Blu-ray Review: Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss

We return to the digital world in the fourth chapter of the Digimon Adventure Tri franchise courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK; but things are not as they seem. Confused? Well let’s explore in more detail with our Blu-Ray review of Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss.

Synopsis:

Following Meicoomon’s rampage and the Reboot, Tai and the others leave behind a distressed Meiko and head to the Digital World.

Once reunited with their Digimon partners after the loss of their memories they begin to forge new relationships, although Sora struggles to bond with Biyomon.

Meanwhile in the real world, Nishijima receives word that Himekawa has disappeared. As he investigates, he learns that she had a hidden agenda all along…

Our View:

Digimon Adventure Tri continues to be a disappointing roller coaster of nostalgia and confusing story lines that seemingly go nowhere, and this trend continues within the most disappointing film of them all; Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss. A bold statement indeed, but when only ten minutes of this eighty-minute-long-feature is worthy of your time then it makes perfect sense.

Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss initially begins in an unusual manner with some unfamiliar digidestined, which later turn out to be younger variations of Daigo Nishijima and Maki Himekawa, being attacked by the Dark Masters to which the battle ends when one Digimon sacrifices himself to save the other Digimon and their Digimon partners.

The unusual aspect of this portion of the film is not the events that transpire on screen, although it does raise more questions than answers, but how it is portrayed to viewers; as it is done so in the form of an old western film with a combination of grainy picture and jerky camera.

Regardless; upon closure of this scene we find ourselves picking up where the events of the previous film, Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 3 – Confession, came to its conclusion; with the digi-destined arriving in the Digital World to find that their Digimon partners do not know who they are. It’s understandable, as this is a result of the Reboot ignited by Izzy, and so for the next fifty minutes or so our heroes try to befriend them in order to reignite the bond that once existed.

Realistically this is the purpose of this film; to reignite the bond between Digimon and Human but it is done so in the most uncharismatic way that it does the Digimon franchise more harm than good.

It’s clear to see that each film focuses on the troubles of one particular character; the first film (Renuion) focused on Tai and Matt, the second film (Determination) focused on Joe and the third film (Confession) focused on TK with each film having underlining concern for Mei and Meicoomon. In this foruth film however the concern is with Sora due to how Biyomon is acting due to her loosing he memories from the reboot.

All of the Digimon do not know their Digimon partners but while the other Digimon open up, admittedly rather fast, to their human partners Biyomon continuously gives Sora the cold shoulder, which in turn leaves Sora heartbroken and emotionally unstable.

This theme of reigniting the bond continues and when the characters are thrown across the entire digital world (which is reminiscing to events of the original TV Series) the unfamiliar groups must find a way back to one another. At this point cue an abnormally poor directors choice of introducing Mei and Meicoomon to the digital world (no explanation is given to how and when they arrived) and everyone spontaneously manages to reunite, thanks to Meicoomon’s distortion ability, for the final battle… if you can call it that.

This is where more problems arise, mostly with the flow of the film, as during this battle the digi-destined are separated into two groups with Tai, Matt and Kari taking on Mega Seadramon and the remainder, Sora, Joe, Izzy and Mimi, taking on Machinedramon.

During these battles Agumon and Gabumon digivolve to their Ultimate form, which makes sense considering the emotional state at the time as both Matt and Tai were about to die, and the same can be said for Biyomon who also digivolves to her Ultimate form upon seeing Sora try to rescue her life (she gets smashed against a ice wall; but remains unharmed).

But when it comes Tentomon and Patomon they digivolve to Ultimate without any real connection to their human partners and they were not in ‘life-threatening-situations’ like digivolutions of past events. These digivolution ignore the fundamentals of digivolution, a bond with the human partner and wanting to protect them; a theory which is further refined earlier in the film when Machinedramon first attacks the group which causes them separate.

It breaks the chain of continuity but that’s not all as these digivolutions take up around six minutes worth of screen time thus wasting valuable screen time of character and plot development; something which appears shortly after but mostly in short supply.

The closing segments of this film is where things start to get interesting as Gennai finally reveals himself to be the bad guy and by using two of the Dark Masters to cause a distraction Gennai inflicts pain upon Mei in order to cause Meicoomon to digivolve to her powerful form. It’s unclear why but Meicoomon has the ability to do something to the digital world and Gennai wants to his this ability to take control.

Digimon Adventure Tri: Pat 4 – Loss feels like a twenty minute episode spread out over eighty minutes with no real progression, character development or plot development; that is with the exception of three important details that are so small you may not notice them. This is pure disappointment from start to finish; and that’s not including some of the ‘suggestive’ content between Gennai and Mei as well as Gennai and Sora.

Extras:

This Blu-Ray release of Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss 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 The Evolution with Joshua Seth.

It is once again disappointing that additional supplementary content is not included, such as Japanese promotional materials and English Dubbed assets – some of which are available on Shout Factory’s YouTube channel, as instead we receive a piece of content that is not entertaining nor worthwhile.

In this case it is a ten minute feature which sees Joshua Seth, the voice of Tai, provide a breakdown of the events of the first three films; thus recapping those who want to watch the forth film without re watching the previous films.. In reality it is just as pointless as the film itself but I guess it is better than nothing.

Specs:

Media:  BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 1:18:08
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 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 4 – Loss is simply disappointing from start to finish with a story that opts to focus on reigniting bonds with Digimon partners than exploring the digital world for the distortion and Meicoomon. Some noteworthy elements do happen within the film, such as the realization that Daigo Nishijima and Maki Himekawa were once Digidestined, and that Gennai is wanting Digimon to be independent from humans, but the film fails to answer question from previous films or build up to future events; its simply a time waster with the exception of Maki Himekawa’s obsession with the digital world being unofficially explained. Let’s not forget that Davis, Yolei, Cody and their Digimon partners have ‘yet’ to be mentioned either.

Its not just the story and pacing of this film either as even the animation quality is just as bad, seriously what has happened with Toei Animation as of late? The film – albeit looks well animated – has long moments of static footage or digivolution animations to consume time. It just feels cheap; and that rains true when the fights themselves don’t really happen on screen or in a slow manner. It’s not what I would expect from a Toei Animation product nor a Digimon film; a disappointment to be sure.

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 one notable flaw – subtitling.  Once again songs are not translated, other than the ending credits, so the mid-theme song is not translated regardless of the audio option chosen.

Overall Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss continues the ‘disappointing’ Digimon Adventure Tri experience set by previous films but while previous films offered a sense of development to both characters and story line this film offers neither. It’s not just the film that’s disappointing either as this Blu-Ray release, albeit visually and audibly satisfactory, is nothing but simplistic and as expected. A simple release for a disappointing film.

Score: review-stars-2

Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 4 – Loss 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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