The Birth of a New Yu-Gi-Oh! Are they Jumping the Shark?

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You read the title correctly; a new Yu-Gi-Oh! is in production as we speak! The title is called Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (five). The title emphasizes that this is the fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! series. The main character is Yuya Sakaki. The only description of his personality is he escapes the harshness of reality by smiling until one duel forces him to make a determination to confront the difficulties of life. There will also be a new type of summon called Pendulum Summon. Again, this is still new so there is not a lot of detail yet. It is set to air in April 2014.

There is a short trailer on YouTube from Japan, but it just shows the main character with some of his cards. It’s sort of a build up to the show itself.

Many of the Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who grew up watching the original series are not very psyched about this new series. When I saw this, I put up on my FaceBook to let my friends know about it. Majority of the comments were deep concerns about it since Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal didn’t pull the older fans in. There were also comments that said, “They jumped the shark with Yu-Gi_Oh! 5D’s,” which is the series where duels could take place while riding on motorcycles. The enthusiasm for this new series…is barely there. Mostly because of how 4Kids sort of messed up ZeXal and also how annoying Yuma, the ZeXal main character is at most times.

Defending ZeXal, I admit I cannot stand the 4Kids dubbing and that the “X” in ZeXal is meant to be silent if anyone has ever watched the Japanese version (which is better in my opinion). However, going back and giving the 4Kids version a chance, I can say that ZeXal has its moments and is not all that bad when putting it together as a whole.

Me personally, I am going to give ARC-V a chance. My opinion and faith in this new series is based on the design of the character Yuya. He has elements that the other protagonists had: gravity-defying hair, determined personality, possibly a main catch phrase and a pendant.  Oh and different-colored hair. I’m the type of person who will give an anime a try if it sold to me in the right ways. One way of course is looking at the main character and giving me the basics of the plot. To me, Yuya is one of the best looking Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists. He is up there with Yami Yugi.

So, is Yu-Gi-Oh! jumping the shark with ARC-V? Ummm….it is really in the eye of the beholder. I mean yeah, it may have a similar plot to the other series. But all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series have qualities that make them stand out and unique. In some ways, they might be jumping the shark a bit, mainly because I’m not sure what else they can do with the plot. Also, the series is going further and further into the future, showing how much dueling has evolved. Will they keep the duel gazers shown in ZeXal or have a new method of dueling?

Another problem is the plot is going to be predictable to the people who have followed all of the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! shows. The character might meet their rival and as time goes on, the rival accepts the main character’s friendship and work together in a tag duel. There might also be an otherworldly entity that helps the main character, and so on and son. While I am a bit curious of what the creators will do with the plot, I think they are just sort of…stepping over the shark rather than jumping over it. I trust the creators to give us a good story line, so I’m not going to judge it and give it my hate or negative judgement on little information. So I’m looking forward to it.

Whether it is going to be an epic series or an epic failure, I can’t wait till ARC-V comes to America! If more information comes out once it airs, I’ll write a follow-up.

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