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Manga / Beyblade

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Although not the first media entry, the manga is the foundation of the first generation of Beyblade (Bakuten Shoot Beyblade in Japan). It was written and illustrated by Takao Aoki and serialized in CoroCoro Comic from 2000 to 2004. The manga was subsequently licensed twice for an English-language release, first in Australia, then in North America by Viz Media. In the the period 2016-2017, to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the brand, a sequel series was created under the name Explosive Shoot Beyblade: Rising, again written and illustrated by Takao Aoki.

The manga can be divided in five components:

  • The core storyline documents Takao and the Bladebreakers as they rise up to top of the beyblade scene, make friends, deal with some personal problems, and save the sport itself once or twice. This part of the manga served as the basis for the anime.

  • The side storyline follows Daichi's desire to catch up with Takao to honor his late father's wish that he'd become the best. Along the way, he meets and battles various talented bladers, some old charasters, some new ones. This storyline was scrapped from the anime until the moment Daichi and Takao meet.

  • Rising takes place one year after the end of the 2000-2004 storyline, marking the first time that the cast ages. Like the second and third seasons of the anime, it continues the story, but also has its own take on what came before. Its initial focus is on Kai's family situation, then moves on to a tournament arc.

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  • The script for the Non-Serial Movie Beyblade: Fierce Battle was written by Aoki and he created a few manga pages for it; not a full story, but a premise to get people interested. The manga, however, is based on the initial script and is different from the produced movie on a several fronts.

  • Aoki manages his own website where he has posted and continues to post several small additions to his manga work. For one, there's a light novel about Yuriy's background written by Megumi Tachimori. It was originally meant to be a story to be told in the manga, but circumstances prevented its inclusion. On top of that, the light novel version could not be part of the volume publication either, leaving Aoki to put it on his website. For two, there's a mini-manga titled "Spin-Off" which introduces Ayaka, Makoto Hiruta's older sister. The rest of the additions constitute an artwork gallery which, if nothing else, show what colors some manga-only characters are supposed to have.

One important thing to note about the relationship between the manga and the anime is that they were in part produced concurrently and Aoki did do work for the anime too. This means that on occasion it's the manga which changed from the anime rather than the other way around. The most representative instance of this is Zeo's true identity, which was altered for the manga while the original idea made it into the anime.

Beyblade contains adaptation examples of:

  • Adapted Out: With the exception of Takao, Kai, Hitoshi, Dragoon and (sort of) Dranzer, nothing of Jisedai Begoma Battle Beyblade made it into the manga. Notable omissions are Takao's friends Kurumi and Rokumaru, and Hitoshi's bit-beast Saizo.
  • Adaptation Species Change: One that deeply affects the rest of the franchise. In Jisedai Begoma Battle Beyblade, Dranzer is a three-headed dragon. Its name and Dragoon's are dragon+army portmanteaus, namely dragon+panzer and dragon+platoon. When Aoki wrote the manga, he created the The Four Gods theme by changing Dranzer into a bird and adding Driger and Draciel. The "dra-" bit originally standing for "dragon" thus was recontextualized as Alphabetical Theme Naming. This is why Dragoon (dragon), Driger (tiger), and Draciel (shell) have clear animal self-references, but Dranzer does not. Alphabetical Theme Naming would go on to be used for several more bit-beast groups until a shift was made to other kinds of Theme Naming
  • Death by Adaptation: Takao's mother is alive and well in Jisedai Begoma Battle Beyblade. She is not in the manga. On the other hand, she gets Named by the Adaptation: Yoshie.
  • Expy: Although Rokumaru was excluded from the manga, Kyoujyu takes his role and more than a few cues from his design.
  • Retool: Rising does follow on the original manga run, but reworks what it needs to to enable its story.

Beyblade also contains examples of:

  • Abandoned Warehouse: The hideout of the Blade Sharks, which is said to belong to Hiwatari Enterprises.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Mao, especially in Rising and the artwork gallery.
  • Babies Ever After:
    • The last chapter of the manga features the cast some twenty years in the future. Takao has a son named Makoto. Kai has a son named Goh. Rei and Mao have a daughter named Lin. Max and Kyoujyu are childless still, but Makoto regards them as Honorary Uncles.
    • Early in Rising, Max's new sister Charlotte is introduced.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Barthez Battalion gets mentally overwhelmed by the power of the Heavy Metal System, which is the one thing that's allowed them to keep up at top level, and begin to employ dirty tricks to ensure their victories. Mathilda snaps out first, followed by Aaron and Claude, and finally Michael.
  • Confronting Your Imposter: Daichi does this in I-V8CSS1, after (painfully) learning that someone's being going around claiming to be him and stealing people's beyblades. The fake one doesn't mind that his cover is blown, because he already has acquired a strong bey to beat the real Daichi with.
  • Death by Origin Story: Daigoro, Zeo, and Youichi all die prior to the story to serve as motivations for Daichi, Leon, and Mitsuki. Yuriy's father half-qualifies. He's not dead until Rising, but the (self)destructive path that led to his death is what serves as Yuriy's motivation.
  • Distant Finale: The last chapter in the manga takes place several years into the future.
  • Empathic Plastic Toys: They're actually made of metal, in-universe. It's the official toys that are plastic, though some toys come with metal parts. Some of those quite heavy, and some comes with small pieces of a material that sparks on contact.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Played with. It's inevitable that a franchise where everyone is friends but everyone also tries to become the reigning champion has this and for the most part it's played straight. But towards the end of the manga, Takao does go through a small crisis at the realization that almost everyone he's close to also is hellbent to take away his title.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Majestics don't take on the Demolition Boys because such a fight wouldn't have any honor. They do wish the other teams good luck saving the world of beyblading, though.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are many, many, many beyblade teams, individual bladers, and supporting cast members, though not everyone gets enough spotlight time to be more than a face.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Rei, Zeo, Kennosuke, and Hikaru have this going on the strongest, and if the 20-30yo crowd isn't disqualified, so does Mister B. Several others could count too, but these five leave the least room for discussion.
  • Meditating Under a Waterfall: Kennosuke, the samurai, does this as per I-V7CSS1.
  • Official Couple: Rei and Mao, as per the end of the manga.
  • Orphanage of Love: The Golubeva Child Education Center in Rising, where the Demolition Boys live post-Volkov.
  • Replacement Goldfish: The boy known as Zeo is actually Leon, while the true Zeo is his older brother, who died after being hit by a truck. Leon was then raised as a replacement of Zeo rather than as his own person. After a serious confrontation with himself, Zeo's father allows him to be himself in the end.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: The core arc belongs to Takao, while Daichi helms the side arc. This goes on until they team up after the Japanese finales of the GBC Tournament.
    • Character Overlap: Characters from the two arcs incidentally cross over, unsurprisingly mostly from the core arc to the side arc. Memorable moments include the reveal that Tarō and Daigoro are childhood friends, Hiruta's implicit character development from Takao's bitter former rival to one of Daichi's closest supporters, Kyoujyu and Hikaru being good friends, and Kennosuke as Takao's opponent for the Japanese finales.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Mister B, Steve, and Mamoru all get unceremoniously dropped from the story without any explanation. Romero and Barthez appear in one panel in I-V10C2 each with their respective teams, don't get introduced whatsoever, and then that's that.

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