Blu-Ray Review: Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 5: Coexistence

The Digital Adventure continues in this fifth installment of Digimon Adventure Tri franchise; but what can one expect to receive from this Blu-Ray release of the film? Find out in our review of Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 5: Coexistence.

Synopsis:

An enraged Meicoomon digivolves to Meicrackmon and leaves through a distortion. Hackmon proceeds to reveal the truth: Homeostasis, which is trying to maintain the world’s harmony, has now personally declared Meicoomon a danger for becoming too powerful, and is attempting to get rid of her. The arrival of the rampaging Meicoomon starts the countdown to the real world’s collapse. A series of abnormal phenomena occur all over the place. The Digimon who appear through the distortions were waiting for this time to come…

The DigiDestined are cast out of the Digital World and after returning to the real world are persecuted by the people. Finding themselves alone and unaided, they desperately search for a way to fix the situation, whilst a grief-stricken Meiko can’t hear her friends and Digimon calling out to her. The adventure now evolves once again…

Our View:

The ‘Digital’ Adventure continues with Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 5: Coexistence and while it offers a ‘darker tone’ of depression, anxiety, violence and blood – something rarely seen within the Digimon universe – this fifth film continues the trend of being filled with monotone dialogue, uneventful occurrences and a lack of entertaining pacing. Naturally the story does move forward and brings us closer to its conclusion; but the journey hasn’t been as entertaining as once would expect.

Taking place ‘directly’ after the previous film, known as Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 4: Loss, we see Gennai choke Mei unconscious in order entice Meicoomon to digivolve into a stronger being that is filled with rage. Upon doing so Meicoomon warps himself to the real world while the DigiDestined rescue Mei and retreat to safety. From here the film splits itself into multiple different perspectives; with the focal point having its attention on our group of DigiDestined.

During this ‘large chunk of the film’ we see the DigiDestined search for a way out of the Digital World while at the same time we further expore Mei’s relationship with Meicoomon and how the two came to be partners before arriving in Tokyo. During this ‘never before seen’ backstory we learn that Mei’s father investigated Meicoomon at a special research centre and in doing so learned of Meicoomon’s latent power and that being near Mei would cause his power to lay dormant. In the real world meanwhile we learn that Hackmon, a digimon often seen in the background, makes his appearance known and informs Nishijima that Homeostasis plan to get rid of Meicoomon in order to restore balance between the Digital and Human Worlds; much to confusion of those involved.

It’s at this point the film takes an interesting turn – and becomes quite entertaining – as after the DigiDestined return to the Human World,and become briefed on the world events of Digimon arriving in the real world, Meicoomon makes an appearance to which the DigiDestined try (once again) to return Meicoomon to her old self. This battle is interesting for numerous reasons; partly because it sees all of the key Digimon go to ‘Ultimate’ forms but mostly because we see Homeostasis intervene with their own Ultimate Digimon forms. It’s a battle of friendship, and to protect ones ideals, with each team fighting for their own cause – but when all is said and done it eneds on a pretty big cliffhanger.

This cliffhanager is the most rewarding aspect of the film – but once again the whereabouts of Season Two characters, as well as the true objective of each team involved within this film, remains a mystery. We even have several (seemingly random) scenes which see Himekawa searching for her old Digimon partner and, more annoyingly, fight scenes which are depicted as still shots that zoom-in and out as opposed to animated sequences.

Bizarre story telling, a lack of animation quality at certain points and an-going discussion makes Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 5: Coexistence a rather disappointing, almost timewasting, experience that is only saved by the remaining twenty minutes – but even this leaves more questions than answers.

Extras:

This Blu-Ray release of Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 5 – Coexistence 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; an interview with Johnny Young Bosch.

Lasting just ten minutes this interview sees Johnny Young Bosch, the English voice actor for T.K. within Digimon Adventure Tri, answer questions and share experiences with working on the Digimon Adventure Tri franchise of films. Sure enough it is a unique bonus feature, especially if you like the English Dub, but it would have been nice to have additional content such as English & Japanese promotional materials; but alas it does not.

Specs:

Media:  BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 1:25:47
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 5: Coexistence continues to Digital Adventure by futher exploring the partnership between Mei and Meicoomon as well as what it means to have a Digimon Partner and a member of the DigiDestined. As part of this exploration we learn more about Meicoomon and the distortion that has attached to the Digimon and the dangers it can bring along with. These dangers force Homeostasis into action; a move which sees a conflict between the DigiDestined and Homeostasis in order to protect what they hold desire… Friendship.

A lot takes place within Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 5: Coexistence, most of which builds upon the foundations set before, but as with previous films these foundations are never developed into anything worthy of your time and it is the same here. Nothing seems memorable and too much discussion occurs, and when something ‘exciting’ does happen it is plagued with either bad animation choices or lack of direction on how it is portrayed to the viewer. I must admit by the halfway point I had lost interest, and my interest only peaked during the final stages of the movie – a fight between three different parties all fighting for their own interest; but even then it still remains relatively unclear who is fighting who and what are they fighting for. Unlike past Digimon experiences we would know whats happening and why; but here it remains all relatively unclear and shrouded in mystery – even if it is partly at explained. This isn’t the Digimon we know; it’s something completely different and offers a more darker toned approached to storytelling.

When it comes to this Blu-Ray edition of the film then, as mentioned previously, Manga Entertainment UK have opted to use disc masters authored by Shout Factory! As a result this UK release is exactly the same as the US release, both in presentation and content, and retains some of the notable subtitle issues. Character discussions are fine but songs and signs are not translated; although unlike previous film it does not have any bearing here. Audio options included are both 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, or surround sound if you prefer, and while it offers a cinematic addition it’s not really needed due to nothing impactful occurring on screen.

Once again Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 5 – Coexistence continues the ‘disappointing’ Digimon Adventure Tri experience set by continuing to not deliver on the elements fans would expect as well as progressing the story at a snails pace. Sure enough events happen on scene but other than offering more backstory to Mei & Meicoomon, something which I personally do not really care for, and some tibits about Homeostasis plan on keeping balance, we do not see anything notworthy occur on screen. Seventy-Five minutes worth of pointless that ends on a high note; which is pretty much how all of the films have been. Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 5 – Coexistence is a disappointing film with a simplistic release; but on the flip side it does look great in High Definition.

Score: review-stars-2

Digimon Adventure Tri – Part 5: Coexistence 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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