You could be forgiven for thinking that Digimon is '90s relic lost in the past, but the faithful fans of the series are well aware of its recent resurgence. For those of you who do not know, the original Digi-Destined are coming back for a sequel to the series' first two seasons—but in a different way than you might think.
Rather than releasing a proper third season, Toei Animation in collaboration with Typhoon Graphics, has decided to bring back the fan-favorite characters with a 6-part theatrical film series titled, Digimon Tri. Taking place six years after the events of Season 1, the protagonists are now high school students and called, once again, to team-up with their respective Digimon partners and save the Digital World.
While the plot does not necessarily sound groundbreaking and unique to those familiar with the series, it appears as though Digimon Tri could be darker than anything known to the Digi-universe thus far.
To better understand why, I have provided below, the opening five minutes of the first movie, titled Saikai (Reunion), which hit the web earlier this week.
A plethora of nostalgia inducing images juxtaposed with shots of potentially slain Season 2 characters, shows us a different side to this cartoon originally intended for kids. While it is yet to be confirmed whether or not these four Season 2 characters are actually deceased, it is still apparent to anyone familiar with the show that the tone in the opening sequence is much darker than anything previously shown in Digimon.
Aside from the obvious, the artwork is more mature in nature than that of its television counterpart, and the subject matter that arises in the opening monologue reflects the growth of an audience that aged with the characters. While I do not expect Digimon Tri to abandon the themes which made it popular with children 15 years ago, I do believe that the older protagonists will allow the series to explore previously uncharted territory.
The first film in the 6-part saga will be available on iTunes November 21, and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray December 18.