Synonyms: Yugioh, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Ultra Fusion! Bonds Over Time and Space, Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Special, 10th Anniversary Gekijouban, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
While riding with Jack Atlas and Crow Hogan, Yuusei Fudou's Stardust Dragon is captured by Paradox, a mysterious Turbo Duelist from the future, during a Turbo Duel and turned into a Sin Monster. With the help of the Crimson Dragon, Yuusei chases after Paradox as he enters a time slip, ending up in the past. During this time, Paradox duels against Jaden Yuki, who is still able to use the powers of Yubel and The Supreme King. However, by this time Paradox had also captured Cyber End Dragon and Rainbow Dragon and overwhelms Jaden. He is saved thanks to Yuusei and the Crimson Dragon. Jaden informs Yuusei of Paradox's true intentions. By stealing various monsters from across time and turning them dark, he plans to kill Maximillion Pegasus, the creator of Duel Monsters, preventing the game from being created and causing the events of all three series to never happen.
Yuusei and Jaden agree to pursue Paradox, which leads them to the past and causes a meeting with the King of Games, Yuugi Mutou. However, by the time Yuusei and Jaden arrive, Paradox had already attacked his time, supposedly killing both Pegasus and Yuugi's grandpa, and had also managed to steal Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. After explaining everything to Yuugi, he agrees to fight with Yuusei and Jaden against Paradox in the ultimate three-on-one duel to free the trapped monsters and save both the world and time itself before it's too late.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Move: Bonds that transcend time is a movie where the 3 protagonist of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series meet through time travel to defeat a common foe (this movie of course took place before ZeXal was out). The movie gives a great deal of nostalgia because of the return of fan favorite Yugi Mutou however there were many pros and cons depending on the kind of viewer you are.
The movie is based around Fudo Yusei the main protagonist of YGO 5D's, though it makes sense to center it from the series that was currently ongoing it would have been nice to give veteran duel
favorites more screen time, with the movie only being 50 minutes it was very possible to add more scenes for the other two individual main characters.
If you were watching it without any detail about GX or 5D's (it seems many fans dropped Yu-Gi-Oh! when Yugi was no longer the main character) then you probably didn't care about the story behind Judai and Yusei as well as explanations behind the spirits surrounding Judai or Yusei's connection to the "Crimson Dragon" rather everything story based probably went over your head meaning the first 20 minutes will be useless to you until Yugi makes his appearance.
If you were watching this movie with knowledge behind the Yu-Gi-Oh! story base then the movie will probably add more questions do your head then you previously had. Its good knowing the anime referenced to this movie whereas other anime movies tend to make the movies sort of like fillers away from the main anime adaption's.
Story wise what can you expect from YGO, its pretty cliche and despite the entire duel putting us at the edge of our seats the result of the duel is as broken as a PC hack in Counter Strike. There was no real back story behind the antagonist except for the fact his "future" got wasted, even in the anime nothing about this character is explained maybe the reason for the ruined future but nothing in regards to the character himself.
Where the story lacks the presentations makes up for it greatly. The animation was top notch probably one of the best an anime movie has ever presented. The use of past BGM's really helped with the nostalgic factor with the past main characters as well as dramatic BGM's for the more serious scenes. Sadly though when the movie was released in theaters it was released with 3D so alot of scenes tend to be played out longer than they should be, originally those scenes were there to show off the 3D but we obviously don't have that.
Overall i recommend the movie for anyone who was a fan of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! and those still fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! today simply for the main duel of the movie, if you are looking for an interesting story you will be very disappoint.
This movie has probably changed my perspective on the world.
This movie is so shocking, it needs to be seen to be believed.
This is the worst movie I've ever seen in my entire life.
Story: The story is, in a sentence, non-sensical, plot-hole ridden and stupid beyond comprehension. I find it hilarious the villain's name is Paradox. The writers of this crapfest have probably never seen any piece of fiction or anything involving time travel in their lives. The amount of Time Paradoxes are immense. Sonic 06, eat your heart out. You won't even need to think about it, they're incredibly blatant. Anyone whose
seen Back to the Future will cringe as they break every convention of time travel related story-telling or even just logic. Even so, the plot is almost non-existant. Half of the movie is the climactic duel between the heroes and Paradox. The other half is just them running around, following Paradox through time and watching things explode in gimmicky THREE-DEE. The pacing is all over the map. Fast, then slow, then fast. Then it's over. I still felt like basically nothing had happened. Running, card game, over. Another problem is how cliche it is. If you are an anime fan or a movie buff or anyone who enjoys fiction in general, you will be able to piece this movie together from other (probably better) movies. Just with better character designs and more logic. The writing is shoddy, the dialogue is stilted and bad in both languages. But what really annoys me is that none of this movie makes sense. I've seen some damn stupid movies/movies/books etc. in my day, but this takes the cake, eats it, craps it out and eats it again. Repeating the process ad infinitum. It doesn't matter if you've watched Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX or 5D's, dubbed/subbed or whatever, this movie doesn't add up. The time travel was handled so poorly I can barely comprehend it. And it wraps it up with a forced, awful friendship speech. Gag me with a knife.
Art: Yeah, the art in this movie is ridiculous. Yugi's, Yusei and Jaden and basically everyone else all have inane, usually multicoloured, hair. It's so distracting and I have the feeling the author put that in just to make them seem more memorable. All subtlety is lost and Yusei being completely serious while sporting that retarded, crab-like hair was truly surreal. The actual animation wasn't bad. It's not as fluid as it should be and doesn't feel like the step up from the show it should be. It's not KyoAni, it's not Ghibli, it's not BONES, it's just Toei.
Sound: The dub is passable. I don't care what you think, it is. If anything, the dub is better than the movie. The sub is alright too, it's not like the movie deserves amazing voice talent. The music is also fine. It hits alright notes when you should be 'feeling' something. I actually had to rely on the music to tell me how to feel. Maybe I just have a dried up apple for a heart. Either way.
Character: Just as bad as the story. Any and all characterization relies on you having seen the other three shows. That's fine and all, but it's still gut-wrenchingly awful. These characters are so one-note. They never change in any way. I know it's not impossible to change or at least affect well established characters in long-running Shonen series, watch the sixth One Piece movie if you don't believe me. It's not even fun to watch them. You would think the concept of seeing these three characters just being in the same room would be fun, but they barely interact with each other. That, right there, negates the point of the entire movie. What's the point of Jaden, Yusei and Yugi all being together if they don't interact with each other? That card game and friendship speech just aren't enough. Oh, and I haven't even gotten to Paradox. He is, easily, the worst villain in the history of, not just anime. Not just cinema. Not just animation. But fiction in general. His goal is retarded and vaguely explained. I can't go further because of spoilers, let's just say that when he tells you, your mind will explode. His motivation for wanting his retarded goal is also retarded. Easily the logical lowpoint of the whole movie. And that is saying something.
Enjoyment: With the nonsense plot and baffling characters, you would think this movie would hurt to watch it for even a moment. But, you would think wrong. This movie is the greatest thing I've ever seen. It's awful. Definitely. But it smashes the Uncanny Valley so hard I couldn't help but love it. It's not 'So Bad it's Good', that would imply it has redeem qualities story-wise, when it doesn't. It's not 'So Bad it's Horrible', because it isn't painful to watch. This movie is in a class of its own. This movie is condensed nonsense, taking itself seriously and creating a void in logic so deep, that is sucks you in and forces you to laugh. This is honestly, one of the funniest things I've ever seen. You will laugh at the character designs. You will laugh at Paradox's horribleness. You will laugh all through-out the 30 minute long card game to decide the fate of the universe. You will love the nonsense and you will laugh violently when the movie tries to make you feel something through the struggles of these cardboard cut-out characters with dumb hair getting you feel something with their predictable, easily solved because time travel, dilemmas. This movie is so much fun and you shouldn't pass it up. It's still horrible. Don't get me wrong. But it is a special kind of horrible.
And that's what this whole movie is. A special kind of horrible.
This Yu-Gi-Oh! special/film brings together the main protagonists from each of the franchises anime’s (excl. Zexal) together to fight a time-travelling evil villain named Paradox. Yusei, Jaden and Yugi must now defeat him in a duel before he destroys all their worlds.
With a clichéd and predictable story, I think that only a Yu-Gi-Oh fan could truly enjoy and appreciate this. Bonds Beyond Time could of easily featured appearances by Kaiba, Joey, Téa, Tristian etc. but only manages to squeeze in the main characters, which was disappointing.
All of the original English voice actors retain their roles (I think) and for a 4Kids! Dub, it was
well pulled off. I really liked the bonds between Yugi, Jaden and Yusei and the nice thank you message at the end credits as well as a mix of the three series theme songs.
Since the first time I watched this movie, I finally re-watched it (after like 7 years I think?)
I really liked the story. I do think it should have explained this future Paradox was talking about better but now that we saw a futuristic Duel Academy in Arc-V, he maybe meant that?
I just loved the art :p
I was super nice seeing Yugi, Jaden and Yusei interacting and working together. I've always loved crossovers for exactly this reason. There's nothing better seeing characters from different series/era's working together and fighting the same villain. And even though this movie is clearly focused on Yusei
(which is logical), I do wanted more references to Kaiba, Joey and the other characters. Or maybe even show them.
I just enjoyed this movie. I loved the duel. The only Yu-Gi-Oh movie I would (and will) re-watch multiple times out of my own will :p