And with this incarnation, the once proud yu-gi-oh! franchise begins its slow descent into the inferno. I have to admit it, this show still retains some of the flare of the original series. But, if you ask me, with each passing incarnation of the franchise, a little of the original greatness starts to rub off. The original set a good and believable (for a fantasy story) tale in motion. GX had large shoes to fill and did the job in an excellent manner. It even nearly had me crying when the series came to an end (I couldn't decide which one I wanted to win between Yugi and Jaden). However, that original umph of the original series was a little diluted. Now, in this, the third incarnation of the franchise, the dilution of that originality is even more apparent. Over the multiple series, the attack power and abilities of the heroes' strongest monsters seems to have declined, as has the ease with which that hero can summon them (it used to not even require sacrifices or synchrons). All of the characters that made the original series and GX famous have been presumably killed off or are well advanced in years (this show is about 30 yrs after GX). And just what the heck is this new craze with dueling on motorcycles? The heroe's backstory is admittedly one worthy of the original series. However, I don't particularly like the concept of five heroes or the whole thing with the Aztecs and Nazca lines. The old yu-gi-oh! was built on monster spirits that tied in with Egypt. This incarnation seems to be re-inventing the storyline. Only this time, it's ancient history that corroborates monster spirits rather than monster spirits that corroborate ancient history. I guess all I'm saying is that this show is fairly good, but the yu-gi-oh! franchise has DEFINITELY started to go into decline.