For those of you who didn’t know, I’m a biiig bad card game addict. The worst offender of these little addiction was a 6 year stint for Yugioh. Cards, anime, games, you name it. I was in until the card game got waaaay too expensive, and competitive play dropped off locally. So you can imagine that my curiousity was peaked when I learned that there have been 5 shows in the last... 12 years or so. What I have seen is not for the faint of heart or the easily confused.

It’s a mash-up of 4 out of 5 shows.

Fusions, Synchro, XYZ (ugh) and a new pendulum summoning are all here in spades. If you’re not familiar with the yugioh brand, they add a new card playing mechanic to tie in with each show, each a little more confusing than the last. Going to the show, it’s a lot to keep track of. especially when all 4 mechanics are played rapidly in tandem. Allow me the old man moment of reminiscing. At its original core, The first show was card playing. Not too confusing, pepper in some homosexual undertones (Yes, in a cast full of dudes, everybody was getting it on. Don’t believe me? Watch it again.) add some cards from newer sets, and bang, you’ve got yourself a fuckin’ show for card nerds. It was labelled for kids, but just off enough for me. It helped that it was on an hour before tourney time, and pretty much made every saturday a themed thing for me. AAAANYWAY. Holy crap does this get confusing. At face value, over the first... 15 episodes, it’s neat. people playing cards. I don’t play yugi anymore, so it’s a way to remember the fond, and not so fond memories of yesteryear. Then there’s a plot twist

There’s a multiverse twist in my card game show

And this is where I’m lost. If you’re going to do a show, based on your new product, aiming to sell a certain new thing to audiences, don’t wedge your old stuff in it too. It’s neat for old types to get dusted off, but man. It makes the show very confusing, and it’s really... well, when you start throwing around FOUR alternate dimensions around, it’s hard to keep track of who’s on who’s side, and.... fuck i’m getting a headache just thinking about it.

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Anyway, the point here is, if you’re looking for a show to show you how to play a game, pick another. if you’re looking for nostalgia value, go watch the old show. Whew, this thing’s a piping hot mess. And the main character’s got that off putting tomato haircut coloring in his hair that was a fad for a short time in japan. One last thing, does everybody who’s got a stake in this show really need 2 different colors in their hair?! Jeee-sus. NO.

ARC V, You get one very indignant tiny black cat/5. Shame on you.