Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light (2004 anime movie) review

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Movie: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light
Studio: 4Kids Entertainment/Studio Gallop
Year: 2004

Intro

After watching some of the other Yu-Gi-Oh series and movies, I wanted a nostalgic feeling, so I decided to watch this movie since it came out when I wasn’t a fan of the series. What makes this movie interesting is that it’s a collaboration between 4Kids Entertainment based in America and Japan’s Studio Gallop.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light is also known as Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie.

Plot

It does take place sometime after Yugi’s Battle City tournament victory and acquiring all three God cards. Seto Kaiba obsessed with beating Yugi to reclaim the title of Duel King, tries to find every possible way to win only to seek out Pegasus J. Crawford, the creator of Duel Monsters, for a card to possibly turn the tides. Unfortunately, an evil force manipulates Kaiba into utilizing dirty tactics by planting a new card that Kaiba ends up acquiring in an ante match against Pegasus.

A new dangerous force threatens not only their ill fated duel, but also the fate of their world and must come together to thwart these plans.

Good

It has a lot of the classic characters people know and love along with a lot of the legendary cards that make up the decks of main characters. It also introduces new cards like Kaiba’s new Blue Eyes Shining Dragon and Yugi’s Magician’s Valkyria.

The battles were great since both Kaiba and Yugi know each other so well, yet utilize different strategies against each other. I also enjoyed that there were able to put in a few more battles into this movie with each battle having a different feeling with different strategies.

Bad

I wasn’t feeling the new villain, Anubis. As scary as he felt, he never really developed any character development. No one feared him nor cared about him. He was just there and felt like a bad guy of the week type of villain. We all knew he would be vanquished by the end of the movie and posed no real threat.

Overview

I think it was an enjoyable side movie quest. Usually, most anime movies feel like this. It was decent but not great. It was still fun to watch to bring back the memories of the original Yu-Gi-Oh series.

Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Timtastic

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