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BAKUGAN THE BATTLE BEGINS (The Dragon Warrior (龍の戦士, Ryū no Senshi?) in the Japanese version) is the pilot and first episode of the anime series Bakugan Battle Brawlers. It aired on April 5th, 2007 in Japan and September 3rd, 2007 in North America.

Plot

One day, Dan prepares for a brawl against Akira, at the park. However, he arrives only to find that Shuji (Akira's older brother) is his challenger. During their second battle, Drago appears. A battle ensues and during the course of the battle, Dan has a vision of a Pyrus Dragonoid (Drago) struggling with a Darkus Fear Ripper. The battle continues and Dan is victorious. The Dragonoid starts to explain what's behind the scenes of Bakugan, and from that point onwards, all the Battle Brawlers realize that Bakugan was more than just a game, and must save Earth and Vestroia from the destruction lead by the tyrannical Naga.

Featured Brawls

Battle at the Park

Dan and Shuji both activate the Bakugan field as reality slows to a halt.

Round 1

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 3/3 ~ Dan's HSP: 0
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 3/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: 0

Bakugan remaining on the field: None

Shuji throws out Subterra Mantris onto his own Gate Card. (Power: 270 GS).

Dan throws out Pyrus Serpenoid against Mantris. (Serpenoid: 320 GS - Mantris: 270 GS).

Shuji opens his Gate Card (Subterra Normal: +150 Gs). (Serpenoid: 320 Gs - Mantris: 420 Gs). Serpenoid gets wiped out by Mantris' twin slash attack and returns to Dan in ball form. Mantris returns to Shuji in ball form. Shuji's first Gate Card vanishes.

Shuji wins this round.

Round 2

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Dan's HSP: 0
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 3/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: 400

Bakugan remaining on the field: None

Shuji throws out Subterra Terrorclaw onto Dan's Gate Card. (Power: ??? GS).

Dan throws out Pyrus Falconeer against Terrorclaw. (Falconeer: ??? GS - Terrorclaw: ??? GS).

Dan opens his Gate Card (Pyrus Normal: + ??? Gs). (Falconeer: ??? Gs - Terrorclaw: ??? Gs). Terrorclaw gets wiped out by Falconeer's power dive attack and returns to Shuji in ball form. Falconeer returns to Dan in ball form. Dan's first Gate Card vanishes.

Dan wins this round.

Round 3

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Dan's HSP: 200
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: 400

Bakugan remaining on the field: None

Shuji sets his second Gate Card.

Shuji throws out Subterra Saurus onto his newly set Gate Card. (Power: 290 GS)

Dan throws out Pyrus Saurus against Subterra Saurus. (Pyrus Saurus: 280 GS - Subterra Saurus: 290 GS).

Shuji opens his Gate Card (Subterra Normal: + 30 Gs). (Pyrus Saurus: 280 Gs - Subterra Saurus: 320 Gs). Dan counters by activating Saurus Glow on Pyrus Saurus, increasing his power level by 50 Gs. (Pyrus Saurus: 330 Gs - Subterra Saurus: 320 Gs). Subterra Saurus gets wiped out by Pyrus Saurus's shoulder ramming attack and returns to Shuji in ball form. Pyrus Saurus returns to Dan in ball form. Shuji's second Gate Card vanishes.

Dan wins this round.

Round 4

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Dan's HSP: 500
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 1/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: 400

Bakugan remaining on the field: None

Shuji sets his final Gate Card.

Shuji throws out Subterra Mantris his newly set Gate Card. (Power: 270 Gs)

Dan throws out Pyrus Falconeer against Mantris. (Falconeer: ??? GS - Mantris: 270 GS).

Shuji opens his Gate Card (Subterra Normal: + ??? Gs). Shuji activates Slice Cutter, which lowers the opponent's power level by 50 Gs.

Dan counters with Frame Fire, reflecting D Shuji's ability. Mantris gets wiped out by Falconeer's aerial fireball attack and returns to Shuji in ball form. Falconeer returns to Dan in Ball form. Shuji's final Gate Card vanishes. Reality returns to normal as the Bakugan field collapses.

Dan wins this round.

Conclusion

  • Dan's BR: 2/3 ~ Shuji's BR: 0/3

Winner is Dan Kuso.

Second Battle at the Park

Dan and Shuji both activate the Bakugan field as reality slows to a halt.

Round 1

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 3/3 ~ Dan's HSP: 0
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 3/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: 0

Bakugan remaining on the field: None

Dan and Shuji both throw out their Gate Cards against each other.

Shuji throws out Darkus Juggernoid onto his own Gate Card. (Power: ??? GS).

Dan throws out Pyrus Saurus onto his own Gate Card. (Power: 280 GS).

Shuji throws out Darkus Stinglash against Saurus. (Saurus: 280 GS - Stinglash: 330 GS).

Dan opens his Gate Card (Pyrus Normal: +30 Gs). (Stinglash: 330 - Saurus: 310 Gs). Saurus gets wiped out by Stinglash's claw slap attack and returns to Dan in ball form. Stinglash returns to Shuji in ball form. Dan's first Gate Card vanishes.

Shuji wins this round.

Round 2

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Dan's HSP: 0
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 3/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: ???

Bakugan remaining on the field: Shuji's Juggernoid

[* This round happens off-screen. But Dan must have defeated Shuji's Darkus Juggernoid in some way. *]

Dan wins this round.

Round 3

  • Dan's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Dan's HSP: ???
  • Shuji's Bakugan Remaining (BR): 2/3 ~ Shuji's HSP: ???

Bakugan remaining on the field: None

Dan sets his second Gate Card.

Dan throws out Pyrus Serpenoid onto his Gate Card. (Power: 320 Gs)

Shuji throws out Darkus Stinglash against Serpenoid. (Serpenoid: 320 GS - Stinglash: 330 GS).

Dan opens his Gate Card (Quartet Battle), forcing one Bakugan from each side into the battle.

A Pyrus Dragonoid (Power: 340 Gs) and a Darkus Fear Ripper (Power: ??? Gs) suddenly appears on the battle field. Dan gains control of the Dragonoid and Shuji gains control of the Fear Ripper as if they just threw them out. (Serpenoid and Dragonoid: 660 Gs - Stinglash and Fear Ripper: ??? Gs).

Dragonoid activates Boosted Dragon on himself, increasing his power level by 100 Gs for the rest of the game. (Serpenoid and Dragonoid: 760 Gs - Stinglash and Fear Ripper: ??? Gs). Stinglash and Fear Ripper get wiped out by Dragonoid's fireball attack and return to Shuji in ball form. Serpenoid and Dragonoid return to Dan in ball form. Dan's second Gate Card vanishes. Reality returns to normal as the Bakugan field collapses.

Dan wins this round.

Conclusion

  • Dan's BR: 2/3 ~ Shuji's BR: 0/3

Winner is Dan Kuso.

Characters Debuts

Bakugan Debuts

Bakugan Seen

Trivia

  • In the Japanese version, this episode is named after Hideaki Tokunaga's song of the same name.
  • The Korean title for this episode follows the Japanese version and is called "용의 전사" (The Dragon Warrior).
  • A scene in the introduction where a woman found a Gate Card in her purse was edited out in the English version due to time constraints.
  • At the beginning of the episode, as Dan is taking out Bakugan from his collection, he pulls out a Serpenoid while calling it a Saurus. The Bakugan he takes out before the Serpenoid, however, is a Saurus.

Video

Bakugan Battle Brawlers Bakugan The Battle Begins Ep

Bakugan Battle Brawlers Bakugan The Battle Begins Ep. 1