Bakugan DVDs Arrive in August

Vivendi and Nelvana have teamed up to bring anime series Bakugan to DVD in Canada. The first DVD release will feature the first five episodes of the series and is due for release Aug. 26. Warner Home Video will release the first Bakugan: Battle Brawlers DVD on the same day in the U.S. The single-disc release will sell for $14.98 and include trading card pack-ins.

Based on a hugely popular strategic card game played with magnetic, spring-loaded marbles (from Sega Toys and Spin Master), the toon is about small spheres from a distant universe that morph into powerful warriors. Young Dan and his friends use the Bakugan to fight for the future of mankind.

Bakugan is a co-production of Nelvana Enterprises, Spin Master, Sega Toys, TMS Entertainment, Japan Vistec and Sega. The series airs on Teletoon in Canada, and on Cartoon Network in the United States. Bakugan debuted in Japan on TV Tokyo in 2007. To date, 51 episodes of the show have been produced.A Spin Master spokesperson recently told The Boston Globe that the company expects to sell $100 million worth of the games, cards, and characters in the U.S. this year.