Formulaic toy-inspired series has some good messages, too.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Kids see that it's not always the biggest or strongest competitor who wins the game. Players who exercise strategy often have an edge over those who judge their opponents on their appearances. Teamwork and the ability to cope with adversity (especially on the fly during competitions) are other recurring themes.

Positive role models

As a whole, the Bladebreakers play fair and show respect their opponents' talents. The same isn't true of the other teams, who are often cast as arrogant and self-centered.

Violence & scariness

Beyblade competitions pit players' spinning tops against each other, and they bang into and bump each other inside the arena. Each one is endowed with an animal spirit, and their images are shown fighting as well.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Derogatory terms like "stupid," and trash talk like "You're going down."


Beyblade toys have been popular since the show's start, and kids who watch will be inclined to want to try out the replicas themselves. In addition, the show spawned follow-up series, apparel, games, and accessories.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Beyblade was the first in a string of series based on a game of dueling spinning tops whose replicas line toy shelves to this day, so your kids' susceptibility to this kind of marketing is a major factor to consider. For the most part, there's very little to worry about in the content, which is mostly clean save for some derogatory jabs like "stupid" delivered between competitors. Happily there are some positive take-aways from this formulaic but enticing show, including the dangers of judging people on appearance and the importance of adapting to adversity.

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What's the story?

BEYBLADE is the story of Tyson Granger (voiced by Marlowe Gardiner Heslin), an up-and-coming Beyblader who assembles a competitive team called the Bladebreakers. They travel the world entering Beyblade contests, whereby they duel with other players using their spinning tops as weapons. Often they encounter ruthless opponents and familiar faces from their amateur days, and their continued success keeps Tyson, Max (Gage Knox), Kai (David Reale), Kenny (Alex Hood), and Ray (Daniel DeSanto) on the other players' radars.

Is it any good?


This was the original series in the Beyblade franchise that inspired follow-ups like Beyblade: Metal Fusion and BeyWheelz. If you're familiar with the others or the popular toys themselves, there will be no surprises here, as the show pretty much exists to showcase the excitement of the match-ups, thus ramping up kids' desire to have their own. Add a touch of fantasy in each Beyblade's link to a unique beast spirit, and you've got the makings of a hot collectible kids (especially boys) will want to own.

That said, Beyblade isn't all bad. The match-ups between the "good" Bladebreakers and the "bad," well, everybody else, does a good job of illustrating the difference between healthy competition and obsession. What's more, the outcomes aren't always predictable, and the underdogs' success usually hinges on their use of strategy and creative problem solving rather than on brute strength, reminding kids that winners come in all different shapes and sizes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about competition. What can you learn from being part of a team? From taking part in contests? What does it mean to be good winner?

  • Kids: Do you like this manga-style animation? Would the show make more or less of an impression on you if was done in CGI or another style?

  • Why are shows with strong product tie-ins like this one and Pokemon so popular? Do you think their popularity would be the same if they weren't paired with toys or games you can buy?

TV details

Cast:Alex Hood, Gage Knox, Marlowe Gardiner Heslin
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:NR
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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