They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi, Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Hikari no Pyramid, Anime Sanjuushi: Aramis no Bouken, and more!
7: MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi
Japanese: マップス 伝説のさまよえる星人たち
MAL Score: 5.77
While looking for the ledgendary Mapman, the last surviving member of the Nomad Star tribe, Lipumira finds him in Tokyo. His name is Gen Tokishima and he is the only one able to get one part of the starmap hidden within the Earth. After retrieving the piece, Gen must make a decision to follow Lipumira in her foolhardy search to find the remaining pieces of the starmap or stay on Earth. He makes his decision, only to find his girlfriend has beaten him to the spaceship as she wants to come as well. Unfortunately, as Gen learns the secret of the starmap, Lipumira’s sisters have plans to stop her and will stop her at any cost.
(Source: ANN’s description of the 1994 remake, which shares the same manga story)
The vast majority of the characters are super over the top in their actions, with loud voice acting to match, which could be annoying to some. As noted, this is goofy. The blue haired alien (who’s blonde in the original manga and 1994 OVAs), is reserved and stoic for reasons I won’t spoil. She’s also the badass of the story, though the fact she is harmed by damage done to the ship is an odd choice. The animation is pretty ok, and the art is fair. Not the type of stuff that wows me about anime of this era, but it isn’t bad either. I did like the design of the hero and main villain ships. One being very angelic, and the other nightmarish. MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi isn’t what I’d call a hidden gem in the sea of ’80s OVAs, but it is kinda fun, if ultimately a little bit forgettable.
6: Yu☆Gi☆Oh!: Hikari no Pyramid
English: Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie
Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王 デュエルモンスターズ 光のピラミッド
MAL Score: 6.58
Anubis, an ancient Egyptian evil that was defeated by Yugi’s alter ego centuries ago, has returned to exact revenge. Wielding the power of the Eighth Millennium Item, Anubis is determined to destroy Yugi and take over the world.
I love Yuugi-ou as much as the next person and Pegasus and Kaiba would be among my favorite characters – but here, even they are too bombastic and annoying. Yuugi is too preachy and dramatic (I watched the version with Dan Green, I don’t think there is japanese one), Kaiba is too sadistic, Pegasus is too crazy and Anubis is a bad villain.
Action scenes with mummies and Jonouchi, Honda and Yuugi could’ve been fun, but they were in there too long. The same goes for a card game climax.
Children’s Card Games Saga Part III:
If Monsters Are Real, Does That Mean Card Games Are Real Life?
It’s truly been far too long since I last watched Yugioh. Heck, the last installment of the Children’s Card Games Saga was back in October, so it’s high time to let loose on what was the most kick ass movie of 2004.
Never mind Kill Bill vol. 2, Harry Schlocker and the Prisoner of the Theater, Shrek 2, Spiderman 2 (the last watchable one before that series died), The Aviator, or Mean Girls… Yugioh Pyramid of Light RULED the summer of ’04.
At least for this 10 year old, it did. I remember going to see this not once, but TWICE- collecting the promotional cards (still have them too), and crying tears of pure joy whenever I heard that wavering Ney and Arghul (ancient reed based Egyptian instruments) melody and orchestral strings on top of the driving industrial techno beat that the English version used as the main theme. It still brings me great nostalgia. I mean, what was cooler than these cartoons about people with insane, physics breaking hairdos playing card games with sick monsters and people getting sent to the shadow realm??
Not much, when you’re 10.
Alas, I am 21 now, and as a reviewer, I must remove the rose tinted glasses of childhood and mercilessly bash Yugioh. I mean, review.
As with any good Yugioh story, it begins with a man. A man so driven by obsession that his ego will never allow him to let go of years of being second best to one Yugi Moto. This man is Seto “Rich Homie Mullet” Kaiba. Armed with his combination of a crippling preoccupation of beating a high school kid at a card game and infinite wealth; so much wealth that he builds a physics breaking VTOL jet that has functional legs for landing gear, after his favorite playing card and also constructs YET ANOTHER CITY FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF FIGHTING YUGI!
Kaiba boy, still extremely pissy over losing to Yugi boy in the Battle City arc of Duel Monsters (surprise, an entire city devoted to card games, centered around Yugi boy) strong-arms the fabulous fan favorite snark monster, moe anime obsessed Maximillion Pegasus into giving up his secret weapon to beat Yugi’s God Cards.
No it’s not his dandy style, red suit, red wine, and vanity.
It’s, you guessed it. A heretofore unseen card! (side note: Pegasus really makes the movie though, because his campiness and incredibly sarcastic dialogue is turned up to 11 in this one, savagely mocking Kaiba at every turn and actually being a good sport for once.)
Meanwhile, back at school, everyone wants a piece of Yugi since he’s a famous duelist now. So while Tristan and Joey cover, Tea and Yugi go to the one place the gamer geeks would NEVER look for them- a history museum with a very conveniently placed brand new exhibit on ANCIENT EGYPT!
Here’s where the story takes a turn for the Scooby Doo, and falls right off. Imagine, if you will, the gang rolls up in the Mystery Machine to this museum that just got a fresh exhibit with mummies, sarcophagi, and all manner of occult and valuable gold artifacts from ancient Egypt. What happens next? Do I even need to say?
You guessed it. As soon as Yugi and Tea and the creepy pervert Grandpa spot the gold sarcophagus and valuable artifact, BOOOOOOOOOOOM! Everyone’s knocked out, the mummy has escaped, and stolen the dangerous, priceless artifact! And they would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those… oh wait, it’s not over yet.
Cue more mummies chasing Yugi, Tristan and Joey inside of the Millennium puzzle pyramid (which would have been PERFECTLY set to the Benny Hill theme), and even the voice actors recognized how much of a Scooby rip this was, with Tristan letting out a “ZOINKS!” in the middle of the chase! With a bit of dumb luck (read: heart of the cards), Yugi manages to stop the mummies by slicing off a piece of a priceless Egyptian tablet, and returns everyone’s souls to their bodies.
The fun ends about there, as the next sequences of Yugi and Kaiba dueling, and then Yugi and the resurrected Anubis were on the verge of boring me to tears. Oh how I yearned for the days when there were clever uses of trap cards, monster effects, and not making up rules or completely cheating on every turn… wait, who am I kidding? This is Yugioh! The only rule is to believe in the Heart of the Cards and to draw the Laughing Man symbol from Ghost in the Shell SAC 1st on your hand… and then you win!
Anyway, time to wrap this ramble up.
I give “Yugi-Doo and a Mummy Too” 5 Blue Eyes White Dragons, because this is basically just a Scooby Doo episode turned into a Yugioh movie.
The glorious English dub is… well, glorious, with Dan Green, Eric Stuart, and Darren Dunstan hamming it up and being fabulously campy. Minus a point here for not using Megan Hollingshead as Mai- a woefully missed opportunity indeed. But, Seto “Screw The Rules, I Have Money” Kaiba himself even directed this dub, which makes it all the better.
“Fighting pyramids and creepy floating eyes, wonderful,” says Joey.
“Hey, when you hang around with Yugi, this is par for the course! Tristan replies.
Though I will say that the movie’s artwork and animation where all really well done, for the most part, it got really boring when Anubis stepped in, and in my opinion, even Kaiba’s duel with yugi wasn’t as fun as it was to watch in the series. Kaiba destroyed half of Yugi’s deck with his Deck Destruction Virus, (Which is the most OP card I’ve ever seen, might I add) so there was no real chance for Yugi to show off his cards and strategies. And according to the Deck list on Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki, I’d say that’s pretty sad.
I like that they tried to bring it closer to the actual game, but somehow, it makes it less fun to watch. Yugi pulled off so many cool strategies in the show, but in this one, he was pretty much backed into a corner the entire time until the final battle with Anubis (Who wasn’t as intimidating as he was made out to be earlier in the movie).
Overall, it’s a really fun movie from my childhood, and worth the watch, but less fulfilling then the series, if you ask me.
5: Anime Sanjuushi: Aramis no Bouken
English: The Three Musketeers: Aramis the Adventure
Japanese: アニメ三銃士 アラミスの冒険
MAL Score: 6.59
Aramis fell off her horse and received the aid of a man named Francois. They fell in love with each other at first sight and spent their time happily for a while. Francois was killed by Manson and the Ironmask’s people, so Aramis swore revenge. Then she went to Paris to be a musketeer.
1 year after the end of TV series, D’Artagnan had a drink with 3 musketeers and found that Jussac and the Cardinal’s Guards harrassed a woman in a tavern in Paris. Of couse, they fought Jussac and the Cardinal’s guards and won. On his way to home, D’Artagnan witnessed the woman whom he rescued from Jussac about to jump into the river, and rescued her again. D’Artagnan brought her to home but she disappeared soon. After a day, D’Artagnan heard that the woman was killed last night and Rochefort and Cardinal’s guards arrested him for murder because his hat was found by the woman’s body. Aramis discovers that the story has a link with Catherine de Médicis, and launches out an investigation. This one will bring back her to the castle of her beloved where she will have to face Pizzaro to protect a dangerous document.
4: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Movie: Chou Yuugou! Toki wo Koeta Kizuna
English: Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time
Japanese: 劇場版 遊☆戯☆王 ～超融合! 時空を越えた絆～
MAL Score: 7.12
While riding with Jack Atlas and Crow Hogan, Yuusei Fudou’s Stardust Dragon is captured by Paradox, a mysterious Turbo Duelist from the future, during a Turbo Duel and turned into a Sin Monster. With the help of the Crimson Dragon, Yuusei chases after Paradox as he enters a time slip, ending up in the past. During this time, Paradox duels against Jaden Yuki, who is still able to use the powers of Yubel and The Supreme King. However, by this time Paradox had also captured Cyber End Dragon and Rainbow Dragon and overwhelms Jaden. He is saved thanks to Yuusei and the Crimson Dragon. Jaden informs Yuusei of Paradox’s true intentions. By stealing various monsters from across time and turning them dark, he plans to kill Maximillion Pegasus, the creator of Duel Monsters, preventing the game from being created and causing the events of all three series to never happen.
Yuusei and Jaden agree to pursue Paradox, which leads them to the past and causes a meeting with the King of Games, Yuugi Mutou. However, by the time Yuusei and Jaden arrive, Paradox had already attacked his time, supposedly killing both Pegasus and Yuugi’s grandpa, and had also managed to steal Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. After explaining everything to Yuugi, he agrees to fight with Yuusei and Jaden against Paradox in the ultimate three-on-one duel to free the trapped monsters and save both the world and time itself before it’s too late.
The movie is based around Fudo Yusei the main protagonist of YGO 5D’s, though it makes sense to center it from the series that was currently ongoing it would have been nice to give veteran duel favorites more screen time, with the movie only being 50 minutes it was very possible to add more scenes for the other two individual main characters.
If you were watching it without any detail about GX or 5D’s (it seems many fans dropped Yu-Gi-Oh! when Yugi was no longer the main character) then you probably didn’t care about the story behind Judai and Yusei as well as explanations behind the spirits surrounding Judai or Yusei’s connection to the “Crimson Dragon” rather everything story based probably went over your head meaning the first 20 minutes will be useless to you until Yugi makes his appearance.
If you were watching this movie with knowledge behind the Yu-Gi-Oh! story base then the movie will probably add more questions do your head then you previously had. Its good knowing the anime referenced to this movie whereas other anime movies tend to make the movies sort of like fillers away from the main anime adaption’s.
Story wise what can you expect from YGO, its pretty cliche and despite the entire duel putting us at the edge of our seats the result of the duel is as broken as a PC hack in Counter Strike. There was no real back story behind the antagonist except for the fact his “future” got wasted, even in the anime nothing about this character is explained maybe the reason for the ruined future but nothing in regards to the character himself.
Where the story lacks the presentations makes up for it greatly. The animation was top notch probably one of the best an anime movie has ever presented. The use of past BGM’s really helped with the nostalgic factor with the past main characters as well as dramatic BGM’s for the more serious scenes. Sadly though when the movie was released in theaters it was released with 3D so alot of scenes tend to be played out longer than they should be, originally those scenes were there to show off the 3D but we obviously don’t have that.
Overall i recommend the movie for anyone who was a fan of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! and those still fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! today simply for the main duel of the movie, if you are looking for an interesting story you will be very disappoint.
This movie has probably changed my perspective on the world.
This movie is so shocking, it needs to be seen to be believed.
This is the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
Story: The story is, in a sentence, non-sensical, plot-hole ridden and stupid beyond comprehension. I find it hilarious the villain’s name is Paradox. The writers of this crapfest have probably never seen any piece of fiction or anything involving time travel in their lives. The amount of Time Paradoxes are immense. Sonic 06, eat your heart out. You won’t even need to think about it, they’re incredibly blatant. Anyone whose seen Back to the Future will cringe as they break every convention of time travel related story-telling or even just logic. Even so, the plot is almost non-existant. Half of the movie is the climactic duel between the heroes and Paradox. The other half is just them running around, following Paradox through time and watching things explode in gimmicky THREE-DEE. The pacing is all over the map. Fast, then slow, then fast. Then it’s over. I still felt like basically nothing had happened. Running, card game, over. Another problem is how cliche it is. If you are an anime fan or a movie buff or anyone who enjoys fiction in general, you will be able to piece this movie together from other (probably better) movies. Just with better character designs and more logic. The writing is shoddy, the dialogue is stilted and bad in both languages. But what really annoys me is that none of this movie makes sense. I’ve seen some damn stupid movies/movies/books etc. in my day, but this takes the cake, eats it, craps it out and eats it again. Repeating the process ad infinitum. It doesn’t matter if you’ve watched Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX or 5D’s, dubbed/subbed or whatever, this movie doesn’t add up. The time travel was handled so poorly I can barely comprehend it. And it wraps it up with a forced, awful friendship speech. Gag me with a knife.
Art: Yeah, the art in this movie is ridiculous. Yugi’s, Yusei and Jaden and basically everyone else all have inane, usually multicoloured, hair. It’s so distracting and I have the feeling the author put that in just to make them seem more memorable. All subtlety is lost and Yusei being completely serious while sporting that retarded, crab-like hair was truly surreal. The actual animation wasn’t bad. It’s not as fluid as it should be and doesn’t feel like the step up from the show it should be. It’s not KyoAni, it’s not Ghibli, it’s not BONES, it’s just Toei.
Sound: The dub is passable. I don’t care what you think, it is. If anything, the dub is better than the movie. The sub is alright too, it’s not like the movie deserves amazing voice talent. The music is also fine. It hits alright notes when you should be ‘feeling’ something. I actually had to rely on the music to tell me how to feel. Maybe I just have a dried up apple for a heart. Either way.
Character: Just as bad as the story. Any and all characterization relies on you having seen the other three shows. That’s fine and all, but it’s still gut-wrenchingly awful. These characters are so one-note. They never change in any way. I know it’s not impossible to change or at least affect well established characters in long-running Shonen series, watch the sixth One Piece movie if you don’t believe me. It’s not even fun to watch them. You would think the concept of seeing these three characters just being in the same room would be fun, but they barely interact with each other. That, right there, negates the point of the entire movie. What’s the point of Jaden, Yusei and Yugi all being together if they don’t interact with each other? That card game and friendship speech just aren’t enough. Oh, and I haven’t even gotten to Paradox. He is, easily, the worst villain in the history of, not just anime. Not just cinema. Not just animation. But fiction in general. His goal is retarded and vaguely explained. I can’t go further because of spoilers, let’s just say that when he tells you, your mind will explode. His motivation for wanting his retarded goal is also retarded. Easily the logical lowpoint of the whole movie. And that is saying something.
Enjoyment: With the nonsense plot and baffling characters, you would think this movie would hurt to watch it for even a moment. But, you would think wrong. This movie is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s awful. Definitely. But it smashes the Uncanny Valley so hard I couldn’t help but love it. It’s not ‘So Bad it’s Good’, that would imply it has redeem qualities story-wise, when it doesn’t. It’s not ‘So Bad it’s Horrible’, because it isn’t painful to watch. This movie is in a class of its own. This movie is condensed nonsense, taking itself seriously and creating a void in logic so deep, that is sucks you in and forces you to laugh. This is honestly, one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. You will laugh at the character designs. You will laugh at Paradox’s horribleness. You will laugh all through-out the 30 minute long card game to decide the fate of the universe. You will love the nonsense and you will laugh violently when the movie tries to make you feel something through the struggles of these cardboard cut-out characters with dumb hair getting you feel something with their predictable, easily solved because time travel, dilemmas. This movie is so much fun and you shouldn’t pass it up. It’s still horrible. Don’t get me wrong. But it is a special kind of horrible.
And that’s what this whole movie is. A special kind of horrible.
With a clichéd and predictable story, I think that only a Yu-Gi-Oh fan could truly enjoy and appreciate this. Bonds Beyond Time could of easily featured appearances by Kaiba, Joey, Téa, Tristian etc. but only manages to squeeze in the main characters, which was disappointing.
All of the original English voice actors retain their roles (I think) and for a 4Kids! Dub, it was well pulled off. I really liked the bonds between Yugi, Jaden and Yusei and the nice thank you message at the end credits as well as a mix of the three series theme songs.
3: Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo The Movie
English: Kameari Park Precinct
Japanese: こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 ＴＨＥ ＭＯＶＩＥ
MAL Score: 7.13
The wicked multi-billionaire, Shinatora, builds wretched, ugly buildings. The explosives genius calling himself Benten has targeted Shinatora’s empire and begins to destroy the monstrosities that are wiping out whole sections of downtown Tokyo. In cooperation with the local police force, the FBI has sent Lisa Hoshino, a bomb disposal expert, and her robot assistant, Dandy, on a lecture tour of Japan. Ryotsu is reluctantly paired with Lisa to protect the people of the Kameari district. Why does Benten only target Shinatora’s buildings? What is his next target?
Another email warning arrives at the Katsushika Police Station. Benten’s next target is the newly built, gigantic amusement park, Shinatora World. Lisa and Ryotsu hurry to the scene. What they find is a huge Soviet-era rocket armed with a massive bomb powerful enough to obliterate the entire area of Katsushika.
What can Ryotsu do?
It surprised me how it had a good balance of comedy, and later drama, but then the two went hand in hand. The comedy was hilarious, and the drama surprisingly gripping. The general story is about as good as this kind of movie gets, and it was very human and enjoyable at that. The writing in general was very well done, and the overall pacing was very good. I thought it was funner to split the movie in 4 parts and watch another part later, just to remember certain scenes as clips of an episode, just to drag out the enjoyment more.
Surprisingly good animation for 1999 shounen comedy standards, it’s no End of Evangelion or Princess Mononoke, but you’ll be impressed with what the animators were able to make. I loved the hell out of the character design, especially Ryotsu’s, as well as the other characters, but it’s overall look and smoothness is honestly no better than most modern anime today (But I actually like the way old anime looks, so it’s not a problem here).
It has good sound design, and a lot of the actors were good, but Ryotsu’s voice was kind of annoying. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a specific charm to it, and I do like it, but it’s something that was just a bit grading when he was yelling. The music was pretty good, fit the mood pretty well.
Oh my God, so many fantastic characters. They have many different flavor of character. Foreign, everyday men/women, children, bad rich guys, shy guys, manly guys, strong women, and even some surprises here and there. It really is a good idea to look up information about episodes from the show, or information about the characters, since the movie assumes you’ve seen at least an episode or two of the TV series. You should get a good amount of enjoyment either way.
It was a fun as hell movie to watch, and it also has a really feel good plot.
If you like cop gag, comedy, or Japanese culture, you’ll love this movie. If you like action or romance, look for another tittle, since this mainly focuses on the first three things I listed. Defiantly watch it, you won’t regret it.
2: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Japanese: 遊☆戯☆王 THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS
MAL Score: 7.47
Obsessed with revenge against the King of Games, Seto Kaiba commences an excavation in Egypt to find the fragments of the Millennium Puzzle, which once retained the spirit of the “counterpart Yuugi.” However, a cloaked man steals two pieces of the Puzzle and disappears before it could be reconstructed. Meanwhile, now in their final year of high school, Yuugi Mutou and his friends plan for their futures, unaware of the danger lurking close by.
Yu☆Gi☆Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions tells the tale of vindictive forces distorting reality in whatever way they please. Will Seto and Yuugi move past their differences and save the world, or will Seto’s own greed get the better of him?
First of all, the animation is so outstanding. It’s really high quality and during certain scenes in the movie you may think that it’s real life scenery instead of 2D/CG. I couldn’t believe my eyes watching it, ’cause usually Yu-Gi-Oh! didn’t have that high quality animation (except for Zexal). Even Arc-V has meh animation. The animation is so constantly beautiful you can’t take your eyes off the screen. This, I think, is one of the gems in this movie. Oh, and the characters’ faces look beautiful all the time you may turn homo (jk). Kaiba looks like Light Yagami but with a gravity defying jacket.
Let’s talk about sound next. There’s not much to say here. The movie uses a few of the soundtracks in the original Duel Monsters series like Passionate Duelist and Wrath of God but with different arrangements of course. The nostalgia is so real when you hear them playing. Most of the soundtracks sound orchestral and it’s awesome but I give an 8/10.
The original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters didn’t do a good job with characters. Everyone but Yugi, Jounouchi (Joey) and Kaiba were cheerleaders. Anzu and Honda remain useless even in the movie, and Jounouchi is too. Jounouchi has no real purpose in the movie but they give him more screentime than Yugi. He and Honda only serve as comic relief characters.
The original characters aren’t developed well in the movie, except for Yugi, Kaiba and Bakura. Yup, Bakura. Bakura has an importance in the movie that connects to Aigami’s backstory and that is a job well done. I really like what they retconned to the story, it gives more depth to both Bakura and Aigami.
Kaiba had always been an asshole with a surprisingly good side. At first you’d think Kaiba is the protagonist for this movie, but then you’d think he’s actually the villain. Kaiba’s character is complex yet simple, for he only wants to defeat Atem but he’d do anything for it. I can’t say much about him, but he’s my second favorite character in the movie even though I hated him in the original series. His character in the movie is very well written.
Yugi is supposed to be the protagonist? I think he has less screen time than Aigami or even Jounouchi. Yugi has grown, sure. But his character is still shallow. It’d be great if the movie goes deep into his character of a loser who gained strength or focusing on his growth, but even in this movie, he doesn’t feel like the protagonist to me. I still can’t like his character.
The mysterious beutiful kid Aigami is the best character ever made in the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise imo. His character is so well written and lovable, he should be considered as the real protagonist for this movie. His motivation and backstory is deep, not what you’d expect from a yugioh (especially the original yugioh). The depth of his character really surprised me.
As for the story, it’s really unlike what you’d expect from a yugioh. 5D’s had a great plot, Zexal II’s and Arc-V’s were good too. But the original? Not really. DM had a shallow plot. But they expanded it in the movie. The movie answers a few questions people may have for DM, regarding Shadi. Aigami has a bitter backstory, and the plot revolves pretty much around him. The plot for me, is the best thing in the movie. It really surprised me for being deep.
In terms of enjoyment, I give it 9/10. At first I was like “the hell is going on? I don’t get it” and there are scenes that feel kinda out of place, but that still didn’t stop me from enjoying it. It’s not yugioh without children’s card games, so of course there are duels in the movie. The movie is 2 hrs 10 mins long and it has a lot of story to tell but they still included a few duels in it. So the duels feel kinda rushed, and I couldn’t really pay attention to them ’cause they were so fast-paced. It’s not like Bonds Beyond Time where they explain every card effect and stuff or whatever move they make. In my personal opinion, they should have made only one duel towards the end of the movie so that more time can be used for the story. The movie has a few pacing issues, but that still won’t kill the awesomeness.
The best anime movie I’ve watched thus far was Gintama but this just surpassed it. I don’t judge based on bias just because yugioh is my favorite anime. Heck, Gintama is my least favorite anime but the movie was so great I rated it as the best. The Dark Side of Dimensions however, is a real masterpiece, especially for a yugioh anime. I think it’s appropriate to give the movie 9/10.
The story is nothing much to speak of, a slotted in bad guy with the wrong intentions and then another “bigger” villain. The heroes then all come together to save the day. But like I said, this film is about character and that’s where it shines – Because this film is for Kaiba.
They knew perfectly what people love about Kaiba, his sass and utter fire that he talks. His personality is better than it’s ever been, it was all tuned up to 11 for this film as Kaiba does everything WAY over the top, and it’s beautiful.
((( WARNING FOR SPOILERS AHEAD)))
But Kaiba’s comedic ways aren’t the only thing shown from him, we get to his his acceptance of the past. He refers to Yugi as Yugi and Atem as, Pharaoh. Kaiba isn’t in denial anymore and we get to see this, but what’s more is that we see him missing his greatest rival. His passion to defeat his rival is so great that he invents the worlds most advanced holographic systems and then even later on, breaks the barrier between dimensions.
Kaiba is having a struggle, because while everyone else accepts their loss, Kaiba for once is the one character that has completely refused to give up on someone.
He is the driving force for this movie, he sets up all of the plot and shows he’s more than capable of crushing anyone in his path even if they possess magic.
On the other end we have Yugi. Having parted with the Pharaoh and grown up a bit, he feels as if a bit of him is missing but has chosen to move on. There’s really not much else to say for this, Yugi is simply here within this film. He’s here for Atem to have a single second of spotlight.
Speaking of which, Atem does show up and in the most glorious of fashions. A golden light suiting of his majesty, a draw of a single card that allows him to win, to prove his might. It was something that got the cinema cheering in a situation that should be silent.
Buuuut then everyone’s spirits were crushed because in the three instances Atem has, he says NOTHING. I’m not sure what they were thinking with all this because it pissed a lot of people off, there wasn’t a single “It’s time do duel” or “You’ve grown” Or ANYTHING – But anyway.
Visually the film is stunning, probably the best YuGiOh has ever looked, they perfectly evolved the style whilst keeping it nostalgic. And the masterful use of CG models (Which doesn’t have a frame lock) were perfect for a lot of the mechanical designs.
Duels are swift and don’t give the intense nature or dramatic effect of the series duels, or Pyramid of Light. Because this isn’t a dueling film, this is a presentation of character – And as I said before Kaiba is that driving force. So if you’re wanting a nostalgic duel, you’ll get the monsters, but not the feeling tactics or display. Because most of the film is taken up by showing where the characters are now and what they’re up to. (But mostly Kaiba)
For villains and side characters it can literally be summed up with.
(( Friendship powers go – Random bad guy that comes out of nowhere, and is completely slotted in – Sad backstory for those villainous agenda’s – loads of cliche crap ))
But Téa’s new design is hot asf.
Overall I came out of this very upset with the ending, villains, plot, even some of the new monsters (Mainly those damn cubic things). But there are some characters in this film, that simply carry it all and put a smile on your face.
Also it’s nice to see Takahiro Kagami’s name as character designer, he was the best animator on the original series and his style has become a staple for YuGiOh to this very day.
The setting takes place one year after the Ceremonial Duel that sent the Pharaoh spirit within the Millennium Puzzle to the afterlife. Yugi, Tea (Anzu), Joey (Junouchi), Tristan (Honda), and Bakura are all ready to finish off high school and become something in the world. But before that, they’re met with an unprecedented foe with the power to erase both people’s memories and the physical world as we know it. All the while Seto Kaiba has gone out and put the Millennium Puzzle back together in order to finally get his rematch with the Pharaoh. Both these plot lines meet and the end results have twists and turns that anyone can enjoy!
I’d give this score a 15/10 if I could. The visuals and animation throughout the entirety of this movie are such eye-candy and an absolute treat. Updated character models of both people and duel monsters are a feast for the eyes, especially during duel action sequences. The combination of regular 2D animation and CG animation for the monsters don’t hamper the viewing experience in any way, but instead give it a sense of wonder and awe.
The voice acting, oh how I’ve missed the voices of these characters. Every original series voice actor is back to give life to their characters from the Duel Monsters series. I watched this in English, so to hear Dan Green and Eric Stuart return as Yugi and Kaiba respectively is an absolute nostalgia bomb. The sound effects for the duel sequences are top notch and the music is superb, blending a mix of orchestral tunes with the music from the original series that I never knew I needed.
Everyone is back and it feels so good to see them grown up a bit. Yugi has matured from a timid child to a competent and mature gentleman. Joey is still a goofball. Tristan has become a more dependable young man around his friends. Tea is more outgoing and is ready to study abroad to become the dancer she always wanted to be. Kaiba is as awesome and egotistical as ever (and it’s amazing). Bakura is shy and heartwarming (especially without the Millennium Ring around his neck). Characters from the TV show such as Mai Valentine or Rebecca Hawkins don’t make an appearance, but instead are replaced with the villain and his compatriots that have quite a bit of depth and a surprising connection to the original series.
Maybe is just nostalgic value, but I enjoyed every moment of this film, especially the final act and the closing minutes. The animation, the music, the characters, it was all a treat that I personally missed seeing on my screen. So much so that I was never bored at all during all 2 hours of this movie. Grab a seat and grab your favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! cards because it’s time to duel!
You almost never come across a sequel movie that caps off a series as good as this one does, especially one that comes out 12 years after the original series ends. This is one of those rare occasions that does so with interest. If you’re a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise in any way, this is a must-see. Though, it might be best if you watched Seasons 1, 2, latter half of 3, and 5 of Duel Monsters before watching this.
1: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan – Ishinshishi e no Chinkonka
English: Samurai X: The Motion Picture
Japanese: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚- 維新志士への鎮魂歌
MAL Score: 7.56
The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desperate rebels have sworn to settle one final score. Only one man stands in their way: Kenshin Himura. But when Shigure discovers Kenshin’s true identity as the Hitokiri Battousai, his fight becomes a personal vendetta.
My verdict is simple. If you’re never seen any Rurouni Kenshin, please stop now and go watch the OVAs and the series. But, if you’ve already proved yourself to be uttered devoted to our cross-marked ex-assassin, then you must watch this to satiate your addiction, you sick little otaku. ^_~x
This review was written by me some time ago, i.e. before I was a member on MyAnimeList. Therefore, I have no score on Enjoyment and you wont find any section called Enjoyment in this review. I think you will do fine without it, though. ^^
Since the Rurouni Kenshin movie is produced in the middle of the production of the Rurouni Kenshin series (henceforth referred to as “the series”). I usually watch related series/movies in chronological order, so I wasn’t sure when to watch it, but I decided it would probably be best watch it after I had completed the series.
This movie is not what I would consider an actual sequel to the series, despite taking place two years after the end of the storyline of the series. The movie is not depending on the series, so it is fully possible to watch it without having watched the series in it’s entirety.
The first minutes of the movie shows a fighting scene from the Bakumatsu where Kenshin fights and eventually kills Takatsuki Gentatsu.
Following the intro and titles, Kenshin meets Takimi Shigure, friend of the late Gentatsu. Since the day of Gentatsu’s death, Takimi has taken care of his sister, now 18 years.
As the synopsis states: “Takimi blames himself foolishly for his friend’s death, and vows to take revenge upon this corrupt Meiji government who wasted Gentatsu’s sacrifice”.
So, as the majority of the enemies in the series, Takimi plans to overthrow the government and Kenshin tries to stop him.
Is this story like the multitude of poor arcs in the series? No. Actually, I’d consider it as one of the better ones, if it was a part of the series. Once again, you will experience some good moments with an enemy doing what he believes is right, not realizing the consequences of his actions.
Like the series, this movie is made by Gallop, sharing the same style of animation, though with some minor differences. Focus is put on aesthetics instead of realism. The Rurouni Kenshin movie is animated like many action movies are filmed, with interesting cuts, angles and perspectives. It’s as if the creators tries to make the fights awesome, in that way that any 12 year old boy would think “Woow! I want to be a samurai!!” when watching.
I don’t think that it’s very bad, but I’m not sure sacrificing realism is necessary — just look at Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen.
As for the differences between the movie and the series in terms of animation, I notice a somewhat different character design and generally stronger colours. As an examle, the blood in the first scene is almost self-luminous. The strong colours further increase the aesthetics and decrease the realism.
Some might like it this way. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t really like it either.
The sound effects are the same as in the main series, with the weird cutting-flesh sounds and the sound for clashing blades resembling that of a tuning-fork. The sound effects gives a very synthetic impression. In what way is it supposed to represent the real world? I don’t like it at all.
What saves the sound section from disaster is the music. The music lifts the series, and helps creating emotional moments. The opening song isn’t really that wonderful, but the rest of the soundtrack is very nice. At the emotional peak of the series I almost, almost, shed a few tears. Almost.
As I stated in the story section, I get a feeling of understanding for Takimi Shigure. That is the case with quite a few of the characters. I don’t want to repeat myself, but the depiction of people that aren’t really bad, only making wrong choices, is very convincing.
I can’t find anything in particular to complain about. Takimi Shigure develops in the movie and that’s good, but he may be the only one. In any case, this is a movie, hence not giving that much place for character delevopment. All in all, I’m satisfied.
I get the impression that The Rurouni Kenshin movie, not being a sequel, is not really made for the fans of the series. The opening and first scenes hints that the movie is made more like a short version of the story made to attract Kenshin fans that haven’t watched the series — or completely new fans for that matter.
Like the series, the movie seem to sacrifice much of the realism (in both story, animation and sound), trying to give a more aesthetic and cool impression.
The final line is that the movieis much like the series — the good parts, that is. If you like the Rurouni Kenshin series, you will enjoy the Rurouni Kenshin movie (also, there’s a good chance you will even if you haven’t watched the series).
I was avoinding to watch this movie, I had seen the amazing 64 episodes and the filler arcs downed a bit my enjoyment of the overall 95 episodes, so I had enough for some time of the classic anime kinda of style that Rurouni Kenshin was at first, and that I though this whole movie would me! And so I saw the OVA’s and the 2012 “kyoto arc movie” first, I was dragging along on watching this, it will be boring, I dont want a story that is not written by Rurouni Kenshin mangaka, I have had enough of fillers!
I already knew Kenshin begginings, middle life’s days to its last days, days of the samurai whose dark past, made him treasure even more, the future!!
The one who protects the weak with his warm smile, his sword and his life, clearing a way towards a better future using his blade to protect the people, not slay them!
So despite being an original story not written by the mangaka, I was very pleased and astonished with the movie. It fits very well on Kenshin universe.
The story was a bit cliche, but it wasnt bad at all! I found the story to be well paced, with some of greastest characters of the series appearing again, since Kyoto’s Arc (Saito for example, his absence was very missed in the filler’s arcs!)). The new characters that show up are great on their own, nothing too special but for a movie(1 h 40m), they filled well the roles each was given to achieve, along with the classics of the series, of course!!
The movie belongs to 1997, and for that time the art and design was great, it is on pair with the great quality of the anime, and IMO it has aged well enough to still be pleasurable enough to watch.
With great characters, and their past stories and conflicts of those bloody war’s days, resurfacing, especially kenshin, his past is one that seems predestined to chase him till the end… I was never bored, like I said I was very surprised… the movie captured very well the Rurouni Kenshion spirit, I soo much enjoyed while watching the anime, yes Makoto Shishio arc and story are better, but that said, this movie wasnt a filler for me, it was much better than the whole filler arc (that had “some” not so bad moments to it too…)!!
And watching the movie now, it was really a great time, a reminder of some of the stuff I loved so much before filler’s arc! I wanted to watch classic kenshin (the OVA’s shine at a different light, great on their own, but dont have that classic feeling to it) MORE, but I didnt knew it, I though what a bother, but now that the movie ended, I say it filled that “unknown need” of mine. This is a great movie, a great story to take its place at kenshin’s universe!
I reccomend all kenshin fanbase to give this a try, you will find it worth of your time.
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