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Yu-Gi-Oh, Vol. 1 - The Heart of the Cards

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The heavily promotedYu-Gi-Ohplays like a mixture ofPokémon,Medabots, andCard Captor Sakura. Yugi, an aspiring champion at Duel Monster Cards, is coached by his kindly grandfather. The Cards are a tame version of an ancient Egyptian game involving … see full wiki

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Will The Real "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Please Stand Up?

  • Oct 31, 2002
There has been some major controversy surrounding the new kids craze "Yu-Gi-Oh!" It's populer, it's anime, it's hasn't gotten beyond the point of being anything more of a card commercial, and the only way to (Currently) get it in America is dubbed/edited. If it sounds like I'm a crazed otaku who's going to eat this dub apart like I have many others before me, then you're only half correct. I'd simply like to address the controversy surrounding the show, and my personal opinion of it too. For starters let's get this "season 1" thing out of the way.

Like one reviewer has already pointed out there was never a "season 1," there was another series altogether. And yes the original series was very dark, and not anything like the second (And still going strong) series turned out to be, but it was still a very good show. And I don't really blame 4Kids for skipping it, because if they didn't then we'd have a REAL mess on out hands! The problem with skipping the first series was that, contrary to popular belief, the first series was VERY importent!

It explained what the Millinium Puzzle was, what it did, the history of the games, and the way Dark Yugi thought and acted. All this was axed to get straight to the card battles, which left little room for plot development. The charater's were introduced as quick as 5 minutes, and then 5 minutes after that the card battle starts. So for an entire season this show already leaves the impression that "Yu-Gi-Oh!" is nothing more then a simple card commercial, and will never be anything more. It's true that the Dual Kingdom Saga WAS like one long card commercial, and if you ask anyone who was a fan of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" before it was brought over to the states then they'll tell you that this saga is the one they least enjoyed.

Because despite the original series being so good, series 2 of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" was such a blant commercial for the cards they had the charater's go to a CARD SHOP of all things, and buy a truckload of cards! And while the show has it's touching moments (Like the story behind Peggasis's wife), there are many moments that prove to be painful to watch (This whole "save the world by playing a card game" is such utter garbage you get sick of it). The voice acting doesn't help with the credibility of the show since it's so aweful.

All the character's sound weird and forced beyond belief. There is not ONE person who sounds like a human being in this dub! To tell you the truth I even suspect that there may be one guy doing all the guys in the show, and one girl doing all of the girls in the show. It would make perfect sense since the charater's sound fake beyond belief. Odviously if they ever dub this uncut they might simply want to hire a new cast so that they won't look ridicules. The music is also bland, with no emotion to be found anywhere. The music cues sound kind of random to tell you the truth.

Now let's talk about the editing of the show, which is very mild, but also poorly done. Many people have complained about the following things found in the Japanese version: Guns, cursing, and culteral refferences that don't make sense. All these have been taken care of...a little. What little cursing there was has been deleated. I have no problem with this. The Japanese refferences were taken out too. I also have no real problem with this. The guns have been taken out, but in such a silly way that I wonder why they even bothered to take them out. You see all they did was take out the guns, but the people are still there gripping on to thin air.

Not only that, but they are also making "threats" while they grasp nothing but thin air. Even things like "Stay where you are" and "Give me all your money!" Seriously folks, these are threats you make when you've got GUNS to threaten people with! And since everyone is still holding the thin air where the gun used to be they might as well of just kept them in. Trust me folks, your kids will know that the men were originaly holding guns, it doesn't take a rocket scientest to figure it out. So besides the dub being a very adverage dub, 4Kids decided that they'd start with the worst season of "Yu-Gi-Oh!" out there.

Trust me people, this is not the full potential "Yu-Gi-Oh!" has to offer. Later episodes get much better, and I will be waiting for them to see if those will give the show much more respect. As it stands at the moment though, "Yu-Gi-Oh!" is simply nothing more then a card commercial. So will the real "Yu-Gi-Oh!" please stand up? And please show us the greatness you are capable of.

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