Shadowverse is a children’s show based on a mobile game, and both of those facts become clear within moments of starting this episode. Playing out very similarly to something like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Shadowverse takes place in a universe where basically everyone plays the literal game Shadowverse, and no one really talks about anything else. Eventually, the protagonist Hiro’s friend Mimori has her phone stolen by a particularly nefarious Shadowverse-playing child, and he must chase him down to achieve Shadowverse justice.
If my deadpan description of those narrative events didn’t clue you in, this is a boring first episode. Both children’s shows and shows designed as advertisements for mobile games can actually be very compelling, but that requires a level of storytelling invention that Shadowverse doesn’t really seem interested in pursuing. Instead, Shadowverse simply focuses on a bunch of children playing a game that feels a lot like Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh!, and sticks to a narrative template that will be familiar to anyone who’s watched any similar children’s properties. What interest I found in this episode largely came down to the natural incongruity of its tone and subject matter; seeing a child sneeringly declare “the weak don’t have the right to play Shadowverse” is funny, but not intentionally so.
Shadowverse’s production values are actually well above average, and the show has plenty of fluid character animation, as well as some neat transformation sequences. Still, visual polish can’t really do much to change the fact that this is a transparent advertisement for children, with no distinctive narrative ideas that might elevate it above the base appeal of watching kids play a mobile game. For those looking for a genuine story with goals beyond selling the Shadowverse game, there’s not much to see here.
this project had a chance if they had animated the game leaders' story,but the yu-gi approach ruined it
the story is horrible and predictable,some dumb kids play each other on their phones
for some reason the team behind this horrible project assumes that everyone has played sv and knows the rules
judging from the art style,they aimed for 8-12yo kids as their demographic audience
the characters are plain stupid,no depth at all,no personality,no development
and now let s go to the fun part from my perspective as a sv player for the past 3 years(whoever hasnt actually played the game shall ignore the rest of this review):
this abomination is based on the sv game,which has been on a decline ever since rotation format came out,and it seems they try to ruin the game's reputation even more by releasing a kids' cartoon. moreover, the card diversity showcased is fked up, the only positive is they managed to address the class differences,but aside from that,legacy cards that defined the game since its release are nowhere,that s why this looks more and more like a half-assed attempt of an animation project. for the first years of sv, things were like this>> forest=roach,sword=albert,rune=d.shift,shadow=mordecai,haven=seraph,blood=queen vampire,dragon=forte and if we include portal,which i dont know if it will make an appearence,that would be deus ex machina. there s no need to tell u that none of these cards have made it to the show...
what s worse,they added custom non-existent cards with broken effects that make no sense at all,first being ignis dragon,a 7-drop that gains 10atk on strike,and guess what,those smart kids always leave ignis dragon alive for some weird reason..i guess that would be understandable for 1 or 2 matches,but the usual thing to do is something like this>> 'hiro has ignis dragon,maybe i should play around it on turn 7 instead of flooding the board with x/3 minions?' but no,these kids who play on a 'sv stadium'(god pls dont let them make one irl...)
may suffer from amnesia or plain idiocy and dont think about that stupid card unless it comes on board,even on yu-gi back then,the chars werent so dumb,just after their first duel,yugi was trying e.g. to find ways to counter kaiba's white dragon,but the sv chars dont actually think,they just laugh and play around in this bs show,while being mentally vegetables
since we re already at the middle of the season,i m pretty sure there arent any plans for a positive change on this show,so on a 75% probability its flaws will remain for the rest of the upcoming episodes,but u never know,let s hope for the best...