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Origin of the Species Part 1 is the first segment of the first episode of Bakugan Battle Planet. It first aired in the United States on Cartoon Network on December 23, 2018.



Dan meets partner Bakugan Drago, and we learn about the 'incident' that happened on Earth twelve years ago.


Once an event happened on Earth. Twelve years later, Dan and his comrades figured out that things known as Bakugan existed, although they weren't aware of them.

Dan encounters a boy whose name is Magnus. Drago, who is Dan's Bakugan, tells his owner, that they have been challenged to a battle, while Magnus says that this battle could change the fate of the world. After activating the Drome, Magnus sends his Bakugan Nillious.

Dan recalls the time he and his friends entered Pinpoint Park at night to make a video about the truth regarding the Great Collision by jumping a fence to get into the collision site and after that recording the video. When the collision happened, none of them, except Dan, who was born on that day, was alive. While midnight approaches, Dan discusses how nobody is aware of what is the truth of the collision. When the camera starts recording, Dan and his friends, who call themselves the Awesome Ones, tell their fans that they are figuring out that the alleged collision was actually nothing. Dan is startled by Wynton, Lia and Lightning, who reveal, that this was a trick, which is a surprise for Dan, as it is his birthday. Suddenly, Lia's drone and phone ceases to work, due to a mysterious phenomenon occurring at midnight and sparks are crashing from the sky as the AO are running away in fear. Soon, all devices work again, while the AO hear a voice which says "Bakugan". Then a ball of some mess appears, which gets on film and Dan finds a red ball, as hexagons show up on the ground with him walking on them. The others don't see anything until Wynton touches Dan, with them both seeing the hexagonal ground.

After looking at the red ball, Dan throws it and it transforms into a dragon-like creature - a Bakugan. The AO run away with the dragon stopping them. Dan says to his friends, that the Bakugan is trying to communicate with them. The dragon-like creature tells the AO that Dan awakened him. Dan introduces his new partner with him revealing himself as Dragonoid. Turning into closed ball form, Wynton, Lia and Lightning find their Bakugan. The AO want to look after more of them. Dan concludes smiling and saying: "This is the craziest birthday ever".


In the episode


  • The title is a reference to English scientist Charles Darwin's famous work of scientific literature on evolution.

English dub changes


Humans and Animals

Note: All characters are listed in order of their first appearances in the episode. The time they appear is the time from the Japanese dub.

Image Name Time Note
Dan Kouzo debut
Lia Venegas debut
Wynton Styles debut
Lightning debut
Magnus Black debut


Note: All characters are listed in order of their first appearances in the episode. The time they appear is the time from the Japanese dub.

Image Name Time Note
Dragonoid debut
Nillious debut


Title screens

Title Cards

Title Sequences

Other pictures








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