Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna movie pamphlet interviews — Voice actor messages

Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna‘s theatrical screening had a corresponding informational pamphlet sold on-site, which contained informational and art assets and a large number of cast and staff interviews.

(Mayu Matsuoka | Natsuki Hanae and Chika Sakamoto | Other voice actor messages | Creator group talk | Scriptwriter Akatsuki Yamatoya | BGM composer Harumi Fuuki | Music artists Ayumi Miyazaki and AiM | Producer Yousuke Kinoshita)

This post is a translation of the short questionnaire messages with the voice actors for the Chosen Children and their Digimon (with the exception of Natsuki Hanae and Chika Sakamoto).



Special Message: Chosen Children ver.


We’ve asked the voice actors a quick question-and-answer questionnaire!


Yoshimasa Hosoya (voice of Yamato Ishida)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

Although not everyone got to have a huge role, they did manage to squeeze a huge amount of density with everyone in there, so I felt that it was a good and easy-to-understand story.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

I think he has a particularly cool design among all of the Digimon partners, but I really like how he has that on his head.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”1?

As I was watching, I was thinking that there wasn’t one particular place where you could feel “bonds” as much as they were constantly there.
There’s also that scene where Yamato’s talking to a friend who’s decided on his future career before he has, and Yamato mutters in a bit of a lonely way about how he’s only made a little progress, and that left an impression on me.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

In terms of new sides of Yamato, it was that “his character design has really changed a lot”.
His atmosphere was so different from that of tri. that at first I thought, “is this a completely different character?”


Suzuko Mimori (voice of Sora Takenouchi)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The feeling of Taichi and the others, the Chosen Children, becoming university students and going through the process of becoming adults was heartrending and a little bittersweet.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

She’s kind, and she’s brimming with love. She’s always the closest to Sora, and she’s a reassuring presence that understands her the best. Her love for Sora is enormous, and it really makes me happy.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

Of course, there’s the part where Sora and Piyomon are aaaaaaaaaalways together!, but for this movie, there’s a lot of scenes where you can really feel the friendship between men when it comes to Taichi and Yamato. Especially at the climax!! That’s the moment you can really feel the the bond between them at its best…!

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

Up until now, Sora’s always been doing things with everyone else, but now, she’s decided to follow her own path. I felt that she might really be about to take her first step into the road to adulthood. But I also felt that the fact that she’s worried about Taichi and the others, even after being separated from them, was something about her that hadn’t changed.


Mutsumi Tamura (voice of Koushirou Izumi)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

O-Oh no…! They’re being put through another trial…! But if I were in his position, with that kind of intellect, something has to be able to cause that kind of turmoil in him. It’s that kind of shock.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

He’s always quietly watching over Koushirou. It’d still make me happy if he were the type to go “let’s settle this together!”, but I really just want him to watch over me until I can get back on my feet. And Tentomon isn’t really giving anything like advice as much as he’s just affirming Koushirou! He’s the kind of presence that calms you down. He’s really a wonderful partner.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The harmony and synchronization between Taichi and Yamato! They’re perfectly in sync. Of course, it’s because they’ve been friends for so many years, but they’ve still both changed a lot, and it’s amazing. It must be nice to be childhood friends.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

He never wavers…He’s always got a curious spirit and intellect. But he doesn’t get nervous around girls anymore, and he was pretty calm in this movie!


Hitomi Yoshida (voice of Mimi Tachikawa)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

Taichi-san! And the others! Are becoming adults!! Yeah! They’re even drinking alcohol!! That’s right!! There were a lot of those moments that felt fresh and surprising. Thanks to that, the lyrics of the opening song felt like they were resonating more than ever.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

She’s cute, of course. She’s maidenlike, and goes along with cheer, and kind, and pure-hearted, and everything about her is lovely. Add on the fact that sometimes she gets a bit absent-minded, and all of that becomes Palmon’s own charm. Also, I was really happy that even in this movie, we got to see the bursting explosiveness of my favorite “Prickle-Prickle Bang Bang”, too!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

That final scene itself is where you can feel the power of bonds, but even during the recording, you could hear the bonds between Hanae-kun and Chika-san, and Hosoya-san and Yamaguchi-san, and it really got me in the heart.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

Mimi really has not changed at all. She puts everything she’s got into what she likes! Do your best, Mimi!! But…she’s started an online shopping business?? And she’s going to be doing experimental cooking after this?? What’s the story behind what led to that huge change??? My head keeps swimming with wild ideas…!


Junya Ikeda (voice of Jou Kido)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The title of “LAST EVOLUTION” really is fitting, it’s an evolution overflowing with passion! The bonds with their partners! I still remember how much the passion pouring out of the script really touched my heart.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

First of all, he’s lovable. And he’s the cutest. And he’s reliable, and reminds you about what’s important. I think he’s the best kind of friend around!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The final battle, where Taichi and Agumon and Yamato and Gabumon’s voices came together as they shouted out. While listening to this at the post-recording studio, my emotions just welled up and I was softly crying.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

You’re saying that in this movie, Jou is no longer taking exams?! He was constantly running through exams this whole time. And now, this whole movie has him finally released from that pressure…or so I thought, but as usual, he’s always busy and pushing himself hard.


Junya Enoki (voice of Takeru Takaishi)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

There were a lot of very serious scenes, but the 02 characters were so energetic and bright, and it was really healing.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

He’s just so cute! Whenever he moves or talks, he’s cute!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

During the scene at the end of the story, you could feel the passionate “bonds” between Taichi-san and the others, and it was a wonderful scene.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

I felt that he’s still admirable in how smoothly he deals with others, and he’s as good-looking as ever!


M・A・O (voice of Hikari Yagami)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

I thought, has this time finally come? We finally get to see for ourselves how the “Chosen Children” would grow into adults, and it was happy to see but also heartrendering, and I felt a lot of deep emotions about it.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

I love Tailmon’s wisdom, and her kindness and her strictness as she watches over her partner, Hikari-chan, and considers her someone so precious to her!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The line “we have to keep going towards the future”, and when Taichi blows the whistle. I really felt how that sound of the whistle was a symbol for this series, and when you think about it, it has to be there.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

Hikari-chan’s kindness and her ability to be firm about things hasn’t changed, and I felt that was wonderful. Also, there are various ways you can see how proactive she is, and you can really feel her strength in spirit and how she’s grown into someone more strong-willed.


Fukujuurou Katayama (voice of Daisuke Motomiya)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

When I looked at the script, I was filled with so many emotions about how the world I’d been watching when I was a kid had expanded, and, of all things, I’d be participating in this world as Daisuke! And it didn’t take very long for the story to pull me in and surprise me.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

The fun-loving voice when he yells “Daisuke!!”, and the cute way he sits on Daisuke’s lap when he’s Chibimon, and how much he loves food. And despite all that, he’s super cool when he evolves, and reliable, and takes down all the bad guys, and when he goes back to being V-mon, it’s like he’s rubbing his nose arrogantly and goes “that was nothing!”…I’ll leave it here (laughs).

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

Daisuke and V-mon and the others making their appearance and bantering with each other really showed off how close they were to each other, and I really felt the bonds between the 02 team. In particular, their Digimon partners are already like family to them. Another one is the final scene in the story, when Taichi-san and Agumon are talking at the beach, and the way their bonds were overflowing was the best.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

Daisuke’s grown up and yet hasn’t changed at all from back then, and it really leaves a strong impression. I think that’s the greatest appeal when it comes to Daisuke! But one new thing you can see about him is how clearly you can see his love for ramen!


Arthur Lounsbery (voice of Ken Ichijouji)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

I was always watching the Digimon series when I was a kid, and I really was having such deep emotions about being able to participate in a series I love so much as a character who’s become an adult, and of course I was really excited as a voice actor, but also as a fan of this series, too. I remember how my feelings kept going through highs and lows alongside the scenes I was reading in the script, more so than they usually would (laughs).

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

First of all, he’s cute!!! And so kind!!!!! And I love how he completely changes when he evolves, and instantly becomes so cool.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

Agumon’s lines in the last scene, when their bond from all this time up until now just squeezed your heart…the way it was just gathered all in there felt so awfully touching.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

Ken-chan’s straightforward nobility, and his sense of justice. His roots in that haven’t changed at all, and the fact he still held firmly onto those through all these years and made that into his charm point made me happy to see. The actual huge change is his hairstyle! (laughs) I’m really interested in the story behind what made him stop having the long hair he had back then. I wonder if we’ll get to see even a little of that story after this…!


Ayaka Asai (voice of Miyako Inoue)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

I opened the script with so much excitement, and the story went through joys and sorrows, and every time this happened I had to take a short break to calm myself down, and when I finished reading, I started screaming while diving into the bed. And then when I got to take a look at the footage, I saw that this time, I was the one who was trying to convey things to others, and I remember my heart just tightened from knowing that.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

He’s the one who understands Miyako the best. You can really feel his love for Miyako, how he’s her knight who goes “I’ll be the one to protect Miyako-san!” and will follow her anywhere! I really want to hug him! You can feel their unconditional love for each other through their relationship. Like a true knight of love! ♡

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

When the 02 group gathered together! It’s been such a long time since we’ve seen them, but you could feel their bonds in a way that brought you right back to that time. It’s the bonds they’ve made through their adventure! Their conversations make you feel, that’s right, yeah, that’s what 02 is!, and it’s so much fun.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

This is my first time getting to participate, but Miyako Inoue is a character that had already existed before, so ever since the audition, I’ve continued to value how important that is. I think that, even when they physically get older, people’s human essences and ways of speaking don’t change, and I wanted to make it so that you’d really feel that this is Miyako through her speech style and her expressions. Even though time has passed, her mood is as bright as ever, and I hope you can feel that this is this the one and only Miyako of Love and Purity.


Yoshitaka Yamaya (voice of Iori Hida)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

When I was reading it, first of all, my greatest excitement was from getting to be in the world of Digimon that I’d always looked up to since I was a kid. Just seeing the words of Taichi and Agumon’s interactions, I was reminded of those scenes from back then, and I couldn’t stop myself from grinning.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

Sometimes he responds with just the “~dagya!”2 and yet he expresses so many different emotions through it, and I love how that little point makes the fan in me smile. Also, the fact that he really is innocent. The Digimon all running around so innocently in the background really enthralls you.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

When everyone decided to keep fighting and save the others even knowing that it’d make their parting come sooner, it really made the heart tremble. And when you think about what kind of future might be ahead of them, you can really, really feel their strong bonds through those words “I get the feeling that we’ll always be with you guys,”3 and I burst out crying loudly even when I was reading that in the script…

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

When he’s eating the ramen, he doesn’t hold back when speaking his honest and straightforward thoughts and doesn’t bother with flattery, and his kindness towards Armadimon is to the point he always makes sure to keep him within viewing range, so as a fan, seeing that made me think that he hasn’t changed at all since back then. As for what parts of him have changed, although he’d always been insightful and wise, it felt like he’d become even more reliable of a person than ever.


Special Message: Digimon Partner ver.


We’ve asked the voice actors a quick question-and-answer questionnaire!


Mayumi Yamaguchi (voice of Gabumon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The script was so massive that it took up two whole volumes, I was shocked. And I couldn’t stop grinning at seeing everyone having become adults (laughs). It’s a movie about their “LAST EVOLUTION”, and yet I felt you can see there’s still much more of a future ahead of them.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

That he tries to look cool, but isn’t cool at all. That he presents himself as strong, but is actually delicate. That he looks like he’d rather be alone, but he can’t leave behind others in need. Once you put all of that together, you just have to love him.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

When we were doing the post-recording for when Taichi, Agumon, Yamato, and Gabumon have their final evolution, it was a moment where all four of our feelings came together and flared up into passion.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

When Yamato’s deeply troubled, Gabumon puts his entire heart and soul into making sure his “I’m here with you” can be heard over the sound of the motorcycle, and I thought, he really hasn’t changed.


Atori Shigematsu (voice of Piyomon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

I thought, again, “they really have come of age.” And it’s also a delight to see the 02 members, whom we’ve all been waiting for, and when I continued reading wondering why Sora wasn’t there, I went through a series of shocks.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

No matter what happens, she’s overflowing with love wrapped up deeply within her. She’s become more ladylike as the years have passed, and she sometimes can do some very bold things. The way she grabs onto Birdramon’s leg as she flies during the TV anime opening is really powerful, and I love it.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

When Taichi says “You don’t change…” The fighting’s over, and Taichi and Agumon and Yamato and Gabumon are having casual conversations in Odaiba, and during that scnee, you can feel the weight of all those months and years they’ve spent walking together.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

The way she puts Sora first and foremost never falters. Also, she gets along well with Palmon. They’re like a beauty pair (laughs), after all. She was unreliable and spoiled before she evolved, but she’s grown alongside Sora, and it seems like now she can even handle communication with other people.


Takahiro Sakurai (voice of Tentomon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

So the time has finally come…I was in that kind of mental state. Whether they’re adults or children, painful things are still painful. But this may not be the end as much as it’s a beginning.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

He’s smart, and kind, and compassionate towards others…It keeps coming and never ends. Koushirou really fits that word “intelligence”.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

During the final battle of the story, you could feel the strong bonds between Taichi, Agumon, and the others through their conversation, and you understand the preciousness of the time flowing between them.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

The time I’ve spent with this role is irreplaceable, and can’t be explained with only simple words. Tentomon’s grown alongside Koushirou, too, and I’ve grown by watching them grow, and I’d like to keep that time I’ve spent with them up to this point close to my heart.


Kinoko Yamada (voice of Palmon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The front cover of the script was very pretty. It was a little sad getting to see Taichi having become more of an adult in the story. What really surprised me was learning that the director was watching Digimon back then. When you see the kids from the past in the Digital World, it’s exactly like “there it is!”

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

She really has a radiant heart that draws an orderly line while running through things. She might accidentally start doing some unreasonable things or get caught up in her surroundings, but she’s such a cute person that you have to forgive her.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The “Taichi, you’ve grown big” is intense!

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

I don’t think she’ll be changing much. Now and forever. I wonder if we’ll be able to meet again someday…?


Junko Takeuchi (voice of Gomamon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

When I read it, I thought it’d be a story about the Chosen Children’s growth, but when I read up to the finale, my feelings towards their growth were firm, and yet sad, and they were all mixed up. I let out a “waaah!” when I finished reading.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

Even when he’s having troubles, he goes step by step and puts everything he has into it. He’s honest and doesn’t bother hiding the fact he’s having troubles. The way he has incredibly little regard for himself. I like how he sees himself as unremarkable. Even though he actually has a lot of amazing things about him.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

There’s a lot of them, but if I really had to pick one, there’s the scene where Sora is all by herself and Piyomon is gone. I felt that, somehow, Piyomon is still by Sora’s side.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

When Jou was a kid, I feel like there were many times when Gomamon would be energetic and cheer Jou on. Now, it seems like he stays close to Jou even when he doesn’t say anything, and waits for Jou’s decision. It felt like he’d grown alongside Jou and deals with him in a suitably different way. But what hasn’t changed is his love for Jou!


Miwa Matsumoto (voice of Patamon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The script directions for this movie made it come off as really “warm”. It was really fun to read. But it’s not like the script is full of only fun things. There’s a lot of places that grab your heart, and scenes that make it hard to read through.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

I love everything about him. He’s kind, and cool, and really spoils Patamon. Patamon must be happy. But he’s so nice to everyone, so you might call him a “natural gigolo”? It’s also good to see how he loves Yamato too much.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

There are a lot of conversations and daily life scenes where you can see how much trust each pair of partners has in each other. The time they spend together is so precious and full of happiness.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

His love for Takeru hasn’t changed, but for this movie, he wasn’t as clingy with him and didn’t latch to him much. Maybe because he spent a lot of this movie as Angemon?


Yuka Tokumitsu (voice of Tailmon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

How heartrending it is that they’ve become adults…Even though they’re adults now, parting with those they love and their Digimon is still painful. My feelings just welled up, and I was crying.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

Her love for her brother. She had mysterious powers when she was a child, like she might disappear, with a dangerous and fleeting atmosphere to her. Her charm point is how calm she is. She’s a character that makes you go, I want to protect her! I’ll definitely protect her!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

“I’ve already made up my mind, I’m not going to fight.” “I’ll be with you, Piyomon.” After hearing Sora say these lines, I understood. It’s when I first understood what would happen from here…It’s an amazing scene.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

So Tailmon likes sweet things…(laughs). It was cute how she spends fun times with Hikari, eating ice cream and going out for tea. She thinks of Hikari as much as she always has, and on top of that, I think her feelings towards their other friends have gotten stronger, too. I love seeing Tailmon with her stomach puffed up~.


Junko Noda (voice of V-mon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

It felt heartrending to see them inevitably climbing the stairs to adulthood. “How are they going to spend their limited time?” It’s an eternal question.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

His simple-minded innocence. Like he’ll always be a young boy. I’m4 upfront and he’s honest, so I love him!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

When the 02 members appeared for the first time, and were having a lively chit-chat like they always would (laughs), you could really feel their bonds. Also, beyond anything else, when Agumon and Taichi were having their casual conversation, you could feel their feelings and their bonds that had been accumulating up until now.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

As always, he’s energetic, and an idiot (laughs). Even after nineteen years, the lively V-mon and the other 02 members are so lovely ♪


Naozumi Takahashi (voice of Wormmon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The story really got at my heart, and, especially, when I got to the final scene, I thought, “I’m going to cry.” They got across so many feelings in so few words…it’s unbearable! Within that, the 02 group was there to be bright and festive, and I thought it was nice how they were there to spice things up.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

His calm demeanor, and the kindness he has at the same time. He was an all-rounded person, smart and good at sports, after all! And it feels right how he’s handsome, the way he was when he was a kid! And on top of that, now that he’s become an adult, I’m still anticipating how he’ll turn out next, I love it!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The way it felt when Daisuke was talking with Yamato, and on top of that, how Daisuke’s way of talking feels right, and the way Miyako treats Daisuke a little more roughly…I really like how you can feel and see their trust and bonds with each other through their relationship. In regards to Wormmon, for his everyday lines like “Wait!” and “Ken-chan, thank you”, I tried to express that trust they have in each other.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

When he was chasing after the other Digimon, he was going really slowly, and I burst out laughing. I still have a strong image of him from the opening and ending footage from the anime series. But even there, you had a comforting sense of their bonds, like a warm and fluffy feeling.


Kouichi Tohchika (voice of Hawkmon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

The lively 02 group were in an amusing position, as always.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

You really want to protect her.

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The way they called out their partner’s names let you feel their own individual “feelings” and “bonds”.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

I tried to make him “the usual Hawkmon”, who hasn’t changed in the slightest. How did you like him?


Megumi Urawa (voice of Armadimon)

Q1: What were your impressions when you read the script?

Firstly, up until now I’ve been checking over Digimon scripts with a red pencil and a dark blue pencil, but I realized, from now on I’ll only be needing one color5…(laughs). Time has passed and everyone’s grown, but it’s comforting how everyone’s bonds with their partners are the same as they were before. And we got to see how the partners have grown, too, and there’s nothing that can make me nearly as happy as that.

Q2: What do you like about your partner?

He’s honest and straightforward, he’ll only show his true face to the point of stubbornness, and his conviction is strong and he refuses to give up!

Q3: Was there a part in the movie where you felt “bonds”?

The “children” watch over their Digimon, and the Digimon express their trust in them by staying near them…All of the scenes are lovely.

Q4: Were there any new aspects to your character, or aspects that haven’t changed?

Armadimon had that kind of special ability…?! Iori’s gotten a lot taller, and doesn’t that make him look a little slimmer? The part that hasn’t changed is probably his relationship to the other Digimon, right? The 02 group gets together after such a long time, and he’s cheerfully chatting along with the rest!


Translator's notes
  1. References to “bonds” in the text are naturally referring to the movie’s title, Kizuna (絆), being the Japanese word for “bond”. []
  2. Armadimon speaks in Nagoya dialect (or, at least, a “TV version” of it), resulting in him often using the end particle ~dagya. This not being particularly realistic Nagoya dialect, it sometimes manifests in him using it as a mere “verbal tic” even outside any other context. []
  3. I normally pull from official translations when feasible for quotations, mainly for the sake of recognizability, but for various reasons I’m using quotations from onkei’s translation of the Dash X Bunko version of the novel. []
  4. Noda’s use of the ore pronoun here indicates that she’s saying this sentence in-character as V-mon. []
  5. Urawa is most likely referring to the fact that she played both the roles of Iori and Armadimon in the original Adventure 02 (hence why she would need two pencils), until the role of Iori was reassigned to Yoshitaka Yamaya for this movie. []

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