'Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Season 2'
(Various / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm Entertainment)
Overview: Aspiring duelist Yuma meets Astral, a mysterious visitor from another world, it seems like the perfect match: While Yuma requires Astral's dueling expertise, Astral needs Yuma to gather 99 Number Cards that contain his lost memories. They would be dueling s greatest tag team - if they could only get along!
DVD Verdict: Here in this delicious new 6-Disc DVD Box-Set, 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Season 2,' our two heroes are facing the world's most skilled duelists in the World Duel Carnival the greatest tournament in history! Yuma and Astral squeaked by the preliminaries, but they're about to face their ultimate test in the finals where unexpected new rules and devices await!
Luckily for all fans of this incredible, fun TV show, Cinedigm have realized that these sets are largely selling to collectors; who will be buying all of them en mass. And what collectors want are collections. That is, not only each series forming a collection, but also, an overarching collection of all of the series. Collectors want something that looks good on the shelf, and nothing spoils the look of a collection than something out of place. Much like something as corny as a Season One, Part One Box-Set, shall we say.
But, that ain't happening here for 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Season 2' is wholly complete and rip-roars its way across the screen like some demented, previously-caged tiger per episode! But, for those not in the know, 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is both vivid and intense, a cartoon series that is just as serious as it is campy. The characters are larger than life, particularly Yuma, who can’t decide if he’s a man in a boy’s body or a just a wannabe duelist who is trying to tread water in a sea of talented card-slingers! Yuma’s over-the-top antics are half of what make this show fun, although some of his inner dialogue can be painful at times.
The show itself looks great, especially here in the second season, with well drawn monsters straight from the game cards. I like the diversity of the cards/creatures used, as it really opens the eyes to those not initiated with the actual game. Likewise, the newer monsters are powerful and cool, welcome additions to an already impressive canon of beasties!
As for the actual duels seen within the World Duel Carnival Finals, well, they are the main parts of action, as you would expect, and are honestly very easy to watch. They don't feel like an eternity to get through, so to speak. I mean, no disrespect to the classic show, since it did start my love for these shows, but some of the duels take longer than others, and those you want to call time on, for sure. That said, as I hope you can get from this review, 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Season 2' was engaging enough for me to continue to watch throughout - and I hope you too.
Lastly, and as for this product itself, it is rather nicely put together. I already have the GX, 5Ds, and Yugioh seasons and the discs and physical box quality match those perfectly. I've also seen this particular series in both Japanese and English and I think the dub work is very well done also. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.