[SDCC 2015] New Movie: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Coming in 2016

July 11, 2015 at 11:18 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Front of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie poster from SDCC 2015

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is the name of the upcoming new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie and will premiere in Japan in Spring 2016. Numerous details about the movie were unveiled today at San Diego Comic Con 2015 during the “Spotlight on Yu-Gi-Oh! and Creator Kazuki Takahashi” panel, including the world premiere of the movie’s trailer, line art of its main characters, some of the director’s storyboards, and a new image created personally by Takahashi (seen in the above poster).

Kazuki Takahashi plays a very active role in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, serving as the film’s executive producer, writing its story and script, creating new character and monster designs, and “pretty much everything.” Designs he highlighted during the panel include more mature versions of Yugi, Kaiba, Tea, and Joey. Additionally, Takahashi revealed that he also designed a new incarnation of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions takes place six months after the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and will include the return of fan favorite characters, said Takahashi. The trailer showed a brief group shot of all of Yugi’s friends, including Bakura. Kaiba, seen standing front and center in the poster and sporting a new type of Duel Disk, will play a prominent role in the film and introduce a new way to duel. Storyboards shown include Yugi and Kaiba facing off in a duel and an obscured character walking forward from a bright locale. The antagonist of the film will be a mysterious person who enters the dimension that we inhabit and who “causes a disturbance” — an event that Takahashi thinks will be “quite impactful.”

“I left the [original Yu-Gi-Oh!] series with a lot of mysteries still open, so I promise to answer some of those,” said Takahashi about the contents of the movie. He further added that “the story is going to be a little bit dark.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions will premiere first in Japan in Spring 2016, followed by the rest of the world in late 2016. The exact premiere dates may vary by country.

More coverage of Kazuki Takahashi’s SDCC 2015 panel is forthcoming.

An image of the back of the poster and the complete text seen on both sides is below.

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie poster from SDCC 2015

[Front]

Back to the stage of battle

Story · Script · Character Design · Executive Producer
Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Dark Side of Dimensions

Story · Script · Character Design · Executive Producer : Kazuki Takahashi
Director : Satoshi Kuwabara
Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Production Committee

Coming 2016

[Back]

–Comment–

Can you believe it’s already the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh!? To commemorate this milestone, we are releasing the first feature film in the series with my direct participation! For this movie, I’m writing the script and drawing the character designs! The story takes place after the end of the original manga, and many questions will be answered! Yugi and Kaiba are back to battle it out in a duel so incredible that it can only be shown on the big screen! I want you to see what your favorite characters look like when they’re older! The Yu-Gi-Oh! staff is currently hard at work drawing them! There is still a lot of work to be done, but I don’t want to disappoint the expectations of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans around the world. Please go see this movie when it arrives in theatres!

Kazuki Takahashi

“It was always our turn…”

In 2016 – the 20th Anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! – comes the first feature film in the series with Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi’s direct involvement!

The legendary animated series Yu-Gi-Oh! will get its long-awaited feature film in 2016! Under the guidance of Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator and Executive Producer Kazuki Takahashi, this never-before-seen story takes place after the end of the manga. What happens next in the epic clash between legendary duelists Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba will be revealed only in theatres in this brand-new original movie!

Update (July 12): 4K Media posted more information about The Dark Side of Dimensions on YUGIOH.com today, including a higher-resolution image of the movie poster. The trailer shown during the panel will debut online on July 18. The movie is scheduled to premiere in Japan during Golden Week (between April 29 and May 5, 2016). Oddly, the website notes that movie takes place a year after the conclusion of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, even though Takahashi unmistakably said during the panel that it takes place six months after.

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  1. I wonder if this movie is a precursor to a new Yu-Gi-Oh! series involving the original cast of characters again, like for example how the creator of Dragonball Z returned back to that universe/time by introducing 2 new movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection of F before announcing a new TV series Dragonball Super which takes place after the end of DBZ. So if this movie takes place 6 months after the end of the Duel Monsters series, then perhaps its setting up the stage for another series, like Yugioh Duel Monsters 2 or something, here’s hoping it might play out that way as well.

  2. We can only hope we get a new series out of the deal :) Honestly, I’d love to see a second yugioh manga by Takahashi

  3. Ok guys I want to hear theories, my theory based on the info I have read and serached is this. When the first info for the movie came out, it came out with the “In the past, Yami Yugi and Kaiba have clashed many times!! Yami Yūgi, who resides in Yugi Muto’s body, and Kaiba will have a Duel that bets their prides and accepts each other’s mutual experience.” So what do Kaiba and Yami Yugi have in common they are from Ancient Egypt and they have a past. Kaiba has always fought Atem over the belief of magic and a past life. I think I further this with the new villan, I believe the item in his hair isn’t a mil. item but just jewelry, the symbol in Ancient times is an Ankh which symbolizes eternal life. Now I think the Dark Dimension part could go a few different ways either they go into the afterlife where the pharaoh is or they are going to a place where the main heros are villians, or more likely going back before Atem was released and preventing that some how. “The antagonist of the film will be a mysterious person who enters the dimension that we inhabit and who “causes a disturbance” — an event that Takahashi thinks will be “quite impactful.”” Lastly I believe the shot of atem in the back is the moment he returns to afterlife… Overall I just want to hear everyone elses theories! “I left the [original Yu-Gi-Oh!] series with a lot of mysteries still open, so I promise to answer some of those,” said Takahashi about the contents of the movie. He further added that “the story is going to be a little bit dark.” Also I think the most exciting part is getting some of the long standing questions answered! What do you guys hope gets answered?

  4. I am a huge fan of the yugioh series I will admit I stopped watching after GX but I am also guilty of being a shipper I have a favourite couple when it comes to yugioh the original series I love the idea of Tea and Kiaba romance please please let it happen as I think it would be a good twist too knowing what kiaba is like it would be good to see a relationship between the two


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