Beyblade Burst

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Crassly commercial show centers on battling tops.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

This show is meant to entertain rather than educate. 

Positive Messages

This show's centerpiece is competition, namely between boys -- female characters are relegated to cheering on the boys. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's characters boast some complexity -- Rantaro Kiyama is introduced as a villain but later shows he has a soft side -- but since their sole goal is to win toy battles, it's hard to invest in them. 

Violence & Scariness

Near-constant conflict with stereotypical young villains is the mainstay of this show, though violence and threats take the form of "battles" fought by toys. Villains sneer things such as, "That Bey of yours? I'll crush it to a pulp" and "What are you waiting for? Come at me!" Boys throw balls at each other along with threats. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Competitors throw insults at each other such as, "Novice!" 

Consumerism

The entire point of the show is to demonstrate the use of spinning tops meant to "battle" each other during marbles-like competitions. The names of various Beyblades styles are mentioned frequently and enthusiastically as the source of players' "power." During the toy battles, imagery of galloping horses, fire-breathing dragons, and other fantasy creatures appears; parents may wish to impress upon children that this won't happen in real life.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beyblade Burst is an anime show based on a line of toys that revolves around "battles" in which one player's spinning top knocks another out of a ring to win. During battle, imagery of galloping horses, fire-breathing dragons, and other fantasy creatures appears. The names of various Beyblades styles are mentioned frequently and enthusiastically as the source of players' "power." In toy battles, competitors hurl relatively gentle insults at each other such as, "Novice!" and "That Bey of yours? I'll crush it to a pulp!" There's a lot of talk about being powerful, tough, and strong, though that seems to take the form of continuing on in competitions fought by releasing a toy with a firing gun. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 11-year-old Written byhaheath May 23, 2020

GREAT! (by 8-yr-old)

This is a good show but when you get later in the series it might get repetitive. But over all this is a great.
Parent Written bygoodparentoverhere October 11, 2019

I didn't know the Beyblades were toys!

They were toys, commonsensemedia??? Well, you can teach your kids that it isn't always important to win, as commonsense said. Does this show make you want... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLocalLion December 7, 2017

Great for kids just getting into anime

This is a great anime for little kids, and it was even on Disney XD, which is mostly for kids around 7-8+.It’s a great starter anime.Like Pokémon, they have bat... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 22, 2017

Fine, for kids!

I disagree with most of this review. This show boasts themes like, practice makes perfect, frienship triumphs, and more! They also call the launcher a "gun... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the anime show BEYBLADE BURST, Valt Aoi is a hot-blooded boy who loves the game of Beyblades and begins competing in battles with the Beyblades Club. A fellow player, Rantaro Kiyama, often competes with Valt but also shows him the ropes of Beyblades competition, while Valt's friend Shu Kurenai is an elite Blader who doesn't consider Valt any competition -- at first. Beyblades players have battles at school and in formal competitions, with winning players advancing from district tournaments to national competitions. Will Valt, Shu, or another player win the National Tournament and the admiration of fellow players? Each half hour episode brings you closer to the answer. 

Is it any good?

This anime series never stops hammering home iffy messages, making it tough to recommend. The problems start right in the intro, when animated imagery show Beyblades spinning in space as a narrator sonorously intones, "Welcome to the world of Beyblade, where Beys collide in the stadium alongside the passionate hearts of their bladers." Um, what? Passionate hearts? How are the players demonstrating said passion, given that their actual participation in the toy battles amounts to hitting a starting pistol? How can you do that more passionately or with more strength or skill than another player? Particularly when players don't construct their own Beyblades à la BattleBots

Things get no better as Beyblade Burst progresses, with players constantly extolling the virtues of the particular Beyblade they use in battle and all action centering on the next competition. Characters are introduced as "tough" or "strong," yet their actions are no different from or more noble than others; they prevail in battle because their toy is ... what? More powerful? More expensive? Give this one a pass. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about competition in Beyblade Burst. Is it always important to win? Why, or why not?

  • Families can talk about why this show was made. Was it for artistic or commercial reasons? Does watching the show make you want to buy or play Beyblades? Do you think that's the point?

  • Families can talk about courage and bravery. How is it displayed on the show? In what other ways can people be brave?

TV details

  • Premiere date: December 16, 2016
  • Network: Disney XD
  • Genre: Kids' Animation
  • TV rating: TV-Y7
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: March 13, 2020

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