Monday, January 21, 2013

Manga Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Vol. 2 (Yu-Gi-Oh! (Graphic Novels)) [Paperback]

I've finished "Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Vol. 2" by Kazuki Takahashi.

Product Description

In a futuristic city, augmented reality Duels are all the rage. Duelists, using devices called D-Gazers, can interact with their environment and their opponents as never before. With more awesome monsters and unbelievable cards, the future of Yu-Gi-Oh! starts right here!

Yuma finds out that the only way to help his brother return to normal is to collect all one hundred Numbers Cards. The power these cards give to the Duelist who wields them is immense, and many other Duelists are seeking them. Yuma must face these “Numbers Hunters,” starting with the mysterious Kaito!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen audiences.

About the Author

Artist/author Kazuki Takahashi first tried to break into the manga business in 1982, but success eluded him until Yu-Gi-Oh! debuted in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1996. Yu-Gi-Oh!'s themes of friendship and fighting, together with Takahashi's weird and imaginative monsters, soon became enormously successful, spawning a real-world card game, video games, and three anime series (two Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! series and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX). A lifelong gamer, Takahashi enjoys Shogi (Japanese chess), Mahjong, card games, and tabletop RPGs, among other games.

Product Details
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (December 4, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421549808
ISBN-13: 978-1421549804

My Review:

This manga opens with Kaito dueling someone and beating them.  Then he takes their Numbers card and disappears.  In this volume we learn that Kaito is forced to help the bad guy when his younger brother is kidnapped and turned into a powerful person.  He needs to collect 100 number cards for his brother to return back to normal.

Kaito challenges Yuma to a fight where he learns Kaito is there to collect his numbers card.  It looks like it's the end for Yuma when Kaito gets an urgent message about his brother and teleports away and postpones their duel for another time.

The fight between Kaito and Yuma was pretty intense and deadly.  This manga series has characters with
interesting backgrounds and personalities.  A collectors card is included with the manga.


Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Other manga in series:

1.  Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Vol. 1
2.  Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Vol. 2
3.  Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Vol. 3 - June 4, 2013

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