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Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters

By Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Anti-bullying message in solid trading card anime.

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KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS is a reimagining of the popular Japanese anime and manga franchise Duel Masters. It follows many of the familiar conventions of similar action cartoons, including the main character's previously unrevealed talent for summoning creatures to help him battle bullies and bad guys. But despite its conventional trappings and some ethnic stereotyping, the series manages to wrap the story in positive messages about being open to change, teamwork, and the negatives of bullying. Additionally, there's some depth to the characters, such as when the kids react to their newfound talents with a believable mixture of fear and resignation.

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters is like Pokemon at its best. It has characters that viewers can care about and root for, as well as interesting creatures that are an active part of the story rather than simply tools for the human characters to use. All in all, the series is a solid entry in the trading card-game cartoon genre.

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