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Beyblade: Metal Fusion to Premiere in U.S. on June 26

posted on by Egan Loo
Cartoon Network to run 51 manga/game-based episodes on Saturday mornings

The Canadian television production company Corus Entertainment has announced on Friday that the Beyblade: Metal Fusion anime series will premiere on television in the United States on Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 a.m. ET/PT. America's Cartoon Network had already announced last week that it will run this new anime series based on the Beyblade spinning top game and manga franchise.

Corus describes the plot as the following:

Competing for dominance with their spinning Beyblade tops, the perilous organization of the Dark Nebula is vying for world domination. The only person standing in their way is teenager Gingka, who struggles to find his strength to honour Beyblade and save the world.

The series premiered in Japan last April under the name Metal Fight Beyblade. Corus describes the anime as a 51-episode series, although the 56th episode is airing in Japan this Sunday. The company is bringing the same series to Canada's YTV on May 15. (The "Metal" in the new anime and toy line's name is a reference to the use of metal in the new tops, instead of just plastic as in the earlier incarnations.)

Takara-Tomy launched the original game franchise in 1999, and sponsored three anime series between 2001 and 2003: Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002 (Beyblade: V-Force), and Bakuten Shoot Beyblade G-Revolution. New Beyblade episodes have not aired in the United States since 2005. Viz Media released Takao Aoki's original Beyblade manga, and Takafumi Adachi launched his new Metal Fight Beyblade manga in Shogakukan's Coro-Coro Comic magazine in 2008.

Thanks to Primus for the news tip.

Image © Takafumi Adachi, MFBB Project, TV Tokyo

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