Blu-Ray Review: Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 3: Confession

The third chapter into the ‘Tri’ arc of Digimon Adventure is finally here courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK; but more importantly does it manage to build upon the foundations of the previous films? Not exactly but it does help move the story along in a new direction. Confused? Then check out our thoughts in our Blu-Ray Review of Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 3: Confession.

Synopsis:

Meicoomon vanishes into the distorted abyss. Shaken, Tai and the others search for answers about Meicoomon’s infection. Izzy seeks answers from Meiko but she’s lost all emotion. Izzy quarantines Agumon and the other Digimon in the office so that the infection can’t spread any further, but Patamon starts to show signs of the illness.

Our View:

Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 3 – Confession continues the story that was left off from the previous film; but instead of building upon the foundations the second film ended on it opts to detour down its own path of misguided storytelling that results in around thirty minutes worth of Digimon action being worthy of your time out of a one hundred minute run-time.

How exactly? Well when the second film ended it raised some ‘exciting’ questions about how Ken and Imperialdramon are involved with this Distortion within the Digital World, a story which I expected to resume in this third film; but alas that is not the case and instead we see a long-winded, but rather emotional, story involving the Digimon and their Digimon partners.

Naturally this sudden change of pace creates a disconnect from the progression of the story. What ended on a high note soon starts on a slow-paced low note that slowly builds up to the ending; an ending which – once again – ends on a cliffhanager with questions from previous films, and this film, once again being left unanswered. More importantly, the second generation of DigiDestined are still completely unaccounted for despite several weeks (if not months) since the Digimon first reappeared within the city. So with this being said what exactly happens in this third film?

Well shortly after the events which see Meicoomon become infected with the Virus and leave into the distortion, Japan has become plagued with electrical issues that the agency deem is connected to the infected Digimon within the distortion of the Digital World. Concerned with this news Izzy isolates the Digimon onto his server while he attempts to discover a way of stopping the infection from spreading further.

Elsewhere Meiko has become depressed at the loss of her friend, Meicoomon, and so the other DigiDestined attempt to cheer her up by becoming more involved with her – which in some ways is a continuation of the story featured within the second film whereby new bonds were formed with Reiko. Fast forward slightly and the Digimon opt to leave Izzy’s server while he is taking a nap and upon doing so TK notices that Patamon has become infected with the virus from the Distortion – a scene which cause some tension in the room and for those involved.

For the next thirty minutes or so of the film we see TK and Patamon begin to shy away from the other DigiDestined, and in turn other Digimon, in order to keep the other Digimon from being infected; but as Izzy continues to unravel the mystery surrounding the Distortion Kari is possessed by the ‘god’ of the Digital World and meets up with the other Digimon to explain that if Meicoomon returns to the human world it will ignite the ‘Reboot’ of the Digital World.

It’s an exciting revelation; but what exactly does this mean? Do the DigiDestined attempt to stop it? Do they want to help make it happen? Well the Digimon do not tell their human partners so everything is left in mystery; instead the Digimon opt to spend time hanging out with their human partners as they know upon reboot they will loose all their memories. In hindsight it is rather emotional sequence but the impact of emotional disconnect isnt made clear so, at times, can feel slightly arkward if not comical.

It’s at this point, over an hour into the film, that things start to pick up speed as Meicoomon returns to the Human World to cause destruction; to which the DigiDestined jump into action and a ‘questionable’ battle takes place that see the Digimon simply push Meicoomon, in his newly digivolved state, into the Distortion in an attempt to keep him there.

This battle is far from entertaining, mostly because its unclear what the exact purpose is – are they trying to beat him? Or they wanting to keep him in the distortion? Are they looking for answers? Who knows; but it does spark a new digivolution and some dramatic moments that signal the end of the Digimon. This fight sequence also sees MetalGreymon randomly digivolve to WarGreymon while under the influence of the distortion – which once again raises more questions about what this distortion can or can not do; but alas these are left unanswered.

Long story short the Reboot starts and soon enough the entire Digital World is reset; thus everything is back to normal in the digital world… or so you think; as the film ends on ‘another’ cliffhanger in the Digital World that raise (once again) more questions about what is going off and how the future films will proceed with the story.

Three movies in, and over four hours of run-time, the events of what is transpiring still remain unclear and its starting to get ‘extremely’ boring. Furthermore the second generation of DigiDestined and Digimon are still nowhere in sight, nor has anyone made an attempt to find them (last time I checked Yolei & Cody lived in the same building as Kari).

Progressive story aside the only thing going for this film is the animation quality; but this film is far from perfect and is far from the Digimon (Digital Monsters) we know and love which is a real shame for long time fans of the franchise.

Extras:

This Blu-Ray release of Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 3 – Confession via Manga Entertainment UK once again uses disc assets mastered by Shout Factory! which as a result means that the selection of bonus features is limited down to a single piece of content; in this case the Anime Expo Panel from 2017.

It is disappointing that additional supplementary content is not included, such as Japanese promotional materials and English Dubbed assets, but we do get a whole panel from Anime Expo; something which we don’t usually get to see. Personally I found this panel to be more interesting than the film itself and at thirty-five minutes its also a nice chunk of expo-themed-content.

In this case Joshua Set (English voice of Tai), Philece Sampler (English Voice of Mimi) and Jeff Nimoy (English voice of Tentomon) discuss their experience with Digimon, as a franchise, as well as what it was like to reprise the role for Digimon Adventure Tri.

The panel also features a Q&A with the audieince; however due to the low quality recording (almost fan-made) it is near impossible to hear the questions being asked and, due to camera placement, you sometimes see people walking past the camera. I guess it provides that ‘comic con’ experience but on a release such as this you would expect better care and attention.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50
Region: B
Running Time: 1:41:55
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 3 – Confession is a film that starts nowhere, goes relatively nowhere, and ends on another  big cliff hanger that raises more questions than the film managed to answer. The negatives outweigh the positives but we do get to see some clarification as to how the infection appeared within the city, and in turn the digital world, but its still unclear as to why and for what purpose. For the most part this film is about exploring the possibilities the infection can do to the digimon as well as to set it self up for the next chapter in the Digimon Adventure Tri timeline; a chapter which takes place within the Digital World.

When it comes to this Blu-Ray edition of the film then, as mentioned, Manga Entertainment UK have once again used the same disc masters as those used by Shout Factory!. As a result this UK release is exactly the same as the US release, both in presentation and content, but as a result does come with a few flaws (as per the previous release of Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 2 – Determination).

For instance the Japanese audio track features a subtitle track for dialogue and on-screen text but it does not translate any of the songs that are being sung in the background; this also applies to the English Dub as while it provides text for translation it does not provide any translations for the songs. Activating the English subtitles while watching the English Dub will also turn on ‘closed captions’ whereby each character talking will display the characters name – but once again no songs are translated.

It’s a small error in the grand scheme of things; but it is a real shame. Another anomaly is the audio quality of the Japanese audio track as while, much like with the English Dub, it sounds great the volume of the character dialogue is much lower than that of the sound effects. This is not exactly an issue when watching on a TV Speaker, with headphones or a Stereo Sound bar but with a Surround Sound kit it is noticeable (it did on my setup at least). A final note for concern is the chapter points; as while chapter points exist they are at inconsistent points.

For example some chapter points are at equal intervals; but the  mid-way through the film it is a forty minute interval. Once again it’s not exactly a great issue but a lot is covered within this forty minutes (it seems multiple characters interacting with each other and the battle within the distortion) so its slightly bizarre that it wasn’t separated slightly.

Overall Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 3 – Confession provides a ‘disappointing’ Digimon Adventure Tri experience as it still continues to build up a story we’ve yet to see fully explored; but on the positive side we do get to see a range of characters not nessarily used until now as well as few ‘throwbacks’ to events of past Digimon Adventure Series. It’s clear that Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 3 – Confession but so far the journey is less than satisfying; but at least it looks and (for the most part) sounds great throughout.

Score: review-stars-2

Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 3: Confession 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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