Anime: Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden
A manga and anime series based on both the Bomberman videogame franchise and the B-Daman toy franchise (which was originally Bomberman-based to begin with). despite having only five manga volumes (the anime adapting the latest three), each volume followed its own continuity, though based on the same group of archetipal characters (Shirobon, Aobon, Akabon, Kiirobon, Kurobon and Doctor Graybon).Series III was about Prince Shirobon, who found his father was possessed by an evil spirit and had created the evil Nol Arc empire, so he joins the Nereid rebel army. A failed attempt of Dr Graybon to send a secret weapon, the Planet Energy Circuit, ends transmitting the planet energy on Shirobon, rebellion members Akabon and Aobon, space cabbie Kiirobon and three other bombers they must find to complete the circuit and defeat the empire.Series IV is about Shirobon, who has the dream of flight. He meets Dr Graybon and his grandson Aobon, who have come to the town in order to stop evil beings who will soon to be freed from their imprisonment. They are also joined by Kiirobon and Akabon, and Shirobon gets a mecha that allows him to fly.Series V is about cops Shirobon and Aobon, who rescue Princess Akabon and make her join them. Their mission is to stop the evil Devilvader from getting powerful jewels called Crysmonds, that are scattered in time. King Vader, the Devilvader leader, gives to the Three Devil Musketeers Akumanto, Dokudandy and Gestra the mission to retrieve the Crysmonds. There's aso a delivery guy, Kiirobon, who wants to join Shirobon's team, to no avail.While the characters are cosmetically Bombermen, that's about the only link to the actual Bomberman franchise. Bakugaiden shares far less other aspects with the games than the later Bomberman Jetters, to the point of the Cartoon Bomb being eschewed in favor of energy blasts from the blue marbles in their bodies!
This anime provides examples of:
- The Anime of the Game: Inverted, perhaps? The show is only very loosely based on the games, whereas there was a Super Famicom puzzle game, Bomberman B Daman, though the game does not have the plot of the manga/anime either.
- Butt Monkey: The IV series has an old Bomber named Rou, whose only function seems to be where something bad can happen to him. Near the end he gets some dignity being the one who knows the heroes' legend.
- Camp Gay: Dokudandy from the V series.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Akabon is a princess in the V series.
- Generation Xerox: The anime shows the III series as something that happened a long time ago in the IV series universe, which means that each of the ensemble had an identical (both appearance and personality) counterpart in the other era.
- Humiliation Conga: Dark Shinobi's entire mission ended as this for him.
- Humongous Mecha: LOTS.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most of the time, Kiirobon is just interested on making a profit for himself. However, there are some times when he shows he isn't just self-interest: When he lost Aobon's Baseball ball, he didn't care at first, but later made the effort of searching the ball in the mud. Also, he showed genuine care for a kid bomber he accidentally hurt in a crash.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Inverted as "Son, I am the Big Bad", referring to Shirobon's father, King Goldenbon, in the III series.
- Monster of the Week: Each series had its own way to use this trope:
- In Bakugaiden IV, each of the Dark Beings has some as minions, so after defeating a row of these throughout the episodes, they are followed by some episodes facing the respective Dark Being, and after that Dark Being's defeat the cycle starts anew.
- In Bakugaiden V, the Crysmonds tend to be in the hands of some kind of monster. After retrieving the Crysmond, comes a mecha battle agains Akumanto who uses his "fire scan" to get what could be described as a Power Of The Week from his surroundings.
- Ms. Fanservice: Purple in the IV series.
- The Professor: Doctor Graybon.
- Pungeon Master: Kiirobon.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: B-Darons in general, but ESPECIALLY Rui-Rui, who outright gives people Cuteness Proximity reactions in the third episode of the anime, where the IV arc actually starts. And then gets dumped by some high school girls when an even cuter B-Daron shows up.
- Terrible Trio: The Three Devil Musketeers Akumanto, Dokudandy and Gestra (V series).
- Verbal Tic: In the V series, Akumanto ends all his sentences with "manto"