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Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie

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Distributor: 4-Kids Entertainment, Warner Bros.
Original Story: Kazuki Takahashi
Volumes: N/A
Rating: PG (She has a needle!  Not a rocket, a needle!)
Anime Code: D

A millennium item called the Pyramid of Light has been discovered.  The Egyptian god Anubis has been resurrected thanks to it and the Millennium Puzzle.  Caught up in a heated duel with his arch-rival, Seto Kaiba, Yugi Moto is unaware that his life points are being fed to Anubis.  With Anubis resurrected and controlling real-life monsters, Yugi and his friends trapped in the Millennium Puzzle, and Yami on the verge of destruction, they must unite like never before to stop Anubis and save the world as well as Yugi's very soul.

Review: This big screen adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh! is a spectacular visual feast.  Whatever it lacks in plot and characterization it makes up for it in incredible visuals.  The design of the cards have been changed from the TV show.  They now look more like the real-life cards than the design that they're normally using which basically means they're more detailed.  The colors were bright and vibrant.  The life point counter and attack and defense point screens have been changed too.  They look more like their Japanese counterparts than the TV show's version.  Although there were a few inconsistencies and some aspects haven't been addressed, I really enjoyed the movie.

Action Level: 3/5
The monster attacks were as detailed as they are on TV.  There was also physical combat (against living and dead).  Possibly the best move is Tea's whirling kick at the circle of reanimated mummies.

Romance Level: 1/5
On par with 4-Kids' material.  They really beat-down the friendship thing towards the end.

Comedy Level: 4/5
T... Toon... Dark Magician Girl (thud)!  Just kidding.  All joking aside, the comedy was actually really good.  Among the funny scenes were the ones with the Toon Gemini Elf, Yugi running from the mummies, Joey and Tristan trying to fend off the mob and Tea getting pawed by a creature of the undead (no, not a government worker). 

Adult Level: 1/5
It has physical combat but it's brief.

Drama Level: 3/5
Here's where I think they could've worked on a little.  Sure, I liked the comedy, but they really didn't put too much thought into character development and plot.

Overall Level: 3/5
It was good, but it could've gone better.  Like tell (or show) the audiance why Anubis and the Pharoah fought 5000 years ago.  But the visual effects and colors were spectacular and it is for that alone that I gave it a 3 out of 5.