Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle (Bakuten Shoot Beyblade The Movie: Gekitou!! Takao vs Daichi in the Japanese version) is the 2002 Direct-to-DVD and the first Beyblade film and is based on the anime, Beyblade. It is 70 minutes long, thus making it quite a short movie.
Tag Line: The Ultimate Showdown!
The Bladebreakers are on a well deserved vacation. But, a hyperactive kid named Daichi Sumeragi continues to pursue Tyson for a rematch after his defeat in the Beyblade World Championships. The Bladebreakers' vacation eventually takes a turn for the worst once they encounter mysterious Beybladers who claim to be the Dark Spirits sealed inside a strange temple. With Daichi under their control, the Shadow Bladers seek to destroy the world with their Dark Bit-Beasts. Together, Tyson, Max, Ray, and Kai must save not only Daichi... but the world as well.
The film received mixed to negative reviews. On IDMb, it received a 3.5/10 rating out of 140 users. John Sinnot, a film reviewer of DVD Talk complained at how "the biggest problem with this movie is that they don't take the time to explain what was going on" and "the plot seemed a little ridiculous, three inch tops battling for the fate of the world?". He concluded with "Fans of the show might want to rent it, but everyone else should skip it."
Due to this, fan reaction has been more positive. One reviewer from IDMb, gave it an 8/10 review. Stating "The animation, plot and voice acting were all equal to or above what I have come to expect from an animated family movie based on those we have seen in the past!" and "Beyblade is an excellent movie that Most kids in the 6-12 year old range (And above) who enjoy animated action series should check out!". She also stated that her seven-year old son, who enjoyed anime such as Bakugan and Pokemon, had Beyblade "naturally BB FB appealed to him". Two other reviewers gave it the same rating, with a positive review. One such reviewer however gave it a negative review, stating it had "cheesy lines and dry acting".
- Directed by: Toshifumi Kawase
- Written by: Takao Aoki
- Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment Miramax Home Entertainment
- Release date(s): August 17, 2004 (Japan), March 22, 2005 (United States)
- Professor Tengai: Christopher Marren
- In Japan, the movie was aired before G-Revolution's original run, making it the "official" debut of Daichi. After the events of the movie, the Blade Breakers split up, Ray returning to the White Tiger team, Max joining the AllStarz, Kai creating Neoborg and Tyson forming a new team with Hilary, Kenny and Daichi. In the manga, a special chapter was produced to introduce and advertise the movie upon release. Because the movie was produced after G-Revolution instead of before it, the English translation of the chapter was released in the final volume of the manga instead.
- When Dragoon released itself from the seal and prepared to enter the Tyson's Beyblade the Beyblade turned red but later turned back to white. Takara also released a red version of Dragoon V2.