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Bakugan to Debut on Cartoon Network on February 25

posted on by Egan Loo
Anime based on hybrid card/marble game from Sega Toys, Spin Master

America's Cartoon Network has confirmed it will premiere the Bakugan Battle Brawlers anime television series on Sunday, February 24 at 9:00 p.m. (EST/PST). The anime, which is already listed on Cartoon Network's website and schedule, is based on a hybrid card/marble game developed by the toy companies Sega Toys (Dinosaur King, Sonic X) of Japan and Spin Master (Air Hogs) of Canada. The anime premiered in Japan last April, and it debuted in Canada in last July. The cards and toys themselves have also appeared on American toy shelves.

The anime tells the adventures of Daniel (Danma "Dan" Kūsō in Japanese) and his friends after they discover a seemingly innocent card game that is tied to an alternate world named Vestroia. The card battles they wage begin to summon Bakugan (Japanese for "exploding spheres") warriors when Vestroia's wars spill over to Earth. One warrior in particular, Dragonoid (Drago for short), becomes Dan's guardian Bakugan.

The anime features Mitsuo Hashimoto, the director of Bedaman, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G Revolution, and several Dragon Ball movies, and he brings along his Bedaman and Beyblade G character designer, Yoshihiro Nagamori. The series script supervisor is another veteran of toy- and game-based anime, Jun Maekawa (Bomberman Jetters, Digimon Adventure 02). Japan's TMS Entertainment and Japan Vistec animate the production, and Nelvana has licensed the anime for North America.

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