Xiaolin Showdown - Season One
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Xiaolin Showdown: The Complete First Season (DVD)
Monk-in-training Omi, hip-hop girl Kimiko, street-smart Raimundo and Texas cowboy Clay are warriors-in-training with an important job – to save the world from total destruction! Led by 40-foot dragon Dojo, they search the globe for ancient artifacts called Shen-Gong-Wu, whose supernatural powers control the forces of good and evil. But evil boy genius Jack Spicer and his robot army are also on the hunt! Along with ghostly witch Wuya, Jack schemes to collect all the Shen-Gong-Wu and harness their powers for world domination. The race heats up as each artifact is found and a Xiaolin Showdown – an intense winner-take-all double-dare – shapes up. Blending cool martial arts, magical powers and stunning action, these high-stakes matches will take you beyond the edge of animated excitement and fun!]]>
Action, adventure and the supernatural pervade this Pokeman-like CGI series in which Monk-in-training Omi, Dragon-guard Dojo, and new warrior students Kimiko, Raimundo, and Clay race to collect ancient artifacts called Shen-Gong-Wu. The evil, formless witch Wuya and her sidekick Jack Spice are also chasing the Shen-Gong-Wu in hopes of harnessing the artifacts' supernatural powers and conquering the world. In each of thirteen episodes, Dojo leads Omi and his fellow students to a different Shen-Gong-Wu. Inevitably, Jack also covets the same artifact and challenges Omi or one of the other students compete in a Xiaolin Showdown--a battle in which each warrior invokes his or her own powers and the powers of a Shen-Gong-Wu already collected to defeat his or her opponent and win possession of both the artifact in question and his or her opponent's artifact. Victory ebbs and flows and, while Jack cheats his way through each challenge, Omi and his fellow students compete honestly and are continually learning and growing as a result of each battle. By the end of the season, evil threatens to triumph over good: Jack and Wuya combine the powers of individual Shen-Gong-Wu to spark a metamorphosis that drastically changes the face of evil. Can Omi and his friends possibly restore good in the world and prevent 10,000 years of darkness? (Ages 6 to 14) --Tami Horiuchi
- 13 episodes on two discs
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This show is about a group of teenagers living under the guidance of monks that are saving the world by collecting all the mystical items called the sen-gong-yu from evil forces of Yu-ya and Jack Spicer. And when two forces get the items, a Xiaolin Showdown happens. I do not want to spoil anything of the first season or the series in general because this show is pretty awesome.
I loved watching it as a kid and even as an adult now I still love show. Why because it has action scenes that have life in them, characters that you actually care about, writing that is tight as a seatbelt, and humor that actually works (including the dragon called Do-go, love him).
If you love anime as much I do, you may love this show. If you are looking some action cartoons, then I highly recommend you this tv series.
However, after watching, please do not attempt to watch it's "sequel" Xiaolin Chronicles as it is horrible and demeaning to the original series.
The set is typical, with the thirteen episodes spread out over two discs. The first disc contains the first 7 episodes, and the second disc has the last 6 episodes of the first (2003-04) season. I was suprised to find (from the second-to-last episode, and purely by accident) that each episode has six chapters. This is very unorthodox for shows like this (of 22 min), but it's good to have.
The menus are very simple and don't really seem to have much flow to them. To tell the truth, most, if not all, of the menus look like they were derived from Kids' WB! wallpapers.
The casing is average. The two discs come in a black plastic keepcase. As for the cover design... it's a bit uninspiring, but at least there's new art on the front. As you've likely heard, the character formation on the back of the case is not in continuity with the show.
With all that said, the best I can give this set is a four out of five. The lack of extras was disappointing, as well as the fact that the thirteen episodes ended on a cliffhanger. But, the best feature of this set (aside from the episodes in their crisp and clear presentation) is the inclusion of chapter marks in every episode (though, I doubt that I'll ever use them).