Digimon Season 3 DVD Review
the third season of the popular ongoing
Digimon anime franchise. It was
produced by Toei Animation and the series aired in both Japan and in America between the years 2001 and 2002. It
marked another successful season entry in the Digimon universe.
It arrives on DVD in North America for the first
time with this complete set which represents Digimon's
continuation as a saga and also the entirety of a
standalone show within a similar universe of storytelling.
previous seasons of Digimon, the show was a bit of an
artistic departure from what came
beforehand as with this season the show began a min-reboot of sorts
and the storyline focused on an entirely different group of characters.
was a departure which was met with a variety of responses: some fans
the change and others thought it wouldn't match up to a series they
part) because of how wonderful the characters were in the first two
season is directed by Yukio Kaizawa (Zatch Bell), who
takes over the reins of
former series directors Mamoru Hosoda (Summer
Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
and Hiroyuki Kakudou (One Piece) as
the primary creative filmmaker involved in the project.
new kids of Digimon
Tamers help to make up a cast of characters inhabiting an even
than the one the previous DigiDestined were a part of -- and the
darker as a result, sometimes with a higher degree of occasional
that some fans probably hadn't expected, and the show doesn't allow for
comedy or breaks from the action as the other seasons had. Furthermore,
show's element of DigiDevices has shifted somewhat from what was found
as previous devices helped to bring out the power of the Digimon but
gone and have been replaced instead with a D-Power device.
D-Power component can bring forward the Digimon
(including some imagined ones that come forth through the creativity of
characters), but most of these new Digimon characters are actually able
appear after cards are swiped on the devices (then bringing them out to
save the day). This aspect seems to have been added as a tie-in to the
card-game aspect of the show's success (as the Digimon
trading card game was popular at the time), but it blends
in with the show's style reasonably well.
main characters of this season entry are Takato, Henry,
and Rika: three young children who have the ability to train and work
Digimon within their real world. In previous series of the show,
would sometimes go back and forth between the real and digital world to
Digimon and the fate of the entire
universe -- and the results of this led to break-times for characters
outside of the digital realm. On Digimon
Tamers, the show actually mostly takes place outside of the
envisioned his own Digimon and through his artistic
side helped lead to the creation of the Digimon he partners with.
winds up becoming the main group leader of the characters, and the rest
inspired from his bravery. Henry is a kung-fu expert, often quiet,
and his Digimon came to be with him from the video game creation
the Digimon. Rika is a tough and skilled
Digimon trainer who battles with the absolute strongest Digimon around,
is a champion card player who is a loner before becoming more involved
Takato and Henry as friends.
season is fun, inventive, and beautifully animated: all
trademarks of the Digimon brand. Storytelling-wise,
this season feels more leisurely paced at the start, and while it
reaching for more action and a big season finale it does have some good
characters to keep things more interesting along the way. Anime fans
appreciated the prior seasons will certainly enjoy the season for its
full-frame presentation presents the animation wonderfully. The art is
and vibrant with good depth. The animation also looks colorful without
appearing over-saturated in presentation. This is a good transfer that
impressive and worthwhile. The transfer shows the clean and notable
the video quality.
Dolby Digital 2.0 is a reasonably
engaging sound mix for a standard stereo track from a television
series. The dialogue
clarity is crisp and well-defined throughout each episode. It doesn't
impressive enveloping sound a surround presentation would have added.
the dynamics do impress with clean, clear, and beautiful sound.
only supplements included are
found in the form of a 32 page long character guide book included
inside of the
packaging, and a gallery highlighting more than 40 different Digimon villain sketches.
another good season in this
spirited anime saga. It's not quite as well-made as the original
which is probably in part because of the loss of Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) as a
primary director. Fans will enjoy it regardless and will be interested
differences between the original saga and this new one. The animation
amazing to behold and the inventiveness of it all keeps things
DVD PQ/AQ impresses. This is a solid DVD release and one fans should
adding to their anime collections.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.