When it was first announced that the new Digimon Tri series was changing from a television series to 6 movies, I expected the reasoning was to provide higher quality animation. However, it has become apparent that what Toei is truly aiming for; is to maximise movie ticket sales due to Digimon Adventure fans being starved for content.
The majority of the 'movie' is dialogue placed onto still frames, the basics of visual stroytelling is "show, don't tell" . The best scene to highlight the failure of that is when it cut to it raining in the
digital world and one of the digimon said it was just sunny a minute ago, they could at least show the transition of the two weather effects. All of these saved costs and I was expecting the climax of the movie to be an all out fight scene, instead we get a slideshow of mega level digimon bumping into each other with no special moves being utilised. Transcendent Sword, terra force, giga blaster, the list goes on. I'm not expecting Your Name or Unlimited Blade Works level of quality but this was embarrassing.
The writing is incredibly poor as well, one moment has the DigiDestined taking refuge at school where they proceed to tell scary stories at night. Although enjoyable for some members of the audience, the scene is misplaced and takes time away from a movie where already very little is happening. The only explanation for this is that they can create likeable characters to allow for more selling of merchandise.
The 02 cast is completely ignored for no explicit reason, I mean I don't care about Iori or Miyako but the CHARACTERS should. There is no reason for them not to be constantly worried/searching for them, it feels unnatural and shows the writers either aren't willing to put in any real effort or don't care about the original source material.
Meiko is a pretty divisive character and I am of the side where she detracts from the series. Especially in this movie, she steals screentime and adds nothing to the cast dynamic. It's like they wanted to make a character so shy introverts can relate to her and feel they belong in the digimon cast. She takes up more than half the movie and its showing that she's going to the main hero of the series which is beyond annoying. It was advertised as digimon adventure cast kicking ass, not digimon adventure cast babysitting a wannabe Shinji with none of her character quirks explained.
It's not like it was all terrible, it often has good ideas with terrible execution. If I was in charge and could go back in time, I would create a Digimon prequel movie with the original 5 DigiDestined (Maki and Daigo) and in the end credits of that announce digimon tri. Also would scrap Meiko's character entirely. The story of tri would focus on Maki manipulating Taichi and others to revive Tapirmon while being manipulated herself. That is happening right now but it's kinda displayed in the movies as an afterthought rather than the focus.
I wouldn't be so upset if this was a regular 2 cour series, but this is 6 movies with 6-9 months wait time in between each one and the animation and story is incredibly subpar. I am glad that a digimon adventure sequel even exists but extremely disappointed at how lackluster it is. Toei is exploiting digimon fans and their trust in the franchise to make a few extra dollars.
I want to start by saying that even though Digimon Adventure tri. 5: Kyousei isn't as bad as the previous one, Soushitsu, it wasn't good either. The same thing that made the fourth film go down on my concept is the same thing that sank this one.
Everything starts well with some action, so I had the impression that they would make their wrongs right, but all went down the drain went almost 3 episodes were about Meiko and the DigiDestined convincing her about things that were already said in previous films. A mention about how displeased Meiko is with Meicoomon's actions would be
okay, plot-wise, but we end up with almost all DigiDestined trying to convince her that she is Meicoomon's partner and she must stay by her side, and they repeat that several times, until her decision is like "kill my digimon". Woman, Homeostasis and Yggdrasil have been trying to do that, but you guys keep butting in, anyhow it doesn't unfold like that.
What made me give a 5 instead of a 4 this time were the action scenes and Tailmon's (Gatomon, whatever you call her) mega evolution, which people were expecting to be Ophanimon, but it was a fallen version of it (also you guys remember that episode from the original series where people have been saying that Hikari was in love with Taichi? When Hikari saw that Taichi disappeared and she was saying things like "I must be by his side" all the memories came back, if you ship TK and Hikari it's time to drop that ship) thanks to Hikari's incapacity to deal with a possible Taichi's death.
What I said in the last review stands for this one as well, and I'm afraid to say that, being the next film the last one, Digimon Adventure tri. was poorly written, it raises more questions than answers, the concept of Homeostasis, Yggdrasil, Hackmon's intentions and many other things are left unexplained, maybe those concepts were better explained in other series of Digimon, but being tri. a direct continuation of the original two (also nothing yet about those 4 DigiDestined from the 2nd season) they should have explained it better.
I do hope that film 6 will be a longer episode, because from experience of film 4 and 5 they waste too much time with information that either is repetitive or unnecessary.
Here's what I thought for the 5th installment, I liked it. A lot. Why? Let's get started. And bring on the final part already.
Now some parts of this movie was a bit of a roundabout and redundant, but at least this time we don't have any face rape. I advise, some scenes might be a bit confusing like the recurring digimons, I believe recaps might be necessary. I actually had to rattle my brain a bit to remember some stuff from previous movies as a result. [6.5, if I could for the actual story]
What I really adored was some of the most
"forgotten" parts of the entire series being brought back up, even if it was a brief moment [like that ocean], was terrific.
There's one more thing I have to credit the series for, even for this movie, would be the pacing per movie so far. Each of the movie would usually start a bit slow and then around the mid-end, would increase the pace and it doesn't really destroy the story by doing so, this is what I love. Also the humor in the story was really adorable, and builds up some of the characters as a result. [7 for the pacing and atmosphere of the story though]
Not much to really say, I mean, it just followed up like the previous movies, I liked it, so I just gave it a 7 this time.
With some newer tracks added to the movie and including the ending song, which I'm actually fond of, it was pretty nice. As usual the soundtracks befits the scenes appropriately, 8 it was.
I've enjoyed the characters more than before, especially Taichi's interaction with Meiko, additionally, Agumon and Meiko's interaction. Heck all that reporting, was really fun for me. It was a gossip moment.
Also the bonds of the digimons with the kids, although they're still traumatized and reluctant, they've went ahead and embraced it.
I'd really say that the 'relationship' is a major keyword to this installment, especially near the ending. I absolutely loved the ending moment [Omegamon and Taichi's trust, and Yamato's leadership]. 9, my 9.
Once again, I felt like I was a kid, watching and hyping for it. I've enjoyed and savored every moment of it, the humor, the anticipation, and mostly, the childhood factor. Sitting through the movie was easy and is easy, I kept sitting there and finished it without even stopping. It's fun.
I'd say that the thing that really set me down with the story was Omegamon at the end of the movie, that completely did the perfect job for me.
Honestly, I could be simple but I do think it's a fair movie, nonetheless, it's really up to one's judgement and opinion.
So here we are, movie no. 5 and still I ask the obvious: Why the hell is nobody bothered by the disappearance of the 02 digidestined? You would of thought that not being in contact WITH ANY of them since before the events started, then facing an Imperialdramon and seeing Himekawa with Ken's digivice that somebody would of thought ' Oh, wait a minute, we haven't seen Davis, Ken or the others since this all started. We should check on them". I mean why bother adding the scene at the very beginning of movie no.1 of Davis and co. seemingly being defeated if
you aren't going to have it be a major theme. Now moving on, my next rant is at Meiko. I mean, what is the actual point of her? She adds nothing to the group and has little-to-no significance other than being Meicoomon's partner. The problem is because the movies frequently try to focus on Meiko, all too often the other digidestined feel like they far in the background, then we have the poor consistency with character development, as the movies try to balance it out with plot progression, but fails. I will give credit though, when the digidestined follow Jesmon and Raguelmob into the digital world, the balance of good art, music and drama really did well to add to the scene. But then of course, the writers decide to take one of the best digimon around (Angewoman) and (in the non-literal sense) fuck her up. I mean seriously, Ophanimon Falldown mode looks badass and all, but fusing her with Raguelmon turns her into some naked, insane-looking demon lady, as Tailmon's evolutionary line is one of my favs, (third to Agumon's and Piyomon's) its pretty sad to see. I would like to have seen more of Opanimon FM.
Art & Sound -
Overall, as good as expected. Butterfly and Braveheart are amazing songs, although some of the art was designed with good aesthetics in mind, rather than detail. Jesmon, in my opinion, was an example, looked well designed, but lacked detail.
Enjoyment/Overall - Despite the obvious and somewhat frustrating flaws with the plot and characters, it is a good to watch movie series and a definite must see (even if for 1 ep) for any Digimon Adventure fans.