“Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions” (2016 anime movie) review


Movie: “Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions”
Studio: Studio Gallop/Toei Company
Year: 2016
Country of origin: Japan


As an adult, I felt vindicated after finally enjoying the Yu-Gi-Oh series after hating it as a child. With that being said, I felt that it was time to start on the movies which is how I got to “Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions”. I went to see it in a movie theater mostly so I can obtain an Obelisk the Tormentor card.


Months after the conclusion of the original series, Seto Kaiba seeks to resurrect Atem who had already departed to the afterlife after his battle with Yugi. Kaiba was going to reassemble the Millenium Puzzle to do so, but someone thwarted his plans.

Aigami is a new threat who plans on eliminating Yugi and his friends via revenge for the killing of his mentor Shadi when Bakura’s Millenium Ring eliminated him. Kaiba and Yugi must combine forces to eliminate this threat.


The best part about this movie were the visuals primarily during the battle sequences. A lot of CGI was used to inject life into the cards which was definitely appreciated with the new virtual reality duel disks. Many of the classic characters like Blue Eyes White Dragon saw improvement over the new animation.

Another great part was that it was canon. It continued on with the story line after the original series ended.


Confusion is the main theme of this movie. If you did not watch the original anime series, the story may seem a bit confusing. The battle sequences went way overboard and made the duels much more insane. It was as if they took the duels from the anime and injected steroids and testosterone into it as many times as they could with multiple syringes.


I did mess up with watching the movie in the theater environment. I watched the anime series in Japanese with English subtitles. I forgot to check if the movie was going to be subbed or dubbed and lone and behold, it was dubbed in English which threw off my path of enjoyment since it wasn’t the format I was used to. I had to re-watch it again but in Japanese so that I can have a legitimate opinion on the movie or else I would have let the dubbed version hinder my thoughts.

Overall rating: 3/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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