This is an article about the Anime Character. For the manga counterpart of the same name, see here.
Benkei Hanawa (花輪ベンケイ / 花輪弁慶, Hanawa Benkei) is one of the main characters in the Metal Saga, first appearing in Beyblade: Metal Fusion.
He is a former member of the Face Hunters under the leadership of Kyoya Tategami. He and Kyoya later reformed and became best friends, Benkei always supporting Kyoya from the sidelines hoping to be right next to him when it counts. During Big Bang Bladers, Benkei joined Kyoya's Team Wild Fang under his alter ego: The Masked Bull. He is an energetic and enthusiastic Blader with the heart of a bull that matches his partner: Dark Bull H145SD.
Benkei is tough and physically strong. He has a big build with a large stomach, and his feet are said to be the sizes of the characters’ heads. His short purple hair is normally covered by his white beanie hat that has a red bull's skull on it. His eyes are of a reddish brown. He wears a red and black jacket with red strip on both the front side that is usually zipped on his torso, white bands around his wrists, gray shorts on his legs, and black shoes on his huge feet. He also has a brown belt with a holster covered by his jacket in which he keeps his Bey Gear. As the Masked Bull, he wears a wrestler outfit.
In Shogun Steel, Benkei is shown wearing brown boots with black laces, green cargo pants and a black jacket with a white puffy collar and yellow sleeve stripes and pockets. In addition, he now sports a beard.
Benkei seems tough and burly on the outside and looks like a typical bully, but he is actually very kind and has a good heart and a love for burgers. Whenever that part of him shows too much, he tries to cover it up because he doesn't want other people to think of him as soft. He also admires Kyoya very much, which causes him to tear up, or cry when Kyoya has his moments; going as far as to hug him in Episode 11, when he sees that Kyoya has awakened. He stubbornly follows Kyoya around, never giving up on their friendship. For the sake of Kyoya, Benkei can endure a lot - no matter how harshly he is treated, he will wordlessly forgive it. He is also a very determined Blader, and does not give up easily in hard situations.
Benkei is a former member of the "Face Hunters" gang. As a part of this group, he acted ruthlessly and didn't shy down from hurting weaker and smaller children. This largely changes after he befriends Kenta and Benkei begins helping out other. Coincidentally, he was removed from the Face Hunters exactly because of this side.
As a loud and expressive person, Benkei sometimes gets into fights with his friends, but he doesn't seem able to hold a grudge for long. He is a very loyal friend, not only to Kyoya, but also increasingly to the rest of the group. Despite the fact that he can sometimes be rather naive, his friendship is rightfully held in high regard by most.
Beyblade: Metal Fusion
In Metal Fusion Benkei is first seen in a gang called the Face Hunters, a gang of mischievous Bladers, that battle opponents to steal their Bey points. After Kenta Yumiya had defeated his opponent in a Bey battle,during a tornment awaiting him were Benkei and 3 other member from the Face Hunters, ready to steal his points. Benkei pressures Kenta into battling him, Kenta, refusing to battle because what they were doing was wrong, had no other choice. Meanwhile Benkei and Kenta battle and just before Benkei was about to deliver the finishing move, Gingka Hagane appears and interrupts the battle and saves Kenta from a brutal defeat. Benkei furiously challenges Gingka and the remaining Face Hunters join into the battle to give Gingka a handicap. But Gingka easily defeats them and Benkei retreats, swearing that he will pay Gingka back for what he did. Benkei and the gang retreat to their leader Kyoya Tategami and tell him what has happened. But Kyoya is not pleased that they lost and tells them that they should challenge Gingka again and defeat him by whatever means necessary. Near the river where Gingka is taking a nap, he awakens to see Benkei and a group of Face Hunters, awaiting him to battle. Benkei takes Gingka to an old construction site and he gives Gingka a 100 vs 1 handicap, and Gingka accepts the challenge. Gingka defeats Benkei and he retreats from the battlefield once again. Due to his idol Kyoya losing to Ginga Doji takes Kyoya away to train and get stronger, Doji later gave Dark Bull to Benkei and told him to defeat Ginga making Koyaya get back sooner. After training with Bull and beating some Face Hunters, he still lost to Gingka. Benkei found Tetsuya Watarigani, a Blader who was obsessed with crabs (Owner of Dark/Mad Gasher/Cancer), and asked him to set a crab trap on Gingka. Tetsuya then captured Madoka and used her as bait for Gingka. Benkei, however, set Madoka free, believing that you should play fair to battle someone. Later on, Benkei found Hikaru Hasama (owner of Storm Aquario), and asked her to beat Gingka. Hikaru searched the city for Gingka, but because he was sick, Kenta replaced him and said he was Gingka. Kenta was badly beaten multiple times by Hikaru until he lost all of his Beypoints, and Benkei who was appalled by Kenta's defeat(s) decided to train Kenta to make him more powerful as a Blader. Here's when Benkei becomes more mature and "good". His voice becomes more high-pitched and he becomes friendly to the gang but doesn't admit their friendship. Benkei helped Kenta master his special move and so Kenta defeated Hikaru. At the end of the same episode, Tetsuya snitches on Benkei and tells the face hunters that Benkei helped Kenta, and so he was kicked out. At this time Kyoya was away and Tetsuya tries to be in charge of the Face Hunters. However, later Kyoya returns disbands the Face Hunters with the gang telling the ex Facehunter what happned, reganing friendship with the gang and Benkei and Kenta team up on a battle against Kyoya and they lose miserably. Kyoya tells them to find Gingka and he wanted to battle him one more time. However, Benkei had collapsed so Kenta carried him to B-Pit where they found Gingka and Madoka. They make Benkei rest and he weakly tells Gingka to battle Kyoya and bring back his Bladers spirit, Gingka agrees and Benkei collapses satisfied. They think he is dead and nearly start crying but then Benkei starts snoring. Later that episode Gingka was losing but Benkei had quickly recovered and started cheering him on. As this happens Gingka defeated Kyoya. Doji then shows up and knocks over a sculpture which was going to hit Kenta and Madoka but Benkei aids them. Next Benkei follows Gingka when he follows Doji. Benkei is helping Gingka infiltrate the Dark Nebula and then watching Gingka lose to Ryuga, Gingka's all time rival. Benkei is seen as a main character and during the survival tournament he Kenta and Hikaru are defeated by Yuu and his Libra. Benkei also enters battle Bladers and various tournaments. Benkei is seen battling Tetsuya Watarigani and loses due to Tetsuya's cheating which Gingka uses to beat Tetsyua. In the Battle Bladers tournament after deafting Tobo in the first round he finally has a chance to battle against Kyoya and show him how much he's improved. Despite the fact that he loses, Kyoya acknowledges his progress, which makes Benkei incredibly happy.
By the time of Gingka's final battle with Ryuga, Benkei is there to cheer him on although Ryuga beats Benkei bad before the final.
Beyblade: Metal Masters
Benkei appears in the Selection Matches for Team Gan Gan Galaxy, but fails to join. He then joins Team Wild Fang as their 4th Blader, the substitute, alongside Kyoya Tategami, Nile, and Demure. In the team, Benkei appears as the Masked Bull, trying to be anonymous. Wild Fang wins the first and tied in the second round but lose to Gan Gan Galaxy in the third. In particular, Benkei fights in a tag team battle with Demure, but loses against Tsubasa and Yu.
Finally he joins the fight to destroy the Spiral Force located in Hades City, alongside team Gan Gan Galaxy, Wild Fang, Excalibur and Wang Zhu Zhong. By this time, he's taken off his mask and acts as Benkei again.
Beyblade: Metal Fury
Benkei has remained best friends with Kyoya until Kyoya ran away due to his anger of being teased by the Legendary Blader of Saturn, Aguma, which causes Benkei to train hard to try to become a Legendary Blader so that he can one day impress Kyoya again and that they can travel together. They became best friends again after Kyoya saw the errors of his ways and his anger subsided (which made Benkei jump for joy). In the final battle he gives Gingka his power to beat Nemesis and save the world. He then watches Gignka and Kyoya battle cheering for his friend.
Beyblade: Shogun Steel
Benkei appears in Beyblade: Zero-G as the owner of the fast-food restaurant Bull Burger that Zero Kurogane and Maru seem to enjoy. As a registered WBBA Coach, he agrees to help Zyro train in "Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G: Episode 2" to become strong enough to defeat Shinobu Hiryuin and Ninja Salamander SW145SD. He later then trains the whole gang. He then start a new traning program with other bladers after Zero wins Neo battle bladers.
- Heat Leone Benkei's first Beyblade. It is a balance type bey that is later replaced by Dark Bull. It is only seen in Metal Fusion in the first 3 episodes.
- Dark Bull Benkei primary Beyblade in most of the Metal Saga. It was given to him by Doji in Metal Fusion.
- Bull Uppercut: Bull goes underneath the targets spin track to uppercut it into the air with the horns, causing the target to loose control and crash.
- Red Horn Uppercut: Bull digs itself under the ground to make it underneath the opponent, then Bull will use its amp; horns to uppercut the opponent.
- Tornado Bull Uppercut: Bull goes underneath the bey to tip itself and uppercut the opponent, but Bull follows up by following through while in the air to uppercut the opponent further into the sky, giving it no chance of recovering in the air, but adds an added risk to Bull's landing as well.
- Maximum Stampede: Bull uses all of its raw attack power in one attack; the raw energy materializes into a flaming aura that represents the incredible attack power of the head on assault.
|Beyblade: Metal Fusion|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF001||No Outcome|
|Gingka Hagane (Tag w/ 4 Face Hunters)||MF001||Lose|
|Gingka Hagane (Tag w/ 99 Face Hunters)||MF001||Lose|
|Kyoya Tategami (Tag w/ 5 Face Hunters)||MF002||Lose|
|Doji (Tag w/ 5 Face Hunters)||MF003||Lose|
|Kyoya Tategami (Flashback)||MF004||Lose|
|4 Face Hunters||MF004||Win|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF007||Win (many times)|
|Kyoya Tategami (Tag w/ Kenta Yumiya)||MF009||Lose|
|Dark Nebula beyblades (Tag with Gingka, Kenta, and Kyoya)||MF011||Win|
|Giant Beyblade (tag with Gingka, Kenta and Kyoya)||MF012||Win|
|Dark Nebula Bladers (Tag w/ Gingka, Kyoya, & Kenta)||MF012||No Outcome|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF019||No outcome|
|Osamu and Takashi (tag with Kenta)||MF019||Win|
|Gingka Hagane (tag with Kenta)||MF019||No Outcome|
|Unknown Bladers (tag with Kenta)||MF019||Win|
|4 Unknown Bladers||MF020||Win|
|Tetsuya Watarigani (Tag w/ Kenta, Osamu, Takashi, & Akira)||MF020||Win|
|Yu Tendo, Kenta Yumiya, Hikaru Hasama||MF021-MF022||Lose|
|Gingka Hagane, Kyoya Tategami, Kenta Yumiya, Hikaru Hasama, Hyoma, Osamu, Takashi, Akira Tetsuya Watarigani||MF023||Lose|
|Ryuga, 98 Unknown Bladers||MF035||Lose|
|Beyblade: Metal Masters|
|Multiple Unknown Bladers||MM004||Win|
|Japanese Selection Match||MM004||Lose (5th place)|
|Gingka Hagane/ Kenta Yumiya||MM006||Lose|
|Tsubasa Otori and Yu Tendo (Tag w/ Demure)||MM022||Lose|
|Selen Garcia and Enzo Garcia (Tag w/ Kenta Yumiya, Demure, Mei-Mei, Chao Xin, & Chi-yun Li)||MM045||Win|
|Ian Garcia and HD Bladers (Tag w/ Team Wild Fang)||MM046||Win|
|Beyblade: Metal Fury|
|Kyoya Tategami||4D002||Lose (Flashback)|
|Two Tournament Bladers (Tag w/ Kyoya Tategami)||4D009||Win|
|Johannes and Motti (Tag w/ Kyoya Tategami)||4D010||Win|
|Aguma and Bao (Tag w/ Kyoya Tategami)||4D011||Lose|
|Johannes, Bao, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Nile and Demure)||4D019||Win|
|Aguma, Bao, Johannes, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Gingka Hagane, Kyoya Tategami, Dynamis, Yuki Mizusawa, Nile, and Demure)||4D022||No Outcome|
|Multiple Tornment Bladers||4D023||Win|
|Chris, Aguma, Bao, and Beylin Fist (tag with Gingka, King, Yuki, Zeo and Toby)||4D026||No Outcome|
|Johannes, Bao, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Toby and Zeo Abyss)||4D033- 4D035||No Outcome|
|Ryuga (Tag w/ Toby, Zeo, Johannes Bao and Beylin fist)||4D035||Lose|
|Kyoya Tategami||4D041||No Outcome|
- In the English dub, he always says "B-b-b-b-b-b-bull!" before launching his Bey as a quote.
- He is the only member of Team Wild Fang who doesn't use a plain 145 spin track.
- He is also the only member who doesn't use a Defense-type Beyblade.
- He is the only main character from the 'Metal Fusion' series, along with Yu Tendo, Tsubasa Otori, and Hikaru Hasama to not have his Beyblade 'evolve'.
- Between all Metal Saga characters, Benkei is the one of two characters based from Japanese historical figure of the same name. In real history, he was a warrior monk who serve Minamoto no Yoshitsune.
- His clothing is similar to real life wrestler Hiroyoshi Yamamoto (ring name: Hiroyoshi Tenzan) in Yakuza 6. Interestingly, much like Benkei himself, he was nicknamed "Fierce Bull" in the ring.