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Bakugan Battle Brawlers (爆丸バトルブローラーズ, Bakugan Batoru Burōrāzu?) is a Japanese-Canadian action adventure television series produced by TMS Entertainment and Nelvana Animation under the direction of Mitsuo Hashimoto. Though initially a failure in Japan, the series became popular in the United States and Canada, prompting the creation/order of several follow-up seasons, (New Vestroia, and Gundalian Invaders) which aired in other countries before Japan. The fourth and final season, Mechtanium Surge, was never broadcast in Japan and instead aired in Canadian and U.S. markets. The Bakugan franchise are co-productions from Spin Master and Sega Toys, with animation by TMS Entertainment and Nelvana Animation.
A reboot series called Baku Tech! Bakugan which featured the characters from the manga of the same name aired on TV Tokyo from April 7, 2012 to March 30, 2013. It was followed by a sequel series called Baku Tech! Bakugan Gachi which ran from April 6, 2013 to December 28, 2013.
Spin Master has currently announced a new reboot for the franchise.
In the parallel world of Vestroia, a power-hungry Bakugan (a small marble magnetic sphere which when thrown on a gate card turns into a highly strong and powerful warrior) named Naga decides to absorb the energy of the two opposing cores that preserve the balance and peace in Vestroia. However he absorbed too much power and energy found within the Silent Core, the source of negative energy. The Infinity Core, the source of positive energy had been absorbed by Wavern.
The story centers on five friends who find metallic cards which have fallen from the sky or to be more precise, Vestroia itself. They name themselves the Bakugan Battle Brawlers and consist of seven children: Dan, Shun, Runo, Marucho, Julie, Alice, and later Joe. Together they learn more about the origin of the Bakugan, Vestroia, the game involving them, and the battle against Hal-G, Masquerade and Naga.
In New Vestroia, Dan, Marucho, and Shun are called to the newly restored Vestroia to stop an evil group known as the Vexos who invaded it. They allied with three new brawlers named Mira, Ace, and Baron in order to stop the Vexos from taking over New Vestroia, and possibly, the whole universe.
In Gundalian Invaders Dan, Marucho and Shun get caught up in a war between two different alien factions in another universe, and teaming up with three of the top brawlers from Neathia. Fabia, Ren and Jake, in order to stop the evil Gundalian Protectors, the Twelve Orders from destroying Neathia, and possibly, Earth.
In Mechtanium Surge