I confessed back in May my addiction for Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and my recent viewing of the sub-series, Zexal. I enjoyed Zexal, and I was looking forward to checking out other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles in the series soon. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long. The fine folks at Cinedigm have released season 2 of the iconic GX set, and I have to admit: it’s better than Zexal!
If you are not familiar with YU-GI-OH!: GX, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of
It’s year two at Duel Academy, and this semester is more intense than ever! Jaden somehow passed his finals, so he’s now back with his friends to continue his training at the world’s most prestigious dueling school! But it’s not all about classes and textbooks. This year is filled with one high-stakes battle after another as Jaden faces all new rivals like Pro League All-Star Aster Phoenix, dino duelist Tyranno Hassleberry and the sinister Sartorius!
I stated after watching Zexal that I would have to start playing the card game because I enjoyed the show so much. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet that goal…but it is definitely still on the table. Although I haven’t seen season 1, the second season of GX has re-sparked my desire to start playing.
YU-GI-OH!: GX is almost a darker, grittier version of Zexal. Whereas Zexal has a light and somewhat comedic tone, GX is a bit more serious in some aspects. Sure, the dialogue is still cheesy and the character animations are campy…but the stakes seem to be higher and therefore the intensity level of the whole show is amped up a bit.
As with Zexal, the monsters and card imagery in YU-GI-OH!: GX are drawn well and are displayed with true vibrancy onscreen. The diversity of creatures and cards, however, seems less than in later series’. This is not a detraction from the show at all, but it does seem worth mentioning.
Still, YU-GI-OH!: GX season 2 is a big win for me, and I recommend it. Fans of anime will enjoy this tame ‘little brother’ to the original show, and newbies to the series will find it a great starting point. The box set is available now, so give it a look.