Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Complicated anime will appeal mostly to die-hard fans.

PG 2017 130 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 7 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Great movie

This movie is great and the best one in the franchise thus far. It picks up where we left off with the original cast in the original show. It's going to be pretty hard to follow if you haven't watched the original show but I don't think the movie was aimed at newcomers anyway . It plays on nostalgia and plays on it well.
age 9+

A proper movie for long time fans

It's an excellent conclusion to the original story arc. I think it's worth mentioning that the reviewer is correct that it's not for newbies but the story is definitely not shallow, especially when compared to the 2004 film and the 10th anniversary one. There's also a theme of not giving up and going to great lengths to protect your friends. It's also a cautionary tale that revenge is never the right solution and to never let bitterness from past events control the actions you make. The main villain Diva is driven to hatred fueled revenge after watching his beloved mentor die and swears vengeance on everything he deems to be evil. The power of friendship and believing in the impossible being made possible saves the day in the end. I would highly recommend it to fans or anyone willing to play "catch up" so that bits easier to get the story. Also worth noting that the manga comic covers more than the card game aspect and covers other types of games as well including a Dungeon and Dragon's like game and Tamagotchi like pets since Yu-Gi-Oh is originally about games in general and not just playing cards specifically (that's why Yugi says he wants to make a game that they can all play together). Also as an afterthought I want to address something that has bugged me with the consumerism aspect. While I do agree with Pokemon having a high consumerism rating because it is the number 1 selling media franchise and pulls 13 billion more in sales than Star Wars (which is the 2nd highest). I have noticed bias when it comes to Japanese animation and look-a-likes. You gave Sesame Street 0 consumerism rating despite the fact that they market the heck out of Tickle Me Elmo's and have been doing so before it's review was made. And there's a bunch of toys, books, DVDs, baby clothes and stuff that is easy to find. I'm just baffled by that. And to answer the question about whether marketing to kids is bad: my opinion is that it is a double edged sword and could be a good thing or a bad thing. Do I think that Yu-Gi-Oh is bad? Honestly I would say go with the American edited as far as the anime goes and stay away from the comics (manga) because it is WAY more violent and more for 14 and up. The edited version is not as violent and while it puts a heavier emphasis on the cards, it does put some preachy stuff so it's a trade (see what I did there?)

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