Danball Senki is an PSP RPG developed by Level-5. Players assume the role of Ban, a young boy who is a fan of LBX, or Little Battler eXperience, a line of toys which are equal parts model kit and fully functioning robot. They are most commonly used to battle each other in miniature diorama arenas. One day, he is approached out of the blue by a mysterious female scientist who hands him an attache case containing a prototype LBX called "AX-00", which the scientist claims is "the key to saving the world". Unbeknownst to Ban, however, is the fact that the model is wanted by a mysterious group, and he soon finds himself being hunted by the group's masked agents.An Updated Re-release titled Danball Senki Boost was released in 2011, followed by a further-updated Nintendo 3DS port titled Danball Senki Baku Boost in 2012.The sequel, Danball Senki W, came for PSP and PlayStation Vita in 2012. A Nintendo 3DS Updated Re-release has been announced, titled Danball Senki W Super Custom and scheduled for a July 2013 release.The anime adaptation already finished its run, as well the anime adaptation of Danball Senki W.A second sequel, titled Danball Senki Wars, has been announced for the Nintendo 3DS. The anime adaptation of Wars already began in April 2013.
In Danball Senki W, after the first fight with Dr. Mummy's gigantic (compared to an LBX) anti-LBX "Killerdroid" called Wyvern, Prof. Yamano modifies Perseus, Elysion and Minerva, enabling them to combine into the anti-Killerdroid "Super LBX" Sigma Orbis.
Conspicuous CG: The LBX battles in the anime are rendered with 3D models, while the characters are in 2D.
Crazy-Prepared: The assassination plot in W. After the main signal router LBX is destroyed by Ban and Hiro, it turns out there is yet another back up one. Also the assassin avoids being found by putting dummy signal transmitters all over the stadium where he's working.
Disappeared Dad: Ban's father supposedly died in an airplane crash, but he is actually alive and being forced to work for the Innovators, the group that wants Ban's AX-00.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: The first time they use Odin involves having to send it well outside the handphone controllers' range, but Tiny Orbit has created the Sparkbload, a powerful system that can control an LBX miles away. It basically resembles a cockpit simulator. They even launch Odin on a runway!
MacGuffin: Ban's AX-00. Its core skeleton contains a mysterious item called the "Platinum Capsule", inside which is contained data on how to create a device called the "Eternal Cycler" that could theoretically produce infinite energy. Naturally, the Innovators getting their hands on it would be a Very Bad Thing.
Mood Whiplash: Two instances. After Ban's victory in the Artemis final, and after the successful defense against the siege of Tiny Orbit
My Little Panzer: LBX definitely won't be approved as children's toys in the real world. Lampshaded in the series when it's stated that LBX toys have been banned for sale in the past until the creation of fortified cardboard due to injuries and other accidents.
Nerf: In Danball Senki W, the Super Modes that you can give your LBXes in the form of Mode Chips are greatly nerfed from the first game; each super mode only gives one stat buff or special ability while it's active.
Never Trust An Opening: The game's opening movie shows what seems to be a relatively light-hearted, standard Real Robot anime... until the very end, where you see that the robots that you've assumed are several feet tall are actually around six inches tall.
All those people in the shadows seen in the first opening of W? They never appear!
Ninja Maid: The theme of the LBX used by Akihabara's Hacker Corps.
No Social Skills: W has one-shot character Gojou, who has to input his words into his LBX to make it Siri his speech for him. Turns out later on he's a Badass Baritone.
The year is 2046. The invention of fortified cardboard material, able to withstand any shock and retain its shape, would revolutionise the shipping industry - but the humble cardboard box itself would see a new use, as an arena for the children's battling hobby robots or LBXs. These battles would later be known as - Danball Senki!
Otaku: Ban and co. first encounter one of them in Artemis, and then a whole group in Akihabara Tournament.
Serial Escalation: What the LBX can do just gets crazier as the series progresses, repeatedly breaking in-series technological limits.
Serious Business: The LBX toys, apparently. The business is SO serious that at one point Ban and his friends are asked by the brother of the CEO of a major LBX manufacturer to help him stop an assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of Japan, which is ALSO being carried out by an LBX.
Toyless Toyline Character: Not all the LBXs make it into the model kit line, but they lampshade it by having some familiar looking weapons (Gekkoumaru's sword and Perfect ZX-3's combo weapon) in weapon addon sets.