Sunrights Licenses Beyblade Burst Evolution Sequel Anime for U.S., Canada
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
d-rights' U.S. subsidiary Sunrights announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Beyblade Burst Evolution, "Season 2" of the Beyblade Burst television anime series. The company has licensed the anime to Disney XD in the United States and to Corus Entertainment's Teletoon and Disney XD channels in Canada. In Japan, the sequel to Beyblade Burst is titled Beyblade Burst God.
In addition, Hasbro will release the Beyblade Burst Switchstrike tie-in product line in the United States and Canada in January 2018. The toy company also released an update for its Beyblade Burst iOS and Android app.
The June 2017 issue of TFE Licensing revealed in May that Beyblade Burst Evolution will premiere in Canada this fall from Chorus Entertainment. Beyblade Burst premiered in Japan in April 2016, and Beyblade Burst God premiered this past April.
The Beyblade Burst anime began airing on Canada's Teletoon channel in September 2016, and then premiered on Disney XD for two weeks on December 19. Daisuki began streaming the series with English subtitles later in December, and English-dubbed episodes are available digitally via Disney XD's digital platforms and the Beyblade Burst YouTube channel.
Hasbro and Sunrights announced plans in February 2016 to launch the Beyblade Burst toys and anime outside of Japan. Sunrights licensed the first anime to television platforms in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and other territories. Hasbro began distributing the toys in the United States in January.
Takara Tomy's Beyblade line of toys inspired a manga series in 2000-2003, and Viz Media released the 14-volume series in North America in 2004-2006. The manga inspired three television anime series (Beyblade, Beyblade: V-Force, and Beyblade G Revolution) between 2001-2003, and the Beyblade the Movie: Fierce Battle film in 2002. A spinoff manga, Metal Fight Beyblade, has inspired the Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Beyblade: Metal Masters, Beyblade: Metal Fury, and Beyblade: Shogun Steel television anime series, as well as the Metal Fight Beyblade VS Taiyō Shakunetsu no Shinryakusha film.