Digimon Adventure tri.

Title:Digimon Adventure tri.
デジモンアドベンチャー tri.
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Notables: Animation - Toei
It's been six years since that summer adventure when Taichi Yagami and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World. And nearly three years have passed since the final battle between Hikari Yagami's group and BelialVamdemon. As the peaceful days passed by, at some point the gate to the Digital World closed. Not even the DigiDestined know what caused this, and time alone continues to pass.
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A 6-part movie series that premiered on November 21, 2015.
Animated by Toei Animation.
Licensed by Shout Factory.
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Digimon Tri serves as a continuation of the Digimon Adventure series featuring the Digidestined as teens where they reunite with their partner Digimon to combat a mysterious computer virus that is causing Digimon to go berserk and tearing portals between reality and the Digital World for the berserk Digimon to wreck havoc. Outside of the eight original Digidestined, they are joined by a new classmate named Meiko Mochizuki and her partner Digimon, Meicoomon.

Digimon Tri has its fair share of ups and downs throughout its six-movie series run. The first three films of the series actually offer up the best quality of Tri's run serving to reconnect older fans to their favorite characters and Digimon from the Adventure TV series (minus the Adventure 02 children), while adding on some new developments faced by the Digidestined children as they deal with the challenges of growing up. At varying points in the film, Taichi and the other Digidestined have their own different challenge affecting them from the developments of their adventure or their high school lives that affect them to varying degrees. From dealing with personal flaws to overcoming self-conflict, the film does a solid job with devoting further development to them.

The new characters of Meiko and Meicoomon are a bit of a mixed bag with their addition to Tri. On the one hand, they play a rather significant role with driving the major plot of the film series that leads to some interesting developments in exploring the partner dynamics between the human Digidestined and their Digimon partners. On the other hand, their characters leave quite a bit to be desired as Mei is the archetypal shy and nervous glasses girl who doesn't really grow much out of the character type, and Meicoomon doesn't have much to work with as a character beyond her serious developments toward later in Tri that the film series tries playing up as tragic, yet had me feeling rather indifferent to her situation due to her lack of dimension as a character.

The major crux of Tri and the driving force behind its existence has to do with the mysterious virus and wormholes affecting reality and the Digital World. While I won't spoil too much, all I'll say is what is ultimately revealed behind the cause surrounding both developments and the reasons behind them are rather weak and felt lazily thought out in motivations and execution. Concepts from prior Digimon seasons are brought up, yet Tri haphazardly jumps around them and doesn't smoothly integrate them into the film in a coherent fashion as they felt tacked on just for the sake of making a nod to a long-time Digimon fan or to add padding for the runtime of any of the films. Worst of all, Tri leaves things unresolved for a certain villainous character's presence as he is still at large by the end of the film series, implying he may make a return in future installments of the Digimon franchise.

In regards of presentation, Digimon Tri is a mixed bag. Scenery is vivid with a decent amount of detail and character designs sport more polish and detail than the original Adventure TV seasons, especially in regards to the updated designs of the now teenage Digidestined. However, the animation quality is rather subpar as animation shortcuts are usually milked and character model quality often degrades during action scenes when the animators attempt to put more fluid movement into them.

As a fan of the first Digimon Adventure series, I must admit that I'm rather disappointed in this film series. While offering up some solid developments with the human Digidestined and their Digimon partner dynamics, the main conflict of Tri felt rather sloppy in execution and development as events progressed in the film series. Plus for a movie, the production quality left much to be desired. Overall, Digimon Tri is a rather mixed package with what it offers up for older and newer generations of Digimon fans.

Last updated Friday, August 31 2018. Created Friday, August 31 2018.

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