When producing continuations of popular anime, the creators are often accused of milking the franchise. While this might be true in some cases, there is a large number of counter-examples. One of them is the sequel to the Digimon Adventure franchise, Digimon Adventure tri. The first two films have already been no disappointment and the third one, Kokuhaku, is another case of a successful sequel.
Kokuhaku’s atmosphere is much darker than that of tri’s previous instalments and it manages to convey a dull, melancholic feeling from the very beginning. This is supported by the absence of an opening in the first part of the film whose presence would have cheered the viewer up. Of course, this film is not entirely dark as there is a good amount of comic relief to see. However, one cannot deny that the events of the previous films have affected the cast’s – and, therefore, the film’s – mood immensely. Nevertheless, Kokuhaku feels natural as the tone shift is not unexpected, even though the story could also have progressed in a different direction which, thankfully, it did not.
Another difference from Saikai and Ketsui, the films which preceded this one, is the length: Kokuhaku is approximately 20 minutes longer. While one could be thankful for this, it also comes with a number of problems since, for example, the film’s pacing suffers greatly from this. Toei Animation could have compressed the story into a shorter film and not much would have been lost. The way it is now, some scenes feel a bit too long, even though they are important. Additionally, the animation quality and the consistency of the character designs have decreased in quality, albeit not having been extraordinarily great in the other two films either. Had the film been shorter, aforementioned aspects would probably not have suffered as much as they have now.
That being said, this film is in no way boring. The viewer experiences amazing and surprisingly complex world building which does not contradict anything that has already been established. One might argue that it is a bit too complex for its own good but even then, it does not disrupt the film’s flow.
As different as Kokuhaku might be, it still stays true to the franchise to which it belongs. It communicates important themes such as departure or loss in true Digimon fashion and does not disappoint when it comes to nostalgic moments either. It shows how a story can continue without conveying a feeling of a franchise being milked.
Other than the other two films, Kokuhaku does not focus on two characters. While Koushirou and Takeru are a bit more important than the rest of the cast, the plot does not revolve around them as it did with Mimi and Jou in Ketsui. Thanks to this, one is able to see how the events in the previous films helped developing the personality of certain characters, especially Jou. Moreover, this film revolves more around the Digimon than the other two did. While before, they were shown side-to-side with their partners, this time we can see them interact with one another without the children being nearby. These scenes show how much personality the Digimon have, which is a fact that is often forgotten.
Action scenes are, on the one hand, handled rather well. The battles’ choreographies are more complex than in the TV series, where fights usually ended with Digimon using their respective special move. Here, much more thought has been put into the action and the result is undeniably satisfactory. On the other hand, aforementioned animation issues dull the experience a bit and, moreover, it feels as though the camera is zoomed in during important clashes, making it hard to find out what exactly happens on screen.
Kokuhaku is unexpectedly emotional. Digimon has always been a bit cheesy and this film is no exception. However, the execution is on point and underlined by a beautiful soundtrack. Moreover, due to the aforementioned atmosphere, emotional scenes are much more believable and relatable. In this aspect, Kokuhaku surpasses the two other films and to a certain extent also the TV series.
In my opinion, this film is the best tri-film so far. It has less weaknesses than the other two and manages to surprise its audience with compelling twists, even though it is basically targeted at children. It might not be entirely perfect and the usual production quality of Toei Animation is not its only fault. However, Kokuhaku is a must-watch for Digimon fans and I personally cannot wait for the next film to air.read more
Honestly, as much as I enjoy digimon, I can't write any decent reviews about digimon tri. The only reason I keep watching this is because I wanna know what the hell is the plot, because it has been 3 movies already an I still don't know whats going on.
Literally 3 movies to show that Ken is up to no good and that digimon are infected, that is literally what happened so far, no more no less, plot-wise.
They focus too much on normal day to day scenes like going for baths or school festivals, which would be fine if they had decent character development going on, which for the most part they didn't, just trivial quarrels and whatnot, some seemed to come out of the blue with no apparent reason.
The only good thing I have to say about this one is that it was pretty emotional, and on that I do agree they did a good job, brought me some tears to my eyes.
But the rest? Especially the plot, they advanced next to nothing, so there's really not much to spoil even if I wanted to do so, the show is just moving that slow, if their pacing is terrible or if they're just bad at story telling.. well I really dont know, but so far this has been quite mediocre at best.read more
I was so excited to see this new installment in Tri that I forget an Bankruptcy Exam on monday just to see it. Man, it worth every single minute.
Kokuhaku, differently as Saikai e Ketsui, is the first Tri installment to put the plot development first, letting the character development, its trademark, in second plan. We got here important answers in the plot: there is a treat that puts the existence of Digiworld in danger, as the existence of the human technology in the "real" wolrd. Also, the infected digimon are a product of failures in the data flow, that alters the binary codes and turn them into agressive monsters. The solution to these problems is a a reboot in the Digital World, and, for that moment, all would start from zero.
From this revelation, the Digimon finally got the spotlight. Friendship and Sacrifice are common themes on anime, specially Shounen anime as Digimon, but in this movie, it gets a special taste. The rellationship between digidestined and their fellow partners is the most beautyfull thing in the whole series, and put it in danger as the core plot of the show was what kept the plot moving on. But now the menace is just bigger than it was: the life of the digimon are not threatned, instead, are their feelings and memories that are in danger. Not just for the possible reboot of Digiworld, but because time is flowing and the digidestined are growing old... bring this is just a shock to the old fans: Digimon are not eternal. Someday, somehow, we will forget about them.
So, Kokuhaku combines brillantly the plot development with the great job with character development they were doing. Also, is good to highlight that Koshiro Izumi, or Izzy, was the core digidestined of the movie and was developed with perfection. His obsession with answers and knowledge remembered me great scenes of the first adventure, like when he released the power of his crest, Wisdom. He always was a great character, but in this episode, the screenwriters just shown what is so great about him.
Tri is definitely the best work by Toei in the past few years, and every single movie proves it. Kokuhaku is the greatest blend of a cyberpunk (that reminded me a lot Tamers, third Digimon series and first spin off) plot with great pet monsters, not because they are the protagonists of epic battles as when we were children, but because they simbolize our innocence and feelings towards an old time and old friends. For one hour and half, I remembered the old times with joy and pain. Growing up is hard, but remember old times helps you to move on. Yes, we love this nostalgia bombs that sometimes we found in the way.
Now that the adventure had evolved, I've discovered how wonderfull my childhood was!read more
Mi emoción está tan descontrolada que decidí escribir esta "review" en español. La franquicia de Digimon ha formado parte de mi infancia, de hecho la saga Adventure es mi favorita, incluyendo películas y ova's. Cuando me enteré que regresaba después de 15 años Adventure en formato películas, tuve una alegría y sensaciones que solo un niño podría sentir, sabía que Digimon no me defraudaría, y hasta ahora está superando mis expectativas .Quizás a muchos no les haya gustado esta película debido a que no hubo mucho acción, sino que fue muy sentimental. Esa es la esencia de esta película "Confesión" y de toda esta saga de "Tri". Ya no son los "Niños elegidos" de 9, 10 11 años de edad que disfrutaban su accidental campamento escolar, ahora son jóvenes que deben elegir entre seguir con el hilo de su vida camino a la etapa adulta o seguir siendo, en efecto, un "niño" elegido. Me fascina esta nueva saga, ahora podemos disfrutar de una historia polifacética, Digimon no solo es peleas y aventura, ahora tiene un gran desarrollo de personajes en cuanto a sus sentimientos, historia y notabilidad , que por cada película, vienen tomando protagonismo ellos y sus partner digimon,a diferencia del 1999 donde Yamato y Taichi eran los únicos badass. "Kokuhaku" estuvo muy cerca de llevarme a las lágrimas, nunca había sentido tanta emotividad en la franquicia hasta ayer. Quizás los puntos negativos de esta película será la exageración que hicieron en algunos casos como Angewomon y algo de más OST en el momento principal de la lucha de tentomon contra sus camaradas, en lo demás, esta película se lleva un 10 rotundo. Si el capítulo 1 nos dejó con emoción, el capítulo 2 con muchas dudas, yo diría que este capítulo 3 nos deja con una sensación de alivio y nostalgia, pero sabemos que se ha llegado a la mitad de las películas, el clímax de la serie y lo mejor está por venir. La aventura continúa.... y será mejor! . Post Data: Felicitaciones al Staff de producción por la animación y a los Seiyuu's, en especial a Sakurai Takahiro(Tentomon) por ese guión tan sentimental y a Yoshimasa Hosoya(Yamato) por la gran canción en el ending. read more