Manga: Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!!

Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!! (The Racing Brothers! Let's & Go!!) is a 1994 manga and anime series produced by Tetsuhiro Koshita in order to promote Tamiya's mini 4WD toyline. A Spiritual Successor of Dash! Yonkuro . It did not get an export to America or being very well known compared to other series, but Let's & Go!! was a responsible for mini-4WD trend in several contries in Europe and Asia, including Indonesia, Philippines, Italy, China, and Thailand. The story lasts four seasons: Let's & Go!, WGP, and MAX, which is a sequel to the second season featuring new protagonists and story, and Return Racers!, which returned the protagonists to Seiba brothers, but in their twenties/thirties. Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!! remains a Cult Classic for many people.

The stories follows the mini-4WD racer siblings, Retsu and Go Seiba, who are different as day and night, receive a couple of prototype racing machines, Sonic Saber and Magnum Saber, by the mini-4WD recearcher Professor Tsuchiya, under a condition that they will enter and win a series of mini-4WD national competition, the seasonal Great Japan Cup, but things appear to get worse when Prof. Tsuchiya's rival, Prof. Ohgami, a researcher who believe in the idea that racing is to destroy other cars, arrived in the scene. He sent his representatives to bring chaos into mini 4WD racing society by turning them into battle races. Retsu and Go, along with friends and rivals they meet along their racing careers, struggle against the new trend of vicious racing to prove that the true mini-4WD racing should be the way it used to be.

The second season, WGP, is a direct sequel where The Seiba siblings and their friends are elected into a first international mini-4WD Grand Prix in Japan. The Japan's reprentative, the TRF Victorys, led by Retsu Seiba, enter the grand prix and meet many competitors from around the world.

The final season, MAX, follows Gouki Ichimonji, a student of Borzoi racing school, where for the students, mini 4WD racing is to battle and destroy each other. Gouki gets sacked for not using his machine, Max Breaker, for battle racing. Gouki leaves the school and his younger brother Retsuya behind and stays with his uncle. In Gouki's racing career as, he meets Marina, a mysterious and serious girl who owns a vicious racing machine, Fire Stinger. The story follows the journey of Gouki, Retsuya, Marina to have a triumph over Borzoi academy and their immoral ways of racing.

A new manga series, Return Racers, began publication in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series; it returns to the Seiba brothers, but set twenty years after the original series, where Go had became a professional Formula racecar driver, passing the baton of his Mini 4WD career to his son Tsubasa, while Retsu, who now works on a space probe, having studied overseas on the suggestion of Dr. Tsuchiya, recalls his last race with Go, as well as facing a previously untold menace that could destroy and reassemble cars at will in process.

The series contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Beak Spider. Its Razor Wind blade cleanly cuts through soda cans and trees.
  • Accidental Misnaming; A typical exchange between Gouki and Marina
    Marina: My name is Marina! Ma-ri-na!
    Gouki: I got that already, Mariko.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Gen realizes he can win without using a battle part, but he's back to his Ax-Crazy personality in the very next episode.
  • Adults Are Useless: Zigzagged. Fighter, Dr. Tsuchiya, and other shown parents are very competent and outspoken about how Mini 4WD racing hobbying invoke children's creativity and social interactions. However, the rest of them seem to be either unaware or perfectly okay with their children breaking rules, playing with weapons, roleplaying gangsters, and destroy other people's properties for fun.
  • Animation Bump: The quality of the animation is... inconsistent, to say the least.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Go Seiba, Jiromaru Takaba, Chiko Mikuni.
  • Anti Heroine: Marina.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Cyclone Magnum, as it (initially) requires a running time to build up downforce and speed. It gets better.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Not blood, but battery lead. This happens when Carlo's Diospada illegally destroys Brett's Buck Blader during a race, with Go witnessing the deed.
  • Butt Monkey: Tokichi. The catch is, he actually looks and sounds like a monkey; he even wears a monkey suit sometimes.
  • Call Your Car's Name: Up to Eleven with Go. Carlo also does that in an episode of WGP as he uses Diospada's Adios Dance to snatch a win from Retsu.
  • Calling Your Attacks: MAGNUUUM TORNAAAAAADOOO!
  • Car Fu: Most cars made by Ogami and Borzoi academy. Diospada also has knives hidden in its front body. During the start of the series, Futoshi Kurosawa's Black Saber also have a roller that could cut tires of opponent cars.
  • Chase Scene: The whole Bousou Mini Yonku Daitsuiseki movie is one big chase scene, with the cast trying to stop the berserk Gun Bluster XTO from running away.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Kurosawa always ends up badly when he's cheating.
  • Crapsaccharine World: What happens when the typical toy combat tropes are viewed as invading forces that get deconstructed.
  • Combining Mecha: Phantom Blade and Vise Intruder can merge together in MAX, which somehow also enlarges them.
  • Cool Car
  • Cool Old Guy: Tetshin-sensei
  • Daddy's Girl: Marina.
  • Down to the Last Play: Gouki and Retsuya usually end up in a tie even with a photo shoot.
  • Dub Name Change: In the Philippines, Italian and Arabic dubs. The Indonesian one simply changes the titles of Tsuchiya and Ogami from doctors to professors.
  • Emotionless Boy: J, before Heel-Face Turn.
  • Empathic Racing Cars: They certainly don't communicate, but while the GP Chip handwaves the trope in the second season, the cars do act according to their owners.
    • The advanced GP Chip planted within Gun Bluster XTO has a mind of its own. The car goes berserk and runs away from Rion as it gets frustrated when Team XTO Revolvers is being disbanded.
  • Fun with Acronyms: TRF Victorys - Tsuchiya Racing Factory Victorys. In real life, TRF is also the abbreviation for Tamiya's radio control racing team, although they also released Mini 4WD kits with TRF name in it, usually modified from the original (Cyclone and Beat Magnum, as well Max Breaker, plus the TRF Racer Jr).
  • Heel-Face Turn: J, Kurosawa, Retsuya - most of them involve Defeat Means Friendship.
    • Kai Okita in the second season.
  • Heroic BSOD: When the Sabers and Victory Magnum are destroyed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ryo willingly allowed his already damaged Tridagger X be sliced by Kai's Beak Spider so that Go's Victory Magnum could finish second during the Summer Great Japan Cup.
  • Idiot Hero: Go (even as an adult in Return Racers) and Gouki.
  • Instant Flight, Just Add Spinning: Magnum Tornado, applying a concept from a fast ball pitching in baseball, Magnum can, with an aid from a wind flow, temporary swirl mid-air at high speed.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Go
  • Large Ham Announcer: Fighter. He gets a woman for it.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Tamiya's, of course. Its logo and products are everywhere.
  • Mood Whiplash: Many angsty moments are cut short and turned into something funny when the angsters accidentally mess themselves up.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: So many. Considering the company trying to sell their products, it's understandable.
  • Ms Fan Service: Marina, given her choice of clothing and her Woobie personality.
    • Jun Sagami is infamous for being a lolicon bait.
  • National Stereotypes: WGP is on par with Mobile Fighter G Gundam when it comes to stereotyping foreigners, especially since the Japanese seem to be the only people to have any significant variety among themselves - apart from the TRF Victorys, only one member of the Light Scorpion team (Huan) have a significantly different car from the other members.
  • Nitro Boost: Buck Blader's Power Booster.
  • Racing Commentator: Fighter, and Dr. Tsuchiya for racing analysis. Sometimes Ogami also analyzes the racing too.
  • Playing with Fire: Fire/Phoenix Stinger
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Strange enough, Go, the hotblooded younger brother, has a blue motif, while Retsu, the level-headed, older brother, is red.
  • Rollerblade Good: In WGP, most characters glide on roller skates instead of running.
  • Running Gag: Whenver Go's teacher, Manami, enters a free race, there will be a track that leads into a male toilet.
  • Serious Business:
    • Ogami definately wants this to happen in the racing society, but the heroes are rejecting the idea, and they won't mind spending time racing for fun in the filler episodes.
    • The existence of the governing bodies for Mini 4WD racing (Japan's MSAJ, which was repeatedly influenced by Ogami, and the worldwide FIMA) makes it even a serious business. Then again, real-life radio control racing do have their own governing organizations.
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Sibling Yin-Yang
  • Spanner in the Works: Chiko, messing up her brother's plans twice, with the second time being a serious matter as Kai's trying to take over Mikuni game center.)
  • Spoiled Brat: Tokichi firstly appears a rich and spoiled kid, though he gets better.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Go; the story starts off with the sibling being equally focused, but after Go has created his Cyclone Magnum, he pretty much steals half of the show.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Chiko, on Retsu.
  • Super Prototype: The Sabers, V Machines, and Proto Saber JB (as well as the successor cars by the Ogami Corps whose names are only known by the color of their cars).
  • Terrible Trio: Dr. Ogami's students; Kai (super ego), Gen (id), and Rei (ego).
  • Troubled, but Cute: J
  • Tomboy: Jun, Minami
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Played with in WGP. TRF Victorys doesn't win every race, but whenever a team member has a personal problem and runs dead last in a race, it's very likely that he will be the one who wins the race or at least help the team winning it. Unless he needs an upgrade badly.
  • Unobtainium: ZMC, a lightweight yet durable fiberglass ceramic-like material, used in Ryo's Neo Tridagger ZMC; it was originally used in Shining Scorpion, and Ogami chases after it to strengthen Rei Hijikata's car, Ray Stinger.
  • Villain Protagonist: Retsuya, before his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Widget Series: Some filler episodes are plain weird, like episode 22 of WGP, where teachers and students race their minicars around the town tying bowls of soup and dried squid on their cars while avoiding cats and landmines.