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