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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The prequel and film has Seto Kaiba raise the bar of his already well-known dramatics to the level of cosmic, life threatening efforts. Are his actions the result of just ignoring his previous character development for plot reasons, leaving him regressed to a point of pure Flanderization, all for the sake of a simple duel and pettiness? Or is that simply taking things a character defined by his unwillingness to fully express himself at face value? Is Kaiba's legendary pride and the inability to let go of a grudge a good enough in-universe explanation, and does it make more sense, from what we know of the character, to consider that the unprecedentedly extreme and desperate decisions he makes could have just been him losing it in a genuine emotional reaction to the closest thing he had to a friend going away, forever? The fandom is fairly divided by the implications of either side, and that's not even getting into the shipping factor. By extension, the ending could be taken as Nightmare Fuel or as a weirdly Bittersweet Ending, entirely depending on one's interpretation of Kaiba's motives.
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    • Tied to this, fans may see Kaiba as either playing a villainous role or the role of anti-hero.
    • In the prequel manga Sera is an ambiguously innocent Creepy Child who nearly succeeds in killing Kaiba, but in the movie she's a hero who wants to save Aigami from darkness, opening room for a lot of interpretation.
    • The Millennium Ring and its role have plenty of room for interpretation, as the Ring itself is apparently evil instead of it being Zorc and/or Yami Bakura possessing the wielder. Given its role pre-series and post-series, it could mean simply Zorc and Yami Bakura's evil was so strong it did things on its own and stayed evil after their defeats. What this means for Thief King Bakura has even worse implications.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Kaiba's Blue-Eyes Chaos MAX Dragon was hyped in pre-release promos as being a monster so strong it could end a duel in one turn. It's a Chaos Ritual monster with 4000 ATK, one of the few Dark-Attribute Blue-Eyes variants, and it inflicts double piercing battle damage when it attacks defending monsters. It lasts exactly one turn before Yugi uses his Magician Girls to destroy it, and it only did 1000 points of damage to him anyway.
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  • Ass Pull: Kaiba summons Obelisk the Tormentor without any clear explanation of how, just slamming his hand on the ground to summon it. Aigami lampshades this by wondering how he did that, as only the Pharaoh could wield the God Cards, but Kaiba refuses to tell him.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Like Pyramid of Light, while fans liked the movie it's hard for non-fans to get into. Since the movie also takes place after the series' end, it assumes you've either read the manga or watched the anime already, and being set after the series in itself can be off-putting to some.
  • Awesome Ego: Kaiba, true to form from the anime. He's got a space station in the shape of the Kaiba Corp logonote , he's built a machine that can reassemble the Millennium Puzzle in a few hours when it took Yugi eight years on his own, and he's built a new Duel Disk system that pushes the limits of technology to the extent he can use it to overpower magical artifacts. He's still a selfish egomaniac, but darn if he can't back it up now more than ever.
    • He even goes so far as to say that this world is so badly designed that if whoever was responsible worked for him, he'd fire the guy. That's right — Kaiba wants to fire God.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Bakura fans tend to either love or hate Aigami, mainly for his role in the backstory and making Ryo Bakura cry. Others see him as either an interesting villain with an amazing voice, motives, and backstory, or a shallow retread of Marik and Thief King Bakura who doesn't deserve to be forgiven for what he's done.
  • Broken Base:
    • The possibility of the Pharaoh returning caused an uproar between people who want to see him in action again and those who want to see Yugi finally stand on his own two feet as a duelist, especially since we've hardly ever gotten to see him duel by himself. It's especially annoying to Yugi supporters since the final duel between him and the Pharaoh had him winning and the Pharaoh admitting he was the new king of games, yet we've never seen him duel by himself since. The series also built him up as a character so much in series as Atem's successor that it could make the ending feel cheap and necessitated by plot, and suggest Takahashi is more interested in the journeys of other characters. The final battle having Atem help Yugi defeat Aigami when he couldn't do it alone has also divided the fans, with some seeing it as a heartwarming and awesome reaffirmation on the theme of friendship and others seeing it as undoing the development Yugi went through to stand on his own.
    • Kaiba's motivations and goals have divided the fanbase, with some seeing it as him regressing and others seeing it as a logical conclusion to his story arc. The ending to the movie is the most heavily-disputed scene, as despite thanking Yugi and listening to what he has to say about Atem not coming back, he goes to the afterlife anyway, leaving Mokuba behind. Complicating the debate is a post on Kazuki Takahashi's Instagram. A potential future taking place four years after the movie, Yugi has become a successful game designer, and is testing out his newly created fighting game 'Spherium II' with a very alive Kaiba, whose company had co-developed it with him. However this is only one possible future, according to Takahashi.
    • Ryo Bakura's new backstory is heavily debated, with some finding it interesting, heartrending, and making sense, while others see it as contradicting previous continuity, not developing his character, and being tragic for the sake of it.
    • The dub, as per tradition. Some like the additions of more jokes and changes to the dialogue and motivations of various characters, others feel the jokes and story changes ruin what was a dark and serious story in the original Japanese version.
    • The DVD release gets hit hard with this, since while it is the second Yu-Gi-Oh! movie to provide both audio tracks, the subtitles are from the English version, rather than the original (though this isn't the case in the UK release, which has a subtitle track from the Japanese). Many fans were not happy about this, expecting to see an uncut film with names and terminology intact for both versions, while comparing how faithful the English script is to the original. Others think it is better than nothing, since it is the second film to even have both language tracks rather than English only. Even then, fans are sore that the song "To Believe in Something" is not in the DVD release. In response to this, Lionsgate provided a service where fans could mail in the DVD and receive a replacement disk with accurate subtitles, and also corrected the subtitles on their digital iTunes release.
  • Ending Fatigue: The movie feels like it could be close to wrapping up when Yugi defeats Diva. But then there's another climactic duel, this time between Yugi and Kaiba. And then we get the Millennium Ring-possessed Diva as the True Final Boss.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • With the new poster showing the Puzzle with a piece missing, people started to wonder if it was the same piece Dark Bakura put a portion of his soul into, and, if so, whether he could make a return alongside the new villain. While Dark Bakura only appears in a flashback, the Ring itself plays a role, possessing Mani and Aigami.
    • The "dimensions" in the title led to dozens of discussions on how the movie might be related to Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, as alternate dimensions are a big part of that series' plot. It turned out to not relate to ARC-V at all.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kaiba, who will stop at nothing in his goal to seal Yami Yugi back into the Millennium Puzzle, and then is utterly devastated when he finally realizes that goal was always impossible and Yami Yugi is really gone.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • After Battle City in the manga, Kaiba compared dealing with his grudge against Gozaburo to playing a Shadow Game and wondered what he'd do once his past is buried, staring at his locket of Mokuba while remembering his wish to build amusement parks as a child. While sad enough on its own, it's made worse with this movie having Kaiba regress to obsessive levels in his desire to defeat the Pharaoh, his dreams for the future forgotten.
    • The anime's Legendary Heroes arc's beginning, with Kaiba uploading himself into the VR world despite Mokuba's objections, becomes a lot harder to watch after this movie, where Kaiba does the exact same thing with the afterlife and may or may not have died for it.
    • Yugi and Atem's final duel, while already sad, becomes even worse when it's revealed Kaiba became determined to find and reassemble the Puzzle and Aigami and the Plana's powers activated upon the Pharaoh's departure, leading to the events of the movie. It turns what was a bittersweet, powerful moment for Yugi—defeating his other self and standing on his own—into a tragic one, because in doing so Yugi almost doomed the world without even realizing it.
  • He Really Can Act: While not really derided for his previous work in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V as Dipper and Dennis, Daniel J. Edwards put on an excellent performance as Aigami even in comparison to the largely veteran cast of the dub, to the point that his announcement as a voice actor for characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has been met with excitement.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The 4Kids dub was noted for having most deaths be replaced with being banished to the Shadow Realm, an alternate dimension where people's souls can be shredded to pieces if not rescued. Here people are actually banished to other dimensions, where they'll disintegrate if not rescued.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light's main villain turns into a horrific monster after being defeated in a duel. This movie has the exact same thing happen.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB and Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters both had the Millennium Ring possessing and corrupting others, which also happens in this movie.
    • It could be argued that this movie is to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise what Battle of Gods was to the Dragon Ball franchise. Both are new movies with new stories and new villains that are distinct from other animated installments in that they have direct creative and executive input from the creators of the original manga series that the anime adapts. They are also considered to be in continuity with the story of the original manga due to this. Both were even commissioned without the creators' involvement initially, until the creators took control of the projects.
  • Ho Yay: Kaiba's legendary subtext with Yami Yugi/Atem returns. Pretty much everything he's done in the six months since the Ceremonial Duel, as well as everything he does in the film, are to see Atem and duel him again. One could even interpret the ending to be that they're Together in Death.
    • Not only does Kaiba spend the last six months trying to get Atem back, he goes as far as creating a hologram of Atem to duel against, which imitates Atem's catchprase and speech patterns, flat-out refuses to accept the idea that he can't get Atem back, to the point where he looks on the verge of tears, and doesn't promise an obviously worried Mokuba that he will return from the afterlife. The movie, both dub and sub, seem to have a subtext about Kaiba mourning Atem and being unable to admit it, with him behaving in a near manic state in Transcend Game and having a more depressed, melancholy mood in DSOD. This movie is the only time we really see Seto express any attachment or emotion towards someone that isn't his younger brother Mokuba.
    • The dub adds a line about Kaiba recreating Atem's "perfectly coiffed hair," leading to jokes that he wanted more than just a duel with him. As if it wasn't enough, the way it was phrased is ambiguous enough that it could be interpreted that recreating his hair was the part he put more effort into.
    • The Japanese ending theme, To Believe in Something, seems to be about Kaiba's relationship with Atem. 'Oh when you found me for the very first time/Then I think of all/and does it matter anymore/I believe in you'.
    • Jonouchi is still having dreams that Kaiba is looking down on him as a duelist, much like in the DM anime. The dub adds the line 'Kaiba? You're not my pillow either!'
  • Memetic Badass: Kaiba's Awesome Ego in this film has made him this in many circles, particularly with the revelations that he has (among other things) bought Domino City, built a space station, invented cyberspace and Brain Uploading, No Selled being absorbed into a Hive Mind, and broken the boundaries of life and death. /a/ has proclaimed in particular that Kaiba could defeat any Magnificent Bastard or god figure in anime, and often says that his true power is being the most autistic man in the universe.
  • Memetic Mutation: Kaiba's hand in the first image released for the movie. Jokes saying that the poor guy broke it again spread immediately.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In a flashback, Yami Bakura crosses it when he kills Shadi in front of a group of children he'd been protecting, taunts them as they cry over Shadi's corpse, and then attacks the kids.
  • Narm:
    • Kaiba owns a space station. Shaped like the Kaiba Corp "KC" logo. When you make the Blue-Eyes White Dragon Jet look less ridiculous simply by existing, you've gone too far to be taken seriously.note 
    • Little Yami Bakura was meant to be terrifying but a lot of viewers found him adorable instead.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Young Yami Bakura, finally confirming a long-standing part of the series' mythos.
    • The Egyptian Gods in beautiful Conspicuous CG. Slifer shows up in a gorgeously animated flashback of the Ceremonial Duel, while Obelisk makes a grand return to utterly curbstomp Aigami.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • The English dub's new joke additions wouldn't be out of place in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, particularly with how self-aware many of them can be. Examples including Yugi noting that Bakura's accent is part of why the schoolgirls love him, Kaiba making a quip about how much work he put into perfectly recreating Yami Yugi's hair for his virtual recreation, and Kaiba's AI assistant telling him it recognizes Kaiba likes to be reminded of how smart he is. Kaiba's snarky egomania in particular is really ramped up from the Japanese film.
    • The movie in general has been accused by some of being more focused on fanservice than plot, using common fandom plots like a new villain with ties to established characters attacking post-series, an excavation team finding the Items, Yugi and Kaiba dueling, someone trying to bring back Atem, Yami Bakura being involved in even more tragedy in Bakura's life, having Kaiba as the protagonist, and Atem acting as a Big Good to his friends who comes back at the last second to help Yugi.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • Jonouchi not getting to fight, duel or do much of anything was not well-received by fans, particularly those who like the manga better than the anime. A particular point of contention was him being made to wear a dog suit at a job to help pay for a Duel Disk, which is a subplot that goes nowhere.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • In the prequel manga, Sera's eyes look very off compared to everyone else.
    • Yugi's new eye design looks a little odd in some shots, too.
    • Aigami's cubic monsters are CG, making them clash with most of the other monsters. This was likely intentional.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: To say the budget is through the roof is an understatement.
  • The Woobie: Ryo Bakura is this yet again. There's no mention of his sister and mother, who were killed in his manga backstory, but instead he gets possessed by the Ring as a child and has it fuse into his chest leading to Dark Bakura killing Shadi and Ryo's father, and Aigami wants to kill him for the incident. Ryo mentions not wanting to talk about the Ring at all and suffers headaches when pressed, becomes trapped in another dimension for the last third of the movie, and the Ring itself drives Aigami and Mani to kill him at one point. He's also the only one of Yugi's friends who doesn't have a dream for the future; Yugi, Anzu, Jonouchi, and Honda discuss their own dreams, but never ask him what his is.
  • Woolseyism: The dub fixed some of the complaints people had about the movie by having Kaiba appreciate his odd friendships with Yugi and Atem, having Joey escape Aigami's dimension through his willpower rather than being a helpless Damsel in Distress, and implying Bakura lied about where he got the Ring to begin with instead of revealing something different than what he told Yugi. Shadi's dying words describing which of the Millennium Items are inclined toward good or evil are also altered to have him only allude to the Puzzle having balance, making Aigami's refusal to accept Bakura's explanation that he was controlled by the Ring seem less irrational.

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