BakuTech! Bakugan Begins April 7th
So this has flown under the radar a bit and I only just saw a commercial for it a few days ago while watching Oha Coliseum. The Hyper Yo Yo Burning tokusatsu ends next week and BakuTech! is going to be replacing it. What might be a bit of a let down for fans is that it's essentially going to be a mini TV show. Oha Coliseum is a half hour programming block that airs four TV shows within that time frame, the longest of which were Duel Masters Victory and Hyper Yo Yo Burning at eight minutes per episode, so it's very likely the BakuTech episodes are going to be just as short. I've no idea what this means for anyone hoping of ever seeing the series cross over to the states. (though it would be neat to see it packaged with Beyblade Zero-G since that's also going to have a short 12 minute run time each episode)
http://www.bakugan.jp/anime/ The official site also has the update.
What's up with Duel Masters? I'm guessing it'll be receiving a new series too?
I wouldn't hold my breath on this series coming over. Nelvana's usually the one to spill the beans on new Bakugan, and there has been absolutely no word about this series coming over. Nelvana's got a tonne of Beyblade to get through, and are working on a new franchise.
It's airing right now. It's CG. No way is this being brought over to North America.
Oh...yeah, there is no way this is being brought over. Beyond the fact that it's using that really weird cell shading/CGI combo, episodes are less than ten minutes each. Weird. I figured Bakugan was a popular enough property for this show to continue in a real format.
Bakugan was never really popular in Japan, which is why they had that huge gap between the broadcast of Battle Brawlers, and New Vestroia. International success is why the franchise got a second chance.
Originally Posted by Ryoutarou
It's interesting to note that while Baku-Tech gets a shared timeslot, Zoobles (which is basically just Bakugan for girls) has a full 22 minute slot.
I've noticed the nasty CG/cell-shaded trend on Duel Masters, and Hamtaro. We can now throw Bakugan into the mix.
I'll be honest... this is the first Bakugan series where I literally shut it off not even 2 minutes into the episode. Everything about it... was just terrible. I have never, EVER, been so disappointed in anything in watching anime in my whole life. This is the first one I have ever done this to.
EDIT: Oh, btw, before I forget. This was actually not done by TMS Entertainment. They absolutely had nothing to do with this, as far as I can tell.
Yes, Chibi-Goku's correct. TMS Entertainment, Nelvana, and Japan-Vistec (companies who produced Battle Brawlers to Mechtanium Surge) have nothing to do with BakuTech. ShoPro, who makes those nasty Duel Masters and Hamtaro shows are behind this. I go way in depth on why this thing won't be going out of Japan on my blog.
Here's the show's opening animation for those wondering what we're talking about:
Didn't know that "Hamtaro" was being done with celshading now... Then again it's being years since I watched that show.
Originally Posted by ChibiGoku
If it's the "CGI trying to look like 2D" what turned you off... obviously you've never heard (let alone watched) a kid's comedy anime entitled "Penguin no mondai" (Penguin's Troubles is the international name) XD... that makes that BakuTech intro look really neat in comparison.
There're some videos in Youtube... I dare you to have a look at them . And yes, it was exported outside Japan... we got it in Spain (the Penguin no Mondai show, I mean, not BakuTech, obviously XDD: way too recent).
(It actually got 70-something episodes, so I guess that the celshading thing doesn't neccesarily stop a series from succeeding... not even when its art style seems unattractive compared to other animated show.)
So, bottom line, if BakuTech doesn't get to America or Europe, I suspect it won't be because of its animation style, but the short format... and the possibility that the Bakugan franchise just isn't that strong any more.
The episodes are literally five minutes long. Unless they wait for 52 episodes to pile up and then combine them into 13, there's no way this is getting dubbed.
Originally Posted by Doctorhauser
It's not even really the CG that's a turn-off of this series...I saw the first episode as well, and there's practically no plot whatsoever. There was maybe a minute of actual character interaction, and then we get thrown into a Bakugan battle that went like this:
"CRITICAL HIT! STAND! CRITICAL HIT! STAND! CRITICAL HIT! STAND! CRITICAL HIT! STAND! CRITICAL KO!"
And repeat for 4 minutes. I didn't really like the previous Bakugan series, but it at least felt like more thought was put into them than...whatever the hell the writers for this series are doing. Then again, I guess it doesn't help that it is 5 minutes long; they're probably required to have one Bakugan battle an episode, which gives them no time to build character development and plot.
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I guess you shouldn't really expect much from a show that has an opening song that is literally just "BakuTech" repeated over and over again.
I'm still shocked that Oha Coro was reduced to 15 minutes, it was bad enough when they aired four shows in a half hour, four in 15 minutes is ridiculous. BackuTech is literally a long toy commercial, and that's a shame because the manga is actually a lot of fun, nothing ground breaking, but rather solid and entertaining. BakuTech could have worked rather decently as a 10-15 minute per episode show, that worked well enough for Duel Masters Victory, despite that horrible animation.
I figured Bakugan was popular (and successful enough) that whoever produces it would want to continue the full length shows because it seemed like they printed money. BakuTech is essentially a slightly longer version of those DaGeDar shorts that used to air on Toonzai - only those actually looked decent. I know it was a failure in Japan the first time around, but I really thought this was one of those properties where the American market could sustain it for a lot longer. (and it must have been decent in Japan if they would even bother making a new show)
I loved Hyper Yo-Yo Burning and I hated that it only ran 8 minutes or so per episode, but even that managed to form a rather nice narrative over 52 episodes, I don't see any way BakuTech can do that.