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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Game-driven manga show is more confusing than entertaining.

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Yu-Gi-Oh Zexla

This show is suitable for all ages however the card game would be a little confusing to under 8s, to play the card game you need basic maths meaning you know how to add and subtract numbers from 0-100,000. Great show for all ages.
age 10+

One of the BEST Yu-Gi-Oh shows EVER!

This series is REALLY Good. I mean, I bet the only reason that they wrote that it was "confusing" was that they probably didn't watch the other series, I mean, I get it probably because I've seen the entire show. Like, ALL of them. I understand the "tech look", with each new series that they make, not only they add a new type of summoning, but they also improve the tech. For example: in Yu-Gi-Oh ArcV, the tech that they use is called the "Augmented Reality System" otherwise known as the "ARC" system. In this show, they introduce us to Xys summoning:(pronounced ik-seez)A summoning technique that involves two or more monsters with the EXACT same level, then take the Xys card that you're Xys summoning and stack that card on top of the two (or more) cards that you've used to Xys summon. The cards that are beneath the Xys card are called " Xys units", they are used to activate the Xys card's ability (or abilities). After using an Xys unit, send the Xys unit to the GY(Graveyard).But anyways, this show has great messages, mostly said by the main character, Yuma:"GO WITH THE FLOW!".(P.S, Two things. 1: each show after the Duel Monsters Saga (The First Yu-Gi-Oh) Introduced a new summoning technique: Yu-Gi-Oh GX: Fusion Summoning, Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's: Synchro Summoning, Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal (This Review): Xys Summoning, Yu-Gi-Oh ArcV (One of MY favorites): Pendulum Summoning, and finally: Yu-Gi-Oh Vrains: Link Summoning. Oh, and 2: WHEN WILL WE GET A REVIEW OF YU-GI-OH ARCV AND YU-GI-OH VRAINS COMMON SENSE MEDIA!!!???) See Ya Guys!( Oh Yeah, The Card Game Is AMAZING! I Play It Everyday With My Friends! I Want A Review Of The Card Game Common Sense Media Too!)

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This seemingly straightforward plot is complicated by an influx of rotating characters, many of whom have uncertain motives that put their loyalties in question. Not only that, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is excessively flashy and loud, and the dialogue often sounds like an instruction manual for viewers who go on to play the card game at home. Characters often explain their moves as they make them (playing one card before the other to maximize attack points, or overlaying cards to combine monsters' powers) in an unnatural manner that actually detracts from the overall enjoyment of the show.

Kids who come to the plot partway through the story may struggle to keep up with characters and their place in the overall picture. Add to that the fact that it incorporates some of the players' memories in flashback scenes that aren't easily distinguished from the present-day happenings, and it's clear this isn't a great choice for drop-in viewing. The bottom line? There's no shortage of TV options for grade-schoolers, and among them are plenty more that exceed this one's standard for quality content.

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