Anyone who grew up during the early 2000s will no doubt have heard of, if not been a fan of, the Digimon Adventure cartoon and it's catchy theme song. Digimon is a 1997 Japanese virtual pet franchise which spawned an anime, manga, video games, films and a trading card game, and it most commonly aligned with popular handheld video game and anime franchise [Pokémon](tag:2538552).
But unlike Pokémon which still holds strong with its popularity today, Digimon kinda dropped off the map after the end of the Digimon Adventure 02 series back in 2001. The anime kept chugging onwards in a new continuity, but it failed to really capture the attention of audiences in the same way Digimon Adventure did.
But now Digimon Adventure is back, and along with it the DigiDestined Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, T.K. and Kari.
The original series charted the adventures of these eight children transported from their summer camp to a dimension called the 'Digital World'. There they are each gifted with a small electronic device (a DigiVice) and befriend a creature (the Digimon - short for Digital Monsters - there's a theme here).
At the conclusion of Digimon Adventures the children return to the human world and the Digimon (with whom they have formed a strong bond) remain in the Digital World. In the direct sequel series set three years later, Digimon Adventure 02, the two youngest members of the group - T.K. and Kari - join up with another group of DigiDestined to face a new threat in the form of the Digimon Emperor.
Digimon Adventure tri.
Digimon is as fun, off the wall and as wonderfully cheesy as you would expect a turn of the millennium children's anime to be, and for many people the original series sparks a serious point of childhood nostalgia.
It's got everything you could want: friendship, family, fighting monsters, ridiculously-named creatures and epic scale battles both in the Digital World and on the streets of Japan.
Last year Digimon Adventure tri. was announced as a celebration of the anime's 15th Anniversary. Though initial speculation was that this new series would be a remake of the original it in fact forms a 6-part theatrical sequel series, and the first instalment Saikai (Reunion) was released last month in Japan.
Digimon Adventure tri: Saikai
Set six years after the end of Digimon Adventure (so three years after the second series), Digimon Adventure tri. features the eight original DigiDestined protagonists, now high-school age, reunited again with their Digimon to face a new threat to both worlds.
After the DigiDestined from Digimon Adventure 02, Daisuke, Miyako, Ken, and Iori are defeated in a mysterious dimension by an unknown opponent, strange events begin occurring and dangerous Digimon start passing through portals into the real world. The original DigiDestined, now slowly drifting apart as they live out their high school lives, have to band together once again to save Japan - and the world - from the dangers of the Digital World.
Where To Watch
For streaming purposes the full length Digimon Adventure tri: Saikai has been split into the usual thirty minute long episodes (unlike the full length theatrical format it was released as in Japan) and the first episode is now available to stream for free via CrunchyRoll.
The preceding three episodes are available to subscribers only, but the first episode should give you enough of a taster to decide whether or not it's worth the cost to watch the rest. There's no English dub available as of yet, just subtitles (which are generally better anyway).