Anime Review: Battle Spirits Brave Episode 1

(Originally published and formatted for Livejournal on 1/13/11)

Anime Review:
Battle Spirits Brave Episode 1

What this is about: I made the promise that I would review every new subtitled anime show (excluding blatant yaoi and/or porn) released during the Spring, Summer and Fall 2010 seasons, so now I am going back to review a handful of shows that I missed over the past few months for one reason or another. This time around, it’s the first episode of Battle Spirits Brave, the third season of the Battle Spirits anime series released on September 12th, 2010.

tl;dr review: Demons are taking over the Earth in the far future; Kid from present day chosen to battle demons…with a card game. Seriously.

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Episode Summary: When it comes to the card game Battle Spirits, the super-confident Dan Bashin is considered the Best of the Best. So when demons are invading the Earth in the future, Dan is plucked from the past to stop the demons from overwhelming the planet. Challenging one of the demons to a card game on a giant floating arena battleground, Dan plays the cards from his deck deftly to easily defeat the demon, forcing him to retreat. But Dan has only won the first battle, the war is far from over.

My Thoughts: There’s plenty of collectible card games out there, from the grand-daddy of them all (Magic: The Gathering) to Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. And even though I had never heard of it before, there is one called Battle Spirits, which has also spawned off some manga and anime shows as well. This is actually the *third* anime series based on the card game, so I’m actually jumping into the middle of the fray with a well-established background and characters I know nothing about. But…no matter. The plot and characters are not really what is important about this series; nope, it’s all about a pre-teen boy playing a collectible card game. And if you’re also an impressionable young pre-teen boy, you can imagine yourself in his place, fighting to save the Earth by playing card games! Oh yay!

The Verdict: – There’s really no reason to watch this show whatsoever unless you are already a rabid fan of the card game itself. And less than twelve years old.

Final reviews for a handful of Spring, Summer and Fall 2010 shows that I haven’t covered yet: Loups=Garous Movie, Occult Academy Special 1-3, Trigun: Badlands Rumble Movie, and Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer

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