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BB-Daman Bakugaiden

Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden (also known as Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden IV, Bビーダマン爆外伝) is an anime based on the Bomberman series and the marble shooting game, B-Daman. There is a sequel called Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden Victory made in 1999, featuring most of the same heroes but a completely different storyline from the first series. Genre-wise both series are a mix of sci-fi, action and comedy.

Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden (BB-Daman Bakugaiden for short) was created by the Japanese game company Hudson Soft and toy manufacturer Takara in 1998. It is based upon the iconic character, Bomberman, from the video game series of the same name. However the characters in this anime aren't true Bombermen who use bombs as weapons, but 'B-Daman' who fire explosive projectiles from the marble, or B-Da's, in their stomachs instead, drawing upon the concept from the B-Daman game. 'Bī-dama' (ビー玉) means "marble" in Japanese, essentially making each character a 'marbleman'. Hence in English, 'BB-Daman Bakugaiden' would be roughly equivalent to "Bomberman Marbleman Explosive Side Story".

The series generally revolves around five protagonists: White Bomber (Shirobon), Blue Bomber (Aobon), Red Bomber (Akabon), Yellow Bomber (Kiirobon), and Black Bomber (Kurobon). Each character brings a unique personality and element to the story, and work together as the series progresses to fight against evil. Though they must constantly be on the alert for danger, they're always ready to have fun as well as evidenced by some of the goofy antics seen in the show.

Like all B-Daman, they are capable of firing light rays from their marble for either destructive or healing purposes. B-Daman only have this ability if they practice and train themselves in shooting. Being experienced in a skill such as martial arts helps makes their light ray more powerful. However, in order to combat the forces of evil the heroes also pilot mecha fighters called B-Da Armor, most of which were designed and built by a genius professor and inventor named Dr. Gray Bomber (Dr. Graybon). The mechas are controlled through the pilot's B-Da and greatly amplify their ability to shoot, therefore allowing them to take on enemies much bigger than their normal selves.


A long time ago, B-Da City was attacked by an evil force called the Dark B-Da (or dark beings) in their quest to control the entire Blue Solar System. The heroic B-Daman, drawing on their legendary powers and ingenious technology, were able to overthrow the Nol Arc Empire and restore peace to the universe, freeing Emperor Dark Bomber (Darkbon) from the evil influence that had corrupted him as King Golden Bomber (Goldenbon). But it is only a matter of time before evil forces strike again. This comprises Bakugaiden III and is portrayed as a legend in the very first part of BB-Daman Bakugaiden IV, which makes up most of the episodes in the series.

One thousand years later, the Dark B-Da have finally returned to conquer the Blue Solar System and make it part of their dominion. Led by Dark Koutei, they have set their sights on is B-Da City which is the capital of Earth, the protagonists' homeworld. Thus arises a new generation of heroes to protect the innocent and uphold peace.

A young B-Daman called Shirobon (White Bomber) with a strong sense of justice who dreams of being able to fly befriends Aobon and his grandfather Dr. Graybon. As he becomes a defender of B-Da City and joins the battle against the Dark B-Da who have come to destroy his home, his adventure begins. Throughout the series Shirobon and his friends continue to protect B-Da City and fight off the Dark B-Da's Four Great Dark Beings in their Dark Armors with the help of the mysterious Kurobon.

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B-Daron (Animals)[]

The B-Daman also have their own pets (B-Daron). Their pets however aren't just their companions, but are very crucial in releasing the power in the five B-Daman to destroy the Dark B-Da once and for all.

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Bakugaiden IV - V New Broadcast Teaser

As of November 17, 2023, both Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden IV and Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden V, are broadcasted again in Japan marking the 25th anniversary of the original broadcast, and after a long time request by the fans to have them watchable again.

They are broadcasted in the following channels; d Anime Store, DMM TV, Bandai Channel, ABEMA and Anime Times.[1] They are also available to watch on Amazon Prime (JP) by subscribing to either d Anime Store or Anime Times.


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