-I appreciate that Joe's reverse character development was addressed. I think it's reasonable that as situations change and you start to grow up, things you thought you'd figured out and put behind you start to unravel. I think it's exacerbated by how poorly he's doing in school (which I like). Whether it's good writing is up for debate. The Mimi and Joe scene was everything I wanted: it was sweet and sad and FEELINGS EVERYWHERE. Regardless of whether Mimi should have learned more of a "lesson" in this movie, I thought that Joe essentially affirming that Mimi is fine as she is at the very end was really sweet (to contrast Koushiro's frustration with her, which was admittedly somewhat warranted.)
-I love Mimi's friendship with Meiko! I think they bring out good sides of each other for the most part, mostly because it did seem to be Meiko's choice to dress up for the Hooters knock-off. (Also I never thought I'd ever mention Hooters and Digimon in the same sentence and never had a desire to, so thanks for that Toei.) Plus, seeing women interacting and working together is pretty refreshing for Adventure. (I begrudgingly accept the problematic aspects that you all pointed out; I was blinded by my Mimi-love.) On that note, I also really like seeing the Digimon get to interact with each other and have actual characterization!
-The evolutions were a little anti-climactic, but i think that's the problem with squeezing two into one movie. It seems like movie 3 will avert this though. I'm also not sure if Joe and Mimi's character arcs are actually resolved? I don't really want to see them drawn out unnecessarily, but if this is it for their development... it wasn't satisfying. Also I'm sorry but Rosemon's boobs are ridiculous. Dear animators: just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD.
-When the Trizer appeared in the real world and when CSI: Digimon (Maki?) called him Ken I think I literally forgot how to breathe. I was really thought they would try and BS the audience with some "ooh who's this person even though we all know?" nonsense. So how does Maki recognize the Kaiser, and how does she know that the Kaiser was Ken? That being said, I'm pretty certain that was a red herring.
-I don't think the Kaiser is Ken because: he didn't speak, the way he 'dissolved' at the end of the battle was hmmm, his lack of reaction to fighting/losing was pretty notable, his costume was purple instead of blue, the general nonsensicalness of Ken ever being the Kaiser ever again, having Imperialdramon without Davis... To confirm, Ken was taken out at the beginning of the first movie, so if he were the Kaiser, where the crap are the other kids?? I realize the color scheme thing is majorly grasping at straws, but all together it doesn't add up to me. And if the Kaiser is Ken, something's going on that isn't straight-forward.
-As frustrating as it is, the treatment of 02 is fascinating to me. The writers could easily have left it ambiguous whether 02 happened, ret-conned it, or just hand-waved the 02 team away (they're... idk! on vacation!) and it wouldn't have made a difference. The refusal to directly address the entire season while still dropping all kind of hints, the inconsistencies (what was up with their reaction to the Kaiser being literally anything BUT "hey our missing friend is here, and evil again???" why didn't the kids hesitate to attack Imperialdramon?), the ominous opening of the first movie, the "missing" coordinates... it all guarantees that the big question that viewers will be asking have to do with the 02 kids and that's a really interesting choice for the writers to make. Or they're just terrible at their jobs.
-I don't trust Maki OR Meicoomon. I find it suspicious that Meiko and Meicoomon have basically the same name. Maki's smile when Leomon (unsurprisingly) bit the dust was suspect, but it also made me think of the scene in Harry Potter where Voldemort comes back and Dumbledore has a 'look of triumph' (or whatever), because circumstances are still in their favor. I... still don't trust her, though. There's too much ominous foreshadowing going on and she seems to know too much.
-lol @ the fashion report. When I saw the heading I definitely read it in the Gilmore Guys "fuh-fuh-fuh-fuh-fuh fashion!!!" voice. Also, Geisha Palmon < Reggae Palmon... : )
Here's to waiting six more months for answers and probably ending up with no answers and more questions.