Cover for the Series's First DVD Volume featuring Guren Ōgami and Bravenwolf.
|Genre||Action, Mecha, Science Fantasy|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Mitsuru Hongo|
|Produced by||Tsutomu Mori
|Written by||Jin Kanada (eps. 1–26)
Hiroshi Ōnogi (eps. 27–51)
Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
|Original run||August 24, 2013 (US/Canada broadcast)
April 5, 2014 (Japan broadcast) – December 6, 2014 (US/Canada broadcast)
March 28, 2015 (Japan broadcast)
|Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle|
|Developer||Namco Bandai Games|
|Publisher||Namco Bandai Games|
Tenkai Knights (Japanese: テンカイナイト Hepburn: Tenkai Naito?) is a 2013 Canadian-Japanese anime series, produced by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions and Spin Master and animated by Bones and Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment. It officially aired in Cartoon Network in the United States on August 24, 2013, and in Canada on Teletoon on September 28, 2013. After a year, the series premiered in TV Tokyo and its Japanese affiliates on April 5, 2014.
Tenkai Knights is released to promote Spin Master's line of Ionix brand of construction bricks.
Eons ago, a cube–like peaceful planet named Quarton, populated by shape–shifting living bricks called Tenkai, was ravaged by a war between two opposite factions: the Corekai Soldiers, led by the valiant and fearless Commander Beagle ("Beag"); and the Corrupted Army, led by the ruthless Lord Vilius, who desired to obtain the source of Tenkai energy for his own purposes. However, the only ones who were strong enough to defeat him were the 4 Legendary Tenkai Knights of Quarton: Bravenwolf, Tributon, Valorn and Lydendor. Facing defeat, Vilius unleashed the mighty Tenkai Dragon, who was later defeated by the 4 Knights, its fragments scattered across the planet. These heroes were never seen again, but now, a year later, Lord Vilius and the infamous Corrupted Army have returned, more powerful than ever before.
Now, on planet Earth, in the year 2034, within Benham City, four young teenage boys Guren, Ceylan, Toxsa, and Chooki find an interdimensional portal to Quarton where they are chosen by Boreas of the Guardians to become the new generation of Tenkai Knights and prevent Lord Vilius and his Corrupted Army empire from taking control of both worlds.
The series is first aired in the United States on the Cable TV station Cartoon Network on August 24, 2013, at 7:30 am, and in Canada on Teletoon on September 28, 2013. The English dub is produced by Studiopolis and was distributed on DVD by Phase 4 Films, in which the first DVD release combined the first several episodes and cut them together into a movie. Currently, only the English version of Tenkai Knights is available in the United States.
In Japan, the series was delayed until April, where it would be aired on the TV Tokyo Network, with the start of its broadcast on April 5, 2014, running at 9:00 am. It would then replace Shogakukan's Oha Coliseum block and Robocar Poli that currently air in the half-hour slot. Several of the affiliates would have the show delayed and begin broadcast on April 12, 2014, airing at 7:00 am. BS-Japan would further delay its broadcast until April 15, 2014, and begin broadcasting at 5:30 pm.
The Tenkai Knights toy line is produced by Spin Master under the Ionix brand of construction bricks, along with a new Pokémon line. Spin Master refers to Ionix as the next generation of construction, with "Bricks that shapeshift." Their line of products include bricks that look very similar to traditional construction bricks, but actually shapeshift and unfold into unique mini-figures. Spin Master distributes the toys in the United States and Canada while Happinet handles the distribution rights of the toys in Japan.
The DVD release of the series in the United States, titled "Tenkai Knights: Rise of the Knights" is released on February 4, 2014 (US & CAN). In Japan, Happinet and Victor Entertainment released official DVD Box sets of the series, with the first released on August 2, 2014.
Four pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: one opening theme and three closing themes. The opening theme is "Get the Glory" by Ayako Nakanomori. The first ending theme is "Shunkan Diamond" (瞬間Diamond Shunkan Diamond, lit. "Diamond Moment") by Rurika Yokoyama, while the second ending is "Shōri no Hanataba o -gonna gonna be hot!-" (勝利の花束を-gonna gonna be hot!- lit. "Victory Bouquet -gonna gonna be hot!-") by Cyntia. The third ending, "Densetsu no FLARE" (伝説のFLARE - lit. "Legendary Flare"), is sung by Pile. The series' soundtrack is composed by MONACA of Star Driver fame.
On January 30, 2014, Namco Bandai Games has announced a video game entitled as Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle (テンカイナイト ブレイブバトル Tenkai Naito Bureibu Batoru) for Nintendo 3DS, released in Japan on September 25, 2014, and in North America on October 7, 2014.
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