Feb 1, 2017
I have to admit to finding this intricate mythology pretty opaque and the Venn overlap with gaming - a part which devotees find so exciting - is for me baffling.Full Review
Jan 26, 2017
"Dark Side" suffers from both too much story and too little.Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Jun 28, 2017
Perhaps the best aspect of this film overall is how well it acts as a closing chapter.Full Review
Feb 2, 2017
The Dark Side of Dimensions' villain is a bore, but awesome duels and a focus on Kaiba's relationship with the Pharaoh make it a fun movie.Full Review
Jan 27, 2017
Complicated anime will mostly appeal to die-hard fans.Full Review
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
I was for a while, scared to watch this film. However, it finally wore off and boy, did I miss out! If you watched the anime series like I have then you will find this to be the fitting end to the story than the last episode we got. The villain is cliché at most. He doesn't want the Pharaoh to "return" so lets destroy the vessel before he does even though he's the reason why he returned to fix his mess. Yeah, its pretty predictable. The plot isn't too strong but the back story to both Ryu, Shadi, and the villain is fascinating and is a story not talked too much in the anime. However, some of the CGI is very obvious and looks pretty bad. Poor Blue-eyes! What did they do to you? Seto is amazing in this film and seeing him fully believing what the adventure he shared with Yugi and the others is so exciting but it does indeed have him being overly obsessed again. If you seen the anime in its entirety and didn't see this film yet, give it a watch! You'll love how it closes this story.
Outstanding visuals. The return of the original English voice cast. A complex villain that has surprising connections to the Duel Monsters series. A perfect ending that ties everything up in a pretty bow. Not much more you could ask for in a sequel movie. Viewing this in 2019, this is the best anime movie since A Silent Voice and Your Name destroyed 2016.
Where to begin... Perhaps by saying that there will be spoilers? Though this film has been out for a while now so eh. The Dark Side of Dimensions' primary appeal is in the nostalgia and in the return of all the original voice actors (with the exception of Atem) and because Seto Kaiba easily steals the show. The film is meant to be a satisfying conclusion to the original series following the manga (So Kaiba admitting that Yugi was the true King of Games never happened sadly); however, the film's appeal quickly begins coming into conflict with its writing. The beginning of the film opens with Seto Kaiba attempting to re-summon Atem by rebuilding the Millennium Puzzle so that he can finally defeat him and reclaim his dignity. While Seto's obsession is the plot that all others revolve around, it apparently wasn't enough for the writers. After a quick shot of Yugi and the gang all discussing what they'll do once they graduate, we're introduced to the main antagonist: Diva. Diva is the leader of a secret organization that can REWRITE REALITY for the goal of creating a perfect utopia. The organization was originally created by Shadi who explained that once the Pharaoh went into the afterlife, that they would gain their godlike powers; however, after Yami Bakura is born, he quickly kills Shadi, turning Diva to the dark side. Additionally, Shadi warned that if Atem returned (somehow...) that their powers would vanish. Jumping back to Egypt, Kaiba has just flown in to reclaim the fragments of the Puzzle before being interrupted by Diva. Diva attempts to banish Kaiba from their world, but Kaiba manages to resist the "All-Powerful Magic" and is promptly challenged to a duel which introduces a new, poorly explained mechanic called "Dimension Summoning" which bears remarkably little impact to the story. As Seto struggles against Diva, who can attack a seemingly endless number of times on his turn, Kaiba somehow manages to summon OBELISK THE TORMENTER for no explainable reason! When Diva sees that the duel is going south, he snatches two pieces of the Puzzle, though one ends up in Yugi Muto's hands. To reclaim the pieces, Seto throws a tournament to claim the pieces. Jumping back to Domino, Diva, just before teleporting to Egypt, sends Joey and Bakura to another dimension; though Joey is able to return through the memory of his friends (In the Japanese Version, Atem somehow frees him). A few hours later, Seto challenges Yugi to a duel for the Puzzle piece. The film jumps to the tournament stage where Yugi defeats Diva easily. The film becomes quite entertaining when the awaited match between Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba begins, though the stratagems implemented are nowhere near the level of ability displayed by either of these duelists; though there is a beautiful scene in which Yugi completes the Puzzle and explains that the Pharaoh is gone and can't return since he doesn't reside in the Puzzle anymore. As Kaiba refuses to acknowledge this, Yugi issues a direct attack on him with his Dark Magician to drop Kaiba down to 100 LP. So far, so good. Unfortunately, Diva returns to erase reality because he's now possessed by the spirit of the Millennium Ring (which was uncovered along with the Puzzle). So... Zorc is back, basically. The two duelists team up to defeat Zorc, but they are unable to win and Kaiba gets erased. Before he falls, however, Kaiba gives Yugi the Puzzle, claiming that the Pharaoh will return. As Yugi begins falling unconscious, some how, Atem takes over and summons Mahad to destroy Zorc before going back to the spirit world. In the end, all is saved; however, Kaiba isn't done. Now armed with dimensional rift capabilities, he enters into the Spirit Realm to challenge Atem to the duel he had been waiting for. All in all, it could have been a great film by itself and to Yu-Gi-Oh fans that stuck with the original series. Unfortunately, instead of having a film revolving around Kaiba's obsession with dueling the Pharaoh coming to blows with the fact that Yugi is now all there is seemed to not be enough for the writers. Instead they thought to include numerous plot contrivances and a villain that was as annoying as Marik (not Yami Marik). Additionally, including the return of Atem felt like a slap in the face since it took so much to release his spirit. In the end, it's a nice nostalgia trip, but it's cut short by the unnecessary inclusions and plot contrivances which litter the film.
This movie feels more like Fanservice for Kaiba fans than anything.It tries to be like an epilogue to the ending from the original series,but fails with the confusing plot and making honorable characters more like plot devices.The worst part is that during the whole movie the message was:"Forget about the past and go on",but they couldn't even follow this because Atem comes back as Deus Ex Machina and solve the problems.Feels much more like a filler to the manga/anime.There's some nice cards and good animation,but overall it's just...MEH!
As expected, no one really writes Yu-Gi-Oh like Kazuki Takahashi. Aigami is threatening and sympathetic at the same time, and the original cast feel more like real people now than ever before. And of course with Kagami Takahiro on animation direction, nearly every frame of this movie could be used as your wallpaper. Not only are characters always completely on model, but the animation itself is phenomenal. Being a movie, it obviously has more forgiving time restrains and budget than the TV anime, but it's great to see some real character acting in Yugioh and not just a bunch of dramatic stills. I do wish they would have gone easier on the cgi, but if it would have meant a delay or less movement from the characters, I can live with it.
I honestly like the movie. Die-hard Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will like it too. I like how the movie is now centered on Kaiba rather than Yugi. I'm disappointed on how the villain didn't win any duels in the movie. Overall I liked it as a Yugioh fan.
It is nice to see the group again.
Considering Iâ(TM)ve been a fan of this series since my oldest son who just turned 20 was 5 or 6 this was a nice surprise coming across this movie today. Loved the story line and how it blends with the first movie and how it leaves you hoping for a third.
I am I bit of a fan boy
Dark Side of Dimensions builds upon the end of the original series masterfully, and you can see the character growth and development that happened between the final episode of the series and the movie, even in the little details and changes in Yugi and Kaiba's personalities. The endow the movie provides closure to how the series ended, but will also leave you wanting the next part of the story. It is absolutely fantastic.
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