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Bakugan Volume 6: 5 Big-Time Battles (Cartoon Network/Warner DVD)


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



I would like to let all of you know that I have no clue how this qualifies as a television show. Then again, I'm not 8 years old. For the unenlightened few (and those above the age of 10), Bakugan is another Anime, which uses the exhausted card game/monster appeal in order to grab the attention of young tykes whose attention span resembles that of a hummingbird on a three day speed bender.


Now bear with me here.  The opposing players in this “game” battle with their miniature figures who transform themselves into colossal demons.  Giant, colorful, Japanese demons who talk like they have been watching late 90s teen movies.  Then, each player takes turns using various Gate, Trap and Ability cards in order to capture three of their opponents Gate cards.


Sounds easy enough, right?  Well it's not.  Here's the storyline: the main characters talk about playing the game.  They play the game.  They learn lessons throughout the game.  All storyline has been thrown away because one game takes the episode.  Entire episode.  Aside from the main rules I've so generously researched so you don't have to, it seems as though there are more rules added each episode.  If your child understands what is going on in this show, then they must be stopped.  Otherwise it's only a matter of time before they outsmart you and take over your household.


The entire game, each player is squared off in a duel where they act as though they're sworn mortal enemies.  They hurl insults back and forth like a terrible episode of “Yo Momma,” and after one lucky player is named the champion, each player displays the best sportsmanship I've ever seen.  Remember kids, insults are alright.  As long as you can take it as well as you dish it out.


The DVD bolsters just five episodes. There are no extras, so this serves about the same purpose as your basic rental.  Picture and sound are on par with the previous releases by other authors on this site.


However, if there is one thing that I've learned from my strange, strange youth, it's that ten years down the road, your child will look back upon this show with fond memories.  It'll make sense then.



-   Jake Kocan


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