Digimon Adventure Tri. 4: Shoushitsu
In the height of the late 90’s and the early 00’s, we had the Pokemon anime and the Digimon anime running concurrently and it was incredible. It was a rivalry and everyone in the school grounds picked a side. You were either in the popular, slightly more kiddy camp with Pokemon, or you took the slightly grittier Digimon. There wasn’t much in it, at least back in the original series, but as time went on, the differences between the two became really apparent, at least in visual content. Now, over 15 years later, Digimon is still going strong, along with their rivals. But whilst Pokemon has been going from strength to strength in their games, Digimon has been hitting back with their films.
Take Digimon Adventure Tri, a six part series, which as of February 2017 will be in its fourth installation. The Digimon Adventure Tri series started in November 2015, when they took us all the way back to the original DigiDestined crew. Agumon makes a fresh appearance in this, along with his partner, Tai. They go through their own adventure before introducing us to brand new Digimon, such as the adorable cat Digimon: Meicoomon. Of course, Meicoomon doesn’t hold a candle to the best cat Digimon* of all, Gatomon, but that’s beside the point I guess.
Then, in early 2016, we got the second part of the Digimon Adventure Tri series of films. The next one appeared in September 2016 and boom – The fourth is coming to us at the beginning of 2017. As such, I guess we can expect the following one in late 2017 and the final one at the start of 2018. It’s pretty cool to think that even after all these years, the team have still produced exceptionally high quality anime. Whilst 2016 can indeed be considered the year of the Pokemon game, what with both Pokemon Go AND Pokemon Sun & Moon having come out – Perhaps next year will be the year of the Digimon anime.
Digimon Adventure Tri. 4: Shoushitsu will be released worldwide in Japanese (with subtitles) on February 25, 2017. Each of these films are produced as 4 episodes, so you can break it down if you don’t want to watch all of each film in one go.
Well, that’s all I can really say about these films, but I wonder what you make of them? Do you like the fact that Digimon is still going strong after all these years, or do you think they’re not in their prime any more? Is Digimon as good as Pokemon, is it better or worse and why? Let us know what you think of these films, or about Digimon in general in the comments below, or of course over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.
*I’m judging based on the fact Gatomon was amongst my favourite Digimon in all of the many Digimon series. S-stop it… Seriously, Gatomon was awesome :(