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 challenges Gingka a 100 vs 1 battle, and Gingka accepts the challenge without getting worried. Gingka defeats Benkei and his gang and he retreats from the battlefield once again.
Due to his idol Kyoya losing to Ginga Doji contacted Kyoya and his gang taking them to a foggy location. Doji wanted Kyoya to join him which Kyoya refused. Doji however challenges Kyoya to a Beybattle, but his Face Hunters gang steps in to test Doji's strength in a battle first. Benkei and the other Face Hunters challenge Doji, but when he takes out his Dark Wolf Bey, Benkei remarks that it's "rare". Even with Doji outnumbered by a few opponents, his vicious Wolf easily takes Benkei and the others down. Kyoya loses to Doji soon after and is thus taken away.
Doji later gave Dark Bull to Benkei and told him to defeat Gingka so Kyoya can return faster. 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 happened, regaining 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. He joins Kenta, Kyoya and Madokia to Koma Village where they meet Hyoma. Benkei is seen as a main character and during the survival tournament he Kenta and Hikaru are defeated by Yu Tendo 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. He later partakes in a challenge match where he watches Gingka beat Ryutaro Fukami. Later he battles Tsubasa Otori and loses to him quickly. 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 though Kenta and makoka know it his him. Benkei did not battle against Team Chandora though it was Team Wild Fang's thrid round in the tournament, due to Nile and Kyoya's consecutive victory. During Team Wild Fang's match against Team GanGan Galaxy Nile defeated Masamune Kadoya allowing Team Wild Fang to gain the lead. Then the match between Gingka and Kyoya ends in a tie. Next Beneki would team up with Demure to face Tsubasa Otori and Yu Tendo. Demure and Benkei had the advantage until Tsubasa lost control and caused all of them to spin out except him. After Kyoya loses to Gingka and Masamune alongside Nile he gets upset. Later he leaves with Kyoya to do training and watches the final battle of the world champion ships. During GanGan Galaxy's final match with Team Star Breaker Ryuga returns which sparks Kyoya's interest to investigate so he along with Nile, Benkei and Demure head to America to see if something bigger was going on.
During their time in America Dr. Ziggurat reveals the Spiral Force as Gingka and Co. try to stop him. He and Demure join in a battle helping Kenta, Mei-Mei, Chao Xin, and Chi-yun Li battle Selen Garcia and Enzo Garcia thus beating them.
He then 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. In an attempt to escape with the Spiral Force Dr.Ziggurat launches Hades City and during that launch Benkei along with the rest of Team Wild Fang rush to get aboard. They are intercepted by Team Garcias who they battle alongside several beybladers from HD Academy.
Benkei along with Nile, Kyoya and Demure defeat Ian Garcia and his band of HD Academy Bladers but are too late in boarding Hades City leaving them behind. He then arrives alongside Kenta to great Gingka and the others after they saved Faust and the world.
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 starts a new training program with other bladers such as Akuya Onizaki after Zero wins Neo battle bladers. When Kira Hayama and DNA start attacking Benkei tells Zero that they will win.
Kyoya Tategami: Benkei has a great relationship with Kyoya, whom he looks up to. Benkei was originally part of the Face Hunters when Kyoya abandoned them. Benkei cries out, "That's my Kyoya!", whenever Kyoya does something great. Benkei is sometimes get over protective, but thats just because he and Kyoya are really good buddy's.
Kenta Yumiya: Benkei views Kenta as a "little brother" type figure and is protective of him. In Metal Fusion, when he see's Kenta losing badly with Hikaru, he comes to aid Kenta and he gives him the "Secret Training", with which Kenta is able to later defeat Hikaru Hasama. He cared for him when Kenta's hand was fractured due to Tetsuya's trap.
Yu Tendo Benkei did not like Yu very well due to his strange behavior and being a member of the Dark Nebula. However, Yu got along well with him and the other members of Gingka's gang. Yu told Benkei that he was very disappointed that Benkei had been defeated by Tsubasa. After Yu left the Dark Nebula, their relationship improved and they became friends. As shown in the movie, they sometimes spend time together and with Kenta.
- 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's 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 lose 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|
|Unknown Bladers (Tag w/ 99 Face Hunters)||Offscreen||Win|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF001||No Outcome (interrupted by Gingka)|
|Gingka Hagane (Tag w/ 4 Face Hunters)||MF001||Lose|
|Gingka Hagane (Tag w/ 99 Face Hunters)||MF001||Lose (due to opponents blader sprit)|
|Kyoya Tategami (Tag w/ 5 Face Hunters)||MF002||Lose|
|Doji (Tag w/ 5 Face Hunters)||MF003||Lose|
|Kyoya Tategami (Flashback)||MF004||Lose (many times)|
|4 Face Hunters||MF004||Win|
|Gingka Hagane||MF004||Lose (due to starblast attack)|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF007||Win (many times)|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF009||Lose (wasn't focused)|
|Kyoya Tategami (Tag w/ Kenta)||MF009||Lose (due to opponents training)|
|Dark Nebula Beyblades (Tag w/ Gingka, Kenta, and Kyoya)||MF011||Win|
|Giant Beyblade (Tag w/ Gingka, Kenta and Kyoya)||MF012||Win (due to forming a circle)|
|Dark Nebula Bladers (Tag w/ Gingka, Kyoya, and Kenta)||MF012||No Outcome (interrupted by Ryuga)|
|Hyoma||MF016||Lose (due to opponent switching the performance tip)|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF018||No outcome|
|Kenta Yumiya||MF019||No outcome (parts were switched)|
|Osamu and Takashi (Tag w/ Kenta)||MF019||Win|
|Gingka Hagane (Tag w/ Kenta)||MF019||No Outcome|
|2 Unknown Bladers (Tag w/ Kenta)||MF019||Win|
|4 Survival Battle Bladers||MF020||Win|
|Tetsuya Watarigani (Tag w/ Kenta, Osamu, Takashi, and Akira)||MF020||Win (due to ganging up)|
|Yu Tendo, Kenta Yumiya, Hikaru Hasama||MF021-MF022||Lose (due to ant lion trap)|
|Gingka Hagane, Kyoya Tategami, Kenta Yumiya, Hikaru Hasama, Hyoma, Osamu, Takashi, Akira Tetsuya Watarigani||MF023||Lose (due to starblast attack)|
|Tetsuya Watarigani||MF028||Lose (due to opponent cheating)|
|Tsubasa Otori||MF031||Lose (due to looking away)|
|Ryuga, 98 Tournament Bladers||MF035||Lose|
|Tobio Oike||MF040||Win (due to capricorn using his special move)|
|Kyoya Tategami||MF043||Lose (due to opponent dogging Bull's attack)|
|Beyblade: Metal Masters|
|Tournament Blader (1st round)||MM001||Win (offscreen)|
|Tournament Blader (2nd round)||MM001||Win (offscreen)|
|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 (due to Tsubassa's dark power)|
|Selen Garcia and Enzo Garcia (Tag w/ Kenta, Mei-Mei, Chao Xin, and Chi-yun)||MM045||Win|
|Ian Garcia and HD Academy Bladers (Tag w/ Team Wild Fang)||MM046||Win|
|Metal Fight Beyblade vs Sun: Sol Blaze|
|Masamune Kadoya||Lose (due to lighting sword flash)|
|Helios (Tag w/ Masamune, Yu, and Unknown bladers)||Lose|
|Helios (Tag w/ Masamune, Yu, Teru and Unknown bladers)||Lose|
|Helios (Tag w/ Yu and Kenta)||Lose|
|Beyblade: Metal Fury|
|Kyoya Tategami||4D002||Lose (due to opponents new power)|
|Kyoya Tategami||4D002||Lose (Flashback)|
|ToRyumon Round 1 Bladers (Tag w/ Kyoya)||4D009||Win|
|Johannes and Motti (Tag w/ Kyoya)||4D010||Win (due to king Lion crushing fang) (eliminated)|
|Aguma and Bao (Tag w/ Kyoya)||4D011||Lose (due to ring of Distriction)|
|Johannes, Bao, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Nile and Demure)||4D019||Win (due to determination)|
|Aguma, Bao, Johannes, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Gingka, Kyoya, Dynamis, Yuki, Nile, and Demure)||4D022||No Outcome (due to Kyoyas rage) (eliminated)|
|Multiple Beystar Island Bladers||4D023||Win|
|Beystar Island Bladers||4D025||Win|
|Yuki Mizusawa||4D025||No outcome (tournament ended)|
|Chris, Aguma, Bao, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Gingka, King, Yuki, Zeo and Toby)||4D026||No Outcome (interrupted by Ryuga)|
|Johannes, Bao, and Beylin Fist (Tag w/ Toby and Zeo)||4D033- 4D035||No Outcome (interrupted by Ryuga)|
|Kyoya Tategami||4D041||No Outcome (earthquake)|
- Episode 01: Pegasus Has Landed
- Episode 02: Leone's Roar
- Episode 03: The Wolf's Ambition
- Episode 04: charge bull power
- Episode 08: Merci's Dangerous Trap
- Episode 09: Leone's Counterattack
- Episode 10: Heated Battle! Gingka Versus Kyoya
- Episode 11: Chase the Wolf!
- Episode 12: Infiltrate! The Dark Nebula's Castle!
- Episode 13: L-Drago Awakens!
- Episode 14: Memories of Ryo
- Episode 15: The Mysterious Hyoma
- Episode 16: The Magnificent Aries
- Episode 17: The Silver Pegasus
- Episode 18: The Green Hades
- Episode 20: Begin! The Survival Battle
- Episode 21: Warriors on the Deserted Island
- Episode 22: The Fearsome Libra
- Episode 23: The Road to Battle Bladers
- Episode 24: The Beautiful Eagle
- Episode 27: Intruders in the Challenge Match
- Episode 30: The Bewitching Pisces
- Episode 31: The Twin Gemios
- Episode 32: The Stormy Battle Royale
- Episode 33: The Oath of the Phoenix
- Episode 38: Run, Gingka!
- Episode 39: Clash! The Fireblaze vs. The Pegasus
- Episode 40: GO! Battle Bladers!
- Episode 41: The Serpent's Terror
- Episode 42: The Dragon's Punishment
- Episode 43: The Deck is Stacked
- Episode 44: Entrusted Emotions
- Episode 45: Eagle Counterattacks
- Episode 46: Libra Disappears
- Episode 47: Bonds of Steel
- Episode 48: The Truth about Light and Darkness
- Episode 49: Fierce Battle! Lion vs. Dragon
- Episode 50: The Furious Final Battle!
- Episode 51: Blader's Spirit
- Episode 04: Ticket to the World
- Episode 05: Final Battle! Leone VS Aquila
- Episode 06: Soar Into the World!
- Episode 09: The World Championships Begin!
- Episode 19: The Shocking Wild Fang
- Episode 20: Horuseus VS. Striker
- Episode 21: Eternal Rivals
- Episode 22: The Third Match: On The Edge
- Episode 23: The End Of A Fierce Struggle!
- Episode 24: The Creeping Darkness
- Episode 40: The Furious DJ Battle!?
- Episode 41: The Final Countdown
- Episode 42: The Dragon Emperor Descends
- Episode 43: Spirits' Last Battle
- Episode 44: Showdown! Gingka vs. Damian
- Episode 45: The Miraculous Spiral Force
- Episode 46: Charge! Hades City
- Episode 50: Rampage! Tempo
- Episode 51: Galaxy Heart
- Episode 01: Star Fragment
- Episode 02: Legendary Blader
- Episode 03: The Monster Cat, Lynx
- Episode 04: L-Drago Destructor
- Episode 05: Awaken Anubias!
- Episode 06: Requirements of a Warrior!
- Episode 07: Kenta's Determination
- Episode 08: The Crimson Flash
- Episode 09: The Greatest Tag-Team Tournament
- Episode 10: A New Roar
- Episode 11: Cosmic Tornado
- Episode 12: The Saturn God: Kronos
- Episode 13: Showdown at the Tower of Babel!
- Episode 14: The New Team Dungeon
- Episode 15: Destroyer Dome
- Episode 16: Finished! The New Striker
- Episode 17: I am the Champion!
- Episode 18: The Labyrinth of Mist Mountain
- Episode 19: The Lion's Pride
- Episode 20: Dynamis, Guardian of the Shrine
- Episode 21: The Legend of Nemesis' Revival
- Episode 22: The Bladers of the Four Seasons
- Episode 27: The Lion in the Wilderness (Part 1)
- Episode 34: The Child of Nemesis (Part 2)
- Episode 35: Four Hearts (Part 1)
- Episode 36: Four Hearts (Part 2)
- Episode 37: Come Together Legendary Bladers! (Part 1)
- Episode 38: Zeus' Barrier
- Episode 39: Diablo Nemesis (Part 1)
- Episode 40: Diablo Nemesis (Part 2)
- Episode 41: To the Final Battleground (Part 1)
- Episode 42: To the Final Battleground (Part 2)
- Episode 49: Hades' Persistence (Part 1)
- Episode 50: Hades' Persistence (Part 2)
- Episode 51: A Ray of Hope (Part 1)
- Episode 52: A Ray of Hope (Part 2)
- 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, Kyoya, Hikaru, Tsubassa and Yu were the only members of Gingka's gang to be former antagonists.
- 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'.
- Benkei is similar to the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX character, Tyranno Hassleberry, as both have a similar hairstyle, both are muscular, and both were former bullies until they meet the main characters and became main characters.
- Despite the fact that it was Doji that gave him Dark Bull, Benkei is very attached to his bey. In fact, Gingka and the others never learn that Doji was the one who gave him Dark Bull.
- He seems to have a rivalry with Tsubassa has they have fought four times in the saga.
- When Blader DJ announces Benkei's name he says: "B-b-b-b-Benkei!!", which might appear as mocking him.
- 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.