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Battle B-Daman is a Merchandise-Driven anime about a boy named Yamato Delgado who wants to become the best at a game called B-Daman. Yamato obtains a special B-Daman "blaster" named Cobalt Blade, which an evil organization called the Shadow Alliance plans to steal.

The show ran for 1 season in America (2 in Japan, 2004). The original manga by Eiji Inuki ran from 2002 to 2005 in Japan for 8 volumes.

The show had two spinoff Gameboy Advance titles, which sold not as well as expected, because they were released after the Nintendo DS made the Gameboy obsolete.

Here's the Character Page.

See also B-Daman Crossfire, The New '10s revival of the concept.

This show provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: The Blaster Core B-Daman were never released outside asia because the toyline was cancelled by Hasbro, but they were instrumental to the show. The toyline was continued by Takara/TOMY in Japan, and Sonokong elsewhere, under the name "Zero-2 System".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Pretty much all the characters feel this (in varying degrees) towards Liena, especially Gray, who is her brother. Also Wen towards Li.
  • Bishōnen: Is the only way to truly describe most of the males in the series, except Yamato and Ditsy!Bull (His other personas fit). And Terry, who looks too feminine.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Cain turned out to be this after revealing his evil nature and trashing Cobalt Blade.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Poor little Enjyu was forced to take a dive on each of his battles so his dad could pay for their rent. At the Junior B-Daman Tournament he was disqualified after unfairly being accused of cheating due to his refusal to continue with the charade, thus being betrayed by his only friend, Enjyu took out his anger on his father in a B-daBattle, resulting him into changing his hair from blue to red and changing from timid and meek to cold and ruthless.
    • As a child, Cain went through training of his strict father, turning him egocentric and power hungry.
  • Cat Boy: After being raised by cats, Yamato is quick and agile, likes fish and has whiskers and a cat-like hair.
  • Darker and Edgier: After becoming champion, Yamato has to face some much tougher and scarier villains.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Cain, although it's implied that he was never really a good guy.
    • Grey pulls this on Yamato early on, but only because he is forced to because the Shadow Alliance has his sister. He later reverts to his heroic nature.
  • Freudian Excuse: Cain had an strict father, Enjyu was betrayed by everyone and for a much more lighthearted example, Yamato, who was raised by cats.
  • Gender Bender: Ababa the cat was turned into a male while under Marta B's control. She turns back into a female after being released from mind control.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Every bad guy turns good eventually.
  • Heroic Wannabe: After befriending Yamato and the gang, Wen ends up dressing like a super-hero only to be discouraged and turned down by Li.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Gunnos, and completely oblivious to it. It doesn’t help that every time he sings, the flying birds fall to the ground.
  • Limited Wardrobe: While most characters avert this, Yamato is seen wearing the same clothes in Season 2.
  • Love Martyr:
    • Liena continues to long for Enjyu, who clearly is more interested in B-da battling and becoming stronger.
    • Joshua in the first season. He was fine with Cain's arrogant attitude because he remembers a time when his master was kind. Unfortunately, he broke down after Cain dared to destroy a marble that he gave Joshua when they were kids, which lead to Joshua betraying Cain in order to return him to his old kind self. He succeeds.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: The main characters eventually get new B-Damans by the end of the first season, and stick to using them through the second.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Gray is VERY overprotective of Liena. He even doesn’t want her to B-da battle, despite she is a bright player.
  • No Accounting for Taste: Gunnos prefers Kiku (who is fat and plain) over the beautiful Hana.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased:
    • Gunnos has a disliking for Hana after the latter shown him a bug. However he promised her that he will win for her father out of courtesy.
    • This is subverted later, as he later develops a crush on Kiku later on.
  • Oblivious to Love: Enjyu seems completely oblivious that Liena seems to like him. Or he knows and simply doesn’t care.
  • Only Sane Man: Somehow Gray is the only normal guy in Yamato’s group in the first season.
    • Enjyu out of everyone in the Neo Shadow Alliance in the second half of season one. Marda B is obsessed with arranging the perfect battle with Yamato and is willing to take over the whole world just to do it, and Biarce is a personification of his evil. Cain is power hungry and vain, and Joshua, who means well, struggles to break his undying loyalty to his mad friend. Then there's also the brainwashed Li. Enjyu, after his redemption in episode 31, only puts on an evil persona as an act, and is constantly the only person in the group with any sense at all, until his defeat by Marda Biarce leads to him being brainwashed as well.
  • Parental Neglect: Enjyu was forced by his father to take a dive on each of his battles so he could pay for their rent.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Although in the case of young Enju would be "Anger Dyes Your Hair".
  • Puni Plush: Which is much more evident in the anime adaptation.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The cheerful and energetic Yamato and The Stoic and deadpan Gray.
    • The brash Wen and the calm Li.
    • The power hungry Cain and the reserved Joshua.
    • Bull is this with himself. His normal self is the blue. His red haired personality is the red, and his confident personality serves as the middle ground.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Wen sports this look.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The cheerful, child-like, soft-centered Yamato (sensitive) and the tough, stoic, serious Gray (manly).
    • There's also the loud and blunt, brash, cocky and [1] arrogant Wen as the manly one to his soft-centred, quiet and morally conflicted brother, Li. Though it's the former who is sometimes emotionally dependant on the latter.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Hana is this towards Gunnos. Also Karat towards Bull, although this is implied to be somehow requited.

Alternative Title(s): Battle B Daman


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