|Voiced by||Nao Nagasawa (Japanese)
Mary Long (English)
|Japanese name||Daichi Sumeragi|
|Bit-beast||Strata Dragoon (Gaia Dragoon in the Japanese version)|
Daichi Sumeragi (皇 大地 Sumeragi Daichi?) is a beyblader who joins Tyson’s team in Beyblade G-Revolution after the Bladebreakers are dissolved. He appears in the third season, Beyblade: The Movie – Fierce Battle, and the manga. A young hyperactive blader with a blade called Strata Dragoon (Gaia Dragoon in the original Japanese version), he becomes tag team partner of Tyson during the BBA Tournament. With his flaming red hair and mismatching shorts, Daichi is most well known for having a huge advantage in outdoor bey-dishes, as he has trained close to nature and has perfected his style of beyblading. His hot-headed personality is reminiscent of Tyson’s, which causes the two to clash as much as they get along. His weakness is over-confidence, as demonstrated by his two defeats—once to Kai and later to Ming-Ming.
Daichi is categorized as one of the strongest beybladers in G-Revolution, because he iss able to beat Rick of the PPB All Starz. He provides comic relief in the series with his fear of flying, constant eating and heckling Tyson. He is finally beaten by the BEGA League blader, Ming-Ming, but tells her that he will win the next time they battle. Daichi is a major character in the film Beyblade: The Movie – Fierce Battle, in which his Gaia Dragoon is the bit-beast used to release the Dark Beasts that are locked up on Demon Rock island.
At the beginning of the third season, Tyson is shocked to find out that Daichi has a variant of Dragoon, and claims that his own is the only one. Tyson and Daichi’s bit-beasts can use a combination attack, called the Twin Tornado Attack, which may be the first time this happens in the series. When Daichi’s father died, he inherited the bit-beast, so Daichi, like Tyson, always seeks solace in it. Daichi is a hard-working blader because of his father, who worked as a forest wood cutter and was very strong. He lives in the forest from where he came, and challenges Tyson for a battle at the start of the third session.
During the battle, Kenny notices that Daichi has an advantage with natural playing fields, and Tyson has an advantage in a regular Bey dish. Daichi impresses Max and Ray at first, but not Kai, as he thinks that Tyson is much more skilled than Daichi. Tyson and Daichi often do not get along very well with Tyson, calling him “monkeyboy,” Daichi’s nickname by which Tyson calls him throughout the third series. Although they often have meaningless fights and eating contests, they still remain good friends. In the manga, he has a mother named Orin and he stars in his own sidestory. He meets several rivals including Hikaru Tomonji and Kennosuke Shishi.
Daichi was a popular character in the manga, and also appeared in many of the Beyblade video games. His personality resembles Tyson’s. The similarities include their “never give up” attitudes, eating habits and constantly re-challenging people even after winning or losing. In the Japanese version of G-revolution, Daichi’s nickname in the American arc was “Wild Monkey”. Takao’s nickname is “The Champ”. At the end of the manga (vol.14), Daichi becomes the new referee in place of Blader D.J./D.J. Jazzman. Gaia Dragoon is the beyblade version of the Huang Long, the occasional fifth sacred beast in the myths of the Four Sacred Beasts, represented by the original four members of the Bladebreakers.