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Bakugan: Battle Planet is a Continuity Reboot of the Japanese-Canadian Bakugan franchise, a joint production of the Toronto-based toy company Spin Master, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana in Canada, and Japanese producers TMS Entertainment.

The story begins when Dan and his friends accidentally set off First Contact with the eponymous Mons while exploring the remains of Great Collision.

Man of Action Studios is on-board as story editors, with scripts being written in Los Angeles. Cartoon Network, who broadcast the original Bakugan Battle Brawlers in the United States, serves as a co-producer for Battle Planet. At their request, the series is produced as a Quarter-Hour series with more comedic elements. They will also handle the Bakugan licensing program through Cartoon Network Enterprises.

The series premiered in the United States on December 23, 2018 and in Canada on Corus' Teletoon on December 31, 2018. Cartoon Network will also broadcast the series in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. It later premiered in Japan on April 1, 2019.


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Bakugan Battle Planet contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the original series Shun was a stoic lone wolf. Here he's a Lonely Rich Kid who wants to be friends with the brawlers, similar to Marucho. He also uses the Aquos element instead of Ventus.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Minor example, Dan's last name is now "Kouzo" as opposed to "Kuso".
  • Adults Are Useless: The only adults who've had screentime and is actively involved with Bakugan issue so far are villains.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: This applies to both the Bakugan and their partners.
  • Automobiles Are Alien: Drago thinks the bus eats people. Dan corrects him.
  • Berserk Button: Hunger makes Wynton go nuts.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Magnus attempts several times to pretend to be an ally, benefactor, wanting to join the Awesome Ones, or false attempts to get them into his good graces through disguises. It doesn't last long, mostly due to his impatience and anger.
  • Advertisement:
  • Bland-Name Product: The kids post on ViewTube.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Zig-zagged. Krakelios suddenly squirts ink when he sees a shadowy Bakugan appear.
  • Children Are Special: In the beginning, only children born after the Great Collision could summon Bakugan. People are trying to get around this.
  • Color Motif: Darkus Bakugan and their partners tend to be villainous.
  • Calling Your Attacks: As in the previous series, this is a staple for Bakugan.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The Bakugan's most predominant color matches their Attribute. Interestingly, their partners usually wear clothing that also matches the Bakugan's Attribute.
  • Composite Character:
    • As stated above under Adaptational Personality Change, this show's version of Shun Kazami is more akin to being Marucho but with Shun's name.
    • Magnus follow Bakugan's tradition of having a masked antagonist and shares several traits with some of his predecessors. He is a Darkus brawler like most of them were, has a younger sister like Spectra and wears a half-mask like Marduk from the first Bakugan video game. His partner Bakugan Nillious being a two-headed dragon is reminiscent of Masquerade's Hydranoid and Spectra's Helios.
    • Lia is Dan's close female friend, similarly to Runo, but she has a design that resembles Julie's.
  • Computer-Generated Images/Conspicuous CG: Just like the previous incarnations, the Bakugan are the most obvious example of this.
  • Continuity Reboot: To the original franchise.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Magnus' battle with Dan in episode 18. They're both even at first, until Nillious is evolved into Hyper Nillious, and the match goes downhill from there.
    • Shun and Hydorous also receive one at the hands of Masato and Serpenteze in episode 35. In the next episode, Shun evolves his Hydorous and pays him back with interest.
  • Don't Wake the Sleeper: Gorthion, Trox, and Drago learn to regret waking Lia up.
  • Eldritch Location: The Maze counts as this.
  • Exposed Extraterrestrials: Bakugan don't wear clothes, but their body is naturally covered in armor.
  • Evil Knockoff: Appear in Outer Demons, although the doppelgangers have different affinities and personalities from the originals.
  • First Contact: Dan, Lia, and Wynton are the first humans to meet a Bakugan.
  • Five-Token Band: The main cast so far, although they only have one female lead. If the male to female ratio becomes an even three for three, they'll be golden.
  • Fountain of Youth: Played straight in All Jungled Up.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: What, exactly, is the purpose of Benton Dusk's goggles?
  • Heel–Face Turn: Cynderous starts out as the partner of a arrogant and narcissistic kid, who uses him to lord over other kids. After Cynderous gets tired of being pushed around and goes on a rampage due to not following the orders of his partner, he ditches him for Dan and the AO.
  • Innocent Aliens: The Bakugan don't know that humans need to sleep, eat, and and practice hygiene- all Bakugan really need is battle. They go along with it though, after some mild persuasion.
  • Intelligent Gerbil: Some Bakugan designs fit this trope.
  • Mon: Type 2. Drago says that Bakugan are born to battle.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The majority of Bakugan this time around appear to be biomechanical, or at least very heavily armored. They even get holographic Tron Lines when using their special moves.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: A Bakuzon's iris and sclera will turn red when being manipulated.
  • Mind Manipulation: Bakuzons are victims of this.
  • Myth Arc: Someone's invented a device that control Bakugan.
  • Non-Elemental: Aurelus Bakugan do not represent a specific element, and do not have any Ability Cards dedicated to them. Instead, they represent Gold Bakugan.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Wynton, who doesn't want the extra pressure to do more that would come with revealing exactly how smart he is.
  • One-Winged Angel: What Bakugan Evolution is now; a temporary power-up that happens when it absorbs energy directly from a Core Cell.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The creature that took control of the Bakugans' Core Cell is this to the main cast. The Bakugan can't tell the main cast what that thing is due to their own memories being suppressed. Even if they could, they don't know that the creature is laying underneath the crater from the Great Collision.
  • Plucky Girl: Lia Venegas.
  • Quarter Hour Short: Unlike the original series, Battle Planet is produced as such, with episodes broadcast in 30-minute blocks. This is synonymous with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon shows in The New '10s, but it has also become common for Merchandise-Driven anime and South Korean shows to follow this format.
  • Reality Ensues: An entire episode is dedicated to being careful to avoid collateral damage, and cleaning up the damage you do make.
  • Revisiting the Roots: Kids find a bunch of aliens who fight for them.
  • With Friends Like These...: Howlkor and Artulean start of as this.
  • World-Healing Wave: The dome that is set up for Bakugan battles erases any damage that occurs afterwords. This does not apply to any damage that occurred before.

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