an explanation, right? If you liked one, there's probably no way you'll not like the other.