Digimon Tri Kokuhaku

tumblr_nnxtm1qtsl1qjy21oo1_500Like basically every other kid from the late 90s/early 2000s, I’m absolutely in love with Digimon Tri. After seeing Saikai I already wrote that this anime pushes all the right buttons and two movies later, it still does. It has the right amount of 90s/early 2000s vibe to it, but still modern enough to not feel “old”.

I think the main reason why Digimon Tri is as good as it is, is because the anime knows it’s audience damn well and the audience is the same audience from 17 years ago. It’s not meant for teens or adults and it’s not meant for just any kids, it’s meant for the kids from that time who’re now adults. Of course this anime is very well watchable for kids as well, but let’s be honest: to understand what’s going on generally speaking, you need to know Digimon in some way or the other. To understand the more specific character relations and plot developments, you need to have seen Digimon Adventure and Digimon 02. Digimon Tri explains absolutely nothing and this is a very strong indication who this anime is meant for.

After 3 movies we’ve now reached the halfway point. It’s progressing real slow, because tumblr_ny4u76golr1r72ht7o1_500we have to wait for months between every new movie/batch of new episodes, but the wait is so much worth it. The moment I hear the intro, I’m sold, I forget my impatience and just enjoy the ride. I have to admit, the second movie Ketsui was lacking the wow factor a litte bit, because it had a lot of build up going on. It was still very good, though.

Saikai benefits from the massive waves of nostalgia after seeing these characters and Digimon again after so many years. The second movie doesn’t really have that so much. Kokuhaku on the other hand has it again, because that’s when the Digidestined go to the Digiworld again. So far, the humans have stayed in the human world, but now they’re all back into the Digiworld! That’s so exciting! And the way they did it, too! They didn’t care about the possibility of not coming back home, because they’ve already gome through this when they were in elementary school. I just loved it when, I think it was Joe, said by waiting they’re just going to turn into adults. That really hit my inner child, it’s like telling the audience that even though it’s been so long and we’ve all gotten older, it’s okay to be a child again and do what you love.

I have to admit the return to the Digiworld, even if it’s just the rebooted one and apparently not the same from the past, because we see noticable differences, was my absolute highlight of the third movie. I felt like my 13 years old self again, being glued to the TV. That was a straight nostalgia jab into my face and I love this anime for doing that. I honestly think Kokuhaku was the best movie so far. We saw how much the Digimon love their humans, how much they all evolved, we finally got a better glimpse of our actual opponents, the entire reboot idea was simple but effective and Tentomons megaevolution was so cool! Besides, Takeru and Patamon … right into the feels.

giphy2Talking about feels! You can’t talk about Digimon withou shipping wars. We finally got a hint of Takari, which was cool. We all know Takari was that one pairing, that absolutely needed to happen ever since we saw these two adorable kids in Digimon Adventure. Besides, their brothers are Yamato and Taichi, who used to fight so much, the alpha-males of the group so to speak, and now they’re totally best friends, but I would just love to see Taichi getting jelous over Takeru for steeling his baby sister away. We haven’t seen anything from Takeru that specific, but he was very occupied with Patamon in Kokuhaku, so he’s excused. I hope it’ll come.

On the other ship that totally should set sail, there has not really been going on that much. I do feel the love triangle between Taichi x Sora x Yamato is being hinted on and slighty teased every now and then, but it’s very low key. The shipping wars have been huge in this fandom and I think it would be cool, if they acknowledged it a bit by teasing it slightly more. Not too much, they don’t have to go the Avatar road, I mean they were just cruel to their fanbase. Admittedly, they were nice enough to clear it all up at the end and even though a good portion of fans was still unsatisfied with ALTA, everyone’s pretty cool with Korra. How often do you have a lesbian endgame ship? I’m totally shipping Makorra and I still think that end was cool.

Either way, Digimon Tri is the ultimae chance to right what’s wrong. It’s the chance to free me from my ultimate shipping nemesis Sorato and finally make Taiora canon. Please, Digimon Tri, MAKE IT HAPPEN!

tumblr_lhf1ybu3bl1qafrh6

 

Advertisements

Anime of the Year

With 2015 comming to a close, it’s time to name by personal favorites of 2015! I guess…

I didn’t really had much time this year, so I would’ve liked to watch/read/play some more stuff, but I have to work with what I have.

5-9

Ore Monogatari

Let’s start with Anime of the Year. I think I had a pretty good anime year, or at least say I’ve had worse. There was Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (continuing from Fall ’14, but who cares), which I really enjoyed. I actually still need to complete it, but since I read the manga, I know what’s comming and I know I will cry my eyes out.

Then there was Haikyuu season 2. I love the manga and the anime did not disappoint so far. Well, they weren’t able to convey some of the epic scenes as well as the manga did, but sill pretty good. Season 2 has been better than season 1, but I guess that’s also because Karasuno finally starts to work better and better and becomes a stronger team, therefore achieving more.

Ore Monogatari was a nice new take on a romantic comedy with a male lead, but without ecchi or harem whatsoever. It’s… like a normal shoujo, but with a very shounen-ish male lead.

Owari no Seraph season 1 + 2, pretty good. The visuals were the best part of it though, but the story get’s much more interesting starting season 2. It’s certainly worth a watch.

Ushio to Tora was a cool old-school anime, I just enjoyed the heck out of it. Sure, I was riding on nostalgia here, but I really needed a good old action shounen and Ushio to Tora delivered!

Nao

Charlotte

Charlotte was okay, but the ending was… weird. I didn’t need that¬†scientific explanation and stuff, I was fine just accepting a world with superpowers in it.

Also, a special nod towards Digimon Adventire Tri: Saikai. It was made for me, I swear. While it wasn’t perfect, it did a lot of things very right and I take off my hat for that. Can’t wait for the second movie, keep it going strong, it was awesome.

My three runner-ups for best anime of the year are: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Shokugeki no Soma and OnePunchMan. These three anime are very different and all exceeded in their own right, so it’s very hard to choose. Shirayuki-hime is certainly one of the better romance-anime since Ouran High School Host Club. Soma hits my sweet spot with it’s crazy cooking theme and great execution and OnepunchMan ist just pure fun, but had a bit of a rough start.

In the end, even though I rated OPM higher, I guess my anime of the year is Shokugeki no Soma. Everyone was hyping OPM and even though it managed to live up to the hype, Soma was a bigger surprise for me and it really hits all the right spots. It’s the spiritual successor of Yakitate Japan, without drifting off in sheer nonsense so far. It’s just unfortunate they’re stretching out the autumn selections that much. Well, whatever.

tve382a2e3838be383a1e3808ce9a39fe6889fe381aee382bde383bce3839ee3808dpv-mp4_snapshot_00-36_2014-12-22_19-58-25

Shokugeki no Soma

Digimon Adventure tri.1: Saikai

It’s finally here!!

840

Pokemon might have the better games, but Digimon sure has the better anime. And always had. I’m a 90s kid, I grew up in the middle of the monster-craze and I loved Digimon Adventure.

Digimon Adventure tri is made specifically for people like me and this anime is pure fanservice. There are a lot of shows out there trying to give us what we want and hardly ever do they succeed. Digimon tri hits all the right spots. And I mean all the right spots.

After watching all 4 episodes, I need to get that supid grin off my face. giphyfeels2Hearing the intro, the fighting theme and the evolution theme alone sends me on an emotional rollercoaster. Add the original cast and the original Digimon and you have a winner.

However, what truly makes this great, is how well they aged the characters. They’ve all grown up, but their friendship was still there and the overall chemistry was spot on. The one time when Koshiro explained way too much in detail what’s going on and everyone just started talking about different stuff was hilarious. And what about Koushiros crush on Mimi? Awesome. Tai x Sora x Yamato love triangle hints in the first 10 minutes of episode 1? Can’t wait to enjoy the upcomming shipping wars. Huge animated monsters beating the crap out of each other? Man, I’ve missed it so much.

The thing is, this anime doesn’t just give us what some people think we might want, it really gives us what we want. Even though the original cast of Digimon Adventure was still there in Digimon 02, they only played a minor role (aside froiron-man-gifm Hikari and Takeru – how come they’re not dating, though? This needs to be fixed asap) and many “day one” digimon fans, wanted to know more about the aged original cast.

And this is exactly it. They can still fight, but they have their problems. Joe seems to be the furthest away from the group because he has essential problems in his life. Tai has no idea what to do with his future and likes to hang out with his friends all day, but heavily questions their actions regarding their fights in terms of destruction and possible loss of human lives. He would’ve never done that in the past, because he was a kid and the audience were children as well.

Well, what can I say? Digimon Tri had big shoes to fill and the expectations were sky high. This anime is pure fanserivce and it’s target audience aren’t children, it’s old fans like me who missed the original not even sorry chris hemsworthcast after 02. In that respect, it didn’t just meet my expectations, it exceeded them. It’s exactly what I always wanted and I can’t say how much I was looking forward to it.

The wait was worth it.