Beyblade: Burst

TV (51 eps)
2016 - 2017
Spring 2016
3.446 out of 5 from 822 votes
Rank #7,206
Beyblade: Burst

Valt Aoi is a hot-blooded kid who loves to attack and wields a Beyblade named Valkyrie. His close friend Shū Kurenai is an elite Blader who is a genius but still puts in a lot of effort, and wields the Beyblade named Spriggan.

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After many years of not caring about the Beyblade franchise, I decided to try the newest one. I watched the original when I was young, and recently rewatched it again; I wanted to see how they shows compared! Turns out what I thought used to be cool characters and intense battles was actually dull stereotypes and  ridiculous spinning tops games. I might refer to the original series as that's what many people can related to. Story At the moment, I've only seen the first twenty episodes. So far, the story is a bit more simple than the original plot line (whic involved the mythical monsters trapped in the beyblades and some high stakes games later in the series). The story follows beginner blader Aoi Vault as he learns how to play beyblade and strives to be better by first playing his friends and learning basic tactics. Pretty generic. Early in the series he enters a beyblade competition at the local mall, and qualifies for a larger competition. Of course, he meets new friends along the way and his 'crew' grows. Other than the promise of more tournaments, there doesn't seem to be any overarching story or drama. So far there is no sign of acknowledging the spirits in their beyblades, or any high-stake games. I predict more of the same basic formula. At least the original season tried to make some more situations by introducing a creepy organization who performed a bunch of shady things. **Note: I can now confirm after finishing the season that the rest of the show was tournaments. Characters Not much to say here. All the characters are pretty generic kiddy shonen tropes. Their character designs are original and bright to stick out and make up for the bad dialogue. Most of the characters in this show are middle school kids, so they can be pretty annoying to listen to most of the time, not even including the chucks of time they spend yelling at their spinning tops. The main character in particular was too ignorant, not to mention a Mary Sue who learns how to Beyblade and quickly starts to win (or place highly) in all tournaments he enters. Overall If you've ever watched Beyblade as a kid and enjoyed it, don't rewatch it or any of the new series. They're definitely designed for young boys and are barely tolerable as an adult. I really haven't been enjoying this show. The nostalgia of the original couldn't save it. The formula is simple: train, learn something new, win next match. Repeat, with the occsiaonal turning enemy into new friend. It's of course exactly what you'd expect from a shonen anime directed at 10-year-old boys. Crazy character designs, corny dialogue, and predictable plot lines with the direct intention of making money off the toys. But as an adult woman, pretty much nothing in this series is designed for me. If you're feeling a shonen itch, there are plenty of better options!

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