Beyblade is originally a Japanese manga (Japanese comics) series written and illustrated by Takao Aoki. The series first appeared in CoroCoro Comic from 2000 to 2002, the individual chapters were collected and published in 14 tankōbon volume by Shogakukan.
The comics series tells the story of a group of kids, led by protagonist Takao Kinomiya (Tyson Granger), who form teams with which they battle one another using highly powerful spinning tops called "Beyblades." These tops are enchanted with magical spirits, hence their amazing capabilities.
The manga series was then adapted into a three season anime (Japanese cartoons) series. The first season aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from January 8, 2001 to December 24, 2001. The second season, called Beyblade V-Force, ran from January 7, 2002 to December 30, 2002. The third season, known as Beyblade G Revolution, ran from January 6, 2003 until its conclusion on December 29, 2003. All three seasons have 51 episodes each.
In 2004, a movie version of the anime series was made. Entitled "Beyblade: Fierce Battle," the film follows the adventures of Tyson and his team, called the Bladebreakers, in their mission to stop an unleashed dark shadow group called the Shadow-Bladers and save the world in the ultimate Beyblade showdown battle!
The most recent anime series of Beyblade is entitled Beyblade: Metal Fusion (known as Metal Fight Beyblade in Japan). It features a new cast of characters and Beyblades and was released in 2009 (2010 in U.S.). Its sequel, Beyblade: Metal Masters, was released in 2010 (2011 in U.S.).
Because of its immense popularity, several video games based on the anime series were created, spanning multiple gaming consoles including Game Boy Color (Japan only), PlayStation, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, V-Force 2 In 1 TV Game (Plug-and-Play), Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and PSP
A line of high-performance spinning top toys carrying the Beyblade trademark were also launched in 2000 following the phenomenal success of the manga series.