What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna! The movie which has been twenty years in the making. Now I have looked forward to this one since the minute they first announced this Digimon Adventure series. It always felt like this was building up to an end, and then there it was. Was I ready for it? Not at all, but I was here for it as someone who grew up with these characters and this story. Many will call Pokemon the popular series, yet at the end of the day? You don’t get this kind of closure. The younger generation has the soft reboot ongoing right now, and as for us? We got this movie franchise which brought everything full circle.
Now from the start of this movie to the end, I loved how we were seeing these DigiDestined genuinely moving forward with their lives, or trying to. They have all reached that age where it is time to figure out what the future has in store for them. For those like Izzy and Joe, the answer was quite obvious. Both are prodigies and put the work into making magic happen. For those like Tai and Matt, it was a little less straightforward as they struggled figuring things out. I wasn’t too shocked that this was a thing for Tai, but Matt? That certainly caught me off guard.
Which brings us to the plot for this movie. That I found very ambitious because this was the first time where we were seeing a threat that both targeted and put DigiDestined all over the world in danger. That said, I should also mention that I have not watched some of the more recent seasons, so for someone who is more attached to the first and second generation of DigiDestined, this was a new experience. I mean who would have guessed that there were even as many DigiDestined as they revealed existed in this universe? And somehow they concocted this plot which made it so that not one of them was safe. That said, meeting Menoa Bellucci, a professor from the United States, and Kyotaro Imura, her assistant was where things got very intriguing. That was where the plot came into full clarity. You have this Eosmon that is targeting DigiDestined around the world by robbing both them and their Digimon partners of their consciousness. Crazy right? A threat like that was cool for the fact that this wasn’t something you could simply fight your way out of. Not when you didn’t know who was behind this, how to brace yourself for these ambushes, or even how to prepare for it.
Plot aside, the action was great too. It was everything I personally came to love about the recent writing for the Digimon Adventure. From just the first scene they had my full attention because it was just awesome to see what some of them are capable of. Particularly when they are just trying to put a rogue Digimon back on the other side of the doorway. After that, you had a number of encounters between Tai, Matt, Izzy, T.K., and their Digimon as they were mostly fighting Eosmon on the Internet. That too was exciting for action that was much more than just trying to beat the other person. Though the overall appeal was simply seeing more choreography put into the battles, and less reliance on one-tricks.
The best thing about this movie? It was of course the hype around all of this leading to a situation which made it so that this was going to be Agumon and Gabumon’s last evolution. It was one thing to create a plot which really hammered the reality about what it means to be a DigiDestined. It was another thing to even drop this bomb on us early in the story and let the revelation loom over our heads till the very end. Like how else are we going to feel when you have slapped us with the truth that the more they fight with their Digimon, the faster their bond breaks? For most of us, we were only aware of the general bond between a DigiDestined and their Digimon. How one makes the other one stronger, and how the weakness of one can bring the other down. What we never knew was what happened after a DigiDestined became too old for their Digimon. This was smart too, because this only added to the emotional weight of the story as it made you question if fighting off this threat was even worth losing a bond.
Speaking of the last evolution, I would be crazy not to address the actual last evolution. That was a beautiful scene. I thought they were just going to do more of the usual, but they pushed past the usual to do something new. When they said last evolution, they pretty much took that as literally as they could in the case of Agumon and Gabumon. I was a bit broken that there’s nothing more to see of that new power they unlocked.
Another brilliant development was the reveal of the villain of the story. Mainly because you couldn’t really consider this person or the Digimon responsibly for the unprecedented phenomenon at fault for what they did. Was this person wrong for what they did? Yes, there’s no denying that. However, this was one of those situations where the person had good intentions, and this tied to the harsh reality that there is a clock on the bond between DigiDestined and their Digimon.
It also goes without saying that it was appreciated seeing the second group of DigiDestined playing their part in this. Through them there was a bit more of a sense of wonder to what a DigiDestined and their Digimon can do in the physical world these days. Unlike the first group who are trying to balance things out, they still had their youth intact, and miles to put on their Digivices. Despite them not being on the frontlines for the final battle, they were still out there fighting themselves, and that itself was something to take notice of. Even for the parts where they were needed to find information to further the investigation of this phenomenon, that was something too.
In the end, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna was the movie you never knew you needed to bring this story closure. Honestly, I wanted them to take it back, because knowing the end was coming did not change the impact it had on me when the moment came. This guy was practically moved to tears. And this hit me harder than a Pikachu being turned to stone. Pikachu came back. Can you say the same for Agumon and Gabumon?