Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time

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Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time
Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Poster.jpg
English release poster
Directed by Kenichi Takeshita
Written by Shin Yoshida
Based on Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi
Starring Yuya Miyashita
Shunsuke Kazama
Music by Takuya Hiramitsu, Jealkb
Cinematography Hiroaki Edamitsu
Studio Gallop
Nihon Ad Systems
Release date(s)
  • January 23, 2010 (2010-01-23)
Running time 50 minutes
60 minutes (Additional Footage)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time, 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, is a Japanese 3-D animated film based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. It celebrates 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, linking 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 10 minutes of additional animation has been produced by 4Kids Entertainment for a theatrical release. The digital cinema developer and distributor, Cinedigm, ran the film in select U.S. stereoscopic 3D theaters on February 26 and 27, 2011 and again on March 5 and 6, 2011. Manga Entertainment released the film in select UK stereoscopic 3D cinemas on May 14 and 21, 2011, followed by a Blu-ray 3D and DVD release on July 25, 2011. The film will be released on July 15, 2014 in the United States on Blu-ray and DVD.[1]


The story takes place near the end of the third season of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, right before the events of Crash Town (Episodes 87-92).

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. When Yusei summons his Stardust Dragon, Paradox seals it inside a card and disappears with it. They later discover an article saying Paradox killed Pegasus with Stardust and other famous dragons. Making matters worse, 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, including Stardust Dragon in Venice, Italy. As Paradox prepares to finish off 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 tournament in Domino City, which Yugi Muto is attending with his grandpa. However, Paradox uses his newly acquired monsters to attack the event, killing Pegasus and Yugi's grandpa along with several bystanders, with only Yugi surviving. 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, which would radically change the course of history.

As they manage to scare off the bystanders, Paradox appears before them, explaining he comes from a future beyond Yusei's which is in ruin; he believes the only way to fix it is to eliminate Duel Monsters. Yusei and Jaden point out their own timeline, and the people in it, will disappear as a result. With Pegasus 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 stole throughout time. Yusei, Yugi and Jaden work together to protect themselves and beat back Paradox's monsters. As Paradox summons out his Malefic Paradox Dragon, Yugi manages to destroy it, but then Paradox is able to summon out his ace monster, Malefic Truth Dragon. However, thanks to their teamwork, the group manage to reclaim Stardust Dragon and combine the power of Dark Magician, Elemental Hero Neos and Stardust Dragon, with a total of 10,000 attack points, to defeat Paradox, who disappears into oblivion. After the duel, Yusei, Jaden and Yugi say their goodbyes, hoping to meet again, before returning to their respective timelines, with Yusei's city back to normal.


The voice actors listed below reprised their characters from the series, with the exceptions of Yubel's English voice actress Cassandra Morris, who was unavailable to voice her character, and Solomon "Grandpa" Muto's English voice actress Maddie Blaustein, who died a few years prior the film's voice recording.[2]

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[edit]

The film was first announced in July 2009.[3] Teasers showcasing the three protagonists, Yugi, Jaden and Yusei and their monsters, were shown at the first episodes of the third season of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. It was revealed in the November issue of V-Jump magazine, that the animation would be a 3-D film.[4] The main theme for the film is "makemagic" by Atsushi Tamura's band Jealkb. The film was released in Japan on January 23, 2010, with those who saw it receiving a promotional Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon card.[5]

During 4Kids's quarterly conference call in March 2010, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alfred Khan mentioned they are "participating in a brand new Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D movie," implying that 4Kids will be producing an English-language version of the film for a Western release.[6] A trailer of the English version of the film was shown at San Diego Comic Con 2010,[7] the official English title of the film - Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time, and a February 2011 U.S. release date in select 3-D theaters was announced, those who see it will receive a promotional Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon card along with a mini-manga from Viz Media. Kids did the English dub of the movie like with the anime TV series, the same localizations are done by 4Kids for the movie, similar the anime TV Series. The English Dub movie is heavily edited and localized for younger US audiences. The English dub version is also very different from the original Japanese version. All the original Japanese musical soundtrack is removed and a brand new completely different American made soundtrack created by 4Kids. Along with that all the sound effects are removed and brand new American made sound effects created by 4Kids are added in place. The cards were edited to not resemble their trading card game counterparts (the latter of which was not the case for the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light). Any visible written text in Japanese or English is airbrushed out or replaced with unreadable symbols. In addition, there was a preview of the film at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2010 in Long Beach.[8] Cinedigm ran the film in select U.S. stereoscopic 3D theaters on February 26 and 27, 2011 and again on March 5 and 6, 2011.[9] The film featured 10 additional 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.[9][10] Manga Entertainment holds the license of the film in the United Kingdom, which was released in select stereoscopic 3D cinemas on May 14 and 21, 2011,[11] followed by a Blu-ray 3D and DVD release on July 25, 2011,[12][13] which contains both the English language and original Japanese versions.[14]


The film debuted in the top 10 in the Japanese Box Office charts, earning over $1 million in its first week.[15] In the total, it grossed $2,017,928 in Japanese theatres.[16] Both the DVD and the Blu-ray release of the film placed second 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.[17][18] Also, it was the Manga Entertainment second best-selling anime release of 2011. A representative of Manga Entertainment declared, "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."[19]

Andy Haley from UK Anime Network praised the English version, calling it "an impressively good dub", and said it is "arguably preferable even to the original Japanese audio". About the film itself, he praised it "for keeping its focus and plot progression impeccable tight", which made the film "an intense, non-stop experience". However, Haley noted it was clearly created in order to increase the card sales, and criticized it due to its "plot holes that even kids will see through as it serves only to bring its three characters together at one time and nothing more."[14] Writing for The Guardian, Phelim O'Neill declared it has "a very limited style of animation", and as Haley, O'Neill felt it maybe exciting for children but for someone else it seems like "a shouty, tacky advert for things you'll never buy."[20] Total Film's Jamie Russell stated it is difficult to a non-fan of the series appreciate it.[21]


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