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- Sep 8, 2006
It's March 3rd in Japan, so it's the 19th anniversary of Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diablomon, which came out in 2001.
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's 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 the just released 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.)
And in the west it's still March 2nd, so it's the 18th 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