04 December 2012

DVD Review: Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters - Creatures Unleashed

My family and I recently received a copy of the new animated DVD release Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters - Creatures Unleashed to review.

This new series is actually a tie in to a collectible card game, and airs on The Hub network. It's kind of action/fantasy and follows a young teenage boy named Ray who lives with his mother and grandfather. Ray isn't your average kid - he actually possesses the ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. Armed with his best friends Allie and Gabe, he learns to master the art of Kaijudo. There is a whole host of characters in this one, with all of the creatures! (Think Dungeons & Dragons, and how many characters you come across in that game!) The show also addresses a central theme about bullying, which seems to be the hot topic these days. This series definitely appeals more to boys than girls, and brings to mind several other series that are kind of in the same realm. It does contain some cartoon violence, and would be geared more towards those ages 5-6 and up.

The DVD contains five episodes from the very first season: "The Natural, Part 1", "The Natural, Part 2", :The Natural, Part 3", "Om Nom Nom", and "The Hunted". In "the Natural" set of episodes, Ray and his friends must stop the Choten from using creatures to conquer the world, explore the temples, and learn the basics of dueling. The Choten appear once again, and Ray must stop one of their followers from releasing a deadly threat. Here's a clip from the series:

Direct link for the feedreaders

The DVD also contains a trading card featuring exclusive art - named Kenina. Keep your eyes peeled for the sticker on the DVD box that says it's in it. It also has a short look at the series called Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters.

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters - Creatures Unleashed is available today, wherever DVD's are sold. Rated TV-Y7 (FV), the total running time is 110 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.97, and you can purchase it at Amazon too.

I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

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