No real delay despite spending 2 days helping my brother move.
Where things would be identical, bits of text will be taken from the articles for parts 1 and 2.
Lots of scanning and editing on this one.
As normal, I won't be reviewing the show itself, just going over the actual Blu-ray release.
Any screencaps from the Blu-ray are lossless PNGs. I will embed a small amount as samples, the rest will be a gallery to off-site storage (for now). Warning for those on metered internet connections.
The edited JPGs themselves of the scans I'll embed.
Scanning was done as high quality as I could do. I've explained my workflow in my personal thread and will answer any questions involving it or the processes used. Dealing with a replacement scanner didn't cause any obvious issues, minus mild paranoia that something was wrong at random based on the problems with the prior scanner. I did a medium level of editing, but didn't go overboard to get these to everyone as quickly as possible. If necessary I might go back and do more editing later.
First up will be all the physical stuff. Everything included with the Blu-ray was scanned minus two things, which will be mentioned as I get to them.
We start with.... an obi card!
This is an interesting obi card as it completely covers 3 sides, and partially covers a 4th. The part of the obi that covers the front covers the bottom left corner of the front. The obi for parts 1 and 2 covered the bottom right of the front. The back of the case itself has no information on the product, so it's left to the obi card to contain all of this relevant information. It also means with the obi removed, the product is completely clean of most legal and technical information.
The packaging for the Blu-ray itself is a cardboard digipak. The digipak is slightly thicker than is normally used but is identical to those for tri. 1 and 2. The disk tray is plastic and raised far more than you'd normally see for a digipak. There is no obvious reason for this to be done this way. The cardboard is actually slightly wider than the plastic tray (likely to take into account the booklets and ads included.)
The front and back cover for the Blu-ray are very nice and clean.
The front cover is a great image of Koushiro, Tentomon, Takeru, and Patamon. Koushiro's face seems to be drawn a bit more artistically than he generally is. His eyes are drawn in a unique way, and his eyebrows are drawn even more robust than normal.
The back cover is clean and with the tri. style digital motif (for lack of a better term) imagery in a subtle gray. This time I didn't scan the spine. The spine is simply basic black text of the title, but for the tri. text itself they kept it as it appears in the logo (it's effectively identical to the spine from parts 1 and 2, just with the changes to part 3 (it's basically just the vertical logo from the obi card in fact.)
The Blu-ray comes with a slipcover (in an o-card shape) that is made out of clear plastic with the tri. style digital motif imagery on it to add to the cover. The logo is also on the slipcover.
The front with the slipcover added adds an effect that appears similar to what we see in the OP for tri.
The back is interesting because it already has a similar design style in a different color, so it feels multi-layered.
One of the things I didn't scan was the inside of the digipak. Because of the height of the plastic tray, the scan wouldn't have come out well. The same as with parts 1 and 2, there is no art on the inside of the digipak. It uses the same motif we see through the packaging, but this time it's different layers of yellow and white.
The physical Blu-ray itself continues using this theme.
Same motif, just with a focus on the yellow color used for tri. part 3.
The Blu-ray came with a single physical extra (no clear file this time.)
I'm including Amazon's sample image here simply to show what it is. The poster is quite large, and I will try and scan it once I'm sure exactly how best to go about doing it (I may attempt to scan it in pieces and stitch it together, or go to an office store and see if they have a large scale scanner I can use.) Another option would be to hang it and take a picture to show it at scale (this is recurring with these massive posters... I'm leaning towards everything being done and doing large scale scans on a rented large printer all at once.)
Two booklets were also included. The smaller booklet is less a real booklet and more a fold-able pamphlet like thing made out of some nice paper stock.
The front uses the poster art from tri. 3 that we first saw right after tri. 2 came out, while the back lists credit information using the tri. digital motif.
The inside of this contains 2 pages with character information on Koushiro, Tentomon, Takeru, and Patamonmon. 4 pages of storyboards are also included. I left them in 2 page formation as I scanned them.
I love production materials, so it's great to see more storyboards, and again we get one of the key scenes, just like last time. Still holding out hope for a storyboard book.
The larger booklet is a nice quality booklet with a ton of great art on the inside. I've kept the scans in double page formation for the interior, as I scanned it, as the dual page spreads are generally related.
The front again uses the poster art from tri. 3. The back continues the digital motif.
The first interior pages again uses a familiar image to Digimon fans who have followed tri.
It's the promotional image of the Digimon on the train car. Along with that we get a story overview.
Thanks to garm we have translations of some bits from throughout the book, including the story overview:
Meicoomon undergoes a sudden mutation, and disappears into the other side of the distortion after destroying Leomon.
Taichi and the others become unable to hide their unrest caused by this disappearance.
"If Meicoomon is infected, I want to find out why. Were there any symptoms? When on earth did the infection occur?"
Koushiro struggles to find a countermeasure as they face with a reality that no one has expected.
However, unable to find any effective methods, Koushiro interrogates Meiko in hopes of digging out any information he can.
"Please remember! We need your information to pin down the cause of infection."
Meiko faces the ground, unable to give an answer.
Although Koushiro had quarantined Agumon and the other partners in his office to prevent them from getting infected, Patamon began to show signs of infection...
At the same time, the Digimon were informed of an important secret concerning the Digital World, from a voice that spoke through Hikari's body.
"The time...is near..."
The 'time' would come as they engaged in battle with Meicoomon, who reappeared.
Taichi and the others were distressed as they learn of this secret.
In the midst of their overlapping thoughts, they make a decision...
"If we wait for 'someday', we'll end up becoming adults!"
Now, once again, the adventure evolves...
The next 2 page spread is Koushiro and Tentomon!
Interestingly a few of the Koushiro images have him without the whites of his eyes. We also get some detailed eyebrow action going on with him. Tentomon and his evolutions all look great. It's interesting to compare and contrast the differences in their armor and how some of the limbs change from form to form.
And the text profiles they give for Koushiro and Tentomon:
Izumi Koushiro - A first year at Tsukishima Sogo High School. An intellectual, logical thinker who is well-acquainted with computers. While he has an active side to him, such as communicating with Chosen Children around the world via the net, there are also times where he gets too engrossed in amassing information and knowledge that he loses sight of what's around him. Partner Digimon - TentomonTentomon (Child, Vaccine att., Insect type) - Koushiro's partner Digimon. An Insect type Digimon with a hard shell and 6 limbs. Its Special Technique, Petit Thunder, uses touch to create static electricity which it fires off. It speaks in Kansai dialect for some reason.
Next up is Takeru and Patamon!
Takeru and his hats get a page! Also, is it just me or is the bottom left facial image of Takeru really creepy? The Patamon images look great. The tri. design for HolyAngemon seems quite impressive. Seems a bit weird to include him when he hasn't shown up yet though.
And the text profiles they give for Takeru and Patamon:
Takaishi Takeru - A second year at Odaiba Middle School. Although he lives apart from his older brother Yamato due to their parents' divorce, the two of them are on good terms and often keep in contact. Similarly to Koushirou, he communicates with Chosen Children from around the world via his blog.Some interesting details for Patamon in his information... Takeru's Patamon is generally listed as a Data attribute, this specifically lists him as Vaccine, which confirms some earlier information that suggested this for tri. Also, they do not list a form higher than HolyAngemon for Patamon.Patamon (Child, Vaccine att., Mammal type) - Takeru's partner Digimon. A Mammal type Digimon whose defining characteristic is its large ears. Its Special Technique is Air Shot, where it fires the air it sucks in out in one shot.
This next batch is some of the various other characters who have shown up in tri. thus far.
We start off with what they call "Meicoomon's Transformed Form" (the word Mutated would also work, and may be preferable to some.)
Then we get the "Mysterious Man" who has shed the false identity of the Digimon Kaiser. It's interesting that even after 'revealing' him at the end of tri. part 3, they still aren't willing to give him even a stand in name.
On the right side we get young Meiko and her family from tri. part 3. In the middle of the page we get Koushiro's parents who showed up in tri. part 1. At the bottom we get Taichi and Hikari's Mom who showed up in tri. parts 1 and 3, along with Jou's parents who showed up in tri. part 2.
Bunch of extra stuff!
This spread has a bunch to look at. On the left side we see various gear, including the tri. designs for the D-3 and D-Terminal.
On the right side we see various locations, including some various nice overview shots of a few locations.
This time we also get quite a bit of text.
This page has various data regarding what is going on. We've left out the bits regarding what Homeostasis/Hikari and Himekawa said since that information is stated by them in tri. part 3.
Infection/Infected Digimon - A condition that causes Digimon to lose their sense of self and go berserk. It is said that Meicoomon is the origin of the infection, and that Infected Digimon carry some relation to the distortion [of worlds] that is happening.The Being who Wishes for Stability - Homeostasis, also known as the god of the Digital World. It borrows Hikari's body in order to speak to Agumon and the other Digimon. It speaks of the danger that Infected Digimon bring to the Digital World, and how a 'large sacrifice' is required in order to prevent that danger from happening.
Reboot - A process that will restart the system running the Digital World. As a result, time in the Digital World will loop back to the start. Homeostasis has decided to execute [the Reboot] after Meicoomon makes its reappearance in the real world. Due to this Reboot, the partner Digimon's memories are reset as well, causing them to lose their memories of the children.Distortion - The state brought about by data that is made up of not binary nor decimal, but another unknown numeral system. Due to the spread of this [numeral system], digital appliances in the real world begin to malfunction.
To finish with, the bigger booklet ends with some more storyboards.
These storyboards appear to be a few different key moments with Koushiro and Tentomon, along with the entire group.
And that's largely it for tri. part 3's package. Except the ads, which I'm including here...
The ads are included in no specific order (minus that I put the 3 Appmon ones together.) Some of these were double sided with one ad on one side and another on the back. I've made no mention of which ones did this in my notes as it doesn't seem strictly necessary to know.
Appmon gets 3 ads. One for the show, one for various Appmon chips and products that are compatible with them, and we finish with an ad for the upcoming Appmon 3ds game.
We then have an ad for the upcoming home video release of DigiFes 2016. It gives a general overview of the content of the disk which we've known for awhile, along with a handful of images. We also get an ad for the current mobile game in Japan, Digimon Linkz. We finish off with an ad for the Megahouse GEM Figures of Daisuke & V-mon along with Takato & Guilmon. In the corner we get a tease for Juri and Leomon (the fact it's a silhouette suggests they printed these up awhile ago since that's been fully revealed.)
And that's it for the physical... onto the disk contents itself!
The video is encoded using AVC at an average bitrate of roughly 21 Mbps. Good bitrate for animated content in general. tri. part 3 is encoded at 1080p and 24 frames per second. Notably this is less than tri. parts 1 and 2, which both were roughly 26 Mbps. The encoding was likely automatd to fit on a single disk (interestingly, despite tri. part 3 being longer, the overall file size of the feature itself is smaller than it was for parts 1 and 2.) Overall the video quality doesn't seem to suffer from this.
The audio is a 5.1 PCM track. Good uncompressed 16-bit audio. The audio is generally smooth and crisp and is effectively the same as parts 1 and 2.
No subtitles are included, which is expected.
The video quality itself is roughly what we expected. Everything is digital animation, so it looks great. You occasionally get a background or some other detail that isn't aliased that well, but that's par for the course for animated content. One thing to note is dark scenes look quite good. On occassion you will see some very mild banding but it doesn't seem to be much of a problem here. Despite the change in bitrate from the prior releases there appears to be no real world change (in fact, I had written up a note about very slight banding to find I had written the same note for tri. parts 1 and 2...)
By and large tri. on Blu-ray looks great. There are slightly off frames if you pick and choose, and the occasional stilted bit of animation, which is normal in animation when you pick and choose what to show, but the encode on the Blu-ray itself is relatively pristine.
Arguably the video quality could be increased by switching to a dual layer disk, but for clean modern animation, 21 Mbps is still quite good. As an example, the recent Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders had it's encode at 15Mbps, which is skewed pretty low for 1080p animation, and that looks quite good.
I still like the menus quite a bit.
The menu animates in over the coverart with the tri. motif and then becomes a static menu.
The chapter menu shows the first 4 chapters larger, and when you go over to 5, the size switches to have the next 4 longer, and repeats with the final 4. This is different than tri. parts 1 and 2 which each had 2 groups of 5. The entire menu is very clean and usable, which is how I like my menus.
Time for extras!
No clean OP this time, but we do get the clean episodic ED for part 3.
Then we get a 30 second trailer for tri. part 3, along with the long 1 minute and 40 second trailer.
We also get the 3 minute digest version of part 2 (this is meant to be a refresher of what happened in tri. part 2 before you watch part 3.)
After that we get some commercials for part 2. We get a 30 second ad and a 15 second ad for the part 2 BD/DVD. Tthis continues the theme started with part 2 that some late commercials for the prior part show up since the prior disk would have been finished early for the theater release version.
A few people wondered if tri. part 3 in Japan had anything regarding Kouji and Mizutani. The Blu-ray and DVD does include something in the main video file for tri. part 3.
This is shown for roughly 15 seconds before the Toei logo comes up at the beginning. Thanks to shin for the translation. The English text isn't there in the original. Me and shin decided to add it for the screenshot.
Overall tri. part 3 got a package on par with the good bar that part 1 set and part 2 continued. The initial package, as mentioned above, comes in a digipak, but information suggests after the initial printing it will move over to a normal Blu-ray case, same as parts 1 and 2.
Part 3 did receive a theater release BD when it was in theaters. The disk contents themselves are the same, the only difference is in packaging and a different label on the disk. The delayed part 2 theater BD came out at the same time.
The DVD release should be the same for physical (with slight change in packaging for DVD instead of Blu-ray.) On disk content should be effectively the same, but in 480 compressed with MPEG2 instead of 1080 compressed with AVC for video, and Dolby Digital compression for the audio instead of uncompressed PCM.
Screencaps were taken largely at random while jumping around (although if I knew a moment was coming up I wanted a cap of, I'd wait, along with a few cap requests from Twitter.)
Here are 36 caps in lossless PNG in a gallery. They are stored off site, but I have backup copies stored on WtW, so if they ever go down let me know and I'll replace them.
The scans are very small compared to the master scans I did (the work and backup folder structure for the scans and screencaps is over 25 gigs.) I will try and make wallpapers if people are interested. If you want to see a specific screencap of something give me a rough timecode if you can.
We are working on finshing up the WtW Gallery site, where we will put all the scans and screencaps in an indexed and searchable form.
This release continues the theme of tri. getting a nice home release and it'll be interesting to see how both future releases in Japan go, along with upcoming releases in various other countries of tri. part 1.
If you have any questions about the release feel free to ask.
Thanks to garm for a bunch of translated details and to shin for some translation assistance and some notes about the DVD version.
Thanks to everyone has donated for us to do various scans and breakdowns. We are still taking donations so we can do this again for future releases. If you are willing to donate please take a look at the most recent thread on the subject.
We should have a few more things coming out in the next few weeks for everyone to look forward to.
Update- We have week one sales. The sales chart for this period is October 31st through November 6th. Digimon Adventure tri. Part 3 came out on November 2nd.
The Blu-ray version sold 9,061 copies and came in 1st place on the Animation Blu-ray chart.
The DVD version sold 2,461 copies and come in 2nd place on the Animation DVD chart.
For comparison purposes:
Digimon Adventure tri. part 1 sold 6,074 on Blu-ray and 1,748 on DVD in it's initial week. It's chart position was 5th for BD and 10th for DVD.
Digimon Adventure tri. part 2 sold 9,602 on Blu-ray and 2,804 on DVD in it's initial week. It's chart position was 2nd for BD and 3rd for DVD.
Neither part 1 or part 2 charted at number 1 due to various big releases coming out at the time.
Some notable releases that came out at the same time as tri. part 3 that appear on the chart are- Thunderbolt Fantasy Volume 3, Heartcatch Precure! Blu-ray Box Vol. 1, and the 24th Crayon Shin-Chan film.
Thanks to ANN for the tri. part 3 numbers.
Week 1 disk sales are good, we can only hope they keep up.
Update- Week two numbers.
Blu-ray sold 616 and came in 6th.
DVD sold 277 and came in 10th.
Digimon Adventure tri. part 1 sold 2,542 on BD week 2 and 590 on DVD week 2.
Digimon Adventure tri. part 1 sold 1,511 on BD week 2 and 655 on DVD week 2.
Sales as of week 2:
Part 1- BD: 8,616 DVD: 2,338
Part 2- BD: 11,119 DVD: 3,459
Part 3- BD: 9,677 DVD: 2,738
This puts sales ahead of part 1 and behind part 2 at this point.