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Anime: Battle Spirits Heroes

Battle Spirits Heroes is the fourth Battle Spirits anime. It premiered on September 18, 2011, and aired at 7 a.m. Tokyo time during Sundays on TV Asahi, right between Digimon Xros Wars (later, Saint Seiya Omega) and Super Hero Time.

The series, which takes place in a completely new continuity from any of the previous series in the franchise, tells of a boy named Hajime Hinobori, whose parents have created a battle system allowing for "real" Battle Spirits.

Also see Battle Spirits Sword Eyes for the 5th series in the franchise.
This show provides examples of:
  • Action Girl: Kimari. Nora Nyao even more so, especially out-of-battle.
  • Art Shift: Regular anime style to CG during battles.
  • Balloon Belly: A couple times so far
  • Big Brother Worship: Kataru to Manabu.
  • Big Friendly Dog: Safari. Kouta can even ride on top of him.
  • Bishounen: Chihiro is referred to as this. There was actually a theory on Japanese sites that he's really a girl with was proven correct in episode 31. She just prefers to act as a guy. There's also Isami.
  • Bland-Name Product: CFC (Though actually, it stands for Clackey Fried Chikuwa, not Chicken.)
  • Blush Sticker: Kataru's seem to be permanent.
  • The Bully: Kobushi used to be, when he went around battling weak opponent's to win their strongest card.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Dr. Sunset. Proud evil scientist, has a Right-Hand Cat, and is always plotting world domination. Too bad for him, he easily was subjugated by Kimari.
  • Chaste Hero: Hajime. Roller Izumi making moves on him does nothing for him, and when asked who he was in love with, his answer... Battle Spirits.
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 15.
  • Collectible Card Game
  • Combat Commentator: Both a (mostly) unseen announcer and Galaxy Watanabe. Who share a seiyuu.
    • In the world tournament arc, Galaxy Watanabe is joined by tv announcer Yui Inoue, and Kimari in this role.
  • Cool Big Sis: Mika
  • Duels Decide Everything: Obviously. It's Battle Spirits.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Pentans, more rather.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Tegamaru wears them.
  • Hachimaki: Signature to Hajime, to the point that Tegamaru just refers to him by it.
  • Hair Decorations: Kimari
  • Happily Married: Hajime's parents sure seem this way. They're also Sickeningly Sweethearts.
  • Hot-Blooded: Naturally, most everyone is. It's a Battle Spirits anime. Arata and Hajime in particular.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Ep. 12.
  • Jerkass: Manabu and Tegamaru can be this. Both both have their moments of Jerk with a Heart of Gold too.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the previous series, Battle Spirits Brave.
  • Magical Girl: None actually appear, but in one of Kimari's summon performances, she appears as a magical girl.
  • Master of Disguise: Mika. She certainly loves dressing up.
  • Meaningful Name: Hajime and Kimari are plays on begin and finish respectively. Also, Kobushi Nigiri, as nigirikobushi means clenched fist.
    • Tameru Tachibana, a self-proclaimed hero of justice, sharing a last name with the mascot character, Justice Tachibana.
  • Merchandise-Driven
  • Ms. Fanservice: Hajime's mother, Akari, is this for Battle Spirits Heroes. For example, in the first episode she stores cards in her cleavage.
  • Mythology Gag: For starters, Galaxy Watanabe is back, and his hair is blond again.
    • Episode 5 briefly shows two little kids admiring Chihiro's art. A closer look reveals they're human versions of En and Fant. Similarly, in ep 24, Barone and Zack lookalikes are seen watching the championship.
    • In ep 6 there's a food stand called Clackey Fried Chikuwa.
    • And on the subject of Gekiha Dan/Brave references, posters of Dan and Zazie can be seen in episode 11.
    • Episode 13 is a gold mine. The arcade games seen contain art of Revolver, an off-colored Mira, and Clackey's main spirits. Plus, there's a whack-a-mole game of Bladras afraid of having core taken, and plushies of the Deathmatch Group Pentans.
    • Tegamaru's first opponent in the Hero Championship has a jacket just like Zolder's. His name is also Ichiro Tanaka, the same as Koutaro's father in Gekiha Dan. Though, because both characters are extremely minor, the identical name could be a coincidence.
    • Nice visor, Tameru. Wasn't it Elliott's?
    • The Narrator looks a lot like Pantera, also voiced by Junichi Suwabe.
    • Toshihide Tsuchiya, seiyuu of Meganeko's grandfather in Toppa Bashin, once again plays a character surrounded by secondhand books.
  • Nice Hat: Chihiro, and Tameru when not in hero-mode.
  • No Fourth Wall: Like in the previous series, there's an omniscient narrator. This time around, he's treated like a character and can converse with the other characters.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the second OP, Tameru, Ser-jii, Galaxy Watanabe, Announcer Inoue, Antony, Renard, Dragon Eye, Sunset, Bomber, and Katabura, who was actually yet-to-be-introduced when the OP started.
  • The Rival: Tegamaru is this to Hajime. Though, with the theme of the series, everyone is a rival.
  • Ship Tease: Mainly Arata and Mika, though Kimari gets some with Hajime, Manabu and Tameru.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tameru is this to Kimari. She's not happy about it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Hajime's is seasoned rice. Also, Tegamaru loves his milk.
  • Tsundere: Mika is a type B, with Arata.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Tegamaru, whose hair is actually blue, and Isami, with green hair.

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