Directed by Hatsuki Tsuji, starring the voices of Dan Green, Wayne Grayson, Amy Birnbaum and Eric Stuart.
An adaptation of the successful TV series of the same name, 'Yu-Gi-Oh' follows the life of Yugi, champion of a trading card game sweeping the world. Yugi and his mysterious alter ego have a major game coming up against rival Kaiba.
However, the game takes a back seat when Anubis, an ancient Pharaoh who was defeated centuries ago by Yugi's alter ego, returns from the dead to destroy Yugi and to take over the world. When the characters in the card game become real, Yugi and his friends, Joey, Tristan, and Tea, are on a race to save their lives.
'Yu-Gi-Oh' is an intelligent cartoon and unlike most of the genre, requires a high level of concentration. But with a length of just under 90 minutes, younger viewers' attention spans will be hard to hold and Yugi's alter ego may confuse them too.
The graphics are poor and the film's futuristic story ine is entirely in contrast with the archaic animation. Like all trading cards, the cartoon will at times make no sense to adults. However, in an attempt not to alienate those who haven't seen the series, the film over-explains every action and for fans, this will prove tedious. Even for those watching for the first time it's unhelpful as it's impossible to grasp the amount of information given.
'Yu-Gi-Oh' has probably missed the wave of popularity that accompanied the big screen version of 'Pokémon', but as a product of an already successful franchise, the faithful will enjoy it.