Beyblade: The Movie – Fierce Battle is based on the anime, Beyblade. However, this film is not-canon to the anime due to featuring Daichi when he actually made his appearance in Beyblade: G-Revolution. Sure, I was slightly disappointed that the story was in the year of G Rev, but their outfits were from V-Force. The animation, plot and voice acting were all equal to or above what I have come to expect from an animated family movie based on those we have seen in the past! Beyblade is a movie that most kids who enjoy animated series (similar to Digimon) should check out! As this movie starts, Tyson, a member of the Bladebreakers team, wins the Beyblade world championship. Before he can revel in his victory though, a young upstart kid named Daichi breaks into the ring and challenges him. They battle, and Tyson is victorious, but Daichi wants a rematch.
If you weren’t away, yes this anime is based on a line of toys. Someone who is more versed in the world of Beyblade may get more out of this movie than I did, especially kids who have no problem memorizing 100+ Pokemon on a whim. There is little plot to entertain the viewer. The ‘monsters’ are trapped in the spinning tops and are freed somehow. Those creatures then possess some kids and act like hyenas in the way they laugh. They then try to track down another kid and top. Afterwords, the world somehow comes to near destruction from the top creatures in a Beyblade battle. The Shadow Bladers seek to destroy the world with Daichi under their control and the power of Strata-Dragoon (Daichi’s beyblade)! Can Tyson and Dragoon save Daichi and Strata-Dragoon from being under control of the Shadow Bladers? Oh man, tension….TENSION!
But I wonder why in America, this movie wasn’t released into theaters because I thought personally it looked good enough to be in theaters. Another cool thing about this movie is that when the bitbeasts come out of their beyblades, the bitbeasts are computer animated when in the cartoon series the bitbeasts are not usually CGI-ed but still it’s cool they CGI-ed them for the movie. There is also a 13-minute Bayblade Championship featurette. It is hosted by Daniel De Santo again, and shows clips of several Beyblade tournaments. Something only the most ardent fan would find this interesting. Also, for those wondering, in the manga, a special chapter was produced to introduce and advertise the movie upon release. Because the movie was produced after G-Revolution instead of before it, the English translation of the chapter was released in the final volume of the manga instead.
This Beyblade movie takes place after V-Force (Season 2) and before G-Revolution (Season 3). Should you watch it? Well fans of the series should love it but I don’t see much value for anyone else looking to watch an anime film. If you really sit back and analyze the plot, it does seem a bit insane as a grown man watching the film. Japanese characters using spinning tops to find out who is tougher? I mean, granted the Pokémon show and Yu-Gi-Oh! shows weren’t very well thought out, but at least they made enough sense to kids to last for several years. But this film is a reach. Again, animation production values were kicked up a notch for the film which were nice, and the voice acting was passable, but not much redeeming qualities aside from that. I would avoid this film unless you are a die-hard fan of the manga or anime.