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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ 光のピラミッドYu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light

Genre
  • Adventure, Gaming


Anime movies: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Produced by

Michael Pecerlello

Music by

Elik Alvarez, Joel Douek, Freddy Sheinfeld, John Angier, Wayne Sharpe, Gil Talmi

Studio

Warner Bros., Studio Gallop

licensor

4kids Entertainment

Release date

13 August 2004 (USA), 16 March 2005 (Japan, DVD Premiere)

Runtime
  • Flag of Japan 101 mins
  • Flag of the United Kingdom 86 mins
  • Flag of the United States 90 mins
  • Flag of South Korea 86 mins

Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie: The Pyramid of Light, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light is an anime film based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The film's director was Hatsuki Tsuji. Although the movie took place after the Battle City arc, it is debatable as to whether or not it is canon due to the alternate explanation of how Yugi Muto solved the Millennium Puzzle and the inclusion of Anubis (who has not been mentioned outside of the film) in the film.

The characters and naming are the same as the English version of the Yu-Gi-Oh!, or Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters television show.

The musical score and the sound effects are all completely brand new and American-made, and there are no original Japanese music and sound effects in the English dub of the movie. And it was also turned in to an ani-manga.

Synopsis

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The Pyramid of Light (right) and its Stone Tablet on display at the Domino City museum. Note the three Egyptian Gods Slifer, Ra, and Obelisk engraved on the Tablet

The events of Battle City have just concluded, and Yugi now owns all three Egyptian God cards. Seto Kaiba longs to finally defeat him, and he has a plan. He suspects that since Maximillion Pegasus created the Egyptian God cards, he would have also created a way to beat them, just in case something ever went wrong.

Kaiba heads off to Pegasus's castle and challenges him to a duel. The stakes are the following: if Pegasus wins, he gets Kaiba's three "Blue Eyes White Dragons"; if Kaiba wins, Pegasus hands over the card that can beat the Egyptian Gods. Kaiba wins, and Pegasus must fulfill his wager: he picks up two cards from Pegasus's decks. However, Pegasus is confused; he only created one card to beat the Egyptian Gods, not two...

Meanwhile, Yugi Muto and Téa Gardner, seeking refuge from a mob of duelists wanting to face Yugi for the Egyptian Gods, stumble into Domino Museum, where they discover a new attraction on display called the Pyramid of Light, which looks a little like the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi's grandpa, Solomon Muto (who also happens to be visiting the museum), reads an inscription on the side of a sarcophagus (The eye that sees what's yet to come, its vision shall be fulfilled, unless blinded by events predetermined, thus light & shadows both be killed), triggering a strange vision in Yugi's mind concerning his Millennium Puzzle, the Pyramid of Light, Anubis, and Kaiba. After he wakes up, he finds the pyramid stolen, the sarcophagus now empty, and Mokuba standing outside. Mokuba says that Kaiba wants Yugi to bring his duel disk to the KaibaCorp Duel Dome immediately.

Yugi does so, transforming into Yami Yugi on the way, and finds Kaiba ready to duel. Seto asks Mokuba to seal all the exits, forcing Yugi to duel him, but not before Joey Wheeler and Tristan Taylor find their way in to watch.

The duel goes on for what seems like an eternity, and Yugi is starting to suspect that there are dark forces at work - especially when Kaiba activates a Trap Card called the "Pyramid of Light", which not only bears a striking resemblance to its namesake in the museum, but also prevents Yugi from using any of the Egyptian Gods! Before long, Kaiba has his "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" on the field, but to Yugi's surprise, he sacrifices it to summon a monster known as the "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon", which is even stronger!

The Pyramid of Light also pulls the souls of Yugi, Joey, and Tristan into Yugi's Millenium Puzzle, where they are chased by a group of mummies controlled by an unknown force...

The power of "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" brings Yugi to the verge of defeat, but Kaiba decides to humiliate his rival with the most ironic victory possible: wiping him out with his own Egyptian Gods! Having used "Pyramid of Light" to remove the gods from play, he intends to use "Return from the Different Dimension" to get them under his control - but first, he needs to destroy his "Pyramid of Light", otherwise it would just destroy the gods again! Kaiba commands his "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" to use its "Shining Nova" effect, which allows it to sacrifice itself to destroy anything on the field - and he aims it at the Pyramid of Light. Suddenly, a ghostly voice calls out, "This I cannot allow!", and the Pyramid stays exactly where it is. Then, a man rises up from behind Kaiba, throws him aside, and takes over the duel himself.

It's Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of the Dead, whom the Pharaoh destroyed 5000 years ago. But now he's back with the Pyramid of Light around his neck and two of his most powerful monsters - "Andro Sphinx" and "Sphinx Teleia"! On top of this, Téa, Joey, Tristan and Yugi are all trapped inside the Millennium Puzzle, leaving the Pharaoh to duel all alone. Putting all his faith into the cards, Yugi draws the "Double Spell" card, which allows him to discard his other spell card to activate "Monster Reborn" from Seto's Graveyard. He uses it to revive "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon", who then destroys the "Pyramid of Light" (after it was weakened by Yugi from inside the Millennium Puzzle), along with "Andro Sphinx" and "Sphinx Teleia". But Anubis isn't finished yet. With the Pyramid gone, he combines his fallen Sphinxes into a new, even stronger monster - "Theinen the Great Sphinx"! Yugi, however, activates "Reverse of Reverse" to activate Kaiba's "Return from the Different Dimension". The God Monsters return and destroy the Great Sphinx, seemingly taking Anubis with it. But a giant jackal - the ancient Egyptian representation of Anubis, the Lord of the Dead - rises from the remains of the Pyramid!

Kaiba and Yugi join forces, putting all their strength into the "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" card, and using Shining Nova to destroy Anubis once and for all. On top of it all, Pegasus, who had earlier arrived via helicopter to help them, gets them out of the explosion in time.

Relation to canon

Anubis

Anubis.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light creates some mild continuity problems within the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga/anime series by inserting the character of Anubis into the show's history. Though designed by Kazuki Takahashi himself, the character is mentioned nowhere else in canon; despite his supposed prominence in the Pharaoh's past, he does not appear during the "Dawn of the Duel" arc, though their encounter could easily take place prior to the events shown in that storyline.

The scene at the start of the movie showing Yugi's completion of the Millennium Puzzle differs slightly from that seen in the original manga, but the Duel Monsters anime had, at that point, never shown the puzzle's completion, meaning this scene did not contradict anything yet established in the anime's continuity. A flashback in episode 180 would later show the puzzle's completion, matching what was seen in the movie.

If taken as canonical, the movie can be considered to take place after the events of Episode 144 of Yu-Gi-Oh!, due to the fact that Yugi has all three Egyptian God cards after winning the duel against Yami Marik in Episode 142. It also most likely takes place before Episode 145 of Yu-Gi-Oh!, due to the fact that the Egyptian God cards are stolen and used against Yugi in said episode. The dubbed series had Tristan make reference to the movie's events in episode 148.

Errors

There were several errors in the English version of the movie. However, most of them were fixed or pointed out when it aired in Japan.

  • Right after the opening title, many people are watching a television screen showing Yami Yugi dueling Seto Kaiba in the first episode, which shows him drawing Exodia's head, but the card is in Japanese.
  • When the duel between Seto and Pegasus begins, the latter is shown with 4 cards in his hand.


  • When Joey challenges a group of duelists wanting to have a go at Yugi and his Egyptian God cards, the first challenger Summons "Injection Fairy Lily" on the first turn. The entire card itself was either vertically reversed or placed upside-down while horizontally reversed. Also, the card's name is misspelled as "Iinjjection Fairy Lily".
    • Furthermore, players are not permitted to attack on the first turn anyway.
  • When Kaiba has his computer run a simulation of a duel between him and Yugi, Yugi is listed as using "Paladin of White Dragon".
  • When Kaiba has his computer run a simulation of the duel between him and Yugi, Yugi is misspelled as "Yuugi".
    • However, due to Yugi having the circumflex romanization (Yūgi), the spelling of Yuugi is not much of a typo and is another way to write the name in rōmaji (to pertain to the furigana).
  • Seto Kaiba's plan for a 'perfect victory' by Summoning all 3 of Yami Yugi's Egyptian God cards would not normally work, as "Return from the Different Dimension" only affects cards removed from play that you possess. Since they were Yami Yugi's cards, Kaiba would be unable to Summon them. It is possible that Kaiba probably had another strategy to make "Return from the Different Dimension" work with Yami Yugi's monsters.
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The 2 copies of "The Winged Dragon of Ra"

  • When Kaiba uses the 'Shining Nova' effect of "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" to destroy "Pyramid of Light", although the attack failed, "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" disappears, and later Yami Yugi activates "Monster Reborn" to Special Summon it from the Graveyard. However, "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" is shown to appear next to Anubis for a short time, after it had already been destroyed following the activation of its 'Shining Nova' effect.
  • In the Japanese version of the movie, when Yami Yugi Summons "Magician's Valkyria" and attacks "Peten the Dark Clown", he's briefly shown to have "Magician's Valkyria" with "Premature Burial", "Mage Power" and 2 face-down cards. However, that's the field he has 1 turn later, when he revives "Magician's Valkyria" to face "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
  • When Anubis activates "Inferno Tempest" and "Fallout" to make Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba drop all of their cards, 2 copies of "The Winged Dragon of Ra" and "King's Knight" are shown flying out of Yami Yugi's Duel Disk. There should only be one of each Egyptian God card in existence, and Yami Yugi is never shown to own more than 1 "King's Knight" in the anime.
  • When Kaiba stated that the ATK of "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" increased by 300 for each Dragon-type monster in his Graveyard, he forgot about "Paladin of White Dragon", which is Dragon-Type as well. So the ATK of "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon" should have increased to 4800, which would have been more than enough to destroy "Sorcerer of Dark Magic", causing Yami Yugi to lose the Duel.
  • According to the novelization of this movie, Yami Yugi also possessed a "Gemini Elf", 2 "Skilled Dark Magicians" and an extra "Magician's Valkyria". However, even after having most of his Deck sent to the Graveyard by "Deck Destruction Virus", "Sorcerer of Dark Magic" only had used 3 Spellcasters to weaken Seto Kaiba's monsters.
  • When Kaiba and Anubis argue over how to defeat Yami Yugi, they both mention they could win the duel there and then, but with the way the field was, there's no way Kaiba could have won on that very same turn.
  • Several cards shown in the movie do not have the proper font for their card names when their cards are played.
  • When Peten the Dark Clown attacks the Pharoah, he stabs him through the back; however, Kaiba calls the attack "Bloodlust slash"; this incorrect as a slash leads to a cut, not a puncture.

Featured duels

Simulated: Seto Kaiba VS. Yugi Muto

(Duel already in progress; this Duel is not real and the result of a simulation by KaibaCorp's computer)

ObeliskUsesTitanFirestorm

"Obelisk the Tormentor" Tributes "Slifer the Sky Dragon" and "The Winged Dragon of Ra" to activate its effect.

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Simulated: Seto Kaiba VS. Yami Yugi

Kaiba's Turn

NOTE: The in-game "Obelisk the Tormentor" allows you to Tribute 2 monsters you control to destroy all monsters your opponent controls and "Obelisk the Tormentor" cannot attack for this turn. As demonstrated in previous episodes, the anime effect of "Obelisk the Tormentor" has an added effect of inflicting 4000 LP of damage to the opponent.

  • Yami Yugi wins.

Seto Kaiba VS. Maximillion Pegasus

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Seto Kaiba VS. Maximillion Pegasus

Turn 1: Pegasus

  • Draws "Toon World".

Turn 2: Kaiba

  • Draws "Attack Guidance Armor".
  • Aside from "Attack Guidance Armor", Kaiba's hand is shown to contain "Return from the Different Dimension", "Soul Release", "Z-Metal Tank", "Y-Dragon Head", and "X-Head Cannon".

Turn 3: Pegasus

Turn 4: Kaiba

  • Seto wins.

Joey Wheeler VS. Unidentified Man

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Joey Wheeler VS. Unidentified Man

Unidentified Man's Turn

(The rest of the duel and perhaps another are not shown; it can be assumed that Joey beat his opponent(s))

Joey Wheeler VS. Boy

(Duel already in progress)

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Joey Wheeler VS. Boy

Boy's Turn

Joey's Turn

  • Draws "Gilford the Lightning".
  • Joey wins.

Yami Yugi VS. Seto Kaiba/Anubis

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Yami Yugi VS. Seto Kaiba

Turn 1: Kaiba
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 36)

  • Draws "Deck Destruction Virus".
  • Kaiba's hand contains "Mystical Space Typhoon", "Familiar Knight", "Rare Metal Dragon", "Des Feral Imp", "Peten the Dark Clown", and "Deck Destruction Virus".

Turn 2: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 35)

  • Draws "Mirror Force".
  • Yugi's hand contains "King's Knight", "Magician's Valkyria", "Premature Burial", "Sage's Stone", "Queen's Knight", and "Mirror Force".

Turn 3: Kaiba

  • Draws "Pyramid of Light".

Turn 4: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 33)

  • Draws "Slifer the Sky Dragon"

Turn 5: Kaiba

  • It prevents both Yami Yugi and Seto from exiting until the Duel is over.
  • Whenever Yami Yugi or Seto lose Life Points, their actual life energy is sucked out of them and used to feed Anubis inside the Pyramid.
  • The stadium where Yami Yugi and Seto are dueling begins to collapse, but the "Pyramid of Light" protects them from the debris.

Turn 6: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 30)

  • (NOTE: Here and in the real game, "Peten the Dark Clown" is a Spellcaster-Type Monster) but the card's text lists needing a DARK Fiend-Type monster to be destroyed in battle.)

Turn 7: Kaiba

  • Draws "Card of Demise".
  • Kaiba's hand now contains "Polymerization", "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", "Attack Guidance Armor", "Paladin of White Dragon", and "White Dragon Ritual".

Turn 8: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 19)

Turn 9: Kaiba

  • Draws "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".

Turn 10: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 8)

Turn 11: Kaiba

  • 2 turns have passed since "Card of Demise's" activation: in three turns Seto must discard his entire hand.
  • Passes.

Turn 12: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 6)

Turn 13: Kaiba

Turn 14: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 5)

Turn 15: Kaiba

Turn 16: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 4)

Turn 17: Kaiba

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Yami Yugi vs. Anubis

Turn 17: Anubis (Kaiba's Turn continued)

Turn 18: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 1)

  • Draws "Reverse of Reverse".
  • Sets a card.

Turn 19: Anubis

  • Sets a card.
  • Uses "Sphinx Teleia" to attack & destroy Yugi's "Obnoxious Celtic Guard" (NOTE: for some unexplained reason, "Obnoxious Celtic Guard's" special ability is not activated and does not prevent its own destruction; also, "Sphinx Teleia's" second special ability is not activated, which would have otherwise caused Yugi to lose the Duel. Yugi does mention "Obnoxious Celtic Guard"'s effect in the Japanese version of the film, and is shocked when it doesn't activate, but there is no explanation as to why it didn't work; it is assumed that "Sphinx Teleia" has an anime-exclusive ability to counter Effect Monsters' abilities that would prevent their destruction as long as Battle Damage is negated).
  • Uses "Andro Sphinx" to attack & destroy Yugi's "Watapon".
    • Thanks to "Andro Sphinx's" second special ability, Yugi is inflicted damage equal to half the ATK of his destroyed monster i.e 200 / 2 = 100 damage (Yami: 200 → 100 Life Points).

Turn 20: Yami Yugi
(Yami Yugi's Deck: 0)

Cards used in the movie

Monster Cards

BlueEyesShiningDragon-MOV-EN-SR-LE

"Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon"

TheinentheGreatSphinx-MC2-EN-ScR-LE

"Theinen the Great Sphinx"

Spell Cards

DoubleSpellMFC-NA-UR-1E

"Double Spell"

Trap Cards

PyramidofLight-MOV-EN-C-LE

"Pyramid of Light"

Cast

External links

Trivia

  • The movie aired in theaters in North America, Europe, Australia, but not in Japan. The movie was shown on Special Screenings in Japan on November 3rd, 2004. The movie then aired on TV Tokyo on January 2, 2005. The Japanese version is known to run 11 minutes longer.
  • The English version of the movie was completely edited when it first appeared in theaters in the US, but the Japanese language version (released in Special Screenings on November 3rd, 2004 and later aired on TV Tokyo in January 2nd, 2005) differs in content, uncut, and is complete with cards in Japanese. The Japanese version is in 101 minutes and the English version is originally in 90 minutes. Many scenes in the English version were omitted, switched, and some were altered.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light hit theaters in North America before the Battle City Finals episodes aired, somewhat spoiling the ending for those who saw the movie.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light hit Special Screenings and on TV Tokyo in Japan after Yu-Gi-Oh! (second series anime) ended there. Thus, Yami Yugi already returned to the Spirit World, the Millennium Items were sealed away forever, and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX already began broadcasting in Japan.
  • VIZ Media released an "ani-manga" comic book version of the movie with the Egyptian God card "Slifer the Sky Dragon" as part of their Shonen Jump lineup.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light is not to be confused with the 30-minute Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie that was released in Japan and produced by Toei Animation.
  • The original Japanese story calls for the Pharaoh's past to take place "3000 years ago", but the English translators misread this as "3000 BC"! The English version thus puts the story 5000 years ago, but some believe this was intentional: nothing is known about Ancient Egypt 5000 years ago, and therefore the non-existence of Pharaoh Atem cannot be proven (or disproved).
  • In the United States, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light is the only part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe to have the text on the cards included. Unlike the Japanese original version, the English Dub of the TV anime series completely edited the text out of the cards due to FCC regulations, expanding the art on them to fill the gap. The cards in the movie also retained the visual rarity that their real-world card game counterparts have, with the rarer cards having gold lettering on them to match those of an Ultra Rare card. In addition, the Life Point counters used in this duel are the same used in the original Japanese series. However, there are portions throughout the film in which the cards are displayed with the picture and text mirrored backwards.
  • In the beginning of the movie, it is said that Yugi defeated Seto Kaiba to win the finals of the Battle City Duel Monsters tournament. However, Yugi's true opponent for the final of the tournament was against Marik Ishtar / Dark Marik as all scenes that follow the headline show Yugi receiving The Winged Dragon of Ra from Marik.
  • Much like the early Pokémon theatrical releases, the movie released limited-edition promotional cards alongside the tickets bought for the movie. To further stretch the card game tie-in, an exclusive movie pack was released in card shops to help garner interest in the movie. The DVD versions stated that there were 4 promo cards included in the DVD. However, most versions instead came with a "Pyramid of Light" card and a fee was required to be sent to 4Kids Entertainment to be able to receive those cards.
  • The movie character, Anubis, does not exist within the anime or manga (outside of this movie).
  • Much against Yu-Gi-Oh! North-American habits, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light also featured an unusual amount of violence compared to the anime series:
    • Contrary to the usual concept of Shadow Realm, the words "Kill" and "Die" are used for the very first time. "Die" is used by Anubis, "Killed" is used by Grandpa Muto's reading of the prophecy.
    • Violent comments like "Soon worms will feast your flesh, just as they did on mine" and "You will be destroyed" are used by Anubis.
    • No censorship is applied on mummies being dismembered or Yugi's silhouette getting "stabbed" by "Peten the Dark Clown".
    • The cards are displayed in their TCG form, but "Dark Magician Girl" displays a pentagram (as per the original card) instead of her usual censored 'ruby'.
    • "Injection Fairy Lily" also rides a syringe, as opposed to the rocket she rides in the TV series.
    • Pegasus makes a direct reference to "wine spritzers", where alcoholic beverages are usually changed to something else in the dub. (Usually fruit juice.)
    • Near the end, Kaiba says the word "bull" (short for the swear word). This is as close as the English anime got to a full-on swear word, unless you count "crap" in the same category.
  • Although the musical score (background instrumentals) was released for the Japanese version of the movie, the score for the English version was never officially released.
    • Joel Douek, one of the series' composers for the dub, unofficially released these tracks on his YouTube account and FTP.
  • A few times during the movie, Seto Kaiba's hair glowed green, which could be a homage to the first series.
  • Near the beginning of the movie, when Solomon is reading the newspaper, we can see that the picture was taken by Norman Grossfeld - the writer and executive producer of the movie.
  • In the beginning of the movie, a group of archaeologists discovered Anubis's tomb. Their appearance is similar to the archaeologists who discovered the Dark Puzzle in the first episode of the first series.
  • Though elements of the Dawn of the Duel story arc from season 5 of the show are used, the plot of this film greatly mirrors that of season 4. An ancient enemy arises and uses the Pharaoh's power against him in some way, they wear powerful stone and use its card counterpart to surround the field and prevent any interference, Yugi is prevented from using the God Cards until the end, after the enemy loses the final duel from a combined attack of 3 Legendary Monsters they take the form of or combine with a great beast to attack Yugi and his friends (Joey even uses some of the same monsters to fight both), the enemy uses Pegasus to manipulate Kaiba when he seeks him out for answers, Pegasus later shows up to provide background information and other answers for Yugi and/or his friends, and Yugi and the Pharaoh are separated for a sizable portion of the story and are only reunited once the enemy suffers some form of defeat and loses what was originally going to be the source of power for their attack on the world.
  • The "Dagger of Fate" was a plot device added to the English version to give meaning to Yugi throwing it at the eye inside of the Millennium Puzzle. In the Japanese version, the dagger was never mentioned at all before that scene and Yugi just needed to find a hard object to throw at the eye and break it.
  • Despite the movie debuting in 2004 for the US, the cards still have the lore from when they were first printed in the US


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