The End of the Battle (Yu-Gi-Oh! R #5) (Manga)

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Title: The End of the Battle

Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Author/Artist: Akira Ito

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 296

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Jonouchi duels it out with the resurrected Bandit Keith, as this whole thing was instigated by Keith as revenge for his death at Pegasus’ hand.

Yugi continues his duel with Yako. It is god card against evil god card. Can Yugi and the power of the cards break through the evil god cards’ influence on Yako?

Either way, there are some great duels ahead.

 

My Thoughts:

This was a long volume. At almost 300 pages, it allowed for 2 duels that were both book length in and of themselves.

Neither duel had the impact on me that previous ones had. Part of that was that the ending of each duel was the typical Yu-Gi-Oh ending. Lots of friendship and caring and heart of the duelist. I’d actually say that Ito took this further than his predecessor, Takahashi the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh.

Anzu always played a very small part in this franchise but in this series it felt like Ito didn’t know how to make use of her and so relegated her to a non-existence. Someone with that short a skirt should definitely have more page time!

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. Enough so that I’ll start saving up to buy these in paper.  If you liked the original series or the Duelist series, you’ll definitely like this.

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Return of the Dragon (Yu-Gi-Oh! R #4) (Manga)

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Title: Return of the Dragon

Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Author/Artist: Akira Ito

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 200

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Gekko goes up against the Number 1 Card Professor, and loses. Hence, Yugi is shutout from rescuing Anzu.

Kaiba goes up against Yako and even with his Ultimate Blue Eyes, he loses spectacularly.

Things really don’t look good for Anzu.

 

My Thoughts:

Gekko’s battle was a bit underwhelming but at some point the Good Guys needed to lose. To bad Yugi was paired up with Gekko so one’s loss was the others as well. I know Anzu will be fine in the end, but I’m excited to see how Ito brings the story to its conclusion.

Yako and Seto’s fight was awesome! The dark god cards just radiate menace and it was fun to see Seto overwhelmed.

Looking forward to the conclusion of this series in the next volume.

Synthetic Soul (Yu-Gi-Oh! R #3) (Manga)

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Title: Synthetic Soul

Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Author/Artist: Akira Ito

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 216

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Yako isn’t interested so much in who wins or loses, but simply that the cards are being used to duel. All part of his plan to bring Pegasus back.

Jonouchi and Honda duel to a dead end while Yako asks Seto to join forces with him against Yugi.

It is now up to Yugi and Gekko, Yako’s twin brother, to end this charade and save Anzu before it is too late.

 

My Thoughts:

Seto’s duel, where he once again uses the Blue Eyes White Dragon was exactly a Seto Kaiba duel. He was in control the whole time and he knew it.

Jonouchi ends up dueling a defensive girl and tries to engage her so she’ll actually be a duelist with a duelist’s fighting spirit. It doesn’t hurt that this allows him to win as well.

Yugi and Gekko take on the top Card Professors, and while not exactly wiping the floor with them, do overcome them. I have to admit, I was kind of hoping for a 4 player multi-duel with them.

I am still enjoying these and am glad I did eventually get around to reading them. They fit right in with the Duelist series and I am enjoying them more than the Millennium World series. It makes me actually consider reading some of the Yugioh GX series. I’ll keep considering that for now.

 

A World Ruled by Fear! (Yu-Gi-Oh! R #2) (Manga)

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Title: A World Ruled by Fear!

Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Author/Artist: Akira Ito

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 200

Format: Kindle

 

 

Synopsis:

Yugi and Jonouchi’s battles advancing them into Kaiba Corp continue. The Card Professors are folding like a house of cards before them, but that is all according to Yako Tenma’s plan.

Who is insane, twisted by the Jashin, the evil god cards, that even Pegasus never dared to create.

So Yugi and Jonouchi must save Anzu from the top protege of Pegasus, who wants to reincarnate Pegasus in Anzu’s body.

And finally, Seto shows up to take back his company. He might be an arrogant ass hat, but he’s a hardcore duelist through and through and nothing is going to stop him.

 

My Thoughts:

Holy smokes! While book 1 was all lightning fast battles, this was some real drama, plot reveals and some hardcore duels.

This book typified what I like about Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Given, having played both Yugioh and Magic the Gathering, I know that you don’t always get the cards you want/need. So put that aside and the battles here are just flat out fun.

It was also good to see what Yako’s real agenda is and how insane it is. What a nut job! It wasn’t until near the end of the book that Seto and Mokuba show up to take back their company.  Seto is drawn with an intensity that just jumps off the page and the duel he’s in crackles with energy. As for poor little Mokuba, that kidnap bait, he is drawn really weirdly. He reminded me of a demon monkey and his part is negligible as always. I’m just waiting for Yako to kidnap him, hahaha!

Overall, I was really pleased with this book. If the rest of the series keeps to this level, I’ll be buying the paper copies for sure.

A Wicked Shadow! (Yu-Gi-Oh! R #1)

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Title: A Wicked Shadow!

Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! R

Author/Artist: Akira Ito

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 216

Format: Kindle

 

 

Synopsis:

Being the King of Games means that Yugi has enemies. At the top of that list is Pegasus’ protege. Who now wants revenge for Yugi’s destruction of that megalomaniac!

 

My Thoughts:

This 5 book series takes place between Duelist Kingdom and Millennium World. It is also by the original Yu-Gi-Oh’s creator’s protege. So I didn’t know what to expect.

This first volume lives up to the previous storylines. However, the battles were lightning quick. I think Yugi and Jounouchi have over half a dozen battles. In fact, in one battle, on the first turn, Jounouchi’s opponent goes defensive and Jounouchi complains about how slow the battle is going. It made me laugh. It also was the format for all the battles. Details were sketchbook thin and Yugi just steamrolls over every and all opponents.

It all starts with Anzu getting kidnapped and the 3 boys going to rescue her at the Kaiba Corp headquarters. So not only does the Protege want to destroy Yugi, he’s pretty much taken over Kaiba Corp. Not sure where Kaiba is during all of this.

Anyway, I didn’t want to review this series as a whole as I’ve done for the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! books. It seemed fitting to do each volume. So here’s to hoping they can each stand out enough on their own.