Beyblade: Spinning Tops (2023)

These children could use their toys to save the world, but they would rather play.

Kathy Le, Staff Reporter|December 28, 2022

Original artwork by Kathy Le

The protagonists of the three main Beyblade sagas – Tyson Granger (left), Gingka Hagane (middle), and Valt Aoi (right) – hold three, two, and one fingers up to represent the phrase – “3, 2, 1, let it rip!” – bladers recite this phrase before playing.

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Imagine a world where Rasputin uses dark magic to create a children’s toy and Moses uses a similar toy to part the Red Sea. This is the reality of the Beyblade anime.

Beyblade is a commercial anime made with the sole purpose of advertising the titular toy franchise. It is very successful, with three main seasons – each with smaller installments and two with movies – as well as three spin-offs.

The name “Beyblade” applies to both the anime and the toy it promotes, with the latter being a small top consisting of 3-4 layers. The game is played by using launchers to propel the beys, short for the physical beyblades, readying them for battle against others.

As of now, there are three sagas of Beyblade toys, each adapted into an anime season: Original or Plastic, Metal, and Burst. Before Burst, a blader – someone who plays with beyblades – could only win in a “Ring Out” Finish by pushing the opponent’s bey out of the stadium or in a “Spin” Finish by preventing the opponent’s bey from spinning. Burst introduced beyblades with intentionally removable layers; the opponent’s bey could be “burst” by force, separating the layers in a “Burst” Finish.

The game is quite simple, but the problem lies within the way the anime defies the laws of physics and logic to become more entertaining. Anime is not known for being realistic, but when the sales of a product are at stake, it is wise to stay true to the source material.

Training methods and the beybattles, the actual battles when beyblades are used, are the main culprits of this problem of defiance.

Characters in the anime will often undergo extreme and borderline unnecessary training for preparation. The most common example is constant weight wearing, which realistically leads to more soreness than strength gain.

Kai Hiwatari, the “rival” character in the Original saga’s installment, Beyblade G-Revolution, dons a weighted scarf that can shockingly crush solid concrete and metal. However, the ends of the scarf flow in the wind, suggesting that only the front is weighed. His scarf is very over-the-top, and he surprises many other characters whenever he decides to rip it off and destroy property.

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Similarly, Wakiya Murasaki, one of the main characters, and Ranjiro Kiyama, the “best friend” character, sport weighted vests and cuffs in Beyblade Burst. They wear them every day, which is not healthy in the slightest because of the aforementioned soreness.

Free de la Hoya, the morally gray “Number One Blader” from Beyblade Burst Evolution, trains by attempting to move a huge boulder twice his size, claiming, “You can’t rise to the top if you don’t find your own limits and push them.” He, being an 11 year old, struggles, and is depicted yelling and sweating copiously. Lifting too much weight can cause muscle damage, which is bad for both Free. As a minor criticism, he and several other Burst characters run, which seems useless for beyblade.

One of the most extravagant examples of training comes from Kyoya Tategami, the rival in Beyblade: Metal Masters, when he willingly jumps into several tornadoes in order to “master” them, much to the dismay of his friends. Kyoya’s desire makes sense considering his bey harnesses the ability to create tornadoes, but this method is risky [EP 72].

Kyoya had trained in preparation for an upcoming battle in the World Championship against his rival and the main character, Gingka Hagane. During this battle, both characters used their special moves and sustained several injuries, and they eventually passed out due to the intensity of the battle. Other characters are worried by their passing out and urge them to rest. Yet the two did not rest.

Beybattles are meant to be the focal point of the show, so clearly they have to be entertaining. One of the ways this is achieved is through special moves accompanied by visual effects.

G-Revolution’s action-packed finale featured main character Tyson Granger and main villain Brooklyn, whose battle produced several whirlwinds that destroyed buildings and scattered the debris. Brooklyn then sprouted black angel wings and began ascending, one assumes, to Heaven. Tyson, wanting to continue their battle, floated (no wings needed) himself and his bey up to meet Brooklyn. The battle continued, with the two traversing different dimensions, which should not be happening with a supposed terrestrial and non-destructive game.

This may not seem so outlandish, considering the importance of a finale, but other battles and special moves are also quite intense. In one regular battle of G-Revolution, the bladers’ special moves combine to create large amounts of green lighting and a huge crater [EP 37].

Characters in the Metal Saga’s anime also harness powerful moves such as summoning crabs, turning the stadium into sand, and controlling gravity, probably breaking “at least one law of physics,” as Maria Gil ’23 said. These powers are, despite attempts of scientific justification in the anime, not comprehensible as something a spinning top could feasibly accomplish.

The Metal Masters installment surprisingly acknowledges this strangely destructive power through its main villain, Dr. Ziggurat. Dr. Ziggurat is fully aware of the intensity of a bey’s power and its potential, so he sensibly decides that this power should be used for something more substantial than a children’s game.

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Once this repurposed energy was ready, Ziggurat decided to demonstrate it by annihilating a whole forest and making a city fly. These destructive attacks were not the best idea, but they were an effective example. Ziggurat claimed the power could end the current energy crisis, yet he planned to sell it off to the highest bidder [EP 96].

Considering the destruction that occurs when normally using beys, this seemed like an excellent alternative. However, Ziggurat was not concerned with the buyer’s intent, so the main characters had to stop him because “beyblade is for fun,” choosing personal enjoyment over world benefits.

In comparison, burst is a lot tamer, with smaller stadiums and younger characters, albeit, the damage (mostly) switches from the surrounding area to the bladers. Rival Shu Kurnei has a scar over his right eye from when anti-hero Lui Shirosagi heartlessly flung Shu’s bey at him. This was broadcast on live television and no one stopped Lui or helped Shu.

Shu has also broken his arm on more than one occasion, which should not be happening during a children’s game. Free and Ranjiro have, too, broken their arms on other occasions.

Additionally, Burst utilizes launches – which had been uniform in Original and Metal – to increase entertainment. The first unique launch was main character Valt Aoi’s Rush Launch, where his launcher is slightly angled down, allowing the delivery of a barrage of quick attacks [EP 1].

This is not very exciting, but the launches quickly become more intense; during Japan’s National Competition, Valt jumps at least 16 feet in his Runaway Launch. He should not be able to do this as an 11 year old. The show actually acknowledges how dangerous this is, as Valt injures his hands upon using them to stabilize his landing.

Three seasons afterwards, in Beyblade Burst Rise, returning main character Aiger Akabane copies the Runaway Launch, although he decides to be “so incredibly extra,” in the words of Mollie Ehrenberg ’23. He does a quick run, follows into a one-handed handstand, transitions into a high backflip, a 1080° spin mid-air, and finally launches while still suspended. 12 year olds should not be able to do this.

Although, considering how these, and all the other, bladers run, jump, kick, spin, twist, turn, throw their launchers (which they have to catch to launch), and do several more flashy moves to build-up their launches, their training by running is somewhat rationalized.

These launches are, clearly, difficult to perform in real life, as are the special moves. However, something different that translates well from anime to toy is the unique ability of each bey. Initially, the toys were made first, then adapted into the anime. Though, as the anime gained popularity, it began to create its own beys and powers that had to be cleverly incorporated into the toys.

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Some of the anime’s beys hold a rare and powerful ability to “spin-steal,” where the bey can increase its own speed at the cost of its opponents’ speed. When these beys are produced, they are manufactured with rubber parts – which have shock-absorbing properties – enabling them to effectively spin-steal.

Other special features, such as a suction cup performance tip – the bottom of the bey that touches the stadium – and a 23 millimeter spin track – the piece above the performance tip – translate very well into successful powers.

In addition to these characteristics, the customizability provides another fun component; bladers can reassemble beys with new parts and experiment. [Note: Takara Tomy and Hasbro both produce Beyblades. Parts from their sets are not interchangeable.]

Moreover, sometimes special beyblades are created. A surprising collaboration between Beyblade and Hello Kitty resulted in Takara Tomy’s Astral Hello Kitty [Over Revolve’-0]. Hasbro also launches exclusive beys, and Magma Ifritor [17 Ciquex-Q-Jaggy-Q+Wave-G03] was the first one to appear in the anime, accompanied by its own original and Burst’s first prominent female blader: Ilya Mao.

The only disparity seems to be the stadiums; the anime’s stadiums are huge and made of some sturdy material, as they can be scratched and even cracked. Additionally, the anime takes creative liberties to make new stadiums. Destroyer Dome is a shockingly massive sphere that bladers go into, allowing their beys to travel in all directions. Burst Beystadium is a more challenging stadium for the Burst saga, uniquely equipped with spiked claws for increased chances of bursting.

In contrast, real stadiums are small and made of plastic. These two stadiums were some of the few manufactured for play, though they were toned down. Destroyer Dome is reasonably a lot smaller, and Burst Beystadium’s claws were replaced with rounder spikes.

Beybattles in the anime are dragged out, but actual battles are quick. The beys zoom around the stadium and are defeated relatively soon after landing. However, this speed only makes it more exhilarating.

Additionally, the intensity of the anime works in its favor by making it more entertaining. Katherine Han ’24 and Elizabeth Colon ’23 compare it to the popular ‘HunterxHunter’ and ‘Haikyuu!’ animes.

The special moves and visual effects are also quite pleasing and entertaining, mainly due to the themes of fantastical creatures, such as those from zodiacs, constellations, and mythologies.

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It seems that, in choosing to establish extravagant standards in their anime, Beyblade has successfully advertised the fun and entertaining aspects of their product. Beyblades have found their way into our generation’s childhood, whether we personally played with them or simply watched our classmates play with them.

As a product of the 2000s, beyblade will remain a beloved part of many students’ childhoods. “I hope that one day I can share the same magic that these toys brought to me when I was young,” said Alex Neampong ’22.

It seems that, in choosing to establish extravagant standards in their anime, Beyblade has successfully advertised the fun and entertaining aspects of their product. Beyblades have found their way into our generation’s childhood, whether we personally played with them or simply watched our classmates play with them.


How long does the Foreverspin top spin? ›

Each top operates under timeless laws of physics, whirling for nearly 10 minutes on one good spin for the Stainless Steel that you've received.

What are the different types of tips in Beyblade? ›

The 2-part Tip System determines how the top interacts with the Beyblade Burst Beystadium. All tips are offered in Attack, Defense, Balance and Stamina types.

What is a spin stealer Beyblade? ›

Spin Steal or Rotation Absorption (回転吸収, Kaiten Kyūshū), as the name suggests, is a move that generally "steals" spin from the opposing Bey, and can slow down the rate of spin loss.

What is the oldest spinning top? ›

Ceramic spinning tops made of terra cotta were found at Troy (Turkey) dating from 3,000 B.C. In Egypt wooden tops date from 2,000 B.C. In China tops found date from 1,250 B.C. In Thebes, Greece fired clay tops found date from 1,250 B.C.

What is the world record for longest Beyblade spin? ›

Saptarshi Sadhu, an undergrad at IIT Kharagpur has created the envy of every Beyblade fan- a top that spins for a whopping 38 hours! It earned him the Guinness World Record for the longest spinning mechanical top.

What Beyblade tip has the most stamina? ›

B:D has excellent use in Stamina-Type customizations and should be considered by all as the best Stamina Tip ever. However, you'll have to be careful with this tip because they break very easily.

What's the best Beyblade tip? ›

Metal Flat is a top-tier Performance Tip for Attack Type combos due to its aggressive speed, control, and Stamina. As such, Metal Flat is a must have for competitive bladers.

What are the 4 types of Beyblades? ›

Beyblade types. You can choose between 4 different types of Beyblade: attack, stamina, defense and balance.

What Beyblade can spin left? ›

Here's a list of left spin beyblade that you can use for tomorrow 's G3 Dragoon League: Legend Spriggan (Left spin mode), Spriggan Requiem (Left Spin mode), Lost Longinus(dual layer), Dragoon Storm(single layer), Dragoon Fantom (Single layer), Nightmare Longinus, Arc Bahamut and Drain Fafnir.

Which Beyblade can spin both ways? ›

Dual-Spin is also sometimes referred to as Dual Rotation or LR (Left-Right) due to having both spin directions available. In the Original Series and Metal Saga, Dual-Spin Beyblades such as Torch Pegasus and Gravity Destroyer AD145WD had this feature inherently built into their designs.

Why do Beyblades fall off? ›

A: This is actually a known issue with the Burst-series beyblades. There are ways to reduce the chance of beys falling off the launcher, but ultimately the issue is that the locking mechanism design for Burst beys is just very loose compared to the ones used by Metal Fight or even the original Plastic generation.

What spin is Fafnir? ›

Official Description Takara Tomy's Drain Fafnir is a round left-spin Stamina Type God Layer that features three dragon heads meant to represent this Layer's namesake: Fafnir, a dragon from Norse mythology.

What does a left-spin Beyblade do? ›

When against Right-Spin opponents, Left-Spin Beyblades can perform some degree of Spin Steal. With the release of the Gatinko Layer System in Beyblade Burst Rise, some components are only compatible with those of the same spin direction.

What spin is Zwei Longinus? ›

It is this design that makes Zwei one of the only viable Left-Spin Attack Type Layer Bases.

Can a top spin forever? ›

In the absence of friction, the top just spins and spins and spins for well over a minute. In theory, if the ground was perfectly level and the vacuum chamber was completely devoid of gases, the top could spin forever.

Why does a spinning top not fall? ›

If the top were not spinning the torque due to gravitational force will tend to lower down the centre of mass and hence, the top would have fallen. However, in case of spinning top, the torque being engaged in producing precession is unable to topple down the top.

Who invented spinning top? ›

History. Spinning tops developed independently in cultures all over the world. They are among the oldest recognizable toys found by archaeologists and have been found on every continent except Antarctica. Tops found in China date from around 1250 BCE.

What is the heaviest Beyblade burst Bey? ›

AND THE HEAVIEST! Diablo Nemesis is, without a doubt, the most powerful beyblade in the universe! and the heaviest! Reason 1: It has the combined powers of all of the 10 Legendary Bladers and is able to wield all of them.

What is the very first Beyblade? ›

The very first Beyblade product released was Ultimate Dragoon (renamed by Hasbro as Spin Dragoon) during July 1999.

How fast can a Beyblade go? ›

Typically around 8000 RPM. The record speed thus far is 21 thousand rpm.

What is the heaviest performance tip? ›

Description. Charge Metal-SPM is a rather large and bulky tip, with most of the contact surface with the stadium being made of metal. As a result, it is currently the heaviest Performance Tip.

Is Hades Kerbecs the best Beyblade? ›

Beyblade Legends Hades Kerbecs is one of the most fine beyblade that has the capacity to defeat every beyblade(excpt the shogun steel synchrome beys with double metal)....but it can defeat diablo nemesis,phantom orion,scythe,variaries,meteo l-drago and what more one can want....

What is the strongest Beyblade launcher? ›

The 10 Best Beyblade Launchers (Updated 2023)
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  • Premium pick. Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock Riptide Blast Set. ...
  • Best value. Ingooood Launcher and Grip. ...
  • BelleJiu (TakaraTomy) Battling Tops Burst BBG-29 Gold Bey String Launcher. ...
  • Beyblade Burst Rise Hypersphere Apocalypse Blade Set.
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What is the best driver in Beyblade? ›

Compared to other rubber tipped Dash Drivers, Xtreme' is as fast as Jolt' with greater control, faster than Hunter' with comparable control and comparable Stamina to both. Thus, Xtreme' is considered to be the best Driver for pure Attack Combinations.

What is the coolest Beyblade Burst? ›

The 10 Best Beyblade Burst Sets (Updated 2023)
  • Editors choice. Beyblade Burst Evolution Swiftstrike Battle Tower. ...
  • Premium pick. Beyblade Burst Avatar Attack Battle Set. ...
  • Best value. ...
  • Beyblade Burst Rise Hypersphere Vertical Drop Battle Set. ...
  • Beyblade Burst Evolution Star Storm Battle Set.
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What are the top 3 Beyblades? ›

The Best Beyblades, Ranked (Updated 2022)
  • Editors choice. Takara Tomy Beyblade Burst B-148 Heaven Pegasus. ...
  • Premium pick. Takara Tomy Beyblade Burst GT B-155 Master Diabolos. ...
  • Best value. ...
  • Bey Battle Burst GT B-155 Booster Master Diabolos. ...
  • Beyblade Burst Turbo Slingshock Riptide Blast Set.
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Is Beyblade still a thing? ›

Following Takara's merger with Tomy in 2006, Beyblades are now developed by Takara Tomy. Various toy companies around the world have licensed Beyblade toys for their own regions, including Hasbro in Western countries, Sonokong in Korea, and Takara Tomy for Eastern countries.

What age range is Beyblade for? ›

Beyblade Burst Evolution Switchstrike Battle Tower-Includes 2-Level Beystadium, Battling Tops, & Launchers-Age 8+, Multicolor.

Are Beyblades supposed to break? ›

The main difference between the Beyblade Burst tops and all previous Beyblades is the fact that these newer tops are designed to burst or break apart during battle.

Is Lord Spryzen left or right-spin? ›

Lord Spryzen balance type top features right and left adjustable spin direction in the Energy Layer and fused attack power in the Forge Disc. (Right-spin launcher sold separately.)

Do Beyblades spin left or right? ›

Right-Spin Beyblades are generally the standard, with clockwise rotation being the most common spin direction. Dual-Spin Beyblades such as Gravity Destroyer AD145WD as well as both the Spriggan line and the Diabolos line have both Left-Spin and Right-Spin capabilities.

What Beyblade has orbit? ›

Orbit can be put to use in the Stamina Combination Jormuntor J2/Kerbeus/Anubion A2/Yegdrion 2/4/7 Glaive/Cross Orbit.

What Beyblade spins opposite? ›

A reverse rotating bey is a bey which can spin to the left, instead of to right as for normal ones. There are seven reverse rotating beys, while three are dual-rotating. The holes in the fusion wheel are made to fit in the left launcher. Dual rotating beys have holes that are wider to fit into both launchers.

What happens if both Beyblades burst? ›

If both Beyblades are found to have broken at the same time, both Bladers may choose new Beyblades, and the BeyBattle will be reset. The opposing Beyblade separating ends the round and affords you an automatic win for the round.

Did Hasbro stop making Beyblades? ›

Hasbro is an American toy company, founded in 1923. Hasbro is the distributor and manufacturer of Beyblades in North America, and most other western countries in the world. Hasbro currently produces and distributes the Beyblade toyline under license from Takara Tomy.

Can you get Beyblades wet? ›

Unless the metal is stainless steel or some other rust resistant metal, there will be rust if you mistreat your beys with water. The launchers are mostly plastic and plastic gears and string, but there can be a metal spring inside. You don't want that to rust. Don't get your Beyblades wet!

When did Beyblades become plastic? ›

Beyblades were first sold in the United States in 2002, in a simpler, mostly plastic form. In 2008, the brand was reintroduced in Japan with a variety of changeable parts — energy rings and spin tracks and fusion wheels — and more metal, which added heft and created a satisfying clanging noise when they collide.

What makes a top spin the longest? ›

Heavy tops spin for a longer time than light ones when launched at the same speed. The faster they're spinning when launched, the longer they spin. The combination of mass and speed is known as momentum. Mathematically, momentum is mass times speed.

Is there a top that can spin forever? ›

Forever Spin tops are Made in Canada, and CNC-machined from a solid piece of metal for precision, quality and durability. Every spinning top is meticulously checked to ensure that only perfectly balanced tops receive a serial number and carry the Forever Spin seal.

Which ForeverSpin is best? ›

The titanium top is the most popular top of the ForeverSpin collection. It has the highest strength to weight ratio of all metals and its light weight and high durability makes this top perfect for upside down spins.

Why spinning tops dont fall? ›

1. A spinning top is governed by the gyroscopic effect. 2. A gyroscope will spin about a constant axis unless acted on by a couple* - eg the Earth's axis is at a constant 23.5 degrees, kept stable by the spin of the Earth.

What shape is best for a spinning top? ›

A moderately concave surface is good for general purpose use and learning, but the least concave surface possible will result in the longest spins.

Who made the first spinning top? ›

History. Spinning tops developed independently in cultures all over the world. They are among the oldest recognizable toys found by archaeologists and have been found on every continent except Antarctica. Tops found in China date from around 1250 BCE.

What is the top that spins for 4 hours? ›

LIMBO is a smart, self-balancing electric gyro, disguised as a beautiful CNC machined spinning top that spins for +4 hours. 8,722 backers pledged $687,827 to help bring this project to life.

Why are spinning tops stable? ›

A spinning top is governed by a gyroscopic force. The top maintains its orientation, and is stable until air friction slows it and gravity pulls it down. A gyroscope is a spinning top in a stable frame.

Is ForeverSpin a real thing? ›

ForeverSpin (stylized as foreverspin) is a Canadian vendor of metal spinning tops, which have a similar appearance to the top seen in the 2010 film Inception. The company funded the initial manufacture of its tops through crowdfunding campaigns.

Why do people buy spinning tops? ›

They reduce stress.

Like any toy, spinning tops can trigger the release of endorphins, our bodies' natural feel-good chemicals.


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