Blu-Ray Review: Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 6 – Our Future

The ‘Tri’ Digital Adventure continues to its conclusion in this sixth release of Digimon Adventure Tri; 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 6: Our Future.

Synopsis:

The end of the world has begun. The rampaging Meicoomon, now fused with Gatomon, has changed into the powerful Ordinemon. As foretold by King Drasil, the Digital World engulfs the Real World.

Confronted by impending doom, the DigiDestined resolve to face it head on. Homeostasis, in order to deal with the uncontrollable Ordinemon, executes the final plan for the Real World.

To prevent the coming destruction, the DigiDestined and their partner Digimon continue their frantic fight. The time to make the final decision has arrived.

Our View:

It’s been five films since we were reunited with the Digidestined and their Digimon; but does this sixth, and penultimate, film in the Digimon Adventure Tri storyline give us the answers we deserve. Not exactly; but it does answer the question we’ve asked since the first film and provides a rather ‘mediocre’ ending to a story that deserved a better direction and presentation. Once again Digimon Adventure Tri fails to impress and even the longer drawn out fight between multiple Digimon and their digivolved forms do little in providing that added excitement.

Taking place straight after the events of the fifth film Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 6 – Our Future continues the journey of the DigiDestined by them mourning the death of Tai as a result of attacks made in the Digimon World by higher ranking Digimon. The Death of Tai – and the sudden disconnect from her older brother – soon spirals Kai out of control; so much so that she passes out from the stress and ends up bedridden.

The other digidestined meanwhile work together to piece a solution on the events that are unfolding in the real world. These events see a fused Meicoomon and Gatomon, known as Ordinemon, arrive in the Human world and begin its deletion; with possed Digimon taking over the city and destroying anything their path.

This destruction of Japan soon leads the Japanese Self Defense Force to set-up and use their military might to attack Meicoomon; but alas this fails and as such the DigiDestined attempt to fight back. Elsewhere Tai, who was thought dead, and a severly Nishijima wake-up within a facility located within the Digital World. It’s not entirely known how they wound up at this location but this facility is where Season 2 characters (Davis, Yolei, Ken and Cody) have been kept captive since their defeat during the prologue of the first Digimon Adventure Tri movie.

It’s explained that they knew the truth behind Meicoomon and King Drasil’s plan and as such were imprisoned in the digital world. This is a plausible explanation; but unfortunately it falls through when it turns out that Nishijima knew that the Season 2 characters were missing and never considered telling the other DigiDestined. A strange decision indeed.

Unfortunately we do not get to see these Season 2 characters in action, or in animated form, as Nishijima, with his final dying breath, sends Tai and the Season 2 characters back to the Real World before the facility is destroyed by Gennai. Returning to the real world, and to the confrontation between the DigiDestined and Ordinemon we discover Hackmon plans to ‘reboot’ the real world in hopes of restoring balance between the two world.

Additionally we learn that Kai has regained consciousness with information that Meicoomon holds back-up data (the memories) of all past Digimon. It’s decided that the DigiDestined will use this ‘back-up’ to restore all the Digimons memories, including Meicoomon, in hopes of avoiding the reboot being activated by Hackmon.

This last ditch effort sees all Digimon Digivolve to the highest level for one final battle – and it’s a pretty decent battle at that; that is if you ignore the repetitive digivolution scenes and reused soundtrack. Alas it’s one long battle with a mix-match in pacing and presentation; so much so that the ending doesn’t really deliver any answers or resolution for those involved. Instead we are left on a bit of a cliff-hanger and – in my mind at least – further disappointment that we do not receive a wholesome ending to a rather nostalgic driven experience.

Extras:

Just like past Digimon Adventure Tri Blu-Ray releases this release uses masters authored by Shout! Factory in America and as such we receive the same disc presentation as well as the same amount of supplementary content; in this case the complete panel from Anime Expo 2018.

This panel, of which lasts for around fifty minutes, features notable English Dub voice actors for Digimon Adventure Tri – such as Josua Seth and Johnny Young Bosch – once again providing explanations and experiences with Digimon Adventure Tri as well as answering questions from the attending audience. It’s your usual panel type of experience – especially if you’ve been to any actor panels at MCM Comic Con – but it’s definitely a nice addition to have.

Sadly we do not receive any other type of content; which is a real shame as promotional materials – both English and Japanese produced – exist somewhere in the world. Regardless this Blu-Ray release is simply the film and the Anime Expo panel on one disc with a simple menu design and two audio options.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50
Region: B
Running Time: 1:37:57
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 6 – Our Future once again brings the DigiDestined and their partner Digimon to your screen; but just like past iterations of this ‘Tri’ storyline it fails to impress and continues to reuse old animation styles, soundtracks and digivolution scenes that quickly feel outdated. For the most part ‘Future’ is one long drawn out battle with minor sub-stories taking place in between. For instance the ‘main’ story is the DigiDestined’s attack on Ordinemon while Tai and Nishijima, in a sub-story, escape from the Digital World with the Season 2 friends who –once again – you never get to see outside of a silhouette. Hackmon, Gennai, Lord Drasil and Homeostasis even feel like sub-stories as even though they are all name dropped they are only used to re-enforce the strict time limit on saving the world(s) from destruction.

From the moment Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 6 – Our Future begins to its ending it delivers nothing new in character development or bonding; it simply provides an ending to a story that they themselves have forgotten about. Enemies once thought as Friends and Friends once thought as enemies; people disappearing and reappearing with no worthwhile intent. It’s all pointless and meaningless in the grand scheme of things which sees the DigiDestined use their full power on stopping Ordinemon and bringing the world back to balance. The storyline elements that plagued the entire ‘Tri’ storyline even still remain and as such Gennai, Lord Drasil, Hackmon and Homeostasis remain to fight another day with potential another plan in motion – which considering that another Digimon Adventure series has been confirmed explains why the story was left open-ended.

A half-hearted attempt is what Digimon Adventure Tri (in general) is; but more so in this sixth part of the franchise. Firstly because its ever-dull-storyline that uses ‘fan favourite’ characters to draw you in but even its musical choice, of which uses the same two songs repeatable, throughout the film regardless of the audio option being used. Fortunately kudos can be given to both the English and Japanese audio presentations are both remain satisfactory throughout with subtle surround sound effects being provided for both audio options. Naturally i’m still not accustomed to the English dub track – which replaces some key cast when compared to the original anime – but by now they have grown into their roles and become as one would hope they would with the characters they are portraying.

Overall Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 6 – Our Future provides a conclusion to the Digimon Adventure Tri storyline; but sadly it’s not a conclusion I wanted nor that fans deserved. Quick explanations to important elements and long mundane explanations for nothing worthwhile make this a rather dull viewing experience; with pretty much sums up the entire Digimon Adventure Tri franchise. Nostagalic, dull and ends on a cliff-hanger – but on the plus side we get to see our favourite Digimon back on the screen.

Score: review-stars-2

Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 6 – Future is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD in the UK via Manga Entertainment UK.

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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.

One Response to Blu-Ray Review: Digimon Adventure Tri: Part 6 – Our Future

  1. Tai says:

    Honestly I don’t think the others thought Tai was really dead.

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