Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions


English name

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Japanese name

(ゆう) () (おう) THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS (ザ・ダークサイド・オブ・ディメンションズ)

Rōmaji name

Yū☆Gi☆Ō Za Dākusaido Obu Dimenshonzu


Adventure, Gaming

Release dates
  • Flag of Japan April 23, 2016[1]
  • Flag of South Korea June 9, 2016[2]
  • International 2017[3]
Running time

130 minutes

Story by

Kazuki Takahashi[4][5]


Satoshi Kuwabara[6][7]

Character design

Kazuki Takahashi[4][5]


Studio Gallop


Nihon Ad Systems


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is a film that was released in Japan on April 23, 2016.[1] Worldwide, it is slated for a 2017 release.[3] The film is an original story and features Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba as its main characters.[8] The film's story is set after the events of the original manga.[9]

In celebration of the film and franchise in general, TV Tokyo began airing a remastered digital edition of the 2000–2004 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime in Japan. A manga special, "TRANSCEND GAME", parts 1 and 2, printed in Weekly Shōnen Jump, serves as a link between the end of the manga series and the beginning of the film.


At the KaibaCorp space station, Seto Kaiba observes a virtual reconstruction of the Millennium Puzzle.

Millennium Shrine excavation

The Shrine of the Underworld, being excavated

In the Valley of the Kings, the Shrine of the Underworld is excavated by KaibaCorp, with Mani, among the workers. One of the other works takes out a device, displaying an image of the Millennium Puzzle being worn by Yugi Muto, so that he knows what it is they are looking for. He exits the shrine just as a helicopter, carrying Mokuba Kaiba flies past.

At Kame Game, Yugi is leaving to go to school, but is stopped by Solomon Muto, who comments on Téa Gardner. Yugi leaves and at a flight of stairs, meets Téa, who greets him with a shoulder bump.

Joey Wheeler hurriedly cycles to school. His carelessness causes him to get soaked by a man emptying a bucket of water and nearly knock over a policeman. Yugi and Téa arrive at school, where they spot Ryo Bakura, who is being obsessed over by a group of girls. Joey catches up with Tristan Taylor and with one minute before the school gate closes, Tristan gets onto the back of Joey's bike. The two speed downhill and get inside the gate, just as Mr. Karita closes it.

Yugi and friends discuss their futures

Yugi and his friends discuss their futures.

At lunchtime on the roof of the school, Yugi and his friends discuss their futures. Téa wishes to study dancing in New York. Tristan is unhappy with the job, he has lined up working for his father. Joey would like to become a professional Duelist, but needs to retrieve his Duel Disk, which has gotten old and broken. Yugi reckons he will stay working in Kame Game, helping his grandfather, because he wishes to become a game designer himself and create a game that will be enjoyed by children, all over the world. Tristan and Joey support his idea and offer to help him out. Téa says that she is certain Yugi will succeed.

When Yugi and his friends return to class, they spot a new student. They think that they remember him, but struggle to think of his name, before Tristan finally says that it is Aigami.

After school, Yugi is walking with Joey and Téa. He and Joey have received back their Deck and Duel Disk respectively, that their teacher confiscated. As Yugi looks through his Deck, he thinks of Atem and pauses. Joey asks him what is wrong and although Yugi insists it is nothing, Joey realizes he is thinking of Atem and say that it is impossible to forget him. Yugi reflects on the Ceremonial Battle, remembering himself sealing "Monster Reborn" in "Gold Sarcophagus", Atem walking through the Doorway to the Underworld and the Millennium Items, falling into the depths of the Earth.

Aigami materializes the cube

Aigami produces the Quantum Cube.

Joey notices Aigami, being harassed by Kudaragi and his gang, with Kudaragi commenting on Aigami's cute face and making provocative remarks. Joey jumps down from the bridge and approaches the group. Aware of Joey's past in a gang, Kudaragi and his companions let the matter drop for the time being and leave Aigami alone for the time being, but Kudaragi instructs Aigami to meet him at the KaibaCorp construction site later and threatens him, should he not show up. Aigami thanks Joey, Téa and Yugi insists that he is fine, before leaving.

Later at the construction site, Kudaragi and his gang have a video camera to record Aigami. They threaten him with various weapons and say that today's lesson is "pain". Aigami is silent at first, but laughs and asks the gang how long he has been in their memories and if they are aware that he has altered them. He produces the Quantum Cube and the lights go out. A group of children with glowing eyes appear and surround the gang. The gangsters start to glow and a symbol appears on Aigami's forehead. Kudaragi and his gang are disintegrated and drop their camera. Aigami walks away, but returns to collect the camera.

Dark Yugi church

Yami Yugi, at the church

At a church-like setting, Atem dressed as he was, while sharing Yugi's body and has two additional gold armbands. He walks through a set of doors, where he faces Kaiba. The two engage in a Duel, which ultimately ends in Kaiba's victory.

The Duel is revealed to have taken place in a virtual reality, while Kaiba is in his space station. One of Kaiba's scientists hands Kaiba a bottle of water and comments on how good the system, but Kaiba is not happy. He deems the Duel imperfect, because he had not accurately recreated Atem, based on his memories. In frustration, he throws the bottle on to the ground. Mokuba contacted the space station and informed Kaiba that they had found the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle at the excavation.

Dark Side of Dimensions food vendor scene

Téa, Duke, Tristan, Yugi and Bakura at Devlin's cafe

At a mall, Yugi, Téa, Tristan and Bakura are sitting at Devlin's cafe, being served by Duke Devlin, while in the news, it is reported that Kudaragi and his gang have disappeared. Nearby, Joey is wearing a dog costume, walking around, handing out balloons. Bakura mentions how recently he has been getting the feeling he is being watched, which Téa points out is due to the girls that were obsessing over him, who are currently stalking him.

Aigami teleports to the mall, where he stands on a higher level and watches over Yugi and his friends. He reflects on a time he was on a plateau above the clouds. There were seven pillars on the plateau, each depicting a Millennium Item. As Aigami stands before one of the pillars, children appear and disappear, while he and Sera remain constantly present.

Cloud Plateau

The plateau

Aigami reflects further back to when he and Sera were alone and thirsty in Egypt. Sera refers to Aigami as "Diva", as she gives him a cup of water. Aigami decides to leave the plateau and is followed by some of the others, including Mani.

In the present, Mani calls Aigami a few times, at the mall, before Aigami takes notice. He tries to talk him out of a revenge he knows he is considering, stating it not the target's fault or what their mentor would have wanted. He then informs him that Kaiba found the Millennium Puzzle, prompting Aigami to teleport away.

Kaiba suddenly appears on screens across the mall and introduces his new Duel Disk, which he says will be demonstrated in an exhibition Duel at Kaiba Land. Joey groans that he will not be able to afford the new Duel Disk and Tristan suggests that he will need to get another part time job, causing him and Joey to start fighting. Téa tries to break them up, but Joey eats her ice cream, while continuing to fight. Joey's boss, Mr. Clown, sees this and fires Joey, who begs him not to.

In the Valley of the Kings, Mokuba and Roland are waiting for Kaiba, who soon arrives in his Blue-Eyes White Dragon jet. The group entered the Shrine of the Underworld and Kaiba notes the location of the Ceremonial Battle. He and Mokuba walk towards the disassembled Millennium Puzzle, whose pieces are being scanned by a computer. Mokuba asks how Kaiba plans on reconstructing the puzzle, when it took Yugi eight years to do so and Kaiba makes a reply about Yugi being a child, when he did it.

Kaiba is informed that it takes 30 minutes to disable the security system for the Millennium Puzzle's lock. To pass the time Kaiba, says he shall have a Duel and aware of Aigami's presence among the crowd, Kaiba calls him out, using the name, "Diva". Aigami questions how he knew his name and Kaiba asks how is in Egypt, having been in Domino City just minutes ago, while showing footage of him.

One of the KaibaCorp men threatens Aigami with a gun. An act, which is mocked by Aigami, before using the Quantum Cube to make the man disappear. After witnessing this, group of workers run away, leaving just Kaiba, Mokuba, Aigami, Mani and some KaibaCorp employees.

Aigami and Kaiba Dueling

Aigami and Kaiba, Dueling

Aigami attempts to use his cube on Kaiba, but Kaiba readies his Duel Disk, which counters the effect of the cube. Kaiba yells, asking if Aigami thinks he can defeat him with his own power. Aigami instead challenges Kaiba to a Duel, which he accepts and the cube transforms into a Duel Disk.

Kaiba punch

Kaiba pulls "Obelisk" from the ground.

Kaiba and Aigami Duel using the Dimension Area ruleset. Kaiba is outperformed at first, but resolves that he cannot lose, since he must face "Yugi", before correcting himself and saying "Atem". Having used virtual cards up until this point, Kaiba slams his hand into the ground and pulls out a physical card, "Obelisk the Tormentor". He Summons it, which Aigami thought would be impossible, since "Obelisk" was one of the pharaoh's monsters. Kaiba sacrificed two of his monsters to use the effect of "Obelisk", raising its ATK to infinity, and then attacked and defeated Aigami.

The computer finishes scanning the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle. Mokuba then hooks the case containing the puzzle to the KaibaCorp helicopter and flies away, taunting Aigami. However Aigami teleports up onto the case and with a glowing purple hand, reaches through the glass. Mokuba sees what Aigami is doing and headbutts him, knocking him off the case. Kaiba concludes that he has what he needs and gets back into his jet to leave.

Mani notices the pit that the puzzle had been extracted from is glowing, so he teleports into it and finds the Millennium Ring.

Joey wakes up on the top of a flying KaibaCorp blimp, where Kaiba is patronizingly towering over him. He taunts him about the new Duel Disk, saying that a commoner (凡骨 bonkotsu) like him will never be able to afford it and teasingly asks if he wants it. Joey falls off the blimp, but wakes from his dream, during the graduation rehearsal at school, falling out of his chair.

On the stage, Yugi practices his speech, while Aigami stands at the back of the hall, only visible to Sera, who has just arrived. She refers to Aigami as "brother" and asks if he fought Kaiba. Aigami hands her a piece, he managed to swipe from the Millennium Puzzle, and instructs her to keep it safe. He comments on the resurrection of the pharaoh, but Sera is not too enthusiastic. She disappears, leaving Aigami to approach Yugi and his friends, expressing interest in getting to know them better.

The group go bowling with Aigami and then head to Burger World. The group tell Aigami stories about their adventures together, including their trip to Egypt, which Aigami says he would look to hear more about. Joey shows his Deck to Aigami, praises Yugi's Dueling skills. Aigami shows interest in Dueling Yugi, but Joey says that he will have to get through him first, so Yugi invites them to have a Duel tournament at his house.

Space station elevator

The elevator to the space station

Kaiba enters an elevator, which takes him to the space station. He takes the Millennium Puzzle pieces to a small room and puts them on a floor, where a computer begins to put the pieces together. It provides a six-hour estimate for completion and Kaiba is thinking to himself "Wait for me... Yugi".

Aigami, Bakura and Joey are on their way to visit Yugi, who has arranged to face Aigami in a friendly Duel. Aigami shows Joey and Bakura his Quantum Cube, which he says is a Deck case, which was given to him by someone important to him. Bakura mentions having once had an item that his father brought back from Egypt and Aigami replies that he would like to hear more of this story.

At Kame Game, Yugi is preparing his Deck for the Duel tournament, when Sera enters the store. She notices the Millennium Puzzle box, which Yugi had been keeping his cards in and comments that is pretty. Yugi tidies it away and informs her that it is not for sale.

Sera shows him the plateau with the seven pillars and then takes him back to the store. She has now disappeared, but Yugi opens the puzzle box and finds the piece of the Millennium Puzzle that Aigami had given to Sera.

Kaiba observing the near-complete puzzle

Kaiba, observing the near-complete Millennium Puzzle

At the space station, the computer has almost finished reassembling the Millennium Puzzle, but reports that two pieces are missing. At first, Kaiba says that this is impossible, but then realizes that Aigami must have taken them when he put his hand through the glass.

Bakura talks about how stowed away in the cargo of a ship in Egypt when he was young, while his father searched for the Millennium Ring, but he stops talking, unsure why he is sharing this information. Aigami uses his powers on Bakura, who cries out that he does not want to remember. Joey tries to intervene, but a group of children appear and tell him that Aigami wishes to speak with Bakura and he is being a bother. Joey is sent to another dimension, where he finds himself in a street, with other people walking past him. The world begins to dissolve around him and Aigami appears in the sky, taunting him, saying that he is worthless and cannot escape.

While Yugi is wondering where everyone is, Tristan arrives and informs him that he has found Joey's bicycle and Duel Disk abandoned, something Joey would never do. He takes Yugi on his motorbike to see Joey's abandoned bike and they meet with Téa.

Aigami approaches Bakura, who is cringed on the ground, in a panic. Aigami laughs and asks if he does not remember. He conjures a flashback, where Shadi, is with a group of children including Aigami, Sera and Mani. The Tablet of the Pharaoh's Memories is nearby, with the Millennium Ring and Scales inside it. Shadi explains that three of the Millennium Items are weak to evil, three represent justice and that the Millennium Puzzle contains both justice and evil. He says to Aigami that he is on the same level as the person destined to solve the Millennium Puzzle.

Shadi states that when the seven Millennium Items are gathered the door to a better world will open and that the children may travel there, because they have been chosen. The young Aigami thinks that he wants to go to that world and says that he is not afraid of anything, because of his friends and family. But Shadi replies that that is his very fear.

Ryo Bakura gets the Millennium Ring

Bakura acquires the Millennium Ring.

Bakura's father appears and is excited to see the Millennium Ring, having spent his life searching for it. He offers Shadi a bag of money for the item. Shadi explains that the item is not for sale, but that he can put it on, so he can be tested to see if he is worthy. Bakura's father puts the ring on, but after a few seconds, he is thrown across the room, with the ring detaching from him. Bakura's father is attacked by shadows in the shape of snakes, prompting the young Ryo Bakura to emerge from his hiding place to help him. He runs to his father, who begs him to get the ring. Bakura picks it up and a purple light is emitted.

Yami Bakura is awakened, while the Millennium Ring fuses into Bakura's body, disappearing under his skin. Yami Bakura thanks Shadi for bringing him a nice landlord and proceeds to attack and fatally wound Shadi. The children run to Shadi, who gives the Quantum Cube to Aigami, just before dying. Yami Bakura continues to attack the children, with Aigami and Sera managing to survive.

In the present, Bakura is shocked by what he has seen. He weeps and claims that it was all the Millennium Ring, but apologizes for taking away someone important to Aigami. Mani arrives with the Millennium Ring, now warped by its evil. He attempts to kill Bakura, before regaining control of himself. He throws Bakura to one side and tells Aigami to run. Bakura is transported to one dimension. Aigami and Mani go to another, where Mani dies and disappears. Aigami considers taking the Millennium Ring, but stops when he hears Yugi calling for Joey.

At Domino City Plaza, Aigami appears before Yugi and admits that he is a Prana, whose real name is Diva. He explains that the "Aigami" Yugi knew was merely an illusion, implanted in his memory.

Jonouchi in the dissolving dimension

Joey, in the dissolving dimension

Inside, the dissolving dimension, Joey falls and his body begins to fade away with the rest of the world. However there is a flash of light and Joey sees Atem. Joey then finds himself back in his own world, where Yugi, Téa and Tristan and relieved to find him, but still worried about Bakura. Aigami then disappears, calling Yugi and his friends interesting. Joey begins to tell Yugi, about him seeing Atem, but stops himself and says it is nothing, before rushing to help find Bakura.

While Aigami is on the roof of a building, he is suddenly abducted and blindfolded by a group of men from KaibaCorp. He is brought before Kaiba, who demands the pieces of the puzzle. After refusing to hand them over, he is taken to Kaiba Land.

Kaiba and Yugi at the crossing

Kaiba approaches Yugi.

During his search for Bakura, Yugi stops at a road crossing just as the lights change. He takes a moment to catch his breath and notices that the traffic is stopped, when it should be moving. Looking into the intersection, he sees that Kaiba is the source of the disruption. Yugi asks him what he is doing there and Kaiba declares that Yugi is to take part in the exhibition Duel at Kaiba Land, no excuses. He shows Yugi the near-reassembled Millennium Puzzle and expresses his belief that Yugi and Aigami have the two missing pieces. Before leaving on his helicopter, he explains that his goal is to face "the other Yugi" and that Yugi alone is of little interest to him.

Sera comments on resolving the puzzle

Sera, commenting on Yugi re-completing the Millennium Puzzle

Yugi sees that the Millennium Puzzle box with his piece is in the road and proceeds to collect it just as traffic begins to move. He almost gets hit by a truck, but is saved by Sera, who teleports him to safety. Yugi thanks her and she says it is up to him to complete the Puzzle or not once again. She also requests that Yugi save her elder brother.

Aigami dreams of himself and Sera, back in Egypt, thirsty and begging people, who regard them as a nuisance. He wakes up tied to a chair in a glass prison, with Mokuba on the other side of the glass. Kaiba monitors their interaction externally. Mokuba taunts Aigami, who affirms that Kaiba will never get both pieces. However Mokuba claims to already know where the other piece is and shows him pictures of Sera. At the Kaiba Land stadium, which boosts a high attendance, Kaiba Summons "Neo Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon" and has it attack Solid Vision fighter jets. He gives a speech to the audience about Dueling and his new Duel Disk. Among those in attendance are Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor. Yugi and Aigami are introduced and Kaiba announces that he will be Dueling each of them for their fragments of the Millennium Puzzle.

Sera appears before Aigami and apologizes, but maintains that she made the right decision in giving her puzzle piece to Yugi. Aigami is relieved to see that she is okay.

Yugi VS Aigami

Aigami and Yugi about to Duel

Yugi gets annoyed and demands that he be the one to Duel Aigami. Since Aigami had hurt Yugi's friends and caused Bakura's disappearance, Yugi considers this to be his battle. Kaiba allows for it and throws Yugi a new Duel Disk.

Yugi and Aigami begin to Duel. After reducing Yugi to just a few Life Points, Aigami claims he is not doing anything wrong; he just wishes to go the new dimension and leave the current corrupt world behind. He invites Yugi to join him, but Yugi refuses to give up on the current world and its future.

Aigami reflects on his youth, when he was living with an abusive man, who would get children to steal for him. The man would neglect the children and use the stolen money to take care on himself. Shadi appeared before them and immobilized the man. He approached Aigami and pushed against his forehead, causing a gold symbol to momentarily appear. When Sera asked what he did to her brother, Shadi assured her that he was safe. He then proceeded to perform the same action on the other children. Finally, he unfroze the man and used the Quantum Cube to put an end to him.

In the present, Yugi turns the Duel in his favor and defeats Aigami, reiterating that he believes in the future. Aigami disappears after the Duel. While Joey, Téa and Tristan celebrate Yugi's victory, a light appears in the audience, as Bakura is brought back to their world.

Yugi VS Kaiba - DSOD

Kaiba and Yugi about to Duel

Kaiba advances to the field to Duel Yugi for the two pieces. He states that his goal is to bring back "the other Yugi," whom he has unfinished business with. He does not expect the Duel to take long, as he is only Dueling the regular Yugi. Kaiba places the Millennium Puzzle in the center of the field, where it floats in a beam of light. Yugi tries to tell Kaiba that Atem is gone, but he pays no attention and they begin their Duel. A few turns in, Yugi insists that the Duel is pointless and demonstrates by inserting the last two pieces into the Millennium Puzzle. Nothing happens, much to Kaiba's surprise.

Aigami is back in the dimension where Mani had died and sees the Millennium Ring again. Without touching it, he becomes engulfed in its evil and screams for Sera to save him.

DSOS - Puzzle re-complete

Yugi recompletes the Millennium Puzzle.

Yugi explains to Kaiba that nothing happened because Atem is no longer inside the Puzzle. Kaiba is furious and accuses Yugi of deceiving him. The two continue to Duel and Yugi eventually attacks Kaiba, who had 2500 Life Points, with "Dark Magician", which had 2500 ATK. Kaiba's Life Points decrease, but he smirks as the counter suddenly stops at 100. The power at the stadium is shut down, prematurely ending the Duel.

People in the audience scream as they suddenly disappear in a wave of darkness. Aigami, now influenced by the evil within the Millennium Ring, which is now fused into his chest, appears and Yugi and Kaiba team up to Duel him.

The Duel is a Shadow Game, where players' bodies fade away as they lose Life Points. Aigami manages to defeat Kaiba, who hands Yugi the Millennium Puzzle, before disappearing and demands Yugi to "call him now". Yugi puts on the puzzle and continues the Duel. Towards the end, Yugi's body reaches its limits and he finds himself incapable of drawing his next card. He apologizes to everyone and begins to black out, but is suddenly engulfed in a beam of golden light. Atem, dressed in the Domino High School uniform, appears superimposed over Yugi and the two draw together. Yugi and Atem Summon "Mahad the Protector Priest", who kneels before them. Using "Mahad", the two defeat Aigami, whose body reverts to normal, before disappearing.

Gold light moves throughout the stadium and other people whose bodies had faded away reappear. Yugi and Atem split into separate bodies and stand facing each other. After a moment of silence, Yugi nods and Atem presses on the Millennium Puzzle, making it and himself disappear. Mani is revived and is now with Aigami, Sera, and the other children. Joey, Téa, Tristan and Bakura congratulate Yugi, who informs them that he saw Atem. Joey mentions seeing him earlier too and the group is approached by Kaiba, who is interested in the fact that they saw Atem. Kaiba acknowledges Yugi as a competent Duelist and Yugi thanks him for believing in him. Kaiba gives him a smile and parts ways.

Yugi's graduation speech

Yugi gives his speech.

During the graduation ceremony, Yugi reads his speech, causing Téa to tear up and Joey and Tristan to cry uncontrollably. In Egypt, Aigami and Sera part ways from Mani, on good terms. At the airport, Téa leaves for America and her friends all see her off.

On the KaibaCorp space station, Kaiba is on a call with Mokuba, who is warning him of something dangerous. Mokuba says that the item in question has not been fully tested and the safety precautions have not been ensured. Kaiba says not to worry and despite Mokuba begging him otherwise, he gets into a pod, with the Quantum Cube next to him. He also leaves KaibaCorp to Mokuba. He activates the cube, causing the space station to be covered in gold light, as he shoots down the elevator shaft that connects the station to Earth.

Kaiba appears in a desert and walks to the top of a hill, overlooking a city containing Atem's palace. Kaiba advances to the throne room, where Atem is sitting, wearing the Millennium Puzzle. Atem stands up, faces Kaiba and smirks.



English character name English voice actor Japanese character name Japanese voice actor
Yugi Muto Yugi Mutou Shunsuke Kazama[10]
Seto Kaiba Seto Kaiba Kenjiro Tsuda[10]
Joey Wheeler Katsuya Jonouchi Hiroki Takahashi[6]
Tristan Taylor Hiroto Honda Hidehiro Kikuchi[6][7]
Téa Gardner Anzu Mazaki Maki Saito[6][7]
Bakura Ryou Ryo Bakura Rica Matsumoto[6][7]
Mokuba Kaiba Mokuba Kaiba Junko Takeuchi[6][7]
Duke Devlin Ryuji Otogi[11]
Aigami Kento Hayashi[12]
Sera Kana Hanazawa[13]
Mani Satoshi Hino[13]
Kudaragi Kendo Kobayashi


DSOD characters

The main characters; Yugi, Kaiba, Joey, Téa, Tristan, Bakura, Mokuba, Aigami, Sera and Mani

A number of the characters and elements are given redesigns by Kazuki Takahashi, as well as new ones being introduced.


  • Yugi Muto: He was drawn to look more mature and to show he inherited Dark Yugi's strength.[14]
  • Seto Kaiba: His expressions are closer to the more sinister look that he had when he was first introduced.[15]
  • Joey Wheeler: Joey's expression reflects the maturity he gained from his battles in the original story. As a favorite of Takahashi, he paid particular attention to giving him a nice face.[11]
  • Tristan Taylor: Tristan has a much calmer expression.[11]
  • Téa Gardner: Téa continued her career as a dancer after the original story. Takahashi considered this to be Téa at her cutest.[11]
  • Bakura Ryou: Takahashi considered Bakura to be the most mysterious and consequently the least changed out of the major characters.[16] He, however, now has a smoother haircut and a long shirt underneath.


  • "Dark Magician". "Dark Magician" looks similar to it did in Duel Art. Originally, "Dark Magician" was more blue and purple than black. This was because in manga, a completely black character weighs the page down and can be difficult to deal with, but this is not a concern in movies.[17]
  • New "Blue-Eyes White Dragon": When designing monsters, Takahashi felt adding a lot of lines can make them look cool at the cost of quality, and that simple designs are most beautiful. However, as he was dealing with animation, lighting and other effects would bring out the differences, so he designed this "Blue-Eyes" with a style not used before.[18]



The film was announced in the West before it was in Japan. 4K Media revealed the film's existence on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! website. They teased that the movie was already in development in Japan and that they were shopping for a distributor in all non-Asian territories.[19][8]

In Japan, the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGiTV streamed a video teasing the film, alongside a recap of the history of the near-twenty year franchise. Here, it was revealed that the film would feature Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba as its main protagonists.[8]

Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump also unveiled a synopsis of the movie: "In the past, Dark Yugi and Kaiba have clashed many times! Dark Yugi, who resides in Yugi Muto's body, and Kaiba will have a Duel that bets their prides and accepts each other's mutual experience."[8]

The forty-seventh issue of Weekly Shonen Jump unveiled two new monsters that will be played by Yugi, "Lemon Magician Girl" and "Apple Magician Girl", and specified that "Dark Magician Girl" will also be appearing. "Clear Kuriboh" (unnamed at the time) was also revealed.[6][20]

Trailers and teasers

July 2015



Japanese trailer

The film's teaser trailer was first shown in a panel featuring Kazuki Takahashi at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.[9] It was later uploaded to the official YouTube channel.[5]

The trailer credits Kazuki Takahashi for the story, script, character design and as executive producer.

It features the following scenes:

  • A close up of the Millennium Puzzle being worn by someone
  • Aigami standing before a stone pillar
  • Tristan, Joey, Bakura and Téa standing among a crowd of people looking up anxiously
  • Yugi and Kaiba beginning a Duel, while wearing new Duel Disk equipment
  • Doors opening to a room, where Seto Kaiba stands
  • Yugi walking forward, with the sound of his footsteps echoing (Only his feet are shown.)
  • The scene changes to show Yugi, or Dark Yugi due to his apparel, from a higher level still walking forward; he is wearing his Domino High School coat as a cape and has one of the pharaoh's gold armbands on each upper arm.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Official Teaser Trailer (2016 Movie) HD

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Official Teaser Trailer (2016 Movie) HD

English trailer

The following text appears on-screen throughout the trailer:


  • "It's been 20 years since the series began"
  • "After episode"
  • "A completely new work with an original story"
  • "is finally beginning."
  • "2016 Golden Week. A new legend starts here."


  • "The End of the Story..."
  • "Was Only the Beginning"
  • "It's Time to Duel!"
  • "The Legend Continues"
  • "2016"

The "Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme" is played at the end of the English trailer.

December 2015

The trailer features the following scenes:

  • Archival footage from the anime, showing Atem passing through the door to the afterlife, while his friends watch.
  • Yugi and Téa walking past a flight of stairs
  • Joey holding Tristan in a headlock, while Tristan chokes on a sub sandwich
  • Bakura greeting someone while surrounded by female classmates, one of whom is offering him a gift
  • Téa, Duke, Tristan, Yugi and Bakura, in civilian clothing, at a table by a food vendor, gazing uncertainly at something that is happening off-screen. This is the first disclosure of Téa's ponytail haircut
  • Aigami wearing a Domino High School uniform while sitting by a window and then later standing, while gazing at something off-screen
  • A Stonehenge-like structure on a plateau above the clouds, with a pyramid structure in the background
  • A crowd of children with glowing yellow eyes
  • Aigami holding out his hand, while a levitating, rotating cube materializes above it
  • Someone taking a lone piece of the Millennium Puzzle from a box
  • Yugi wearing the headpiece of the new Duel Disk technology
  • Kaiba looking at the Millennium Puzzle
  • Scene of Kaiba's face while staring at the Puzzle as the camera pans in
  • Aigami's forehead beginning to glow as the camera pans in
  • Yugi and Kaiba are in a stadium for a Duel. Kaiba activates the head piece of his Duel Disk and Summons his "Blue-Eyes" card. A "DLS-Dimension Gauge" shows stats ATK: 2500, Spirit: 100, Duelist: Seto Kaiba. Yugi draws a card and Summons "Dark Magician".

The following dialogue is spoken:

  • YUGI: "After that battle, we set off to walk through our own worlds."
  • NARRATOR: "Settled back into their lives, a mysterious boy appears before Yugi and the others... and history will now be written anew."
  • YUGI: "We are guided again by the Millennium Puzzle."
  • KAIBA: "It has been a while. I've grown tired of waiting for this day!"
  • YUGI: "Here I go Kaiba! It is my turn!"
  • NARRATOR: "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions! In theaters April 23, 2016."

March 2016 (Japanese)

The trailer features some scenes from the previous trailers and some new footage. New footage is in bold.

  • Archaeologists excavating the Shrine of the Underworld, after its collapse, following the Ceremonial Battle
  • A few scattered fragments of the Millennium Puzzle are found among the ruins.
  • Aigami, standing before a pillar
  • Kaiba, staring at the Millennium Puzzle fragments
  • Yugi, looking down at the Deck of cards in his hand and then holding the Deck against his chest
  • Téa, Duke, Tristan, Yugi and Bakura, at a table by a food vendor, gazing at something disturbing
  • Aigami, sitting by a window, while wearing a Domino High School uniform
  • Tristan telling someone Aigami's name, after being asked
  • Aigami standing on a roof, looking over a city, while it rains
  • A crowd of children with glowing yellow eyes.
  • Joey, standing in a street, worriedly exclaiming "This place is..."
  • Yugi, Joey and Téa meet Aigami under a bridge and Aigami informs them that "all of them have gone missing."
  • Mani, with a hood partially covering his face
  • Sera, stating that Yugi is the only person in the world chosen to save the world as "the vessel of the Pharaoh's spirit."
  • Yugi, setting the Millennium Puzzle on the ground, while standing opposite Aigami in a KaibaCorp arena, while Kaiba watches them. Sera's dialogue continues to play into this scene.
  • Kaiba, with his Duel Disk ready, saying that he is giving back the Puzzle
  • Someone taking a lone fragment of the Millennium Puzzle from a box.
  • Aigami holding out his hand, while a levitating, rotating box materializes above it. While doing so, he says "Allow me to show you into our realm for a Duel across the dimensions." The box finishes materializing as he speaks.
  • A tower with Egyptian hieroglyphs is being erected.
  • Aigami holding the card, "Vijam, the Cubic Spawn", while declaring that he is about to send "the Pharaoh's vessel, Yugi Muto", across the dimensions.
  • Yugi drawing a card from his Duel Disk and vowing to get back his friends.
  • Yugi Summoning the "Dark Magician"
  • The pink aura appearing first underneath Kaiba's feet and then higher and higher on parts of his body until over his head.
  • Kaiba asking someone if they expected this such power to work against him. A virtual "Blue-Eyes" card then forms in his hand. He Summons three "Blue-Eyes" cards, asserting that he shall make his opponent regret challenging him, and then fuses the three dragons into Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon.
  • Kaiba reading the eyepiece for his Duel Disk, in preparation of a Duel with Yugi
  • Yugi, also wearing the eyepiece of a Duel Disk.

March 2016 (English)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Official US Trailer 1 (2016 Movie) HD

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Official US Trailer 1 (2016 Movie) HD

US Trailer 1

The trailer mainly features scenes from the previous trailers, with some new footage (which is mainly the text on-screen). New footage of actual scenes is in bold.

  • Yugi walking forward, with the sound of his footsteps echoing. (Only his feet are shown.)
  • From a higher level, Dark Yugi still walking forward until he stops, wearing his Domino High School coat as a cape and a gold armband on each upper arm. (He is proven to be Dark Yugi because when he stops, one of his blond locks is seen standing straight up.)
  • Yugi and Téa walking past a flight of stairs
  • Joey holding Tristan in a headlock, while Tristan chokes on a sub sandwich
  • Bakura greeting someone while surrounded by female classmates, one of whom is offering him a gift
  • Téa, Duke, Tristan, Yugi, and Bakura at a table by a food vendor, gazing uncertainly at something
  • Aigami wearing a Domino High School uniform while sitting by a window
  • Scene goes into Aigami's eye when standing in his school uniform as the camera pans in
  • A Stonehenge-like structure on a plateau above the clouds, with a pyramid in the background
  • A crowd of children with glowing yellow eyes
  • Aigami holding out his hand, while a levitating, rotating box materializes above it
  • Aigami's forehead beginning to glow
  • Aigami standing on a roof, looking over a city while it rains
  • Someone taking a lone piece of the Millennium Puzzle from a box
  • Yugi wearing the headpiece of the new Duel Disk technology
  • Kaiba looking at the fully restored Millennium Puzzle
  • Scene of Kaiba's face while staring at the Puzzle as the camera pans in
  • Yugi and Kaiba are in a stadium for a Duel. Kaiba's activates the head piece of his Duel Disk and Summons his "Blue-Eyes White Dragon" card. A "DLS-Dimension Gauge" shows stats ATK: 2500, Spirit: 100, Duelist: Seto Kaiba. Yugi draws a card and Summons "Dark Magician".

The following text appears on-screen throughout the trailer:

  • Old Friends
  • New Threats
  • Forever Rivals

April 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Ending 5 Vision

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Ending 5 Vision

When Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 100 first aired in Japanese, scenes from the film were played during the ending theme, "Vision". The scenes, with the new ones in bold, included:

  • A projected screen appearing before Kaiba, featuring Mokuba informing him of something
  • The Shrine of the Underworld being excavated. The camera pans down a hole where the Memory Tablet once was and shows pieces of the Millennium Puzzle.
  • Kaiba observing something intently
  • Yugi and Téa eating lunch together
  • Aigami, with his forehead glowing yellow
  • Joey, wearing his green jacket, running down a street, while nearby buildings disappear
  • The camera panning in on Aigami's eye
  • Yugi looking down at the Deck of cards in his hand
  • Téa and Joey turning around, while talking to the person behind them
  • Aigami with the glowing yellow box in front of his face
  • A crowd of children with glowing yellow eyes
  • Joey speaking encouragingly, followed by Tristan, Yugi and Téa smiling
  • Aigami magically materializes to stand before a pillar with glyphs carved into it. He touches an ankh symbol on the pillar, causing the symbol to glow for a moment.
  • Kaiba and Aigami, standing opposite each other. Aigami presents the pink magic.
  • A tower with Egyptian hieroglyphs being erected by the pinkish magical power
  • The pink magic appearing underneath Kaiba's feet and then higher on his body until over his head
  • Kaiba, selecting cards from a holographic projection. Among the available cards are "Krystal Dragon", "Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon" and "Lord of D.".
  • A dragon unleashes a shower of blue missiles. Aigami watches eagerly and the "Vijam, the Cubic Spawn" behind him disappears just before the dragon's attack hits.
  • Kaiba holding his arm up, while screen projections of him appear all around the stadium he is in
  • Téa, Joey and Tristan anxiously watching something on projected screens
  • Yugi drawing a card from his Duel Disk and Summoning a "Gaia"-like monster, which launches an attack at "Indiora Death Bolt, the Cubic High Emperor"
  • Kaiba and Yugi beginning a Duel

April 2016 #2

NEW! Yugioh The Dark Side of Dimensions Trailer 5 (Blue-Eyes Chaos Max Dragon) 遊☆戯☆王 2016

NEW! Yugioh The Dark Side of Dimensions Trailer 5 (Blue-Eyes Chaos Max Dragon) 遊☆戯☆王 2016

It has many new scenes.


Debuts are in bold.






Featured cards

The following cards appeared in the film. Cards in italics made their debut here.

Yugi Muto
Seto Kaiba
Virtual Atem
Movie poster - Kaiba's projected cards

Kaiba's cards

A poster for the film shows virtual projections of cards held by Kaiba, including three cards with the artwork of "Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon", but with the names, "BLUEEYESWDRG", "OBRZK of GIANT[...]" and "BLUEEYESAL[...]", seemingly referencing "Blue-Eyes White Dragon", "Obelisk the Tormentor" ("Giant God Soldier of Obelisk") and "Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon" respectively.


External links


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