Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Targeted for 2017 ReleaseApril 4, 2016 at 8:18 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie will receive a theatrical release in the West in early 2017, reports World Screen (h/t ANN). The media industry publication also notes that 4K Media is at the entertainment mega trade show MIPTV this week where it is showcasing the film, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 2, and the rest of its Yu-Gi-Oh! catalog.
4K Media had originally expressed its aim to release Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in late 2016 back at Kazuki Takahashi’s San Diego Comic Con Panel last July. The film opens in Japan on April 23.
A Production and Distribution Issue? Or Something Else…?
Despite only now attracting media attention, this detail about The Dark Side of Dimensions’ 2017 release has been included in 4K Media’s press materials since mid-February, so the company may have had this schedule change planned for quite some time. So what’s going on? Is there a production or distribution issue that is leading to a delay?
Not so, says one source familiar with the anime film distribution scene. Anime films have been getting bigger, more competitive releases. And because of the recent success that anime titles have been seeing in theaters, there are now more and better distribution opportunities for new anime movies coming down the pike.
Indeed, in the last year alone, four anime titles have managed to crack the top 25 list of highest grossing anime movies of all time. Three of them come from big-name franchises — The Last: Naruto the Movie (#25), Boruto: Naruto the Movie (#18), and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (#9). The fourth is Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (#23). Given 2015’s banner year for anime, it’s hardly surprising that more theaters would now want to capitalize on the anime surge, especially if it involves a marquee brand like Yu-Gi-Oh!.
“An early 2017 window is targeted as the best timing for both marketing and the ability for a wider and longer release,” said the industry insider, who declined to be named.
So rather than brushing this off as a mere delay, it’s perhaps more appropriate to examine it as an opportunity for a bigger, more successful release. If 4K Media needs a few extra months to push the movie to get a better run, it’s hard to view this schedule change as a setback.
4K Media, for its part, is staying mum about the new release schedule. When pressed for comments, the company stated only that “All official information will be communicated via press release.”