Let’s be honest – since the first season ended, the Yugioh anime just hasn’t been the same. GX was very interesting, as was 5Ds, but Zexal has just been a disappointment. The show’s quality has been on a downward trend since season one, culminating in the abomination that is Zexal. The anime is really what attracts kids to play the card game – a decline in the anime’s popularity equates to a decline in the popularity of the game. I think we can all agree that Yugioh isn’t nearly as popular as it was 6-7 years ago, when Yugi and Atem were kicking butt. Thus, if Konami decides to continue the Yugioh anime even after Zexal is finished, it needs to bring back major characters from the earlier seasons.
A major theme in Yugioh is time – each subsequent season takes place in the future. However, Zexal has become so futuristic and technological that it has really killed the charm of the cards. Thus, Konami needs to stray from the whole ‘future is better’ idea. For all we know, Yugioh might become some interplanetary game, where in Stars Wars fashion, duelists serve as the protectors of the universe. What would actually be interesting is if next season focused on the past. Yugioh GX reveals that Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey have become legendary duelists: why not have the next season be about their rise to fame? It is implied at the end of GX that Jaden will go on to be a legendary duelist himself: why not revolve the next season around his own rise? There are so many ways to bring back the older, more popular seasons back to the screens. I think doing that is the only way Yugioh will regain some of its ex-fans (such as myself).
Another interesting idea I had was to have a parallel world where duel monsters are non-existent. Then, someone from the real world comes and inadvertently introduces duel monsters to the parallel world. This version would show the consequences of such actions and would culminate in war-style duels between enemy clans. It’s pretty unorthodox, but at this point, there is no harm in Konami implementing a different style to the show.
Do you guys have good ideas as to what the next season of Yugioh should be like? Please let me know in the comments section!