Sega Toys Aiming for Third Bakugan TV Anime Season
posted on by Egan Loo
In an interview in the April issue of Monthly Toy Journal — a Tokyo-based periodical for the toy industry, Sega Toys President Isao Kokubun said that his company is already aiming to produce a third season of the popular Bakugan Battle Brawlers anime series. The first two anime seasons recount the adventures of Daniel (Danma "Dan" Kūsō in Japanese) and his friends as they help free Vestroia, the alternate world of the Bakugan warrior Dragonoid (Drago for short). The proposed third season will tie into a global online game project that Activision Blizzard will release for the Nintendo DS and Wii, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft Xbox platforms.
The whole franchise is based on Spin Master and Sega Toys' combination of metal cards and marble-like magnetic toys that automatically transform into figures during gameplay. The franchise has been a bestseller in North America, and it won four awards at the 9th Annual Toy of the Year (TOY) Awards this year, including Toy of the Year and Property of the Year. The Cartoon Network began running the anime version in the United States in February of 2008. A second Bakugan: New Vestroia season of 26 episodes was announced just last September. The Hollywood Reporter newspaper revealed in December that Universal Pictures and Stuber Productions signed a deal with Spin Master for a proposed theatrical film version.
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