After keeping their BitBeasts out of harm's way, a new world championship tournament is announced, but the defending champions can't all be on the same team. Their friendship will be tested and tried as each Bladebreaker goes on a quest to prove why they are the best Beyblader around. Tyson, Max, Ray, Kai, and newcomer Daichi, must keep up their winning ways...even if they must face each other. But, after the tournament is over, what awaits them is an old foe, Boris, taking over the BBA and transforming it into BEGA, the Beyblade Entertainment Global Association. To save Beybladers of the entire world from BEGA's corruption, the Bladebreakers must reunite once again...
Story: Though the story for this season is a bit overused, it holds true to its constant surprises and keeping people wondering what will happen next. Finally gaining some more depth than season one or two, many things happen to show that everything has changed and that life goes on whether they like it or not. Some Shonen-ai hints,generally almost non-existant, might be detected both in the Japanese and English versions, but this is more of a best friend thing compared to anything serious,turning out to be quite touching. I also found the speeches that Takao (Tyson) gave more realistic and down
to earth. Story gets an 8.
Animation: A definite improvment from season two and a 200% improvment from season one, the characters finally look their age, although at the end they are drawn considerably more mature. The battle scenes are smooth and bring a huge impact, even though some do repeat themselves. But that is compenstated by the great attention to detail, both on the Bit-Beasts, on the characters, on the blades and on the background. This is even more impressive as the show is Shonen so it deserves its 10.
Sound: New tournaments, new music. The standarts haven't dropped from the previous two seasons. A variety of new sound brings some freshness into the show, adding impact to the various scenes. Deserves a 9.
Character: The biggest surprise is how much the charecters have matured, both physicaly and emotionaly. I was also pleased to find that none of their characteristics were too drastically changed, from the brooding/dark Kai to the happy-go-lucky Takao(Tyson). More about them is found out throught this final season, about regrets that never seemed to be there, a new wave of overprotectivness and the discovery of lost family members. This final season brings out the best in all of them, though at first you might find cheering for those you never thought you would. A 10 all the way!
Enjoyment: It gives you that feeling of wanting to find out more. More often than not you might find yourself standing with your fist raised in the air yelling 'YESS!!' so that your brother or sister look at you strangely. More exciting than real sport and more magic than in any normal-kid anime this is definitely something you should check out.
Overall: A very nice, full ending to the whole series, this final season brings everything to a close while at the same time leaving quite an open- ended ending, so at the same time you get that feeling of satisfaction and dissatisfaction which brings a pleasant mix of emotions. Many things complement each other and you just can't help but feel that yes, this series is awesome!If you like competion, sports, friendship, rivalry and and a bunch of cute guys this anime is fo you^^ And so a 10 is granted.
[When I say shonen-ai hints, I am refering to one of the love/hate relationships that is considered by many Japanese magazines as Canon. Please do not bash my review because of this.]
(My first review... let's see how this goes (pls don't bash on it if it's too bad :L))
So after re-watching the original Beyblade series for like the 12th time (lost count, lol), I decided to right a review and stuff.
Story: The story of this show tries it's best to grab your attention and prepare you as much as possible, and it achieves this quite well. Though in my opinion the story could of been better, it still contains many breathtaking moments whilst is goes way more in-depth than it did with the first two seasons. The dialogue has also improved quite a bit in this
season, along with more emotional moments being included.
Animation/Artwork: To be honest, I'd say this season has the best animation out of all the original series; it just looks pretty damn stunning. I really can't see how they could improve the animation from this show in all honesty (ok, they kinda did for the metal saga, but that's a different story). As for artwork, I could say exactly the same, apart from certain character designs which I'm not really a fan of (key word: certain... as in some). You can read more about my character opinions down below, though.
Sound Effects: The SEs in this season in my opinion are a huge improvement over the first two seasons; they sound way more realistic etc.
Voices: Not really much different from the previous seasons, and to be honest, I prefer the original voices better, as they just suited each character in my opinion. This doesn't mean I don't like the voices in this season; I still think they're pretty great, just not as good :P
Music: Now the music from this season is arguably the best from the series. With tracks such as "Rise Above the Storm" and "I'm Not Going Down", this show has tracks everyone of all ages will love! Also, may I add that every song plays at the exact right time and fits in with the scene they play in perfectly.
10/10 for sound.
Character: Personally, I'm gonna have to rate the characters overall an 8/10. Why? At first I was gonna rate the character a solid 10, but looking back to how the creators made certain characters weak in this season (such as Lee, Tala, Michael and so on), the fact that some of the good characters from the first two seasons were left out (or us rarely being able to see them), and that certain characters' designs suck compared to previous seasons (but it isn't a major deal, I guess). I could go on about negative points about some of the older characters, but bleh. Again, this is just my opinion.
As for everything else however, I have no problem at all; most characters, if not all matured quite a lot by the end (and not as annoying as previous seasons (for example: V-Force's Tyson)) and even more! Apart from some of the characters being made weaker, this season definitely tries its best to bring out the best in each character.
Again, an 8/10 for character.
Enjoyment: Very enjoyable show, and honestly I find it way better than just watching your average sport on TV. 10/10. Nothing else to really say here, apart from go and look at the other segments of this review for more information and opinions (saves me repeating stuff, etc).
Overall: This was, in my opinion, an almost perfect ending, if not a perfect ending to the original Beyblade series. Great story, good enough characters, amazing soundtrack, it has it all! I really do wish they'd make a sequel to this season, but judging by the pretty much perfect ending, I doubt it'd happen.
As for other general negative points about this anime... I really can't think of anything, haha.
Overall I'd rate this season (and probably the whole series, actually) a 10/10.
If you're into competition, sports, friendship, rivalry, want a lot of lovable characters and a lot of action, then this anime is definitely for you!
Could have made this review quite a bit longer if I wanted to, but I figured it'd be way too much to read, so I'll leave it at this.
Oh and did I mention... Original Beyblade is still one of my favorite anime to date :3 (...I just find it too nostalgic to let it drift away from me ok?! ;~;)