Beyblade and Bakugan Star Jason Deline at Fan Expo Canada 2019

Jason Deline — most famous for portraying ‘Ernie’ in the television series “Ready or Not” (1997), voicing ‘Drago’ in the “Bakugan” animation and video game franchise (2007-) and voicing ‘Benkei’ and ‘Glen’ in the “Beyblade” franchise (2007-) — discusses his career, shares behind-the-scenes stories and answers fan questions at his 2019 Fan Expo Canada Q&A panel in Toronto.

Jason Deline is a Canadian screen actor, voice actor, director, producer, writer and comedian whose many “Beyblade” and “Bakugan” credits include “Beyblade: Metal Fusion” (2009-2013), “Beyblade: Shogun Steel” (2013), “BeyWheelz” (2012), the “Bakugan Battle Brawlers” series (2007-2009), the “Bakugan Battle Brawlers” video game (2009), “Bakugan Battle Brawlers: Gundalian Invaders” (2010-2011), “Bakugan: Battle Planet” (2018-2019), “Bakugan: Small Brawl Stories” (2019) and “Bakugan: Battle Force” (2019). His other screen and voice roles in TV series and feature films include “Arthur” (2010-2013), “Arrow” (2015-2017), “Star Trek: Discovery” (2017), “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” (2017), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” (2015), the Robert Zemeckis film “The Walk” (2015) starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley, “Chop Chop Ninja” (2018), “Murdoch Mysteries” (2018) and “American Gods” (2019). Deline is a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe ‘Radio Vault’ and created the voiceover workshop ‘Find Your Voice’ in Toronto, as well as the ‘Voiceover for Improvisers’ workshop at The Second City.

“Bakugan Battle Brawlers” (爆丸バトルブローラーズ / Bakugan Batoru Burōrāzu) [2007-2012] is a Japanese-Canadian animated adventure television series produced by TMS Entertainment, Dentsu Inc. and Nelvana Animation under the direction of Mitsuo Hashimoto. The story centers on the lives of creatures called ‘Bakugan’ and the battle brawlers who possess them. Its popularity in North America prompted several follow-up seasons: “New Vestroia” (2009-2010), “Gundalian Invaders” (2010-2011) and “Mechtanium Surge” (2011-2012). A spin-off series entitled “Baku Tech! Bakugan” (2012-2013) and its sequel “Baku Tech! Bakugan Gachi” (2013) featured characters from the manga of the same name. “Brawlers” was rebooted in 2018 with “Bakugan: Battle Planet” (爆丸バトルプラネット / Bakugan Batoru Puranetto) — a Canadian-Japanese-American anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment, Nelvana Enterprises, Man of Action Studios and Spin Master Entertainment under the direction of Kazuya Ichikawa for Cartoon Network — with a revamped toyline and a series of animated web-shorts following closely after.

“Beyblade: Metal Saga” (メタルファイトベイブレード / Metaru Faito Beiburēdo) is an anime series produced by Tatsunoko Pro and SynergySP that encompasses four seasons: “Metal Fusion” (2009-2010), “Metal Masters” (2010-2011), “Metal Fury” (2011-2012) and “Shogun Steel” (2012-2013). In “Metal Fusion,” Gingka Hagane, a Beyblader from the Beyblading residence, Koma Village, travels the country in search of strong Bladers. Along the way he meets Kenta Yumiya a strong but timid Beyblader and Madoka Amano, a Bey Mechanic. They are joined by Benkei Hanawa and Kyoya Tategami who start out as enemies but put aside their differences and develop friendly rivalries. Eventually it is revealed that he is searching for the forbidden Bey, Lightning L-Drago 100HF after it was stolen by Ryuga and Doji of the Dark Nebula, a secret organization with dark plans. They plan to use L-Drago to take over the world. In “Shogun Steel,” Zyro Kurogane, the new protagonist who looks up to Gingka Hagane and aims to become the strongest Blader, is the No. 1 Blader who remains undefeated on his home turf. In order to test his own strength, Zyro arrived at the town where Gingka and his friends were, but Gingka wasn’t there and champion Bladers who aim at becoming the strongest Blader of tomorrow had gathered. Straight away, Zyro starts to battle with them, but he wasn’t used to dealing with the Zero-G Stadium, which wasn’t in his hometown, so it was a tough fight for him… However, with his natural guts and instinct, Zyro understands the walkthrough methods and heads towards victory. As such, will the champion Bladers stand in Zyro’s way one after the other?!

“BeyWheelz: Powered by Beyblade” (2012) is a Canadian-Japanese anime series — spun-off from the original “Beyblade” (1999-2004) — that consists of 13 episodes which are set in an independent continuity. The show takes place in the futuristic city of ‘Destection’ where the hero ‘Sho’ is champion of the BEYWHEELZ World Tournament. This peaceful city is home to exciting and challenging battles between friends and allies until suddenly the city is attacked by an evil BEYWHEELZ army called the ‘Dominators.’

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