Yu-Gi-Oh isn’t the most loved among the anime community. That’s not to say that it’s hated, but it’s a reasonable guess that most anime fans have only had experience with the abridged series post-childhood. It’s commonly seen as show without any substance, one of the many shows which were fun as kids but don’t hold up to any criticism. This may be true for Duel Monsters, but the newest series, Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V is an incredibly enjoyable show which most people should try.
Arc-V is a kids anime, and this is most clear at the beginning. The first ten or so episodes are silly and lack any great points, but from there on it only gets better. From what I remember of the other Yu-Gi-Oh series, the seasons were often very disconnected, having separate antagonists and being separate narratives attached by a loose thread. Arc-V is one story, with one main antagonist who has been the antagonist almost the entire time. The show keeps going with time, making development seem lasting and meaningful. Continue reading “Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V is a Good Show”