In the future, Earth has become a desolate wasteland where few remain. One man, Paradox, is on a mission to save the future by travelling through time and destroying the source of this widespread destruction: Duel Monsters. After stealing several prominent Dragon-Type monsters throughout history and causing massive devastation in several time periods, Paradox has antagonized and inadvertently assembled three of the greatest duelists to ever draw a card: Yuusei Fudo, Judai Yuki, and Yugi Motou, the King of Games. Now, the trio must challenge this imposing foe to save their world in a tag-team duel that spans the ages. But will a bond of friendship forged across different eras be enough to defeat someone capable of such terrible acts? It’s time to duel!
Personally, I liked the movie. You get to see everyone’s favorite main characters in the 5d’s, Yusei, Akiza, Leo, Luna, Jack, and Crow in the beginning. We also get to see a new rival. I felt like the time travel part could’ve been better. I mean the whole movie was about Jaden, Yusei, Yugi/Yami, vs the new rival that stole Yusei’s Stardustdragon using a blank card. I feel like this movie was rushed.
Story Unfortunately, like the other Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, Pyramid of Light, this one only ran for forty-nine minute, which I felt was a bit short for the story to develop too much. It's a great movie, don't get me wrong, but it seemed a little rushed and had so much more potential. The dialogue, as usual, is a little long-winded and can break up the action a bit, but it at least stays in character. Some things they say, though; just so obvious. The integration of new cards and themes into the movie brought up my opinion of it however. Knowing the cards that the main characters played helped me anticipate, but for anyone else watching, it's a new and exciting idea. Animation Konami is at least keeping up-to-date with their animation skills. Everything about the screens in 5D's we've come to know and love is repeated here, and the attack and duel animations are amazing. Of course, there's always the odd transfer from the more CGI biking to the swap to traditional animation, but it is, and has been, spectacular. Sound As with all the Yu-Gi-Oh! movies, the soundtrack is amazing and fits perfectly. Even the lack of sound on some of the dialogue was well-timed, in my opinion. Great music and sound effects, and as a small bonus, the old theme song from the first series returns as the ending theme. Characters What can I say; a blast from the past. It's been hinted, and it's finally come full circle: Yusei, Jaden (or Judai) and Yugi, all in one movie. The three protagonists are, of course, awesome, but I feel that the major characters from some of the other series, like Jack, Joey, et cetera, could've had a larger role. I know Banner's supposed to stay with Jaden (don't know why, haven't watched GX), but he had way more screentime. Even Pharaoh had more shots than the other majors. Overall A great movie, and a good way to spend some time if you're a new player to the Yu-Gi-Oh! game or an old veteran. Filled with card games on motorcyles - at the beginning - and just general dueling, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time has been the movie I've most been anticipating for - other than the English dub of Haruhi Suzumiya's movie, of course. But anyway, definately worth checking out.
I've never been too fond of people defending the old due to the narrow mentality that everything pos-modern sucks, however, I choose not to have watched GX or 5Ds of the yugioh saga because of the fact that the cliche representations of good versus evil just outweight the regular cardgame, as it nearly did with the oriiginal. The story sucked due to its quick-paced slap-in-the-face telling that made everything run by too quickly, no to mention the lack of imagination when it came to the overall duel. The amount of monsters used was minimal and all the strategies did was kill and bring back and bury and then revive and destroy the same old monsters. I don't know, I think I have dragged this review too far, but I definitely don't recommend this movie to anyone, I only watched it because I thought it would be cool to have three protagonists o different sagas come together.
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