Bayblade is a franchise brand created by Japanese toy company, Takara Tomy, this franchise surrounds colorful, high-performance and customizable spinning tops called "Beyblade". Bakuten Shoot Beyblade is a manga series written and illustrated by Takao Aoki created to promote sales of the Beyblades, the manga focuses on a group of kids called "Bladers" who form teams with which they challenge one another to games called "Beybattles".
Beyblade is a portmanteau of the words, "Beigoma" and "blade". Beigoma are traditional, Japanese spinning top which inspired and influenced Beyblade's creation. Beyblade was the result of two of Takara Tomy's failed toylines based on spinning tops, despite their failure, employee Osamu Mashimo, hypothesized in an implementation of customization which lead to Beyblade's creation and subsequent success. To promote sales, Takara hired Takao Aoki with the task of creating a manga series based on the Beyblades. He created Bakuten Shoot Beyblade, which would become published monthly in the Japanese kids' magazine, CoroCoro Comics.
From the Basic System through the Heavy/Hard Metal System, Beyblades were categorized as Attack, Defense, Combination, or Endurance Types, but when the Hybrid Wheel System was introduced, the Combination and Endurance Types were renamed as Balance and Stamina Types, respectively. The Beyblades may have pictures on them that symbolizes a creature which shows what the Beyblade does. In Beyblade Metal Fusion, they have symbols on them that represent one of the 88 named constellations in space, while in the 4D series, beyblades are named after planets and constellations.
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