I’m an absolute huge Digimon fan, watched all the Digimon series, from Digimon Adventure to even Digimon Fusion (btw, didn’t like fusion, it was trash) and so you can imagine my excitement when the first four episodes aired on the 21st of November.
In case you didn’t know, Digimon Adventure TRI is a 2015 Japanese action-adventure anime, serving as a direct sequel to the first two series, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, and celebration the anime franchise’s 15th anniversary. The first four episodes revolved around Taichi “Tai” Yagami and his struggles in determining if what they DigiDestined had been doing was right or not while trying to gather is friends back together.
First off lets talk about that Intro OST. That intro music is incredibly amazing, I really enjoyed listening to it every single time and it never fails in my opinion to hit me with that nostalgic feeling. The composers did a great job with it and I’m looking forward to hearing more of the composer’s work during the duration of the Digimon Adventure TRI. The animation was great too and the story in my opinion really flowed well and never once felt out of place.
In the four episodes or “movie”, Tai is apparently depressed that he can’t keep his friends in his life any more as everyone have become very busy doing their own thing. Matt’s still in a band now called Knife of Day, Sora is caught up between Matt and Tai, Izzy has become an incredibly successful person to the point of him owing his own office while still in school, Mimi is still travelling across the world, Joe is busy studying for his finals and T.K. and Kari are at the pinnacle of their social life’s.
Seeing all of them living their lives really emphasises that they are no longer the same kids who got sucked in the Digital world and had to rely on their Digimon companions to bail them out of trouble. Essentially as we the fans grew up, so did they and are now facing new challenges, especially Tai in these episodes.
He has matured a lot these past three years and is seeing the world in a whole new light. He doesn’t have any plans for his future and doesn’t seem to care all that much either. He is basically the opposite of his younger self, who would normally charge in head first and ask questions later.
There’s not much to say about the new character Meiko Mochizuki who recently transferred into Taichi’s class, but she too is a Chosen Child and so it will be interesting to see how she fits in with the rest of the gang.
Now I originally grew up with the German dub first then slowly adapted to the English dub and that became my main dub for a long time, so it was kinda weird for me to hear all these characters speak in Japanese but I quickly got used to it (still prefer English tho, just saiyan).
Its been almost 10 years since the last proper (in my opinion) Digimon series aired on television and for me, I had accepted Tamers as the closure of my Digimon journey and never once thought I’d get more Digimon content. I’m glad I was wrong this time. To me, Digimon lived up to my expectations, the TRI series brought back characters that have matured and are dealing with issues people on the way out of high school would be dealing with themselves, things I’m sure most of you (its too late for me) are probably dealing with yourself.
It retained that same Digimon “feel” to it like its predecessor did and I can’t wait to see what the futures of this series has in-store for us.
Let me know your thoughts on it.