Digimon Adventure tri. 3: Kokuhaku Review

Friday, November 11, 2016

So many disappointments this week, in terms of politics, so I'd rather focus my energy on something I haven't done in a while... writing! After being emotionally drained from politics, watching Digimon will never ever emotionally drain me. So that's what I did, I watched (rewatched) more digimon. I saw Kokuhaku when it was first released and I planned on writing something on the movie but I just never got to it until now. Rewatched some of my favourite clips of the movie to refresh/ enlighten my dampened mood. By the way, Tai's expression in the screenshot from this movie shows how I'm feeling right now.

The third movie sort of picks off where it left off last time, where Koushiro's trying to source out where Meicoomon's infection came from. As with the Saikai and Ketsui, the progression of Kokuhaku went in a similar manner where it the story develops in the beginning so we get reacquainted with everything, then we finish off with a very unique cliffhanger at the end of the movie. The first three episodes of the movie were pretty dry to be honest, as I stated before it sucks that we have to wait months for these movies to come out to see filler/boring episodes. But alas the last two episodes of Kokuhaku movie seemed to make up for that.

Kokuhaku was more focused on Koushiro and Takeru, it's a similar fashion as the other two movies where other digidestined were more focused on. I don't want to give out any spoilers but I enjoyed how this movie talked and shed more light on the "infection" storyline and opened up the concept of a "reset." I liked that we got a bit more insight on how the infections worked with the short scenes that were shown with Ken Ichijouji. The reset concept I don't want to talk about since I don't want to give out any spoilers but it's an interesting concept that was woven into the plot. But I will say that the reset concept and how the mechanics of it worked broke my heart by the end of the last episode... like really Toei... why the big cliffhanger?!

I wished this movie focused a bit more on Takeru than it did so on Koushiro. I never really enjoyed the big brained Koushiro in the original Digimon series and him being so... hierarchical? Koushiro's analytical personality wasn't as fun to watch for me. I found him to be more of a puppet master to the other DigiDestined because Koushiro was always the know it all. Takeru, on the other hand, and his storyline was better to watch than Koushiro's. I loved how this movie highlighted how strong the bond between Patamon and Takeru were- which was very lovely.

On a side note, if you've seen the original Digimon series and have already seen this movie, that whistle being blown at the end of this movie brought back so much nostalgia which made me so happy and a bit emotional.

Besides all that if you're an OG Digimon fan, then you know that the best parts of these movies are the digivolutions. If you've seen the promo photo then you can pretty much assume that you'll see evolutions from Patamon and Tentomon. Not going to lie, I'm not a fan of Tentomon so when I saw his mega form, HerculesKabuterimon, I wasn't all that crazy about the aesthetics to be honest. But I will say that there are other ultimate evolutions that were included in this movie I wasn't expecting, which were a very pleasant surprise.

There's not much to note in these five episodes other than I'm not sure where the direction of the next movie is headed towards, it makes me excited to see Digimon Tri: Sōshitsu more than dreading the wait for it to be released. I wish I could write more on this movie but these are all my thoughts. I'm expecting my post on Sōshitsu to be a bit more lengthier because Kokuhaku seemed to be a movie that bridged the first two Digimon Tri movies into the fourth movie (Sōshitsu) that's going to be released in February of 2017.

Anyways, those are my thoughts on Kokuhaku- great movie with a sombre ending that makes me anticipated for the next one to come out. Please leave a comment down below if you've made it this far reading my review/ seen Kokuhaku, and I'll see you in my next post!

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