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Card game anime parody Gigant Big-Shot Tsukasa debuts on Disney XD Asia

Trading card anime, like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Masters and Cardfight! Vanguard can get a little cliche. There are always familiar story lines and character tropes that drive the show along. At one point, the hero will inevitabily use the power of friendship to conquer the forces of evil. But what if there was a trading card anime that wasn’t like that? Enter Disney XD Asia’s brand new series Gigant Big-Shot Tsukasa. Produced in conjunction with Bushiroad, the company behind Cardfight! Vanguard and Future Card Buddyfight, Tsukasa is a send up to those types of shows, often lampshading the tropes. Who needs Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged!

A hotheaded and slightly unspectacular kid battles it out in a traditional Japanese card game! A nonsensical, slapstick comedy set in an elementary school — the fabulous work of a next-generation anime creator Ryoichi MORI (Peeping Life, 2008).

Gigant Big-Shot Tsukasa, is the story of elementary school kids who are menko game enthusiasts and use the Gigant series of cards to do battle.

The main character, Tsukasa, is a full-on menko shooting devotee, but lacks real skill. He loses when he has a clear shot at winning, puts his friends in a bad position, and is NOT a typical anime hero. Other characters include a cynical friend and parodies of characters from other famous anime.

Since the late 19th century, children in Japan have enjoyed playing the card game, menko. The object of the game is to throw, or “shoot,” your own card down with enough subtle technique or force to flip over your opponent’s card lying on the ground.

The series debuted back in Japan on April 1, 2014 and ran for 32 nine-minute episodes. The English version, which was produced by a group in Hong Kong, debuted on Disney XD in the South East Asia market on May 27, 2017.

Would you like to see the show in your market? Are giddy that there’s finally a show poking fun at the TCG anime genre? Leave a comment down the below.

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