Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Continuing Japanese series has peril, complex storyline.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 86 minutes

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age 8+
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Educational Value

Meant to entertain and enrich franchise, not educate.

Positive Messages

Teamwork, loyalty, and importance of standing together when all seems lost. Problems of others aren't fully understood until those problems are personally experienced. Stresses determination -- not giving up hope, negativity or self-doubt.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Especially when threatened, the DigiDestined stay together. They are courageous, loyal to one another at all costs, resourceful, hardworking. 

Violence & Scariness

Some Digimon creatures are scary-looking, menacing. Colorful blasts, fires, explosions, creature-to-creature combat, ominous threats of world extinction. Heroes fall, are chased, are in danger throughout.

Sexy Stuff

Another entry in the Digimon world, which includes toys, merchandise, films, TV.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence is the fifth in a series of Japanese animated movies that bring back the Digimon ("Digital Monsters") franchise, which first appeared in 1999 as virtual toys similar to the original Pokémon characters. Digimon Adventure tri's heroes are the "DigiDestined," teens who live in the "Real World" and are special enough to be recruited to fight evil in the form of Digital Monsters. Each of them is partnered with a "Digimon," a small animal-like creature that can transform itself into a powerful good monster to fight the evil. This movie incorporates episodes 18-21of the Digimon Adventure: tri television series, and follows Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion (episodes 1-4), Digimon Adventure tri: Determination (episodes 5-8), Digimon Adventure tri: Confession (episodes 9-13), and Digimon Adventure tri: Loss (episodes 14-17). The series takes place in two separate worlds: the Real World (Japan) and the Digital World (in which the dominant life form is the Digimon). Action consists of lots of monster-versus-monster battles and the DigiDestined and their Digimon partners in danger throughout. In an ongoing theme, the Real World is threatened with extinction. Expect lasers, explosions, fires, falls, cracks in the earth. Because there is no backstory, viewers will be thrust into the middle of an ongoing adventure, and the film ends with no resolution. It prepares viewers for Digimon Adventure tri: Future, the sixth and final film in this series. This is clearly a movie best for those who are familiar with the premise, characters, and rules of the game. Even fans may be baffled by the constant introduction of names, places, protagonists, and antagonists. The movie, because of its action and complexity, isn't for little kids.

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What's the story?

The DigiDestined are stranded in the Digital World as DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI: COEXISTENCE begins. DigiDestined Meiko (voiced by Cristina Vee) and her beloved DigiPartner, Meicoomon (Kate Higgins), have temporarily reunited after the massive chaos created by a system reboot. But their troubles aren't over. Meicoomon is still a pawn of a powerful force that wants to destroy the Real World. Transformed into the evil Digimon Libra, Meicoomon leaves Meiko and is compelled to become a primal adversary of the forces of good. Meiko is inconsolable. The DigiDestined escape the Digital World, are helped by Nishijima (Doug Erholtz) upon re-entry into their world, and vow to save Meiko, Meicoomon, and all humanity from destruction. 

Is it any good?

This continuing story of battles between the digital and real worlds (and monsters both cuddly and scary) would be best viewed with a glossary of names, places, and existing plot points at hand. It doesn't help that Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence's musical score, which is often accompanied by vocals in Japanese, feels intrusive and at odds in tone with the action on the screen. Still, the DigiDestined are engaging teens, relatable and heroic, and if one can abide the treacly cuteness of the DigiPartners as sidekicks before their powers are unleashed, it's easy to see why fans are loyal. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence is the fifth episode in an established franchise. Even though these movies are marketed individually, they are very much dependent upon the audience's familiarity with the series. Were you confused by the characters and the storylines? Where could you go to find out more about what's going on and who the players are?

  • Why is it important to be aware of cross-marketing? Talk about the relationship between toy businesses and film production companies that market brands like Digimon. How do Digimon Adventure tri: Coexistence and other films benefit the toy manufacturers, and vice versa?

  • "Homeostasis" is an important character in the movie. What does "homeostasis" mean? How does the character in the film reflect the term's meaning? 

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