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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's



Toon is more sophisticated than previous series.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:April 2, 2008
Cast:Frank Frankson, Kether Donohue, Ted Lewis
Networks:Cartoon Network, CW
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCelticGirl February 27, 2011

Good for older kids, not little ones

This show is pretty good. I have been watching it on Saterdays for about 4 weeks. It can be violent sometimes. The cards are sometimes a bit bothersome for me(a Christian) because some have names like "Ruler of the Dark Magic" or something like that. If litle kids want to see this they should try Pokemon-It is similar(a bit) and not as violent. Also,the creatures on Pokemon are usually cute-Yu-Gi-Oh card are very often creepy and rarely cute. The characters help each other. They are usually nice-even to bad guys. On what I've seen, there is no blood, etc. The cards are pretty creepy sometimes, even for me.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byFlashFlare11 January 20, 2009

The 4Kids English dub (CW program) is a complete joke

This is a review of the Original Japanese anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. The English version dub doesn't deserve to be called an anime. The English version takes this series and cuts it in half. The series is originally a dark series. The story's protagonist is Yusei Fudo. He is a young, 18-year-old orphan who has no parents and lives with his friends in an underground hideout. His only hope is his D-Wheel and his ace monster, Stardust Dragon. His once-best friend, King of Duelists Jack Atlus, abandoned the life of a poor Satellite resident and his friends for a chance to become king two years prior to the beginning of the series. The story is about Yusei rising from the bottom of the social class and regaining his friend back. The series is much darker than its international counterpart. The English dub turns it into a Saturday morning cartoon. In its unedited form, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's would easily be placed in late Adult Swim-esque airing blocks. This misleads a lot of kids and parents into thinking that it is nothing worth quality. That is not the case. Many things which made this series great in Japan was removed from the dub. This series is targeted at late teens in Japan and is comparible to similar series such as Code Geass and Death Note. Before judging this series to be a kid's cartoon after watching the American ripoff, watch the Japanese version and I guarantee that one to two episodes is enough to change your mind.
Kid, 12 years old March 28, 2012

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What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models


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