Duel Masters

TV (26 eps)
2002 - 2003
Fall 2002
2.669 out of 5 from 3,983 votes
Rank #14,397

Twelve-year-old Shobu Kirifuda has one goal: to become a top-ranking player at the game of Duel Masters, a card game in which players use spells and summon monsters to break through their opponents' shield cards and subsequently defeat them. Shobu believes he's a great player, but he soon discovers that there is more to the game than he originally thought; true Duel Masters, he learns, are able to make the monsters on the cards manifest themselves during a duel. A mysterious group has taken a keen interest in Shobu, although their reasons are as mysterious as the group itself. Now Shobu and his friends not only have to win the championship, but also try to figure out who these people are and why they're so interested in Shobu.

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Before watching Duel Masters, I thought the worst game –based anime ever was Pokemon. But not anymore… Anime based on some product are made solely to advertise it and start an addiction to its possible consumers (usually nerdy kids with loaded parents). As such, most game –based anime are quite lame, with childish scenario and carton characters being just an excuse to shovel us flashy techniques or strategies of the soon-to-follow game. As if that isn’t enough of a scam, Duel Masters fails to do even that. It has a lame scenario, pathetic characters AND terrible advertising of the homonymous card game. ART & SOUND SECTION: 4/10 Very simply drawn 2D characters are placed next to medium made 3D models of the card monsters. The result is terrible! Almost all characters are un-imaginary drawn and end up being boring and negligible. At least Pokemon, Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh had a sense of style and dressed their characters in trendy fashion to boost a bit their shallow presence. But not here. The characters give off a feeling of being a bunch of kits losers. Plus, not only the 2D doesn’t stick with the 3D, but also there is no point at doing that, since the monsters are just for show. They do not interact with the “real world” of the characters (as it was done in later episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh). As for the sound department, it is simply a bunch of screaming idiots yelling “BUY THIS GAME! IT’S LAME, BUT BUY IT ANYWAY”! STORY SECTION: 3/10 The protagonist and almost everyone else in the story plan on becoming the best Duel Masters in the world. So, they pretty much waste their lives playing a card game with a bunch of weird looking kids and are finally pitted against a powerful organization which plans to rule the world (through the card game of course!).Sounds like the story was written for AND by 5 year-olds. Seriously, the much similar Yu-Gi-Oh story is a masterpiece compared to this crap. CHARACTER SECTION: 2/10 There is a nerdy bunch of kids who care more about a card game, than, let’s say, finding a job or getting laid, and a bunch of costumed weirdos who control the world with cards. The protagonist is a kid who tries to better itself in the game and the top villain is a cool-looking kid who got crazy over too much card power… That’s it. Boink! VALUE SECTION: 1/10 Value your money and stay away from this pathetic example of awful anime… AND the game, for the same manner. It’s just a pathetic Magic the Gathering rip-off. ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10 Go watch Pokemon instead. And imagine that I HATE Pokemon. VERDICT: 2.5/10 The accused is found … GUILTY! … For being a complete ass. SUGGESTION LIST This series is equally as pathetic as: B-Densetsu! Battle Bedaman. Playing with marbles was never so boring. This series is worse than: Pokemon, YuGiOh, Beyblade, Bakusou Kyoudai Let's & Go. These series also advertise games but they are bearable half the time.

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