This review will be two parts and once I get to the actual movie review, it will not contain any spoilers! This first part of the review will be my recent experience with watching an anime movie on theaters. Stay tuned and I will keep you updated on the review of the movie. For now, let’s start this experience post!
Let’s go to the movies!
Today I went to see the 2004 movie Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie (also known as the Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie – The Pyramid of Light). When I first heard about this movie’s return, I was kind of surprised to see this movie come back after all these years since 2004; I think I was probably around 4th or 5th grade in grade school. Now it’s 2018 and I am an adult, I wanted to see the movie on the big screen. However, I was not alone to watch this movie, because my family and my friend Allie went to see the movie with me. This was the first time my family saw an anime movie on theaters, but Allison and I have experienced this before when we saw Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale on March 9th 2017 (my spoiler-free review and my experience).
In America, Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie will be playing in local theaters on March 11th and 12th. I was able to buy tickets for the five of us and get some good seats.
Me, Allie, my family and the audience fans
I like to thank God for making this possible because thanks to Him, I got to enjoy a movie based on a favorite series with a group of people. I remembered watching this movie on a used DVD my mom bought me years ago from Blockbuster. Even if I remembered watching the movie in the past, watching this movie with people was a major game changer. Usually when I watch anime, I watch it alone and I usually share my thoughts online. Today was a big deal because my parents was going to experience something I enjoy a lot.
When we got to sit down and watch the movie, there was less people in the theater room, which I didn’t mind since we didn’t have to fight over the crowd. During the movie, we did hear other people making silly comments to the movie and characters. Some examples like Seto Kaiba being a jerk, Pegasus roasting Kaiba and hearing Tea say that the power of friendship is strong. Usually, I tend to ignore comments and watch movies, but I couldn’t help, but laugh. Allie and I laughed at some parts of the movie because, besides the comments, it was awesome to watch another anime movie we love and it was fun to sit down and see it together.
Conclusion – anime viewing in a group adds more fun
Overall, I would like to say that watching an anime movie in theaters adds more fun than watching it alone. Seeing how much I enjoyed this movie and Sword Art Online last year really makes me wish that theaters should add more anime films and make them stay longer than days. We’re already in March and Black Panther is still playing in theaters. I wish that Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie could stay longer than two days. Going back to the topic, my family saw how much I really enjoyed this movie and they had a good time. My dad made some silly jokes about the cards and they saw how the game is actually quite challenging. I don’t have much Yu-Gi-Oh cards anymore, but I still play the Duel Links on my phone, so that’s my substitute for playing the game. Besides watching something I knew I was going to enjoy, I had a lot of fun being in with the people I care. Just like the series and movie, as long you have friends and family, you got everything you need!
I will try to write out the movie review as soon as I can. If not today or tomorrow, I will try to get it out sometime this week. Allie is the owner and writer of her blog Visionaries. She is writing fanfiction of the cartoon series Loonatics Unleashed. If you like Loonatics Unleashed and fanfiction, please go check her blog and leave some feedback!
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