Mania Grade: D+
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- Audio Rating: C-
- Video Rating: B
- Packaging Rating: C+
- Menus Rating: C-
- Extras Rating: D
- Age Rating: 3 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 19.98
- Running time: 125
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Beyblade
Beyblade Vol. #07
By J.M. Rich
April 16, 2004
Release Date: February 24, 2004
Since there is no option I listened to these five episodes in the English dub. There were no problems that I noticed with the audio. The dub was not in stereo 5.1, and sounded extremely monotone in many scenes, and this even included during the battle scenes. There is far more enthusiasm in the theme song which also plays during the battles then from the characters.
With Beyblade being a newer program this had a nice sharp picture and transfer. Although the ?bit beasts? always appear to be extremely faded when they arise from the Beyblades during the battle sequences. The battles themselves stay quite clear and the sparks from the Beyblades crashing into each other do not fade like their inner spirits do.
The cover of the disc has the Beyblade emblem in the upper left-hand corner and the Geneon-Pioneer logo in the upper right directly above the ?let it ripe? slogan. There is a picture of one of the four elite European bladers Robert and his giant pink bit beast Griffolyon the right behind him. The back of the disc has the blurb along the top portion with a spinning Beyblade next to it. Below the synopsis is some screen caps and a list of the features. Directly above credit list on the bottom is advertisement: contains five episodes in red lettering, and gives all five episode titles.
The Beyblade insignia is in the dead center of the menu with episode clips to the left and right of the insignia. Spinning continually behind the emblem is a blue and purple gyro-like pattern that fills the entire screen. On the bottom center is play, scene access and below those are set up and extras.
This disc is pretty much void of extras. The few extras that is does have is a Beyblade toy promo that is a commercial for the new Magnacore battle arena. The second feature is the tv promo spot for Beyblade vforce Saturday mornings on ABC family. Finally there is three Geneon previews for family friendly shows that they own.
Content: (please note that content portions of the review may contain spoilers)
These five episodes follow the Bladebreakers in their travel through Europe on their way to Russia for the world Beyblade finals. But their journey will not be an easy one for there is plenty of bladers who want to see what Tyson and crew are made of. Included among these are the Dark Bladers, a group of pathetic bladers who were soundly beat by the four European champs because their beyblade lacked the power of Bit Beasts. They then were given undead bit beasts as they were struck by lightning and granted evil powers by some unseen force.
The Dark Bladers main goal is to rid the world of Beyblade, and to do that they will take the Bit Beasts of every opponent they defeat starting with the Blade Breakers. The forces of evil are lead by the mummy Cenotaf, and along with his fellow undead brothers will stop at nothing to get the Bit Beasts of all who stand in their way. To achieve their plan the Dark Bladers set a trap by bringing a private train to take the Blade Breakers through the Chunnel, which then pulls over to force them into a duel. It turns into a two-on-two duel with the fate of their friend Kenny on the line. The Bladebreakers thanks to watching the horror movie playing in their cabin were able to find a way to defeat the vampire and werewolf Bit Beasts possessed by their opponents.
The Dark Bladers made one final attempt to steal their Bit Beasts on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Just when the Bladebreakers looked like they were destine to loose, since they were outnumbered by one, their final member Kai showed up with his recently supped-up Bit Beast. Kai and the rest of the Bladebreakers defeated the Dark Bladers but met a new mysterious person who was willing to help them if necessary. Tyson was very curious about who this person was, but he vanished before they could find out.
The person turned out to be the French champion Oliver: a very rich, good chief and over all celebrity in his native country. Tyson and Kenny decided to spend their day off of training to go to the Louvre, but they can't go in because it has been rented out by a private invested. Tyson's temper gets the better of him as he runs past the security guard only to find Oliver staring at paintings. They soon become friends: eating meals, talking and laughing. Then Tyson challenges Oliver and fights him to a draw. So to test his strength as a blader further they go to Italy to challenge Enrique.
Enrique and Tyson fight a pair of duels with different outcomes. Enrique is the second of the four European champions and will not bow down to even a talented dueler like Tyson. In the first battle Enrique's twin-headed Bit Beast was able to defeat Tyson, but not his spirit. Tyson along with some adjustments from Kenny and Kai worked on fine tuning his strategy and his Beyblade. The second battle turned out to be different cause Enrique's Bit Beast refused to listen to him because of his awful treatment of it. Instead of focusing on Tyson and Dragoon there was an internal battle between Enrique and his Bit Beast Amphilyon. When Amphilyon attacks Enrique Tyson and Dragoon step in to save him from his out of control Bit Beast, and Enrique learns the errors of his arrogant treatment of people.
I have watched many anime in my time that are geared towards children and Beyblade ranks as the worst I've seen of them. Even the villains, the Dark Bladers, come off completely boring, for they have zero personality and do not even seem to be a match for the Bladebreakers in any fashion. It does try to show the morals that you see in so many of the kid driven anime: if you try hard you will succeed, friendship will triumph over all and that good will always defeat evil. The most interesting character of all is Kai and he has a tendency to wander off during most of the episodes leaving the viewer with little enjoyment. Most of the characters seem to have no enthusiasm except for Tyson who has far too much.
The show seems to be following into a new story arc with two of the European champions still to be fought against before they head to the championships in Russia. It is like most shows they are always testing their strength and when it is not enough they learn to overcome that deficiency. Although this shows leaves caring whether or not they find Robert or any other blader to fight ever again.