Synonyms: Yuugioh Faibudiizu, Yuu Gi Ou: Duel Monsters 5DS, Yugioh 5 D's
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2008 to Mar 30, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.651 (scored by 9145 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction shounen
Sep 14, 2008
It's that time again: when one Yugioh series comes to an end and we get a fresh start with new characters. Comparing to it's past series, 5D's definitely takes on a more mature feeling. Not just because the characters are older and more serious, but not everything is a ray of sunshine for our protagonist this time around if you catch my drift. ;]
Story - Well, the story was a bit different. It is set many years into the future so we can't expect any recurring appearances from any GX or DM characters. So far the story has had three major arcs. The early episodes really introduce the characters and the new way of dueling which is called a "Riding Duel". However, when the second arc (the Dark Signer arc) begins, the show gets much more dark and much more exciting. The third arc is still underway so I can't comment on it thus far.
We still have this obsession with Dragons in the Yugioh franchise for some odd reason, this time being the "Crimson Dragon". You've got your general bad guy who plans on using some ancient power by using special people known as "Signers". Weird, eh? It takes a little while for the plot to begin, but we do get to see some background on our main character, Yusei, and his relationship with our so-called "Kaiba" of this Yugioh series, Jack Atlas, in the meantime. Like I said, it takes on a more mature plot, but it still is a kid's show.
Sound - The sound isn't that bad. The sound of a bike motor revving can get annoying, but I guess that's something you'll have to get used to when watching 5Ds. The OP and ED themes aren't that bad either.
Art/Animation - I'd say the art was pretty good this time. Technology is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
Enjoyment - To be completely honest, I hated this show at first. My initial thoughts were somewhere along the lines of "What the hell?!" When you watched the original DM, you loved it (if you didn't, you probably wouldn't be reading this review and if you haven't watched the original series but would like to watch this one, you should check out the prequels first [you don't need to, though]). When you watched GX, you were a little taken back by the new characters, but in the end it still was decent (give or take). But this...this new concept they came up with...it's just insane (at first). DM focused on tribute summons, GX on Fusions, and this time we get Synchro monsters. Initially, it's just a no, but you get used to it and it really fleshes out as a show and the rules changes (more like additional rules) are great! They don't ride bikes for every duel I might add! The one thing that I'd have to complain about is how they always make the main character (this time around his name is Yusei) duel soooo much while other awesome characters (coughAKIcough) don't get to duel as much, and if they do they don't do as well as Yusei. But it's still very enjoyable.
Overall, 5Ds isn't that bad after adjusting to it. Just get ready for a bunch of bikes, new rules, and an interesting bunch of characters. Keep an open mind and enjoy. :P read more
Dec 3, 2008
The story of this series is far more fast-paced and exciting that either of it's two predecessors. If even one episode is missed, it feels as though you've missed a lot. Almost every, if not, every episode ends with a cliffhanger. The plot is amazing. It still has the ancient-themed story, just like the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, but it intertwines with the present-day atmosphere of Neo Domino City. The story is no longer Duel Monsters-centered as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX was. The name "Duel Monsters" is barely even mentioned. The story and dealings of the characters are once again the main point of the anime. Duels are like gun combat or swordfights are in other anime series. It is merely a way of combat in the series. The story is one of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's greatest assets.
The art in this show is amazing. Every character has their own look and style reflecting their personality. The D-Wheels (called Duel Runners in the dub) are always something to look forward to seeing. There is also a lot of CG animation, especially when it comes to Riding Duels (called Turbo Duels in the dub) and monsters, especially Stardust and Red Demon's dragons.
The music in this series fits it so nicely. The music sets up the atmosphere for every scene so accurately. The opening and ending themes are among my favorite songs. The noises for the D-Wheels does not sound like a conventional motorbike, or a motorbike at all. All the D-Wheel sounds are completely brand new and sound nothing like real motorcycles. Even Security sirens sound nothing like their real-world counterparts.
The characters in this series are phenomenal. Yusei is completely different from both Yugi and Judai. His life is not like theirs as he grew-up in the ghetto known as Satellite in poverty along with his friends. Jack is like Seto Kaiba in terms of personality and pride. However, he is not as cold-hearted as Kaiba as he quickly has a change of heart towards Yusei and his friends. The supporting characters are not annoying at all and viewers will quickly warm-up to them. All the characters are well developed.
This show is far more enjoyable than it's two predecessors. As I said before, every episode ends on a cliffhanger. The plot is great and intriguing. There are many things to look forward to every episode.
This is the best Yu-Gi-Oh! series yet, and one of the best television series I have ever seen. Everything about it is so great. If it wasn't evident in it's two predecessors, then it sure is in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's that the Yu-Gi-Oh! series is not meant for children like it's American dub. The plot is so much darker and the characters are rarely happy, unless they are about to cause pain to their adversaries. Mr. Takahashi makes his target audience, teens and young adults, clear in this series. It is this tone that makes this show great. I'm sure that it will only get better as the plot expands. This is definately a must-watch series. read more
Aug 13, 2010
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is a successor to Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and it's a very good one. I will say, without a doubt, 5D's is much, much better than GX and arguably better than the original Duel Monsters series as well.
[ STORY ]
At first, you'll see people dueling while riding D-Wheels, which is like a motorcycle that has a duel disk attached to it. Yes, that seems pretty weird and just plain odd at the same time. That was my first impression when I first started watching this series. However, D-Wheel is a huge part of the story and the series makes an excellent usage of it. I don't want to get into further details, but I will say that although it seems quite dumb to be playing a strategic card game while riding on a motorcycle, you probably won't be thinking that as you get deeper into the series. Not only will you be used to the concept, but D-Wheels are used as part of the story quite well as mentioned before.
The overall story is very strong. Although there will always be times you're thinking 'Why are they always trying to solve problems by playing card games?', I think it's best to just take it as it is because after all, this series is about Yu-Gi-Oh!. The story starts a little slow as you're introduced to characters and the settings but it's enough to keep you interested. As the story progresses, it gets more intense and you'll likely start to get hooked and often times, really craving for the next episode. There are some fillers, but those are still pretty entertaining to watch. 5D's is aimed towards teenagers and up, unlike the two previous series, which mainly targeted children. The story's deeper and darker than the pervious series, but it's also complimented by some timely humours.
YGO 5D's also introduces a new key mechanic to the game, which is Synchro Summoning. It's similar to Fusion Summoning, but more effective in my opinion. It's well explained in the anime so no need to worry about it. Just giving you a heads up.
[ ART ]
The art is quite nice, especially for a long running series. It's definitely better than GX without a doubt. You can notice that the studio started to incorporate 3D elements to the series and they did a fine job. The 3D elements don't totally standout from other 2D elements which is a good thing. As usual, the characters have some of the craziest hairstyles, but hey, that' YGO right?.
[ SOUND ]
5D's definitely has some nice soundtracks that sweeten the mood and it was hard to get tired of them even if I hear them over and over. I personally wasn't too fond of earlier OP and ED songs but it seems like the songs keep getting better as new OP and ED music are introduced. It could just be my personal taste though.
Just soundtrack wise in general, they were superb and compliment the events very well. Voices fit the characters quite well and voice acting is solid all around. I personally thought the Yusei's voice was very unique and attractive.
[ CHARACTERS ]
Characters... Friendship and bond between teammates are heavily emphasized, which is kind of becoming a tradition in YGO series. Everyone in the series is all unique with distinctive personalities and backgrounds, but they are still kept in the realistic area. There aren't any outrageous, non-realistic characters like you'd find in some comedy series. You will learn about different characters' pasts and what kind of life they have been living, which strengthens your attachments to certain characters. Overall, there are some very good character developments in this series that we can relate to.
[ ENJOYMENT ]
Although the series starts out a little slow, epic duels, stronger opponents and intense moments await as you get deeper into the series. As a person who plays the game competitively in real life, I find it even more enjoyable as I get to see cards in the anime that may possibly end up getting printed in real life. Even if you don't play the game, all you need to know is the very basics of the rulings to be able to enjoy this great series. The director really has something special about creating amazing epic sequences. Sometimes, you just can't help but to go back and keep watching the same sequence over and over just because they're so epic and plain awesome. :)
[ OVERALL ]
In my opinion, 5D's was an amazing anime and it was the best out of all three series. Get ready for more action and drama on a high speed D-Wheel. Yu-Gi-Oh! isn't for little kids anymore. read more
Mar 21, 2010
The first time I heard about the issuance of a new series of Yu-Gi-Oh! i was Happy even though I did not like Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and I did not watch it
but I was happy because I generally like the series Yu-Gi-Oh!
And when I saw the Yu-Gi-Oh!5D' I found it very interesting
maybe one of the reasons is that I love the series Yu-Gi-Oh!
but the idea here is new and there are different way duels, on the motorcycle or without it.
Very wonderful and mysterious in the beginning, I liked the distinction that made between Satellite and the city's people and how Yusei managed to emerge from the Satellite's group and took the title of the king.
I liked also The idea of selectors and the Scarlet Dragon.
As usual there are Attention in friendship and confidence with playing cards and their impact on the duels.
Yusei is very cool, Quiet, strong and gentle with everyone
Of coures he always think about his friends.
But he is different from the rest of the series characters of Yu-Gi-Oh in the age and his look.
Development from the past, but there is still some negative aspects
Such as the high intensity in the formulation of hair and clothing
I do not like it in some of the characters.
[the clothes dosen't move at all ^^" ]
In general I advise Anime lovers, especially lovers of the series Yu-Gi-Oh to watch it, they will find it very cool and will enjoy it ^_^.
Jun 11, 2011
Story (7/10): The story is more outlandish and interesting than its predecessors, being set in the future (though exactly how much in the future compared to GX and DM is never said), and it is also a bit darker since it's set in a dystopian society. Synchro monsters are heavily used by characters here much like how fusions were used a lot in GX. The "Card Games on Motorcycles" concept is executed quite well; it has its own system of dueling with "Speed World", and regular ground duels still occur often. On the other hand, it is a bit annoying that an explanation is never given for how card games on motorcycles originated or why the characters even bother with the trouble.
The overarching plot is based in Incan culture which was nice, but there's not really anything that's particularly deep or though-provoking in the plot, and card games and friendship (KIZUNA!!!!) are still used to save the world, though more believably than the other two series. The main characters are the Signers who are chosen by the Crimson Dragon, a Yu-Gi-Oh god, to save the world from the Dark Signers. There are a fair share of twists and turns and a good amount of foreshadowing (though sometimes it's not that subtle), but there are also a few deus ex machinas, so be warned. There are a few places where the story slows down a bit for duels, but overall the plot moves along quite nicely. The first arc was probably the most consistently good, but the second arc really made you like the characters despite some speed bumps near the end.
Art (7/10): The art is quite a mish mash, ranging from really good (though still not with a lot of moving) to mediocre, and it's obvious that the animation team changes with each episode. The CGI for certain monsters can be really bad as well, but it thankfully doesn't use it that often. Overall, the art is okay and usually doesn't detract from the viewing experience.
Sound (8/10): This series is known among fans for having a great soundtrack that really helps support the mood of the scene. It probably won't make anyone's Top Anime Soundtracks of All Time, but the music is still consistently good.
Characters (8/10): This show is better at not making the focus on only one character and having them duel all the time than the previous two (I'm looking at you, GX). It also has some of the best character development the franchise has to offer. Since there aren't too many main characters, I'll just go through them one by one.
Yusei Fudo- Yusei, the main character, is a serious and cool Signer instead of a standard shonen idiot hero. He is also unfairly looked down upon by society due to his background. Both of these things are a fresh breath of air from Judai from GX, and it was really cool to seem him win duels in clever ways and make people change the way they view him. He's a static character, but he also is quite round in his personality; though initially he's just a kind stoic who really cares about his friends but otherwise doesn't let much bother him, later he's shown to have insecurities and is quite distraught whenever someone he cares dies. But like I said previously, he's a static character so he doesn't go through much character development at all (this is not necessarily a bad thing). Overall, he's probably one of the most likable characters in the series, and I'm glad they didn't decide to make him invincible, win every duel through cards that he never had before and will never use again, and steal all the screen time. *coughs*
Jack Atlus: Jack is the rival of this series, coming from the same background as Yusei, and is the main antagonist of the first arc despite also being a Signer. I know that a lot of people think he's a cheap rip-off of Kaiba, and he really seems like that at first, being a jerk who betrayed his friends so that he could become the King of Riding Duels. Later, however, I think Jack's really more like Silver from the Pokemon games, and by that, I mean WAY BETTER THAN KAIBA. Jack is a dynamic round character so he goes through a lot a character development (probably the best next to Ushio's, who isn't really a main character and thus I won't spend much time talking about him) and later you find out that he's really not as much of a jerk as Kaiba (and is over 9000 times better than said CEO), and is also insecure and most of all HUMAN. I could gush on and on about how awesome it was to see Jack change from a knock-off of Kaiba (who is just a plain jerk whose only redeeming factor is his relationship with Mokuba) to a man who is trying to improve himself. He also has ATLAS PUNCH which is just plain awesome. Definitely my personal favorite character, and he's pretty well-received by others as well. It's just a good thing that they didn't make him a total noob at card games later and be mostly for comic relief than an actual rival.
Aki Izayoi- Aki is a Signer who happens to have psychic powers that make any card she plays come to life. Although this may seem cool at first, this also means that any damage she inflicts is actually painful and destructive, which leads her to be prejudiced against by society. Aki is probably best described as misunderstood. She is initially a violent, destructive, but skilled duelist who everyone hates (I think this is the Aki that most people like), but it is later revealed that the unstableness of her personality stems mostly from her parents. While the way this is presented mostly makes Aki come off as a brat who takes things too seriously, it also shows that she is not genuinely a bad person, but just has somewhat understandable issues. I think Aki's character development from a violent witch to a stable, well-meaning individual made people think her character got derailed, but I don't think that "violent witch" was really part of her personality in the first place; it was just a mask. But no matter how you look at it, Aki was a good character with a design that many men I know are happy with. I'm just glad they didn't make her a bench warmer whose is totally dependent on Yusei for everything.
*nearly chokes on the mucus in her throat*
Ruka and Rua- Ruka and Rua are "identical" twins, so they look alike despite the fact that one of them is a girl and the other is a boy. They are younger than the rest of the cast, being around 11 while everyone else is in their late teens. Ruka is the younger yet more mature Signer twin, and is also a dueling prodigy who can talk to duel spirits like Judai and Manjoume from GX. Rua is the immature older twin who is not a Signer and probably fits the idiot hero bill better than anyone else. He's reckless, and he cries if he loses a duel. But he truly cares about his sister and wants to protect her, and his character is developed quite a bit. Ruka, while nice and insightful, is a bit of a disappointment. She actually gets to duel less than Rua despite the fact that she's a Signer and Rua's not. She's not weak in a dueling sense, but she gets to duel so rarely that it's hard to tell that she's really a prodigy.
Crow Hogan- Crow is a guy who comes from the same background as Yusei and Jack and yet is introduced 30 whole episodes after they were introduced. He's probably the worst character of the main cast because of this. While his personality of being essentially a loud-mouthed Robin Hood figure for children is okay (though still not very interesting), him suddenly getting introduced in the second arc and being old buddies with Jack and Yusei, despite never being mentioned or even foreshadowed makes him creep into Gary Stu territory. He also has a deck that is very good in real life and thus, Crow almost never loses a duel. I personally don't hate Crow as much as many others do, but it's impossible to deny that he stole screen time from more interesting characters who were established before him solely to promote his deck. That, and his D-Wheel can fly.
Enjoyment (9/10): In my opinion, this is the most enjoyable Yu-Gi-Oh series to date, with interesting characters who all actually do stuff and a plot that actually goes somewhere. Seeing Yusei be prejudiced against by society yet still kick butt was awesome, as well.
Overall (8/10): Being 64 episodes long and with virtually no filler, Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's is a must-see for any Yu-Gi-Oh fan even with its ridiculous concept. I'm just glad they didn't make the series 90 episodes of crud longer and totally derail virtually every character's personality. *falls out of her chair in a coughing fit* Wow, I think I might be coming down with something. read more
Jan 28, 2011
Story (10): The story for 5D's is simple, but complicated at the same time. In the beginning, it's pretty simple: the MC is going after his old friend who betrayed him and wants revenge. Though the story turns much more tangled and sophisticated. There is the dueling aspect of it too, where if you didn't see either of the first two series, you'd be totally confused. So if you haven't, it'd be a good idea to watch a few episodes or to look up the rules.
Art (9): The art in this anime is, for the most part, amazing. Why do I say for the most part? For some odd reason, some of the art in some episodes are top-notch, and some of the episode's art are terrible. For example, episode 40 had pretty terrible graphics, but 41's art was astounding. Don't let that drive you away though-the art changes get better as the series goes on.
Sound (10): The musical score is just amazing. The perfect music for the perfect times. The sound effects are great. The openings and ending songs are really cool too.
Character (10): The characters are all very likeable and admirable. They have backstories you can really empathize with. You even end up loving the villains, too!
Enjoyment (10): I enjoyed 5D's very much. It has a lot of twists and turns. The only reason I don't recommend this to everyone is just because of the dueling aspect, and how odd it might be for people to just play card games randomly. If you do get over this fact, though, you can really lose yourself to 5D's.
Overall (10): I think this was the best series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. Everything about 5D's is astounding. A must-watch for all Yu-Gi-Oh! DM and DMGX lovers-and everyone else!
Aug 16, 2008
It's the best point of this show.You didn't hear wrong. It's true.
Within 20 episodes I think the plot is awesome. Many secret of dragon marker and signer concern with the past and development of main character.
That's enough for me. But This show make me surpised !
It's built many great event include with plot-driving every episode. Most of event I didn't expect. It's make this show exiciting more and more!
the Animation is okay for me.But I think Animators can make better animation quality for this show...Some of episode if it's have better animation It's more enjoyable.But Sometimes I think to riding duel....It's make animator working hard.It want high quality animation(and i LIKE it)...since I have think to this. I understand everything...And says so..so..try the best animator-san!
and CG WOW! it's so coooool.
they fit with this show.OP/ED is great. OST of this show is make me concern. It's pop-rocks tecno like theme of this show.
The Characters in this show, I like The most is Yusei.He is smart,cool and smexy!(haha) but Aki, Ruka, Rua and Jack make me enjoyable too.Everyone have the past, character developmentand and nice habit.It's interesting and likable to watch. and..
Support character is useful!(Make me suprised again.) they have some development to driving a plot.and they have the past too(Wow...)
Sure! It's very enjoyment for me! both of them(Duel and plot) are awesome.The main(Yusei) encounter with many trouble.It's exciting to see him find a way to against those trouble. and Hey! villians are work very well for me.they look smart.Oh Don't forget riding duel. It's entertaining for me than normal duel soooo much.
It's not like another series of Yu-gi-oh not like suck GX and original Yu-gi-oh. It HAVE plot and excitng story.Sometimes they have talk but hey! That talk for plot(Ep 14) It's new and follow me to watch this series to end.
I didn't want to see this make filler more and more like GX(I give up at five episodes) I wish director of this series don't betray me.
You should try this series at least five episodes!(Like I do with GX) but in times you won't find suck series ! You will find awesome series! Yu-gi-oh 5D's!
Mar 30, 2011
Ok, now that everyone has gotten that out of their system we can enter the world of high speed action that is Yugioh 5d’s
The third series of the Yugioh Franchise is marked by breaking away from many of the tropes that had plagued the other two, in particular the previous series Yugioh Gx. Rather than being built upon a tournament or school structure system, 5d’s manages to create its own almost post futuristic world. The setting of this world is the best developed in all of Yugioh history.
Our cast for this series is slightly different from the usual Yugioh cast. Yusei is not our average Yugioh protagonist. Not only is he older, but his maturity is shown to us time and time again. This is a shounen protagonist who is smart, cool and collected. He forges his own destiny, building his own motorcycle out of the scraps available to him. Jack Atlas takes the rival slot for the series. He starts off as the basic Kaiba clone for the series, arrogant and prideful. In a wise move they manage to develop him in such a way that makes him one of the more beloved characters of the series. Akiza becomes one of the most developed female characters in Yugioh history. Not only does she have a tragic past but she also is a strong duelist capable of putting Yusei and the like in their place. The uneasy bonds that these three share make up the core of Yugioh 5d’s.
The plot still follows the regular card game format. Expect a couple tournament arcs with one time characters. Expect highly situational random dues ex machina card draws at the last minute that will never see print. Expect people to not stay dead for long. This is what the Yugioh franchise is about, and for what it’s worth, 5d’s manages to pull it off for the most part. Villains have personal connections to their opponents to make them more than just fights to save the world but also character battles. The Synchro mechanic introduced in 5d’s proves to be interesting and fun (Synchro Chants are addictive) but in general the card designs in 5d’s are some of the best in all Yugioh history which make for some very entertaining duels. There is also a lot less random opponent of the week, and more plot oriented episodes. There are some really genuinely shocking moments in this series.
If this was all there was to 5d’s (up to episode 64) I probably would be able to give it an 8/10. A good reinvention of the Yugioh franchise. Unfortunately Yugioh 5d’s continued past the first season for almost 100 episodes. They start the second season with near 20 episodes of filler. Once they start engaging the actual plot of the second season, you realize that maybe the filler was the more humanitarian option. Character assassination doesn’t begin to describe what occurs in Season 2 of Yugioh 5d’s. The number of editorial changes and plot holes quickly begins to pile up, leaving no doubt that the writers are making this up as they go along. Towards the end of Season 2 they manage to recover a bit with some rather epic duels, but the damage has already been done.
The animation is what you would expect of an ongoing series with more than 150 episodes under its belt. There are some episodes that kick it out of the park with stellar animation. There are some few rather rare moments where the animation completely backfires and a dramatic moment is defused. It should be noted that I am not a fan of the 3D animation used in anime, especially inserted in regular animation. It interrupts the flow of the series at best. At worst it looks totally silly. Luckily 5d’s manages to keep the 3D animation to a minimum, not over using it. It is easy to overlook these few random moments.
The soundtrack of the series is one of the most enjoyable elements of Yugioh 5d’s. A lot of the character theme’s are so intense and gripping that they can make even the most simple of duels seem like the world cup. Every moment is dripping with drama because of the awesome soundtrack. This is one part of the series that never takes a dip. Later in the series they add insert songs by Masaaki Endoh who also does a couple of opening themes, all of which are filled with so much energy and charge.
In total, Yugioh 5d’s can be inconsistent. It started off strong, and when it wants to be good the series can been very enjoyable, but when it is weak it can be disastrous and the last half of the series is filled with weak plot elements. If you are a Yugioh fan than this is something you must watch, but for everyone else there is better series to watch.
Riding Duel Acceleration!!! read more
Nov 8, 2008
I immediately connected to the plot, a whole new twist on the card game: D-Wheelers. I have to say, they did a better job with 5D's then GX (GX felt like Emo school drama :P).
The designs are top-notch, IMO. Especially the fact that it's being aired in HD. Aki's appearance reminds me of another character i love, but other than that, i give the Art a 9/10.
The OP/ED themes really give 5D's its edge. It's not too annoying, not to bland, just perfect. The dueling music has also improved from it's predecessor. Even more darker scenes have better background music.
The characters are excellent. You have the quiet, hardy type (Yusei), the "i'm better than you" with a (Slight) good side (Jack), the comic-relief characters (Yanagi, Akutsu) and the loyal servants (MIkage, Tetsu) and the mysterious bad guy (Godwin).
5D's is probably one of the few anime's i watch nowadays, not alot of shows interest me (believe me i'm really picky :P) but 5D's is just a wonderful show. Even if you didn't watch the previous Yu-Gi-Oh shows, you'll feel right at home. read more
Mar 19, 2009
The story of the series is supposed to take place in a distant future of Yugi's home town, Domino City. There have been some freaky things going on that made Domino split into two parts; an Island called Satellite, and the main land Neo Domino City. Those who live on Satellite are dirt poor and mostly criminals and ex cons live there. This makes them processable to Neo Domino City. In summary there is Rich land and there is Poor land, a YuGiOh spin off of Robin Hood. Our cast of heroes come from different parts of Satellite and Neo Domino City, but though they have different aspirations they're destiny is fated to ban together and fight an evil force that has been hidden for a millennium that desires to concur the world....Well this sounds a lot like X 1999, and how I hated that movies so much.
Story wise, it was made for kids. What do you really expect? Though watching the Japanese version is always better then the 4Kids TV version, I wasn't expecting anything exciting besides a few cliff hangers (with an obvious result). The characters in the series (Yusei, Jack, Aki, Rua, and Ruka) don't have many desirable development. They have the same tracked mind and always fight till the very end *Yawn*. Also the story is very screwy too; dueling on Motorcycles. Some one at Konami was really desperate to think of a new marketing idea. Riding 40-50 mph on a motorcycle down a stretch of high way while dueling is not my idea of super thrilling action; just plain stupid. Though this is such an idiotic course of action, they had to find one way to make the series keep existing. Another thing I'd like to point is they the changed the theme from Egyptian Mythology, to Aztec and Inca Mythology. Wasn't YuGiOh supposed to be about Egypt? I guess Kazuki Takahashi was impressed when he went on a trip to Peru or Mexico so he had to make a story based on that.
In the end I've watched a total of 50 episodes of this series, that a lot compared to the people who've given up on the series but watch it time to time. Probably reached the quarter make of it (my guess 160 episodes). At first I hated it but I had to give the series a chance since I like the Original YuGiOh series to begin with (Not the Duel Monsters one). The theme songs are pretty catchy and you find yourself looking for them online to put into your MP3. If you're a big player of YuGiOh TCG like I am, you might want to watch an episode or two but not dedicate to it. For those who like the series, you're probably a Narutard or some hopeless DBZ fan dope who can't differentiate between good Anime or something you saw in your monthly Newtype or Shonen Jump magazine. In the end of this I don't hate the series, but it's not a good series. You're probably better just playing the game and pretend this series doesn't exists.
PS. I activate a Trap Card, take evasive action!! read more
Feb 19, 2009
At first, the storyline may seem a little weird. Well, due to the fact the story line actually varies, yes. It does seem weird. But you'll grow to like it and love it even.
Honestly, if the animation wasn't so weird at random intervals, I could have given this a 10/10 also. The art is enjoyable and colorful. And it's not hurting to your eyes, especially later on.
That is, if you watch good quality videos. But in all seriousness, the sound is good too.
Well, they're not cheap rip-offs of the other characters in Yuugiou and that's always a good thing. But, each character has their own personality and while you might think at times, "This character is oddly like so-and-so", the truth is, they're not. Characters are just that good.
I just enjoy it. Through the sad moments to happy to funny.
In conclusion, if you've been a Yuugiou fan for years, you'll love this series. ;3 read more
Oct 24, 2010
The storyline is original and well thoguht-out. It destroys the boundaries set by other series' and brings up something incredibly new, and something very worth watching. As the series goes on, the story increases the level of epicness. You may hate the thought of card games on motorcycles because of LittleKuriboh's abridged series, but it's ALOT better than what you actually think it is.
The art is a twist of the origianal Yu-Gi-Oh! character design scheme with a twist of something completely different. For example, the eyes have changed shape slightly, but you still have a hint of the egyptian eye liner that all main characters used to have. The design is a well deserved improvement.
The themes are amazing, there have been alot more openings than in the original series so far *writing this review after episode 131, about 6 or so openings* but about the same amount of seasons. The background music is well composed whilst they occasionally have music by the theme song composer adding a more dramatic feel to the duel.
The characters fit incredibly well into the series, keeping up with the all male main character theme, Fudo Yusei in my opinion is probably one of the better ones. Yugi was rather annoying at times, and Judai... well you get the picture xDD The main characters in this series are all around the age of 18, except the twins. No diea about their age. They all seem alot mroe calm as the threat increases where as in previous series' they all exploded and caused an out-roar about maybe someone ripping up a few trading cards or not believing in this "heart of the cards" thankfully in 5Ds tyhey change that all to dumb luck that every main character has way too much of, like traditional Yu-Gi-Oh! fashion.
In my oppinion this is the best overall series of a childhood favourite anime. As the series' go on, the epicness increases and you really start to miss the old school episodes. It makes you want to go unbury your old deck and challenge your friends to that last duel. It's a fun and amazing anime to watch. If you lsot faith in Yu-Gi-Oh after GX ruined your life, have faith in it again! Watch 5Ds!
Overall, I have scored 5Ds 10. Everything has been done amazingly and to a high quality, even if it was originally made to promote a childrens card game. I love this anime as it has continued the themes of old series' and jammed alot more down them. It has changed the ways we think of Yu-Gi-Oh! and what it supposedly means. It's a must watch for fans of the original :D!! read more
Apr 8, 2011
The series has come to an end and what an end it was. Upon the end of GX the world got a glimpse of the new era of YGO and its safe to say we all had our doubts about card games being played on motorcycles.
You start the story off with our not so young protagonist Fudo Yusei who appears to be in the outskirts of the city, Neo Domino City, the outskirts was know as Satelittle. After being betrayed by his former friend Jack Atlus, Yusei builds a D-Whell from scratch and aims to break through into Neo Domino City to take back his stolen Stardust Dragon the card which at the time was said to have held all the hopes and dreams of their friends in the Satelittle.
Afterwards everything is pretty cliche, a new enemy appears and Yusei aims to defeat them however through out each arc the bonds between him and anyone he makes positive relations with is stressed greatly and not in a "Our friendship can make us do anything" sort of relationship but more of a sense of support between him and everyone they might to do their best
This is the first YGO series to be animated in HD, visually i thought it was amazing though i could have done without some 3D animations in some scenes involving the main Dragons, it was something that was easily overlooked.
The 5D's OST is simply amazing and gets your heart racing, just look up themes such as "Yuseis Battle" or "Unleashed Force" and youll see
The main protagonist was a much more mature character compared to previous heros Yugi and Judai, alot of people always clinged to Yugi for being the original King of Games but Yusei had that mature sense of mind and was always calm and collected throughout all of his hardships. Then you had the Seto Kaiba of the show Jack Atlus who was the most self centered character of the series, but of course every series needs one.
Riding Duels have really liven up the way duels were played in the show, instead of both players just standing across each other drawing cards you have the characters riding whatever course theyre on whether it be an offcial route made by the city or a random duel in the outskirts of the Satelittle, the entire world was their duel field. read more
Aug 19, 2011
Boy, was I glad I did.
Personally, I found that this plot was a lot better than the plots of the previous two series. It wasn't just people wanting revenge for random reasons, it was people trying to change the world for the better, albeit using the wrong techniques. It also focused on a lot of real-life issues such as discrimination and how the under-classed people have hopes and dreams too.
I liked the second season storyline better than the first.
For a Yuugiou series, the art is pretty good. I find that animators focused their art skills more on the monsters than the characters. The characters are pretty simple, but they look good. However, I think animators should pay more attention to details when characters are zoomed out; usually the characters don't look great from far away.
Sound effects are realistic. I love the theme and insert music; I think they are the best out of all the Yuugiou series. Soundtrack fits with the mood - mysterious, dark - , but I feel that Yusei's theme was overused - it played just about every episode...
Overall, characters were great; they weren't flat. Development is good too. I just found Yusei to be the same in the first 40 episodes or so; he kept talking about bonds and the speech every time was kind of annoying, but other than that, it was good.
I enjoyed this series very much. I'm sad it's the shortest series.
-Sigh, my first review ^^- read more
Nov 16, 2013
Of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-OH! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's I'd have to say 5D's is my favorite. I love how Yusei is so much more serious of a character than Jaden from GX was. Also, synchro summoning and turbo duels really made this anime twice as good and kept old viewers like me watching. Plus, the series finale was much better this time than it was in GX.
The bad things I have to say about this anime is for one it can get a little boring watching some characters duel, some duels in this anime get so complicated and drawn out that I just completely lose track and interest. Also, I understand that the entire anime is based around this, but why do the characters in this anime have to solve every problem they have by dueling? For example, in GX there's an episode where a girl gets kidnapped and Jaden must rescue her by beating the kidnapper in a duel. Why? because obviously any problem in this anime, and I'm referring to the Yu-Gi-Oh franchise as a whole, can be solved by playing a card game. That's a problem with this anime, all the action scenes are just characters playing a card game and there's never any good old fashioned fight scenes. Also, I saw the 4 kids edit of this anime and let me just warn you that 4 kids is infamous for ruining the animes it translates. 4 kids chose not to include this little mini story arch that happens at the end of the series that I believe would have been a much better ending then the way 4 kids decided to end the series.
If you are a big fan of Yugioh that already saw Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX then I highly recommend watching this anime. read more
Jan 7, 2012
The series consists of protagonist Yusei Fudo, a cool-headed but determined individual who seeks to free himself and others of oppression. He is a social outcast due to living in Satellite, the slums near Neo Domino City, and his eventual victory with friends he made along the way is highly predictable. Much of the story rides on Yusei and his predictable victories in duels, and the rest consists of usually well-intentioned villains who disagree with Yusei's idealistic view of saving everyone from future dangers who explain the wrongs of his ways of thinking. Of course, they're eventually disposed of.
Yusei is joined by many characters from various walks of life on his journey, though they lack dimension. Most characters serve a purpose in the plot, and aren't explored beyond that. Some characters experience development through the actions of Yusei and the world around them, but only becomes noticeable after watching the series for an extended time, especially when they become capable of helping the world and people around them much like Yusei himself. However, many characters face degradation, being later forgotten or turned into comic relief or duel commentators.
Execution of the aforementioned concepts is a mixed bag. As with previous Yu-Gi-Oh! series, 5D's boasts some fantastic music, accentuating the highs and lows of the story. Animation, however, is less consistent: it is mostly pleasing to look at, but looks obnoxiously off-model during various episodes. The eye candy is placed where it matters most, namely, during revelations in the plot or otherwise important episodes.
With any long-running series, there is the issue of maintaining a feeling of freshness to the content of the show. This is especially difficult with 5D's, a show in a franchise relying on a card game and already preceded with two extended series with a very similar premise. 5D's does a good job of keeping plot points and characters colourful and varied, with a large cast of characters and various story arcs. However, there is very little feeling of continuity between these arcs. Characters and plot points previously important to the story are understandably dropped in favour of newer material. This can occasionally be annoying as many of these characters gain little closure until the very end of the 154 episode series. The long chain of playing card games and explaining it also hampers the experience for some, especially those already familiar with the card effects.
Overall, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is a fun series to watch if you turn off your mind and sit back, but far too loosely packed to be truly great. Although the idea of "card games on motorcycles" is an oddity, it is presented in a reasonable manner which is entertaining. The 'never give up' attitude of the protagonists, over-the-top flair and overcoming adversity is exciting to watch. If you're after something more serious, pick something else. read more
Oct 19, 2008
Sep 21, 2011
Some backstory: Like a lot of other people, when I first heard Little Kuriboh make fun of Yugioh 5Ds ("Card games on motorcycles"), I wtf'ed. But, I gave this series a try, and holy mother on earth, it's amazing.
Story: They really outdid themselves this time around; GX felt kind of bs'ed, but 5Ds is well thought out and is exactly the kind of anime I love--dark elements, set in a future society where there is a huge gap between the wealthy and the poor, etc. At first, the story is a bit confusing and "where the hell is this going" but then you just get into the story...
I stopped at episode 50 because I didn't have time anymore to watch every episode, and when I resumed again, I was just lost, so I gave up. But that's exactly it--unlike the other two series, this one has a very complicated plot and you need to watch most of the episodes to get what's going on.
I also think the new dueling rules are awesome. Synchro-summoning is great, and also the motorcycle bit really isn't as dumb as it looks. Obviously it was put in to make the series more "cool" but they did think it through, and you start ignoring the lol'ness of it after the first few episodes.
Art: Pretty awesome, it's similar in the art style to the previous two series, but the characters have better designs this time around. Yusei has a crazy hairdo like Yugi, except it actually looks good. The other characters are have unique designs that look pretty good, ie Aki (yum).
Character: Yusei is definitely the coolest Yugioh protagonist yet (including that little snot Yuma in the new series Zexal). The characters actually look good without any of that super-sharp hair look (Aki, Jack, Luca). Aki is the best female character in the Yugioh franchise so far, hands down.
Enjoyment/Overall: Definitely one to watch if you're into Yugioh. Even if you're not, and you didn't like DM or GX (the first two), give it a try. It's pretty different, with a lot more dark undertones. read more
Jun 6, 2010
Oct 6, 2011
After watching Yugioh Duel Monsters and Duel Monsters GX, Yugioh 5Ds came along and took everything that made the original good, and also what made GX good, and created an amazing story.
Without spoiling much of the story, 5Ds has one of the darkest stories in the series, though I thought that after season 1, this dark feel had been toned down, but that's not a bad thing at all.
The characters are really engaging and the voice work for them is superb, I wish the same could be said for the god-awful 4kids english dub.
The music is very good, some tunes really put you in all kinds of mood, and the opening and ending songs are great as well.
The animation is a mixture of 2D anime cell, and CG, while in some other animes this mixture seems rather unorthodox, in 5Ds, the transition between the 2D and the CG looks almost seamless.
The new D-Wheel mechanic for the card duels is also very original, and also, the brand new cards introduced in the series also look cool. A shame that some of these cards designs were edited in the 4kids version.
All in all, Yugioh 5Ds is a very entertaining card game anime that remains worthy to the original Yugioh, which is one of my top favorite series.
And so far I''ve heard that this series have been getting better ratings than Naruto and Bleach, which are also good animes, however, I'm not a big fan of these.
I highly recommend you watch this anime, for something based/ that focuses on a children's card game, the story is very engaging and the characters are very colorful and expressive.