Year 2055, 4 years after the events in Danball Senki W. LBXs have become the world’s largest hobby, big enough for pro leagues to be established, and people to make their entire living off being an LBX player. 14-year-old Arata is a new transfer student at Kamui Daimon Integrated Academy on Kamui Island, near Japan. Known to be the most prestigious institution in the world for raising LBX players and mechanics, entrance to the academy requires an extremely competitive hurdle of being the champion of at least 3 official tournaments. Along with other members of his platoon, they face rivals and delve into the secrets lurking within the academy.
Danball Senki Wars's targets are kids so no wonder that there aren't many people are watching this. However, it's truly a hidden gem that actually has a nice story and deveplopment.
For the story, I give 9. The story starts off very simple: a hot-blooded boy who has a big dream of becoming a pro LBXs player goes to the school and meets his friends. It's very kiddy, but at the same time, you can feel the competition inside the school and its seriousness. It really gives off an armosphere that they are really in War. However, after a douze of episodes, the story starts changing slowly and slowly. Many secrets are revealed, the antagonists appear." What is the purpose of the Second World?" is the biggest question of the series. They start with a simple reason: a simulation to research the method of keeping peace. As the story goes on, the reason changes: To actually keep peace in the real world. Then, many doubts are going on and now it's revealed that they actually use humans to research and make the Second World. Doubts, betrayals and wars are not usually seen in Kid shows, but DBW isn't affraid to put them in its story.
The art, like any other kid shows, is not good. The background is very nice, but the characters sometimes are being drawn carelessly. However, the characters' designs are unique and you can easily recognize who with who.
The sound is really nice. The first opening is really tuny and cheery, just like its fun start. The second opening suddenly changes its tone and it's perfectly fit with the situation they are in. The background songs are unique, especially its battle theme. The second ending, which has 3 main characters sing together, is really gentle and beautiful; it's like you can totally feel their emotion and their dream of peace.
As I say before, the characters are really unique, they have different problems and strenght. Everyone in classroom, even the supporting characters have their time to shine. Arata, the main char, is deveploped well throughout the story. He is hot-blooded, but he still has fear inside him and he doubts himself. Hikaru starts off as an arrogant person, but he changes and believes in his team. Haruki has a fear and regret of the past, but he overcomes it and smiles more. You can't really hate any characters, even the antagonists, because they always give off a feeling that they are doing this for some reasons.
Overall, this is a nice show to refresh yourself from those hard - complicated animes outside. You can enjoy its stupidness, but also enjoy the battle, the strategy and plot twists, not to mention the philosophy hidden in characters' lines (trust me, they are all over the place). It's simple, but not bad. Best kid show I have watched so far.
This review has spoilers
People tell me that kodomo animes(animes for kids) are lack of good story, good animation, and enjoyment. I really can't understand what do they mean. There are lots of kodomo anime with good story, animation, and give people a great time. And Danball Senki Wars is one of those show, a really hidden valuable show which is (at least in my opinion) is better than most other kodomo animes, and even some mature animes.
The story of Danball Senki Wars begins in a simple way. Our reckless main character named Arata Sena came to the Kamui Daimon Academy, a school for LBX, which is the world's greatest hobby about little robot which can fight for real. It is not so special at first, but when the story moves on, you will realise that it has a big change. Many secrets is revealed. The story has a war theme, which is rare and more intense than other kids show. The purpose of Second World, we though it is to protect the peace, but no, it is the place for all of the countries can take over each other LEGALLY. A kid show is pointing out that the dream of domination of all goverments around still exists? Wow, that's something huh? The anime has quite a lot morals, like how horrible is a war, what is needed for peace, and even a thing or two about human's right. It trully had made me "awake". Even without it's messages, it is an exciting too. The mecha battles are very well-made, and the strategy is awesome at times. Betrayal and intense death are also put in, something that a lot of other kid show would never try. A kodomo anime could be good too! :)
This anime is probably one of the best for character developement for lots of character. Arata got changes quite much through out the story, from a reckless LBX player, to a more calm and careful. We got to know his other sides too, he doesn't mind the borders between countries, and wants to make friend with everyone. He is confindent, but has doubt of himself too. We will later know that he don't want to use a great power like Overload, he just want "himself", which means he wants to achive without cheating help(Overload is so cheating power!), something not everone can, huh? DBW developes other character too. Haruki, regreted for his mistake and had bad feeling for Violet Devil(it seem so, learned to let go. Hikaru, used to trust no one but himself and care for no one, had trusted his friends and cared for others. Everyone gets a developement so we will like them more, even the mastermind is not hateable, he just a good person with great purpose, only seems to be misguided.
The art is good, I wonder why would a lot of people has watched this anime say no. The design for the character, perhaps not as good as more popular animes, but Danball Senki Wars has the most unique. Everyone is carefulled-design, even background characters, and they are cool in their own way. The LBX designs are all good, although a few is kind of weird. My favorite one is Dot Blastrizer in Raganok Phase form, it's even cooler than several Gundams :). The background, esspecially the Grand Master's room is good too.
The music, ah, is the second best thing about this anime. Background music played through out the series suits the situation a lot. The first opening song, is a upbeat, joyful. But when the second one came, when things got serious, the tone changed completely, into a serious tone. So suitable with the story, huh? The ending songs are great, especilally Bokutachi No Wars(my favorite song of DBW). My only problem is the first ending, that song is quite annoying! But everything else about music is great.
Overall, this is a very good show. It has a lot of deepth, good music, good art, good character. I think it deserves more popularity.