Cross Fight B-Daman Episode 1
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Series Premise: Cross-Fight B-Daman (or Bedaman) is a weekly anime television series starting in October 2011, based on a children’s marble-shooting game. Cross Fight is the most recent sequel in the B-Daman franchise, which started in 2004. Kakeru learns about the game of B-Daman, and after getting his hands on his very first marble shooter, finds himself involved in a much more serious competition than he bargained for.
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Spoiler-free Series set-up: Kakeru is always getting in trouble for daydreaming in class; after school, he meets with his friend Maya, who introduces him to the game of B-Daman, and presses him into helping work for the local B-Daman game stall while she takes part in a competition. As a reward, he gets to choose his own B-Daman marble shooter, and instantly settles on a special one that seems to be staring at him in the shop. When go goes to activate it, he is directed to a secret competition in a warehouse, where he finds out there may be more to B-Daman than he bargained for.
My Impressions: Meh. Kiddie show. Not the worst in the world, not the best, just sort of blah.
I must admit that I had never heard of B-Daman before, which involves these little hand-sized super-deformed robots that are loaded with marbles that you shoot out of its center to do all sorts of tasks involving aim and accuracy. That’s all fine and dandy, and honestly it is at least a step above some of the other dozens of games out there because it involves a modicum of skill rather than being heavily based on the luck of the draw.
But in the end, it’s just a show that is aimed at the eight-to-ten-year-old boys out there. You have your typical annoying main character who is full of fight and spunk and spirit, but none too bright. He learns of some new game, ends up with some sort of special power or ability (in this case, a special B-Daman that talks to him), and is quickly on his way to becoming some sort of prodigy in the game. There was nothing with Cross-Fight B-Daman that sets it apart from the long string of other juvenile cartoon shows on the market. It’s just thoroughly…unexceptional.
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- Info resources:
- If you like this, you might also like: Metal Fight Beyblade or Cardfight Vanguard.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- Whoa…NONE! I did all sorts of searches on Google for bloggers who gave their impressions about the first episode of Cross Fight B-Daman, and couldn’t find any! Maybe that should tell you something right there — not good enough to even watch, not bad enough for people to rag on.
ROUND ONE RESULTS FOR THE FALL 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round One: Un-Go, Chibi Devi, Working Season 2, Bakuman Season 2, Mirai Nikki, Shinryaku Ika Musume Season 2, Ben-To, Chihayafuru, Guilty Crown, Phi-Brain, Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, Fate Zero, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Hunter x Hunter, Tamayura Hitotose
Thumbs-down for Round One: Morita-san wa Mukuchi Season 2, Kimi to Boku, C3: CubexCursedxCurious, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Majikoi Oh! Samurai Girls, Shakugan no Shana Final, Mashiro-iro Symphony: The Color of Lovers, Persona 4: The Animation, Maken-ki, Cross Fight B-Daman
Coming up next: Digimon Xros Wars II, High Score, Infinite Stratos OVA, Kyousougiga, Hidamari Sketch SP, Sengoku Paradise Kiwami, Gdgd Fairies, Sora no Kiseki, Boku wa Tomodachi OVA, Lupin III Movie, Ao no Exorcist Special, Queen’s Blade Visual Book, Deadman Wonderland OVA, Toradora Special, Dragonball Z Episode of Bardock, R-15 OVA, Hoshizora e Kakaru OVA