KaiJudo, Rise of the Duel Masters


I was given the AWESOME opportunity to review a brand new show that came out on the Hub channel on June 2nd called KaiJudo.  Before I tell you about the little party I had showcasing KaiJudo, here are some of the stats:

 Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters
Program description:
“Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters” is an animated action-fantasy series that follows the adventures of a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension. Evil forces would have these creatures tamed and enslaved, so Ray and his two best friends must join the ranks of the mysterious Duel Masters to ensure the survival of both races before it’s too late.


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For those of you who may not have heard of The Hub yet:

THE HUB is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming; from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at www.hubworld.com. The Hub rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in more than 64 million U.S. households. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

ALL-NEW, ACTION-PACKED ANIMATED SERIES 
 ‘KAIJUDO: RISE OF THE DUEL MASTERS’ TO PREMIERE
ON THE HUB TV NETWORK JUNE 2

LOS ANGELES – The Hub TV network, a television network for kids and their families, will premiere the all-new, action-packed animated series “Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters” Saturday, June 2.  Featuring the voice talents of popular actors Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”), Freddy Rodriguez (“Ugly Betty”), John DiMaggio (“Pound Puppies,” “Futurama”), Oded Fehr (The Mummy) and Phil LaMarr (“Mad TV”), the half-hour series from Hasbro Studios is a re-imagination of the wildly successful Duel Masters property in Japan developed by Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro, Inc.
“Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters” is an animated action-fantasy series that follows the adventures of a young hero, Ray, who possesses the rare ability to befriend and duel alongside fantastical creatures from a parallel dimension.  Evil forces would have these creatures tamed and enslaved, so Ray and his two best friends must join the ranks of the mysterious Duel Masters to ensure the survival of both races before it’s too late.  In the end, it’s up to Ray to master the ancient art of Kaijudo in order to protect both worlds. 

Kaijudo is the newest franchise from Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro. Featuring an online game on Kaijudo.com that launches May 5, a trading card game (TCG) this summer, and the television series in June, Kaijudo will provide multi-platform entertainment that the whole family will enjoy.  For more information on this exciting new brand, visit the official website at www.Kaijudo.com. Fans can also visit http://www.Hubworld.com for storylines, video clips and full-length episodes.

To find the channel in your area, please visit http://www.Hubworld.com and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

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Kaijudo, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, and Duel Masters are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast/Mitsui-Kids/Shogakukan. All rights reserved. 

ON TO MY TAKE...and the pictures:
Here is a special preview:
                
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Pictures from the show:





Now...before I show you pictures from my "mommy party", I want to tell you a little bit about it.  We had a great time!  We invited about 3 more boys over, but at the last minute, they were unable to come....so I had 4 boys and 3 girls!  Not too bad!  It was a hot summer day, so it wasn't hard to get them to sit down and relax after I had them outside for a little bit!  :-)  They all started out piled on a couch, then moved to more suitable locations!  

I have to say, THEY WERE GLUED to the tv screen!  Between the first and second episode I offered snacks...that's right...food....and they didn't want to take the time to move from the tv to get the snacks in case I started the second one before they could sit down again!  These kids' ages were 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13.  THEY ALL LOVED IT!!!!!!!!  The 13 year old made a comment that it is a lot like Pokemon or Bakugan as far as the idea goes, but he felt this was going above and beyond those other things though.  They liked the graphics, the story, the characters.  The 13 year old made mention to a new favorite work around here that it was "Epic".  Apparently that is good!  :-)
While making snacks I was able to see and hear most of it.  I like that they address the growing problem of bullying in all of its forms.  I also saw several characteristics being portrayed in this show that I would like my children to learn and that is friendship, loyalty, overcoming difficult obstacles, etc.  I was really impressed with the show...the graphics....and there were even quite a few pretty humorous spots.  My husband may even enjoy this show!  I will be showing it to him this weekend!  I also felt that they really have an all-star cast!  I love Scott Wolf from Party of 5, who plays Ray and Phil LaMarr from MadTV who plays Gabe!

I was not only give the first two episodes for review, but I was also given 10 KaJudo branded martial arts headbands that the kids LOVED!


I also was given some fun recipes to try that went with the theme...sorry...didn't take pictures.  BUT...I did take pictures of one of the 4 games that they played!  They truly had a blast. They played two of the games outside, Ra Vu's Lighting Tag and Aqua Senechal's Ice Duel.  FUN!  Then they played Gigaflame Sayssss inside with me...and also the Bob and Weave Relay which is what I have pictures of.  They had a great time!




All in all, I think we had a great time!  I know I did and I KNOW the kids did!  They wanted MORE episodes, but I didn't have them to give to them.  They were sad because many of them had never heard of the Hub.  One child wondered if it was on Netflix yet.  I highly doubt it...but I know he will be looking for it on there soon!

If you get a chance to watch it with your kids, I would recommend it!  Let me know what you think!

*All of the opinions in this post are mine.  I was given a DVD with the episodes on it and a media disc from Mom Select in exchange for my honest opinion*

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