Digimon Adventure tri. (Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャーtri., Hepburn: Dejimon Adobenchā Torai) is a Japanese action-adventure anime film series produced by Toei Animation. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of Akiyoshi Hongo's Digimon franchise, the six-part series serves as a direct sequel to the first two television series, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.
The first film, Reunion (再会, Saikai), was released in Japan on November 21, 2015, Indonesia on August 3, 2016, North America on September 15, 2016, and Germany and Austria on May 21, 2017. It was released on region-free DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on December 18, 2015, the U.S. on May 16, 2017, the UK on May 22, 2017, Australia on July 19, 2017, and Germany on August 7, 2017. The second film, Determination (決意, Ketsui), was released in Japan on March 12, 2016 as well as Germany and Austria on July 2, 2017. It was released on region-free DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on April 2, 2016 and the U.S. at Anime Expo from July 1, 2017 through July 4, 2017 as well as San Diego Comic-Con from July 19, 2017 through July 23, 2017, ahead of a general release on August 15, 2017. It will be released in the UK on November 6, 2017. The third film, Confession (告白, Kokuhaku), was released in Japan on September 24, 2016, North America on July 1, 2017, and Germany and Austria on August 13, 2017. It was released on region-free DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on November 2, 2016. It will be released in the US on December 5, 2017 and the UK on December 26, 2017. The fourth film, Loss (喪失, Sōshitsu), was released on February 25, 2017. It was released on region-free DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on April 4, 2017. The fifth film, Symbiosis (共生, Kyōsei), will be released on September 30, 2017. It will be released on region-free DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan on November 2, 2017. The films are being streamed in episodic format outside Japan by Crunchyroll, Hulu, AnimeLab, and Tubi TV, while Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory are distributing the English-language films.
The films take place three years after the events of Digimon Adventure 02 and focuses on the original eight DigiDestined and their partner Digimon. A mysterious anomaly is causing distortions in the Real World and Digimon are being plagued by a virus that turns them hostile. These circumstances lead to the DigiDestined being reunited with their partner Digimon. Joined by another DigiDestined named Meiko Mochizuki and her partner Meicoomon, the DigiDestined must not only deal with the infected Digimon and the mystery behind them but also with the responsibilities and burdens of growing up.
The films are being streamed outside Japan in their original language with subtitles on the same day they are released domestically, divided into four or five episodes each. For the Japanese version, the opening theme is "Butter-Fly～tri.Version～" by Kōji Wada, while for the English version, the opening theme is "Digimon Are Back (Again!)" by John Majkut.
The series features the eight DigiDestined (選ばれし子供達, Erabarashi Kodomotachi, Chosen Children) and partner Digimon from the original TV series. The English dub uses the localized names in Saban Entertainment's English adaptation of the original TV series, while Crunchyroll's subtitled release of the films uses Japanese names for human characters and English names for the Digimon. Some members from the original Japanese cast and English cast of Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 returned to reprise their roles; a name in italics indicates a returning actor.
The new series was first announced at a Digimon Adventure 15th anniversary event on August 1, 2014. Basic story details were announced on September 7, 2014, after enough fans participated in a game on the official website. On December 13, 2014, Toei announced the series full title and staff. The series is being directed by Keitaro Motonaga with scripts by Yuuko Kakihara and character design by Atsuya Uki. The series will feature the returning cast of all eight main Digimon partners from the original series. A continuous stream of all of the original Digimon Adventure episodes was held on the Niconico website on May 4, 2015, followed by an announcement regarding the cast for the Chosen Children and broadcast details on May 6, 2015. On May 6, 2015, it was announced that tri. would not be a television series, but rather a 6-part theatrical film series. On September 18, 2015, it announced Yuko Kaida and Daisuke Namikawa were cast as Maki Himekawa and Daigo Nishijima, respectively. The first movie, Reunion, was released on November 21, 2015. The second movie, Determination, was released on March 12, 2016. The third movie, Confession, was released on September 24, 2016. The fourth movie, Loss, was released on February 25, 2017. The films are being streamed outside Japan by Crunchyroll, Hulu, AnimeLab, and Tubi TV as they are released in Japan, with each film split into four or five episodes. Indonesian cinemas CGV Blitz, Cinemaxx, and Platinum Cineplex ran Reunion in their respective theaters nationwide on August 3, 2016. KSM Anime ran Reunion in over 150 cinemas throughout Germany and Austria on May 21, 2017. Germany and Austria also saw theatrical releases of Determination on July 2, 2017 and Confession on August 13, 2017.
An English-language version of Digimon Adventure tri. is being distributed in North America by Eleven Arts. The English version uses localized names from Saban Entertainment's release of the original television series, and reunites several voice actors from the original cast. Eleven Arts CEO Ko Mori stated that the English dub will resemble the Japanese version in tone and style but will feature a remixed version of the English opening theme. With the exception of "Digimon Are Back (Again!)" replacing "Butter-Fly", the Japanese score as well as "Brave Heart" and "I Wish" were kept in the dub. Reunion premiered at a Fathom Events screening on September 15, 2016 and was released in select North American theaters from September 17, 2016 through October 6, 2016. On January 17, 2017, Shout! Factory announced that they acquired broadcast and home media distribution rights for the first 3 films and plan for a dual-language release on DVD, Blu-ray, and EST. Confession premiered at an Anime Expo screening on July 1, 2017.
A stage play adaptation of Digimon Adventure tri. "–The August 1st Adventure–" (～8月1日の冒険～, ～8-gatsu Tsuitachi no Bōken～) ran at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi in Tokyo from August 5, 2017 through August 13, 2017. The play was produced by Polygon Magic, with Kenichi Tani serving as script writer and director. The male cast included Gaku Matsumoto as Taichi Yagami, Shōhei Hashimoto as Yamato Ishida, Kaisei Kamimura as Kōshirō Izumi, Junya Komatsu as Jō Kido, and Kenta Nomiyama as Takeru Takaishi. The female cast included Suzuka Morita as Sora Takenouchi, Marina Tanoue as Mimi Tachikawa, and Yūna Shigeishi as Hikari Yagami. The Digimon cast featured Oreno Graffiti as Etemon and the original voice actors for the eight partner Digimon. The play had a runtime of 150 minutes which included a 10 minute intermission. Niconico livestreamed an August 12 and August 13 showing of the play, the recording of these performances are available for viewing until September 20, 2017. It will be released on DVD in Japan on December 2, 2017.
Kōji Wada returned to perform the opening theme song known as "Butter-Fly～tri.Version～", while Ayumi Miyazaki performs the insert theme song, "brave heart～tri.Version～". The opening theme for the English dub is "Digimon Are Back (Again!)" by John Majkut. The ending theme song for Reunion is "I wish～tri.Version～" by Ai Maeda. The ending theme song for Determination is "Seven～tri.Version～" by Kōji Wada. The ending theme for Confession is "For Me" (僕にとって, Boku ni Totte) by Knife of Day (Yoshimasa Hosoya). The ending theme for Loss is "keep on～tri.Version～" by Ai Maeda. The ending theme for Symbiosis is "Watchword" (アイコトバ, Aikotoba) by Ai Maeda & Ayumi Miyazaki.
Jacob Chapman of Anime News Network gave the first part, Reunion, a B rating. In his review, he praised the film for its production values and heartwarming fanservice to old-school Digimon fans but noted that very little happens during the first film. He also criticized the episodic format used for streaming, feeling the "episodes" were split up at awkward points in the story due to the film's slow pacing. The first movie earned 59 million yen (about US$480,000) in its opening weekend in Japan. On January 4, 2016, it earned 229 million yen (about US$1.95 million). Reunion had a box office gross of 230 million yen (about US$2.3 million). In his review of the English dub, Chapman described it as an "incredible nostalgia bomb" and praised the performances of the returning cast members. However, he acknowledged that some of the new voice actors had to acclimate to their roles and felt that Vic Mignogna's distinctive voice and extensive anime resume hurt his portrayal of Matt. Chapman also noticed that while the dub featured localized names and a new opening theme, the script remained faithful to the original Japanese version.
For the second film, Determination, Chapman gave a B+ rating. In his review, he praised Mimi and Joe's character development, noting that it was done without neglecting the rest of the cast. He also appreciated the plot twist ending. However, he criticized the drop in animation quality and the lack of combat scenes in comparison to the previous installment. It earned 30 million yen (about US$265,000) on its first day of screening in Japan, surpassing the day-one box office results of Reunion and earning more than 46 million yen (about US$407,000) on its opening weekend. On March 31, 2016, it earned 144 million yen (about US$1.29 million). Determination had a box office gross of 160 million yen (about US$1.6 million).
For the third film, Confession, Chapman gave an A rating. In his review, he praised the writing for all the characters as well as the themes exploring the complexity of adolescence. He also notes that the production values have improved from the previous two films. However, he criticized again the animation quality and the lack of combat scenes. The third movie earned over 55 million yen (about US$540,000) within the first four days of its theatrical run. Confession had a box office gross of 120 million yen (about US$1.15 million).
For the fourth film, Loss, Chapman gave a C rating. In his review, he found the story to be compelling despite the flawed execution of the plot. He criticized the writing for Sora's character development and felt that her conflict with Biyomon was contrived. Moreover, he was disturbed by Gennai's behavior towards Sora and Meiko. Overall, he noted a drop in animation and production values but praised the animation quality of the combat scenes. The fourth movie earned over 61 million yen (about US$533,000) within the first six days of its theatrical run. Loss had a box office gross of 650 million yen (about US$5.85 million).