It seems like an age since we last had any concrete news about the forthcoming Digimon Adventures Tri project, but now the silence has suddenly been broken with not just one piece of news, but several, along with a teaser trailer to boot!
The first and perhaps most important revelation is that this new adaptation is not a TV series as previously thought, but is in fact a set of six movies. The first, called “Saikai” (Reunion), will premiere in Japan on November 21st.
In addition, the Japanese cast for the human characters has now been confirmed, and is as follows:
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Yamato Ishida
Suzuko Mimori as Sora Takenouchi
Mutsumi Tamura as Kōshirō Izumi
Hitomi Yoshida as Mimi Tachikawa
Junya Ikeda as Jō Kido
Junya Enoki as Takeru Takaishi
MAO as Hikari Yagami
What is most interesting about this part of the announcement is that, unlike their Digimon partners, the human characters have all been re-cast. Given that this project is a sequel of sorts to the original series, it’s unusual that the original voice cast would not return, but when you consider that the characters are now teenagers and young adults rather than children, it’s perhaps an easier decision to understand. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that whoever ends up with the rights to dub an English language version will do the same.
The final piece of news that was unveiled was that AiM (Ai Maeda) will be returning to provide the series’ first ending theme. Titled “I wish”, the song will be a new recording of a track from the original Digimon series.
Along with these major reveals, the series’ first trailer gives viewers a glimpse of what to expect from the films. Though described as a teaser, the clip shows a lot more than you might expect, with what seem to be some pretty amazing new character designs from Atsuya Uki (Cencoroll, tsuritama), along with appearances from your favourite Digimon characters of old. In particular, a cute scene between Taichi Yagami and his Digimon partner Agumon will tug at your heartstrings, and it seems safe to say that this announcement will whip fans up into more of frenzy than before!
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