Energetic and fun first half, but drab second half
The World Tour really is one of those "love it or hate it" pieces of entertainment, but I consider it a love letter, of sorts, to fans of the series. The ultimates from the first season are shown in action again and there is a wide variety of neat settings; these alone would merit a viewing. That being said, it is regrettable that a development as significant as the existence of digi-destined children around the globe would be reduced to a mere 3-part story; the concept is enough to carry an entire story arc at least.
This is a pretty decent first part to that story, with an appreciably better first half. Mimi's friend Michael has a more prominent role here than in "The Samurai of Sincerity", which is kind of annoying, and having Mimi and Davis work together is pretty fruitless, since these two don't really have any type of connection. The introductions to the American kids are grating because they give the impression that these will have a significant role later, which they obviously do not; they're mere window dressing. However, it's still fun to see Mimi again (sporting yet another hairstyle), and Davis is consistently amusing. The action and setting are where the New York section really shines. Seeing many familiar monsters is gleefully nostalgic (even over a decade later), while the city has a very winter-like ambiance. Despite a few contrivances, like Cherrymon climbing a building for no reason, it's cool to see all the other digimon gang up on Cherrymon, who was one of the few Dark Masters minions to never fight. Minimal recycled footage is always a plus.
The Hong Kong section is an afterthought in comparison, plagued by a scarcity of action, the unlikeable Poi brothers, some clumsy dubbing for Izzy and a criminal underuse of the two ultimate level digimon. The main asset is that the kids are faced with a situation that requires some problem solving, even if the outcome is overly idealistic. The epilogue with Mummymon is suitably creepy, and builds a palpable sense of intrigue.
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