In 2046, a revolutionary 80% shock-absorbing reinforced cardboard has been developed, rapidly transforming the world's exports. The reinforced cardboard would soon become the battleground for a popular children's hobby called "LBX" (Little Battler eXperience).
Four years later, a boy named Yamano Ban who loves to play with LBX (although without a mecha himself) is given a case containing the model AX-00 by a mysterious woman. He is told that he now holds the hopes and despairs of mankind in his hands.
The story is about a boy named yamano ban who wishes to own a LBX toy like his friends. An assistant of his father-who presumed to be dead rushes to him and gives an LBX toy saying it holds both hope and despair of humanity. Ban keeps his interest in LBX toy playing from his mother thinking that it will make her sad as LBX are actually created by his late father and she may be thinking that LBX is the cause of death of his father. But in reality his mother approves him to play the game provided he becomes the best in
These battles excite the viewers, in the sense make them feel that they are the ones who are battling not the robots. (SORRY if it is not so with many).
Characters: Supporting characters were many in this anime. But there are some like TOrbit toy company's director, whose character is abruptly eliminated from the story. Kaidou Jin's grandfather's character is not explained well. It was only showed as the epitome of antagonist. But what makes the anime good is that it did not stick on to game tournaments but had some serious plot on saving the world. The surprise elements for instance include how Ban gets help at the right time by ( GUESS). The character which stood out for me in this anime is "kawamura ami", Ban's friend who is strategic genius in my opinion. Her observation skills make her stand out too much but the anime creator put her at that place.
Art: Is too good.
Overall Enjoyment: I skipped the anime many times supposing that it is meant for children. But it has lot of surprises and exciting too. Decent one as it has no romance.
i'm going to say it right away: i was very skeptical towards danball senki - having been a fan of level 5's other series, inazuma eleven - i didn't think much of this one. i actually put it off for several years, thinking that the CGI battle scenes would be even more boring than low-budget soccer battles.
was i wrong in doing this? absolutely.
danball senki is terribly underrated - even more so than inazuma. now, i'm not saying there isn't any flaws, but for what it is, (a KIDS show) it is incredibly well done, and i encourage all of you to check it out.
yamano's father has gone missing, and he is given what is known as an 'LBX' by a mysterious woman. it should be noted that danball's universe is set in the year 2050, in which technology has allowed for children to use small machines (the aformentioned 'LBX') to fight. the fights have become a sort of hobby and competition - think of yugioh, bakugan, etc.
however, there is more to this setup than meets the eye - government organizations have set out to use the LBXs for sinister purposes. due to the fact that they exist in the real world, they have the ability to affect humans, as well as the economy: this makes for an interesting and somewhat mature twist that danball emphasizes on. it delves into conspiracies, corruption, and death.
needless to say, ban and his friends fight in rather scripted tournaments - but there's always something interesting about the battles. the music is always on-point (even if it can be rather repetitive) and character development is actually rather good; you'll get a genuine feel for a lot of the varying personalities in the series. however, this is not without its cliches - there's a ton of supporting characters that don't get developed well enough, or don't exist beyond one mere trope. but again, this is a kids show, so don't go in expecting a masterpiece.
that being said, danball's pacing is very admirable - its fast, and actually engaging. i was worried that i'd grow bored with the series, but thankfully each character's personality or LBX mixes it up. it's good to know that nothing is ever truly the 'same' - formulaic? a bit.
as for the negatives - the art style isn't bad, but its nothing amazing. the animation in the game's cutscenes are far superior, but kids anime often have very low budgets. however, i will say that its much better in overall quality in comparison to inazuma 11. the CGI is pretty damn good, too - its polished, clean, and blends nicely into the art style. i'm hoping the later seasons will have some more fluidity, but i'm content with how it looks now.
another glaring issue is ban's character: as a kids anime protagonist, hes going to be rather predictable - and that's okay. he's actually very well developed; just beware, he tends to win a lot of his battles VERY easily. it really takes away from the tension when you automatically know that the main character will win or have someone step in to save him.
but, all in all, these problems do not make danball unwatchable in the slightest. sure, it has some problems - but its incredibly enjoyable, and im super excited to watch the other seasons. if your a fan of kids anime, level 5, or just want to watch something a bit different, please check this out!