Digimon Adventure tri. voice cast comments — Part 3: Confession

A translation of all of the voice cast comments from the Digimon Adventure tri. website. Each set of comments was posted right before the premiere of the corresponding movie.

This post covers the comments given right before Part 3, Confession.

(Part 1: Reunion | Part 2: Determination | Part 3: Confession | Part 4: Loss | Part 5: Coexistence | Part 6: Future)



Junya Enoki (voice of Takeru Takaishi)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

When I was reading the script, all of the painful things that happen to Takeru made me on the verge of tears during the post-recording, so I tried to approach the recording face-on, but Matsumoto-san, who plays Patamon, was crying even more than I was…and when I saw that, I feel like I ended up even more immersed into the world of Digimon.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

I personally really like a certain very cool Tentomon scene, so please look out for it! Seeing that scene made me fall in love with Tentomon even more!

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

Part 3 has a particularly shocking thing happen in it, one that absolutely nobody will be expecting. This part has some really big things happening in it, so be sure to watch it from beginning to end!
I’m really looking forward to getting to see it on a proper big screen, so please look forward to it, by all means!

Miwa Matsumoto (voice of Patamon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

When I first read the script, the first thing I thought was, “yeah, it was Patamon after all…” I’d already been making predictions since the trailer video for Part 3…but it really was painful, in the end. I thought, yeah…he’s become a burden to everyone again…

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Tailmon being all cute and spoiled ♡

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

“I’m sure…we’ll meet again…”1)


M・A・O (voice of Hikari Yagami)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

I was very shocked when I read the script. I needed some time to sort out my feelings prior to the post-recording, and I started to really feel that if we were to put this story into a four-act structure, this would be the “twist”.2 Even when I was at the recording site, once we got to the second half, our enthusiasm and passion ended up filling the entire studio, and my head was full of all sorts of thoughts as I was performing, more so than ever before.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

The way each Digimon spends time with their partner is very like them, and very touching. Especially in the second half, where the interactions between Patamon and Takeru-kun and Koushirou-san and Tentomon become very emotionally moving, and there are many wonderful scenes where their feelings are very deeply conveyed, so please pay close attention to it. After that, please be sure to keep a close eye on the credits roll, all the way to the end!

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

A really huge change happens in Part 3. I think this is where you can start to get a feel for the core of the full story, and the way the story progresses is made in such a way that you can really connect with the feelings and bonds between partners. And they’re finally heading to the Digital World! I really hope you can come to the theater and enjoy it!

Yuka Tokumitsu (voice of Tailmon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

I started crying when I heard Patamon’s confession.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

The last conversation between Koushirou and Tentomon really makes you cry. There’s a lot of attractive things to see here.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

Thank you for all of your support.
Part 3: Confession is a story where the Digimon and children have to make a lot of big decisions.
Please look forward to it.


Junya Ikeda (voice of Jou Kido)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

Actually, when I met Director Motonaga during the promotion for Part 2, he showed me a bit of the storyboard, which formed my first impression of Part 3. I only got to see a few frames of it, but I remember that even those few frames made my heart hurt. At the same time, it also confirmed to me that this would be a spectacular movie.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

In the end, it’s got to be the scene where, for a certain reason, the children make the decision to go to the Digital World. It’s not a scene that’s shocking or in-your-face, and actually it’s quite mellow, but I do think it’s a scene with a very firm core, and ignites a certain passion within you.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

If we were to consider this story in a four-act structure, and we consider Parts 1 and 2 to be the “introduction”, then this would most certainly be the “development”. The story starts to expand further, the mysteries get even deeper, and it really becomes more “fascinating”. This is a story that will reach the hearts of all Digimon fans, and all the people who have started supporting us with tri., and, in fact, any person at all. Please look forward to it and come watch.

Junko Takeuchi (voice of Gomamon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

There’s always more and more to notice when it comes to the children and their partner Digimon, but this one in particular has a very major addition to the story, and I feel it’s very valuable because of that.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Tentomon’s decisiveness has a very manly air to it. Even though he talks so easygoing. He’s very manly. Also, Takeru’s feelings.
Koushirou’s analyses. Worrying over what decision to take. I hope you can resonate with them.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

The story starts to really, really expand from here. There’s a turning point that’s very important for all of the Digimon. Please come to support us at the theater!


Hitomi Yoshida (voice of Mimi Tachikawa)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

The severity of the content was so painful and made all of the tears overflow, and at the initial reading, I couldn’t get anything out until we took our break. During the post-recording, we ended up putting way more focus than we ever had before.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

During the post-recording, it was difficult to handle the tears during Takeru-kun and Patamon’s scene.
There’s also the battle scene, where everyone’s thoughts start to intersect. That’s a must-see.
On top of that, there’s a certain scene without dialogue in Part 3 that leaves a particular impression on you. For all of those moments that happen on a whim, each and every one of their feelings and kindness and sadness all spill out, and it strikes you in the heart many, many times.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

They’ve endured many hardships and sorrows until now, and now they’re going to face one of their biggest challenges ever. And they’re finally going to the Digital World! The story’s going even faster now!
Please support the children, no matter what. And also, let’s all go to the Digital World together! Please look forward to it.

Kinoko Yamada (voice of Palmon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

The bridge to Part 4 had the nostalgic air and feeling of premonition that the TV series had, and it brought me back to what it was like when we were doing post-recording back then. I’m positive the audience will remember their childhood and get super excited.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Patamon-chan’s already cute to begin with, but then they made him even more cute on top of that, and then the director and the others exploit that and make the audience cry with it, and that’s unfair. That’s playing foul. When you see the title “Confession”, I was joking around that must be some kind of romantic love story~! but when I saw the actual thing, the love between Takeru and Patamon was overflowing and flooding! And then there’s AtlaKabuterimon’s “I’m not letting you go! I’m definitely not letting you go!” There’s a huge sense of impact hearing that from Tentomon in particular, since he’s usually so laid-back. This just keeps making me cry way too many times.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

Don’t forget your handkerchief, guys! Be ready to cry! And, since we’re reaching the turning point of the story, I really want to see Part 4 as soon as possible! The pain of not being able to see it yet is building so much I’m getting real frustrated! It’s a problem!


Yoshimasa Hosoya (voice of Yamato)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

Takahiro Sakurai-san did a spectacular job during a certain “really good Tentomon scene”.
Thinking back to when I was watching Sakurai-san from behind as he was performing, it’s of course important to learn while watching experienced performers in the field, but I also was faced with another deep lesson about how important it is to live as a person and have all sorts of experiences and visit all sorts of places.
Our work requires a lot of “being in constraints”, and it’s an absolute principle for this job, but somewhere within that, it feels like we have to fight to express what we want to express.
I also would like to live on by gaining a lot of experience and memories.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Tentomon’s really good scene.
It truly is a good scene.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

“If all we do is wait, we’ll end up becoming adults.”3

Mayumi Yamaguchi (voice of Gabumon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

When I read the script, I thought, yup, this is gonna make me cry~
And then when I went to the post-recording and watched everyone perform, I really did end up crying.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

This request comes from Gabumon. Seriously, for this movie in particular! Don’t get up until the very, very end.
Please listen very carefully even up to the very end of the ending theme.
Thank you, and please look forward to it.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

You’re going to need a lot more handkerchiefs than you even usually would.
Because one probably won’t be enough.
That’s Part 3, it really makes you cry that much!


Suzuko Mimori (voice of Sora Takenouchi)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

When I was reading the script, I found all of it to be painful and sad and the tears wouldn’t stop flowing.
When we were doing the post-recording, I was very personally touched by the scene between Sora and Piyomon. The relationship between Sora and Piyomon was wonderful, and it was a scene where you come to love the two of them even more than ever. The other scenes made all of the cast members cry out of nowhere, and we had a sense of unity at the recording site.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

The scene between Takeru-kun and Patamon.
Patamon’s eyes, which always seem so prone to tears already, are even more so than usual, and it really felt like it was tearing my heart apart.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

The story is starting to make serious progress, and a very big thing happens in Part 3, so please look forward to what happens next ♪
Also, the song played by Yamato’s band, KNIFE OF DAY, “To Me”, is very cool, and I think it brings out an even better atmosphere when you’ve seen it in context after the story, so that’s one very fun aspect about it.

Atori Shigematsu (voice of Piyomon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

There’s no problem at all!, I said, while reading the script and crying.
On top of that, during the post-recording, the Digimon were all messing around, and there was a scene where they were eating and I had to voice that, so I had a lot of fun playing around.
Also, there’s a bit of an ad-lib conversation in the scene between Mimi and Palmon, but it’s actually a true story that happened to a certain someone (laughs).

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Sora’s line “We and our partner Digimon…are always connected…no matter what happens.”
This is from the first half of the movie, so please let it linger in your heart.
I feel that this is a very important line that goes beyond just Part 3 and will connect to what happens in the future.
This time there’s also scenes featuring all of the partners.
And you can really see the Digimon’s thoughts and individual personalities in particular, and, as for Sora and Piyomon, you get to see them like, are they being mushy? All mushy-mushy? So please be sure to look out for it.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

Patamon is cute, and Tentomon is gallant and brave.
You get a little breathing room when you see Agumon say something a little silly.
There are some lines that make you think, wow, Piyomon reeeeeeeeally puts Sora first, doesn’t she? It’s because she loves her. Please look out for that.
There are a lot of sad scenes, but I’m sure they’ll make you happy!! Yes, really.
I hope you can believe me. Please go see it at the theater.


Natsuki Hanae (voice of Taichi Yagami)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

When I read the script, I thought, this is definitely one of the turning points for tri.!
And we, at the post-recording site, have an even better sense of unity than ever before!

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Patamon and Takeru, and Tentomon and Koushirou. Both of them have scenes that really pierce you through the heart!
There are so many really good scenes, it’s hard to pick just one!
And Taichi, here in Part 3, just might have grown a bit more than ever before.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

There are a lot of things to see for this movie, too!
Please come to see it at the theater and enjoy it in its full glory on the big screen!

Chika Sakamoto (voice of Agumon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

They can’t tell anyone about the lumbering anxiety, and the pain and the weight of spending time with them becomes harder and harder to convey, and it really gets hard to handle. I think the fact that they’ve grown so much is what makes them able to endure it…Even if it gets down, we’ll find a way to push forward! With clear and definitive resolve! As always! The Chosen Children! Are evolving.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Oh, there’s a lot of places that make me go, I highly recommend this!
♡ Tentomon’s chivalry ♡
♡ When everyone was talking about why this had to happen, and when Takeru just dropped, “could you have?” to Jou, and everyone fell silent…and nobody could blame anyone anymore.
♡ The ending song ♡

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

Making a “confession” requires courage.


Miho Arakawa (voice of Meiko Mochizuki)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

When I first read the script for Part 3, my heart hurt thinking about everyone’s feelings, and to be honest, it really was very painful. When we were doing the post-recording for those scenes, it felt like everyone had a lump in their throats while they were watching. At first, it seems like a story of a fantasy world far separated from real life, but then the kids’ worries end up turning into something very familiar, and it ends up becoming all too real. But despite those worries, they end up being kids who are able to follow their friends’ leads, and you can feel how much they’ve grown.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Mimi’s suuuuuper amusing story, which she ad-libbed off-script. Be sure to open your ears and listen for it!
Also, in Part 3, we get to see Meiko’s family. And when you see Meiko’s family, that means…? You get to see Meiko’s background through her family and Mei-chan (Meicoomon), and I’m exaggerating a bit, but you do get to see how she behaves in front of her family, and so I feel you get to see a glimpse of a side of her that you haven’t seen before. So I’d be happy if you could pay attention to that, too.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

The final scene in Part 2 must have been a huge shock to everyone. But I think there’s something even more shocking waiting for you in Part 3 as well.
In particular, there’s Koushirou-san and Tentomon being really cool, and the bond between Takeru-kun and Kizuna. And the meaning of the title, “Confession”…? The story is really starting to go places, and the way it’s going is turning more and more into something you can’t take your eyes off of.
Please look forward to Part 3.
(I recommend bringing a handkerchief to the theater.)

Yukiko Morishita (voice of Meicoomon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

Part 3 really brings out the bonds between partners, and their feelings for each other, and I was really touched. Each of them express it in a different way, but they all really get across that feeling of “I love you!” to each other.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Takeru and Patamon’s feelings for each other, and Koushirou and Tentomon’s manliness.
Be sure not to miss those in particular!

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

I think this part will get you more surprised than anything before. And leave a harder impression on you, too.
I really want everyone to see it right away! Please look forward to Part 3~!


Mutsumi Tamura (voice of Koushirou Izumi)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

I got to say a ton of lines and I was looking forward to it, but the situation got pretty heavy and it made things very difficult. But by the time we got to our third round of post-recording, I was able to go in with a bright attitude and record, and it all worked out!

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

Probably the scene showing off Koushirou’s bond with Tentomon? I mean, it’s probably the scene where Koushirou’s able to face what’s going on thanks to Tentomon, but the scene where Koushirou recovers his feelings and pushes on forward really touches you, doesn’t it? Also, HerakleKabuterimon shouts in such a convincing manner, don’t you think? It really makes you cry!!

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

Sometimes you can’t do anything, and it’s hard, but I really want you to see the drama that unfolds when the kids and their Digimon learn to take on their worries and confront them! The adventure is starting to go places! Be sure to watch it!!

Takahiro Sakurai (voice of Tentomon)

1. Please tell us about your impressions when you read the script for Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession, the atmosphere during post-recording, and anything that left an impression on you.

Considering the way the story goes, it was only natural it’d end up being this way, but it was a very tense atmosphere at the recording site.
There was a lot of excitement when we approached the final scene, but it was made up of nothing but sadness.

2. Please tell us if there are any points in Digimon Adventure tri. — Part 3: Confession that make you go “Please look at this! I highly recommend this!” (It doesn’t have to be a scene you were in)

There’s a scene that you could say is Tentomon’s most climactic scene ever.
It’s the climax of Part 3.
Please look forward to it.

3. Please leave a message for the Digimon fans who are looking forward to Part 3.

We’re smack in the middle of this six-part series, but by certain definitions, you could say that this is like a restart.
The children and Digimon are slowly starting to show signs of truly becoming adults.
Please come and see it at the theater.


Translator's notes
  1. “I’m sure…we’ll meet again…” refers not to Part 3 but to Angemon’s last line in episode 13 of Adventure (“I’m sure we’ll meet again, if you wish for it.” []
  2. The “four-act structure” that M・A・O and Ikeda allude to refers to the ki-shou-ten-ketsu (起承転結) narrative structure used in traditional East Asian literary analysis and composition. In order, the representative parts are: introduction (起, ki, referring to setting up the story background), development (承, shou, referring to moving towards the climax of the story), twist (転, ten, referring to some kind of subversive twist to create a climax), and conclusion (結, ketsu, referring to the denouement). This is not a particularly binding thing for Japanese narratives to necessarily follow — it’s not unlike comparable three-act or five-act structures used in similar Western analyses, and modern Japanese media is especially less inclined towards it — and, considering that Ikeda later ends up disagreeing on which part it is, it’s most likely just their personal views on it and not something that Adventure tri. was necessarily written to adhere to. []
  3. Hosoya’s quotation of Taichi’s line from Part 3 is a paraphrase, not an exact quote, so I translated it slightly differently from the official translation. []

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