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 previousseries 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.
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.
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.