Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time
|Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time|
English release poster
|Directed by||Kenichi Takeshita|
|Written by||Shin Yoshida|
by Kazuki Takahashi
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time is a Japanese 3-D animated film based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. It was originally released in Japan as 10th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcended Time (Japanese: 10thアニバーサリー 劇場版 遊☆戯☆王 〜超融合!時空を越えた絆〜 Hepburn: Tensu Anibāsarī Gekijōban Yū-Gi-Ō!: Chō-Yūgō! Toki o Koeta Kizuna?), also referred to as Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D or Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th. It was produced to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the NAS-produced series Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and features the main characters from three of the franchise's anime series and links to the story of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.
It was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010. An English-language version of the film containing ten minutes of additional animation has been produced by 4Kids Entertainment. The digital cinema developer and distributor Cinedigm screened the film in selected stereoscopic 3D theaters in the United States. In the United Kingdom, Manga Entertainment released the film in selected stereoscopic 3D cinemas, and followed this with a Blu-ray 3D and DVD release. The film was also released in the United States on Blu-ray and DVD.
The film earned over US$2 million in Japanese theaters, and also sold well on DVD, both in Japan and United Kingdom. Film critics, however, criticized it for its limited scope of audience; they said it was marketed to children or fans of the series.
As Yusei Fudo ponders the state of New Domino City, Jack Atlas and Crow Hogan cheer him up with the idea of riding on their Duel Runners. As they ride, a mysterious Turbo Duelist called Paradox challenges Yusei to a duel. Yusei summons his Stardust Dragon but Paradox seals it inside a card and disappears with it. They later discover an article that says Paradox killed Pegasus with Stardust and other famous dragons. Compounding the situation, New Domino City is vanishing. As a result, the Crimson Dragon appears, giving Yusei's Duel Runner the ability to travel through time.
In the past, sometime after the GX era, Jaden Yuki is attacked by evil versions of stolen monster cards in Venice, Italy, including Stardust Dragon. As Paradox prepares to kill Jaden, Yusei and the Crimson Dragon arrive and protect him. Jaden was pursuing Paradox, who stole his friends' cards. Years earlier, Maximillion Pegasus is holding a duel in Domino City, which Yugi Muto is attending with his grandfather. Paradox uses his newly acquired monsters to attack the event, killing Pegasus, Yugi's grandfather and several bystanders; only Yugi survives. Yusei and Jaden arrive and take Yugi to 30 minutes before Paradox's attack. If Pegasus dies too early, the existence of Duel Monsters would end, radically changing the course of history.
As they scare away the bystanders, Paradox appears before them. He tells them he comes from a future beyond Yusei's which is in ruin. Paradox believes the only way to fix it is to eliminate Duel Monsters. Yusei and Jaden explain that their own timeline, and the people in it, will disappear as a result. Pegasus is due to arrive shortly; they challenge Paradox to a duel to save the future. Paradox activates his Malefic World field spell and starts summoning Malefic versions of the cards he has stolen throughout time. Yusei, Yugi and Jaden work together to protect themselves and repel Paradox's monsters. As Paradox summons his Malefic Paradox Dragon, Yugi destroys it, but Paradox summons his ace monster, Malefic Truth Dragon. Thanks to the group's teamwork, they reclaim Stardust Dragon and combine the power of Dark Magician, Elemental Hero Neos and Stardust Dragon, with 10,000 attack points, to defeat Paradox, who disappears. After the duel, Yusei, Jaden and Yugi say goodbye and return to their respective timelines. Yusei's city has returned to normal.
The voice actors listed below reprised their characters from the series. Yubel's English voice actress Cassandra Morris was unavailable and Solomon "Grandpa" Muto's English voice actress Maddie Blaustein died several years before the film's voice recording.
|Character||Voice Actor (Japanese)||Voice Actor (English)|
|Yusei Fudo||Yuya Miyashita||Greg Abbey|
|Yugi Muto / Yami Yugi (Dark Yugi)||Shunsuke Kazama||Dan Green|
|Jaden Yuki (Judai Yuki)||KENN||Matthew Charles|
|Paradox||Atsushi Tamura||Sean Schemmel|
|Jack Atlas||Takanori Hoshino||Ted Lewis|
|Crow Hogan||Shintaro Asanuma||Tom Wayland|
|Akiza Izinski (Aki Izayoi)||Ayumi Kinoshita||Bella Hudson|
|Luna (Luca)||Yuka Terasaki||Eileen Stevens|
|Leo (Lua)||Ai Horanai|
|Lyman Banner (Daitokuji)||Kappei Yamaguchi||Wayne Grayson|
|Yubel||Hiromi Tsuru||Eileen Stevens|
|Solomon Muto (Sugoroku Mutou)||Tadashi Miyazawa||Wayne Grayson|
|Maximillion Pegasus (Pegasus J. Crawford)||Jiro Jay Takasugi||Darren Dunstan|
Development and release
In July 2009, Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time was first announced through Shueisha's magazines as a short film to be screened at the Jump Super Anime Tour to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. It was revealed in the November issue of V-Jump magazine, that the animation would be a 3-D film. The film's official website released a 65-second trailer in September, and a 139-second trailer in December. The main theme music of the film is "Makemagic" by Atsushi Tamura's band Jealkb. The film was released in Japan on January 23, 2010; those who attended the premiere receiving a promotional Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon card.
During 4Kids Entertainment's quarterly conference call in March 2010, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alfred Khan said they are "participating in a brand new Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D movie," implying that 4Kids would produce an English-language version of the film for a Western release. A trailer for the English version of the film was shown at San Diego Comic Con 2010, a 20-minute preview, and an American release date in early 2011 in select 3-D theaters was announced.
Cinedigm showed the film in selected American stereoscopic 3D theaters on February 26 and 27, 2011, and on March 5 and 6, 2011. The version shown in the U.S. features a recap consisting of an additional 10 minutes of animation, compared to the original Japanese release. The film received an encore screening in Japan which was held on February 20, 2011, which includes the additional animation in 2D. Manga Entertainment holds the license to distribute the film in the United Kingdom; it was released in selected stereoscopic 3D cinemas on May 14 and 21, 2011. The film was released on Blu-ray 3D and DVD on July 25, 2011; the release contains the English language and original Japanese versions. On July 15, 2014, it was released by New Video Group in North America on Blu-ray.
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time debuted at number six in the Japanese box office charts, earning over US$1 million in its first week from around 124 theaters. It grossed $2,017,928 in Japanese theatres, making it the 125th-highest grossing film released in Japan in 2010. The DVD and Blu-ray releases of the film reached number two in the best-selling lists of their respective media. In the first week, the DVD edition has sold 5,488 copies, while 4,653 copies of Blu-ray has been sold in the same period. It was the film's UK distributor Manga Entertainment's second-best selling anime release of 2011. A representative of Manga Entertainment said, "I think [it was] because it was available in Asda and Morrisons, came with a free rare card and was stupidly cheap on [the] shelf". When it was broadcast by TV Tokyo in 2014, the film earned a 0.3 percent television viewership rating.
Andy Haley from UK Anime Network praised the English version and said it is "arguably preferable even to the original Japanese audio". Haley praised the film "for keeping its focus and plot progression impeccable tight", which made it "an intense, non-stop experience". However, Haley said the film was created to increase the sale of cards; he said it has "plot holes that even kids will see through as it serves only to bring its three characters together at one time and nothing more". Writing for The Guardian, Phelim O'Neill said it has "a very limited style of animation" and that it may be exciting for children but for anyone over ten, "it'll be hard to see this as anything other than a shouty, tacky advert for things you'll never buy". Chris Homer of The Fandom Post praised the film's animation and the matching up of the three protagonists. He criticized it and said the time travel and the antagonists motives are not well developed, "if at all about why he wants to get rid of what is basically a card game". Total Film 's Jamie Russell said it is difficult for a non-fan of the series to appreciate. Bridget Fox, writing for Neo, also said it is "not for non-fans" but that it is good entertainment with "its frenetic pace, the capable animation, and its refusal to overcomplicate matters".
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- 1st Official English trailer
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