Cartoon Net Backs Bakugan

Cartoon Network will host the U.S. debut of Bakugan, an anime series that has been a hit in Japan and Canada. The show will make its North American debut on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), introducing audiences to Dan and his fellow Battle Brawlers as they use strategy and skill to unleash their Bakugan power and save Earth from destruction.

The Bakugan saga begins when kids around the world start finding interesting cards with different characters. They create a battle game with them, not knowing the cards actually correspond to an alternate world called Vestroia, where Bakugan warriors have been waging war. From the Japanese words ‘baku,’ meaning ‘to explode,’ and ‘gan,’ meaning ‘sphere,’ Bakugan are small spheres from a far-off universe that morph into powerful warriors. When the war in Vestroia spirals out of control, the Bakugan spheres are sent to Earth trapped inside ‘field cards.’ Now, it’s up to Dan and his friends to hone their Battle Brawling skills and save two worlds.

Bakugan is produced by Sega Toys Ltd., Spin Master Ltd., Nelvana Enterprises, TMS Ent. Ltd., Japan Vistec Inc. and Sega Corp. Animation for the series is produced by Japan Vistec Inc. and TMS Ent.