Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Toon is more sophisticated than previous series.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series revolves around fighting -- it's the go-to option for dealing with conflicts (and almost everything else). A main character is motivated by revenge.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are divided into two classes, satellite and city. The higher-caste city dwellers persecute the "satellites" who work together to stand up for themselves and believe in each other -- but also break rules and act arrogantly.


Most violence takes place between creatures created by spells cast by playing the signature title game.


Female characters often dress in scanty, anime-style clothing.


Yu-Gi-Oh is a brand supported by video and card games and plenty of other merchandise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this show is a bit more sophisticated than previous Yu-Gi-Oh series. The characters seem older and have become societal superstars in a futuristic, Blade Runner-esque world. Parents new to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! should also know that young fans of the franchise must hold a series of dueling/card game rules in their head that makes chess look like Go Fish. Point tallies quickly head into the thousands. It's a silly game and a sillier show, but it's not for the faint of brain, and that's its redeeming factor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypoissonrouge May 28, 2013


Recommended for ages 15+ (I'm 18 and found it to be enjoyable, as well as even moderately thought-provoking at times)

So to begin, I watched the original... Continue reading
Adult Written bydaveyinaz June 29, 2011

Good show

I'm talking about the English dub since I haven't seen anyone writing their review in Japanese. As a fan of the original Yu-gi-oh!, I was always confu... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byYugiohIsKingOfGames July 17, 2020


This is a really good show. However it is not for young kids. Its the darkest Yu-Gi-Oh series. Especially the Dark Signers arc. The show has great characters. T... Continue reading

What's the story?

YU-GI-OH! 5D'S takes the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! further into the future than previous series have. Episodes still revolve around duels fought between characters and their decks of magical cards -- which create or bring forth monsters and dragons to fight one another in complex ways -- but the duels are now fought in stadiums and on motorcycle-like vehicles called Duel Runners. This time around, lead character Yusei seeks revenge against his former best friend, Jack Atlas, who stole his Duel Runner and prize dragon and has used both to become the "Duel King."

Is it any good?

The animation here is stylish and the action smooth -- although the voice dubbing creates an odd effect for viewers who aren't used to it (the series is produced and originally aired in Japan). The duels remain laughable for adult viewers, mostly because, as they fling their cards out with panache and produce their monsters, the characters are forced to narrate their actions and the effects (as in "Ha! Your move is foolish, because I shall produce this card, which makes your card upside-down and useless and calls back my hydra-dog from the grave! Fool!").

This brand extension loses some of the charm of earlier versions by raising the stakes -- these characters, while not adults, are fighting for adult things like fame and fortune, whereas in the earlier series, the kids were younger, dueling for their schools or their honor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between entertainment and products. Would having and playing the related video or card games make watching this series more fun? Why or why not?

  • What do you think the show's primary goal is -- to entertain kids or encourage them to buy more stuff?

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For kids who love action and animation

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