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[[caption-width-right:250:The First Series]]


The second anime inspired by Bandai's ''TabletopGame/BattleSpirits'' [[CollectibleCardGame trading card game]], following [[BattleSpiritsShonenToppaBashin Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin]]. The series recycled certain concepts and character types from the first series, but focuses on an entirely separate cast, and has a much more serious storyline.

The protagonist, Dan Bashin, is a [[RedHeadedHero red-headed hero]] who uses the red attribute, just like Toppa of the first series. However, rather than going through a normal life, he's taken from Earth to the world of Grand Rolo, where he learns he's one of the chosen core soldiers. With the help of his friends and comrades, Zungurii, Magisa, Clackey, Mai and Suzuri, he battles to stop the evil Otherworld King.

The series was followed up by another 50-episode series, Battle Spirits Brave (named after the newest type of card at the time), wherein Dan and some of his old allies travel to the future. Because it is a direct sequel with many of the same characters, tropes for Brave are included on this page.

Also see ''Anime/BattleSpiritsHeroes'', for the 4th series in the franchise.

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!!This show provides examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Magisa regularly calls Kenzo anything but his name, making him crazy.
** Stella continues the trend in Brave, though this time it's more likely a case of MaliciousMisnaming
* ActionGirl: Mai. She loves to battle, and is good at it too.
** In Brave, she's been more of a FauxActionGirl. [[spoiler: However, once she parted ways with Dan and the rest, returning to the mazoku capital with Barone, she regained full ActionGirl status.]]
** Brave does introduce Flora, at least.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Galaxy, the one character to appear in both Toppa Bashin and Gekiha Dan (albeit an entirely different version of him) has blond hair in the first series, but it's white in this one.
* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Kenzo. Especially in Brave, where he becomes one of the planet's most significant scientists (at the age of 11) and stops playing Battle Spirits to focus more on his work.
* AllLovingHero: Dan. He's willing to give everyone a chance. He'll jump to save anyone, even if he hardly knows them [[spoiler: or they're an enemy. He even tried to take in Mother Core, which his body couldn't physically handle.]] And his friends adore him.
* AloofAlly: Suzuri. He'll help the others, but isn't interested in joining them.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Mai gives one to Dan during their battle, afraid that he's going to die soon.]]
* ArtShift: Regular anime-style to CG during battles.
* AscendedMeme: It's been a bit of a joke on Japanese sites that Dan is near abusive of Bladra, due to regularly summoning it just to use it for cost reduction. Cue episode 13 of the unrelated ''Anime/BattleSpiritsHeroes'', which features a whack-a-mole machine with the "moles" being Bladras terrified of having their cores taken away.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Dan never uses The [=DarkDragonEmperor=] Siegfried.
* BareYourMidriff: Magisa. Zazie is a male example.
* BattleButler: Serge is one to Mai.
* BigBad: Otherworld King, as the King of Otherworld, who is behind everything that's gone on since the beginning.
** In Brave [[spoiler: Zazie]]
* BigEater: En and Fant must be bottomless vacuums when it comes to food.
* BishieSparkle: Clackey, Belga
* {{Bishounen}}: Yuuki, Clackey, Suzuri, Serge, Belga
** In Brave, Barone and Zazie.
* BitingTheHandkerchief: Flora tends to do this.
* BittersweetEnding: To Gekiha Dan. [[spoiler: Otherworld King is defeated, but the core soldiers have to return to the real world, leaving their comrades from Otherworld behind. Also, Kajitsu is unable to be saved.]]
** [[spoiler: During Brave, it's revealed that there were even more negative side effects. In particular, mazoku remaining in the real world and reshaping the Earth, which will eventually reset itself.]]
** Then there's the actual Brave ending, which is even worse. [[spoiler: The world is saved from being reset, but Dan may not have survived.]]
* BlandNameProduct: Anymate, rather than the anime retailer Animate.
* BloodlessCarnage: When [[spoiler: Lucretia is fatally stabbed]] there's no blood to be seen.
* BlushSticker: Kenzo's are permanent.
* BodyDouble: [[spoiler: Otherworld King used a Pantera body in place of himself to fight Yuuki and Kajitsu.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: Yuuki and Kajitsu. Somehow, this show airs on a Sunday morning kids block.
* ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth: [[spoiler: Butterflies are extremely symbolic to Kajitsu. Of course, that's because she's a reincarnation, and she dies again and is reborn as Flora.]]
* CallingYourAttacks: But they’re playing a TCG, so…
* CatGirl: Anyone from the Mimi Tribe
* CharClone: Shula. Let's see: Blonde, wears red, has a mask, and is an aloof big brother to his long lost sister.
* CheerfulChild: Zungurii. Most of the time, he's cheery and adorable.
* ChickMagnet: Clackey. Even he had more girls than he could probably handle in the Mimi village.
* ChivalrousPervert: Clackey. He loves to pick up girls, but he will make sure to treat them right.
* ChristmasCake: Magisa. An exaggeratedly old one.
* ConspicuousCG: Most of the spirits. The Great Angelia Sophia is a notable exception, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that Clackey is in love with her.
* CollectibleCardGame:
* ColorCodedCharacters: Apparently, all major characters must use the type of card their hair color indicates. Exceptions include Kazan, who’s blonde but uses purple (but he wears purple), and Yuuki, who has light blue hair but uses white. Still, his is close enough.
** Not the case at all in Brave, as Youth uses red rather than blue, Plym uses white rather than red, etc.
* CoolAirship: The Violet and The Beautiful Sophia, among others.
* CoolShades: Galaxy, Jin
* CuteClumsyGirl: Flora. She's prone to breaking things and making a mess.
* CuteGhostGirl: Mira, a one-shot character who can even play Battle Spirits despite being... well, dead.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Flora. Aside from her tail, she could pass for an adorable human girl.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Mai uses purple.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Kajitsu. Not really a traditional mahou shoujo, but she does have powers.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Clackey, Kazan. At least in Clackey's case, he's AmbiguouslyBrown.
* DeathCourse: Dan and Suzuri end up in one in episode 8.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: Leon. Although he doesn't actually die, once he gets his backstory explained, Otherworld King [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness sends him back where he came from]], and he's never heard from again.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Mainly with Dan and Kenzo.
* DemotedToExtra: Kenzo in the manga. He's a minor villain.
* TheDeterminator: Dan, especially in Brave. [[spoiler:r. Even with a doomed fate, he is going to carry out his mission until the end.]]
* DistressBall: Mai goes to take on Pantera by herself, in order to protect everyone else, with no one but Serge knowing. This leads her to getting captured and spending several episodes locked in a cage. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome She makes up for it]] as soon as possible.
* DistressedDamsel: Kajitsu in the manga version is constantly kidnapped.
* TheDragon: Kazan (Yuuki's dragon) in the early episodes, Leon (Otherworld King's dragon) later on.
** In Brave [[spoiler: Duc]] takes this role.
* DuelsDecideEverything
* EmptyShell: After losing to Otherworld King [[spoiler: This happens to Dan temporarily.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Kajitsu at first
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: A couple times. Everyone seems to have amazing martial arts skills.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Many red spirits
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Zungurii, and the rest of his race
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: The Pentan Empire
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Kajitsu is often referred to as a princess, though she isn't one. [[spoiler: She's the reincarnation of the green world's princess, though]]
** There's also one-shot character Seiru.
* EvilOldFolks: The Otherworld King [[spoiler: Until he has his youth restored.]]
** Also, considering the way mazoku age, any of them might fit into this. Though, that's actually a case of Really700YearsOld.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: In Brave, Mai has long hair, and has also changed a lot since the last time Dan saw her. [[spoiler: She changes her hairstyle again once she decides to fight for the mazoku, and then cuts it at the end of the series, after losing Dan.]]
* ExpressiveMask: Zazie wears one.
* {{Expy}}: Compared to the original series, Dan to Bashin, Yuuki to J, and Mai to Suiren. To a lesser extent, Kajitsu to Kyouka.
** At times, Yuuki and Kajitsu’s relationship bears very striking similarities to Lelouch and Nunnally’s from Code Geass. Since they’re both Sunrise series released at around the same time period, it may not be a coincidence.
** In the first episode of Brave, look-alikes of Jun and Maaya from the spin off manga, Batosupi! appear. Those two characters are already gender-bent expys of J and Bashin from the original series, respectively.
** Speaking of Brave, Stella is one to Magisa, Gaspard is one to Serge, Barone has definite similarities to Yuuki, both Rugain and Youth could be expys to Suzuri (purely aesthetically), and Flora is a Kajitsu expy [[spoiler: (which is quite [[{{Reincarnation}} justified.)]]]] Rugain's mother, Shima is probably one to J's mother, Miyako in the original series.
* EyeCatch: A shot of one or two of the main characters. Dan has several. Clackey, Mai, Suzuri, Kenzo, Zungurii and Magisa have one, while Yuuki and Kajitsu share one. There’s also a group eyecatch. It changes based on who the episode’s main character is.
** Brave is following the trend of unique character eyecatches, with Dan having the most.
* {{Fanservice}}: Not much, but mostly courtesy of Magisa in Shounen Gekiha Dan, and Gilfam in Brave. And Barone provides a bit of fanserve for female viewers.
* FingerlessGloves: Galaxy, Dan
** Youth in Brave
* FingerSuckHealing: Yuuki does this to Kajitsu.
* FlowerMotifs: Roses are very significant to Yuuki and Kajitsu. And then of course, there's [[MeaningfulName Flora]].
* GlowingEyesofDoom: Leon gets these.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: [[spoiler: Yuuki and Kajitsu each get one around the time where they switch sides]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Zolder. His is a line over his eye, marking him as a good guy and a tough guy.
* GratuitousEnglish: A lot during battles.
** Also, Clackey tends to throw in bad Engrish a lot
* HairDecorations: Mai. She also states that she customized her battle form (including adding little devil horns) because it wasn't cute enough.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Magisa
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Kenzo, Kajitsu, Yuuki and Kazan]]
** [[spoiler: In Brave, Barone, Flora, Eolus and Rugain.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: From Dan and the end of both Gekiha Dan and Brave. The first time he's saved, but the second time is left up in the air.]]
* HotBlooded: Everyone. Especially Dan and Zolder.
* HotWitch: Magisa, despite the fact that she can never keep a steady boyfriend.
* IKissYourHand: Belga tends to do this
* IllGirl: Kajitsu. [[spoiler: Bearing Mother Core puts a huge burden on her body. She's often bed-ridden because of this.]]
* InMediasRes: A few times such as episodes 25 and 39 of Gekiha Dan.
* InterspeciesRomance: Clackey has a harem of cat girls from Grand Rolo when he first meets Dan. Well, at least they're more humanoid than some other inhabitants.
* {{Jerkass}}: Julian can certainly come off as one, especially in his introduction episode. It's more a JerkassFacade, though.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Subverted. Although Dan jumped to protect Zungurii's village in the first episode, when told of his purpose in Grand Rolo, he wasn't interested at first.
* KidHero: All the main characters.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Dan is reduced to this whenever he gets a new red dragon into play. At least, in the first season.
** Suzuri goes crazy over X-rares, even if it's his opponent using them.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Yuuki. And his sister Kajitsu is probably a gender reversed version.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Duc gets this, erasing parts of his former identity.]]
** [[spoiler: A part of his BrainwashedAndCrazy]]
* LightIsGood: Clackey, as a yellow user. Also, this could apply to core's light in general.
* LightningGlare: Kenzo and Stella.
* LotusEaterMachine: Episode 42 involves one [[spoiler: where Dan, Mai and Clackey are trapped, and start to forget their role, until Kajitsu interferes.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Yuuki’s entire motivation is pretty much for Kajitsu’s sake.
* MagicalLand: Grand Rolo
* MagicSkirt: Mai’s, though it’s actually a dress. See ep. 12 and watch logic be defied.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Both Zungurii's family and Rugain's are like this.
* MeaningfulName: Kajitsu’s name, probably, since it means “fruit.” She’s a green card battler, and one of her signature green cards is The Fruit of Wise Tree.
** Dan’s last name is Bashin, most likely a tribute to Toppa Bashin of the original series, as the two characters are quite similar, both in appearance and personality.
** Magisa.
** Barone and Duc, to sound like baron and duke.
** Plym Machina, because she's a mechanic of course.
** Youth, probably, because he's young and immature compared to the returning characters.
** En and Fant.
** Flora
** The 'Ray' in Clackey Ray is probably a reference to rays of light.
** Mai's name is spelled with the kanji for demon, in reference to the type of cards she uses.
** Kenzo's name is written with the kanji for blade, in reference to The [=BladeKingBeast=] Byak-Garo, his signature spirit.
* MerchandiseDriven
* {{Mons}}: The spirits
* MoodWhiplash: Some episodes in this show are about Suzuri being possessed by the ghost of an onmyouji, or a monster trying to marry Magisa. [[spoiler: Others involve characters dying depressing deaths.]]
* MoralityPet: Kajitsu to Yuuki
* NeverMessWithGranny: Magisa
* NiceHat: A couple. There's Clackey in Brave, and Queen Gilfam. Of course, Suzuri's hat [[spoiler: When he's king]] as well.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Gilfam
* NonHumanSidekick: Zungurii
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows
* OfficialCouple: Naturally, Duc and Shima. [[spoiler: Also, Dan/Mai, Yuuki/Kajitsu and Clackey/Angers.]]
* OffModel: A couple episodes look very off, especially if they're right before or after a great looking episode.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: Some variation of "Let's go! Attack step!"
** When Galaxy does it, he uses "Galaxy Step."
* {{Otaku}}: Suzuri is a card collector otaku to creepy levels.
* ParentalSubstitute: Dan basically becomes this for En and Fant.
* PetTheDog: Barone, when he helps a human child.
* PettingZooPeople: Most inhabitants of Grand Rolo
* PersonalityPowers: Several of the characters main attributes fit with their personalities.
* PlayingWithFire: Most red cards are fire based.
* PortmanteauSeriesNickname: Like the first series, Batosupi, and it’s used as an in-universe example for the TCG, likewise.
* PowerGivesYouWings: [[spoiler:Dan's]] 2nd battle form and [[spoiler:Otherworld King]]
* PowerGlows
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: The OP animation to the first season is modified later into the series, adding Kenzo, Leon, Pantera and Otherworld King.
* RapunzelHair: Barone, when he lets it down.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Magisa is really 4029 years old
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Pantera. Dan was right in believing that there was good in him. However, the last thing he can do before Otherworld King blows him to bits is provide Dan with a new key card.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Dan. In his case, playing into RedIsHeroic. He's the red core soldier, and he uses red too.
* RedOniBlueOni: Dan is the red. Yuuki and Barone take the role of blue in their respective series.
* {{Reincarnation}}: [[spoiler: Firstly, Yuuki and Kajitsu are reincarnated royals of Otherworld. Then, in the future timeline, they're reborn again as Zolder and Flora, respectively.]]
* TheRival: Dan vs. Yuuki
** Belga vs. Yuuki, in a one-sided way from Belga.
** In Brave, it's Dan vs. Barone and more comically, Kenzo vs. Stella.
** Youth also seems to have a one-sided rivalry with Dan.
* RunningGag: Magisa can never say Kenzo's name correctly.
** Neither can Stella, who happens to have the same seiyuu as Magisa.
** Clackey falling in love with every girl he meets probably counts.
** Also, Suzuri obsessing whenever he sees an X-rare card.
** En and Fant are rarely seen without food. If they are, they're usually begging for food.
* SerialRomeo: Clackey. Most of his girls (ie: Sophia, Mira, Seiru) don't last for long.
* SiblingsInCrime: Yuuki and Kajitsu in the beginning.
* ShipperOnDeck: Clackey wants Zolder and Flora to get together.
* ShipTease: Dan and Mai in Brave.
** They have a little in the first season too, but not to the same level, and there's also a bit with Mai and Serge.
** Zolder and Flora get ship tease too.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Mai is the only female core soldier. [[spoiler: Kajitsu isn't really the green soldier. She's a special case, actually bearing Mother Core, which the others have to protect.]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Kajitsu and Geraid both live in the manga versions.]]
** DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Zazie in the Kerokero Ace Brave manga.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: While Clackey seems to be the official spelling, according to Sunrise's Brave website, Krakki, Kurakkii and Cracky have been seen on official sites and in the anime, and numerous other spellings of his name have popped up on assorted fansites. Fortunately, said website has released official spellings for most characters.
** Also the first fansubs used Prim rather than Plym, and Duke rather than Duc. The later of each are used on the Sunrise site. While Prim makes more sense than Plym, Duc probably is the legitimate spelling, as it's French for duke.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Leon. Flora's battle form has these too.
* SpoilerOpening: Both the OP and ED show that Suzuri will join the main group. He doesn’t until episode 36.
** Additionally, the Italian dub includes the 2nd version of the OP theme from the start of the show, which reveals [[spoiler: That Kenzo is the green soldier, and also shows Dan's 2nd battle form, and the identity of Otherworld King.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: Kousuke.
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Yuuki and Kajitsu, or at least who they were in past lives]]
* TagalongKid: En and Fant
* TakeMyHand: Happens a few times.
* TeamChef: Zungurii. He makes curry all the time.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Kazan and Crown can be like this in early episodes.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Dan and Curry
** Revolver and Green Curry
* TransformationSequence: Most characters undergo one to get into their battle form
* TrueCompanions: Dan, Zungurii, Magisa, Clackey, Mai, [[spoiler: Kenzo, Kajitsu, Yuuki, Suzuri]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Mai is type B towards Dan. At least in the first series.
** Suzuri is a male example.
* UnusualEars: Most inhabitants of Grand Rolo
* WesternZodiac: Plays a major role in Brave, where X-rares representing each sign of the zodiac have to be collected.
* WhamLine: From ''Brave's'' final episode:
-->'''Dan''': [[spoiler: I am the trigger. I don't have to pull anything. [[HeroicSacrifice I become it]].]]
* WhipItGood: Kazan
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Zazie [[spoiler: TheBigBad in Brave]].
* WingedHumanoid: Kajitsu appears to be this, but the wings aren't real.
* Wolverine Claws: Gilfam has them. They give her the appearance of having FemmeFatalons, but they're actually just gloves.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Yuuki, Serge and Suzuri have actual blue-hair (albeit three different shades of it.) Mai has purple, Magisa has pink, and Kajitsu and Kenzo have green.
** Brave gives us Youth and Rugain with blue hair, plus Duc with green, Gilfam and Lucretia with purple, and Flora with pink.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Otherworld King basically does this to Leon]]
* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler: Youth has a moment like this with Geraid, who led the attack that killed both his parents. Though, he can't actually bring himself to take revenge.]]
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