Parents' Guide to

Yu-Gi-Oh!

By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Card game-turned-TV show for gradeschoolers.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 6+

age 9+

best anime ever don't listen to haters!

this is the best anime I have ever watched! don't listen to the parents who are hating this show and the card game,the card game is awesome and some parents are being over protective and making this show sound worse than it is ! it is epic !!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (48 ):

When they play Duel Monsters, characters spend much time explaining the rationale of every move and the function of every card. The narrative becomes even more complicated as characters' thoughts are revealed in voice over. Constant -- and often simplistic and repetitive -- dialogue transitioning to internal commentary pushes the limits of how much exposition a show can handle and how many layers kids can follow. But as the point-of-view shifts around revealing each character's uncertainties, fears, and motives, the show taps into teenage self-consciousness. Young viewers can relate to the struggles that go on inside as they grow up and try to act bravely in the world.

And in Yu-Gi-Oh!, we're talking fantasy world. Few parental figures are present; instead, close friendships and sibling relationships take center stage. Evil forces sometimes threaten the lives kids' lives. But many episodes emphasize loyalty and honorable behavior, partly offsetting the violence at the core of the show.

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