Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion Blu-ray/DVD Review

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This here is my jam. I haven’t been keeping up with the latest Digimon, but that was always because I was so attached to everything that linked to the original group. These were the DigiDestined I grew up with. If you asked me around that time whether I liked Digimon or Pokemon, I would have told you Digimon with a straight face. To think I would be sitting here watching a movie based on that original group coming back to the Digital World older is a treat. Something just clicked about how exciting this experience would be and I was not disappointed.

From the start of this movie it felt like they were trying to make this nostalgic while at the same time creating a window of adjustment to these characters older. I mean would I have loved for them to use the original theme song in the beginning? Of course, you just can’t beat that though you do remember that with each passing season there was usually some modification. That aside it was nice to ease back into their world and how they all are still the same as they used to be. The only difference is that you can feel the way all these new responsibilities and priorities take them in varying directions. Solid character development getting through to those who felt challenged by the separation between the group, and those who were finding their own stride. Following the point of view of Tai seemed like the obvious choice, yet at the same time he was the best choice as someone who you know feels enough to miss having the rest around. He was a grounded push towards the idea that a reunion was necessary.

If there is one thing I enjoyed most about this movie, it had to be that on top of going back to the original of a lot of things also meant the voices too. There’s just no way you could pull this off without those same voice actors and actresses. If you ask me they nailed while also adding a bit of maturity to their voices to match the change in ages.

It did take some time for things to pick up with that said. I think anyone would be very itchy to see exactly what might bring the DigiDestined back over to the Digital World. In your head you were probably imagining something pretty straightforward that would kick the wheels into motion. This isn’t to say that the time on Earth isn’t vital because it matters finding out where everyone is at in their personal lives. That is what creates stronger interactions when the time would come for them to team up once more. Now the force which gets things going was smart. A Digimon who we have seen before, one who they encountered when first entering the Digital World, and one who can strike fear just based on appearance. Better that there was even a twist to this as there had to be a greater reason for these Digimon to make their way back. Recreating that first fight made up for the wait when there are all these emotions set off in terms of seeing Agumon and the fun in their dynamic in action. I will admit that it took me a bit of time to get used to the way they Digivolve as well, though it did look very cool. Some things you just have to shake off when more than anything else you want it to be like the original.

Seeing everyone together again, the chemistry among them goes through some big changes. It is as you would expect having so much time passed. Some drifting away, some a bit closer which might throw you for a loop. Though all the same the reunion brings a smile to your face when you see that this is what they needed. While I’m sure that some would have wanted most of this to take place in the Digital World, the story and character development got more from the time spent on Earth. This allowed the DigiDestined to better tackle the clashing of these two worlds at this age. We’ve come to a point where the world is aware of Digimon, but that doesn’t mean that they welcome it. To see these reactions felt by the DigiDestined added to the urgency of handling this situation with monsters crossing over. In general everyone has begun asking the right questions for where they are in their lives. What’s right? What’s wrong? Seeing the things that are beyond the action.

Even though I did mention above that it didn’t take too long for the story to really kick off, it did take a bit more time for there to be clarity to the plot. Halfway through the movie and there wasn’t anything concrete to go off of that would lead you to understanding why things are happening the way they are. I’m never in a rush for these things to be understood, but there are always those who look for withheld answers.

I was very impressed by the action for this movie.It’s easy for these to be one and done battle involving just the use of special moves, yet they took things a step further with brilliant choreography. You look for a fight and that is what they delivered through these Digimon taking on unique styles of combat which match their physiology. I think most can appreciate that there wasn’t any more need for the Digimon to have to call out their attacks either. It was definitely cool at times in the past, but it can get in the way of what you would like to be fluent.

What I didn’t see coming that made things very interesting was this third-party involvement in matters concerning Earth. These developments tend to grab your attention when you never really know what their agenda is. They can be your friend or enemy on a dime. That air of mystery about these agents kept you on your toes about what you needed to be paying attention to aside from the big picture.

Digimon Adventure Tri. Reunion is without a doubt what you need if you were looking for a reason to fall in love with Digimon again. More reason if you were looking for a reason to get back into the anime. They gave us just enough to make you anticipate that next part in this six-part series. It is hard to believe that they went through with this kind of format through movies, but it works. It allows them to go above and beyond what you would consider to be normal for Digimon as a franchise. Even if a lot of this movie was set-up, it served its purpose as a reunion and giving us a taste for what this new threat has to offer.

The collectible Blu-ray Combo Pack is priced to own at $24.97; DVD has a suggested retail price of $14.97. Remember that it releases May 16, 2017!

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