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B't X is the story of one young man's battle against insurmountable odds. When Teppei's brother (a brilliant robotics scientist) is kidnapped, he follows the kidnappers to find out that they belong to a secret organization called the Machine Empire! He teams up with a B't named X, a living robotic flying horse. Together they strive to get to the center of the Machine Empire where Teppei's brother Kotaro is being held prisoner!

B't X (pronounced Beat X) began as a manga created by Masami Kurumada, and was adapted to anime by Tokyo Movie Shinsha as a 25 episode TV series which followed the manga storyline pretty closely. It was broadcasted on Japan's TBS station from April 6th to September 21st, 1996.

It was exported to several other countries, and spawned a line of videos and toys. Unfortunately the series wasn't as popular as anticipated, but it was popular enough to allow for a second season, in the form of an OVA series called B't X Neo. Neo picks up right where the storyline left off. The first episode of Neo went on sale January 21st, 1998.moreless
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  • B't X is the story of one young man's battle against insurmountable odds. When Teppei's brother (a brilliant robotics scientist) is kidnapped, he follows the kidnappers to find out that they belong to a secret organization called the Machine Empire!moreless

    10
    I want to bring it back the B't X which is the story of one young man's battle against insurmountable odds. That it a shows, what brave is really means to Teppei? How he can save his Teppei's brother (a brilliant robotics scientist) which is kidnapped and to find out that they belong to a secret organization called the Machine Empire? I like it too much especially when Teppei is team up with a B't named X, a living robotic flying horse. Their aim was to strive to get to the center of the Machine Empire where Teppei's brother Kotaro is being held a prisoner. I want to bring it back because the show is too wonderful,full of strength and bravery,sacrifice for friendship, and light of justice to who is unjustice.moreless
  • B't X is the second Masami Kurumada manga to come to life on the small screen. The series has great action, animation, music, and a good theme - that of love, family, and friendship conquering all. However there are better animes out there than B't X.moreless

    6.5
    B't X (pronounced beat x) is the second Masami Kurumada manga to come to life on the small screen. I grew up being a fan of Saint Seiya, the first of his manga titles to be animated. B't X aired after Saint Seiya, and hoped to become a hit just like Saint Seiya.



    The series has great action and the overall theme of multiple beings connecting to fight together is typical for a Kurumada anime. Its' main fault is in using the tried and true "fight, almost lose, come back and win, move on to next fight" system. It has some great back stories with the characters and that is where the series really shines, but those are really only told as flashbacks and aren't really explained in full. The main drawback of the series is the lack of a main bad-guy. Sure there's the Machine Emperor, who we never see (and who is never really explained in full), and then there are minor characters, but none of them are really a match for Teppei and his undying drive to get his brother.



    The soundtrack to this anime is pretty good, even though it doesn't seem to be very action-packed. But having seen many of these types of shows, I much preferred the orchestrated melodies of B't X to any pulse pounding rock or techno that is normally in them.



    The best part of the anime are the characters of the four Spirit Generals. Each has his or her own story, and each has justified reasons for what they do. Every time they are included in an episode, immediately it gets better. Teppei and X by themselves are pretty boring to be honest, since Teppei is such a flat character and X seems to lose his personality when they finally start teaming up.



    Overall, if you're looking to watch an anime that has a decent storyline and a good theme - that of love, family, and friendship conquering all, I recommend it to you. There are better animes out there though, so if you haven't seen Saint Seiya, you should see that instead.



    Of the time of this review, B't X is not licensed in the United States, and the fansubbed version of the series (B't X Neo is like season 2) is available on animesuki.com. Yes it's legal.moreless
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