Written by Masami Kurumada after he was forced to finish Saint Seiya prematurely due to the insistence of his publishers, B't X has a similar premise but with a different setting and execution. Some people consider this as Saint Seiya WITH SCIENCE!!!The story begins with Teppei Takamiya, as he travels to China after years of living quietly in the fictional Kamui Island. He attempts to reunite with his brother Kotaro, who left Germany five years ago to study robotics at a university. Unfortunately, no sooner than his brother begins an exhibition about an advanced form of machine, he's kidnapped by a Humongous Mecha in the shape of a wasp and a servant of the Machine Empire. Teppei starts a chase, using a gauntlet known as the "Messiah Fist" to hold onto the wasp as it travels to a secretive base in the Gobi Desert which serves as the Empire's headquarters.Getting thrown into a garbage heap and facing a cyborg he somehow is familiar with, Teppei's blood awakens a relic from the past; a kirin-type B't known only as "X" which, five years ago, 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.Both the manga and the anime have been licensed in America.As of June 2013, they have revived into a PACHINKOGAME!!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.
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)
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.
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.
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 said it was a "minor injury" from training.
Expy: Pretty much everything in this series can be tracked down to Saint Seiya:
Teppei looks very much like an older Seiya.
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.
Adding to the "Huh" factor of the look-alikes, Kotaro looks an awful lot like Shun, if he grew up and cut his hair real short.
Hokuto is pretty much like Mu with Shaka's aloof personality.
Karen is basically Aioros, since both are labeled as traitors despite having the best intentions and have a great deal of an impact on the main characters.
And last, but not least, the B'ts and Battle Gears. Subverted in that they don't split-up to form an armor for their owner.
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.
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.
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.
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. Raidou, Ron's B't, and Je T'aime, Foh's B't, are other instances.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: In the Spanish localization, however, B't was turned into Beta, deleting any meaning of the original name.
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.
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.