Yu-gi-oh 5D’s is a remake of the popular children’s show Yu-gi-oh in the early 21st century. The show aired from 2008 to 2011 and has a cumulative 4 seasons. Of all the remakes of the original show, this version is often regarded as the most well built show. The show is widely popular among the younger generations as Yu-gi-oh has been a part of many people’s childhoods.
The show, primarily based on the iconic duels between card monsters, incorporates new game mechanics and gimmicks to keep the show fresh. The show adds shiny, advanced motorcycle technology and sleek character designs that come with such concepts. The monsters and main characters all are well designed and all have redeeming features that attract viewers. Fan favorites such as the main characters Yusei and Akiza are all built on their intriguing background story in addition to the well designed cards they utilize. The characters and character development in this iteration of the show is exceptional compared to previous and latter versions and is something that makes Yu-gi-oh 5D’s stand out. The story is also a boon for the show. While it may not be the greatest story in the world, it is still very good compared to most card game shows and cartoons which make it fun to follow and keeps you invested. Unlike a lot of cartoons, the story is fluent and builds on itself.
5D’s is very well built overall, the animations are not only fluent, but keep the show exciting and nostalgic for many viewers. The duels in this show are always tense and entertaining, showing why the Yu-gi-oh franchise was so popular with younger viewers in the first place. Each duel being well animated, while building lore and story at the same time is somewhat of an anomaly in cartoons and this show is a step above the others in the way the duels are integrated into the world-building.
My only gripe with the show is that sometimes it can feel like the pace is too slow, but the action in each of those episodes makes up for it. There are rarely any filler episodes, if any, so each episode doesn’t ever feel like a waste of time as they are all important to the overall story.
Overall, the show is a great watch if you have not seen it and want to watch something with the classic, early decade animation. There are so many interesting characters and relevant, important duels that it is easy to stay invested in the characters and show. I would rate it a 9/10 and encourage others to give it a try!