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- Sep 8, 2006
It's March 3rd in Japan, so it's the 20th anniversary of Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diablomon, which came out in 2001.
Various bits below have been reused from prior anniversary articles.
The film acted as a general 'finale film' to Adventure and 02, acting as a direct sequel to Children's War Game with the return of Diablomon and Omegamon.
Acting not only as a finale to the first few years of the anime in Japan, the movie was also the first time the franchise came back in the west, airing on August 5th, 2005 on Toon Disney, with most of the original English dub cast returning.
Hosoda wasn't involved with this one, but it uses many things fans would recognize from not just War Game, but even the first Adventure movie, also directed by Hosoda.
Prior to tri. it was generally been treated as the last story/character based elements we got with the Adventure and 02 characters (minus a cameo in Hunters), and it was the last proper appearance of all the 02 kids and Digimon until Kizuna. (The movie was released before the finale of 02, but with the Toei Anime Fair format, later home video releases, the TV release in the west, a good percentage of people wouldn't have likely seen it until 'after' 02 ended.)
Update- Digimon Web put up some new social art along with a message for the anniversary.
Twenty years ago today, March 3rd, 2001
Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diablomon was released
Diablomon, who was thought to have been defeated in "Our War Game!", sets aim at Taichi & Yamato
This is one movie that won't fade away even after 20 years.
And in the west it's still March 2nd, so it's the 19th anniversary of Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express, which came out in 2002.
Not quite as much a goodbye for the Tamers crew as Diablomon was for the Adventure and 02 teams. And often treated more as a 'welcome back' after the goodbyes in the finale... The movie told a little bit of a different story that is still generally well regarded and is able to detail a few things that didn't show up in the television series.
The dub cast also returned when this ended up coming out in 2005 in the west, although it ended up being scheduled and aired 'before' the first Tamers movie on Toon Disney.
While much like Revenge of Diablomon, it aired before Tamers ended (and various characters also appeared in Hunters), it's generally treated as the 'last' Tamers animation we've gotten thus far.
Both Revenge of Diablomon and Runaway Digimon Express worked as relatively nice goodbyes to their respective arms of the franchise when originally released.
After the release of the movie as part of a larger Digimon movie Blu-ray Box, the movies were released in duos with other films from their associated shows! Those are still available: (affiliate links)
Digimon the Movies Blu-ray Box
Digimon Adventure 02, Movies 3 and 4 Blu-ray
Digimon Tamers, Movies 5 and 5 Blu-ray
Revenge of Diablomon is also being included in the Digimon Adventure 1999-2001 Blu-ray box coming out this week.
The box will be released on March 6th, 2021 (the day before the 22nd Anniversary of Digimon Adventure beginning.)
The price is given as an 'affordable price' for an anime Blu-ray box of this size (but still not cheap), 39,800 yen. This is under the cost of the standalone Blu-ray series boxes that Adventure, 02, Tamers, and Frontier each had (and also cheaper than the standalone DVD boxes the shows had gotten prior to Blu-rays.) More info on the set can be found here.
Pre-orders are currently open at CDJapan. (affiliate link)