Blu-Ray Review: Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 2: Determination

The adventure continues within this second entry into the Digimon Adventure Tri movie franchise but what can one expect from the film and, in turn, its disc content? Well let’s find out in our Blu-Ray Review of Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 2: Determination.

Synopsis:

Time has passed since Alphamon appeared and restoration has begun in Odaiba. When another infected Digimon – an Ogremon – appears and begins to wreak havoc on Odaiba, Mimi and Palmon spring into action.

But in their haste to show the world that there are good Digimon, their battle brings about unforeseen consequences. The adventure now evolves once again …

Our View:

Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 2 – Determination attempts to build-upon the foundations of the previous feature-length-film by exploring the strange phenomenon’s that occurred within the first film as well as introduce fans to the new character in the franchise; namely Meiko Mochizuki and her digimon partner Meicoomon. Interestingly this is only one portion of the story that is on offer; as while new friendships are built and mysteries are uncovered within the Digital World, tension begins to form amongst the Digidestined; in this case Mimi’s ‘act first, think later’ personality and Joe’s doubts about being a Digidestined.

It sounds like Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 2 – Determination offers much in the ways of variety of content; but in actuality it’s one-long-drawn-out story that puts the emphasis on the characters rather than the threat from within the Digital World. Naturally this threat is often discussed about, and it leads in to some potential aspects of what to expect from the third film (known as Determination); but as far as this film goes its nothing but an extended look at three different characters personalities and what they bring to the team.

For starters upon starting the film the DigiDestined, along with newcomers Meiko and Meicoomon, take a trip to a relaxing hot spring place to which Meiko begins to open up with the other DigiDestined about herself. The attack from Kuwagamon, which took place within the previous film, and the adults within the secret-service type of organisation, which helped the DigiDestined during their battle with Kuwagamon, is also discussed and information is shared between the groups. For the most part is about it’s about recapping previous events and spending time with the new characters… That is until the characters return to their daily lives at school which is just in time for the school festival.

It’s here where elements of the ‘alternate’ storyline which involve Mimi’s and Joe’s personality begin to show; as during prepration for the school festival Mimi suggests a Hooters styled cafe (that was my impression at least) whereby the students will wear cheerleading outfits and dance at intervals. Initially it seems this idea goes down well but after the a sudden fight with an raging Orgemon , which sees Mimi jump into battle with Palmon (who later digivolves to Togemon), the students at the high school doubt Mimi’s resolve and change their mind about the cafe; thus putting pressure on Mimi and her outspoken personality. Joe’s resolve meanwhile is tested when Gomamon abandons joe after he refuses to join the others in battle and in turn constantly questions himself as to why he was chosen as the DigiDestined.

Its these two talking points, and Meikos introduction to the group, which take the spotlight and majority of the run-time in Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 2 – Determination and, more importantly, all thre fit well within the ‘Determination’ subtitle of the film – as they are all determined to resolve the issues plaguing the Digital world. Although these ‘confessions’ are the main talking point the mystery surrounding the rampaging Digimon was, for me at least, the most entertaining and interesting aspect of the film. I won’t spoil the details here but it highlights the possibility of one controlling other digimon, much like how they were controlled in the second season of Digimon, as well as a virus that can infected all types of digimon and causing them to go into a raging state.

Generally speaking I found Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 2 – Determination to be a bit of a let down; sure enough we needed the much needed introduction to the new characters, and context to the rampaging Digimon and the intentions of the government, but other than that it spends far too much time with developing character personalities to characters that did not really need them; although it is fun to see Mimi and Meiko bonding with one another and growing as characters. The highlights for me were mostly the high-quality animation by Toei Animation and the nostalgia it offers to the original series; but other than that its just extended dribble that fills the gap until the next big fight.

Extras:

Unlike Manga Entertainment’s previous release of Digimon Adventure Tri, which was Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 1 – Reunion, the UK distributor have opted to use the same disc assets mastered by Shout Factory within America. This can either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you see it; but it does mean we receive the same product, presentation and assets as used by the American distributor.

As a result of this the only bonus feature we receive is a twenty minute featurette that explains the process of directing the English Dub of the film; an English Dub which sees majority of the voice cast repraise their roles as they did in the original edited anime series. It would have been nice to have Japanese materials as well; but sadly these are not included and instead all we receive is the English Dub featurette.

Specs:

Media:  BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 1:24:41
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 (English & Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 2 – Determination continues the story that started within the previous film, whereby the DigiDestined once again find themselves called to action in order to protect the human world and digital world from an upcoming threat. Unfortunately however this film opts to focus on the characters, their personalities and relationships rather than the threat from within the digital world which, at this point at least, seems to be a virus that can infect digimon and control them in a rage enduced state.

It’s interesting all the same but I was hoping for something ‘a bit more’ especially when the first movie did such a great job of building up the arrival of enemy threat, so it is disappointing to not see it carry the momentum in this second film; but that’s just my opinion at least.

When it comes to this Blu-Ray edition of the film then, as mentioned, Manga Entertainment UK have used the same disc masters as those used by Shout Factory! in America. As a result this UK release is the same as the US release and so we receive the same content in the same manner of presentation. That sounds great, as it means we receive both English & Japanese audio track variations of the film but it is also met with some problems – some of which are carried over from the first film authored (and released) by Manga Entertainment UK.

For starters the opening animation features a new variation of Butter-Fly however while the Japanese audio track plays the entire song throughout the opening sequence the English Dub audio track plays a remix of Digimon Song used on the English TV Dub. It’s not an issue but it would have been great to have the original Japanese song left in place (especially as it is a great song). Another issue with this Blu-ray release is that only one subtitle track is present and as such any on-screen-translations (or song translations) are not displayed when watching it in English unless you turn ‘English Subtitles on.

That’s not all either as much like on the previous films release only a portion of the subtitles are displayed during the opening song. This is due to characters talking during that part of the song but in traditional Blu-ray releases both the text and song translation would be displayed at the same time; with song translations displayed at the top of the screen and dialogue text at the bottom. It’s disappointing how a different author, from a different studio, can net the same issues but at least the English Dub retains the voice actors from the previous film with some voice actors (but not all) reprising their roles from the original TV Dub.

Naturally this Blu-Ray release has minor flaws, especially in regards to its subtitling, but on the whole it is generally a good product that provides the film in both its native and English dubbed format; it’s just a shame that the film itself isn’t exactly worthy of your time… that is unless you want to learn more about two characters from the original DigiDestined and the troubles they are trying to overcome. This being said the film does end on a high note and it will be entertaining to see where the story will take us… as it looks to be good. Fan of Digimon? Then obviously this is a must have; but it’s not for everyone’s tastes (case and point why hasn’t anyone in the DigiDestined asked where Yolei, Cody and Davis are yet?).

Score: review-stars-2

Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 2: Determination is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray within the UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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