B-Daman Crossfire is an anime series about a boy named Riki Ryugasaki who gets ahold of a rare talking B-Daman, a blue dragon named Dracyan. This allows him to join an underground society of B-Shots and participate in their high level tournaments, as well as make a lot of friends in the process. However, some B-Shots are plotting to use their special B-Damans to rule the world, and only Riki and other B-Shots with dragon B-Damans can stop them.This is B-Daman's second chance in America since the other series that made it to the states did rather poorly there.The series airs on CW Vortexx. Sumi also appeared in a Echidna Ninja comic, being repersented as one of the shows that should be on the 2014 upfront for Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and The '90s Are All That.
Control Freak: As it turns out, none other than Novu Moru. Control seems to be his favorite word. That his plans of control tend to falter, especially after meeting Riki and friends, it tends to drive him on edge.
Dub Name Change: Kakeru to Riki, Subaru Shirogane to Samuru Shigami, Gouichiro Tsukiwa to Grizz Sukino, Yukihide to Yuki, Shumon Katsumiya to Simon Sumiya, Reiji Maki to Reggie Mak, Ouga Raidou to Hugo Raidoh, Naoya Homura to Novu Moru, Daiki to Derek, Kurofuchi to Kurochi, Kamiougi to Kami, Gun to Gunner, Ruri to Rory. It seems this practice is still very much in vogue, unfortunately.
Face-Heel Turn: After Reggie confronts Novu and Derek, Novu beats him and uses a Breaking Speech to convince him to join his side, which results in Reggie becoming stronger through The Power of Hate. Thankfully though, it doesn't last long.
Finishing Move: Every B-Shot and their B-Daman have a Super Shot, where the B-Daman's Animal Motif comes out for a super strong final attack, like a Special Move.
Four Gods: An interesting use of the legend, in the sense that they are all presented as dragons, but still have the colors combined with the cardinal directions. Dracyan, the blue dragon, is in the East block; Dravise, the white dragon, hails from the West block; Dragren, the red dragon, comes from the South block; and Drazeros, the black dragon, chooses his master in the North block. Dragold, the golden dragon in the centre and technical leader of the other dragons is the main villain.
Genre Savvy: Thunder Dracyan especially about Novu and Riki when it comes to ancient temples & mysteries.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Samuru is the only B-Shot to suspect Novu for trying to rule the B-Daman Organization. He doesnít participate in any of the tournaments while Novu's around, keeps a close eye on him, and when Novu is almost exposed, he shows up with recorded evidence against him. And as a added bonus, when Riki and Yuki fight against Derek and Novuís B-Damanís Fusion, he jumps in, providing enough of a distraction for Rory and Grandpa Takakura to arrive.
Speed Blitz: Simon and Kaito have rapid-fire type B-Damans.
Stage Names: Colleen O'Shaughnessy is credited as Olivia Charles.
Tournament Arc: Every Crossfire event is one, but the notable ones are the East vs. West Block Battle, the battle to crown the overall champion of Crossfire at the end of the first half of the series, and the East GP, West GP etc..
Unskilled, but Strong: Basara. He's so physically strong that every time he tried to use a B-Daman, it couldn't handle his strength. When he gets Double Drazeros, he has no understanding of the rules, so he gets schooled by Kaito and nearly loses for it too. Riki was also this in the beginning.
The Worf Effect: Kaito is first presented as a powerful-despite-appearances type of character. He goes on to lose to Hugo twice, and is easily beaten by Asuka Kami, though he does at least get the chance to school Basara.
Why Did it Have to Be Girls: Simon has gynophobia, so the very affectionate Sumi scares the crap out of him, though he may have a secret crush on her. In the second series, we get to know why. His sisters used to force him to dress up like a girl.