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Dragon Drive

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Distributor: Bandai
Original Story: Ken-ichi Sakura
Volumes: 2 (so far, will be more.)
Rating: 7+ (Monsters battle in games of sport.  Sound familiar?)
Anime Code: F

Rei Ozora was your typical junior high slacker.  That is, until he was introduced to Dragon Drive, a virtual reality game where people and dragons battle is an all-out brawl.  Rei's dragon, Chibi, is a pathetic-looking dragon who seems to do nothing but sleep and act silly.  But there is more to this dragon than meets the eye.

Review: Dragon Drive is relatively new and a bit different than Bandai's usual muster.  But it's really interesting.  The dragons are well-drawn (even better than some of the human characters) and the plot can not be taken at face value.  We'll have to see where this goes.

Action Level: 3/5
The fighting's only done with dragons and virtual dragons at that.  Not exactly Dragonball-Z-esque but exciting and worth paying attention to.

Romance Level: 3/5
The "love triangle" between Rei, Maiko, and Daisuke is cute and funny.  But they lay it on a little thick.

Comedy Level: 4/5
Lighthearted but doesn't try to force it on you.

Adult Level: 1/5
I only saw volume 1, so I don't know if there will be anything like that.  Although the announcer seems a little "adult" if you know what I mean.

Drama Level: 2/5
The drama is brief but effective towards the end where Chibi triggers his special ability.

Overall Level: 3/5
This might change in the future.