Digimon Adventures 02: Diablomon Strikes Back

Japanese Title: Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon no Gyakushuu
Also Known As: Digi Movie 4, Digimon 02: Revenge of Diablomon
Genre: Action
Format: 1 Movie
Allegiance: Toei Animation
Director: Imamura Takahiro
Vintage: 2001
Intelligence Agency Report by: Drake
Three years have passed since Diablomon’s defeat against the Chosen Children. However, Diablomon survived, and has spent three long years deep in the Net plotting revenge on the world. This time has now come: can the old and new Chosen Children join forces and destroy Diablomon once and for all, or have they finally met their match?

Field Agent Report by: Drake 
Overall 8.50
(not an average)

Very few anime in the world make me want to go back and rewatch it for entertainment’s sake. Among those select few lays one unexpected anime, not many would even consider watching, and that is Digimon Adventures: Diablomon Strikes Back. You might be thinking to yourselves that I’m a total nut, and perhaps I am. Though something about this movie has drawn me back to it countless times, and has earned the rank of best Digimon Adventure movie, and great movie in my book.

On first glance, one may discard this movie due to the similar animation as found in The Golden Digimentals (movie 3), and I’ll be the first to admit the animation is in need of some work. The character designs are not very detailed, and are designed just to resemble their TV show counterparts. Though don’t get me wrong, the animation wasn’t terrible, it just was not as amazing. However where the animation lacks the musical composition picks up the movie and carries it through. The musical scores helped very much so in securing the right atmosphere for viewers, and makes the experience all the more better.

The plot is pretty simple and won’t rack many if any brain cells in trying to comprehend it. You have an old foe return from the grave, followed by two exceptionally well done battles sequences to defeat him. One of the parts I really enjoyed was the feel of true team work bridging from the original team to the new comers. Each member of the digidestined had their own role, even if said role lasted about a minute or less. However there is no real development of the characters due to the movie running for a total of thirty minutes, but I’m not complaining the progress made in thirty minutes is amazing. The pacing of the movie left the viewer feeling satisfied and not left hanging with complaints on the length.

All in all this is a great movie, to make any fan of the series proud. It gave a decent plot, animation, and exceptional sound tracks, and encompassed it all into a span of thirty minutes successfully. I suggest everyone go check out this prodigious movie.