|Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin|
(Batorusupirittsu Shōnen Toppa Bashin)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Mitsuru Hongo|
|Music by||Dai Saitou|
|Original network||Nagoya Broadcasting Network|
|Original run||September 7, 2008 – September 6, 2009|
|Written by||Hajime Yatate|
|Illustrated by||Hideaki Fujii|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||July 2008 – September 2009|
|Battle Spirits Shomen Tanteidan!|
|Written by||Tatsuya Hamazaki|
|Illustrated by||Hideaki Fujii|
|Published by||Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko|
|Published||July 15, 2009|
Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin (バトルスピリッツ少年突破バシン, Batorusupirittsu Shōnen Toppa Bashin, lit. "Battle Spirits: Boy Breakthrough Bashin") is a 2008 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 7, 2008 to September 6, 2009. It replaced Dinosaur King in the Nichi Asa Kids Time 7:00 timeslot and was succeeded by Battle Spirits: Shounen Gekiha Dan. It has been licensed in China, Thailand, and the Philippines.
The story follows the day-to-day adventures of an optimistic and energetic young boy nicknamed Bashin. Along with his card battler friends, he aims to be the very best at Battle Spirits. However, to accomplish that, they must defeat Nazo Otona (ナゾオトナ, lit. Mysterious Adults) throughout the world, obtain X-rare cards to build the greatest deck, and take down King Uchuuchouten.
Chosen card battlers that each possess a pyroxene (輝石, kiseki) stone (alternatively translated as "cornerstone"). The stones have the power to release Isekai World (イセカイ界, Isekai Kai), an alternate dimension where spirits truly exist, and allow their respective pets to speak. In the final tournament, they refer to themselves as Team Shomen Toppa (チームショーメン突破, Chīmu Shōmen Toppa)
The protagonist. Bashin is a 12-year-old who is very passionate about Battle Spirits, though this singularity of mind often makes him oblivious to the people around him. He is at times rude, but often has good intentions. He lives with his mother Hayami and pet mouse Aibou, and his father left home when he was young. Initially he attends Toaru Elementary School but in episode 29 he advances to Toaru Middle School where he joins the Battle Spirits Club with Striker, Meganeko, Smile, and Seven. His catchphrase is "I'll break through from the front and total ___!" (正面突破で○○突破トウォォタル！, Shomen-toppa de ○○ touootaru!) Bashin uses an exclusively red deck in the beginning, adding more colors as the series continues. He possesses the oval-shaped red pyroxene stone, which was given to him by his father.
Bashin's rival. J is the "Noble Youth of the Battle Spirits World," winning championship after championship and has a large number of fans. He is also very rich, as his father is head of an electronics firm, and is chauffeured everywhere. He lives with his parents, sister Kyouka, and pet cat Okyou, but his father is often busy. He has a cold personality, though warms up with the influence of Kyouka and Bashin. He attends Tonari Private Middle School starting in episode 29, but later withdraws to enter the Thousand Spirits Group as No. 11, Jack Knight (ジャックナイト, Jyakku Naito). In episode 42 he resigns from the Group and becomes an official member of Team Shomentoppa. J uses a primarily white deck, and possesses the oval-shaped white pyroxene stone.
A mysterious card battler, Suiren's true identity is that of the popular idol My Sunshine. While My Sunshine has a very bright and cheery personality, Suiren is somewhat rude and overbearing. Her pet chameleon Pink allows her to transform into Suiren, but her mask is separate. Suiren reveals her identity to the other pyroxene holders in episode 17, explaining that her image as an idol restricts her from playing a boyish game like Battle Spirits. This restriction is eventually rescinded, but as My Sunshine her deck is full of cute rather than strong cards. As she gets friendlier with the other pyroxene holders, her personalities become closer together. As Suiren she uses a primarily purple deck, while as My Sunshine she uses a yellow deck. She possesses the heart-shaped purple pyroxene stone, which she found in her homeland of Hawaii under the sea.
The former star player of Toaru Elementary School's soccer team, who stops playing due to a leg injury. In the hospital, Hayami teaches him how to play Battle Spirits, thus awakening him as a pyroxene card battler. Striker is typically optimistic and sensible, but becomes excited easily about soccer, Battle Spirits, or My Sunshine. He lives with his parents, younger brothers, and pet parakeet Cap. Striker uses a primarily green deck, and possesses the V-shaped green pyroxene stone.
Bashin's childhood friend, Meganeko is an initially shy, quiet glasses-wearing girl. She is a victim of Bashin's enthusiasm, as he often is too absorbed in Battle Spirits to pay attention to her. To rectify this, she has Card Sensei teach her Battle Spirits and enters a tournament as Kiiroko (キイロコ). Though she loses to Bashin, she is awakened as a pyroxene card battler. After this, she begins to wear contacts instead of glasses and associates with the other pyroxene card battlers. Meganeko uses a primarily yellow deck, and possesses the butterfly-shaped yellow pyroxene stone.
The younger twin sister of J, Kyouka is an amicable and humorous girl who cares deeply for her brother. While not a chosen battler until very late in the series, she knows about the pyroxene stones through J and Okyou and becomes a part of Bashin's circle of friends. Having been brought up in Kyoto, she has an Osakan accent. Kyouka uses a variety of colors throughout the show and is given the hexagonal blue pyroxene stone by Card Sensei in episode 44.
Bashin's pet mouse, who gains the ability to speak in episode 1. Aibou is rather feisty and tends to nag at Bashin for his shortcomings.
J's pet cat, who has a strong rivalry with Aibou.
Suiren's pet chameleon, who has the ability to turn invisible.
Striker's pet parakeet. Before the green pyroxene stone awakened, Cap was able to speak some phrases, but had no understanding of human words.
Kitan and Meganeko's pet dog. After Meganeko receives the yellow pyroxene stone, Nanarin begins to speak.
Card Sensei's master, who was for a time the class pet of Bashin's elementary class.
Bashin's mother, usually referred to as Mama, who works as a taxi driver. She is strict with Bashin and concerned about his well-being. Hayami frequently gives her passengers advice when they appear troubled. She taught Bashin how to play Battle Spirits to cure his introversion, and later teaches Striker how to play so he can get over his depression. In the past she was a well-known masked card battler known as Mama the Speed Star (ママ・ザ・スピードスター, Mama za SupīdoSutā).
Bashin's father, who left his family to explore the world. Touha called Bashin "Aibou", meaning "partner", when he was young, and in turn Bashin named his mouse Aibou when Touha left. In the past, he was part of an invincible masked card battler duo with Hayami. In the epilogue, he gives Bashin a new pyroxene stone before heading out to continue his journey around the world.
An artificial intelligence system that controls non-driving functions in Hayami's taxi.
J and Kyouka's father. He is frequently busy working as head of a large electronics firm. Soon after developing the tag battle system with Elliot, Kiano joined the Numbers Elite as No. 3. Due to this, he quarrels with J and J also joins the Thousand Spirits group as a result. After battling and losing to Bashin in a tournament, he leaves the Numbers to become closer to his family. Kiano is Finnish in descent and in the past was part of a masked battler duo with his sister.
J and Kyouka's mother. At first she disapproves of J playing Battle Spirits, believing him to be obsessed with it and wasting his time. However, she becomes tolerant of it after J turns in her deck to her and Kyouka teaches her how to play. She is from Kyoto.
The elegant caretaker of Kiano Castle in Finland. She appears only in episode 28, though in episode 50 it is revealed that she and her brother Kiano formed a masked battler duo that was rivals with Hayami and Touha.
The Sawaragi family chauffeur who frequently drives J around the towns of Tonari and Toaru.
A student at Toaru Middle School and the president of Toaru Middle School's BatoSupi club. Nanao is typically timid, but when in his Galaxy Seven persona, he is very confident and narcissistic. Before Bashin and the others joined, his club was populated by only himself, as all other members were frightened by him. Nanao joined the first incarnation of Team Shomen Toppa when J was Jack Knight, only to remove himself right before the tournament from a lack of confidence, and soon after reveals himself to be No. 7.
The student council president of Tonari Private Middle School. Setsuko is very strict about the school rules and tries to prevent the Battle Spirits Club from forming because it could impede studying. After reluctantly acknowledging the club's establishment, she joins the Battle Spirits club so she can rival Kyouka's academic success.
The vice president of Tonari Private Middle School's student council. He is more relaxed about the studying than Setsuko, but typically follows her lead. Due to his admiration of Kyouka, he joins the Battle Spirits Club, becoming the last member needed for it to officially form.
Bashin and Meganeko's elementary school teacher. Formerly No. 5 of the Thousand Spirits Group.
Meganeko's grandfather. Formerly No. 10 of the Thousand Spirits Group.
BatoSupi TV's announcer. She appears to be enthusiastic about her job.
BatoSupi TV's commentator. With Female Announcer, he covers Battle Spirits news and events.
A part-time worker at the Toaru Battle Spirits Center. In episode 33 he is shown to have joined the Thousand Spirits Group.
A part-time worker at the Toaru Battle Spirits Center. She formerly lived in the same apartment complex as Bashin and frequently babysat him. She takes over working at the Battle Spirits Center when Baito-kun leaves.
My Sunshine's manager, who often is troubled by her tendency to disappear before concerts.
An actor who portrays J in the Pretty Girl Breakthrough My Sunshine movie.
A mysterious organization. Its members, dubbed Nazo Otona (ナゾオトナ, lit. Mysterious Adults) by children, are said to distribute X-Rares and High Ranker Passes to those that defeat them. The top members of the group are the Numbers Elite (ナンバーズエリート).
Battle Spirits: Shounen Toppa Bashin aired on TV Asahi from September 7, 2008 to September 6, 2009 on the 7:00 NichiAsa timeslot. It replaced Dinosaur King in the 7:00 NichiAsa timeslot and was succeeded by Battle Spirits: Shounen Gekiha Dan. Many of the episode titles mix kanji and kana in unconventional ways to create dual meanings or tongue twisters.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|01||"Front Breaking Bashin Enters Stage!"|
"Shoumen Toppa Bashin Toujou!" (Japanese: 正面突破バシン登場!)
|September 7, 2008|
|02||"The Rival's Name is J"|
"Raibaru no Na wa J" (Japanese: ライバルの名はJ)
|September 14, 2008|
|03||"Parents Day in the Stormy Course of Life"|
"Haran Banjyō Jugyou Sankan" (Japanese: 波乱バンジョー授業参観)
|September 21, 2008|
|04||"The Idol is My Sunshine"|
"Aidoru wa Mai Sanshain" (Japanese: アイドルはマイサンシャイン)
|September 28, 2008|
|05||"The Athletics Meet is Trouble"|
"Undoukai ga Taihen da" (Japanese: 運動会がタイヘンだ)
|October 5, 2008|
|06||"Card Battler Hospital Visit"|
"Kādobatorā no Omimai" (Japanese: カードバトラーのお見舞い)
|October 12, 2008|
|07||"Shut up the Uproar"|
"Urusai Toko de Oosawagi" (Japanese: ウルサいトコでオオ騒ぎ)
|October 19, 2008|
|08||"Break Through from the Front at the Field Trip"|
"Shuugakuryokou mo Shoumen Toppa" (Japanese: 修学旅行も正面トッパ)
|October 28, 2008|
"Okyou no Mei Q?" (Japanese: お京の迷Q?)
|November 2, 2008|
|10||"Big Maze is Big Trouble"|
"Dai Meiro de Dai Meiwaku" (Japanese: ダイ迷路でダイ迷惑)
|November 9, 2008|
|11||"The Great Batosupi Operation"|
"Batosupi Daisakusen" (Japanese: バトスピ大作戦)
|November 16, 2008|
|12||"Unidentified Unknown Invitation"|
"Shoutai Fumē no Shoutai Fumē" (Japanese: 招待フメーの正体フメー)
|November 23, 2008|
|13||"Arrival of the Gunslinger's Apparition!"|
"Shutsugen Gansuringā no Mamono!" (Japanese: 出現ガンスリンガーの魔物!)
|November 30, 2008|
|14||"First Final is Smile After Tears"|
"Hatsu Fainaru wa Namida nochi Sumairu" (Japanese: 初ファイナルはナミダのちスマイル)
|December 7, 2008|
|15||"A Faulted Perfect Christmas"|
"Nanten Manten Kurisumasu" (Japanese: 難点満点クリスマス)
|December 14, 2008|
|16||"The Day Aibou Disappeared"|
"Aibou no Kieta Hi" (Japanese: アイボウの消えた日)
|December 21, 2008|
|17||"My First Sunshine"|
"Mai Fāsuto Sanshain" (Japanese: マイファーストサンシャイン)
|January 4, 2009|
|18||"Break Through From the Front in Winter"|
"Fuyu Shōmen Toppa" (Japanese: 冬ショーメン突破)
|January 11, 2009|
|19||"Thrilling Tag Rivals"|
"Taggu Tsukai Raibaruzu" (Japanese: タッグ痛快ライバルズ)
|January 18, 2009|
|20||"A Broken Friendship is a Constant Disagreement"|
"Zetsu kou chū wa Zetsu fu chō" (Japanese: 絶交ちゅーは絶不ちょー)
|January 25, 2009|
|21||"My Sunshine Valentine"|
"Mai Sanshain Barentain" (Japanese: マイサンシャインバレンタイン)
|February 1, 2009|
|22||"Being a Nazo Otona was His Secret"|
"Nazo Otona ni datte Himitsu" (Japanese: ナゾオトナにだってヒミツ)
|February 8, 2009|
|23||"Last Days as an Elementary Schooler"|
"Rasuto Shougakusei Deizu" (Japanese: ラスト小学生デイズ)
|February 15, 2009|
|24||"Spring Batosupi – A Yellow Storm"|
"Haru no Batosupi Kiiroi Arashi" (Japanese: 春のバトスピキイロい嵐)
|February 22, 2009|
|25||"A Flash of Light – The Pyroxene's Awakening"|
"Kirari Kiseki no Mezame" (Japanese: キラリ輝石の目覚め)
|March 1, 2009|
|26||"Batosupi Under the Cherry Blossoms"|
"Sakura no shita de Batosupi wo" (Japanese: サクラの下でバトスピを)
|March 8, 2009|
|27||"Pink and Amade Us"|
"Pinku to Amadeusu" (Japanese: ピンクとアマデウス)
|March 15, 2009|
|28||"J, Trip to a Town of Romance"|
"J, Machi Roman no Tabi" (Japanese: J、街ろまんの旅)
|March 22, 2009|
|29||"Middle School Uniforms New School Uniforms"|
"Chū Gakuran Nyū Gakuran" (Japanese: ちゅー学ラン・ニュー学ラン)
|March 29, 2009|
|30||"Thriving Spirits Batosupi Club"|
"Hanjō Konjou Batosupi Bu" (Japanese: ハンジョー根性バトスピ部)
|April 5, 2009|
|31||"Batosupi with the Student Council President"|
"Batosupi wo Seitokaichou to" (Japanese: バトスピを生徒会長と)
|April 12, 2009|
|32||"A Letter from the Speed Star"|
"Supīdosutā kara no Tegami" (Japanese: スピードスターからの手紙)
|April 19, 2009|
|33||"Aim for the Weak Point for the Advisor!"|
"Uīkupointo de Komon wo Nerae!" (Japanese: ウィークポイントでコモンを狙え!)
|April 26, 2009|
|34||"The Treacherous Training Camp Jack"|
"Uragiri no Gasshuku Jyakku" (Japanese: 裏切りの合宿ジャック)
|May 3, 2009|
|35||"Break Through From the Front of Tests and Fathers"|
"Tesuto mo Oyaji mo Shōmen Toppa" (Japanese: テストもオヤジもショーメントッパ)
|May 10, 2009|
|36||"Hot Blooded Batosupi Club at the Capital"|
"Nekketsu Batosupi Bu Kyou he" (Japanese: 熱血バトスピ部・京へ)
|May 17, 2009|
|37||"The Spirit of Aibou's Group"|
"Aibou-tachi no Supiritto" (Japanese: アイボウたちのスピリット)
|May 24, 2009|
|38||"Rapid Loop Pool"|
"Pūru de Rūpu Gekiryuu" (Japanese: プールでループ・激流)
|May 31, 2009|
|39||"Deep Close Contact with the Opponent – The Curtain Raised?"|
"Chīmu Taikou Dai Nessen Kaimaku?" (Japanese: チーム対抗ダイ熱戦・開幕?)
|June 7, 2009|
|40||"Break Through – The Space Between Family and Team"|
"Toppa Famirī to Chīmu no Aida de" (Japanese: 突破・ファミリーとチームの間で)
|June 14, 2009|
|41||"Confrontation! Black Knight and Queen will Definitely be Finished"|
"Taiketsu Kuroi Kishi to Jou wo Zettai Zetsumei ni" (Japanese: 対決・黒い騎士と女王を絶タイ絶メイに)
|June 28, 2009|
|42||"Settlement – In Jack's Night, Death is Rebirth"|
"Kecchaku Jakku no Yoru Shi to Saisei wo" (Japanese: 決着・ジャックの夜に死と再生を)
|July 5, 2009|
|43||"The Revived Master is a Blue Comet"|
"Fukkatsu no Shishou wa Burū Kometto" (Japanese: 復活の師匠はブルーコメット)
|July 19, 2009|
|44||"Surfing, Sun, and Striker"|
"Naminori Taiyou Sutoraikā" (Japanese: 波ノリ太陽ストライカー)
|July 26, 2009|
|45||"Break Through From the Front in Summer"|
"Natsu Shōmen Toppa" (Japanese: 夏ショーメン突破)
|August 2, 2009|
|46||"The Pyroxene Six – Disappearance the Day Before the Finals"|
"Kiseki no Rokunin Kessen Zenya no Yukuefumē" (Japanese: キセキの6人・決勝前夜のゆくえフメー)
|August 9, 2009|
|47||"Break Through From the Front Showtime – The Curtain Raised!"|
"Shōmen Toppa Shōtaimu Kaien!" (Japanese: ショーメン突破ショータイム・開演！)
|August 16, 2009|
|48||"The Last Opponent, Nine – The Last Battle"|
"Saikyū Teki Nain Saikyō no Batoru" (Japanese: 最キュー敵ナイン・最キョーのバトル)
|August 23, 2009|
|49||"Take it From the Life! Shine, Pyroxene's Settlement!!"|
"Raifu de Ukeru! Kirari Kiseki no Kecchaku!" (Japanese: ライフで受けろ！ギラリ輝石の決着!)
|August 30, 2009|
|50||"Miracle Card Battler – Bashin Breaks Through From the Front!"|
"Kiseki no Kādobatorā Shomen Toppa Bashin!" (Japanese: 奇蹟のカードバトラー・正面突破バシン!)
|September 6, 2009|
A manga version by Hideaki Fujii was serialized in Kerokero Ace magazine beginning in July 2008 and ended in September 2009. The manga differs significantly from the anime.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN|
|01||November 26, 2008||978-4047160064|
|02||March 26, 2009||978-4047160125|
|03||July 23, 2009||978-4047160224|
|04||September 26, 2009||978-4047160231|
A comic entitled Training! Bato☆Supi School (特訓！バト☆スピ学園, Tokkun! Bato☆Supi Gakuen) was also serialized on the official site, running for 21 chapters. It had no connection to the plot of Shounen Toppa Bashin asides from the appearance of Card Sensei.
A novel entitled Battle Spirits: Shomen Tanteidan (バトルスピリッツ ショーメン探偵団!, Batorusupirittsu Shōmen Tanteidan!, lit. Detective Agency from the Front) was published on July 17, 2009 by Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko. It was written by Tatsuya Hamazaki and illustrated by Hideaki Fujii. A new student named Oriba (折場) has appeared in Bashin's class, but only Meganeko notices. Since then, a series of mysteries have occurred within the school which Bashin and Meganeko must solve.
While no games have been made featuring solely the cast of Shounen Toppa Bashin, two games including Shounen Toppa Bashin, Shounen Gekiha Dan, and game-original characters have been made. The first, Battle Spirits: Champion of Pyroxene (バトルスピリッツ 輝石の覇者, Batorusupirittsu Kiseki no Hasha) was released November 12, 2009 for the Sony PSP by Namco Bandai Games. The game takes place in Toaru City and revolves around Seiya Muteki (霧笛セイヤ, Muteki Seiya), a little league ace pitcher who admires Bashin and received a pyroxene stone from his mother. Card battles are shown in real time on a 3D field where the characters and spirits are rendered. On August 5, 2010, Namco Bandai Games also released Battle Spirits: Digital Starter (バトルスピリッツ デジタルスターター, Batorusupirittsu Degitaru Sutātā) for the Nintendo DS. The player character, Retsu Torai (渡雷烈, Torai Retsu), travels around Chikaba Town challenging other card battlers. Unlike the previous games, Battle Spirits is played as it is in real life. Characters from both Shounen Toppa Bashin and Shounen Gekiha Dan must be unlocked in order to battle them.
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