Redakai the Journey Begins
I didn't like this show
at all, and to be honest my kids who are absolutely the target
demographic for it being aged 8 through 11 both boys and girls, didn't
either. The series expected a lot of us as viewers and the fact that it
appears to be primarily aimed at sucking kids into buying the toys or
cards or whatever was pretty transparent from the get go.
pedigree that this series comes from (same creators as Bakugan), I would
have thought that there would be a lot more back story and explantion
but alas no. I was pestered all the way through watching by the kids
wanting explanations that I simply couldn't give. Bear in mind that we
sometimes only receive a DVD, not the casing and other packaging that
could have helped both with presentation and explaining the story a
Here is what I came to
understand from this viewing, it's up to you to see if you care enough
to follow me to the bitter end. And yes I am a bit bitter about this
show. I love cartoons so it's certainly not a genre thing that hurts
this series and I also like toy/cartoon tie ins. Anyway, I digress.
Kairu energy has dispersed around the earth and as it is a source of
power for Kairu fighters both good and bad, it is a desperately fought
over resource. Our trio of heroes can harness Kairu and by using a
device that brings up cards, they can use Kairu and either become that
creature or harness the powers of it.
It's at this point that the card game element became
apparent as these cards hover around the kids and they work their way
through them in some of the slowest most annoying battle sequences I've
had the misfortune of watching. It's about as slow as watching someone
else play Final Fantasy during a fight. Yes that bad.
The way that the series
is drawn is pretty good and quite honestly the highlight. The animations
are crisp and the way that the cards appear like holograms in front of
the Kairu warriors does make you want to duck out and buy a pack, secure
in the knowledge that there is no way in hell they are going to look
that cool in real life.
Sound is nothing
special, but nothing to complain about either. It's only stereo so don't
expect to feel immersed.
I would only recommend
this series to parents whose kids already have the cards or game or
whatever they are selling as my kids don't have them and they found it