Duel Masters

Cartoon Network (ended 2006)



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Duel Masters

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Shobu Kirifuda loves to play the special trading-card game, Duel Masters. For many, Duel Masters is just a fun game, but for others it is much more. A few elite players can actually bring the card creatures to life. Doing so requires passion and discipline, as well as a type of martial art, Kaijudo, "The Art of Battling with Giant Monsters," which helps develop and strengthen this ability. Shobu is a good and passionate duelist but has yet to learn his true potential. He quickly discovers that he can tap into the power of an alternate dimension where creatures and the magic in the game actually exist. Shobu learns that, like his father before him, he possesses the power to be a Kaijudo master. As Shobu continues to search for his missing father, who has vanished into the card dimension, he gains notoriety and skill as a duelist and is often guided by memories of his father. What appears to be an ordinary game becomes a very real battle for Shobu. This power brings him in contact with others who share this ability, some good and some evil.moreless
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  • Parody or not, it's still a horribly paced mess of a series.

    I think we are all familiar with Yugioh! right? A show where card games save the world, are the biggest thing since sliced bread and can summon giant monsters. Now say what you will about it but I think it's a descent show that kids will love (I did). It still holds a place in my heart especially due to the hilarious abridged series. Now when this came along...as a kid I was BOOOOORED by it and now that I was older and willing to give some shows another look, I took another look at this one. Guess what? It is somehow even worse! The animation is bad, really bad, especially the cgi on the monsters which The Asylum would say looks awful. It is even worse when you consider it was done by studio ACGT who can do some great animation like in Koi Kaze and Kino's Journey so I assume they were on lazy mode that day. Now once again, just because it has bad animation does not mean everything else is bad right? Well the writing is bad, really bad all the characters are dull, even worse than Yugioh! at some times! The story makes no sense and we have no motivation or even basic thought. Not even the card game makes a lot of sense, which is a big factor which hurts the show immensly. Isn't one rule of card game shows that you have to at least make the card game understandable, they did that in Yugioh!. Actually halfway through they decide to gag dab, which does not help one bit unlike Ghost Stories. Voice acting? Joshua Seth tries his best with his role but everyone else is flat, screechy and dull. But now the biggest problem, IT IS SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. The show has such a slow meandering pace which makes Yugioh! seem like Speed Racer! Nothing happens in a lot of the episodes that is relevant and even the stuff that is makes no sense. Plus with the boring characters the show has no staying power for kids. Bottomline, horrible knockoff of a descent show and people thought GX was bad at least it got much better in season 3.moreless
  • Uh... you people realize there's a difference between copying and parody, right?

    Yeah, this is a parody of both YGO AND anime in general. Duel Masters itself is a VERY underrated card game with more interesting rules than YGO. I admit the characters are unlikable, but hey, as this is a parody, it's pretty clear that the writers meant to do that. Anyway, it's funny. I'm not all too happy about the American references the US put in there(Honestly, Westernization is a bad reason!) but I still enjoy it. Anyway, as a regular anime, I admit it's average at best, but as a parody it works because, you gotta admit, it does a fairly good job poking fun at the anime community. Heck, they even make fun of the character designs quite a number of times. Anyway, this show's underappreciated. Don't take it so seriously, people. It's just a parody. This is like people saying Bobobo sucks just because it's not serious. It was never meant to be serious.moreless
  • somthing about cards and monsters thats about it

    this show sucks cant stand it never seen a bigger rip off of yugioh its basically the same thing the animations and graphics are terrible and cheap and some how they think putting some weird of topic humor will help the show well it doesnt one of the worst animes ever I dont even now what its about what the point I honestly could figure out why people watch it or buy the merchendise there is harldy no plot and the charchters are dumb and over emphisized you would have to be really into the card game or somthing to like this show its terriblemoreless
  • A satire on Yu-Gi-Oh.

    This show is a Yu-Gi-Oh rip off with bad refrences unlikebale characters a bad plot and worst yet it's what destroyed toonami why did Cartoon Network agree to air this. I'm not actually a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh it seems alright at somes though I prefer GX cause it does more stuff unlike the original Yu-Gi-Oh series. I used to be fan of Yu-Gi-Oh i'll admit but then I grew up now I don't play the card game anymore and i'll also admit I watched every dubbed episode of this and I was hating it I don't know why I watched it just cause no reason I guess this is cancelled in both sub and dub anyways.moreless
  • Just from watching some epsidoes I can say that this anime sucks.

    Story: 0.6/10

    Taking adventage of the popularity of Yu-gi-oh, they rushed an anime about what could be the rival of Yu-gi-oh in the TCG world. All the people seems excited by this game for no apparent reason as in other anime of this kind (Medabots, Beyblade, Yu-gi-oh and even Bdaman). Jokes are just bad... and when I say bad, I mean BAD.

    Character desing: 3/10

    The main character design is the lamest thing I've ever seen, yet the desing of the girls is average and some the bad guys have a decent one, but not the main character!

    Overall: 2.2

    Despite of maybe having a quite good TCG it isnt a good show, the idea of making it was just lame, trying to grab some leaders from the same that Yu-gi-oh traveled was a desesperate try of getting more money out of this.moreless

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