KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS: CREATURES UNLEASHED
Studio: Shout Factory
MSRP: $14.97 but Amazon has it for $12.78.
Running Time: 5 episodes totaling about 110 minutes
What’s Going On?
Ray is fourteen and often finds himself lost in day dreams, sketching fantastical beasts that he sees in his imagination. One day, Ray and his friends learn that not only are these creatures real, but that they have been used for centuries in battles against evil forces throughout time and preserve The Veil – which has divided the world of humans and the world of beasts for thousands of years. They are all recruited to study Kaijudo, “The Way of The Creature” and join the fight to keep mankind safe!
Who’s In It:
Based on the popular Duel Masters trading card game, the impressive voice cast for KAIJUDO includes Scott Wolf (V), Phil LaMarr (FUTURAMA, SAMURAI JACK, JUSTICE LEAGUE), Kari Wahlgren (KUNG FU PANDA: LEGENDS OF AWESOMENESS), Oded Fehr (THE MUMMY, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE), Freddy Rodríguez (SIX FEET UNDER, PLANET TERROR), John DiMaggio (FUTURAMA, ADVENTURE TIME)
If You Like…:
Monsters, parallel worlds, books, martial arts, scheming, explosions, animals with guns attached to them, or loved the Powerglove, then check this out.
There’s a behind the scenes featurette takes a look at how the series creators developed the card game into a televison series and what liberties they took in translating the show. It also features interviews with the cast, each of whom discuss their characters.
The Technical Gist
Looks pretty fantastic.
KAIJUDO was more interesting than I initially anticipated and I think has a couple elements that could really differentiate it from other children’s shows. Ray is half Japanese and half American, and his mixed racial background comes up a few times in these initial episodes. His friends also buck stereotypes, which is always refreshing to see. The action is fun enough and the voice cast is pretty great all around. QUEUE IT.