On Friday November 20th 2015, the first instalment of Digimon Adventure Tri was released to English speaking audience with subtitles. This was the long awaited 15th anniversary special of the original Digimon series that aired in 1999-2000 and, for me personally, was something that has stuck with me ever since then.
I won’t go into too many details in this post but when I found out last August about the new series, I was ecstatic. Actual tears were shed. At work. It was kind of awkward actually.
Fast forward a year and a half and many egg-clicks (you don’t know the struggle unless you clicked every day on multiple devices to reveal tiny hints about the series) later, the first part of a six part series of films was first released in theatres in Japan. As much as I would have loved to have flown over there, I don’t have the resources to do that (or take time off work and school) never mind not being able to understand Japanese without… you know… English subtitles.
God bless CrunchyRoll. And my friend Maddie, who let me use her paid account to watch it. Of course, it was released early (good news) during the busiest time of my semester (bad, bad news). I had three essays and a presentation to do over the course of the weekend after working nine hour days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
On Friday (the day it was released) I was too caught up with essay writing. So I decided, I was going to get up at 7:30 on Saturday morning before having to be at work for 10am, head downstairs with my blanket, and watch Digimon.
Saturday morning cartoon style.
I told my nineteen-year-old brother that this was the plan, and when my alarm woke me up on Saturday morning, I could already hear him pouring cereal in the kitchen.
I went downstairs, he handed me a mug of tea that he had made and we logged into Maddie’s CrunchyRoll account using the Apple TV. Obviously none of those things were even things to us back in the day of getting up early and watching Saturday morning cartoons on Fox Kids and YTV on our 20 inch TV in the basement.
I’m not going to lie, I teared up at several points. I laughed out loud and I gasped and audibly sobbed when “my babies” came on screen. I’m not going to lie, it was a surreal experience. I know people might be rolling their eyes at this but this show was literally my childhood. I grew up with those kids. The Tri narrative takes place in 2005, and I can’t tell you how much I wish this was there for 2005 Adrianna.
If you follow me on social media you will know about my Wreck This Journal. As soon as the announcement and original poster was released for Tri, I knew I wanted to do a sort of time line of a Digidestined for “Document Time Passing”. I was torn between Tai, Mimi, and Sora.
After watching Tri, I knew it had to be Mimi (#queen).
Shown are Mimi Tachikawa aged 4, 6, 10 (9 in the dub), 13 (12 in the dub), and 16. It’s crazy to think how much she, as a character has changed through the narrative from Adventure to Tri, and maybe the same thing can be said about me. It might be a stretch to say that Digimon has changed who I am but the messages and characters have always been ones that I’ve always kept with me over the past 15 years.
- For more information about my WTJ you can check out my journal hub HERE.
- Digimon Adventure tri (in Japanese with English subtitles) is available to view (now without a subscription) on CrunchyRoll.
I was someone who always had my hopes up for an “03”. Now that it’s here, I’m focusing that energy towards a dubbed version! Here’s hoping!