Recap: Beyblade Ep.2 - Day of the Dragoon
Hello! I have not died yet…just… been very lazy and slacking on my duties, I suppose ^^.
Anyway, here’s a (hopefully) much shorter recap of Episode 2, Day of the Dragoon.
The quick rundown: We pick up at the riverbed where Tyson challenges Kai to a Beybattle, which Tyson clearly loses. Kai ruthlessly destroys Tyson before taking off with Carlos, whom we see get punished later on. When Kenny and Andrew check in on Tyson the next day, they are shocked to see Tyson practicing kendo, and he appears to be in relatively good spirits. Kenny, ‘the Chief’, with the help of his laptop Dizzi, decides to help Tyson rebuild his Beyblade to become even more powerful. We then cut to the warehouse where the Blade Sharks are hiding, and we see Kai humiliate Carlos by having three other Sharks pummel Carlos’ blade to rumble. The Blade Sharks also plan on capturing Kenny when they hear Tyson has enlisted his help in rebuilding his blade. Operation Capture Kenny is pulled off successfully, and Tyson and friends rush to his help, but not before Tyson gets paid a special visit from an old ‘friend’ of sorts. (see below)
I’m actually surprised at how well Tyson handles his defeat. But I think the maturity he shows regarding his loss is quite commendable, and we’ll definitely see this again in the future. It’s probably one of the many reasons why Tyson is the ‘champion of them all.’ We also see a very cruel side of Kai, who eventually joins Tyson’s team. The blue-haired blader is cold-hearted, much like other angst-ridden characters in other animes, and he even goes so far as to humiliating Carlos in front of the other Blade Sharks. A bit too far maybe? I say yes,
but oh damn Kai looks mighty fine.
For those of you unfamiliar with Kenny, everyone calls him ‘The Chief’ because of his brains, and he carries a laptop around with a ‘bitbeast’ called Dizzi (essentially, his computer can talk to him; and here I thought the iPad was pretty snazzy). As a consequence of his brainpower, Kenny is the target of the Blade Sharks’ kidnapping, and Kai hopes to use Kenny to his advantage.
Now who is this special friend of Tyson’s, you ask? Well it’s none other than his buddy, Dragoon! Yes, the same Dragoon from the Granger family sword now inhabits Tyson’s Beyblade, and it’s this creature that helps Tyson in his Beybattle against Kai’s Dranzer. The two foes battle, but the battle ultimately ends in a draw, and Kai explains that the creatures inhabiting their Beyblades are called ‘Bitbeasts’. Kai’s happens to be Dranzer, the phoenix, and Tyson’s is Dragoon the dragon (appropriately…) Then cue the epic scarf billow as Kai walks away, reminding Tyson that no, this is not over and we can inevitably expect another showdown between the two boys.
Whew! It’s only episode 2, but we’ve already been introduced to three different bit beasts: Dizzi, Dranzer, and Dragoon. We’ve also learned quite a bit about the clashing personalities between Tyson and Kai, but I think almost every story has two characters like them. One is always upbeat, optimistic, a bit goofy, but overall a well-meaning kid. The other is brooding,
angst-ridden, aloof and mysterious. It’ll be interesting (for those who do not know the entire story) to see how Tyson and Kai reconcile and become teammates. Also, what do you think of Kenny and Dizzi? I thought Kenny was kind of the wimpy kid who would always need saving, but you’ll be surprised at how the kid turns out in the end (don’t worry, it’s for the better :] ). Dizzi I just love. period.
It’s still very early on in the series, but how do you think the series is progressing so far? Too fast? Too slow? Any loopholes that need serious fixing? Personally, I like the pace of the series. Just enough information about each character to give you a sense of how they might act in certain situations in the future. I gotta say, I have to laugh when I watch Kai bully Carlos at the warehouse scene. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely Kai-biased. But just the thought of a 13-year-old kid beating up on another kid with his ‘posse’/gang in an abandoned warehouse is something I find laugh-worthy. I mean, I’m pretty sure I was reading about U.S. History and discovering a hatred for ye old English in Shakespeare. But hey, that’s just me, so I can’t speak for the rest of the 13-year-old population.
So what are your thoughts? Bringing back old memories? :) I still haven’t had a chance to watch the new series, Metal Fusion. I kind of want to, just to compare the two series, but I feel like I might either a) puke half-way through episode 1 or b) throw something very heavy, very sharp at my laptop while watching it, and then I’d have other things to worry about.
But until next time, folks. Hopefully we’ll post within the next couple days (HA. HA, ha, oh, so witty I am…) but we shall see how the school schedule goes.