About six months ago I was given the chance to review the first Digimon Adventure tri. movie and I was reunited with some of the characters from my childhood. Now, I’m back to review the second part and find out if it continues to be the Digimon I know and love.
Digimon Adventure tri. Determination follows the DigiDestined as they take a trip to a hot spring and battle with their choice to fight the evil Digimon that have been showing up – which has been resulting in mass destruction in the area around the fight. It’s difficult to sum the movie up more than this as… not a lot really happens, despite the 84 minute run time.
One of the biggest things this part deals with is Joe and his relationship with Gomamon. Since tri. began, we’ve seen how Joe would rather study than fight alongside his fellow DigiDestined and his partner Gomamon is also aware of this. Joe’s reluctance to be involved with what’s happening with the Digimon leads Gomamon to leave Joe’s side, but when push comes to shove and Joe is needed to save the day, just what choice will he make?
If you asked me to sum this movie up in a short sentence it would be ‘a story of emo teenagers and monsters’. The characters that were having problems in the last movie (Matt and Tai) don’t resolve them in this part and instead we just get Joe and Mimi having episodes of depression. It’s not a bad thing to have the characters show more emotion, especially as they’re older than they were in Adventure and obviously have different problems in their lives now, but I do feel like tri. does a bad job of managing it all. Perhaps this is all made worse by the fact nothing of real consequence happens here and anything that does won’t become relevant until later in this six part set of films.
The other overwhelming problem with tri. part 2 is that a mysterious figure, who looks just like The Digimon Emperor from Adventure 02, is shown to be running around the digital and real world. This implies a big inconsistency with the established canon. As it stands, we’ve been told that all of the DigiDestined (including Ken who was originally the Emperor) from 02 have disappeared (in a convenient way of removing them from the story), so because of this, having the Emperor running around doesn’t make any sense. It doesn’t make sense anyway given how the story of 02 goes, but even if we’d removed that, it especially can’t make sense if the one behind the Emperor is already missing along with the rest of those DigiDestined.
Despite numerous issues with the plot in tri. part 2 the rest of the movie holds together fairly well. Animation, handled by Toei Animation, is bright and colourful and looks really nice overall. Like with the first part, there are some issues with shots being still frames and in need of a little movement, but that’s a much smaller problem than it previously was.
The soundtrack for this movie isn’t quite as impressive as it was last time but all of the tracks composed by Sakabe Tsuyoshi fit with the scenes well. Although the dub hasn’t kept the Butterfly opening theme this time, it did at least manage to find a better place to slot in the new English theme.
For this viewing of Digimon Adventure tri. Part 2 I once again watched it with the English dub. Overall the cast did a good job, but of them Robbie Daymond (Porta in Patema Inverted, Izumi in Durarara!!x2) who plays Joe puts a lot of emotion into the role. The dub once again proves itself a good way to watch these films.
This release comes to the UK thanks to Manga Entertainment in both a Blu-ray collector’s edition and on standard DVD. Like the first part, the collector’s edition includes a reversible sleeve, mini-poster and art cards. This release includes the movie with both its Japanese audio and the English dub.
Overall Digimon Adventure tri. part 2: Determination is a slow burner with no payoff within this section. It probably would have worked better as part of a TV series, but as a movie it’s boring and difficult to be enthusiastic about. There are inconsistencies with the Adventure stories and while things will get better in the next part, it’s certainly going to be difficult for a lot of fans to sit through this one.
Title: Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 2: Determination
Production: Toei Animation
Distributor: Manga Entertainment
Platform(s): DVD, Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Version Reviewed: DVD
Released: 6th November 2017
Disclosure: A copy of Digimon Adventure tri. was supplied by Manga Entertainment, the distributor, for the purposes of this review.