Yu☆Gi☆Oh! 5D's, set in the not too distant future, is the sequel to Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Duel Monsters GX. Following on from its predecessors, the show is centered on the Duel Monsters Card Game.
Neo Domino City, a newer, evolved city is the largest in the world, watched over by its Director, Rex Godwin. Satellite, the renamed old Domino City, is now the city's main waste disposal area and the inhabitants who live there, Satellites, live in poor conditions and are forbidden from Duelling.
Fudou Yuusei, the shows main protagonist, has built a D-Wheel (used for the new form of duelling, Riding Duels) in the hope that he can escape to Neo Domino City. Spurred on by revenge towards Jack Atlus, the King of Riding Duels, he manages to escape and duel Jack for his precious card, Stardust Dragon. However when it is summoned along with Jack's ace monster, Red Demons Dragon, a wondrous Crimson Dragon appears, along with a mysterious Birthmark on Yuusei's arm.
From here on, Yuusei and his friends are thrown into a world of Darkness, from which they must duel their way out and attempt to save the world from the destructive forces that soon appear.
#01: "Kizuna" by Kra (eps 01-26) #02: "Last train (New Morning)" by Knotlmp (eps 27-64) #03: "FREEDOM" by La-Vie (eps 65-103) #04: "BELIEVE IN NEXUS" by Masaki Endoh (eps 104-129) #05: "Road to Tomorrow - Going My Way!!" by Masaaki Endoh (eps 130-154)
#1: "START" by Nakagauchi Masataka (eps 01-26) #2: "CROSS GAME" by alice nine. (eps 27-64) #3: "-OZONE-" by vistlip (eps 65-103) #4: "Close to You" by ALvino (eps 104-129) #5: "Future Colours" by Plastic Tree (eps 130-154)
Edited this entire review. I'm watching this subbed and I recommend you do the same. I've seen a few episodes of the dub and they've completely butchered it.
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. :Pread more
When Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX began airing, I thought that it was going to follow in the footsteps of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. That was not the case. However, I feel that Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's brings back what everyone loved about the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and a few extra things along with it.
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
take the scenario from Terminator + tons of mindless violence + card games on motorcycles (that are surprisingly good) + a badass protagonist: Welcome to 5ds!
5ds revitalized the game when it needed it most. Konami created new types of cards (synchros) and introduced them through an anime so good that people actually got over the fact that Konami was creating new rules again (The same tactic was repeated quite successfully with Arc V and completely failed with Zexal). The duels suddenly became A LOT faster and more enjoyable and the game that was going downhill until then suddenly stepped up.
For starters FINALLY we're through with "school children protagonists". Yusei was already 18 when the show started, had already trouble with cops and was basically living in a giant scrapyard/post-apocalyptic city. Literally from the first minutes of the anime all you can say is "wow, is this really yugioh?!". Obviously the super-added levels of violence meant that 4kids butchered the anime even more than usual in the dub, making it utterly unwatchable, but that's hardly the original's fault.
And staying on the "violence makes good" theme, lets talk about emotional violence as well. Aki, the show's female lead is quite clearly a girl with a LOT of problems and torn between her loyalties, from the start to the end. On the one hand she wants to go with the protagonist... Mostly because she just fancies him, on the other she wants to stay with her boss, who she also fancies (kinda, and also kinda sees him as a fatherly figure, honestly it's a pretty interesting subplot). And the main reason she can't choose is that in 5ds, there is no clearly evil character. Obviously the protagonist is good, but there is no character you can clearly call an "one-sided villain", including her boss. On one hand that makes for a much more mature plot, on other it doesn't allow for the sheer evil badassness that Vector was (read my zexal II review). In fact even the last main villain of the anime, the big bad behind it all, STILL isn't evil. Misguided maybe, yes, but he only had the best of intentions (you know, unlike the motherfu%$ing Vector and the others).
The protagonist, Yusei, best of all, never jokes, almost never smiles and is in fact from start to finish dead serious about everything. The fact that he can outrun security (constantly), beat the crap out of everyone (no, I don't mean in a card game, I mean literally, beat the crap out of people), build 2 whole motorcycles from scrap and understand physics (without ever going to school mind you) makes him a total boss. After him comes Jack Atlas, the second male lead, who gets almost equal screentime, and is a fan-favourite due to his dueling style and unparalleled ego. He makes for an amazing antagonist and surprisingly well-written character (and is in fact the only character in the anime to get more chicks than Yusei). Lets be honest here, EVERYONE who has seen 5ds was hyped every time that "Red Demon's Dragon" was summoned. (Come on, you can even recite the summoning chant)
The plot starts from post-apocalyptic future, goes to "suck my Aztec d$%^" and ends up Terminator (down to the last detail). While pretty light on twists there are a few that really make for interesting story (for example who the final opponents of the second and final Arcs were). Most of the anime is delightfully dark, with purple and dark blue being the primarly used colors. (As far as I can remember you almost never see the sun in the first Arcs).
When it comes to animation and OSTes 5ds was way above the antagonism. In fact when it came out, I quite honestly thought it had the best OST in anime after Bleach (Fairy Tail hadn't come out yet). The animation has a unique dark style to it that really makes the anime enjoyable and you asking for more.
It doesn't matter if you didn't like yugioh in general, at least the first 8-9 episodes of this one are a must-watch.read more
When looking at a series, is it better to start strong but end weak or start weak but end strong? I believe a strong finish is better than a strong start because while it won't hook people immediately, it will allow for people to have something to look forward to while watching. The problem with 5D's is that it follows the latter, being a disappointment after the first season, which ends at the end of the dark signer arc. The unfortunate truth behind this is that the director for the fortune cup arc left to work on Symphogear, leaving behind notes for the dark signer arc. The new director followed these notes, but once the dark signer arc finished, he unfortunately screwed up a lot of things. If I could rate the seasons seperately, I'd give the first season a 9 and the second season a 5. So let's delve into some of the best and worst yugioh has to offer.
The story for the first season is structured pretty well. There is little to no filler and you can feel the progression. At the start, Yusei just wants to get back the card that symbolizes his bonds, Stardust Dragon, but then he gets stuck in Godwin's plan and becomes a signer. While the plot doesn't stand out, it also doesn't falter, allowing for strong character development. The second season has a convoluted plot where all the problems are solved because of Yusei suddenly becoming overpowered. It just sucks when the solution to every plot related problem winds up being Yusei. Another major issue is how there are 6 signer dragons when the original plot wanted 5. It felt like they wanted to give a character signer status just so he could stay with the main cast instead of a legitimate reason. It all just felt like so much of the original intent spiraled down into a cesspool of absurdity.
The art and sound are pretty spot on, with the soundtrack containing some of the best vocal pieces in the yugioh franchise with songs like CROSS GAME and Clear Mind. The structural and artistic design of each D-wheel definitely shows each character's personality. The duel disks are designed to look like their respective D-wheels, as the motorcycles are a hybrid of transportation and a dueling machine.
The biggest divide between the seasons is how the characters are handled. The first season had some of the best character development, delving deep into what makes each character and how they all overcome their mental and physical barriers to become stronger and better people. Overcoming the darkness in your heart is a prevalent theme within the dark signer arc, and it made the development even better. Unfortunately, the second season throws much of the development out the window and streamlines every character's personalities and emotions. There could have been so much more done with the characters introduced in the second season to make them meaningful and not just a bland sideshow.
I heavily enjoyed the first season, and it became one of my favorite parts of yugioh. It's a engrossing and fulfilling experience that you should experience. The second season, however I didn't enjoy so much. I did manage to watch through it all, and it was about the same as Zexal 1. I recommend only watching the first season while completely ignoring the second season, unless if you want to laugh at the problems it has. Remember kids, you can turn off the monitor whenever you want.read more
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