The Digimon franchise began as a series of Tamagotchi-like virtual pets in 1997, that owners could feed, train, evolve, and use to battle against other Digimon trainers. The toys were popular enough to warrant an anime adaptaion, Digimon Adventure, which ran from March 7, 1999 to March 26, 2000. Adventure followed a group of seven kids who were transported to the Digital World one day during Summer Camp, and accompanied by friendly Digimon who helped them on their subsequent adventures. A sequel, Digimon Adventure 02 was released soon after.
More Digimon anime, video games, toys, and other merchandise followed. To celebrate the popular first anime’s anniversary, Toei announced a film series, title Digimon Adventure tri, which would reunite fans with Adventure’s original protagonists six years after their time in the Digital World. Tri will consist of six films, the first of which, “Reunion,” came out today in Japanese theaters.
The official synopsis begins:
It’s been six years since that summer adventure when Taichi “Tai” Yagami and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World. And nearly three years have passed since the final battle between Hikari Yagami’s group and BelialVamdemon. As the peaceful days passed by, at some point the gate to the Digital World closed. Not even the DigiDestined know what caused this, and time alone continues to pass.
Crunchyroll, the anime and drama streaming service that also simulcasts Ultraman X, released “Reunion” today, and split it into four, TV-sized episodes. Premium members can watch it here, while free users have to wait until November 27th.