Digimon Tri: Loss Thoughts
Honestly the best thing about the new movie is they showed the poster for movie 5 and hot dang I’m all about movie 5 already!
As unenthusiastic as I was about the prologue scene when I first heard about it, it ended up being one of my favorite scenes in Tri so far. Using the Dark Masters was silly, but overall it seems like it will be one of the more memorable shots from the series.
It took reading a breakdown and a second viewing, but I did come around to liking Sora’s story. It was nice to see her get a good amount of focus for a change and I think it built up to have one of the stronger finales for a Tri character arc. Side note, Sora has an insane grip.
This is actually the first movie where the 02 kid’s absence didn’t bother me at all, there was enough going on that it seemed pretty natural for them not to be brought up for once.
Gennai licking Sora, amirite? It’s weird enough that they decided they needed that in the movie but Sora just looks mildly inconvenienced when he does so. She barely looks bothered that it happened or that Gennai is the one that just licked her across the face… so not only did they arbitrarily add that in, but just like a lot of the things in Tri it doesn’t have much emotional weight to it, so it’s just… there.
Even though I liked Sora’s overall arc they wrote things incredibly weird in order to make it work. Biyomon is incredibly grumpy for the whole movie, moreso then we’ve seen her in the entire TV show. Having her not trust Sora and being agitated with her is fine, but we’re never really shown why Sora gets on Biyo’s nerves so badly and she doesn’t really show her sweet side at all to anyone else, which could have made a greater contrast to her relationship with Sora. I also find it hard to believe that nobody but Meiko realized what was bothering Sora, it just paints the other kids as oblivious. Where were you on that one, Kari?
Sora, Tai and Matt all had emotional buildups leading up to their partners evolutions, but all Patamon and Tentomon got was ‘I feel like evolving‘ and bam, it happened - which is weird since the kids couldn’t make their Digimon evolve at all earlier. Made slightly worse since Seraphimon and HerculesKabuterimon barely contributed to the fight.
Maki’s sideplot was interesting and decently placed until the last ¼th of the movie. It was nice to get a little backstory on her and Daigo, and see Daigo trying to pick up the pieces while she’s gone, but her reunion with Tapirmon is suddenly started during the final battle which is super jarring and there’s no resolution or even cliffhanger to the arc. She loses it and gets over-the-top angry at Tapirmon and that’s the last we see of her in the movie. Where does she go from there? Does she leave Tapirmon, try to get him to remember, start a new plan? Who knows.
I can’t believe Machinedramon freakin’ killed Sora.
Sora proudly declaring that she’d “never let Biyomon go again” and then proptly falling off Phoenixmon was unintentionally hilarious.
The posters for each movie never fail to surprise and this is probably the biggest surprise since movie 2. I’m looking forward to seeing development for both girls, especially since Meiko hasn’t gotten time to shine at all. Meikoomon’s mega has a nice mustache.