Farewell For Digimon Fans

After twenty years, Tai and his Digimon partner Agumon go on their final adventure together in Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna. A sprawling anime franchise with fans across the world and seventeen movies in total, the highly-anticipated theatrical movie gives the show’s original characters one last, epic ride off into the sunset.

Produced for the popular anime’s 20th anniversary, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna follows the original DigiDestined into young adulthood as they move from college to the workforce. It takes place five years after the Digimon Adventure tri film series, itself set six years after the original TV anime which first aired on Fox Kids.

Tai and the other DigiDestined discover that as they reach adulthood, their bonds with their partner Digimon are permanently breaking and the Digimon will soon disappear from their lives.

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is a movie made for long-time fans that grew up on these characters, offering a fitting farewell

A new Digimon named Eosmon has arisen, robbing DigiDestined around the world of their consciousness. Tai and his fellow DigiDestined fight Eosmon with the knowledge that their final battle together may doom their Digimon partners.

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is explicitly made for fans of the original Digimon Adventure anime television series. Loaded with oodles of fan service aimed directly at them, it’s a fitting farewell for the characters. Brimming with explosive battles and intriguingly designed visual set pieces, it’s a bittersweet end for the original Digimon Adventure characters as they go out on a high note.

The taut narrative neatly manages the huge ensemble of Digimon characters while still providing emotional beats that resonate. Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is a movie made for long-time fans that grew up on these characters, offering a fitting farewell. The sadder moments add gravitas and weight to the action-heavy plotting, nicely paced and balanced.

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is the Avengers: Endgame of the franchise. Years in the making, it is made for fans that love the original Digimon Adventure anime and needed a worthy conclusion to its saga after all these years. Satisfying and emotionally charged, fans should cherish the movie.

Video

The 2020 theatrical movie looks refreshingly bright with crisply animated action. Vibrant splashes of color for the production from Toei Animation fall right in line with better quality theatrical anime. Clean traditional animation with some CGI elements produces excellent picture quality at 1080P resolution.

The 1.78:1 presentation receives a picture-perfect digital transfer from Shout Factory. The main feature runs over 94 minutes, encoded in flawless AVC on a BD-50 at superlative parameters. New animation often looks striking on BD. Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna offers clean lines and fluid movement with familiar character designs.

Audio

Bringing back the original voice cast for the English dub, both English and Japanese soundtracks are presented in fully active 5.1 DTS-HD MA. The English voice cast includes such returning names as Joshua Seth, Nicolas Roye, Tom Fahn, Johnny Yong Bosch, and Robbie Daymond. American fans will likely prefer the familiar English voice cast, as they take the characters in slightly different directions than the Japanese cast.

Filled with action and intense Digimon battles, the surround mixes feature discrete sound design and excellent channel separation. Directional cues and action-oriented scoring make for a lively soundstage with depth and decent LFE.

Optional English SDH subtitles play in a white font.

Extras

Shout Factory includes a nice featurette with the voice actors for Tai and Agumon reminiscing over the show and their characters. The Blu-ray and DVD combo set includes a slick, glossy slipcover. The BD is coded for Region A. An 18″x24″ lithograph of the cover art was available from Shout Factory on pre-orders but has already sold out.

The Final Evolution: Remembering 20 Years of Digimon Adventure With Joshua Seth and Tom Fahn (15:20 in HD) – Go behind the scenes and in the recording studio with the voice actors for Tai and Agumon. They each share their approaches for creating the voices. This is a nice look back at the series and fan should feel some nostalgia after seeing it.

Theatrical Trailer (01:33 in HD)

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Tai and the gang return for one final quest in this epic and often sad conclusion to the Digimon Adventure anime.

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