Anime / B't X

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PEGASUS RYUSE-errr, I mean, MESSIAH FIST!
B't X is a Super Robot themed Shonen Manga written by Masami Kurumada, published for Kadokawa Shoten's Shonen Ace magazine after he was forced to finish Saint Seiya prematurely due to the insistence of it's publisher. B't X has a similar premise but with a different setting and execution, some people considered this as Saint Seiya WITH SCIENCE!!!

Set sometime in the 21st Century note , the story begins with Teppei Takamiya, as he travels to Beijing to attend a robotics expo in attempt to reunite with his brother Kotaro, who's been studying robotics abroad in Berlin and was scheduled to make a presentation within the expo. Not long after Kotaro begins his research presentation about the possibility to create an advanced form of machine, Kotaro was abducted in public by a Humongous Mecha in the shape of a Queen Ant. Teppei immediately began his chase-down using a gauntlet known as the "Messiah Fist" to hold onto the Queen Ant as it travels to a secretive base within the Gobi Desert, which was revealed as their Empire's headquarters.

Getting thrown into a garbage heap and facing a cyborg he somehow was familiar with, Teppei's blood awakens a relic from the past; a B't known only as "X," who was considered the most powerful B't in existence. Both are equally stubborn, although quite different in many ways, and after a few initial squabbles, X resolves to help Teppei in his quest to save his brother.

Along the way, we find out quite a bit about Teppei's past, the reasons Kotaro was kidnapped, and the Machine Empire's plans involving a home-grown monster of Devil Gundam proportions.

It's manga completed it's run on Shonen Ace from December of 1994, to Febrary of 2000; with it's anime released in year 1996. Both the manga and their anime have been licensed in America.

As of June 2013, they have revived into a PACHINKO GAME!!

The character sheet is located here, and it seriously needs more love.


This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Teppei's teacher Karen, who had been one of the Empire's Four Knights up until five years ago. Aramis is another example.
  • Air Jousting: A lot of fights take place in the air.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The airing in Taiwan had a particularly rare situation done by the Japanese companies themselves. Stabilized since the late 80's, Taiwan would leave all licensed anime opening and ending themes untouched, even when dubbed. But in B't X's case, Fence of Defense's opening theme, Haruka~SAILING FOR MY DREAM was replaced by T.M.Revolution's HIGH PRESSURE midway through it's airing without prior notice despite Word of God personally handpicked FoD's song and the song was selling tremendously well in Japan thanks to the anime; this was speculated as to 1) B't X was popular and Sony Music wanted a piece of their pie, and 2) Sony Music wanted to officially package T.M.R to the the international anime fan base, redirecting the demographic into buying T.M.R's Triple Joker album since T.M.R was officially licensed in Taiwan and was doing well with his restoration Level 3 album thanks to Rurouni Kenshin. This made B't X as the second anime project in T.M.R's history with his name in it, albeit forcefully. Haruka~SAILING FOR MY DREAM was later placed back to it's normal state by the time of B't X's VCD release.
  • Animal Mecha / A Mech by Any Other Name: In this case, B'ts.
  • Armor Is Useless: averted for the most part. Foh, Hokuto, and Ron rarely use theirs simply because they either hate fighting (Foh and Hokuto's reason) or they're just that good. (Ron's reason)
  • The Assimilator: Raphaello's shtick. It provides gallons of terror.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Applies to everyone with a B't. Except for instances involving the B'ts' Weaksauce Weakness (see below), a B't's protective "Guard System" enables it and its rider to withstand anything ranging from magma to the void of space.
  • A Boy And His Kirin
  • Calling Your Attacks: All the time.
  • Came Back Strong: BT'X and Teppei after the former was reduced to scrap and the latter utterly damaged.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: It was made by Kurumada, after all. Also total Mr. Fanservice.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Foh's bible and Raphaello's cell.
  • Creepy Children: Misha and Nasha.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Made apparent with the cyborg named Metalface, who considers sacrificing his own flesh and blood for an immortal robotic body to be an obvious choice.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Karen creates a black version of X, Shadow X, that is just as powerful, a girl, and good.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Seven Demon Generals Arc and onward.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At least in the Tokyopop manga, the narrator pulls this off in the recap of the previous volume, complete with Lampshade Hanging various issues such as Teppei's Vitriolic Best Buds status he eventually gets with Foh and company, the fact that Juggler's real face looks just like a clown face anyways, etc.
  • Defector from Decadence: Karen and the other guardians after learning the true intentions of the Machine Empire.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Averted. Teppei never actually defeats Foh in a fight and the best he does against Ron is fight him to a draw. he also never duels either Karen or Hokuto. However, they all eventually side with him.
  • Dub Name Change: Teppei is named Marlon, Foh is changed to Falcon, Hokuto to Homer, Karen is named Lourdes and so ford. The only ones that remain somewhat the same are Kaos and Metal Face.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Raphaello in every sense of the word. For a good part of the series, the Empire has to move heaven and hell to keep it under control. And they fail miserably at it.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Teppei and the Four Generals all have physical scars on their bodies and was shown in the OVA. But it's origins were only mentioned in the manga.
    • Teppei's scar is an "X" on his forehead, and claimed it was a "minor injury" from Karen's training program.
    • Karen's scar is a big "X" on her back, though she claimed to Teppei that it was a "minor injury" she gained from old battles, readers never really knew the story behind it.
    • Foh's scar is a big "cross" on his back, but like Karen, it's a Rugged Scar.
    • Ron's scar is a "Lightning Bolt" on his chest, the scar came from Aramis, who defeated him using her sword one time when they were little.
    • And Hokuto takes the cake of having the most lengthy story behind his scar, a "Big Dipper" located on his back. This was from a radioactive explosion he encountered when he was little.
  • Enemy Of The Week: more a case of two or more weeks.
  • Expy: Pretty much everything in this series can be tracked down to Saint Seiya:
    • Fans often pointed how The Takamiya Brothers are character swapped versions of brothers, Ikki and Shun.
      • Teppei is an older Seiya with Ikki's manly physique, but kept the cute Cry Baby factor of a younger brother.
      • Kotaro has greater character elements of Aries Mu, and is only similar to Shun in terms of appearance, due to him being a lovable Non-Action Guy; other than that, as an older brother who is cunning and can look after himself, his personality is certainly no pushover.
    • Ron looks a lot like Shiryu. This, however, doesn't apply to his personality.
    • Foh also looks a lot like Hyoga. Then again, it doesn't apply to his personality as well. He can also be seen as the unholy child of Saga and Shaka, with a dash of Lyra Orpheus thrown in. With Shion's hair.
    • Hokuto is pretty much like Mu with Shaka's aloof personality.
    • Karen holds Marin's appearance and position, mixed with Aioros' status and background; since Karen served as the hero's trainer, and like Aioros, was also labeled as a traitor despite being well-respected by their teammates, and had the best intentions for their allegiance.
    • And last, but not least, the B'ts and Battle Gears. The B'ts are inverted in a way that they don't split themselves up to form armors for their owners, but are responsible in providing the armors for their owners when their owners call out the commands to wear them.
  • Faceless Mooks: the regular soldiers from the Machine Empire.
  • Filler: three episodes dealing with the Dark Knights (while in the manga they were defeated all together and very anticlimactically), along with encountering an old member of the Four Knights and also a reclusive scientist.
  • Filler Villain: Chaos and the three Dark Knights. Chaos plays an important role, however, coining the phrase "Buddy", which is used a lot in the remainder of the series, and furthering Teppei's Character Development. The Dark Knights serve to foreshadow Teppei's connection with the Sun, and the potential he has.
  • The Four Gods: The B'ts used by the Four Generals, replacing Byakko with a Kirin.
  • Four Is Death: Subverted. The Four Knights are, naturally, four in number, and they all eventually resolve to help Teppei. The seven Demon Knights, however, are all out for his blood.
  • Gratuitous English: "X! Omae wa ore no baadii da!"
  • Gecko Ending: The world is saved, and very well...the main cast, not so much ...In the anime that is.
  • Hack Your Enemy: Hokuto and Demon General Dr. Poe throws viruses at each other's B'ts in the manga. Kotaro on the other hand, hacks a laser-beam surveillance camera to aid Teppei to combat the hallways in the anime.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Plenty, especially when people realize how dangerous Raphaello really is.
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Again, lots of people. Metalface managed to pull it off twice. Once sacrificing a means of safely travelling a minefield to help out a young Karen years ago which caused him to require his cyborg parts, and once again to secure the force that would destroy Raphaello at the cost of his body
  • Heroic Spirit: Be it either facing the Despair Event Horizon of B't Rafaello growing to the giant dark blob ball about to absorb the Earth in the anime or becoming the Ultimate B't in the manga, it takes the Four Generals plus Kotaro's spirit to give Teppei the power defeat it.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn: A noticeable aspect in this series. Pretty much every female character who serves in the Machine Empire, such as Salome, Karen, and Nasha, will end up having the brains to help Teppei by the end. Too bad that all of them die in at least one version of the story with the sole exception of Karin.
  • Hot-Blooded: This is a Kurumada manga we're talking here.
  • Hyperspace Powered Armor: The Battle Gears, a type of light-weight, flexible, yet extremely durable armor made from non-metal material. The Battle Gear system was focused on Teppei as his Transformation Sequence, but anyone who owns a B't will have the Battle Gear System installed within their B't to be triggered once the command: "Battle Gear, ON!" is spoken by their Donors in order for the B'ts to apply the armors onto their Donors from thin air. The Four Spirit Generals all have wore them in the manga, but only Teppei and Karen wears them in the anime.
    • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Regardless of military rank, the color and technical specifications for all Machine Empire Battle Gears, including The Four Spirit Generals, are the same and in the color white. The armor Teppei initially received from X was also white; But after X's Mid-Season Upgrade, Hokuto deliberately tweaked X's system to surpass the The Empire's standards, including the Battle Gear System, which gives Teppei's new armor a cream-yellow hue.
  • Kill 'em All: the manga kills off a lot of people, and in the end pretty much the only two protagonists, both human and B't, that survive are Teppei and Kotaro. In the anime, the last scenes implies that everybody died, including Teppei and Kotaro.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "B't" is pronounced like "beat", as in "heartbeat". Appropriate considering blood is required to activate one.
      • Implied by Aramis, a B't is defined as "a 'Total' definition of a 'Beautifully-designed' mechanical being with a highly sentient 'Brain' born through 'Blood,' who is programed to be a 'Brave Battler.'"
      • "Blind Idiot" Translation: In the Spanish localization, however, B't was turned into Beta, deleting any meaning of the original name.
    • Family Theme Naming: The given names of brothers, Kotaro and Teppei have metals "steel" and "iron" embedded within their names, and meant "First Born Steel" and "Iron Soldier" respectively. This is pretty much their parents' wish for the brothers to form into one Unbreakable Sibling Team.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The Ryukans, which are piloted by generic soldiers.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: After X dies for the first time, Hokuto repairs him. Among other things, Teppei's armor changes and he gets a new attack.
    • Metalface and B't Madonna gets one as well.
  • My Country Rightor Wrong: Deconstructed with the remaining guardians after Karen's supposed betrayal.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo: Averted. Hokuto's radiation sickness was triggered by being just outside the direct killzone of a nuke that destroyed his home and family and he's got the burns on his back to prove it. Aramis also tries to kill Raphaello by loading Rosemary up with every nuclear warhead she can find and performing a Heroic Sacrifice, but Raphaello's power makes it a Senseless Sacrifice.
  • OVA: B't X Neo, also known as episodes 26-39.
  • Overtook the Manga: The anime entirely skips the last four Demon Knight battles and revamps the final battle against Raphaello.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: The Titular B't X.
    • The Messiah Fist as well, at least in the anime. Turns out it was reverse-engineered from a sample of Raphaello's cells.
  • The Power of the Sun: Teppei's awakened power, and becomes the key person in defeating Raphaello.
  • Punctuation Shaker: Played straight with "B't", but justified with Je T'aime, which is French for "I love you."
  • Redemption Equals Death: Many, many people, especially in the manga. Juggler, Marcello, Amigo, and Aramis just to name a few. Misha and Nasha also die in the anime after each makes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Teppei and X fit this dynamic quite well, and it's taken to almost Vitriolic Best Buds-level proportions.
  • Rescue Arc: Essentially the entire series.
  • Role Reprisal: It's pretty clear that Nobuyuki Hiyama, Keiji Fujiwara, and most of the main cast came back in the pachinko for their respective roles. But unfortunately Megumi Ogata (Karen) and Kenyuu Horiuchi (Metal Face) failed to come back for their roles.
  • She's Back: Karen, now sporting a Black female version of B't X.
  • Ship Tease: Metal Face implies Karen had feelings for Foh, though he immediately rebuffs this.
  • Shout-Out / Spiritual Successor: From subtle character designs, to the subtle elements within the story plot, having The Takamiya Brothers going against the Machine Empire can be seen as a huge take from God Mars.
    • Both Emperor Zuul of alien Planet Gishin and The Machine Emperor are their stories' big bad, and wanted to destroy Earth since The Planet Earth (humanity) never wanted to comply with their ideologies.
    • Both series takes the talents of two teenage brothers working together to bring their respective evil empires to their downfall. note 
    • Teppei and Takeru Myoujin shared the same younger brother statuses in respective to their older brothers Kotaro and Marg, the same brunette Shounen Hair cut, note  the letter "T" in their first names, and fires their Battle Aura while making "X poses" with their arms. note 
    • Kotaro echoed Prince Marg's hairstyle, wearing his hair long reaching shoulder-length. And on a bizarre note, like Prince Marg to his brother, Kotaro can somehow telepath to Teppei.
    • Teppei once had a nightmare about his older brother, Kotaro being brainwashed in serving The Empire. God Mars' hero, Takeru Myoujin's older twin brother Marg was brainwashed by their evil empire for real.
    • From the same nightmare above, Kotaro wore a cape to reveal his transformed cybernetic body. Marg from God Mars was the prince of planet Gishin, and is usually dressed in Ermine Cape Effect.
    • One interesting element both works share is their reference to the apocalyptic prediction of the year 1999, named Nostradamus. note  In God Mars, the story setting was on the year 1999, where Emperor Zuul started his invasion towards Earth in attempt to destroy the planet in which brothers, Mars (Takeru Myoujin) and Marg, along with a few supporters fought hard to take down; while here in B't X, the year 1999 did had a huge scare with a meteoroid crashing near Hokkaido, Japan. But that meteoroid however, eventually formed into a tiny private island called Kamui Island, which was the birthplace of The Takamiya Brothers, who became saviors in overthrowing the Machine Emperor.
    • And the shout-out segment that takes the cake? When all hope is lost before their Save the World Climax within the manga, Kotaro throws out a "We haven't lost yet!" Telepathy speech to Teppei, affirming the concerned Teppei to make his grandest final blow onto B't Raffaello even when Kotaro's physically located in the path of destruction. Proclaiming with confidence that he, Kotaro Takamiya, as a scientist (who thoroughly does his research), "is NOT some kind of saint who makes stupid sacrifices!" So Teppei, with his Power of Trust on Kotaro, finished off B't Raffaello with Kotaro intact. This, was a superb Take That moment of Kurumada fixing the fatal flaw of Godmars where Prince Marg made his infamous Stupid Sacrifice out of pure Big Brother Instinct without any brain work.
  • Sibling Team: The Takamiya Brothers. In the OVA, while Teppei's busy taking out killer-robots by hand in the hallway of the Empire Tower, Kotaro remains inside an office of the tower hacking the Empire database AND help Teppei take out laser-beam surveillance cameras using a laser-beam surveillance camera.
    • Cop and Scientist: Teppei's the Cop, while Kotaro's the Scientist of the duo.
    • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: On the appearance, Kotaro is the sensitive guy while Teppei's the manly man; but on the inside, Kotaro's the manly man while Teppei's actually the sensitive one.
  • Signature Style: The inclusion of a Cool Horse through our lead mascot, B't X, which in this story is represented by a Kirin. Technically speaking, a Kirin is a mythological animal that is more of a deer with the slight anatomy of a horse, and the head of a Chinese dragon...with no wings. But somehow Kurumada designed his Kirin to look more like a full-on horse with deer antlers, dragon brows, and wings, which made X resemble more like a Pegasus over anything else. In many of Kurumada's other works, a Pegasus has something to do with the protagonist.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Is it Ron, Lon, or Long?
    • And Foh, Fou, or Phoue?
  • Super Robot: The B't.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Emperor representatives Misha and Nasha are this.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: You have a number of plots going on at the same time. The three big ones are:
    • Teppei's Rescue Arc.
    • Foh and the other members of the Four Knights trying to determine if Raphaello is indeed an evil that has to be put down and if they should help Teppei.
    • Kotaro's Adventures in Wonderland Underhell where he tries to figure out Raphaello's weaknesses.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The Machine Empire's subordinates believe they are fighting to bring about an end to war. Some of them are more dogged in this belief than others.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: Hokuto vs. Dr. Poe... plus any time Kotaro is writing formulas.
  • We Can Rebuild Your BT
  • Weaksauce Weakness: B'ts are vulnerable to certain sound frequencies that damage fragile parts of their systems.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: B'ts, with their design based from a huge range of animal and mythological creature selections tend to suffer from this issue pretty seriously. Poor Madonna...
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Teppei initially views X as a tool to help him rescue Kotaro. It takes a while for him to realize X has his own thoughts and feelings. This also applies to Metalface, although his realization came too late.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: The juggler uses mooks as People Puppets, to which Teppei is horrified despite having killed hundreds of them by that point. Interestingly, once he manages end his Villain Override of them, their helmets harmlessly blow up and reveal their faces.
  • You Fail Logic Forever: Deliberately invoked by Hokuto at one point to distract an enemy.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Aramis is eventually demoted due to her efforts to suppress Raphaello's growth. Monster Clown Juggler takes over for her.

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