A to Z Challenge 2015 - Day 25 - Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie


Y Is For Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light


Preamble: Yeah, I had a weaboo phase too. If you liked the TV show then you'll probably like this movie too. Do not attempt to just watch this movie if you didn't watch the cartoon.
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Year: 2004

Rated: PG

Summary - 5,000 years ago, a brave Pharaoh killed and imprisoned Anubis after he tried to destroy the world using the forbidden Shadow Games. In the present day, Anubis' tomb is uncovered by archaeologists, complete with his most valuable treasure, the Pyramid of Light. Moving ahead to the present, the Battle City finals have concluded, and Yugi Mutou has achieved international fame by defeating his rival Seto Kaiba and obtaining the three powerful Egyptian God Cards. Determined to defeat Yugi, Kaiba turns to Maximillion Pegasus to gain any new cards designed to defeat the God cards. Kaiba and Pegasus duel with Kaiba winning and taking two cards, although Pegasus claims he only created one.

Director: Hatsuki Tsuji

Written by: Michael Pecerlello

Based on: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters by Kazuki Takahashi

Starring:
Narrated by: Masanori Ikeda
Shunsuke Kazama
Kenjiro Tsuda
Kouji Ishii
Hiroki Takahashi
Hidehiro Kikuchi
Maki Saito
Junko Takeuchi
Tadashi Miyazawa
Jiro J. Takasugi

The Review
When I first heard that 4Kids was going to be making a Yu-gi-oh! movie, I was skeptical, as I'm sure most true Yu-Gi-Oh fans were. Anyone who knows Yu-Gi-Oh knows that 4Kids does an OK job at best editing and dubbing the original anime for American viewers. So how could they treat a movie? Especially one that they made themselves?

I'm pleased to announce that, for once, 4Kids did a good job. The plot was well written. For starters, it made sense. It managed to incorporate the show's past, while not giving away its future. In fact, the only spoiler was for the end of Battle City. I was ahocked that more was not given away regarding the Battle City Championship. It made that part of the show still worth watching.

As I said in the premable, if you are a fan of the show definitely check this out, if not, maybe check out the show (If you liked Pokemon then you'll probably like this show as well) and if you like it, then scour the internet to find this movie.

***For reference I watched the Japanese version initially and I only watched the English version last night. I prefer the Japanese version but the English one is just as a great actually.

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Grade: B-

Aces for (Voice) Acting
  • Kouji Ishii

MVP
  • Hidehiro Kikuchi

Favorite Character
  • Maximillion Pegasus

Best Character Interactions
  • Dark Yugi & Yami Yugi

Best Scene
(Yugi and Tea finds Solomon in the museum)
Yugi: Hey! It's my grandpa! What are you doing here?
Solomon: Oh, it looks like great minds think alike.
Yugi: So, you've came to see that pyramid too?
Solomon: Yup.
Tea: This says it's called the Pyramid of Light.
Solomon: In all my years of Egyptology, I've never come across this relic before. But it says here it belong to an evil sorcerer who tried to bring about the end of the world
Yugi: Well I guessed it's pretty to say his plan didn't work, right?
Solomon: Legend say a brave pharaoh destroyed him using the mystical Dagger of Fate.
(Yugi looks at his Millennium Puzzle)
Solomon: The same pharaoh who many believed possessed your Millennium Puzzle. Come, I'll show you.
(They went back to see the sarcophagus)
Solomon: See, there's the knife.
Tea: (disgusted) Can we leave?
Yugi: (looking at the inscription) What's it say here on his sarcophagus.
Solomon: Let's see, it's some sort of prophecy. "The eye that see what's yet to come, its vision shall be fulfilled, unless blinded by events predetermined, thus light and shadows both be killed".

Notable Quotable
Joey: Kicks to the stomach don't work.
Tristan: Neither do kicks to the head.

Most Memorable Moment
Pegasus: You see, Kaiba thinks he got that card from me. When in fact, this has all been arranged by an evil lord who tried to take over the world five millennia ago and it's now back to finish the job. I looked it up, now this Anubis has created the Ultimate Shadow Game and he's getting stronger at the moment.
Solomon: Then the prophecy is being fulfilled.
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Did I whet your appetite to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light for the first time or maybe just the first time in a long time?

Be sure to come back tomorrow because I'm discussing Zoolander.

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