Fallin’ for the Love of Ballin’ - Let’s Play Bakugan: Defenders of the Core



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Bakugan Battle Brawlers is a Japanese-Canadian animated series made to help advertise the strategic miniatures and card game Bakugan developed by Sega Toys and Spin Masters. The series began airing in 2007 and, while it was a commercial failure in Japan, Bakugan found significant popularity in Canada and the United States. This prompted Canadian co-producer Nelvana Animation to commission three more seasons of the show, which would continue to air until 2012. A reboot of the series, Bakugan: Battle Planet, started airing at the end of 2018 to coincide with the release of the trading card game of the same name.

Bakugan: Defenders of the Core is an action-adventure game released in 2010 for the seventh generation of consoles. Unlike the previous video game in the series, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Defenders of the Core is less interested in emulating the real-life game of Bakugan and instead provides a more traditional video game experience. The game is split between stealth-adventure sections where you play as a human character, and arena battles focusing on collectible kaiju-sized Bakugan. It actually comes off as an inspired adaptation of something as cynical as an anime based on a toy franchise, providing a simplified but still feature-rich series of video game systems for children and also me to enjoy.

While Bakugan’s plot originally dealt with common shonen anime plot beats about how power corrupts and the importance of reconciling differences between people, its second arc, New Vestroia, aims for higher ambitions. Defenders of the Core takes place in a game-exclusive scenario during the events of New Vestroia. The player takes control of a customizable avatar who has to use his Bakugan battling abilities to bring peace to an alternate reality being threatened by the Vestals, a race of people who have enacted colonialism on the Bakugan home planet of New Vestroia and are now aiming to take over Earth. It’ll make sense later, I promise.

I’m ChorpSaway and growing up with a brother much younger than I has given me an odd sort of fondness for this series. I also think this game is genuinely good and an example of a strong anime tie-in game, especially as a children’s anime tie-in. Joining me are my fellow brawlers TheJayOfSpade, FutureFriend and Taoc, who have no knowledge or appreciation for Bakugan as a franchise. Together we’re going to save the world of New Vestroia and learn a little something about friendship and self-respect along the way.

I will be completing the story mode and showing off all the playable Bakugan, as well as getting all of the collectibles in the game.

Look, I get it, we’re playing a kid action game based on a toy franchise and it’s very silly. That said, I’d like to keep the tone of the thread more light-hearted; I don’t need anyone going hard in on Bakugan just because it’s a ploy to get kids to buy toys. We were all into stuff like this as children, none of you are free from sin.


:siren: LET’S GET THIS STARTED! :siren:

It’s time to start a new adventure into the world of licensed anime games, and this time we even get to be an OC, lovingly crafted by yours truly! After a simulation battle goes awry, our character finds himself in a dimension much unlike his own. The Earth is in danger, and the Bakugan Resistance is much more worse for wear. With everyone else out of commission, can our cynical MC learn to love Bakugan and brawl for the fate of humanity?



Bakugan is like, right up there with Battle B-Daman and Beyblade in “ridiculously stupid and fun anime about toys that start with the letter B” and I love it. I know Bakugan the least, so this’ll be fun to watch.

Having watched it: Damn this game looks good actually. Not like, perfect by any stretch, but definitely worth a rental.

Concerning American companies taking over or commissioning more seasons, the biggest example of that is Ultimate Muscle/Kinnikuman Nisei, where they basically revived the series in Japan! I mention this only because I fucking love Ultimate Muscle.


You gotta hand it to Shadow, he has a clear excitement for his job and doesn’t let failure get him down.

edit: Regarding the colonialist group Vestal. You do not, under any circumstances, “gotta hand it to them.”


:siren: SUPER UPDATE TIME! :siren:

While we may have saved Japan for now, there are other parts of the world being corrupted by the Vexos Crystals! It’s time to visit jolly ol’ England, but we have no time to enjoy the sights and sounds as we’re immediately thrust into another conflict! And things get even weirder for poor Chorps as he learns more about his destiny in this alternate world!

:siren: WOW, A PODCAST! :siren:


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It’s finally time for us to count down the greatest, and maybe not so greatest, anime of 2018! Joined by JordanKai once again, we spend a staggering four hours going over everything we thought of the previous year of anime, and look forward to 2019 with bright eyes!


I do absolutely love the design of the Bakugan. They look really cool, even the mooks like these umbrella crab mechs.