Digimon Adventure tri: Confession

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Fans of this anime series will enjoy; some violence.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 94 minutes

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Promotes friendship, teamwork, loyalty, a positive attitude, and standing up for others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teen Digi-destined are supportive, brave, conscientious, and responsible. They also treat their small Digi-partners with respect and care. A character lies in order to avoid frightening others. Adults shown are solid.

Violence & Scariness

Some cartoon action and suspense. Final third of film only: Digimon (Digital monsters) battle with explosions, hand-to-hand combat, collapsing structures, fire, suspense-filled countdown to a feared "reboot." 

Sexy Stuff

Another entry in the Digimon franchise of toys, movies, and associated merchandise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Digimon Adventure tri: Confession is the third entry in the "tri" movie series of the Digimon franchise from Japan (in English). This particular story incorporates Episodes 9-13 of the Digimon Adventure: tri television series, and follows Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion (episodes 1-4) and Digimon Adventure tri: Determination (episodes 5-8). The tri series takes place in a high school setting. The "Digi-destined" (teens who are "special enough to be recruited to fight evil") are partnered with small animal-like creatures called "Digimon" who transform into powerful monsters to fight evil when called upon. Cartoon monsters and violence are very much a part of the brand; however, the stories stress the character and relationships of the teens. In this chapter, the violence is minimal. One lengthy sequence toward the end of the film follows the transformed Digimon into battle with hand-to-hand combat, explosions, lasers, lightning, collapsing buildings. The cartoon monsters are fanged, winged, and have claws; they're quirky rather than ominous. Intended for audiences who are following the Digimon Adventure tri series. Fans who are familiar with the concept and characters will come to this movie expectantly and probably enjoy it. Others who have had no previous introduction to the franchise will be lost. Not for little kids.

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What's the story?

In DIGIMON ADVENTURE tri: CONFESSION, which follows the events in Digimon Adventure tri: Determination, the Digi-destined are terribly upset about Meicoomon, Meiko's beloved Digi-partner, who seems to have betrayed his friends and remained in the Digital World. At home in the Real World, Izzy is deep into research, obsessing about what caused Meicoomon's treachery. Meiko is distraught and blames herself. It's a distinct possibility that Meicoomon's turn to the dark side has been caused by an infection, possibly a communicable one. Because of that, the other Digi-partners are quarantined. At the same time, airlines are experiencing strange electrical malfunctions, and unexplained blackouts fall over the city. Could those events be connected to Meicoomon's  actions? Word reaches the Digi-destined through a mysterious conduit who has inhabited Kari. They're warned that time is running out. Both the Digital and the Real Worlds are on the verge of destruction from the infection. In order to stop its progress, a sacrifice must be made. The entire digital world needs a reboot. By turning time back, stability will return to both the Digital and Real Worlds, but all the Digimon's memories will be wiped clean. The warm, loving relationships between Digi-destined and the partners will cease to exist. Before taking that terrible step, the Digi-partners cross into the Digital World to fight Meicoomon and the infected. To no avail. By the story's end, the reboot has happened. The Digi-destined are alone until they see a strange sight ... the adventure continues. 

Is it any good?

A positive feature, as this Japanese series continues, is the focus on the teen characters and their relationships, rather than on the flashy, noisy, and often repetitive cartoon action. In Digimon Adventure tri: Confession, Meiko, Izzy, and T.K. are prominent, and the connections between the kids and their personal Digimon are featured.  Also, expect lots of technical jargon and an absolute lack of backstory, which makes this best for kids already familiar with the concept.

Talk to your kids about ...

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

  • What is the meaning of the film/TV term "spin-off"? Digimon Adventure tri is a spin-off of the original Digimon concept. For what age audience is this spin-off intended? How does this widen the market for Digimon products and films?  

  • The teens in Digimon Adventure tri: Confession live in Japan. In what ways are they like U.S. high school kids? In what ways are they different? Which, if any, of the Digi-destined do you identify with?

  • Why is it enriching to read books and watch movies about other cultures and places? How do such stories help you understand the universality of the human experience?

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