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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Confession Blu-Ray Set

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I Have A Confession

So here we are again, another Digimon Adventure Tri home movie release, another review. Digimon Adventure Tri Confession was first viewable during a Digimon panel in Anime Expo 2017, with cast members Joshua Seth, Colleen O’Shaughnessy, and Jeff Nimoy present and answering fan questions. What I find interesting is that that the third movie was viewable a whole month before the second movie came out in Blu-ray, albeit, they were selling it early during the con, or so I heard, but I digress. While it gives us more questions than answers, finally the story moves forward. This is also my second favorite Tri movie after the recent Coexistence/Kyousei movie. In fact, I actually like the movie more after a second watch.

Confession starts with an airplane malfunctioning and the pilots having to do an emergency landing, giving us an idea that Meicoomon is already having an effect in the real world. After that we get so some follow up from the second movie, with Mimi’s classmates congratulating her for a successful school festival, the Digimon agency investigating the area that Meicoomon went berserk, Meiko being sad about her missing Digimon, and Takeru and Hikari looking for their old partner Ken Ichijouji, which again, it really bothers me that there’s not mention of the 02 kids.

Digimon Adventure tri: Confession (Blu-ray [reviewed], DVD)
Studio: Toei Animation
Licensed By: Shout! Factory
Released: December 5, 2017 (NA)
MSRP: $24.99 (Blu-Ray), $15.99 (DVD)

So here we are again, another Digimon Adventure Tri home movie release, another review. Digimon Adventure Tri Confession was first viewable during a Digimon panel in Anime Expo 2017, with cast members Joshua Seth, Colleen O’Shaughnessy, and Jeff Nimoy present and answering fan questions. What I find interesting is that that the third movie was viewable a whole month before the second movie came out in Blu-ray, albeit, they were selling it early during the con, or so I heard, but I digress. While it gives us more questions than answers, finally the story moves forward. This is also my second favorite Tri movie after the recent Coexistence/Kyousei movie. In fact, I actually like the movie more after a second watch.

Confession starts with an airplane malfunctioning and the pilots having to do an emergency landing, giving us an idea that Meicoomon is already having an effect in the real world. After that we get so some follow up from the second movie, with Mimi’s classmates congratulating her for a successful school festival, the Digimon agency investigating the area that Meicoomon went berserk, Meiko being sad about her missing Digimon, and Takeru and Hikari looking for their old partner Ken Ichijouji, which again, it really bothers me that there’s no mention of the 02 kids.

As seen in the cover and trailer, Confession focuses on our tech guy Koushiro Izumi, or Izzy. Unlike the other two movies where the conflict felt forced for the sake of character development, Koushiro’s conflict made sense and it didn’t feel like the character degression. Their world and the Digimon world are in danger, and he’s worried and powerless. Even though it’s a joke, when people say that Koushiro was the problem solver and they be nothing without him, it’s true—all the pressure is on him. I’m glad that the entire movie was given to him too.

It had its annoyances, like completely neglecting the 02 Kids as well as not question at all why Ken was the Digimon Kaiser again. I understand 02 wasn’t favorable in Japan but I rather they get completely retconned than telling us they exist but the main cast acting like they don’t exist. Another gripe was bringing more questions, especially with Homeostasis being brought in to the story, and “it” taking over Hikari, but it did move the story forward.

The movie made progress when we realized that all the Digimon were already infected, starting with Patamon. The movie focused a lot on Takeru too which led you to believe he was going to share the spotlight with Koushiro, but that wasn’t the case and he gets his evolution in a more underwhelming way, but let’s save that for the fourth movie. When Homeostasis took over Hikari, they were made aware of a reboot being the only salvation they have if things get worst, but that comes at the expense of them losing their memories as well, so they spend as much time as they can with their partners. Meicoomon returns to the Human World once again, and this time around it reaches it’s Perfect/Ultimate form Meicrackmon. During this fight, the main Digimon cast starts turning into their infected forms one by one, starting with Angemon (Patamon) who was the first shown to be infected early in the movie. In the end everyone turns infected and Tentomon who finally reached his Mega/Ultimate form HerculesKabuterimon fights off all his friends, including Meicrackmon.

As the reboot is about to initiate, HerculesKabuterimon pushes everybody into the other side of the distortion before it closes. Possibly never seeing their Digimon partners again, we get a scene of the Chosen Children lamenting over their losses, until they decide to go to the Digimon world again—in which they find their old Digimon partners, albeit the Digimon don’t recognize them due to having their memories erased. I did get some feels with this movie, both when the Digimon got rebooted and their reunion. Definitely an improvement after the second movie.

Same as two other two movies—this Blu-ray set, the film comes with subtitles for both the Japanese audio track and the English dub. This time around, however, we get to see the Digimon Panel with cast members Joshua Seth, Colleen O’Shaughnessy, and Jeff Nimoy answering fan questions which I assume that took place before the movie screening. It’s about 30 minutes long and worth the watch if you weren’t there—or even better if you were there and got your question answered and now you’re in a Blu-ray/DVD Home release!

Although it will never beat the movie theater experience (that I didn’t get to experience, sadly), It would have loved to see the movie during the panel alongside many fans who love the franchise just as much as I do. Once again, If you want to support the localization of Digimon, I recommend getting Confession.


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Digimon Adventure tri: Confession reviewed by Christian Chiok

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GREAT

Impressive effort with a few noticeable problems holding it back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.
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