Battle Spirits Sword Eyes is the fifth Battle Spirits anime. It premiered on September 9, 2012, and airs at 7 a.m. Tokyo time during Sundays on TV Asahi. Somewhat departing from the lighter take on the setting shown in the previous series, Battle Spirits Heroes, Sword Eyes returns to a fantasy world setting, not unlike that of the second series Battle Spirits Shonen Gekiha Dan.The land of Atlantia, the largest country of Legendia, is torn apart by riots. The young prince Yaiba, betrays his mother and ascends to the throne. Amidst the chaos, a newborn baby is taken away by a card battler droid known simply as Bringer. Now 14 years later, the skateboarding-loving boy named Tsurugi Tatewaki, finding the Sword Brave, awakens to his destiny as the Red Sword Eyes of Light. He must train to become a player of Battle Spirits and gather the remaining 5 wielders of the Sword Eyes of Light to face the Sword Eyes of Darkness who are hunting the 12 Sword Braves.
Action Girl: Kizakura, as usual for the girls in this franchise, is just as tough as the guys. Amarello is an even bigger one.
All-Star Cast: Similarly to Shounen Gekiha Dan/Brave, this series has quite a lot of well-known seiyuu.
And I Must Scream: The spirits themselves, transformed into cards and forced to battle endlessly as punishment for trying to fight God.
Armor-Piercing Question: "Am I evil?" asked by Yaiba to Tsurugi. The fact that Tsurugi can't actually answer the question is what sets him off in the other direction to try and understand Yaiba better and find another path besides just the predestined light versus dark battle.
Art Shift: As usual, regular animation to CG monsters during battles
Audience Surrogate: Tsurugi. He doesn't know the rules of Battle Spirits at first, thus giving the show an excuse to teach the viewers how to play.
Back from the Dead: The original Suou, who was dead long before the series began, after doll Suou gives up his soul and dies.
Berserk Button: In a serious example, due to her poor background, Kizakura does not like seeing the exorbitantly wealthy and what they do with their money, when there are still hungry children on the streets.
Distressed Dude: That being said, Sora spends a large chunk of the later part of the serious captured and then brainwashed.
Dark Is Not Evil: Tsurugi, once he obtains the Red Sword Eyes of Darkness. On a larger scale, the preconception that those on the side of the Sword Eyes of Darkness WERE evil actually hinders quite a few things. Tsurugi working past that and trying to understand the perspective of those on the other side ultimately brings them together in the end.
Defeat Means Friendship: Interestingly, this is subverted with: Gordy. After Tsurugi defeats him, it looks like Gordy is going to join up with the good side. However, Yaiba interferes, and the next time Gordy is seen, he's back to his old self. It works the second time, though.
Sibling Yin-Yang: Tsurugi and Yaiba, with a literal twist with Tsurugi as a Sword Eyes of Light and Yaiba as a Sword Eyes of Darkness. Their personalities are just as different. The dynamics change a little once Tsurugi gets the Red Sword Eyes of Darkness because he wanted to be able to understand Yaiba's perspective better. Yaiba does his share of defrosting too towards the end.
Undying Loyalty: Serveal cases of this. Bringer to Tsurugi. Of course, he's a droid, so it's just in his programming. Additionally, Amarello to Grenada, because she was told by her father to protect Grenada, and this gave her a purpose. Similarly, Brau dedicated himself to Yaiba for accepting him. Really, don't threaten Tsurugi or Grenada around Bringer or Amarello unless you're ready to take a beating.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Yaiba seems to think he's going to benefit the world in the long run. Everything has been part of his plan to save the people from destruction. Still, he's caused suffering for quite a lot of people in doing so, to the point that Tsurugi thought of him as evil at first.