Digimon Adventure tri.
“Confessions” (告白, “Kokuhaku”), Eps. 9-13
Directed By Keitaro Motonaga
I was originally going to write about this film during winter break, but I didn’t have time. Now it’s summer, and I have all the time in the world.
In the third film, we learn that Meicoomon has been infected with the virus. Izzy has been working non-stop to find a cure before their Digimon get infected. However, it’s too late. Patamon has already revealed signs of infection to T.K. The only solution to save Meicoomon is doing a system reboot, but at the cost of the Digimon forgetting the existence of their human friends.
When I first watched the third installment of Digimon Adventure tri. “Confessions,” I cried because the Digimon forgot all their memories in order to reboot the system. When watching it a second time, I still got the feels.
However, this post isn’t about my emotional issues with this particular installment, but rather, I’m going to focus on two characters that were the focus of this film: Koushiro “Izzy” Izumi and Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi. (For this post, I’m going to use these characters’ English names because I originally watched Digimon Adventure in English dub and so I’m more familiar with their English names instead of their Japanese names.)
In the original series, T.K. was still a little kid who didn’t participate in battles because it was too dangerous. Yet when he was needed, T.K. became courageous and took on any bad Digimon with his companion, Patamon, who transformed into Angemon. In Digmon Adventure tri., his courage is tested as he must remain strong and supportive of Patamon who is infected. He contemplates on whether or not to tell the rest of the group of what’s happening to Patamon. He keeps it a secret, though, because he wants to protect Patamon and enjoy the last moments he has with him before the inevitable end.
T.K. begins to sympathize with Mei. Mei has been under the scrutiny of Izzy as he demands answers and clues about Meicoomon. However, Mei feels guilty and overwhelmed by the situation. T.K. learns the truth: Meicoomon is the source of the infection, and Mei couldn’t tell the others because she wanted to protect her Digimon. T.K. understands her perspective now as he is trying to protect Patamon. T.K. is trying to be strong about the whole ordeal but he is also scared because he doesn’t want Patamon to be put under scrutiny and he doesn’t know how the rest of the gang will react.
Although Izzy means well with his questioning, he does go a bit too far as he doesn’t consider Mei’s feelings. However, Izzy has so much stress and anxiety to find a solution that will save the Digital World and the human world. His stress levels damaged his health as he hasn’t been sleeping or eating well, which results in the other Digi-destined taking care of his basic needs.
The stress and anxiety caused Izzy to lose sight of his love for research and knowledge, and as a result, he is unable to focus on the task at hand. In fact, Izzy questions his intelligence as he doesn’t feel confident enough to solve this virus issue. Yet, Tentamon shows his faith in Izzy. Tentamon tells him about the “reboot” and Izzy decides to countermeasure the reboot with another program. Although his plan failed, Izzy still continued to figure out a way to open the gate to the Digital World in order to reunite with their Digimon partners.
“Confessions” was a pretty emotional movie, but it is a turning point in the series. The Digidestined are now in the Digital World and hope to rekindle their friendships with their Digimon.
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