|Battle Spirits: Saikyou Ginga Ultimate Zero|
(Saikyō Ginga Arutimetto Zero ~Batorusupirittsu~)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masaki Watanabe|
|Music by||Eishi Segawa|
|Original network||Nagoya Broadcasting Network|
|Original run||September 22, 2013 – September 21, 2014|
|Written by||Hajime Yatate|
|Illustrated by||Masato Ichishiki|
|Original run||October 2013 – October 2014|
Battle Spirits: Saikyō Ginga Ultimate Zero (最強銀河究極ゼロ～バトルスピリッツ～, Saikyō Ginga Arutimetto Zero ~Batoru Supirittsu~, lit. Strongest Galaxy Ultimate Zero ~Battle Spirits~) is a 2013 Japanese anime series based on the Battle Spirits Trading Card Game. It was produced by Sunrise and Nagoya Broadcasting Network and aired on TV Asahi from September 22, 2013 to September 21, 2014 It replaced Battle Spirits: Sword Eyes in the Nichi Asa Kids Time 7:00 timeslot, and was succeeded by Battle Spirits: Burning Soul. It has not been released outside Japan until 2019, ViuTV aired this series in Hong Kong with Cantonese dubbing.
This is the last Battle Spirits anime to be animated by Sunrise, as it is aired two years before the founding of BN Pictures.
Card Quester "Rei the Number One Star" is searching for the Ultimate Battle Spirits, a treasure somewhere in space. With him are the mini dragon Mugen, robot Salt, and the April siblings Laila and Rikuto. Rei transforms into Zero while on the battlefield, using different colors and Ultimate cards to defeat his opponents. While he heads toward the Ultimate Battle Spirits, he settles conflict around the galaxy, befriends various outlaws, and clashes with the Guild, an organization controlling space.
The protagonist. Searching for the Ultimate Battle Spirits, Rei travels through space in The Number One Star Ship (一番星号, Ichibanboshi gou) with his friends. He is an almost unmatched card battler and is obsessed with the number 1. Generally easygoing, Rei tries to befriend anyone who he battles with. He eats almost nothing but pizza and Stardust Cola filled with ice, and will drink straight from the bottle when he is troubled or sad. He has a fear of ghosts, though he denies it. Rei also has an Ultimate symbol inside of him which guides him to Ultimates, but knows nothing about it. He has no memory of his past and claims to have no interest in remembering it; his earliest memory is of waking up with Ultimate-Siegfried and Ultimate-Odin in hand. After joining up with Kiriga in the Treasure Ship, a physical manifestation of his past self confronts him and forces him to accept his past. At one point, Rei traveled together with Kiriga and Miroku in the Treasure Ship, but lost his memory after sacrificing himself for Kiriga. Despite this, he wants to return to being friends with Miroku.
When playing Battle Spirits, Rei changes forms and personalities according to what color deck he uses.
A young man said to be the strongest Card Quester of the Guild. Kiriga travels through space in The Meteor (流星号, Ryuusei gou) with his dragon partner Ian, carrying out orders from Miroku. He is typically calm and collected, but shows a righteous side when dealing with criminals. He views battling as work rather than something to be enjoyed before losing to Rei. Afterwards, he becomes frenzied and gains Ultimate-Grand-Woden, and uses its power to win Rei's Ultimate-Odin. Like Rei, Kiriga has a mysterious symbol inside him and has no memory. However, he begins to regain fragments when battling against Rukinos. He is called by Ultimate-Sagitto-Apollodragon and soon after leaves the Guild to pursue his past, joined by Fairy and Samantha. He at last regains his memory as well as the Treasure Ship after defeating Dulfer. In the past he traveled with Rei and Miroku on the Treasure Ship, and is seen to frequently write poems. Kiriga has three battle forms: blue, white, and red.
Rei's mini dragon partner. He has a straightforward personality, in contrast to Rei's lax behavior, though is more arrogant. Mugen has the ability to fart at will, typically using this to punish the Triumvirate. He is a big fan of Magical Star Saki, as she resembles his childhood friend Stardra.On his homeworld, he was ostracized for rejecting a human partner. He chooses to go with Rei after being told that he is the "number one bright red" dragon. Mugen transforms into a card when Rei battles, and goes through several evolutions through the series: Mugendra, Mugendragon, Mugendragon-Nova, and Ultimate-Mugendragon.
Laila's younger brother and a novice at Battle Spirits. Rikuto holds onto the Space Compass, given to him by his grandfather. Rikuto looks up to Rei, and after finding out his goal, asks to come with him. During Rei's battles, he sometimes launches into an explanatory segment called "Rikuto-sensei's Battle Spirits Lecture". He is a card collector and owns a number of X-Rares, though is not adept at using them.
Rikuto's older sister and a Card Quester. She is a clean freak and insists on keeping the Number One Star Ship tidy. Laila admires Eris, whose father was rivals with her grandfather. She lives by "Laila's Rules" at all times, sometimes announcing them to make others follow her example. She loves Pentans and uses a Pentan deck.
The Number One Star Ship's cooking robot. Salt makes pizza exclusively, turning even the simplest dishes into pizza. He frequently rhymes and makes puns. Formerly the cook of the COWCOW, but left the ship on a journey to improve his skills. Afterwards, he took on various jobs and was left in a trash heap, where he met Rei. Like Mugen, he is a fan of Magical.
Kiriga's mini dragon partner. Like Kiriga, Ian is very calm, but has a pompous side. He acts as a servant to Kiriga, and is shown to be very caring and loyal to him. Ian transforms into a card when Kiriga battles, and goes through several evolutions through the series: Drian, Star Drian, Meteodrian, and Ultimate-Drian.
A student at Amaterasu Academy. Her late father was friends with Kiriga, which leads him to visit her from time to time. During spring break, she and Samantha go with Kiriga to investigate a hint to his memory left by her father. She and Samantha return to school before entering the fourth class of space, though briefly return through Denebola's power. She appears to have a crush on Kiriga.
A student at Amaterasu Academy and Fairy's friend. She appears to have extensive technical knowledge and frequently mentions her "ranks" in various skills, notably being a third rank in bomb-making.
A space pirate famed throughout the galaxy. Searching for the Ultimate Battle Spirits, Eris travels through space in The Venus (ヴィーナス号, Vīnasu gou). She has a strong sense of justice and battles against criminals to regain stolen items, which earns her the admiration of many. Her father had a rivalry with Davil April, leading her to challenge Laila. Eris has no interest in romance, claiming that her love is the sea of space. She is called by Ultimate-Saviour and led to Chocola despite initially not having an Ultimate symbol. Later she takes Miroku's former spot as one of the main pilots of the Treasure Ship. Eris has two battle forms, yellow and red.
Eris' mini dragon partner. Chocola is hatched after Eris battles Rukinos. She refers to herself as a lady, though is rather childish. She is overly fond of chocolate and all things sweet. Chocola transforms into the spirit card Chocodra when Eris battles, later evolving into Ultimate-Chocodra.
A space pirate and Eris' subordinate.
A space pirate and Eris' subordinate. The youngest of 10 siblings.
There are about 30 other unnamed crewmembers aboard The Venus with minor speaking roles.
The boss of the Guild. He wears a visor that covers his eyes and usually speaks through a monitor. Miroku wants the Ultimate Battle Spirits for unknown reasons and has the Guild chase after it. He claims to know all things that happen in space, including Rei's past. He holds Kiriga's memories and uses it to control him. After having Kiriga retrieve the Reverse Galaxy Documents, he summons Rukinos and later Denebola from another dimension. It is revealed that he was a former friend of Rei and Kiriga, who left them thinking that he was bringing them down. In the midst of despair, he accepted Nakes' power and his eyes became blue, purple and white on the left, and green, red, and yellow on the right. Miroku wants everything in the universe and works with Nakes to achieve this.
The Galaxy Triumvirate (銀河三羽がらす, Ginga Sanbagarasu) is a group within the Guild that constantly chases after The Number One Star Ship for the Space Compass. The group has to date never won a battle against Rei, despite having collectively battled him nearly 20 times. They are former theater performers from Planet ASAKUSA. They serve under Rukinos and Denebola after their respective appearances.
A branch of the Guild which is known for its cruelty. It is disbanded when Rei single-handedly defeats all of the members, but is reinstated at the end of the series with an additional member.
Battle Spirits: Saikyo Ginga Ultimate Zero aired on TV Asahi beginning September 22, 2013 and ending September 20, 2014. It replaced Battle Spirits: Sword Eyes in the 7:00 NichiAsa timeslot.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Enter! The Ultimate Number One Star!!"|
"Tōjō! Arutimetto da Ichibanboshi!!" (Japanese: 登場！アルティメットだ一番星!!)
|September 22, 2013|
|2||"An Ultimate Festival! I Am Zero the Burning!!"|
"Kyūkyoku Matsuri da! Ore wa Shakunetsu no Zero!!" (Japanese: 究極祭だ！俺は灼熱のゼロ!!)
|September 29, 2013|
|3||"Wasteland Duel! Enter the Seven Galaxy Generals!!"|
"Arano no Kettō! Ginga Shichi-shō Toujō!!" (Japanese: 荒野の決闘！ 銀河七将登場!!)
|October 6, 2013|
|4||"The Guardian Deity Arrives! I Am Zero the Silver!!"|
"Shugojin Kita ze! Ore wa Hakugin no Zero!!" (Japanese: 守護神来たぜ!俺は白銀のゼロ!!)
|October 13, 2013|
|5||"Ice Star! Who Is the Ultimate Calling Me?"|
"Kōri no Hoshi! Ore o Yobu Arutimetto no Koe wa Dare da?" (Japanese: 氷の星!俺を呼ぶ究極の声は誰だ?)
|October 20, 2013|
|6||"Battle Me! Heated Warrior at the Bottom of the Deck!!"|
"Ore to Tatakae! Dekki no Soko no Atsui Yatsu!!" (Japanese: 俺と戦え!デッキの底の熱い奴!!)
|October 27, 2013|
|7||"Taste it! Another Ultimate User!!"|
"Ajiwae! Mō Hitori no Arutimetto Tsukai!!" (Japanese: 味わえ!もう一人のアルティメット使い!!)
|November 10, 2013|
|8||"All of Space Shakes! Ultimate vs. Ultimate"|
"Zen Uchū Gekishin! Arutimetto tai Arutimetto" (Japanese: 全宇宙激震!究極対究極)
|November 17, 2013|
|9||"Green Star! The Ultimate Shooting Star!!"|
"Midori no Hoshi! Arutimetto da Nagareboshi!!" (Japanese: 緑の星!アルティメットだ流れ星!!)
|November 24, 2013|
|10||"Frightening God of Darkness Bomber!?"|
"Kyōfu no Ankoku Shin Bonbā!?" (Japanese: 恐怖の暗黒神ボンバー!?)
|December 1, 2013|
|11||"Competition! Who Does the New Ultimate Belong To?!"|
"Sōdatsusen! Shin Arutimetto wa Dare no Mono!?" (Japanese: 争奪戦!新アルティメットは誰の物!?)
|December 8, 2013|
|12||"Decision!? Strongest in the Galaxy!!"|
"Kettei!? Ginga de Ichiban Tsuyoi Yatsu" (Japanese: 決定!?銀河で一番強いヤツ!!)
|December 15, 2013|
|13||"Shining Star! Female Pirate vs. Number One Star!"|
"Kagayaku Hoshi! Onna Kaizoku Tai Ichibanboshi!" (Japanese: 輝く星!女海賊対一番星!)
|December 22, 2013|
|14||"Mugen's Hard Struggle! The Target Is Magical!!"|
"Mugen Funtō! Nerawareta Majikaru!!" (Japanese: ムゲン奮闘!狙われたマジカル!!)
|January 5, 2014|
|15||"Rikuto Runs Away!? The Galaxy's Biggest Sister/Brother Quarrel!"|
"Rikuto Iede!? Ginga Saidai no Kyōdai Genka!" (Japanese: リクト家出!?銀河最大の姉弟ゲンカ!)
|January 12, 2014|
|16||"Revenge! Shooting Star vs. Number One Star"|
"Ribenji! Nagareboshi tai Ichibanboshi" (Japanese: リベンジ!流れ星対一番星)
|January 19, 2014|
|17||"Release! The Cursed COWCOW"|
"Kaihō seyo! Norowareta COWCOW-gō" (Japanese: 解放せよ!呪われたCOWCOW号)
|January 26, 2014|
|18||"Slip Away! The Frightening Space Graveyard!"|
"Nukedase! Kyōfu no Uchū Hakaba!" (Japanese: 抜け出せ!恐怖の宇宙墓場!)
|February 2, 2014|
|19||"Kiriga's Memory!? A Mysterious Girl Appears!"|
"Kiriga no Kioku!? Nazo no Shōjo Arawareru!" (Japanese: キリガの記憶!?謎の少女現る!)
|February 9, 2014|
|20||"Zero Urgently Hospitalized! Unsteady Symbol!"|
"Kinkyū Nyūin Zero! Ayaushi Shinboru!" (Japanese: 緊急入院ゼロ!危うしシンボル!)
|February 16, 2014|
|21||"Zero is 4 People!? Challenge the Other Selves to Battle!"|
"Zero ga Yonin!? Charenji Bunshin Batoru!" (Japanese: ゼロが４人!?チャレンジ分身バトル!)
|February 23, 2014|
|22||"The Galaxy's Strongest Ultimate Rikuto! Huh!?"|
"Saikyō Ginga Arutimetto Rikuto! E!?" (Japanese: 最強銀河究極リクト!え!?)
|March 2, 2014|
|23||"Ultimate Bodyguard Confrontation!"|
"Arutimetto Yōjinbō Taiketsu!" (Japanese: アルティメット用心棒対決!)
|March 9, 2014|
|24||"Ultimate Supernova! Roar, Nova!!"|
"Kyūkyoku Chōshinsei! Nova Hoeru!!" (Japanese: 究極超新星!ノヴァ吼える!!)
|March 16, 2014|
|25||"Cross the Gate! Nova vs. Gai-Asura!"|
"Gēto o Koero! Nova tai Gai Asura!" (Japanese: ゲートを超えろ!ノヴァ対ガイ・アスラ!)
|March 23, 2014|
|26||"Great Clash! Ultimate vs. Reverse 12 Zodiac Brave"|
"Dai Gekitotsu! Kyūkyoku tai Ura Jūnikyū Bureivu" (Japanese: 大激突!究極対裏１２宮ブレイヴ)
|March 30, 2014|
|27||"Eris in Danger! Great Attack of the Reverse 12 Zodiac Braves!"|
"Erisu Ayaushi! Ura Jūnikyū Bureivu Dai Shūgeki!" (Japanese: エリス危うし!裏１２宮ブレイヴ大襲撃!)
|April 6, 2014|
|28||"Enter the Tri-Dragon Deity! Kiriga's New Power!"|
"San Ryūjin Tōjō! Kiriga no Arata na Chikara!" (Japanese: 三龍神登場!キリガの新たな力!)
|April 13, 2014|
|29||"Bright Red Kiriga's Grand Uprising!"|
"Makkana Kiriga no Dai Hanran!" (Japanese: 真っ赤なキリガの大反乱!)
|April 20, 2014|
|30||"A Star Enters! It's Zero the Glint!"|
"Sutā Tōjō! Senkō no Zero dēsu!" (Japanese: スター登場!閃光のゼロでーす!)
|April 27, 2014|
|31||"The Third Red Dragon! Time for the Heart's Symbol to Shine!!"|
"Santaime no Akaki Ryū! Shinboru Mune ni Hikaru Toki!!" (Japanese: 三体目の赤き龍!シンボル胸に光る時!)
|May 4, 2014|
|32||"Great Star of the Reverse 12 Zodiacs!? Challenge from Leo!!"|
"Ura Jūnikyū no Dai Sutā!? Shishiza kara no Chōsen!!" (Japanese: 裏12宮の大スター!? しし座からの挑戦!!)
|May 11, 2014|
"Sayonara Raira" (Japanese: さよなら ライラ)
|May 18, 2014|
|34||"The Galaxy's Strongest Detective Rikuto- Huh!?"|
"Saikyō Ginga Meitantei Rikuto - E!?" (Japanese: 最強銀河名探偵リクト え！？)
|May 25, 2014|
|35||"Comet Assault! Ultimate Breakthrough!"|
"Suisei Totsugeki! Kyūkyoku Daihakken!" (Japanese: 彗星突撃！ 究極大発見！)
|June 1, 2014|
|36||"Runaway Mugen!? I Don't Need Your Opinion, Number One Star"|
"Bōsō Mugen!? Goiken Muyō, Ichibanboshi" (Japanese: 暴走ムゲン！？ ご意見無用、一番星)
|June 8, 2014|
|37||"Aim for the Top! The Justice Cup Tournament Begins"|
"Chōten o Mezase! Jasutisu Kappu Kaimaku" (Japanese: 頂点を目指せ!ジャスティスカップ開幕)
|June 22, 2014|
|38||"Grand Battle! The Triumvirate of Love and Friendship"|
"Dai Gekisen! Ai to Yūjō no Sanbagarasu!" (Japanese: 大激戦!愛と友情の三羽がらす!)
|June 29, 2014|
|39||"Wow! This Is My Partner!?"|
"Uwaa! Ore no Aibō ga Konna Koto ni!?" (Japanese: うわあ!俺の相棒がこんな事に!?)
|July 6, 2014|
|40||"The Omnipotent Miroku!"|
"Zenchizennō no Miroku!" (Japanese: 全知全能のミロク!)
|July 13, 2014|
|41||"The Galaxy's Greatest Clash! Me vs. Myself!!"|
"Ginga Saidai no Gekitotsu! Ore tai Ore-sama!!" (Japanese: 銀河最大の激突!俺対オレ様!!)
|July 20, 2014|
|42||"Miroku Gets Serious? The Nightmare Deck Is Laughing!"|
"Miroku no Honki? Akumu no Dekki ga Warau!" (Japanese: ミロクの本気?悪夢のデッキが笑う!)
|July 27, 2014|
|43||"Creeping Fear! Ophiuchus Is Coming!!"|
"Shinobiyoru Kyōfu! Hebitsukaiza ga Kuru!!" (Japanese: しのびよる恐怖!蛇遣い座がくる!!)
|August 10, 2014|
|44||"The Worst Battle! Arrival of Nakes!!"|
"Saiyaku Batoru! Neikusu Shutsugen!!" (Japanese: 最凶バトル!ネイクス出現!!)
|August 17, 2014|
|45||"Grand Appearance! The Ultimate Battle Spirits!!"|
"Dai Shutsugen! Kyūkyoku no Batosupi!!" (Japanese: 大出現!究極のバトスピ!!)
|August 24, 2014|
|46||"Bottomless Darkness! Nakes Great Rampage!!"|
"Sokoshirenu Yami! Neikusu Dai Bousou!!" (Japanese: 底知れぬ闇!ネイクス大暴走!!)
|August 31, 2014|
|47||"Shooting Star, Twinkle! Kiriga's Battle of Friendship!!"|
"Nagareboshi, Mabataite! Kiriga Yūjō no Batoru!!" (Japanese: 流れ星、瞬いて!キリガ友情のバトル!!)
|September 7, 2014|
|48||"Rei the Number One Star, That Is the Ultimate Zero!!"|
"Ichibanboshi no Rei, Sore wa Kyūkyoku no Zero!!" (Japanese: 一番星のレイ、それは究極のゼロ!!)
|September 14, 2014|
|49||"Everyone Is Number One! Ultimate Serious Friends!!"|
"Minna Ichiban! Arutimetto na Majidachi da!!" (Japanese: みんな一番!アルティメットなマジダチだ!!)
|September 21, 2014|
A manga version by Masato Ichishiki was serialized in Saikyo Jump magazine beginning in October 2013. The chapter titles are written entirely in English words. Each chapter is referred to as a "Turn."
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|1||January 4, 2014||978-4088800059|
|2||May 2, 2014||978-4088800660|
|3||October 3, 2014||978-4088801889|
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