Also known as Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Movie: ~Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time~.A movie special made for the tenth anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.Featuring the three protagonists of thethreeseries, they fight against a mysterious man, Paradox, who intends to bring the world down the path of destruction. He first steals Yusei's Stardust Dragon then travels back in time, piling up a good number of... questionable acts on his list in order to realize his goal. The three protagonists eventually get to him, challenging him to the ultimate duel.The movie debuted in Japan on the 23rd of January in 2010. 4Kids Entertainment announced their plans of dubbing the movie, and the English version of the movie premiered on February 26th 2011, under the name "Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time". An encore run of the movie was announced for Japan nationwide on that same date, as part of the Worldwide Anniversary. The Japanese DVD was released on June 16, 2011. The English DVD WAS set for release on July 19, 2011. But Wal-mart did not end up receiving copies of the DVD at the expected date. Now the release has been changed to a vague "December 2011". Never fear however, the UK release of the Blu-Ray/DVD is available 2D and 3D ready, and even contains the original Japanese version of the movie! Which is the first time Yu-Gi-Oh! has had such a release since the few uncut DVD's 4kids released back in 2004.Shin Yoshida, the screenwriter of the movie and one of the series compositors of the three series, stated that Paradox's true character will be revealed in the future episodes of 5D's. Paradox finally made a cameo in the main series, as of Episode 135 of 5D's.
Anti-Villain: According to Atsushi Tamura, Paradox's voice actor. He noted that he doesn't want people to consider Paradox as a typical villain, and that he also carries grief on his shoulders and has a peculiar reason to battle.
Apocalypse How: Paradox's future ranks as Class 4 or Class 5 - no seas, no forests, just rubbles with Paradox as one of the few humans remaining. After Paradox starts altering the past with time travel, this Trope is bumped up to Class Z due to reality disintegrating thanks to the changes he makes.
Yusei (who comes from the future): What's that supposed to mean?
Author Appeal: Takahiro Kagami loves putting a lot of detail into hands.
Back for the Dead: Pegasus makes an appearance at an event, where he is killed by Paradox shortly after. Yugi's grandfather also suffers the same fate. Then again, this is a story with time travel involved...
Big Damn Movie: While the other series involved saving the world in several cases, the movie pushes it to a much bigger scale - now the entire timeline is in danger, and it requires three protagonists to save it.
The Cameo: Pegasus, Yugi's grandpa, Crimson Dragon, Jack, Crow, Leo, Luna, Akiza, Prof. Banner, and Yubel.
Captain Obvious: In the Japanese version, Pegasus gets a foreboding feeling while en route to his destination. That might have something to do with the fact that his helicopter is flying straight into a swirling vortex of thunderclouds.
Card Games: Of course! It's also responsible for the future's destruction.
City of Canals: Paradox attacks Jaden in Venice (more specifically, St. Mark's Square) when the latter goes there to investigate a local issue.
Combat Commentator: Daitokuji takes up this role during the Paradox vs. protagonists duel.
Combination Attack/All Your Powers Combined: Two of them - First by Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl, then by the three protagonists' signature monsters. Both instances were explained by oddly specific spell cards.
The first is not so surprising, considering there are A LOT of combo cards between Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl and Yugi would likely have it. The second, not so much.
Conspicuous CG: The Duel Monsters themselves and some of the scenery as well. The quality is generally better than in 5D's, although the scene with Paradox capturing Stardust Dragon can look somewhat jarring when viewed in 2D.
Continuity Nod: In-universe - The spell card "Ancient Rules", which allows high-leveled monsters (in this case, the Dark Magician) to be summoned without tribute, is a nod to the in-universe game before Kaiba's Battle City Tournament, which did not require tributes at all.
Cool Bike: Paradox's Duel Runner is capable of time travel and transformation. And it actually looks like something which would complain about being a motorbike in the first place.
Everybody's Dead, Dave: Yugi has one of these moments when he realizes everybody in Domino except himself is dead.
Effects in the actual duel both play this trope straight and invert it. Sin Truth plays it straight by destroying everything, and Stardust Mirage brings everything back.
Evil Laugh: Paradox, obviously. Some of his laughs make him sound like he's channeling Hiruma right there.
Evil Makeover: Paradox has the ability to turn the stolen monsters into "Sin" monsters.
Expy: Paradox gives Dark Mk vibes during the climax of the duel when he fuses with Sin Truth Dragon and makes distorted faces.
Fish Out of Temporal Water: Yusei ends up in Jaden's time first, then both of them eventually wind up in Yugi's time. Jaden gushes at Yusei's Duel Runner, and later on both Jaden and Yugi are amazed at Yusei's Synchro Summon.
Yami Yugi: Synchro WHAT?!
Fusion Dance: Paradox with Sin Truth Dragon, after Sin Paradox Dragon is destroyed.
Heroic BSOD: Yugi goes through one after he realizes that Grampa Moto is dead. Hence the Pharaoh taking over for the duration of the duel.
Yusei himself has a pretty bad one that pushes him to the brink of surrender, coaxed back only by Yugi and Jaden, it may or may not have to do with him seen struggling to be on the other side of Stardust from the 5D's openings.
Idiot Ball: Although he was never called on it, Paradox made a number of amateurish mistakes throughout the duel.
HE likely wasn't a very experienced duelist, due to what Duel Monsters did to his timeline.
I Never Said It Was Poison: Yugi activates a spell card that allows him to take control of one of Paradox's two dragons,. Paradox, in return, activates a trap to prevent it from working against Sin Paradox Dragon, the larger, nastier of the pair...just in time to find out that Yugi was going after the other one, Sin Stardust Dragon, the whole time. (Seems to be a problem a number of Yugi's foes run into!)
Keigo: Yusei, who usually speaks rather informally, uses this when talking to Yugi and Jaden.
In Medias Res: The movie starts in Venice, where Paradox is attacking Jaden with his dragons.
Late Arrival Spoiler: The trailers for the Japanese version of the movie spoiled for the dub viewers at the time that Jaden fused with Yubel and gained his/her powers and Yusei became the owner of the Dragon Head birthmark.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the end of the movie, Pegasus says he has a special card for the children attending the tournament he paid a visit to and asks them to take one. People who attended the movie received Sin Red-Eyes Black Dragon, which was a limited edition card and could be obtained only that way (unless you bought the special movie packs).
Yugi:(to Paradox) We don't care about your Back Story!
Left Hanging: How the distant future Paradox lived in got destroyed and the true identity of Paradox.
Elaborated on in Episodes 134/135 of 5D's.
Le Parkour: Jaden, somehow managing to get from the top of a column in St. Mark's Square to the roof of a nearby building to avoid the attacks of Rainbow Dragon and Cyber End Dragon.
Lyrical Dissonance: The ending theme, Makemagic, while it sounds catchy and all, the lyrics are about somebody describing their female lover, down to their lips and skin and wanting to embrace them. Its about as out of place as it can get for a movie aimed at young boys.
Meanwhile, in the Future: After Paradox steals Stardust Dragon and travels back to time, Yusei and co. return to Poppo Time. Akiza shows them a photo of Stardust Dragon and Paradox in Venice, who is destroying the city.
A Million is a Statistic: The protagonists are upset by the deaths of Pegasus and Solomon Mutou, and to a lesser extent, everyone who died to Paradox's attack. To Paradox, on the other hand, the entire massacre was a trivial step to further his experiment. Considering he really didn't care about destroying Venice just to get Jaden, it's no surprise.
Name's the Same/In Name Only: The card Stardust Mirage shown in this film was known about before Shooting Star Dragon used an effect with the very same name in a later episode of 5D's. Their effects have NOTHING in common.
Not exactly. The way Yusei used both cards for the first time ensured that he can make up to five attacks in one turn.
Never Say "Die": The dub never says the word 'death' or 'die', but at least it does not try and make half-baked excuses for what happens when buildings fall on people. No death scenes are edited out.
Invoked with Sin World though. In the Japanese version, whoever loses the duel dies. In the dub, whoever loses 'lose their souls!' This could be seen as a Call Back to 4Kids "censoring" the deaths in the original by making them worse (don't worry, kids, he didn't die, he just went to Hell for all eternity).
No Export for You: Subverted; A&E picked up the rights to this movie just days after 4Kids lost them.
Plug 'n' Play Technology: Duel disks: ones made right before the end of the world in the distant future are compatible with the ones in modern day.
To a lesser extent, the three protagonists' Duel Disks. Yugi's Battle City disk, Jaden's Duel Academy disk, and the disk from Yusei's D-Wheel all work flawlessly with each other.
There's a simple explanation. We know the cards in-universe contain ID chips that the Duel Disks read, so all the Duel Disk needs to have are the rules of the game programmed into it. This makes even more sense when you realize that, with new cards being released, it would not only be nearly impossible to have EVERY Disk updated for the new cards, it would have to store all of the rules for each individual card as well as the 3D hologram data on an internal hard drive, which would be pretty much impossible with the amount of cards. It makes much more sense to assume that all differences in Duel Disks are purely cosmetic (How else could the Orichalcos Disks exist?) and that the cards themselves are what cause them to work.
Punny Name: The "Sin" theme (Malefic in the TCG). A number of kanjis can be read as "Shin" (which is the Japanese pronunciation of "Sin"), including 真 truth, 新 new and 神 god. Word of God says the theme is a clever combination of "sin" (罪 tsumi) and "new" (新 atarashii).
Race Against the Clock: The protagonists not only try to beat Paradox before Pegasus arrives at Domino City for his event after the Crimson Dragon gave everyone one more chance, but also before reality is destroyed.
Ragnarok-Proofing: Utterly averted. There is literally nothing left in Paradox's world except himself and his allies, rubble, and an atmosphere that makes this planet look like Venus.
Short Anime Movie: Only 49 minutes long, though both the dubbed version and the Encore run will be lengthened by 10 minutes.
Shoulders of Doom: Paradox wears them, although they disappear without explanation when the duel begins. Even more confusing because the official art shows Paradox without shoulderpads, and in another art they are bolted to his outfit.
Spikes of Villainy: Paradox wears spiky bracelets, has spikes on his shoes, even his hairstyle is a bit spiky. Then there are the... oddly placed spikes on his chest.
Spoiler Opening: Not the movie itself, but Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds during the period it promoted the movie with clips inserted into the OP and the ED. It spoiled quite a few things, such as Pegasus and Sugoroku being killed by the collapsing buildings, and Paradox summoning and fusing with Sin Truth Dragon.
Spotlight-Stealing Crossover: This movie crosses over the then three Yu-Gi-Oh! series, but the story mostly focuses on Yusei and the cast of 5Ds with all the supporting cast appearing. The plot mostly takes place in the time of the original Yu-Gi-Oh series but GX gets the shaft with Jaden being the only (living and/or human) character to appear and his section takes place in Venice rather than anywhere from his life.
Surreal Theme Tune/Thematic Theme Tune: makemagic. One half could be called as relevant to the movie, but the other half of the song is rather rife with romantic overtones, with the chorus being about the singer wanting to take someone in their arms. It is an especially odd case because Atsushi Tamura himself mentioned that he deliberately wrote the song to be in vibe with the movie.
Time Master: The Crimson Dragon aids Yusei with time travel, and later on Yugi as well.
Time Travel: Paradox is capable of this, and Yusei goes through a time slip during the course of the movie. It was the Crimson Dragon who helped him do so. It also brings Yugi back in time after Sugoroku and Pegasus die.
Timey-Wimey Ball: The rules of time travel in the movie are very difficult to place. Jaden's trump card, Elemental Hero Neos, disappears when Paradox jumps back to Yugi's time, presumably because Paradox prevented the future in which Neos would exist. Without having stopped Paradox yet, Jaden gets Neos back by jumping to a time before Paradox changes history, despite the fact that Neos (and the bulk of Yusei and Jaden's cards) wouldn't have existed in that time anyways.
Actually, if you look at it from another viewpoint, it makes sense. They traveled back in time to a point before the timeline changed, so their cards returned to the way they would be created as the original history states.
But "the future" of "the past" they travelled to would still be Paradox changing it. So "their future" would include said travel, which implies they shouldn't exist.
Theme Naming: Sin Paradox Dragon, Sin Paradigm Shift, Sin Truth Dragon. May count as Fridge Brilliance due to a paradox turned into truth upon changing viewpoints (i.e. paradigm shift).
Transforming Mecha: Paradox's bike transforms into a floating machine before the final duel.
Unusual Eyebrows: One of Paradox's eyebrows is rather bizarre, which appears to be half a tattoo and half his eyebrow.
Updated Re-release: The theatrical dubbed release and the Encore run of the movie in Japan are planned to have additional footage added in. The Encore run will feature a special 10 minute extension in 2D.
Villain Ball: Paradox in the duel against the protagonists. At one point, he attempts to destroy Judai's Neos Knight with Sin Paradox Dragon, only to run into the usual array of protagonist Traps. He could have attacked Judai's revived Neos Knight (which is at 0 attack due to Sin Paradox Dragon's effect) with Stardust Dragon, leaving the protagonists with 100 Life Points. If this had been the case, on Paradox's next turn, they would have lost due to the effect of Sin Truth Dragon.
Paradox uses an effect to try and destroy every monster on the heroes' side of the field while they had Stardust Dragon back under their control. Seeing as he had the card up until a couple minutes prior, he should have known what it did.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Only Stardust Dragon's capture was shown on-screen, how Paradox obtained the other dragons was never shown. Jaden calls out Paradox on stealing Rainbow Dragon from Johan, but the plot point was never elaborated on, and the fate of the cards' original owners is not known. When one considers Paradox's methods, it couldn't have been very pleasant.
Additionally, ZONE, Antinomy, and Aporia are nowhere to be seen in Paradox's future. While this may have been justified in the theater release due to spoilers for 5D's, it doesn't for the DVD release.