Anyone still watching Digimon Adventure tri.? I don’t blame you if you aren’t—the original action-adventure shounen has turned into a plodding slice-of-life show about growing up, and if you aren’t into that, the pacing of this show will be extremely annoying to you. I decided to review the next two films in the series, “Determination” and “Confession”, together, as the action is fairly minimal. What the series does focus on is character development, but unfortunately, many of the character arcs seemed to retread character arcs that they had already dealt with in the original series.
When Digimon Adventure tri. was first announced as a thing, the creative team said that it would be out in April of this year. That clearly didn’t happen, and as time went on, the release date kept getting pushed further and further back, until I lost all track of when this show was supposed to be released. It wasn’t until I saw some weirdly complete Tumblr gifsets over the Thanksgiving break that I realized the show finally was out. And so, abandoning my turkey, I rushed to my computer to watch the show.
Despite the new series only being available in subbed Japanese, this review generally uses the American names for characters, since that’s what I’m used to using. Slight spoilers after the jump!
When you were a kid, what cartoons did you watch after school or on Saturday mornings? If you were like me, you watched Digimon (or Card Captor Sakura, but I’ll save that for another Thursday). The 1999 cartoon was the first anime I ever watched, and to this day, it remains a nostalgic favorite. With a sequel/reboot, Digimon Adventure Tri, coming out soon, I wanted to share what I liked so much about the show’s first season, Digimon Adventure.
You guys, I never thought this day would come. No, like, literally, I never thought this day would come because Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 already ended with all the protagonists saving the world, and there was even a terrible Harry Potter-style epilogue in which all the wrong people got married and had kids.
But then this appeared on the internet.