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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light


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

  • Adventure, Gaming

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

Michael Pecerlello

Music by

Elik Alvarez, Joel Douek, Freddy Sheinfeld


Warner Bros., Studio Gallop


4kids Entertainment

Release date

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

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

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 director of this film is Hatsuki Tsuji.

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.



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.

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 only created one card to beat the Egyptian Gods, so where did the other card come from?

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...

Kaiba could win the duel there and then, but he wants to humiliate Yugi by wiping him out with his own Egyptian Gods! His "Pyramid of Light" removed the gods from play, and he wants to play "Return from the Different Dimension" to get them under his control. Of course, to do that, he needs to destroy his Pyramid of Light first, 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 his secret weapon - "Theinen the Great Sphinx"! 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 thens destroy the "Pyramid of Light" (after it was weakened by Yugi from inside the Millennium Puzzle). With the Pyramid gone, the Great Sphinx follows, and Anubis is seemingly defeated. 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



Like the Dragon Ball Z universe (actual canon movies excepted), Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light creates some continuity problems within the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga/anime series. However, if it were canonical it would take place after the events of Episode 144 of Yu-Gi-Oh!, due to the fact that Yugi has all 3 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.

In the movie, it is explained that Anubis (アヌビス Anubisu) was killed by Pharaoh Atem 3000 years ago (5000 in the English anime) and then resurrected when Yugi completed his Millennium Puzzle. In the Japanese version of the movie, the duel between Seto Kaiba and Yami Yugi is a ploy masterminded by Anubis, with the objective to have the King of Light (Seto Kaiba) defeat the King of Darkness (Dark Yugi). Anubis seeks revenge against the Pharaoh and wants to be resurrected as the "King of Destruction", using Kaiba to become the new king and rule the world.

In the manga and first series anime, however, Yugi's completion of the Millenium Puzzle follows a different storyline: Yugi was beaten up by Ushio, who had also beaten up Jonouchi and Honda, and he completed the puzzle while beaten up to become Dark Yugi. In addition, during the Dawn of the Duel arc, Anubis never made an appearance and was never shown to be killed by Pharaoh Atem (the battle must either have been off-screen, before the events involving Thief King Bakura, or never taken place at all).

Despite being designed by Kazuki Takahashi himself, and due to the fact that Anubis never made any appearances in the anime or manga, he is considered a non-canon character by most fans.

Mistakes In The Movie

In the English version of the movie, the makers made many mistakes. 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 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 (not to mention that you normally would not be allowed to attack on the first turn). Also, if one looks carefully, it is mispelled as well, as it says Iinjjection instead of Injection.
  • Seto Kaiba's plan for a 'perfect victory' by summoning all 3 of Yami Yugi's God Cards would not normally work, as "Return from the Different Dimension" only affects cards removed from play that you own. 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.
MOV Winged Dragon of Ra Error

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, we see "Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon]]" disappear, 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 died following the activation of its 'Shining Nova' effect. Additionally, Yami Yugi couldn't have revived "Blue Eyes Shining Dragon", since its effect states that it can only be summoned by tributing "Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon".
  • In the Japanese version of the movie, when Yami Yugi summons "Magician's Valkyria" and attacks "Peten the Dark Clown", he's shown for a brief moment 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".
  • In the English version of the movie, during Yami Yugi's final turn after his Draw Phase, we can clearly see "Exchange" and "Diffusion Wave-Motion" in his hand. In the Japanese version of the movie, it was fixed to show "Exchange" and "Double Spell".
  • 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 1 of each Egyptian God Card in existence, and Yami Yugi is never shown to own more than 1 "King's Knight" in the anime. Also, "Inferno Tempest" in the movie states that one must lose 4000 points in a single attack, whereas the real card requires 3000 points of damage in order to be activated (this was probably because of the infinite damage Anubis took from the Gods' attack).
  • 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 was a 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; this is probably because the effect of "Sorcerer of Dark Magic" in the movie included the Spellcasters that were destroyed by battle and the ones Tributed for its summon.
  • 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 looked, there's no way Kaiba could have won on that very same turn.

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)


Simulated: Seto Kaiba VS. Yami Yugi

Seto Kaiba's Turn

  • Draws a card

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.

  • Yami Yugi wins.

Seto Kaiba VS. Maximillion Pegasus


Seto Kaiba VS. Maximillion Pegasus

Maximillion Pegasus's Turn

Seto Kaiba's Turn

Maximillion Pegasus's Turn

Seto Kaiba's Turn

  • Seto wins.

Joey Wheeler VS. Unidentified Man


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. Unidentified Boy

(Duel already in progress)


Joey Wheeler VS. Unidentified Boy

Unidentified Boy's Turn

Joey Wheeler's Turn

  • Joey wins.

Yami Yugi VS. Seto Kaiba/Anubis


Yami Yugi VS. Seto Kaiba

Seto Kaiba's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 35)

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 34)

Seto Kaiba's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 32)

Seto Kaiba's Turn

  • 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.

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 29)

  • (NOTE: This wouldn't work in the real game, as it's a textbook example of Missing the Timing).

Seto Kaiba's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 18)

Seto Kaiba's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 7)

Seto Kaiba's Turn

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

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 6)

Seto Kaiba's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 5)

Seto Kaiba's Turn

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 4)

Seto Kaiba's Turn


Yami Yugi vs. Anubis

Anubis's Turn (Seto Kaiba's Turn continued)

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 1)

  • Sets a card.

Anubis's Turn

  • 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).

Yami Yugi's Turn

(Yami Yugi's Deck: 0)

Cards Used in the Movie

Monster Cards


Spell Cards


Trap Cards


External Links

Página Oficial Yu-Gi-Oh! La Película


  • The movie aired in theaters in North America, Europe, Australia, and later in Japan. After the late Japanese theatrical movie release on Christmas Eve, the movie aired in Japan 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 and later released in theaters in Japan) 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 theatres 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 theatres 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. This is not true, for the final of the tournament was against Marik Ishtar / Dark Marik (scenes of Yugi receiving the final Egyptian God Card from Marik are however correctly included).
  • 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. This was not true for many versions, as it required a large amount of payment 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.
  • 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'.
    • 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.
  • The movie was parodied by LittleKuriboh and released online as Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Movie on June 18, 2007.
  • A few times during the movie, Seto Kaiba's hair glowed green, which could be a homage to the first series.
  • Near the End of the movie when all the cards are flying out of Yugi's Deck you can See 2 The Winged Dragon of Ra cards even thought they are 1 of a Kind cards in the show.
  • 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.
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