Anime Sunday: Digimon Adventure Tri Reunion

Michael Blaker
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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a return to a classic from my childhood. It’s Digimon Adventure Tri Reunion!

Plot Synopsis: Three years after the events of Digimon Adventure 02 Taichi Yagami is now in high school, downhearted that none of his friends are able to come to his soccer game. Meanwhile, strange occurrences are causing electronic devices to malfunction across Odaiba. Minutes before Taichi’s match begins, a Kuwagamon that had been causing the malfunctions suddenly appears, soon taking physical form and causing collateral damage to the city.

Plot: The plot takes the characters I and others grew up with and shows them grown up, with the cast being scattered doing things in their lives unable to get together with their childhood companions from the Digital World. It also shows that they can’t act the part of hero anymore without abandon. Taichi in particular feels the burden of responsibility and isn’t sure of what to do when he sees the destruction he can create by fighting against monsters no one else other than he and his friends can combat. I love this concept and the fact that we get to see the relationships we all imagined as kids starting to take place, with the cast growing up and coming to realize that some of their friends are now attractive. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the movies over the next few years, which will continue and ultimately culminate in an end of the story I grew up watching.

Characters: All the old faces are back, with a few newcomers. The newcomers are pretty mysterious at this point, but as we are only 1/6th of the way into the story I can’t complain too much about it. It’s great seeing the dynamics of everything and everyone grown up.

Art: The art isn’t super amazing, but it’s good enough and satisfies my inner child just fine.

Overall: If you watched the series as a kid, you might want to give this a watch as well. It’s for those of us grown up as well as younger viewers.

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