DVD Review: Digimon Fusion (Season 2) & Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (Season 3)

As a parent with a child who is getting more and more into Japanese animated shows, it sometimes gets hard to keep them straight. I finally get an understanding of Pokemon when she finds more shows of the genre. Turns out that Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh are not different versions of Pokemon, but they do have a lot in common. Both animated shows have a collectible element to the characters and have had numerous installments since the primary series. Digimon Fusion is the sixth incarnation of the Digimon series. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is the sequel, but there’s been a few series since this originally aired back in 2004.

Digimon Fusion: Season 2 continues Mikey and Shoutmon’s battle against the evil Bagra Empire. There’s seven kingdoms they must conquer in digital duels to defeat the enemy. This difficult task gets harder as the evil generals working under Bagra can do digital fusing in battles. Their digital fighting skills have just gotten more intense. The cartoon feels a bit more intense than Pokemon. The first episode has a character self-sacrifice so his comrades will have a chance in battle. The battling digital characters aren’t quite as cute and cuddly as Pikachu.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Season 3 has Jaden and his gang become upperclassman at Duel Academy. This is supposedly the most prestigious dueling academy in the world. I would list this as the coolest safety school after Yale. Instead of boring classes, the kids learn how to play their duel game in which they produce cards that transform into fighting beasts. Is this school really accredited? Why don’t they have a team in the NCAA tourney? Odds are that the trading cards cost as much as a discreet mathematics textbook. It is easy to see how Yu-Gi-Oh can have an immediate connection to a kid who also wants to collect the dueling cards.

Both shows appeal to a fans of the “Collect them all” genre. The way to tell the dueling shows is Digimon Fusion uses cellphone like devices and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX uses trading cards. Both are filled with action between players and their games.

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The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic for both shows. The animated monsters look good on the screen. The audio is Dolby Digital Stereo for Yu-Gi-Oh. Digimon is Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0. Both shows are the English dubs. Episodes are Closed Captioned.

No bonus features.

Cinedign presents Digimon Fusion: Season 2. Boxset Contents: 24 Episodes on 5 DVDs. Released: March 8, 2016.

Cinedign presents Yu-Gu-Oh! GX. Boxset Contents: 50 Episodes on 6 DVDs. Released: March 8, 2016.