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After falling through a time-slip, Yusei Fudo (who has just had his powerful card stolen by a mysterious stranger) meets with Judai Yuki and Yugi Muto, who agree to help Yusei defeat the evil Paradox, who is planning to destroy Pegasus before he can invent Duel Monsters. Written by
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Pretty much what I expected, only it loses points for being WAY too short
Alright, the theatrical release was given an extra 11 minutes, but this time is simply spent recapping both shows and showing us what the 3 lead duellists are capable of. I mean, sure, they could have spent that time coming up with more interesting things, like Yugi and Jaden interacting with their friends, who we NEVER see in this film, by the way, but instead they just waste our time with that... still, at the same time, at least this intro seems like it's attempting to give newcomers an idea of what's what so they don't have to watch the entire series in preparation for the film.
As for the movie itself, it's what I expected it to be: a contrived plot in which the 3 main characters come together to duel some big out-of- nowhere one-shot villain who no one's gonna care too much about while spending little time on actual story and more time promoting the card game. This is especially disappointing as this one throws in 5D's, the only duel monsters-related series that actually focuses more on the plot than the game itself. With the movie only being 49 minutes, though, they could have added so much more. Even the Kinnikuman Nisei movies tried better than this. Maybe it's because I saw the vastly superior Trigun movie in a theatre first, but I was let down by this.
The big duel itself was okay but not what I'd call spectacular and the film barely does a thing to try and justify its right to be shown in 3D. The first movie may have been a long commercial too, but at least that one gave us a good amount of character interaction and attempted to give us a reason to care about what was going on. This one doesn't even try that hard. If it was made for TV, I could forgive it more and just see it as a lengthened filler episode, but no, it was given a theatrical run meaning people actually had to leave home, go all the way to the theatre and PAY to see it!
As for the animations, little was done to improve them from the show's, but that's okay because honestly, I wasn't expecting too much from that. Most movies directly tying in with anime shows tend to do this anyway, so I'm not really taken aback or surprised by this.
For what it's worth, there's some entertainment value to be had but nothing more. If you're a huge fan and want to see this movie, see it for free. I don't care how you do it, just do because it's not worth paying for.
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