Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time listed for YTV premiere on July 9, DVD release in question *UPDATE* TV Broadcast may be false alarm

As schedule wiz Mohji points out scheduling site Zap2it lists the third Yu-Gi-Oh! theatrical film, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (under its Japanese title of “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time”) as airing the on July 9, 2011 at 12AM. This would be the movie’s television debut, and I guess an apology for not screening the film in Canada.

IN TRUE 3D

While Zap2it is almost always correct in their listings (as they receive there’s from broadcasters) I’m not 100% convinced that the film will debut at this time. Firstly, 12AM isn’t the kind of timeslot YTV debuts films at. 12AM is a timeslot where they’ll showcase an encore presentation of an earlier broadcast of that night. The film is currently only set for that one broadcast. Secondly, the listing on Zap2it is almost all linked to the Japanese staff, from voice actors, to even the title. The Japanese version wouldn’t air on YTV.

However, that doesn’t mean YTV won’t air the film. It could simply have been put on the schedule mistakenly (like a certain show) jumping the gun. We do know 4Kids (the franchise’s US licensor) was selling the movie to international broadcasters, and that YTV bought into 4Kids with another batch of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds episodes. But would they allow a Canadian broadcaster to air it before they air it on the CW4Kids? Would they even allow a broadcast before the DVD release?

This is not 3D, but I sure fooled you!

Speaking of which, its DVD release is in question. As I mentioned on a few social networking sites, I became a bit concerned for the film’s home media release when no Canadian retailers had put up pages relating to the release (after various US retailers had put up pre-order pages for July 19). I grew slightly concerned, and reached out to 4Kids for a response on if this DVD would be US-only. They never got back to me. That’s when I noticed something – the US release seemed questionable. I checked over the distributor’s website (in this case, it’s A&E Home Video), and saw nothing Yu-Gi-Oh! related scheduled. I thought, “Maybe they don’t advertise third party titles?”. But then I checked Amazon.com, and instead of asking me to pre-order. It told me the film was no longer available. So I checked Wal-Mart.com, and sure enough the film was pushed back to the generic place holder date of December 31, 2012. It’s not getting released in July in North America. Though, it seems that Manga Entertainment UK’s Uncut, and Bi-lingual release of the film (which also includes Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon – a card originally given away with the screenings of the film) will still take place on July 25, 2011. I’d certainly hope that 3D/2D Blu-Ray is region-free…

But here comes the inevitable question of why this US release seems to not be happening. Well, as someone who isn’t in the know in this specific situation, it’s pretty easy to point the finger at the legal fight 4Kids Entertainment is in with NAS, and TV Tokyo (the Japanese production houses behind Yu-Gi-Oh!). Especially given it’s a lawsuit stemming from home video distribution, and 4Kids supposedly hiding money earned from Yu-Gi-Oh! DVD, and VHS releases.

One thing I can say for certain is this, if, and maybe even when YTV (I’d suggest checking out YTV.com’s online schedule for the 9th, and seeing if the film is listed there as the air date) broadcasts this film, it won’t be in 3D. So while it’s a nice way to bring the film to Canadians, we’re still missing some of the cool things US, UK, and Japanese audiences got to see.

UPDATE

As noted by a few members, YTV.com’s online schedule list Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: The Pyramid of Light for this 12AM broadcast. It appears this may have been a false alarm all along.

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    • charly17
    • June 26th, 2011

    gosh that sucks that along time 2012

  1. i dont think this is really a sign for anime coming.. back. But i guess its a start if its true =)

  2. It is now posted on the TV Guides too.

  3. wow, according to tvguide we’ll get 2 reboot movies and the ygo 3d movie all on july 9th. but 12am? what gives? and why isn’t 5ds on that day??
    and i am upset the DVD release looks gloomy. i wanted an uncut release but now we might not get one at all….

    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds won’t be airing that weekend because YTV is doing a 2 episode preview event for Redakai.

  4. well YTV’s schedule list simply “yugioh the movie”
    fingers crossed that it’s the 3D one

      • Mohji
      • July 4th, 2011

      Unfortunately the plot description suggests otherwise:

      A very odd and unusual error for Zap2it to make, since past airings for the movie were listed correctly as “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie”. I think the only way to know for sure will be to tune in at midnight and find out.

  5. but it is really weird if they air Yugioh The Movie Pyramids of Light because why would they air a random yugioh movie late at night when fewer viewers is going to watch it ????

  6. Right now, it’s the 2004 movie airing, WB logo and all.

    • Yeppers.

      • Mohji
      • July 10th, 2011

      I didn’t even think they still had the rights to that movie. Oh well, maybe next time?

      Add this to the list of things we’ve been trolled about by YTV.

    • pissed
    • July 11th, 2011

    that was b.s it had the friggen name and description on the guide, but what dowe get. damn pyramid of light. i want to see the dang bonds beyond time. why ytv why?

    • Anime-Ash
    • July 12th, 2011

    Mohji :
    I didn’t even think they still had the rights to that movie. Oh well, maybe next time?
    Add this to the list of things we’ve been trolled about by YTV.

    It wasn’t YTV that made the mistake. It was Zap2it. YTV had the right descritpion on its website, it was all Zap2it that made the mistake.

      • Mohji
      • July 12th, 2011

      Zap2it wouldn’t make a mistake like that because they just post what they are sent by YTV. Previous airings of Pyramid of Light were listed as “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie” by Zap2it.

    • Angel
    • July 13th, 2011

    I find this insulting for canadians, I mean we should be able to see that movie too, why should the UK and US get all the good stuff? We as yu-gi-oh fans want to see yu-gi-oh stuff and that movie is no exception.

    • Anime-Ash
    • July 16th, 2011

    Mohji :
    Zap2it wouldn’t make a mistake like that because they just post what they are sent by YTV. Previous airings of Pyramid of Light were listed as “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie” by Zap2it.

    YTV had it right on their own website though, and other tv guides had it right (such as my Rogers tv guide and I also saw Bell tv guides also had it right). Zap2it is the only one that had it wrong.

  7. Bonds beyond time is on megavideo…i watched it about a month ago

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