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The Original Series consists of Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: V-Force and Bakuten Shoot Beyblade: G-Revolution and is based on the Bakuten Shoot Beyblade manga series. The English removed "Bakuten Shoot" from the title and the series were known only as "Beyblade", "Beyblade: V-Force" and "Beyblade: G-Revolution" in the west.
While the anime used a number of elements from the Bakuten Shoot Beyblade such as characters, for the most part elements were carried over into the anime.
The anime was responsible for bringing Beyblade to a wider audience then any other release within the Beyblade franchise. It was well received in Japan and overseas and as a result was responsible largely for the Beyblade craze in the early 2000s.
However, this trend ended in 2002, on top of this V-Force had been more poorly received due to the changes of direction and artstyle compared to the first season. V-Force also was not so much tied into the manga as the first season since the Bakuten Shoot Beyblade manga chapters were weekly. V-Force therefore was mostly filler content, it barely referenced Season 1's events at all and even had a few continuity errors in regards to details about things such as details about Beyblade or the Bit-Beasts.
G-Revolution attempted to restore interest in Beyblade, including bringing back the director of the first season who was responsible for the original series success. However, it failed to renew interests despite being much better received. Despite the manga running for a while longer then the anime, both ended by 2004 and focus was put on the Beyblade toy. As a response to this, Beyblade would not see another storyline related installment until 2008 with the Metal Fight Beyblade manga.
The Original Series aired on TV Tokyo in Japan and was licensed for distribution by Nelvana for other territories. Dubbed episodes of the first three seasons are available on US streaming service Daisuki's premium service. Dubbed episodes of the first season are also available on Crunchyroll and Disney XD's site/app. The English dub was then used as a basis for many other dubs such as the German dub.
The story follows a team called the Bladebreakers who try to win a World Championship with spinning tops called Beyblades which hold beasts inside. Along the way they make new enemies and allies.
Tyson Granger, a young boy and his friend, Kenny enter the Super Battle Tournament. There he meets Ray Kon, Max Tate and, Kai Hiwatari and organize a team called the Bladebreakers in order to win the Beyblade World Championship.
The Bladebreakers have disbanded but their enemy teams reunite them quickly enough. Two new teams, Team Psykick and Saint Shields attack them by trying to steal their Bit-Beasts' for their own purposes. Beyblade skeptic Hilary Tachibana joins the team and throughout the season she learns the true value of Beyblading.
In order to face each other at the World Championship, Tyson, Max, Ray and Kai have once again disbanded the team and rejoined their old teams. With only Tyson, Kenny and Hilary left in the Bladebreakers, a new Blader, Daichi Sumeragi and Tyson's older brother Hiro Granger join them. Soon after the World Championship, the evil Boris creates BEGA as a replacement to the Beyblade Battle Association and to take control of all Beyblade activity. In order to stop Boris, Tyson challenges him, which leads to the creation of the Justice 5 tournament with the fate of Beyblade in the balance.
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- The team styles and method of battling changed throughout the seasons.
- In the first season there were 4 bladers in a team. Matches were won based on a 2 out of 3 victory, though the rules stated all 3 rounds had to be played. If the team was unable to compete in the 3rd round for whatever reason, victory was automatically given to the other side. Forfeiting the last round would invalidate the previous two rounds and the match would also be awarded to the other side. The 4th blader on a team (Ian, Kai, Kevin, Emily, Enrique) was a substitution blader in case one of the normal 3 couldn't blade. However, only Kai ever stepped in substitution of any of the teams 4th bladers.
- Things were changed in V-Force. Though non-World tournament matches followed the same format as the previous season, the World Tournament was set up in pairs. Matches were best two out of three again, in a case of a tie (one victory/loss in the first two rounds) the winners of the previous two rounds fight in the 3rd round of the match.
- In G-Revolution, the matches were once again pairings. Teams could have up to 2 substitution bladers for use in place of the main, though there was only one example of a substitution (Kenny replacing Tyson due to his attitude as the World Champion). Matches were mostly a 2 out of 3 with the same rules as V-Force's World Championship. However, under the rules, if both teams agreed to a two versus two battle, all 4 bladers would battle at the same time until one team was beaten. In this format only one Blade need remain spinning to win.