Jaden vs Sena Arata

It’s time for Jaden to return and school his opponents. Sena is a pretty hard worker who acts kind of like Jaden at times. True, he may not have the overwhelming leadership abilities that Jaden has, but he always puts in his best effort. Jaden has a whole swarm of monsters at his disposal though so it’ll be incredibly difficult for Sena to get anywhere near him. “How about a little help Neos!” will be the last thing Sena hears before he loses this round. At least he’ll have lost to one of the best. Jaden wins.

Weather Wizard vs Sena Arata

The Weather Wizard is back, but he won’t be able to win this round. Sena has an incredibly powerful LBX robot at his disposal and it possesses physical specs that are way beyond the Wizard’s defenses. His lightning bolts and other tricks won’t help him here since none of his attacks will be able to land. Sena can sit back and enjoy a nice box of popcorn on the sideline. Sena Arata wins.

Sena Arata vs Ripley

Ripley is a pretty confident character who certainly doesn’t get scared very easily. That being said, Sena has the massive advantage here with his extremely powerful LBX machine. There’s no way for Ripley to injure it and she certainly can’t dodge its array of attacks long enough to try and take Sena down for the count. It’s simply an easy win for the kid and it shows that as long as you keep on playing the game, you can get good enough to beat anyone! Sena Arata wins.

Little Battlers eXperience Wars: All Star Battle Review

It’s time to look at a little special that LBX Wars got after the series finishes. It gives us the crossover that we had long been waiting for; the big battle between Ban and Sena. It’s a little under 10 minutes so the special really has to hurry to the fight, but we got two quality fight scenes so I’d say that it did a good job of getting right to what I wanted to see in a crossover.

The premise is a little sad for Sena though as it turns out that he never got the proper approval to leave the island at the end of the series. Luckily, this is how he meets Ban, who has stopped at the island to teach the kids. Sena challenges Ban, but the old hero quickly brings along Jin for support. Sena gets a teammate as well, but ends up getting back stabbed (accidentally) and loses. Sena isn’t totally satisfied so he gets another rematch against Ban and this time it’s one on one. Can Sena squeeze out a win?

Don’t expect anything decisive as the special decides to play it very safe at the end. I’ll still give it credit for having a real victor in the first set though. At the very least, we know which tag team is better. While it was written to show that the loss was really Sena’s fault for rushing in, I don’t blame him. His robot’s specs should be vastly superior to Odin’s by this point so rushing in is a good strategy. Not to mention that being aggressive in combat is usually the best approach as opposed to the “wait and see” tactic that was suggested. I’d also say that Sena did a good job of holding his own for the most part.

It’s still a little hard to get used to Ban’s new design. (Yes, the glasses count as a whole new design) At the very least, he does seem to still have his old personality in tact. He was already drifting from the LBX game in the second series and it seems to be complete here as he mentions that he hasn’t played in a long time. It’s regrettable, but sometimes you live long enough to see yourself turn into the old man of the series. I can’t say that I’d like Ban much based on this, but he was great in the first two series so he still has that going for him. The supporting cast members like Jin and friends all seemed in character, but naturally there wasn’t enough time for them to do all that much here.

One thing that’s noticeable is how the special decided to save as much budget as it could. As such, we get several scenes where it’s just a giant head floating around or a sky view of the island. It’s not bad, but you can definitely see what the special is doing. I’m guessing this was made really quickly with a limited budget so they wanted to save it for the fight. I’d say that was a smart decision and it paid off since both action scenes were quite good. The animation has aged really well as with the rest of the series. We also got to see a lot of the classic tunes return for this special which was nice and nostalgic.

Overall, This was a pretty good special. It’s a shame that it was so short, but finally getting to see the main characters fight each other was fun. If anything, it probably hints that Sena would be able to beat Ban since he didn’t even use his full synchro mode in their fight. That makes sense since Sena was never a fan of it and the world isn’t in danger this time, but it’s something to think about. LBX did about all that it could in the 10 minutes and the one thing that I would have changed was to have a decisive victor in the last fight. That would have definitely been nice to see. I’d definitely recommend this special. You’ll probably enjoy it more if you’ve seen the show, but it could also be a nice way to get into the franchise as a whole. After all, it has the main strengths of why I like the series so much. The high quality action scenes and the solid soundtrack make for a good combo. Hopefully we get a Hollywood LBX movie or a nostalgic anime movie sequel at some point. We just need LBX to live on!

Overall 7/10

Sena Arata vs Hitomi Kanzaki

It’s time for a double debut! Sena Arata was a pretty great LBX main character and he was always ready for a fight. He never backed down and never surrendered. Unfortunately, I cannot say that Hitomi is a great character. She was a polar opposite to Sena as she always made the wrong choice without fail. The only thing you could count on her to do was make the situation worse for everyone else. She also can’t fight while Sena has an extremely powerful robot on his side so this won’t be all that close. Sena Arata wins.