Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters



Anti-bullying message in solid trading card anime.

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Educational value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

The old duel masters are encouraged to be open minded about accepting new methods and improvements to old techniques. Ray treats the creatures he summons with kindness and compassion and is treated well by the creatures in return. Bullies are clearly on the wrong side. Friends work together to solve problems.

Positive role models

Ray, Allie, and Gabe are loyal to each other and accept one another for who they are. They face bullies together and stand up for one another. In addition, some of the duel masters are flexible and open minded about change and are as open to learning from their young pupils as they are to guiding them. Some stereotypical characterizations, such as an older Asian character who speaks in a stereotypical Mr. Miyagi-type accent.

Violence & scariness

Lots of bloodless fantasy violence as the practitioners of Kaijudo use their skills to summon creatures to fight both each other and the "duel masters." Creatures don't die but lose energy and are capable of being summoned again. Some of the adult characters are ruthless.

Sexy stuff

Some of the adult female characters wear form-fitting clothing and are designed with impossibly thin and curvy body types and proportions.


Some name-calling and insults with racial elements from bullies, such as: "Probably only half a blackbelt and only half good at math."


Part of a trading card merchandising effort. The series is based on the popular Duel Masters anime and manga franchise, which has a lot of merchandise available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters is an animated series based on the popular Japanese Duel Masters anime and manga franchise, both of which are tied to a trading card game and associated with toys similar to Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Expect a lot of bloodless fantasy violence, a number of ruthless adult characters, and summoned creatures that could be scary for younger viewers. There's some racial stereotyping in the series, including an older Asian character who speaks in a stereotypical Mr. Miyagi-type accent while spouting obscure wisdom. Bullying and racist language has clear negative consequences. In fact, the series has an explicit anti-bullying message, and the main characters display loyalty, friendship, and determination.

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What's the story?

Fourteen-year-old Raiden "Ray" Pierce-Okamoto (voiced by Scott Wolf) is a mixed-race kid living in California with his mom and grandfather. Ray and his friends Allie (Kari Wahlgren) and Gabe (Phil LaMarr) are often bullied at school by racist kids. One day, while defending himself and his friends from the bullies, Ray accidentally summons a creature from the Veil, an alternate parallel dimension where such creatures were banished long ago in order to protect the Earth. Ray and his friends subsequently meet a secret order of "duel masters" and are recruited to learn Kaijudo ("the way of the strange creature") and become duel masters themselves.The duel masters summon creatures to protect the Veil from crumbling and unleashing the trapped creatures on the Earth, as well as protecting the creatures themselves from The Choten (Oded Fehr), who seeks to use the creatures for his own ends.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bullies and bullying. What is a bully, and how can kids stand up for themselves if they encounter a bully? What else can kids do to stop bullying?

  • Talk about violence in cartoons and whether a series is more appealing when there's violence. Is it possible to have an exciting series without violence? What are some of your favorite non-violent TV shows?

  • Is change scary? How can change help improve the way that things are traditionally done? What are some traditions that have been improved upon with new technology or methods?

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Teen, 15 years old Written bySleepy'weasel March 20, 2013

Kind of a racist show

The show does have a good storyline and the animation is pretty good. But, the show is pretty racist to white males. From the school yard bullies to the evil bad guys anyone who is bad in this is a white male. Even the one white guy that is supposed to be good ends up going bad. Is sad that a great kids show is screwed up by something like racism.
Teen, 13 years old Written byGabiey July 17, 2012

Amazing Duel Masters

This show is absolutely one of the best shows i've watched. When I first saw it i thought it was just going to be one of those sterotypical shows like Pokemon, Bakugan and Beyblade, but its much more. The show teaches kids that every where you go there are going to people that make fun of you or tease you for the way you look or the race your from, but if you stick with your friends that you can overcome judgment, going along with the saying "There's power in numbers," Me and my brother are both in love with the show. The characters backgrounds are well created as well as the characters designs, the monsters are designed as well as the characters, the graphics for the show are quite impressive for american kids cartoon, considering the graphics for other shows. The show also gives positive role models because the main character, who is a natural at what he is somewhat thrown into rises up against the bullies and stands up for him self he also on the show is willing to help his friends including his creature no matter what the consequence
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old January 8, 2014

Awesome Show!

I love this show! It is true there is some racial elements and name calling based on it, but it's not very bad, but at the same time, you wouldn't want your child to say anything like that. Tatsurian might look or sound scary to some younger viewers, but the show is pretty good and nicely action-packed. It isn't at all boring or all complete action, and has a decent amount of actual story to it. The characters are very well-developed and aren't OP (overpowered) in any way. The show also doesn't use any clichés either, which is good for a change.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing


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