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Blitzivan 3: Digital Eclipse (simply known as Blitzivan 3 in Europe) is a 2003 El Kadsreian fantasy science-fiction action kadsresatsu superhero film directed by Andries Flim from a screenplay by Max Axis, Akira Hisashi, and Haruyama Kiyomori. It is the third installment in the Blitzivan film series and the first film to feature a sci-fi themed antagonist. In Dark Eclipse, Ray, alongside Misumi, Ornyxia, Atamoru, and Shiragi as they put their skills to the test in order to save the world from the threat of General Corruptrix.
The film premiered on March 13, 2003, at the Fox Village Theater and was released on March 15, 2003, worldwide. The film received critical acclaim from critics, who praised its writing, special and visual effects, and the performances of the cast. The film was a box-office success, grossing over $505 million worldwide against its $156 million budget, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 2003.
Ray Daichi spends a normal day in school with his energetic friend Yasunoda Atamoru before saving classmate Zatsuka Shiragi from a group of bullies. Later that night, a research facility has been working on an advanced robot, code-named Barbelo, before the Matriarch, a group led by a hacker dubbed as "Nighthawk", stormed the area and killed off most of the scientists before stealing the robotic body. News began to spread about Barbelo's disappearance which forced its creator Owen O'Kirwan to send out police and military force.
Misumi begins to upgrade Blitzivan's A.I algorithm to resist any possible viral attack, while Fujita becomes worried about opposing Ray. During a battle against Eltrax, a robot sent by the Matriarch, Ray begins to experience significant headaches, causing him to retreat. Meanwhile, O'Kirwan is in pursuit by Talia, another robot sent by the Matriarch, before being rescued by Atamoru. Both are now in pursuit before Ornyxia saves them and hides the trio in Misumi's lab. Ray soon arrives before his body began to unknowingly fire all his weapons without his consent. He eventually manages to regain full control of his body after Misumi uploads the new program into his algorithms. Nighthawk discovers the new algorithm's programming and commands his group to program a sentient A.I for the Barbelo. The programming is successful, and the new robot, dubbing himself as General Corruptrix, commands the group to stage a viral attack on Zruving's main network.
Ray, Fujita, Atamoru, and Ornyxia sets up a plan to erase Corruptrix's A.I algorithm while Misumi and O'Kirwan develop an antivirus program to combat Corruptrix's A.I influence. The Maltrich begins to infect half of Naphia's electronics while Eltrax and Talia sneak into Misumi's lab and attacks the group. After they retreated, the group then head into Downtown Qudoc where they are soon confronted by Corruptrix. During the battle, Misumi manages to plug the antivirus onto one of Corruptrix's algorithm but proves to be useless as Corruptrix reveals that they have predicted that of Misumi creating the program. He then fuses himself with Eltrax and Talia, now calling himself "The Trinity" before Atamoru and Zatsuka arrive with their own armor. After a brief struggle, Ray gets a new upgrade in the form of Ultimate Blitzivan and defeats Corruptrix by uploading his data, overwhelming Corruptrix's data.
A few weeks later, Naphia has returned to its normal state and Ray, Zatsuka, and Atamoru walked to school together. During a conversation with Ray, Zatsuka reveals that one of her missions was to protect Ray to prevent the Blitzivan unit from being destroyed, as they fear that it would be "too valuable" to be broken. Ray begins to blush as they continued to walk to school while suggesting that they form their own team.
- Patrick Cruz as Ray Daichi/Blitzivan
- Seiji Takaiwa as Blitzivan/Ultimate Blitzivan (suit)
- Paulina Tan as Misumi Daichi
- Ogata Hako as Ornyxia
- Kawena Malo as Fujita
- Matsuoka Junji as Yasunoda Atamoru/Geizler
- Kamoto Akirako as Zatsuka Shiragi/Aunora
- Ross MacSweeney as Owen O'Kirwan
- Untamo Harjula as Nighthawk
- Nishimura Yoritoki as Barbelo/General Corruptrix
- Ruben Pollet as Barbelo/General Corruptrix (voice)
- Izuhara Junichiro as Eltrax
- Archie Berry as Eltrax (voice)
- Vibeke Enevoldsen as Talia
- Harlow Turner as Talia (voice)
The film was initially released on VHS, TVD, Videocard, and DVD on August 15, 2003. The DVD was available in both anamorphic widescreen and Pan-and-Scan "fullscreen" versions. Blitzivan 3 was the last film to be released on the TVD format before it was discontinued. The film was later released on the PSP, via it's proprietary Universal Media Disc (UMD) format and on Blu-Ray.
In 2017, to commemorate the Blitzivan franchise's 20th anniversary and to celebrate the then-upcoming release of Blitzivan: 20 Years Later, all of the main theatrical and television films were included in the Blitzivan: The Ultimate Collection two-disc set.
The film received critical acclaim from critics. It was praised for its writing, characters, visual effects, and acting and called Blitzivan 3 "one of the greatest sequels of the 21st century". Despite its positive reception, Blitzivan 3 failed to outgross Lana X: The Ladybot, which was released four months later.