Bakugan Battle Brawlers started as a Japanese animated television series. In February 2008 Cartoon Network started airing the series in the United States, and a game based on the series was also released in conjunction with this.
The Japanese word “baku” means “to explode” and “gan” means “sphere”. Bakugan are small spheres from a far-off universe that morph into powerful warriors and Dan and his friends are charged with using their Battle Brawling skills to save all of mankind.
The story in the cartoon centers around the lives of the Battle Brawlers, a gang of kids, and the creatures they possess called Bakugans. Dan Kuso and five of his friends play the game Bakugan. When played well, Bakugan creatures are released, and the Battle Brawler must battle Bakugan monsters in order to save the parallel universe of Vestroia and ultimately Earth.
The Bakugan Battle BrawlersDan is the leader of the Battle Brawlers. He is a street smart 12 year old, and he gets frustrated very easily. Dan's ambition is to be the number one Battle Brawler in in the world, and he has a rivalry going with Shun, with whom he has competed for top spot in Bakugan ratings. Dan is a Pyrus Brawler, and his guardian Bakugan is Dragonoid (nicknamed Drago).
Other important characters are:
- Masquerade is a mysterious character who conceals his true identity by wearing a mask. He has one goal, and that is to send all Bakugan to the Doom Dimension. He is Dan's main rival, and he has made friends with Hal-G to ensure that the dark side wins.
Masquerade's guardian Bakugan is Hydranoid.
- Michael is a Alice's grandfather. He discovered a portal between our world and the alternate universe, Vestroia. There he was transformed and came back as a more negative, evil form, which is Hal-G, determined to destroy any Bakugan that gets in his way.