Spoilers for all Digimon Adventure entries preceding this one, particularly Digimon Adventure tri., will be left unmarked. You Have Been Warned.
the less they will age.
We will do anything to reach higher heights.
This is not a story about the past.
It's a new story about us
and our Digimon
It's our new Adventure with them.
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is an anime film taking place in the Digimon Adventure continuity, specifically set five years after the events of Digimon Adventure tri. It was released in Japan on February 21, 2020, and released in America on September 29, 2020 digitally and on DVD October 6, 2020.
The original DigiDestined are quickly approaching adulthood, having already started to take strides in what they want to do in life. All seems well, until the revelation that ends up shocking them to their core is revealed: the reason why children are always chosen to be DigiDestined. Specifically, the endless choices spread across the future for them is what ultimately powers their Digivice... and once that ends, so does the partnership with their Digimon.
Rapidly approaching that point, the group struggles to come to terms at the thought of losing their partners who have helped them throughout their childhood. Further complicating matters is a new threat; a Digimon attacking other DigiDestined and rendering them unconscious with what seems to be no cure. The group is now faced with a rather big dilemma, as every Digivolution their partner Digimon undergoes only lessens what time they have left with their partners.
Confronted with all this, the group must face one last adventure.
Prior to the film's release (November 19, 2019 specifically), a short titled "To Sora" was released as a part of the "Digimon Adventure 20th Memorial Story" series, set as a prequel about Sora and Biyomon a day prior to the film's events. On January 31, 2020, an English-subbed version was released on Toei Animation's Japanese Youtube channel.
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: Omnimon, Eosmon's Ultimate and Mega forms, and Matt while riding his motorcycle are rendered with CGI models, with a few aversions in Omnimon's case who swaps between CGI and hand drawn animation here and there.
- 20 Minutes into the Past: The movie was released in 2020, but is set in 2010.
- Aborted Arc: Characters from tri. such as Maki Himekawa and the Mysterious Man never make an appearance despite the Sequel Hook leaving the potential for them to return in this movie.
- Advertised Extra:
- Sora's screentime in the film basically amounts to less than 30 seconds total due to her retiring before the film's events even start. Her backstory is explained in "To Sora" but removing her from the story wouldn't affect the plot. The other DigiDestined who aren't Tai, Matt and Izzy don't fare much better as they are removed in short order over the first and second acts without any significant contribution to the plot. Even Kari's whistle blowing which broke them free and let them participate in the Final Battle was ultimately window dressing in the grand scheme of things as only Agumon -Bond of Courage- and Gabumon -Bond of Friendship- can hurt and defeat Eosmon's Mega form.
- The 02 DigiDestined. Despite the first trailer focusing on them, they don't contribute much to the plot outside of uncovering a small lead and a Red Herring. They are forced to the sidelines afterwards with the Eosmon assault. Their partners don't even get to go beyond Champion level.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- In the climax of the film when Tai and Matt see everyone that Menoa and Eosmon have captured, Meiko is amongst the captured DigiDestined... along with Meicoomon, who was last seen being killed off by Omnimon: Merciful Mode. Whether she somehow came back or was merely a memory copy made for the captured Meiko is never explained properly. No one even expresses any surprise at this.
- Menoa's explanation on how she created Eosmon implies that there was more to the story than she was letting on. She claims that that the day the aurora appeared, Morphomon's lifeless data suddenly changed into Eosmon, while a voice she believed to Morphomon told her to save the other DigiDestined. Given her mental instability and tendency to be an Unreliable Narrator, it's unclear whether Eosmon's birth was truly a coincidence and "Morphomon's" voice was merely one of her delusions or if she was being manipulated by an unseen third party and she was simply to blinded by grief and eager to "save" her fellow DigiDestined to realize that something was very off about the whole situation.
- In the credits, Davis, Ken, Yolei, Cody, Kari, and T.K. are all pictured with their partners. The other original Digidestined appear, but their partners don't. Joe, Mimi, and Izzy are all hard at work, so it makes sense that their partners wouldn't be there, but the film has already established that their partners come to work with them. It's possible, but not confirmed, that by the time of the credits, their partners have faded, too.
- An Arm and a Leg: Twice in the film:
- Omnimon ends up dishing this out to Eosmon's Ultimate form in their first encounter, blasting off one of their arms.
- Later on, after merging with Menoa and Digivolving to a Mega form, Eosmon VICIOUSLY returns the favor, cutting off Omnimon's Supreme Cannon before taking off both his left arm and one of his legs, followed by slicing off his right Transcendent Sword arm to end the fight.
- Badass Biker: Matt uses a motorbike to get around throughout the film.
- Barrier Warrior: Eosmon proves to be very adept in summoning barriers, as in their Mega form, they're capable of effortlessly blocking Omnimon's attacks without a scratch, and even slicing him to pieces when they decide to end the fight.
- Big Bad: Menoa Bellucci is a former Chosen Child whose partner Digimon vanished upon her reaching adulthood. Traumatized by her best friend's disappearance, she hopelessly attempts to reprogram it, only to end up creating Eosmon, an entity that can convert people's consciousnesses into digital data. Under the delusion that her invention is meant to save other Chosen Children from the same fate that befell her, Menoa starts trapping the kids into their personal dream worlds, setting in motion the film's main plot.
- Big Good: Kyotaro Yamada is actually an FBI Agent assigned to investigate Menoa.
- Bittersweet Ending: Tai and Matt, with their Digimon, manage to stop Eosmon and save the DigiDestined. Menoa is arrested, and the characters move onto with their lives and their professions. However, there is still no solution behind partner separations, and, like Biyomon, Agumon and Gabumon also vanish. Still, both Tai and Matt believe that they will someday see their partners again, with the Distant Finale of 02 proving them right.
- Bland-Name Product:
- Tai takes Agumon out to eat at "Burger Queen." There's also a shot of the DigiDestined in Dotonbori fighting Eosmon, with the famous Glico running man sign relabeled "Pulico."
- "Lime" and "Newsmonth" magazines can be seen in Izzy's office.
- Bloodless Carnage: Zigzagged in the final battle, likely due to different biologies. When both Tai and Matt are attacked directly by Eosmon, the two are left bleeding badly from the attack. However later on, when Omnimon is sliced to pieces by Eosmon, his insides seem to be a digital, pixel-y purple.
- Book Ends: The opening of the movie has Taichi and friends fighting a Parrotmon, which was the monster Greymon fought in the first movie. There's also a flashback to him blowing Hikari's whistle in that movie when he does it again at the climax of the film.
- A Boy and His X: Deconstructed. Digimon befriend their Chosen Children and accompany them to adulthood, at which point the Digimon's static personality starts to clash with the person's developing maturity, causing the former to disappear. It's heavily implied that Tai and Matt are among the first people to lose their partners because their bonds had grown severely weaker throughout the years, as shown when they leave Agumon and Gabumon behind following the battle against Parrotmon, and when Agumon mentions he had never been to Tai's apartment before the events of this film.
- Breaking the Fellowship: Downplayed. Though the original Chosen Children are still friends, they are no longer committed as a team, and have drifted apart as they grew up and pursued different careers. Lampshaded by Tai near the beginning of the film, when he laments that only four of them showed up to stop Parrotmon's rampage.
- The Bus Came Back: After spending most of tri. in distress, the 02 kids return, prominently feature in promo material, and are featured alongside the main cast, though they do not factor into defeating the villain.
- Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Blue morpho butterflies are thematic to the film, as they are what the Digimon become once the DigiDestined become adults. Menoa is seen wearing a blue morpho hair clip, and her Digimon partner is Morphomon.
- The final trailer has several of these to the first two movies.
- The dub has one to the first movie via the battle with Parrotmon, as Agumon growls the same figure of speech that Tai uttered when it appeared over Highton View Terrace.
- Tai is taking political classes in university, Joe is in medical school, T.K. is writing a novel, Davis says he wants to open a ramen restaurant, and the end credits show Matt next to a rocket display. All of these are allusions to the careers they wind up in, as seen in the Distant Finale of Adventure 02.
- The final shot of the credits is Tai's thesis, where he's written about the coexistence of humans and Digimon and says he wants to make suggestions for the future. Like his aforementioned political classes, this leads to him becoming the United Nations' diplomat for the Digital World in 02's epilogue.
- At the end of the movie, Tai and Matt declare they will see Agumon and Gabumon again someday. Anyone who has watched the 02 epilogue knows this to be true.
- The Cameo:
- The international DigiDestined introduced in Adventure 02, as well as Willis from Digimon: The Movie/Hurricane Touchdown, have a few small appearances either fighting Eosmon or being held captive by it. In a Freeze-Frame Bonus during the opening we see that Izzy has all of them in his email contacts. This was the reason why Menoa went through the trouble of having Eosmon be targeted despite essentially revealing it to the DigiDestined. By earning the DigiDestined's trust, she would eventually gain access to his contact list and allow her to send Eosmons to everyone in it. While Izzy catches on, it wasn't enough to save him from an Eosmon jumping from his computer and simply taking it along with his memories by force.
- Meiko from tri. is also one of the captured DigiDestined.
- Canon Discontinuity: Technically it's not, but the movie certainly acts like it in regards to Tri. Except for the brief cameo by Mei and Meicoomon, the movie makes no references to the events of Tri at all, and seems to position itself as a direct sequel to 02 that fans can watch and understand without needing to see Tri at all. Even noticeable in the animation, which is much closer to the style of the TV shows compared to Tri, and the evolution sequences, which are updated versions of the same evolution scenes from the show. In contrast, Tri gave everyone brand new evolution sequences.
- Central Theme: Growing up. Specifically how everyone has a different way of going about it, and that it's important one does so in a healthy way. While some may want to move onto other things, such as how Sora seeked to move on from being a DigiDestined, others may want to build upon what was a part of their childhood, such as how Tai wanted to help relations between humans and Digimon. And while it may be hard to let go of part of one's childhood, it's not always gone forever, as seen in 02's epilogue, though it is important that one doesn't hold onto it so much that it comes at the expense of their future as seen with Menoa.
- Children Are Special: In the official trailer, the reason why most DigiDestined are kids in the first place. The endless choices for their future are apparently the fuel source for their Digivice. Unfortunately, this means once those choices begin to lessen in adulthood, that power begins to fade...
- Conscription: Discussed. One of Matt's classmates says there's a rumor going around that he and the other Digidestined will be scouted to work for the military, given their special ability to fight hostile Digimon that breach the dimensional barrier.
- Continuity Nod:
- The first scene has some of the kids fend off a giant Parrotmon, including Greymon, bringing to mind the fight between a Parrotmon and Greymon that caused the kids to become Digidestined in the first place, 15 years prior.
- Agumon's Digivolutions to Greymon and MetalGreymon are faithfully recreated from the main series in new animations, with the latter's sequence being animated in 2D this time.
- Several design elements that originated in Our War Game reappear in this film, such as the way the inside dimension of the internet is portrayed, as well as the development process of a digiegg as displayed on a computer. The framing of Omnimon going in for a finishing blow on an enemy is also replicated. However, he doesn't make the hit this time.
- Additionally, the ones who entered the internet to face Eosmon the first time around are the exact same ones from the second movie, namely Agumon, Gabumon, Patamon and Tentomon but this time they are joined by Tai, Matt, T.K. and Izzy. Also, something prevented them from obtaining victory. The thousands of emails caused WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon to slow down followed by Tai "crashing" WarGreymon, causing him to freeze in place and MetalGarurumon alone was not enough to take on Diablomon whereas Omegamon was interrupted by glitching out which allowed their respective antagonists to escape.
- Adding to that, having a lot of Eosmon copies appeared is similar to Diablomon having many copies of himself. Similar to how WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon could not handle the onslaught of Diablomon's attacks, although Omegamon could take on the Ultimate/Perfect forms of Eosmon's, he could not handle Eosmon's Mega/Ultimate form. Plus, due to miracles, Omegamon was formed and the Courage and Friendship forms of Agumon and Gabumon made their first debuts in movies respectively.
- The main cast being de-aged was previously done in Hurricane Touchdown, and recreates shots from signature character moments in Adventure.
- The cast being turned against the remainder of the group brings to mind the Dark Spored kids in Adventure 02.
- Tai rescues everyone by grabbing Kari's whistle and blowing loudly into it, just like how he woke Greymon.
- Mimi waking up is much like her postcard message to Tai from Hawaii.
- Darker and Edgier: Being a movie set up for the audience that grew up with the series (Who are likely adults as well with the cast), it has a VASTLY different tone shift from the original series, being more in line with the tone from Digimon Adventure tri.. Including bloody injuries, very few moments of humor, and a more darker, realistic, and somber tone throughout set from the impending separation of the DigiDestined and their partners.
- Demoted to Extra: The members of the original DigiDestined that aren't Tai, Matt, Izzy or T.K. suffer from this and even T.K. has comparatively less to do out of the four. Kari, Mimi and Joe get their memories stolen in short order throughout the first and second acts without any significant contribution, with T.K. quickly following suit. Most egregiously Sora and Biyomon have less than a minute of screen time and don't even join the final battle, since the latter has already ceased to exist by then, though they do have a whole short dedicated to their side of the story set prior to the movie.
- Ditching the Dub Names: The Italian dub keeps all the Japanese names for characters (both human and Digimon) that used their western names in dubs of earlier productions, and leaves the names of the Digimon techniques in Gratuitous English to boot.
- Filler: The Parrotmon battle in the Cold Open. It was never mentioned after the first onscreen coma and has no relation to the rest of the plot. It can be cut and the audience wouldn't miss anything important outside of nostalgia.
- Fuel Meter of Power: How much time the group has left with their Digimon is represented with a golden halo-like ring in front of their Digivice that slowly loses nodes in a clockwise fashion. While it's slowly losing power over time, having their Digimon Digivolve only speeds up the drain on it.
- Fusion Dance: Eosmon achieves its most powerful form by absorbing Menoa.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Computer wiz Izzy has become this, or his company has anyway. He has created smartphones for everyone that can also function as their Digivices, and in the opening battle of the movie, he's having Tai test out a prototype for VR goggles intended for battle assistance.
- A God Am I: Menoa's delusions of godhood become apparent when she decides to name her new Digimon after Eos, the Greek Titan who personifies dawn. By the time Tai and Matt reach Neverland, her mental state has deteriorated to the point she proclaims herself to be the goddess of that dimension.
- Graceful Loser: Menoa accepts being arrested and sent to therapy after being defeated.
- Gratuitous English: Menoa speaks in English sometimes in the Japanese dub.
- Growing Up Sucks: The revelation that growing up causes whatever powers their Digivices to eventually lose their power and in turn ends the partnership with their Digimon ends up hitting the group hard.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Despite being in contact with the government and an active force in stopping rampaging Digimon, the Digidestined don't get any form of payment or funding whatsoever outside of Izzy's company. This is why Tai and Matt are still worried about jobs and going to grad school during the first act despite being billed as "superheroes" by the public.
- Informed Flaw: Tai and Matt are losing their DigiDestined status due to their growing up causing them to lose the multiple possibilities for the future that powers such. But that's somewhat odd considering that one of the subplots is that they're both still Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life during the film's events, meanwhile there are DigiDestined who already have jobs, or are on career paths with an established trajectory (such as Izzy being the CEO of a company that communicates with and makes new gadgets for the global DigiDestined, or Joe being in medical school to become a doctor, etc.) but aren't yet affected. Even if one argues that there might be a hard limit regarding age, that still doesn't really make sense since Joe is the oldest of the kids. The only main character affected quicker than Tai and Matt is Sora.
- Japanese Ranguage: The timer on Izzy's computer very clearly says "TIME RIMIT" in English, presumably intentionally.
- Just Eat Gilligan: Menoa would have an easier time carrying out her plan if she just took the DigiDestined's memories from the start with the exception of Izzy until she obtains his contact list instead of recklessly exposing Eosmon's existence to them. It is painfully clear that Plot Armor was the only reason Menoa didn't do so from the get-go while resorting to a convoluted scheme to obtain Izzy's contact list. If she had done this from the start, the movie would only be five minutes long.
- Karma Houdini: Averted for Menoa. Unlike previous antagonistic human characters in the franchise (such as the Digimon Emperor or Neo Saiba), Menoa Bellucci is NOT Easily Forgiven: despite showing her in a sympathetic light and having a Freudian Excuse, she IS shown being arrested at the end (and to her credit, willingly) after she is defeated and is later said to be attending therapy so that she can later earn a Heel–Face Turn on her own.
- Kid Hero All Grown-Up: The entire Adventure cast, including the 02 kids, are now young adults, with Tai, Matt, and Yolei explicitly enrolled in university and Joe already in medical school. There's a Race Against the Clock element, as it's revealed only kids are capable of powering a Digivice and thus soon they'll be forced to part ways with their partners.
- Long-Runner Tech Marches On: It's been 20 years since the original Digimon Adventure (11 in-universe),. All the kids now have smartphones produced by Izzy’s company that are linked up with and can function as their digivices, allowing them to leave the originals at home.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: The Big Bad's goal is to transport every Chosen Child to Neverland, an artificial world that traps whoever enters it into a personal island where they relive their fondest memories. It also brainwashes the victims into believing that spending the rest of their lives as a child and in the company of their Digimon is what they truly desire, causing them to viciously attack anyone who tries to snap them back to reality.
- Meaningful Name: Digimon Adventure's main Japanese theme, Butter-fly, which has stayed with it throughout its lifetime, is made deliberately more meaningful, with this film making liberal use of butterfly symbolism for the Digidestined moving onto the next chapter of their lives (or their struggle to do so). It also arguably, retroactively, makes the song be from the digimon's point of view as Agumon and Gabumon are implied to become butterflies upon the timer running out, but Tai and Matt end the film convinced they will see their partners again. The lyrics of Butter-fly start with 'I'll become a butterfly... to fly my way to you'. Plus the emphasis of 'flying on wings made of love' in the chorus - the strength the digimon and their partners share has always come from a pure expression of love.
- Mission Control: Continuing in from his role in Tri, Izzy has settled into mostly serving as mission control for the Digidestined when hostile Digimon surface. He manages the contact list and group chats for everyone, provides new tech, and helps command the tide of a battle. He will get personally involved in a fight if necessary, however.
- Mood Whiplash: The Eosmon invasion is represented by a montage of still frames showing Digimon around the globe desperately trying to protect their Chosen Children, to the sound of a dramatic One-Woman Wail. Among the combatants, there is a Numemon, who is fighting the only way it can: by comically throwing pink poop at its menacing opponent.
- Mr. Exposition: Gennai only shows up to tell Tai that there is no way to stop the timer once it starts and why it was never told beforehand before disappearing from the plot afterwards.
- New Rules as the Plot Demands: The premise of the film is when a DigiDestined becomes mature, their Digimon partner has to leave them. It is even implied that they don't even return to the Digital World, but straight up cease to exist instead. This seems to contradict events from Digimon Adventure 02, which showed the children alongside their Digimon in the Distant Finale, but Word of God says the epilogue is still canon.
- Planning for the Future Before the End: Tai and Matt both spend the end of the movie with their partner Digimon having idle conversations and making plans together, despite that both have only one tick left on their Digivices and Agumon and Gabumon could vanish at any second. However, right before Tai and Matt tell Agumon and Gabumon what they will do tomorrow, they have already disappeared.Agumon: Hey, Tai?
Gabumon: Hey, Matt?
Agumon: What will you do...
- Poor Communication Kills: The only reason people like Menoa came up with their Growing Up Sucks ideology is that the rule that their partner disappears should they mature isn't even told to them. The reasoning for that as given by Gennai is that it is the same reason why no one ever asks how long they live. Not surprisingly, due to how abrupt the separation is as a result and having no time to come to terms with it beforehand, it is any wonder they become unhinged and waste their adult lives forming all forms of crazy plans?
- Porn Stash: Agumon finds a bunch of suggestive videos under Tai's bed, to which Tai frantically covers up by claiming a friend gave it to him, and that only "grown-ups" can see it.
- Present-Day Past: Modern smartphones are everywhere in the movie, and the kids even all now have smartphone Digivices. This wouldn't look odd to an audience in 2020, but the film actually takes place in 2010, which is when the iPhone-type smartphones only just began really taking off, and certainly had not yet taken hold in Japan. Japanese flipphones - which already had plenty of smartphone functions and thus slowed the rate at which iPhones and lookalikes were adopted - reigned supreme for several years longer.
- Race Against the Clock: With them only having a short time left with their Digimon and every Digivolution shortening that timer, the group has a very limited time to do anything about the current threat.
- Retired Badass: Sora is the first of the kids to drop out before the movie even starts, wanting to focus on following her mother's footsteps as a flower arranger. A fast enough pause in the movie's intro also reveals that the timer on her Digivice is already at the final bar. By the time of the third act, Biyomon has already disappeared, explaining why she was absent from the final battle.
- Rule of Symbolism: Interestingly both cases involve rain on a window.
- While Tai is talking to Menoa at the pool about a potential way to stop the timer, the shadows of raindrops on the window could be seen on the latter's face, resembling teardrops, and a hint to just how much she's been crying on the inside over the loss of Morphomon.
- When Matt reminds Tai that Digivolving will accelerate their timers, there's a quick shot of a raindrop splitting into two on a window.
- Saved by Canon: Despite the tragic implications of the film's Bittersweet Ending, the saving grace for the viewers is knowing that no matter what happens, things will be ok. Even if it comes to pass that they lose their Digimon, Adventure 02's Distant Finale shows that somehow, someday, all of the DigiDestined will be by their partner digimon's side again after they've grown up. It helps that the film shows some of the kids already aiming towards career paths that match up with said finale, further assuring that finale is in the cards.
- Series Fauxnale: While the film is set up like one big Grand Finale for the Digimon Adventure continuity, wrapping up some story ends to show the DigiDestined on their way towards their future, it's mostly just a finale for the original cast of Adventure, with the upcoming film Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning set to focus on the cast of Adventure 02 two years after the events of this film.
- Stepford Smiler: Menoa is always seen smiling before Izzy figures out she is behind the Eosmon conspiracy. After that, her expression changes into a blank stare to represent her repressed sorrow. Lampshaded by Agumon when the heroes go through Menoa's memories, as he states that "she's been crying on the inside" all this time.
- Taken for Granite: The fate of a Digivice that has its timer run out, as seen with what happened to Sora's after Biyomon left, and eventually Tai and Matt's Digivices after Agumon and Gabumon leave.
- Teen Genius: Menoa was famous for being a teen genius, and Matt even finds a news article stating that she was 9 years old when she found the world's largest prime number and was 14 years old when she was accepted into a university.
- Teleportation: The 02 kids are still using their D-3 Digivices to easily travel around the world through the use of digital gates.
- Theme Song Power Up: In the final act of the film, "Sono Saki e"note plays as Agumon and Gabumon achieve their new forms, proceeding to take on a final battle against Eosmon's Mega form.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Menoa is not an evil character at all, and she does mean well for the DigiDestined to avoid going through the pain of losing their partners that she experienced herself. Maybe the best method is not to steal hundreds of people's memories along with their Digimon partners.
- Wintry Auroral Sky: The film takes place shortly after an aurora borealis, which the heroes believe has caused an interference in the Digital World. Parrotmon's rampage is attributed to it, as well as Eosmon's egg coming into existence.
- The Worf Effect: Omnimon ends up on the receiving end of this once Eosmon's Mega form comes into play, barely able to fight back against the digital goddess before being sliced apart and reduced to his composing halves.
- You Are Too Late: Izzy receives a text message from Kari's device with a link to a livestream showing T.K. and Kari tied up and held hostage in two separate warehouses, with the video ominously titled, "Which is next?" By the time Tai and Matt reach their siblings, they have already fallen unconscious and captured.