Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Anniversary Movie Announced
Back in June, 4K Media announced that they were developing a brand new movie based off of the popular Japanese franchise ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!‘, but up until very recently there’s been no further news on the project. However, a few days ago, the official ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!‘ website has had a countdown timer and today that timer hit zero revealing more details on the project.
The Japanese text on the website states that the movie is being made for the franchises 20th anniversary.
“It’s time… to announce that Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba are set for an all-new original story, and that story is coming to theatres!”
The franchise is based around a popular Manga (Japanese paperback comic books that are in black and white and written backwards) which branched out into a successful line of anime shows, movies, a trading card game, video games and more.
Along with the announcement, the timer also revealed that it will feature characters from the original anime run from between 2000 to 2004, as opposed to the franchise tie-ins that followed such as ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: GX‘, ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: 5D’s‘, ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: Zexal‘ and ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: Arc-V‘ which recently just started airing in Japan and is due for broadcast in the US in Spring 2015. While the franchise has been a constant in children’s television across the globe for 14 years, it’s the original series with characters Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, Joey Wheeler and Tea Gardner that is considered the most enduring and popular. The original series is comprised of 5 Seasons with the first one very recently being made available to view on Netflix (As nostalgia-filled as the first series is…it has NOT aged well. It wasn’t until the second series where ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!‘ really found its footing) and the show also spawned a very successful online fan-based parody series called ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series‘ which has kept it in the public eye in recent years.
Fans of the series will notice that due to the facial design of Yugi and the lack of his iconic Millennium Puzzle that he’s not under the influence of the Egyptian Pharaoh Yami, indicating that this will take place post-series with a slightly older cast. Also, surprisingly, Seto Kaiba is lacking his card-locket pendent which he always had around his neck that carries a picture of himself and his younger brother, Mokuba.
Also, what’s up with Seto’s hand? ‘The hell is he doing?
As fun as it is to speculate, there’s very little to this announcement. So little that I’m confused as to why they even bothered with a countdown timer to hype fans up in the first place. But I’m looking forward to this movie, as I am with anything that involves the original ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ cast. The franchise was a big part of my childhood as I loved the anime, the video games and, of course, the card game. I’m even one of the few that think that the first movie, ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Pyramid of Light‘ has merit as a franchise adaptation, even if no other critic in the world does. And the 10th anniversary movie, ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time‘ is a nice tribute to the anime series as a 10th anniversary celebration (the movie is for the 10th anniversary of the anime, whereas this upcoming 2016 movie is the 20th anniversary of the series as a whole. Yeah, it’s confusing).
Aside from knowing what year it’ll be released and that it will have the original cast in a post-series original storyline, there’s not much to this announcement, but I’m sure that won’t stop rabid, devoted fans from speculating for potentially two more years.
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Posted: 15th Dec 14