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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Season 1 (2011/Flatiron/Cinedigm DVD Box Set)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Episodes: C+

Get ready to feel the flow, Yuma, a young dualist play his cards in Yu-Gi-Oh!: Zexal. Yuma encounters Astral, a mysterious being (which only he can see) who teaches him how to dual in exchange for Yuma to help get his memories back by collecting the legendary number cards. As he and his friends continue dueling, they discover their 'virtual reality' game is no mere game but another dimension and maybe the key to finding Yuma's long lost father.

Yuma is a headstrong, rash, impulsive and doesn't think before he acts, but when he meets Astral he begins to learn (painfully slow) how to think ahead and choose his cards carefully. He discovers how to summon and fight with powerful legendary cards, each new card unlocks one of Astral's lost memories and brings them a step closer to the truth behind his long lost father. As Yuma plays he encounter new friends and enemies, and as his deck grows with new cards, they evolve to even stronger levels. Their true strength comes from the power of teamwork and friendship which helps them overcome any dual.

This was your typical animation promoting card game like Pokemon or .hack. While similar to the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, the original had more interesting story/characters with a kid possessed by the spirit of a Pharaoh instead of typical kid with an artifact left by his father. The game's pattern sometimes didn't make sense in how many moves a person can make in a single turn, there were trap cards protect against their enemies attack or leveling up the character cards or using some super ability to beat the other opponent. Each episode was about how the characters was one upping each other and who ever could out smart or predict the others moves.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little on the soft side, though some of that is the style of the art, while the lossy Dolby Digital sound is passable if a little weak. There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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