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B-Daman Crossfire (Japanese: クロスファイトビーダマン, Cross Fight B-Daman) is the first B-Daman anime of the Cross Fight series and the seventh B-Daman anime series, overall. Premiering on October 2, 2011 in Japan, it became the first B-Daman anime to air in almost five years, following the finale of Crash B-Daman on December 25, 2006. Its last episode, Conclusion! Cross Fight's New Era aired on September 30, 2012 in Japan. A sequel series, B-Daman Fireblast, premiered the following week.[1]

On June 8, 2013 it was announced that B-Daman Crossfire will air on Disney XD Malaysia.

It is scheduled for a tentative release across global markets outside of Asia in September 2013.[2] Starting August 17, 2013, English dubbed episodes of B-Daman Crossfire started airing on The CW's Saturday morning block, Vortexx. The series later began airing in Canada on YTV on September 7, 2013, subsequently premiering on YTV's sister channel, Nickelodeon on October 18, 2013.

Contents

  • 1History
  • 2Plot
  • 3Characters
    • 3.1East block
    • 3.2West block
    • 3.3South block
    • 3.4North block
    • 3.5Central
    • 3.6WBMA staff
    • 3.7Other person
  • 4References
  • 5External links

History[edit]

On June 3, 2011, toy giant, Takara-Tomy revealed that a new anime series to be based on the latest revival of the B-Daman toys, Cross Fight B-Daman, was green-lit for fall 2011. Slated to premiere on October 2, 2011 through Japanese television network, TV Tokyo and other channels as previous B-Daman anime have. Set on time, the anime aired on the 8:45 AM JST time-slot, Sunday morning following an airing of Metal Fight Beyblade 4D.

26 episodes were ordered but due to the growing popularity of the Cross Fight B-Daman toyline, an additional serving of 26 episodes aired. This brought the anime up to 52 episodes, around the ideal number for toy-based anime. While the series concluded on September 30, 2012, its sequel premiered the following week.[2]

On September 28, 2012, d-rights created a promotional poster for use at a trade show. Showcasing a preliminary English logo concept, d-rights was seeking possible companies and networks interested in licensing the anime abroad. Not long after on October 18, 2012, the trade show turned out a success with dub the series in English and other languages, as well. An international name of "B-Daman Crossfire" was chosen along with a tentative release for autumn 2013.

Much later on April 8, 2013, d-rights neared completion in negotiations with Hasbro for release outside of Asia. To compensate for this, d-rights' parent, Mitsubishi, opened up a dubbing company specialized for international dubs called, SUNRIGHTS INC. Based in Albany, New York in the USA, they are expected to dub CrossFire in English with general releases in September 2013.[3]

Plot[edit]

Main article: List of B-Daman Crossfire episodes

B-Daman Crossfire follows Riki Ryugasaki, a young boy who eventually discovers a particular game called, B-Daman. One day, he finds a B-Daman of his own named, Thunder Dracyan. Thunder Dracyan is inhabited by a B-Animal, mystical beasts trapped in the form of B-Daman figures.[1]

Riki soon discovers how Dracyan's B-Animal is one of the Legendary Dragons, specifically the "Blue Dragon". His friend and rival, Samuru Shigami also owns one of these Dragons, the "White Dragon" called Lightning Dravise. Another owner of a "Dragon" is Basara Kurochi, His "Dragon" is called "Twin Dreazros" The "Black Dragon" There is one more "Dragon" Force Dragren he is the red "Dragon" and his owner is Novu Moru. Together, they uncover a mystery and legend regarding these Dragons and plans by certain individuals seeking hegemony through them.[1]

As a result, Riki and Samuru divulge themselves more into the sport of Cross Fight, learning the various new game types, mechanics and such while as they plan to thwart any B-Shot wishing to rule the world. At the same time, they meet friends and enemies in what climaxes in B-Daman Crossfire.[1]

Characters[edit]

East block[edit]

Ryugasaki Kakeru (龍ヶ崎 カケル) / Riki Ryugasaki (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Momoko Ohara (Japanese); Mikie Morgan (English)
A B-Shot who belongs to the East Block. His B-Daman is the power type Thunder Dracyan. He is a cheerful, modern boy who aspires to become an adventurer. Originally he did not have much interest in B-Daman, but then he gets his partner, Dracyan, through a chance encounter.
Kaito Samejima (鮫島 カイト) / Kaito Samejima
Voiced by: Meguru Takahashi (Japanese); Erin Fitzgerald (English)
An energetic, cheery B-Shot who belongs to the East Block. His B-Daman is the rapid-fire type Lightning Fin. Since he has lived abroad, he has a straightforward and open personality. He enjoys entertaining the spectators with flashy, “charming plays,” like his impressive one-handed rapid-fire.
Gouichiro Tsukiwa (月輪 ゴウイチロウ) / Grizz Sukino (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese); Ron Allen (English)
A wild B-Shot who belongs to the East Block. His B-Daman is the power type Thunder Bearga. He demolishes the targets with powerful plays that utilize his large physic. He is an athletic type who is usually calm and kind, but when it comes to competing he gets more excited than anyone and has a strong sense of justice.
Yukihide Washimura (鷲村 ユキヒデ) / Yuki Washimura (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Okamoto (Japanese); Martel Frasier Tremain (English)
A B-Shot with an enormous appetite. Born in West City and a West Block B-Shot, he moved to East Block when his parents started to open restaurant at East City.
Shumon Katsumiya (蠍宮 シュモン) / Simon Sumiya (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Mai Aizawa (Japanese); Liz Joseph (English)
A rich B-Shot from a wealthy family who belongs to the East Block. His B-Daman is the rapid-fire type Lightning Scorpio. Proud and arrogant, he sees Riki as a rival and is constantly coming up with devious tricks and tactics. However, he is really an endearing character who is also very shy and fearful of girls.

West block[edit]

Subaru Shirogane (白銀 スバル) / Samuru Shigami (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Sachi Kokuryu (Japanese); Wendee Lee (English)
The top B-Shot in the West Block. His B-Daman is the rapid-fire type Lightning Dravise, voiced in English by Dave Mallow. Contrary to Riki, he is cool and reserved. He is proud and has a sharp mind. He is a boy of many mysteries who makes no attempt to open up to any of the other B-Shots. He senses some sort of power in Riki that is different from the other B-Shots. Though he does not think much of Riki at first, he eventually starts to consider him a rival.
Reiji Maki (巻 レイジ) / Reggie Mak (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Hitoshi Yanai (Japanese); Sam Riegel (English)
The number two B-Shot in the West Block. His B-Daman is the precision type Strike Cobra. He is a street smart bad-boy who never lets his target escape once he has it in his sniper-like sights. In his block, he considers Samuru his rival.
Raidou Ouga (来堂 オウガ) / Hugo Raidoh (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); DJ de la Rosa (English)
A West Block B-Shot. His B-Daman, Thunder Leo, excels at the “Spin Shot.” Calling himself as the "King of 1 Beasts," he is a hot-blooded B-Shot who shocks onlookers with his wild howls and unconventional behavior. He gets along well with Derek.

South block[edit]

Naoya Homura (焔 ナオヤ) / Novu Moru (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (Japanese); Steve Staley (English)
Formerly a top B-Shot in the South Block. His B-Daman, Strike Dragren, excels at precision shots. His play style is logical and calm. He uses strategy and intellect to analyze the situation and control his opponent.
Aruba Kokodouro (アルバ・ココドゥロ) / Alba Cocodoro (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Yūdai Satō (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
His B-Daman, Lightning Diles, excels at rapid-fire. He is a B-shot who lives in a village along the South Tamazon River in the jungles outside of South City. He is a descendant of the Cocodoro family, guardians of the ancient B-Daman civilization. After meeting Riki and the others, he leaves his village to help them.
Daiki Watari (渡 ダイキ) / Derek Watari (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (Japanese); Jane Carole (English)
Formerly a top B-Shot in the South Block. His B-Daman, Supreme Tigare, excels at both precision and rapid-fire. He used to rule the South Block as the “Boss of the South.” He is a troublemaker with a rough and careless manner. He respects and follows Novu Moru.

North block[edit]

Basara Kurofuchi (黒渕 バサラ) / Basara Kurochi (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook (English)
A B-Shot hailing from the North Block. His B-Daman, Double Drazeros, is a special type that can fire two shots at once. A delinquent living in North City, he joined Crossfire after he met Drazeros. He has a violent nature and wants to destroy all other B-Daman.
Asuka Kamiougi (神扇 アスカ) / Asuka Kami (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Yuichi Iguchi (Japanese); Jeff Nimoy (English)
A B-Shot hailing from the North Block. His B-Daman, Drift Jaku, can fire the irregular Curve Shot. He is a charismatic, but narcissistic, child model with a strong sense of beauty. He always carries a folding fan.
Arano Gun (荒野 グン) / Gunner Arano (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Yoshinori Sonobe (Japanese); Spike Spencer (English)
A B-Shot hailing from the North Block. His B-Daman, Thunder Bison, can deliver a super-charged Power Shot. A famous football player in North City with trademark dreadlocks, he is also Basara’s childhood friend.

Central[edit]

Sumeragi Ryuuji (皇 リュウジ) / Rudy Sumeragi (in the English anime)
Voiced by: Yuuko Sanpei (Japanese); Johanna Luis (English)
Has the ultimate B-Daman, Smash Dragold, which combines all four types: power, rapid-fire, precision, and special. He started B-Daman because he wanted to be like Riki, but becomes possessed by Dragold in the Ruins of North Sumadora. When he takes Dragold, his personality completely changes. Acting with the arrogance of a king and using overwhelming power, he drives Crossfire to the verge of ruin.

WBMA staff[edit]

Tenpouin Ruri (天宝院 ルリ(てんぽういん るり)) / Rory Takakura
Voiced by: Cristina Vee
A female Cross Fight staff member wearing bunny ears.
Tenpouin Saneatsu (天宝院 実篤(てんぽういん さねあつ)) / Takakura
Voiced by: Lucien Dodge
Rori's grandfather.
Shirogane Gennosuke (白銀 弦之助(しろがね げんのすけ))
Voiced by: Bob Buchholz
Samaru's father.
B-Da RYU (ビーダRYU) / Announcer
Voiced by: Jamieson Price
A Cross Fight match announcer.

Other person[edit]

Sumi Inaba稲葉ナツミ Inaba Natsumi
Voiced by: Chris Marlowe
Riki's female friend who has a crush on him.
Akira Saiga (雑賀(さいが) アキラ Saiga Akira)
Voiced by: Colleen O'Shaughnessey (credited as Olivia Charles)
The owner of Miracle Shot B-Daman shop.
Hose (ホセ)
Alba's grandfather.
Kakeru's mother (カケルの母)
TBA
Yamashiro-sensei (山城先生(やまぎせんせい)) / Miss Yamashiro
A female teacher from Kakeru's class.
Tamada Tamao (玉田タマ男(たまだ タマお)) / Tama chan (タマちゃん(たまちゃん))
Takeru's friend from the comic book version of Cross Fight B-Daman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e B-Daman Show | B-Daman Crossfire | Animated Series
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b http://www.toonbarn.com/other-cartoons/b-daman-cross-fire-takes-aim-international-audiences-fall-2013/
  3. Jump up^ B-Daman Cross Fire takes aim at international audiences in fall 2013

External links[edit]

  • The B-Daman Wiki Forums, a community dedicated to B-Daman
  • B-Daman Crossfire portal
  • TV Tokyo page
  • Hasbro B-Daman Crossfire TV page
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