Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Remastered


The King of Games is Back in Theaters!

It’s been almost 14 years since the original Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light hit theaters in North America. I still remember that summer where I went to Burger King a lot just for the happy meals toys, too, even though I was a few years past the acceptable age to get those. Unfortunately, I don’t have those anymore. It was a time where I was young and less critical and still heavily enjoyed dubs too, so I remember enjoying the movie a bit. 14 years later after reaching it, the enjoyment isn’t the same. At first, I didn’t really mind the plot and the inconsistencies, but after watching it again, it really got to me. However, the 4Kids dub is the true champion of the movie.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light felt really rushed, has a very boring villain, and has inconsistencies. Similarly, to Dragon Ball or Naruto movies, I’ll consider this non-canon due to how Yugi Muto solved the Millennium Puzzle and the inclusion of Anubis, who was never mentioned during the Memory World arc. Considering this movie canon would just add a mess of inconsistencies, too. However, already a red flag for me, I didn’t like that Kuriboh was shown as evil when Yugi solved the puzzle, canon or non-canon. 

Another thing that bothered is that why did Pegasus have a Shining Dragon to begin with when he doesn’t have the required cards to summon it to begin with. It just felt too plot convenient. There were other technicalities like one of the random guys summoning Injection Fairy Lily in his first term, but my Yugioh is very rusty. Anubis overall was a very boring villain. He just appeared near the end, and then he was defeated. I didn’t feel engaged at all with the character and did not care for him at all, not even when he was defeated.

The true highlight of this movie is the dub. I wouldn’t call the dub “so bad that it’s good” because the dub isn’t mediocre. The voices aren’t bad, it’s just the completely different dialogue compared to the original Japanese version, which of course, by default it’s still a bad thing. However, what really made all that tolerable is because of how much the characters roasted each other. Examples being how Tristan told Joey “I feel as bad as you look, Joey" or when Anubis said, “It’s no longer time to duel, it’s time to die!”.  

The movie was beautifully remastered and really cleaned up for a movie that was originally released over a decade and a half ago.  Naturally, it wouldn’t pass as new animation, but you can still see the amount of effort that it was put into remastering. Seeing the scene of the simulated battle with the Egyptian god cards was beautiful. To add more, albeit this is a movie when they showed the episode preview of VRAINS, you could really tell the difference in image quality.

When I initially watched this movie in 2004 in theaters, I do remember kind of enjoying it, or at least I didn't really hate it, hence why I bothered watching it in theaters again, but now after rewatching it, it just felt like a mess, minus the great effort at remastering the movie. The only reason I would get it if it gets a home release is simply for that dub because that was the true star. It never ceased to entertain me and get laughs out of me. 

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Remastered reviewed by Christian Chiok



An exercise in apathy, neither solid nor liquid. Not exactly bad, but not very good either. Just a bit "meh," really.
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Christian has been a gamer since his early childhood. He's a big fan of the King of Fighters and the Metal Slug series. Additionally, Christian enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching anime ... more + disclosures



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