Anime / Digimon Adventure tri.

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"I encountered you.
This world has chosen the reality and the future which shouldn't have been chosen.
That's why I am here."
Taichi "Tai" Yagami, 1st promotional video for Digimon Adventure tri.

A direct sequel to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 in celebration for the franchise's 15th anniversary. Unlike the previous series, where it mostly focused on the new Chosen Children, tri. focuses on the original eight from Digimon Adventure. The plot is set in 2005 (three years after Digimon Adventure 02) during the Chosen Children'snote  high school years, when some kind of digital distortion is causing "infected" Digimon to begin entering our world and running wild.

News first broke on this official website (English version,) which used to only consist of a trailer. If you skipped the trailer, clicked on the eggs, and enough nade-nadenote  were applied, they would eventually hatch and more information would be released.

Digimon Adventure tri. will be a six-part film series:
  • The first installment, Reunion, premiered on November 21st, 2015, as well as on Crunchyroll and other media streaming sites, the former of which split the release into four parts.
  • The second installment, Determination, released on March 12th, 2016, with a home video release in Japan on April 2nd, 2016.
  • The third installment, Confession, released on September 24th, 2016.
  • The fourth installment, Loss, released on February 25th, 2017.
  • The fifth installment, Symbiosis, is set for release sometime in 2017.
The series can be viewed on Hulu (the listing) and on Crunchyroll (the listing).

The first promotional video/trailer can be seen here: Original Japanese version, English-subtitled version. Additional previews were released. (Second trailer, third trailer, fourth trailer,) demonstrating to viewers the children's new Japanese voices and more aspects of the story.

The character art style is directed by Atsuya Uki of Cencoroll fame.

An English Version of Digimon Adventure Tri was announced by Jeff Nimoy, who voiced Tentomon in English Version of Digimon Adventure and will voice him again in ''Tri''. It will come out in theaters in September 15, 2016 for one night only,, and in October for across the country.

Digimon Adventure tri. provides examples of:

  • 108: The air fare that Mimi quotes to Tai and Izzy is 1.08 million Yen.
  • The Abridged Series: As always with popular anime. Here is episode one.
  • Adaptation Name Change: "DigiDestined" was a term created by the English dub to describe the children chosen by the Digital World. Up until then, fans of the original version often referred to them by the literal translation of the original Japanese term, "Chosen Children." However, the official subtitles for tri., as well as a screenshot in the movie, have adapted "DigiDestined" as the official term.
  • Adaptational Villainy: More adaptational antagonism; Alphamon. In the base lore of Digimon, the Digital Pets and TCG, Alphamon and Omegamon (Omnimon for the dub-watchers) are brothers in arms (Name theme included), with the latter even being former’s most trusted ally; Omegamon is even the keeper of Alphamon’s Data whenever he is not available, effectively making him second-in-command. Taichi and Yamato’s Omegamon, however, has no relation with this Alphamon, and they share no brotherhood whatsoever.
  • Advertised Extra: Imperialdramon is shown prominently in the posters for Determination, which helped stoke 02 fans in thinking they may acknowledge what happened in the beginning. Unfortunately, he's played off as the monster of the week, complete with the Digidestined nonchalantly killing him like he's just like one and none of the usual tropes playing out.
  • Arc Number: 3, since it is the third series that follows the Digidestined from Digimon Adventure. And things that are divisible by three. Nine Digidestined. Nine Digimon. Six movies. There are even three Kuwagamon in the first movie. Even the virus is an example, changing the base code of the digital world into tertiary.
  • Arc Words: "We cannot stay as children forever." Indeed, Tri is about the Character Development of how the Chosen Children become adults.
  • Art Shift: Unlike how cartoony-looking Digimon Fusion and past incarnations are, this entry in the series depicts the human children with sharper and more mature looks, though its style is still similar to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.
  • Audience Shift: This is the first Digimon animation to be targeted at adults, following the video games in having more mature plotlines, as well as the franchise as a whole shifting towards the adult market. Since the anime films are geared towards an audience that grew up watching Digimon Adventure, and many of the said fans happen to be adults, this is deliberately invoked.
  • Back from the Dead: This is revealed to be Himekawa and Gennai's plan. They wanted to reboot the Digital World so all Digimon would be revived, even Digimon who were killed in the real world.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The end of Confession has all the Digimon caught in the rift moments before a Reboot occurs, resetting the Digital World and all of the Digimons' memories. Then the children manage to enter the digital world and meet their amnesiac partners.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In Episode 6 (first half of the second movie), Mimi suggests that they theme the school festival cafe after "Daters", a version of Hooters where the waitresses dress in cheerleader outfits. It's "popular in America".
    • Episode 11, Hikari and Gatomon get ice cream from "Daskin Robbins".
  • Bookends:
    • The trailer indicates this will happen. The original Digimon Adventure movie started with Taichi in a field narrating about the events that were about to take place and then ended with him hugging Greymon while saying "That's why I'm here." The field returns, though it's an older Taichi and Agumon this time and it once again ends with the two about to hug as Taichi says "That's why I'm here."
    • Wada Kouji's last new recording was for the new version of "Butterfly", which not only was his first major recording, but the first opening theme for the Digimon anime as a whole. note 
  • Breather Episode: The first few minutes of Movie 2, or Episode 5 in the serialized version, spends its time in the hot spring, taking a break between Alphamon appearing and setting up for Mimi's and Joe's character arcs.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Mimi is back from America because of her father's work, after being overseas for all of Digimon Adventure 02 (though this didn't really stop her from making regular appearances in that season).
    • Ken makes his return as the Digimon Kaiser in Determination, despite apparently getting destroyed in the intro of Reunion. The third part reveals it was actually Gennai disguised as Ken, but the trope still applies for Gennai himself.
  • Call Back: You could call this Digimon Callback, since it has so many references to the first two seasons:
    • Everyone has the original Digivices from the first season, except Hikari and Takeru who prominently use the D-3 from the second season.
    • Their first opponents in the series are a group of Kuwagamon. Of course, unlike the first time, they do a bit better against them. When Greymon shoves Kuwagamon into the Digital World, they also land on a familiar looking cliff.
    • Sora's phone has a 'No Signal' screen which shows Piyomon, in the old art style, sleeping.
    • While it's much more advanced, Koushiro is still carrying around a Pineapple computer.
    • In 02 the portals between the Digital World and Earth are most commonly accessed through computer monitors (on Earth) and television screens (in the Digital World). Here, Koushiro is able to create his own private cyberspace for the Digimon that is accessed in the same way.
    • One of the sources of information for the government committee the Digidestined work for is a man named Gennai...
    • Hikari says she'll miss Taichi's soccer game because she's going to a birthday party. She missed out on the action in Our War Game for the same reason.
    • Alphamon and Omegamon have appeared together in a previous Digimon movie as foes. Albeit it was Alphamon's previous forms that fought Omegamon.
    • Takeru being popular among the girls at school, similar to how he was popular in the basketball episode in 02.
    • Omegamon's appearance being met with reverence. Our War Game had an angelic sounding backing song. In Tri an orchestrated version of Brave Heart plays as all the Digidestined are dead silent.
    • Koushirou orders a second Oolong tea at a restaurant... you'd think he'd learn after Our War Game.
    • Taichi and Yamato still find a way to be at each other's throats over a difference in opinion not unlike when they were young.
    • Mimi sings I wish to distract some hot springs visitors. It's also the song she chose to wake TonosamaGekomon/ShogunGekomon in Digimon Adventure. note 
    • Takeru asks if Meiko is from Shimane, like his grandmother, and Taichi describes Shimane as "the place with no computers," referencing Our War Game.
    • Kari gets possessed by an entity from the Digital World just like she did back in Adventure in order to provide exposition. It's even implied to be the same entity, Homeostasis.
    • Gabumon asks Yamato to play his harmonica again.
    • Himekawa brings Ken's D3 and D-Terminal to the place of the last digital disruption to have the kids open a gate to the Digital World.
    • The way the children meet their partners again is through Kari's whistle, and they meet again at the same lake where they left the Digital World in the finale of Adventure.
    • The way MetalSeadramon is defeated in Loss mirrors his defeat in the original series: by getting ran through via WarGreymon's Great Tornado.
    • In Our War Game there was a Running Gag in which Sora was angry at Tai and kept calling him 'baka'. At the end of the movie she finally forgave him when she received a rather tender e-mail from him, but stilled called him 'baka'. In Loss, she calls him 'baka' again, first bitterly, when he awkwardly tries and fails to console her, and then more happily and teasingly at the end when he apologises for earlier.
    • When the Digidestined and the Digimon got separated some of them went to some familiar places that they went to before like Mimi and Tentomon landed in Shogungekomon's palace, Takeru landed in Village of Beginnings, etc.
  • Call Forward: The characters make several allusions to their careers in the epilogue of 02, showing that they are starting to become the adults they are going to be.
    • Hints are shown of Tai's future career as an ambassador to the Digital World which was shown in the 02 epilogue.
      • Tai struggles with an assignment that basically asks "what do you want to be when you grow up." When brainstorming with his teacher he says he wants to see an old friend who lives faraway in a place hard to get to (such as the Digital World), thinking of Agumon, and gets the suggestion he should study foreign languages if he wants to travel.
      • Tai starts to show signs of greater empathy. In Reunion he stops Matt from getting into a fight with some guys from making derogatory remarks about the Digimon. In Determination he stops Matt again, this time from badmouthing Joe for not showing up to a fight. He's the only one in Confession who's able to guess that the Digimon are keeping something (the reboot) secret from them. In Loss he tries to console Sora Biyomon losing her memories. He does a bad job of it, not entirely understanding why she's upset, but he still provides some astute insights into Sora's character. In other words, while he isn't perfect yet, he's showing an increased ability to read people and express sympathy for them, something that would come in useful as an ambassasdor (contrast this with a moment in Adventure when he tells Mimi to "get over it" as she's grieving for some recently fallen allies).
    • Sora helps Meiko with her outfit in the second movie, hinting at her later career as a fashion designer in the 02 epilogue.
    • Izzy has always been a researcher and more concerned with the technical aspects of the digital world, so it's no surprise he continues on that trajectory.
    • Mimi's generally associated with food in this series, such as bringing snacks for everyone when she arrives in Japan, and later running the cafe/restaurant project for school. In the epilogue to 02 she's a chef with her own cooking show.
    • Joe is cramming to get into med school. Like Izzy, this carries over from Adventure and 02 on a trajectory towards becoming a Digimon doctor.
    • TK's blog can be seen as an earlier phase of his career as a novelist.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Largely averted, a rarity for the franchise. The only consistent exceptions are Togemon calling out Needle Spray and the new Mega levels calling out their new attacks. Some of the evolutions aren't called out either.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • Gomamon's later Mega/Ultimate Evolutions, Vikemon, made his first appearance in animated form after he appeared in the Digimon Adventure RPG.
    • The first trailer for Part 4 indicates that Seraphimon will make his first canonical appearance. note 
    • Yggdrasil finally makes its debut in the Adventure series after appearing in later properties.
    • The novelization of Adventure implied that the original Chosen Children briefly mentioned were partners to the Digimon who later became the Four Digimon Sovereigns, which part 4 seemingly confirms.
  • Can't Catch Up: For once, averted. The other partner Digimon also get to digivolve to their Mega Levels.
  • Clueless Mystery: Tri is awfully, awfully coy with the audience, dangling disastrously important threads of information and then seemingly abandoning them.
    • The biggest example is the 02 Chosen, who are conspicuously absent from affairs, but for some reason no one sees fit to talk about this. The only information we have for sure about them is that they are MIA — literally everything else is unexplained and open for interpretation, down to Alphamon's role in whatever disaster has befallen themnote . We don't even know what the other Chosen know, since they, like the show, aren't talking about it; For a while, we weren't even sure they carednote .
    • For the first half of Tri, the villains/antagonists refused to talk at all. We don't have any clear idea of what they're up to until the fourth movie.
  • Conspicuous CGI: The CGI of the Ferris wheel contrasts greatly against the more traditional art.
  • Cosmic Retcon: At the end of part 3, the Digital World gets rebooted to the way it was when it was created in order to combat the infection, which includes resetting the partner Digimon to their first stage and wiping their memories. Or that's what we're told it did, but Alphamon and Jesmon are already in their Mega stages only a week later which the kids point out doesn't make sense.
  • Cosplay Café: This is basically the idea that Mimi comes up with for the school festival, based off an American restaurant chain called "Daters", which itself is based off of the real life "Hooters" restaurant chain.note 
  • Cuteness Proximity: Meicoomon seems to invoke this among others frequently in the later half of Determination, particularly affecting Leomon (and an entire crowd of people) heavily.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Within the first five minutes alone, the film is already filled with an existential monologue and the 02 children being curb-stomped by Alphamon. The franchise is targeted at adults now and the films intend to explore the consequences of the 02 finale.
    • Series-wise, Confession, the third movie, is considerably darker than the first two. There's almost no humor, the implications of the Determination movie ending drive the entire plot, and the ending is possibly one of the most bittersweet conclusions of the entire franchise. Even the soundtrack is way bleaker and more emotional, and the opening of the first chapter doesn't even have Butterfly playing.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Each installment seems to focus on two individual Digidestined. "Reunion" focused on Tai and Matt, "Determination" focused on Mimi and Joe and "Confession" focused on Koushiro and Takeru. Loss changes the format to focus on Sora. Symbiosis focuses on Hikari and Meiko.
  • Deconstruction: Several points that were taken for granted in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 are played more realistically:
    • The Paper Thin Disguises that were shown to work almost flawlessly in Adventure prompt a waitress to note that they have some "very unusual-looking friends".
    • The Hero Insurance that the kids had in the earlier series is discarded, and the collateral damage incurred by fighting the Digimon makes Taichi seriously reconsider whether it's a good thing to be a Destructive Saviour (02 had only barely touched on this when a director complained that they'd just rebuilt the Fuji TV station, but it hadn't been brought up otherwise).
    • Back in the old movies if Jou missed out the action it was treated as a big joke. Here, we see the repercussions of his constant absence and how he's emotionally distressed about it and feels conflicted over whether to help his friends or keep studying.
    • Many of the partner Digimon start to become infected, and Patamon goes so far as to ask to be killed if he turns and attacks the others.
    • Part 4 really explores just what the bond between Digimon and human means: Maki worked tirelessly for years to reboot the Digital World to get back her partner, Tapirmon, but when Tapirmon doesn't recognize her because of said reboot she very clearly snaps, and her reaction freaks Tapirmon out something fierce. It really makes you wonder what would have happened to T.K. had Patamon not come back after beating Devimon.
    • The series as a whole deconstructs the children's crest with:
      • Yamato's crest is friendship which is shown by his loyalty to the Digimon but because of this, he refuses to acknowledge any bad mouthing on their part even if it's a legitimate fear which causes arguments with Taichi.
      • Joe's crest is reliability which is shown that he's torn between studying to make his parents proud and fighting with his friends. Joe is stuck between both responsibilities which makes him hate himself.
      • Mimi's crest is purity which is shown by her being true to herself. But her tendency of not listening to others caused others, even Koushiro to think she's just being selfish instead.
      • Takeru's crest is hope which is shown by his belief that things will work itself out. But when Patamon is infected, he desperately clings to the hope that Patamon can be cured as he waits.
      • Koushiro's crest is knowledge which is shown by his workaholic tendencies. But due to these tendencies he works himself to exhaustion which leads him to miss the Digimon are infected till it's nearly too late.
      • Sora's crest is love which is shown by her Team Mom traits. But as Taichi states her tendency to take care of others while ignoring her own needs mean that no one really knows how to help her when she's troubled.
  • Dying as Yourself: Invoked. While not really dying per se, being Rebooted will eliminate any trace of the Digimon's old memories, effectively killing the 'old' Digimon and create a new one in its place. During the battle with Meicoomon, every Digimon except HerculesKabuterimon is corrupted by the infection. HerculesKabuterimon then shouts to them that they cannot part with their human partners in these demonic forms. The shout is strong enough that all Digimons manage to overcome the infection for a moment. They share one last hug with each other while HerculesKabuterimon pushes all of them (including Meicoomon, who is trapped between them all) into the distortion portal as the Reboot countdown ends.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The fate of the 02 kids. After the opening with them being curbstomped by Alphamon, they're hardly ever mentioned. This includes when things like Ken showing up as the Digimon Emperor again and his Digivice suddenly being in Maki's possession, which are barely addressed or discussed by the Digidestined.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: Somehow, the fact the Digidestined saved the world three times now in full view of the world, and a worldwide Digimon invasion happened, but people still seem surprised by Digimon. It is deconstructed because, as a realistic result of this trope, the muggles are not cheering for the Digimon who have already saved their world several times. Instead, they don't know who's the good guy and who's the bad guy. This is mocked heavily in The Abridged Series. The last fifth of Confession (or the start of Episode 13 on Crunchyroll) implies that, once all the damage done from the various Digimon battles are repaired or replaced, no one will talk about the Digital World any more.
  • Fanservice Pack: With the art shift, all the main casts look very attractive for their ages. Promotional material has so far included two pin-up posters of the cast, in the girls' case including the rather gratuitous premise that they decided to make Valentine's Day chocolate in their swimsuits. Also the boys wearing white suits for White Day, with Taichi holding a pink box implying whatever is in that box is the "reply."
  • Fate Worse Than Death: For Patamon at least, he would rather die then forget about Takeru. Sadly in Confession, he willingly gives up his memories to keep the human world safe.
  • Female Gaze: The Determination arc provides us with a Hot Springs Episode, with plenty of shots of the guys in nothing but their skivvies or a towel. And at the last quarter of the same movie, you get to see Taichi changing his clothes after the game.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: Referenced in the opening of Loss by Homeostasis, intertwining the set with Light and Darkness duality.
    Light is born of darkness...
    Darkness sails north to become water...
    Light sails south to become fire...
    Wind flows between light and darkness...
    Light sinks into darkness and returns to earth.
  • Four is Death: The fourth installment is titled "Loss," and features both Mugendramon/Machinedramon and Metalseadramon as antagonists. Combined with Meicoomon and Gennai, there's a grand total of four villains. Doubles as a Call Back to the Dark Masters from the first series. It also seems to end with Meiko being choked to death by Gennai.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The new animations for digivolving showed the evolved forms initially being black with 0's, 1's and 2's dotting their bodies, despite data traditionally being binary. Confessions reveals that the corruption is the digital make-up being changed from binary to a new system, with 2 being the symbol that overwrites the traditional binary.
    • In Confession, despite the digital world being rebooted, two of the first Digimon the kids meet are Alphamon and Jesmon, two Ultimate-levels fighting each other. How that is possible has not yet been revealed. It's also worth noting that Jesmon is the Mega form Hackmon (who previously appeared in Determination) is primarily associated with. Whether Jesmon and Hackmon here are same Digimon or not remains to be seen.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend:
    • The 02 kids were shown to have been on the receiving end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and gone missing in Reunion, which spent the rest of its time rather conspicuously not discussing these developments at all.
    • In Determination Vikemon and Rosemon kill a corrupted Imperialdramon, and he barely gets one line of dialog devoted to him after. The other Digimon cheer his destruction.
    • In Confession, TK and Kari visit Ken's place to see what has happened, but nobody is home.
  • Fully-Clothed Nudity: Mimi and Meiko's school festival outfits (which are basically cheerleader uniforms) are treated like this, especially with Meiko freaking out and trying to cover herself.
  • The Ghost: Joe's girlfriend is mentioned a couple of times, but is never seen. The others question if she is even real.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Confession reveals that a reboot of the Digital World is this. Maki states that in case the Digital World is too damaged, a reboot can be done to fix it but she also states that causing a reboot might just sink the Digital World. Homeostasis is only considering this as the virus caused by Meicoomon is not only going to destroy the Digital Worlds but all parallel worlds created by the digital network which would destroy all technology on the human world. Worse Loss reveals this was the villains' goal. By spreading the virus and causing as much destruction to the Digital world to force Homeostasis to reboot the Digital world so all digimon would come back to life.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: Taichi's new pair of goggles can see "digital distortions" because of Koushiro's modifications.
  • Grand Theft Me:
    • Kari gets a phone call from her inactive cell phone, and a spirit possesses her body (implied to be the same digital entity, Homeostasis, that possessed her back in Adventure) to go give the Digimon a message.
    • In the opening of "Loss", Himekawa also got taken over by Homeostasis before losing her own partner, Tapirmon.
  • Hot Springs Episode: First quarter of Ketsui has the group (minus Joe) bathing at a hot spring. Instead of the usual female fanservice, we get scenes like Koshiro washing himself, Taichi and Yamato in the sauna, and Nishijima in his underwear. The credits sequence has the boys in yukatas.
  • Hope Spot: When all of the Digimon get infected with 10 minutes until reboot, Koshiro sets up a backup port that allows him to collect the data of all of their Digimon so that their memories won't get erased when the reboot happens. However, even though HerculesKabuterimon is able to hold the Digimon enough to push them back into the distortion, none of them got to the backup port in time.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Most of the prior Digimon anime series had been 4-cour TV anime (with the exception of Digimon Xros Wars, which had three series of two cours each, and Digimon X-Evolution, a CGI movie), including the prior two Adventure series. Thus, there had yet to be precedent for a series of six 80-minute or more movies, the approximate equivalent of one and a half to two cours.
  • Male Gaze: A few of Rosemon's animations during the battle with Imperialdramon afford these shots, as per usual. Mimi also gets a couple of camera gazes while she's dressed up (as a cheerleader) for her Cosplay Café event at school.
  • Meaningful Echo
    • In Adventure:
    Gabumon: I've waited in this world forever just so I could meet you, and only you!
    • In Tri:
    Yamato: I came to this world to see you, no one but you!
  • Mysterious Stranger:
    • Meiko's first appearance in the previews has her wearing Scary Shiny Glasses under a bridge holding her Digimon partner between her arms, which seems to be some kind of fox Digimon apparently called Meikuumon. The first film shows she's a transfer student who keeps appearing around the Digidestined. Her father is also a member of the same squad Himekawa and Nishijima work for.
    • The first film introduces a woman named Maki Himekawa, described as a "mysterious woman who appears in front of the Chosen Children". She's part of what is effectively a version of Hypnos or D.A.T.S.
  • Mythology Gag
    • A book on Taichi's desk is titled One Vision, which was the original Japanese Matrix Evolution (Biomerge) theme from Digimon Tamers.
    • Taichi and Hikari's mom calls Agumon "Agu-chan," just like Masaru's mom did in Digimon Savers. She also calls Tailmon "Tail-chan."
    • A Government Oversight Group whose whole purpose is to monitor and control Digimon emergencies, who recruit the Chosen Children to help clean up the problems they can't on their own... No, we've not heard of one of those in a Digimon series before.
    • The evolution sequence bears a lot of resemblance to the one used in Digimon Tamers.
    • Yamato's band names, "Knife of Day" and "World on the Knife," may be references to his original Image Song, Walk on the Edge. One repeated lyric is "I'll even walk on the edge of a knife." (Translation.)
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Mimi jumps into a fight with Ogremon in front of the press, thinking that this will show everyone that not all Digimon are bad. Unfortunately Togemon accidentally hits a news chopper during the battle and naturally, public opinion of the Digimon only gets worse.
    • TK's decision of keeping the fact that Patamon is infected from the team. If he had told Izzy about it sooner, Izzy might be able to figure out a solution to fix the problem. One could say that the Digimons themselves are partly at fault, too, as they leave the safety of Izzy's private system and out into the real world because they wanted to be with their partners, eventually leading to all of them getting corrupted by the infection and had to be rebooted, losing their memories in the process.
  • Off Model: The final fight of Determination isn't animated too smoothly, making some of the participating characters look more unnatural than intended. For a quick example, the horns on Vikemon's helmet are ridiculously large in some shots.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: The opening moments show a humongous glare on the photograph taken at the end of Digimon Adventure in Tai's room, although considering that most people familiar with the older series would know what it is, this is probably less for mysterious effect and more to make the drastic difference in art style less jarring. Sora and Joe have the same photo in their rooms, equally as obscured. Turns out to be a case of some really subtle foreshadowing. The only character not to be obscured/fully bathed in light in the photo? Gennai. Who may no longer be good
  • Poor Communication Kills: No one bothers to bring up that Patamon is infected to the one person who could have sought into the situation. As a result, the battle with Meicrackmon would have gone much smoother.
  • Precursor Heroes: Loss reveals that Daigo and Maki were part of the original Digi-Destined that saved the digital world before Adventure. Adding to that it also reveals that Harmonious Ones were the Digimon Partners of the original Digi-Destined.
  • Put on a Bus: Despite the fact Daisuke, Miyako, Iori, and Ken were big influences and the main characters in 02, they're taken out of commission at the hands of Alphamon in silhouette within the first five minutes of the first film and have yet to make other appearances (barring a mention of them on a computer screen that's tracking all 12 of the Chosen Children, while the original 8 do have known locations, these four are listed as 'Unknown').
  • Reality Ensues: Going Darker and Edgier means that some things that were taken for granted earlier in the Adventure are deconstructed in some form in tri:
    • In most other Digimon seasons, a fight between two giant monsters would result in some property damage but hardly anyone noticing. Not here. After the fight with Kuwagamon, the terminal and runway at Haneda airport, along with Palette Town and the Kaiheinkoen of Odaiba, are completely leveled, and one side character remarks they know someone who was hospitalized in the attacks. The news treats the Chosen Children's partners like they're the bad guys, and Yamato nearly attacks two boys who say they just want all the Digimon to die. Then Taichi starts to worry that he might wind up killing someone.
    • In a way, both Mimi and Jou end up inadvertently evoking their Crest traits up to detrimental point in Determination, though thankfully they manage to break out of this by the end of the arc.note 
    • Character Development aside, the Chosen Children are no longer the same people they were years ago. For starters, Taichi no longer has the same Hot-Blooded, adventure-loving attitude he had in the first series.
    • While most of the Digidestined were able to easily bond with their digimon partners again, Sora and Maki have trouble reconnecting with someone who doesn't remember them at all.
  • Ret Canon: Originally, the Digimon Wonderswan Series decided that Jou's Gomamon's Mega was Plesiomon, but since the PSP Game, Vikemon, who was originally Shakkoumon's Mega, has featured in the role.
  • Sacrificial Lion: As per tradition, who do you think? And he's not coming back this time because much like Wizardmon from the original series, Leomon kicks the bucket in the real world as well. Or perhaps he will, if Gennai's plan is successful.
  • Sailor Fuku: Hikari now wears the green middle school uniform from Digimon Adventure 02; if Miyako shows up, she presumably will be wearing it as well. Inverted with Sora and Mimi, who wear blazers since they've moved on to high school.
  • Second Year Protagonist: All of the original eight chosen, except for Mimi and Koushirou, who are first years, and Jou, who's a third, are second years at their respective schools (Takeru and Hikari at middle school, the others at high school).
  • Ship Tease: The movies are pretty heavy when it comes to teasing certain ships, including:
    • Teasing of both Sora/Taichi and Sora/Yamato, even simultaneously.
      • In Reunion, Sora tries to go both to Taichi's soccer game and Yamato's concert, and blushes when Mimi points out that both are rather attractive now.
      • In Loss, both Taichi and Yamato notice that Sora is depressed and try to cheer her up. Later they both arrive to protect her from Machinedramon's attack.
    • Takeru asking Hikari if she's jealous of his new female friend, and Takeru (in nothing but a towel) rushing to hold her still when she nearly slips at the hot springs which leads her to blush and look away. Hikari once notes how grown up Takeru has become, and the two are constantly checking up on each other (including instances of one holding on to the other when in danger).
    • Koushiro having an all-out crush on Mimi now, with his blushing reaction to their reunion and coming to the school festival just to see Mimi in her cafe outfit. Mimi.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of the outfits in Koushiro's clothing simulator include a cosplay of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean (aptly titled "jacke") and the school uniform from Harry Potter.
    • Taichi has an english Textbook titled One Vision, the Tamers's Biomerge/Matrix Digivolution theme.
  • Silent Antagonist: Uniquely, each antagonist so far has refrained from speaking. Averted for Gennai
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: A main theme in tri. Each movie focuses on two characters: one will be The Idealist, who sees the world as it should be; and the other will be The Cynic, who sees the world as it is.
    • In Reunion, Taichi of all people is The Cynic, reluctant to fight because he starts to grow and see the consequences of his actions, while Yamato is the one resolved to fight fearlessly. This match-up doesn't make sense until you remember Taichi becomes a diplomat in 02's future epilogue, a very people-oriented job. Thus, he is able to put himself in other's shoes when Yamato can't. However, Yamato knows fully well the damage and deaths will rise if they don't make a stand causing a major dichotomy between the two.
    • In Determination, needless to say The Cynic is Joe, who just wants to live the life everyone expects of him but still has the pressure to fight the Digimon, and The Idealist is Mimi, whose outgoing personality can be seen as selfish and unintentionally hurtful to other people.
    • In Confessions, Koshiro is The Cynic, who shuts himself off from the rest of the world and ignores Meiko's feeling so he can ultimately get to the cause of the Digimon infections. Takeru is The Idealist, who, despite Patamon showing the most signs of being infected, holds on to the belief that he can save his partner and not need to pay the ultimate cost.
    • In Loss, Yokomon/Biyomon is The Cynic, refusing to listen to Sora (or any of the other Chosens) as they try to help her remember who she was and why Sora is so important to her. Sora is The Idealist, adamant in her motherly affections towards her partner and eventually unlocking her Ultimate form of Hououmon at the end when she sees Biyomon willing to fight again.
  • Stepford Smiler: Basically every Digimon partners in Confession. After realizing that all of them are infected, and knowing that the only way out is to wait for the 'Reboot' to happen that has a side effect of removing all their memories, they spent the rest of their times doing happy, nostalgic things with their human partners. Some of them deal with it rather well, while others are less good at it, like Patamon (whom Takeru already knew was infected), Palmon (who clearly is struggling hard to maintain her happiness in front of Mimi) and Agumon (who goes overboard with it and ends up letting Taichi figure out that something is wrong and he is forced to tell the truth.)
  • Sudden Sequel Heel Syndrome: Gennai, who was originally The Mentor for the kids. Here, he's now one of the bad guys.
  • Super Dickery: The first trailer shows Alphamon and Omnimon fighting each other with no context. How can this be? The film shows that he's searching for something, and the Digidestined are just getting in the way...
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • In the very first episode of Digimon Adventure, Kuwagamon was taken down by seven Rookie (or Child) level Digimon. In Digimon Adventure tri.'s first part, however, a single "Infected" Kuwagamon is able to stand toe-to-toe with two Champions (Adults) at the same time while defeating Greymon beforehand. And there's three Kuwagamon.
    • In the second movie Determination, Palmon and Gomamon assume their Mega/Ultimate forms Rosemon and Vikemon.
    • Tentomon manages to also reach his Mega/Ultimate form of Herculekabuterimon by Confession's end.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailers and covers don't really try to hold back. Imperialdramon was displayed prominently on the cover for Determination while its Fighter Mode was shown in the trailer. Confession had its cover prominently display Meicrackmon before it was even named while for Loss not only are Hououmon, Mugendramon and Bakumon featured on the cover but the trailer reveals both the return of MetalSeadramon and debut of Seraphimon.
  • Triumphant Reprise: A triumphant instrumental version of Brave Heart plays during the battle between Omegamon and Alphamon.
    • This also occurs in Confession with Butterfly when the Gate to the Digital World is opened, as well as in Loss when WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon fight MetalSeadramon.
  • 20 Minutes into the Past: Since the official information stated that Taichi is 17 years old in this series (compared to Tai's age being 11 in Digimon Adventure and 14 in Digimon Adventure 02), this season is presumably set in the year 2005.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • It's pretty safe to say that no one was expecting Alphamon to appear in the first trailer and film. And he's only the tip of the iceberg. No one expected Hack/Huckmon to appear, even with his ties to Adventure via a PSP game.
    • In the second movie, we get the returns of the Digimon Kaiser and Leomon.
    • Posters for the fourth installment indicate that Mugendramon/Machinedramon will feature as an antagonist, while the first trailer for Part IV shows Metal Seadramon. And if the merchandise is anything to go by, Piemon and Pinocchimon may also be back.
    • The fifth tri poster shows Ophanimon—in her Falldown Mode.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Unlike the TV series, where the characters wore the same clothes all the time, the kids are seen wearing a different outfit nearly every time they aren't wearing their school uniform.
  • Wham Shot:
    • During the opening, the film periodically cuts away to shots of the four 02 kids being thrashed by Alphamon, their partners nowhere to be found.
    • Hackmon is seen in the shopping center where Alphamon emerges from the Digital World. Considering one of his Digivolutions was the last revealed member of the Royal Knights, his appearance in the same place as Alphamon could not be a coincidence.
    • The sudden appearance of the Digimon Kaiser, and taken a step further when he's laid waste to the Primary Village and killed all of the Digieggs there while a horrified Elecmon looks on. And then Leomon shows up to protect them, but is injured by an Ogremon in the process.
    • At the end of the second movie when everyone is shocked due to Leomon's death and Meicoomon's sudden Face–Heel Turn, blink and you miss it, there is a shot where Maki Himekawa smirks.
    • Confession shows the Digimon becoming infected with Patamon being the first to show signs of it, Meicoomon's Perfect level, Ken's D-3 and D-Terminal, and the Chosen Children (except Meiko) going to the digital world. The biggest one is at the end where "Ken" is revealed to be Gennai (or someone else of his order) in disguise, and working with Himekawa - who meets him in the Digital World - for yet unclear reasons.
    • The first trailer for Loss has an appearance by MetalSeadramon, who looks absolutely monstrous when compared with his look from the first series.
    • The first six minutes of Loss feature the original children mentioned once in Adventure fighting the Dark Masters, including four of their partners becoming the four Sovereigns introduced in 02. We also learn that both Daigo and Maki were two of those children.
    • The poster for the fifth movie called Symbiosis shows Meicoomon's ultimate/mega form, Meiko, Hikari, and Ophanimon Falldown Mode, something bad is going to happen to Hikari and Tailmon. Meanwhike, the official tie-in cards for the movies reveals that Tailmon's actual ultimate/mega form is Holydramon. Of course, this still raises the question of just what exactly caused the corrupted Digivolution.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Daisuke, Miyako, Iori and Ken. The four kids who rediscovered and used Armor Evolution and Jogress Evolution? Waylaid and easily taken out at the hands of Alphamon in the first five minutes. Justified, considering Alphamon's status as an Olympus Mon and the fact that 02 Children were without two Jogress Digimon without Takeru and Hikari's presence.
    • Inverted with the corrupted Imperialdramon, and especially his Fighter Mode, who puts on a rather iffy showing during the climax of Determination. Not to sell the team's megas short, but their enemy is one of the few known Digimon to have transcended standard Mega level, making him an Olympus Mon, and one known for the sheer raw power at his disposal. Yet he can't handle a couple of basic Megas and a Champion, and a Beam-O-War with Rosemon ends in a tie; this is consistent with his showings in 02, as he was always on the losing end when fighting another Mega. Additionally, it may not have been the real Imperialdramon.
  • Your Size May Vary: Take a look at this scale image and see if it follows the scale of Digimon sizes laid out in adventure. Some of the more ridiculous examples: Garudamon, the tallest of the Ultimate level Digimon is here depicted as being shorter than Greymon. MetalGreymon, who in the series is about 2-2.5 times bigger than Greymon, is only about a head taller. Togemon, who is the third shortest Champion (only Angemon and Tailmon are smaller) is now taller than Kabuterimon, the tallest.

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