It has finally been announced by Toei Animation that Digimon Adventure Tri, a direct sequel to the first season of the cult cartoon in the form of six feature length films, will be making its English-language debut in theaters all across the United States. That's right, with assistance from distributor Eleven Arts, the widely successful film franchise which is currently entertaining hordes of Digimon fans in Japan will soon be coming to a cinema near you.
This news comes directly from a press release issued by Toei Animation president Masayuki Endo who goes on to state that the English dub of the first film Reunion is slated to hit more than 300 U.S. theaters as part of a one-night Fathom Events screening on September 15. A wide release is said to follow sometime afterwards.
We are excited to partner with Eleven Arts to share this exciting title with audiences across the U.S. American viewers have been eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Digimon saga for nearly sixteen years, and we’re delighted to have produced this English language version for theaters, giving it the cinematic treatment our fans deserve.
Digimon Adventure Tri will mark the franchise's first theatrical wide release in the U.S. since Digimon: The Movie back in 2000. Toei Animation has yet to confirm if the remaining five films are headed stateside as the fate of the series most likely relies upon the support of its American fans at the box office.
The first two chapters in the Digimon Adventure Tri saga have already been released in Japan and are available with English subtitles on both Hulu and Crunchyroll streaming services. These films were both received well critically overseas and were also met with box office success.
Additionally, it has not been confirmed as to whether or not the original voice actors will be returning to their respective roles, but encouragingly enough the voice of Tentomon from the inaugural season of the series, Jeff Nimoy, has confirmed via Twitter that he will be reprising his role for the film.
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