For the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the much beloved characters Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner, and Bakura return to the scene in the all new animated feature, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions on Digital HD today and Blu-ray/DVD June 27. A decade in the making, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions, features brand new designs and an all new story by the creator of this global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi! It may be a cliche to say this, but…THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER!
Of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review this feature and I am here to tell you, you wont be disappointed. It was the nostalgic story I was looking for, complete with danger, friendship, and of course, a new way to play the game with battles that transcend time and space.
The movie begins with the iconic view of KaibaCorp where Seto is staring at a hologram of the Millennium Puzzle. Seto plans to find the puzzle pieces and resurrect Pharaoh Atem, the only being to defeat him in battle…so he thinks. Already, we find ourselves intertwined into Seto’s quest to be the ultimate duelist in Duel Monsters. With absolute determination to make his plan a reality, Seto uses KaibaCorp resources to find the pieces to the Millennium Puzzle However, Seto is interrupted by Diva. After a brand new type of duel called “Dimension Dueling,” Diva steals two pieces of the puzzle and gives one to his sister in order to prevent the Pharaoh from returning. Unbeknownst to Diva, his sister gives her piece to Yugi in hopes that Yugi can save her brother.
There is an unspoken rule in Yu-Gi-Oh, all problems must be solved with a duel, where the winner gets everything. Because of the theft of these two Millennium Puzzle pieces, Seto kidnaps Yugi and Diva and forces them into a match; winner takes all. Here fans get to see an all new playing field, an all new duel disk, and brand new creature cards. WOOT! Not to mention that this brand new field is taken into the “Realm of Dimensions” for Dimension Dueling.
Unfortunately, Yugi is a noob to Dimension Dueling and he must learn as he goes in order to save his friends. And let me tell you, Dimension Dueling is no easy matter…or is that antimatter? Whatever the case, in order to summon a monster, the dueler must infuse some of his/her spirit energy into the monster to give it the power the dueler so desires. The problem is, when the monster is defeated, the dueler than takes damage equal to the power given..OUCH.
Like much of the Yu-Gi-Oh’s TV series and movies, the main theme of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions is built on friendship. Yugi will do anything to help, defend, and save his friends. The whole reason he gets pulled into the new Dimension Duels is due to the dangers his friends could and are suffering. Bakura and Joey both suffer at the hands of Diva and Yugi does everything in his power to help them. That is what I have always liked about Yu-Gi-Oh, no matter what, Yugi will always be there for his friends. It is a good message for viewers and a great base for any series.
Total everything up, and Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions is am awesome nod to everything Yu-Gi-Oh is, has been, and stands for. The battles, the characters, and the story reflect what fans have come to love about Yu-Gi-Oh. I personally give it 5 stars! I know I will be watching it again.
You can grab a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions by going to amazon.com.
The Blue-ray also includes:
Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: © Kazuki Takahashi/Yu-Gi-Oh! DDMC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG for sequences of fantasy action and some suggestive material
Genre: Anime, Kids
DVD Closed Captioned: English SDH
Original Japanese Run Time: 89 Mins.
English Dub Run Time: 91 Mins.
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English and Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD Audio: English and Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital