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Digimon: 5 Digital Monsters We Wish Existed (& 5 We're Happy That Don't)

From its early virtual pet beginnings to its later multimedia franchise, Digimonremains to be a great staple in the industry. Many still argue today whether or not Digimon is better than its rival Pokémonwhile others generally love discussing Digimon's best mega evolutions.

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With the new Digimon Adventure reboot already pleasing fans by bringing back its iconic protagonists, it may make some people create intriguing discussions about Digimon. One of these topics being what Digimon could work well in our world and which ones should not exist.

10 SHOULD EXIST: Agumon, A Noble & Kindhearted Being

Arguably the most well-known among the digital monsters is Agumon. Although Agumon's species is known to be quite ferocious with their sharp claws and ability to spit fire-balls, they can be trained to become noble and kindhearted beings. An example of a well-tamed and peaceful Agumon is apparent in Tai and his Agumon's bond with each other.

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Furthermore, if the tight friendship between Tai and Agumon is taken into account, the Agumon species would make for excellent bodyguards. It's argued that Agumon can beat many powerful Pokemon like Regice and Rayquaza, so a house burglar wouldn't stand a chance.

9 SHOULD NOT EXIST: Numemon, An Annoying & Smelly Pest

One of the ugliest Digimon among them, Numemon is not a Digimon people would want frolicking amongst them. Although it doesn't have much physical strength or intelligence to pose a threat to human-kind, it would be a smelly nuisance in homes and an annoying pest.

For example, as a defense maneuver, Numemom will throw its feces at enemies, give off a strong-smelling odor by burping, and even have the audacity to lick its foes. It's no wonder these Digimon come from one of the worst episodes in Digimon history.

8 SHOULD EXIST: Gatomon, A Cute Yet Fierce Feline

Although this Digimon may have one of the most-non-sensical "digivolutons" in the franchise, Gatomon's a feline worth having in one's home. Gatomon may look cute-yet-dangerous with its large claws and hypnotism abilities, but if the ring on their tail were to ever go missing, the Gatomon species is known for losing their original strength.

Gatomon can also carry some ounce of respect and kindness as shown with Gatomon and Kari's relationship throughout the anime. Nonetheless, this Digimon, if trained and loved-properly by a rightful owner, can become a great companion to have around in the real world.

7 SHOULD NOT EXIST: Ogremon, A Destructive & Dangerous Hunter

Ogremon is a Digimon not worth existing in our world due to its destructive capabilities, ferocious attitude, and superb intelligence, as it would be a massive threat to human-kind. This Digimon is known as a hunter that loves to seek-out fights for the fun of it with its large bone club.

Although humans may have weapons that can take-down Ogremon, its raw strength, appearance, and its other abilities could frighten many defenseless citizens that cross its path. Therefore, Ogremon's arrogant attitude and rough personality can stay in the digital world where it belongs.

6 SHOULD EXIST: Gabumon, A Loyal & Courteous Companion

Though Gabumon may look intimidating and ferocious at first-glance, the species is known for being timid and shy among other Digimon or beings that encounter it. Despite having some powerful attacks and one of the strongest "digivolutions" in Digimon Adventure at its disposal, Gabumon can be tamed and become loyal to those who show it respect.

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For example, the Gabumon depicted in the Digimon Adventure was kindhearted, respectful, and was always willing to help out his partner Matt whenever he felt down. This loyalty and courteous nature that's shown from Gabumon is evidence that they'd be wonderful companions.

5 SHOULD NOT EXIST: Devimon, A Vicious & Coldhearted Villain

One of the most menacing of the Digimon, Devimon is a vicious, coldhearted being and is arguably one of Digimon Adventure's best villains. On that note, Devimon has manipulated many beings, attacked children and other Digimon, and has no issues tampering with the mental state of his victims. With the appearance of a demon, it's no wonder the Digimon is just a walking pure evil creature.

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Although Devimon's raw strength, knowledge, and abilities may peak the interests of most scientists who wish to study it, it's a Digimon not worth allowing into our world.

4 SHOULD EXIST: Renamon, A Peaceful & Well-Composed Creature

Acknowledged as a hero amongst the Digimon, Renamon is a noble, fox-like creature that's known for being a peaceful and well-composed creature if trained under a kind-hearted caretaker. Therefore, Renamon will devote its loyalty to humankind and is willing to use its transformative and projectile weaponry to protect its masters.

The relationship between Rika Nonaka and her Renamon in Digimon Tamersserves as a fine example of Renamon's ideals and personality. Although it took a while for the two to become closer friends, it does show that if under the proper care, Renamon can be a viable asset to friendly humans.

3 SHOULD NOT EXIST: Nanimon, A Bully & Troublemaker

Looking like a fusion between a human and the Pokemon Primeape, Nanimon would be a weird Digimon to have in the real world. Nanimon are known for having an interest in adult human activities like drinking alcohol and partaking in physical combat. Not only does this Digimon have a crude attitude and love for beating up others, but it also has a defense mechanism like Numemon, where it will fling its poop at its opponents.

Naturally, it wouldn't be fun to witness a human-looking Digimon flinging its poop at bartenders and their customers.

2 SHOULD EXIST: Veemon, A Soft Monster With A Sense Of Justice

Veemon might be a Digimon that's full of pranks, but inside their a species with a huge heart and sense of justice. To back up its love for making things right, Veemon is known for physical combat and will use every ounce of its body to take down a tough opponent.

For people who love training partners at the gym, Veemon is sure to suffice their needs and will go easy if it has a strong attachment to its companion. On the other hand, Veemon also has a softer side, as seen with the one from Digimon Adventure 02 and his crush on Gatomon.

1 SHOULD NOT EXIST: Sukamon, A Nasty Feces Thrower

Like Numemon, Sukamon is a repulsive-looking Digimon that's often shunned in the Digital World for its gross, maniacal attitude. This Digimon also has a small rat-like companion alongside it called Chuumon, who serves as Sukamon's manipulator, often commanding it to do heinous actions.

If Numemon's poop throwing wasn't bad enough, Sukamon takes it up a notch with its feces-throwing habit, dirty claws, and the ability to release a chemical so deadly that it can affect its enemies' bowels. Therefore, this smelly Digimon can leave its nasty habits in the digital world.

NEXT: Digimon Adventure: Every Digi-Destined & Their Partner's Strongest Digivolution

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Digimon Adventure

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English: Digimon: Digital Monsters

Synonyms: Digimon Adventure 01

Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャー


Information

Type:TV

Episodes: 54

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Mar 7, 1999 to Mar 26, 2000

Premiered:Spring 1999

Broadcast: Sundays at 09:00 (JST)

Producers:Yomiko Advertising, Fuji TV

Licensors:Saban Entertainment, Flatiron Film Company

Studios:Toei Animation

Source: Other

Genres:ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy

Demographic:KidsKids

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG - Children


Statistics

Score:7.771(scored by 223799223,799 users)

1 indicates a weighted score.

Ranked:#9122

2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.

Popularity: #472

Members: 354,422

Favorites: 4,636


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When a group of seven children go to summer camp, the last thing that they expect is snow falling in July. In the confusion that follows this phenomenon, they each receive an odd device that transports them to another world. As soon as they wake up in this new world, they encounter strange creatures who call themselves "Digimon." The Digimon tell them that they've landed in the "Digital World," far from home.

With only the Digimon and the "Digivices" as protection, the seven children set off to find their way home and learn the reason why they were brought here. Led by the impulsive Taichi Yagami and his hungry Digimon partner Agumon, this group will have to fight unknown evils as they discover more about this outlandish Digital World.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Digimon Adventure was originally planned to be a short film, but it was expanded into a full-fledged series before production could begin.


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Overall9
Story8
Animation6
Sound9
Character9
Enjoyment10
Constantly accused of being a Pokémon rip-off, Digimon has struggled to find a big audience, particularly in the West—it doesn't help that its marketing never really took off out here. However, despite it never gaining a huge fanbase like its rival, Digimon continues to be a strong—if not struggling—franchise that still has a foothold in countries outside of Japan complete with its own loyal fanbase. So when most people think of Fox Kids or Saban Entertainment, they fondly think of either Power Rangers or Digimon (usually the first season), and not so much of the network itself. But for years, it meant risking an all-out playground civil war bringing up Digimon's name even when Pokémon's popularity was steadily declining, and one had to be hard-pressed to find someone who was a fan of both shows. To this very day, a mere 16 years after its first airing, there are still folks who are bitter towards Digimon and aren't afraid to fan the flames when provoked (Yu-Gi-Oh! had its share of hate, but not to the extent of Digimon's).

As a fan of both Digimon and Pokémon, I don't see how it's impossible to like both shows even though at the time I loved Pokémon to death and still do. They may have their similarities, but they are two vastly different creatures who just happen to inhabit the same genre. In fact, despite my love for Pokémon, I find Digimon to be immensely better in the anime department (the games not so much, ironically).

Story (8): Seven young kids go to camp for the summer, and wound up living in a digital land where they meet creatures called Digimon (short for Digital Monster) that evolve—called “Digivolving”—through six stages: Baby, In-Training, Rookie, Champion, Ultimate, and Mega. They use Digivolving and power of friendship to save the digital world from evil.

That's the simple, cliché response. In reality, Digimon goes much deeper than that, and it soon stood out from the other shounen 'Mon shows of the time. It still retains that cliché plot, but the thing about clichés is that there are different ways of playing with them, to help separate it from another similar clichéd plot. This doesn't automatically make the writing in Digimon perfect, there's always going to be flaws, but it makes it more watchable (or tolerable) than other similar shows.

Yes, seven kids (later it became eight) end up going into a digital world where they meet their Digimon partners. However, these kids end up discovering, or re-discovering themselves and grow up as characters to be better people. The Digimon technically don't change, although they are catalysts, and they do become stronger based on the inner strength of their partner. It's a form of teamwork, but more along the lines of “Believe in me who believes in you”.

But why were they sent to the Digital World? Because they are the Chosen: the DigiDestined who will save the Digital World from the bad Digimon who will do anything in their power to take over the world. Digimon was originally supposed to be about 13-26 episodes, however, high ratings in Japan was encouraging enough for Toei to continue for a total of 54 episodes. The series is thus commonly split into arcs named after the big bad: Devimon, Etemon, Vamdemon (Myotismon), and the Dark Masters. Each arc has its own fans, but typically the general consensus agrees the Myotismon arc is the highlight of the series.

Outside of your typical friendship and teamwork, Digimon is not afraid to tackle themes such as death, divorce, adoption, and fear of losing a loved one, and for a kids' show (especially given the time), it approaches them with maturity. And the average dub-hater will be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much Saban got away with all in a time where not even 4KIDS themselves wanted to touch such subjects (usually). Sure, Digimon has its share of censorship in the States, but only on an outward-appearance level (again, usually). Luckily, the script stays fairly true to the original while it developed Saban's signature gag dub trait, so a lot of the themes and atmosphere of the series remained. Still, the choice to watch the sub or dub rests all on the viewer, either are fine choices, both have their gains and losses.

Art/Animation (6): Let's totally be honest here, Digimon has a small budget, and it shows (Toei Animation has this problem a lot, it seems). Stock animation is rampant throughout the series, and there's off-model moments and other animation errors, but they typically try not to let you notice, and for the most part, they worked the best they could within their budget. As a digitally-colored show (heh, digital), the colors and line-art is clean, albeit kind of flat due to lack of lighting more often than not. The backgrounds (well, backdrops) stand out to me the most with this show in how everything looks holographic—in the Digital World, anyway, as the real world looks more normal, and thus more “real”. It's a stylistic choice that I feel is a staple to this show. Character designs are unique to the series in that everyone is distinguishable (big traits that stick out to me are the eyes, hair, and how big their hands and shoes/feet are—which is admittedly weird), and monster designs are varied from Digimon to Digimon. This helps them stick out in a line-up of other shounen anime, as well as pave the way for merchandise.

However, due to the small budget, the art is dated compared to later Digimon seasons, and even other anime of the time. The CGI Digivolutions in particular are the worst offenders (although for the time, it wasn't all that bad). The only exception I can think of where the animation was stellar and holds up very nicely (as well as go beyond its usual budget) was episode 21 when Mamoru Hosoda directed the episode.

Sound (9): Sound-effects in general are generic, however, the beeps, drones, and screeches of the Digivice stand out the most in that department—I would go so far as to say it's iconic to the series. The soundtrack itself is spectacular. Composed by the late Takanori Arisawa, Digimon's soundtrack is full of adventure and wonder, while being almost in an electronic/techno genre to give it a more digital feel. Every DigiDestined has their own insert song, and character score—two versions, to be exact—not really unheard of in such shows, but it's a big deal to Digimon. Villains even have their own character songs, if not theme scores, and they are wonderfully kept in character. The opening theme, “Butter-Fly” by Wada Kouji, is honestly one of the best anime theme songs in a kids' show (if not in anime in general), perhaps one of the more recognizable from the intro alone this side of Pokémon. “Brave Heart” by Ayumi Miyazaki is also well-known as the Digivolution theme song.

Saban Entertainment, like most dubbing companies of the time, composed their own music. By themselves, the musical score is good, it's clear they got talent in the musical department. However, the editor(s) of the episodes completely went overboard with the music and just slapped pieces together to fill up the entire episode, rarely leaving a single scene quiet. But the musical score isn't as well-known as the ungodly catchy, simplistic theme song, simply titled “Digimon Are the Champions”. And now you have the English theme song in your head. You're welcome. Bonus points if you can see the intro play out in your head.

Voice-acting in the original is solid, though likewise with the English dub, some voices don't really fit the character. It's thankfully few and far in-between, and it's not like the voice acting is terrible. However, because I'm not fluent in Japanese, I'm slightly biased when it comes to voices regardless if that was the original intent on the casting director or not, thus I cannot judge them just based on how they sound alone. I do personally feel there are voices that work best in the original, while others are enhanced better in the English dub.

Speaking of, given the time, the English dub is surprisingly phenomenal with a great voice-cast—yes, a late-90s kids' anime has an amazing English dub, script and soundtrack aside. It took a bit for the directors and voice actors to get comfortable with the show, but they were able to bring the characters to life in their own special way. Many of them were in the field for years prior to Digimon, and are well-known to the anime community: Joshua Seth, Michael Reynolds, Edie Mirman, Mona Marshall, Derek Stephen Prince, and Lara Jill Miller (at this time, she was well-known from NBC's “Gimme a Break!”, her being cast in Digimon happened at the same time she returned to Hollywood) stand out best in memory, but many of the cast is well-done. However, as I said before, it, too, has its share of voices that just don't work out. This is more-or-less limited to side-Digimon that you don't see often outside of one or two episodes, so it's the main cast I have more praise towards (though Mimi is a bit of an exception in some areas—Ai Maeda in the original makes Mimi more likeable/listenable than Philece Sampler).

Characters (9): This is where Digimon truly sticks out as a show. It's very uncommon to find a show with as equally-complex and diverse a cast as Digimon Adventure. The eight main children made this show, even though their Digimon are good characters in their own right and serve as great foils/combos with their human partners.

The characters are as follows: Taichi “Tai” Yagami (Kamiya), the leader of the group who acts before he thinks (but isn't stupid); Yamato “Matt” Ishida, the cool-headed big brother of a lone wolf; Sora Takenouchi, the motherly tomboy; Koushirou “Izzy” Izumi, the young, know-it-all technical wizard; Mimi Tachikawa, a spoiled, rich girl who never hesitates to speak her mind, but has her heart in the right place; Joe Kido, the more down-to-earth of the children who has a paternal side to him; Takeru “T.K.” Takaishi, Matt's younger brother who provides a more innocent outlook to the world; and Hikari “Kari” Yagami (Kamiya), Tai's younger sister who is good-natured and soft-spoken.

Each of them have a backstory, and their own inner demons (well, maybe not so much with Kari according to some folks). Among the eight, any of them can be relatable to the viewer. Many of them struggle to become better, more mature people, but they aren't alone. The Digimon partners: Agumon, Gabumon, Piyomon (Biyomon), Tentomon, Palmon, Gomamon, Patamon, and Tailmon (Gatomon). They, too, grow as characters and have their own personality, although it's Gatomon (and possibly Patamon) who has the most character development. But their main role as Digimon partners is to protect and be supportive, and for the most part, they fulfill their duties. They are likewise the mascots of the series, and yet are more than just pieces of data.

Meanwhile, partner-less Digimon play important roles to the story, perhaps even more-so than the human protagonists. Some examples (off the top of my head) are Leomon, Ogremon, Piximon, Wizardmon, Myotismon, Etemon, Pumpkinmon, and Gotsumon. These characters had depth despite being in a few episodes at the least, but they also were just that memorable to the point they have fans to this day.

Special mention goes to the children's parents for adding a depth to the show most kids' shows don't do. Parents in Digimon were very supportive of their children, as well as loving, but were also the most human. While they don't go through the same experiences as their children (for the most part), it still affects them greatly to let their children go and save the world without knowing why it is they have to. They had to put their trust in them, and thus they (and the writers) gain my respect when they could've been like every other adult in similar kids' shows. If somehow the children don't grow on you, then perhaps their parents will.

Enjoyment (10): It's truly a damn shame Digimon has never gotten as popular as Pokémon. Both franchises were being worked on at the exact same time, neither creator knowing of each other, and yet it was Pokémon that was finished first, and would overshadow every other 'Mon show that would come out since. Is it possible to blame bad timing for why it is Digimon has to constantly work to get noticed? Maybe. But how do we know Pokémon wouldn't have gone through the same ridicule had it been Digimon that came out first? How do we know that Digimon would have gotten the same popularity? Would it still have struggled? Would it have been a worldwide phenomenon?

Do I wish Digimon would have a bigger audience? Truly, I do, it clearly deserves recognition and praise. However, at the same time, I feel it was a good thing Digimon has remained rather... quiet under many people's radars. For one thing, it felt more special to me, as a kid, to know that as sad as it was, the show was more for me (and my brothers) than anyone else. I didn't want the magic and wonder of Digimon to be sucked up by anyone else, I wanted to experience it all for myself. In my mind, everyone else had to be just as special to like it as much as I did.

Another reason I'm kind of glad it stayed low was unlike with Pokémon, Digimon has never really been accused of the same things its rival went through (at least, that I know of). If it had, I don't think Digimon would have survived. Pokémon had Nintendo, tons of merchandise, and millions of children (and dollars) to back it up. What did Digimon have? Fox Kids? Saban? Toei Animation? Some of Pokémon's percentage of fans? What good would any of those have done to keep Digimon afloat against the onslaught of attacks?

Even with the cheesiness of a gag dub, I still find Digimon to be highly enjoyable. Yes, the original Japanese is superior in everything, but the English dub is special, even if highly subjective, and thus I can't forsake the dub. It's just as memorable as Pokémon's dub, and yet though I managed to find a way for Pokémon and Digimon to co-exist as friendly rivals, it's the better of the two (although I honestly would have a hard time picking my most favorite). Saban Entertainment took good care of Digimon at this time, and I thank them for that. It's the only thanks I can really give them besides “Thanks for Samurai Pizza Cats” and “Thanks for the Fox Kids block”.

In the end, I think “Butter-Fly” says it best for Digimon as a whole (translated):

“After an endless dream, in this world of nothingness
It seems as if our beloved dreams will lose
Even with these unreliable wings, covered in images that tend to stay
I'm sure we can fly, on my love”

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First of all I want to apologize before handed for any grammar mistake you might find in the review as English is not my native languaje.
Second, I have to say I'm utterly disappointed with the score Digimon Adventure has. 7 is not a bad score, but is way below of what I expected. This is a kid show, and as such it should be scored as how satisfaying it can be to kids, just as how shonnen should be scored as how they satisfy their teen audience, seinen their older audience, and so on. I feel like many are comparing and scoring anime without any filter, as if you could score this anime a 5 just because you compare it with Code Geass or Shingeki no Kyojin, which are 9 if not 10s. And that's unfair. Digimon Adventure is a stand out in what refers to kid shows and I'll explain why point by point.

Story wise: It is very well constructed, and smartly thought through; there are misteries that are unveiled as we move forward, and every revelation is handled with care and it is affected by how the characters feel about it. There are plenty shows that just try to be awesome by delievering mistery after mistery and revelation after revelation with no care of their characters whatsoever and fall flat in making any emotional resonance, but it's not this one. The story is tightly attached to its main 8 characters and their digimon, while giving us the sense of many plots developing under their nose, but strickly related to them. The first 10 episodes are introductory, a prologue if you may, and then we go fully into know what the world they are in is and how it affects ours. Sure, some people could say "why wait 10 episodes to get to real deal?" For starters, those 10 episodes are not bad at all, they are very entertaining and they give us a sense of adventure (hence the title) and exploration that this anime wants us to feel, and it passes with flying colors. The following 44 episodes follow 3 different story arcs, but all related to the same story plot, all of them linked together, with every single episode affecting the following ones, which mean there is no such thing as filler episode, and that's something we should applaude, as not many kid shows are willing to leave a filler comfort zone (I'm looking at you Pokemon).

Characters: Here is where this anime shines brightly. Character development is at its finest here. Each character has a distinctive personality, quirks and even tics that make them feel real, or at the very least smartly outlined. At first we get broadstrokes, but as we pass episode by episode there's an incredible development in each character; they are distinctive from each other and they never act out of characters, their actions are not made in order to move the plot forward, but rather to show us who these kids are, which is great, as many animes (and not just kid shows) tend to sacrifice character insight in order to get the plot moving; this one doesn't. They will always move accordingly to their personalities and we get to see all of them develop. While some others shows would mainly develop 3 or 4 of their main characters, all 8 get to grow in each episode by what happen to them, and even they realize how they grow (and even how they don't, how they might be stuck) and how much they have to move forward.
There's a cute concept here that is "values are power" and each character has a distinctive value, may it be courage, friendship, love, sincerity, love, and so on. They grow around these values, but they also get lost in sight of them, when they try to push them they fail as opposed when they let it flow naturally it always work. It's a wonderful lesson for kids, and it is something we all should add to our daily life, it would make this world better. But putting that aside and returning to the characters, there is not even one that's left undeveloped, all of them have satisfaying characters arcs.

Sound/Music: Digimon has a beautiful soundtrack. Wada Kouji was a talented musician (rest in peace) and scored some really great songs that made you dream. Digimon is a series that aims for kids to dream and to learn the power of values as well to portraying excellent character development and mature themes explained to them, and as such it needs the right score at the right time, and Wada Kouji just got it right, from Butterfly to Brave Heart, even using classic music as Ravel, the timing is just perfect and while there are surely better OST, this one is among the better ones.

Enjoyment: it is highly satisfaying! I'm 21 years old and as I re-watched Digimon after 12 years I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was 9, and that's because I could realize how well constructed it was. Besides, it made feel like a llittle kid again. The plots are smart, the character development is spot on, the music is gorgous, the art may lack a little now and then, but is never too bothersome, and the evolutions are damn right exciting and funny! And so I could keep praising it until I'm left out of words. But I think I made my point.

In conclusion: This is defenitely the best Digimon series, as it is the one that gets all plot, character, music and themes right, and delivers them in a highly satisfaying manner. As such, it deserves to be acclaimed, and a 7 is a low score for it.
Is this a realistic anime? No, not at all, but it's not meant to be anyway. It is an anime that is meant to make us dream. You can't compare it to, say for instance, Shingeky no Kyojin which explore fantasy elements as realistic as possible or Code Geass, which explores character insight in the midst of war and revolutions. No, of course no, those are targeted for an older audience. But Digimon Adventure is no less satisfaying, and that's because while it aims for children, one can always appreciate how smartly thought are the storylines and the characters development. It is a show that knows its potential and limitations, accepts them and just aim to be the best it can be, which result in being an awesomely made kid show.
All in all, we have to see Digimon Adventure for what it is and not for what we might want to be. And as on what it is, it is straight awesome.

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If you were to ask me what it was that possessed me with such a desire to re-watch the Digimon Adventure series I saw when I was younger, I couldn't tell you. Before now my memories of Digimon were not fond, the dubbing in the show was terrible, to the point were I hated the vast majority of the entire cast. I was a lot younger back then so I didn't understand that the occasional stupid things characters did/said were because the script was being hacked up. But beyond the negatives of the show there was a strange charm that reached me, and having re-watched the show completed in Japanese I understand that strange charm was just me knowing what a really good show it truly was underneath the hacking. So now I hope to show you what I saw, and still see, in Digimon Adventure season 1.
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Story:
Like most lengthy anime series it starts off fairly slow, and like most shows in general it has a lot of typical things you'd expect from a show of this genre. Chosen children in a faraway land, partnered with strange creatures, that need to prevent the evil from destroying the world. We've all seen it, but that doesn't mean it can't be well done enough to be damn good in the process.

Starting off with the kids searching for a way home it's pretty episodic and gets into a pretty standard pattern for the first 15 episodes or so. But after that they begin the next adventure, searching for their respective Crests. Another small series of episodic episodes, but they're interesting enough that you wouldn't notice that; and they're all truly just a springboard that launches the show from 'fine' to 'very good' on my scale. Introducing Vamdemon (Myotismon for you dub people) and starting the search for the eighth Chosen Child.

It's here that the story takes a much darker tone, and it only gets darker as it goes on. The show pulls no punches, and though it's aimed at children it doesn't insult your intelligence (or at least in Japanese it doesn't). Though there can be a slight cheese factor in some of the more emotional parts, it's done well enough that you won't mind and might even find yourself smiling at the very thing you might have rolled your eyes at.

Art:
Even with all the improvements today I still find this art really impressive, and I even prefer it in some instances. There's a strange realistic feeling to all the characters, sure most have the typical accessories to tell you they're from an anime but I wouldn't find it hard to believe if they were based on real kids. But in a show with evolving and fighting monsters who cares how the characters look right, we wanna see wicked awesome monsters!!... Savages, all of you; alright, lets get to the monsters.

They're awesome, to say the least, there may have been one or two creature designs out of them all that I'd consider lame or stupid. And in a show consisting of 54 episodes and dozens upon dozens of monsters, that's damn good. The evolutions are awesome, the only ones that are a little lame are the 4 CG ones; it's not too bad though, considering when the show was made (they're also not very long). But now to move away from the creature designs, I'll talk briefly about the background designs, which I found to be incredibly pleasant compared to over a dozen other shows I've seen.

Though each background doesn't exactly stand out in any particular ways, it's the simple fact that they blend in so well that I like them. They're designed well enough that they look like scenery, you pay attention to it to get a grasp of what's around the characters and move on; it still sticks in your mind but it's not taking over the screen, it's not exploding to try and be noticed, it's simply doing the duty of being background scenery. I also found that for a show from the 90's there's a surprisingly low amount of re-used footage. Sure there's the occasional 'yeah I've seen that Mega Flame before', but for the most part each one fresh and reflects the scenery around it.

Characters:
It's strange that a show about elementary school children would have a fairly large amount of character development and depth, but that's Digimon Adventure for you. Each of the Chosen Children has their own issues, their own past that's slowly explored as the series progresses, and by the end they've all developed into fully grown characters. They're all clever enough to question situations and surroundings, but they're only in elementary school so they all still have the charm and innocence of childhood.

But people aren't the only characters here, no no, the Digimon have their own personalities too. Which are, in some ways, better than the children in my opinion. Though the children grow and change as characters, and the Digimon basically stay the same, they're still a high point and occasionally contribute a large part of the humor or drama in many episodes.

Sound:
Ungodly catchy. The Japanese intro and outros are both very good, so good that I've even downloaded them and added them to my iPods playlist of anime songs. Though they are very good, and catchy, they're nothing too spectacular. The audio during the show is also pretty standard, with most of those songs being ungodly catchy as well; awesome, but still nothing too great.

Enjoyment:
For a show that I once would have only given a five out of ten I'm so glad I went back and watched it over again with the proper audio. To charm me still after ten years have gone by it truly goes to show that this show is something people of all ages can watch and enjoy.

Overall:
A very good anime that's sadly under appreciated. Though not perfect, Digimon Adventures is definitely worth watching, or re-watching; especially if you read this whole review!!

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“Remember? How could I ever forget?”

Digimon Adventure 01, a household name, a childhood memory, what did this blast from the past have in store for us?

That one time at band camp... I mean summer camp. Seven children dubbed the Digi-Destined find themselves in an alternate world, filled with bizarre creatures and a luscious ecosystem, where they soon discover the inevitable path they must walk, together. Although initially hostile, they are each partnered with one of these bizarre creatures known as ‘Digimon’ whom they must work together with to not only save the Digital world, but human world as well. Digimon is best described as a coming of age tale. Each of our Digi-Destined must fight their own demons, in order to progress and ultimately have enough to strength to defeat the “Dark Masters” of the digital world.

When you think about it, there’s no way these children who aren’t even teenagers yet could handle a situation such as this without any hiccups. Each have their own shortcomings, insecurities and past memories that haunt them, which correspond to their crest, allowing deep character progression. Although their emotions are easily manipulated, the maturity to come to their senses and read the situation is also shown consistently throughout. But don’t forget their partners in crime, the Digimon. They resemble the voice of reason in each partnership, almost like a parental figure, although they are shown to be quite childish at times themselves. They switch from cute and cuddly, to imposing beasts in order to protect the ones they cherish, as if they were protecting their young. The evil Digimon are similar in an aspect, they generally represent adults and their personalities tend to stay the same throughout the show.

For 20th century animation, I think Digimon is still top notch. Scenery is blended in beautifully, character emotion is easily distinguishable and the animation is fluid. But let’s not forget the action scenes. I still get goose bumps from almost every digi-evolution that took place even with the hints of poor CGI. It’s the unique character designs that allow the action scenes to truly stand out, each with their own outrageous special attacks, such as breast rockets. What more can you ask for? If you can think of something, they’ve probably already done it.

Although repetitive, the soundtrack for Digimon Adventure is well done in both English and Japanese. But for the sake of this review we’ll look at its English counterpart. The trademark OP/ED of the Dubbed Digimon franchise is memorable if anything. It isn’t an addictive theme, but it gets the job done. The second major theme used “Hey Digimon” on the other hand is as enticing as they come: upbeat, light-hearted and catchy. Used during the last few minutes of most episodes, it portrays the strength of the digi-bonds created. The background music which usually incorporates deep brass instruments and melodic strings tends to suite the mood well.

Not just a children’s show, Digimon adventure breaks this conceptualization and showcases its strengths in a suitable fashion. Deep character progression, a loveable cast and hilarious humor and just some of the reasons that will make this show an enjoyable viewing. Both English and Japanese versions presented very well, so it basically comes down to personal preference, which personally, dubbed wins based on nostalgia alone. So with the upcoming installment Digimon Adventure Tri right around the corner, what are you waiting for? Give Digimon Adventure 01 a Tri.


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This article is about the franchise. For the creature known as a Digimon, see Digimon (creature).

Digimon (デジモン,Dejimon?), short for (デジタルモンスター,Dejitaru Monsutā?, "Digital Monster") is a popular Japanese series of media and merchandise created by Akiyoshi Hongo, which is comprised of anime, manga, toys, video games, trading card games and other media. Digimon, the lifeforms the series revolves around, are monsters of various forms living in a "Digital World," a parallel universe that originated from Earth's various communication networks.

Digimon

Main article: Digimon (creature)

Digimon hatch from eggs called Digi-Eggs. They age via a process called "Digivolution" which changes their appearance and increases their powers. The effect of Digivolution, however, is not permanent, and Digimon who have digivolved will most of the time revert back to their previous form after a battle or if they are too weak to continue. Some Digimon are feral in nature, but most possess large amounts of intelligence and human speech. They are able to digivolve by the use of Digivices that their human partners have. In some cases, as in the first season, the Tamers had to find some special items such as Crests and Tags so the Digimon could digivolve in another stage called Ultimate then Mega.

The first Digimon anime introduces the Digimon life cycle: They age in a similar fashion to real organisms, but do not die under normal circumstances because they are made of reconfigurable data. Old Digimon and Digimon who receive fatal wounds dissolve into infinitesimal bits of data. The data then recomposes itself as a Digi-Egg, which will hatch when rubbed gently, and the Digimon goes through its life cycle again. Digimon who are reincarnated in this way will sometimes retain some or all their memories of their previous life. However, if a Digimon's data is completely destroyed, they will die.

Appmon

Main article: Appmon

Appmon are an evolution of the franchise. Digital lifeforms not dissimilar to Digimon, they each represent an app on a smartphone.

Virtual Pet toy

Main article: Digimon virtual pet

Digimon started out as a digital pet called "Digital Monster", similar in style and concept to the Tamagotchi. It was planned by Wiz and released by Bandai on June 26, 1997. The toy began as the simple concept of a Tamagotchi for boys (as Bandai was also the creator of the Tamagotchi). The v-pet is similar to its predecessors, with the exceptions of being much harder and being able to connect to fight other Digimon v-pets. Every owner would start with a Baby Digimon, train it, evolve it, take care of it, and then have battles with other Digimon owners to see who was stronger. The Digimon pet had several evolution capabilities and abilities too, so many owners had many different Digimon. In December, the second generation of Digital Monster was released, followed by a third edition in 1998. Now the new Tamagotchi Digimon is Pendulum that has a total of 9 in the series. Bandai also has released a Non Related Digimon Tamagotchi.[1]

Animated series

On March 6, 1999, the franchise was given an anime as the first of the Digimon movies aired in theaters in Japan. On March 7, 1999 they began airing a television counterpart titled Digimon Adventure. 6 further series would follow, but so far not all of them have their own tie-in movies, and the series was dubbed for release in western markets in the fall of the same year. The show spawned card games, with Hyper Colosseum in Japan and later Digi-Battle in America, and more video games. The animated series is easily the best-known segment of the Digimon universe and responsible for the majority of its popularity.

"Digimon" are "Digital Monsters". According to the stories, they are inhabitants of the "Digital World", a manifestation of Earth's communication network. The stories tell of a group of mostly pre-teens, the "Chosen Children" (DigiDestined in the English version), who accompany special Digimon born to defend their world (and ours) from various evil forces. To help them surmount the most difficult obstacles found within both realms, the Digimon have the ability to evolve (Digivolve). In this process, the Digimon change appearance and become much stronger, often changing in personality as well. The group of children who come in contact with the Digital World changes from season to season.

As of 2012, there have been six series — Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, Digimon Savers, and Digimon Xros Wars. As is obvious from their titles, the first two seasons take place in the same fictional universe, but the third, fourth, and fifth each occupy their own unique world (in the case of Digimon Tamers, the Adventure universe is referred to as a television and commercial enterprise). In addition, each series has spawned assorted feature films. Digimon still shows popularity, as new card series, video games, and movies are still being produced and released: new card series include Eternal Courage, Hybrid Warriors, Generations, and Operation X; the video game, Digimon Rumble Arena 2; and the previously unreleased movies Revenge of Diaboromon, Runaway Locomon, Battle of Adventurers, and Island of Lost Digimon. In Japan, Digital Monster X-Evolution, the eighth TV movie, was released, and on December 23, 2005 at Jump Festa 2006, the fifth series, Digimon Savers was announced for Japan to begin airing after a three year hiatus of the show.

Digimon is produced by Toei Animation and Bandai of Japan. The first five series were broadcast in Japan by Fuji Television, and Xros Wars by TV Asahi.

Digimon Adventure (Season One)

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The first Digimon television series, which began airing on March 7, 1999. Its premise is a group of young humans who, while at summer camp, travel to the Digital World, inhabited by creatures known as Digimon, where they become the "DigiDestined" and are forced to save both the Digital and Real World from evil. Each child was given a "Digivice" which selected them to be "transported" to the Digital World and was destined to be paired up with a Digimon Partner, for example, Taichi "Tai" Kamiya was paired up with Agumon and Yamato "Matt" Ishida was paired up with Gabumon. The children are helped by a mysterious man/Digimon named Gennai, who helps them by hologram. The Digivices help their Digimon allies to "digivolve" into stronger creatures in times of peril. The Digimon usually reached higher forms when their human partners are placed in dangerous situations, such as fighting the evil forces of Devimon, Etemon and Myotismon. The group consisted of seven original characters: Tai Kamiya, Matt Ishida, Sora Takenouchi, Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa, Joe Kido, and Takeru "T.K." Takaishi. Later on in the season, Tai's younger sister Kari Kamiya was introduced as an eighth character.

Digimon Adventure 02 (Season Two)

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The second Digimon series is direct continuation of the first one, and began airing on April 2, 2000. Three years later, with most of the original DigiDestined now in high school at age fourteen, the Digital World was supposedly secure and peaceful. However, a new evil has appeared in the form of the Digimon Emperor (Digimon Kaiser) who as opposed to previous enemies is a human just like the DigiDestined. The Digimon Emperor has been enslaving Digimon with Black Rings and Control Spires and has somehow made regular Digivolution impossible. However, five set Digi-Eggs with engraved emblems had been appointed to three new DigiDestined along with T.K and Kari, two of the DigiDestined from the previous season. This new evolutionary process, dubbed Armor Digivolution, helps the new DigiDestined to defeat evil lurking in the Digital World. Eventually, the DigiDestined defeat the Digimon Emperor, otherwise known as Ken Ichijouji, only with the great sacrifice of Ken's own Digimon, Wormmon. Just when things were thought to be settled, new Digimon enemies made from the deactivated Control Spires start to appear and cause trouble in the Digital World. To atone for his past mistakes, Ken joins the DigiDestined, being a DigiDestined himself, with his Partner Wormmon revived to fight against them. They soon save countries including France and Australia from control spires and defeat Malomyotismon, the evolved form of Myotismon from the previous season

Digimon Tamers (Season Three)

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The third Digimon series, which began airing on April 1, 2001, is set largely in a "real world" where the Adventure and Adventure 02 series are television shows, and where Digimon game merchandise (based on actual items) become key to provide power boosts to real Digimon which appeared in that world. The plot revolves around three Tamers, Takato Matsuki, Rika Nonaka, and Henry Wong. It began with Takato making his very own Digimon by sliding a mysterious blue card on his D-Arc. Guilmon took form from Takato's sketchings of a new Digimon. (Tamers' only human connection to the Adventure series is Ryo Akiyama, a character featured in some of the Digimon video games and who made an appearance in some occasions of the Adventure story-line.) Some of the changes in this season include the way the Digimon digivolve, and the way their "Digivices" work. In this season, the Tamers can slide cards through their "Digivices", which give their digimon certain advantages, such as in a card game. The same process is also used to Digivolve the Digimon. Unlike most Digimon series where the tone is set mostly in a way to appeal to young children, Tamers took a darker tone in nature.

Digimon Frontier (Season Four)

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The fourth Digimon series began airing in Japan on April 7, 2002, though it rarely aired in the UK. After prompted to do so by unusual phone messages, the five main characters go to a subway station and take a train to the Digital World, to fight the antagonist, Cherubimon and his Legendary Warrior servants before they succeed in dominating the world. Later facing a greater ordeal and threat from Lucemon and his two Royal Knights: Crusadermon and Dynasmon. Contrary to the other Digimon series, the characters do not have Digimon Partners. Instead, they use their D-tectors to transform themselves into powerful Digimon to fight their enemies, another new feature in the series.

Digimon Data Squad (Season Five)

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After a three year hiatus, a fifth Digimon series began airing on April 2, 2006. Like Frontier, Savers has no connection with the previous installments, and also marks a new start for the Digimon franchise, with a drastic change in character designs and story-line, in order to reach a broader audience. The story focus on the challenges faced by the members of DATS ("Digital Accident Tactics Squad"), an organization created to conceal the existence of the Digital World and Digimon from the rest of mankind, and solve any Digimon related incidents occurred on Earth in secret. Later, the DATS team is dragged between a massive conflict between Earth and the Digital World triggered by an ambitious human scientist determined to make use of the Digimon to his own personal gains. The English dub premiered on the Jetix block of Toon Disney on October 1, 2007.

Digimon Fusion

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Main article: Digimon Fusion

After another three year hiatus, a sixth Digimon series was produced. Digimon Xros Wars (デジモンクロスウォーズ,Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu?)[2] was released in July,[3] and stars Mikey Kudo and Shoutmon as leaders of the Fusion Fighters fighting the imperialistic Bagra Army. It has two sub seasons: Digimon Xros Wars: The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms (デジモンクロスウォーズ~悪のデスジェネラルと七人の王国~,Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu: Aku no Desu Jeneraru to Nanajin no Oukoku?) and Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time (デジモンクロスウォーズ~時を駆ける少年ハンターたち~,Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu: Toki wo Kakeru Shounen Hantā-tachi?). Only the first two seasons were dubbed.

Digimon Adventure tri.

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Main article: Digimon Adventure tri.

A celebration of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure tri. is a six-part movie series following the original eight DigiDestined as they navigate the trials and tribulations of growing older. Originally slated for a spring 2016 release, the first one was released in theaters on March 12, 2016, with subsequent releases around six months afterwards. Crunchyroll provided English subtitles near the Japanese release, while Eleven Arts handled the distribution of a dubbed version that saw Digimon in Western theaters for the first time since Digimon: The Movie.

Digimon Universe App Monsters

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A cross media project taking the franchise in a new direction, Digimon Universe App Monsters is a television animated series featuring Appmon. Focusing on Haru Shinkai and Gatchmon, it began airing on October 1, 2016.

Digimon Adventure:

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A reboot of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure: takes the characters of the 1999 series and reimagines them in a 2020 setting. It began airing in April 2020.

Movies

There have been multiple Digimon movies released; Digimon Fusion is the first television anime that lacked one. All of them but X-Evolution are directly based on their respective anime series, though several of them were outside of canon; Digital Monster X-Evolution originated from the Digimon Chronicle merchandise line. Furthermore, seven of them have been released and distributed internationally; those that were released only in Japan are Digital Monster X-Evolution, Digimon Savers the Movie: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!!, Digimon Savers 3D: The Digital World in Imminent Danger!, and Digimon Adventure 3D: Digimon Grandprix!. Digimon: The Movie is an American English dubbed movie that complies and connects the first three movies into one storyline and release.

Foreign Versions

In the United States, the series premiered in August 1999 on the Fox Broadcasting Company. It was dubbed by Saban Entertainment (later Sensation Animation), and was initially broadcast through Fox's Fox Kids programming block (although in many areas, it did not air on a Fox affiliate, instead airing on stations with no network, or with either The WB or UPN) and sister cable channel Fox Family. The first four series were collectively retitled Digimon: Digital Monsters.

After Disney acquired Saban during the third series, the first three series moved to the now-renamed ABC Family in reruns, while the fourth (Frontier) premiered on UPN and ABC Family simultaneously. This was due to a deal between Disney and UPN which concluded with the season Digimon Frontier aired. Frontier was reran on ABC Family after that. Digimon was rerun on the U.S. JETIX block daily on Toon Disney (thr block also aired on ABC Family prior to 2006, airing much of the programming Fox Kids once had). Digimon Data Squad premiered and aired on Jetix and after Jetix's closure had a brief run on Disney XD. Following Saban's repurchase of their properties from Disney, Digimon Fusion premiered on Nickelodeon and then aired the rest of the series on Nicktoons with reruns airing on Nicktoons and Vortexx. Adventure and Adventure 02 were also briefly syndicated on Nicktoons.

The show also premiered in other parts of North America. In Canada, the Saban version was broadcast on YTV. In the U.S. insular area of Puerto Rico, the show was redubbed in Spanish, and in Quebec (where Digimon Adventure aired on TQS, and Digimon Adventure 02 on TÉLÉTOON), the show was redubbed in French. A French version of Digimon Tamers was aired in France, but not in North America.

The series aired internationally as well; In the United Kingdom, Digimon aired on the UK Fox Kids (rebranded after 2005 as JETIX, now Disney XD) cable/satellite channel and also on CiTV. It also aired in various countries, including Ireland, South Africa, Malaysia, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and others. However, due to poor ratings and licensing mistakes in the change from Fox Kids to Jetix, Digimon Frontier (the fourth season) has not been shown in any shape or form in the UK, and has been absent from the schedules of Jetix's UK incarnation since the beginning of 2005.

The Latin American, Castilian Spanish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish, German and Italian versions of Digimon are completely uncensored and uncut from the original Japanese edition.

Arabic dubs of the first four Digimon shows aired in Arabic speaking countries under the name أبطال الديجيتال (Abtal El Digital; "Digital Heroes") in the Middle Eastern countries on Spacetoon, while its title was kept as "Digimon" in Lebanese TV stations, and the series kept most of its Japanese characteristcs such as the theme song tune and story-line. The dub for Adventure 02 used Butter-Fly as its theme song instead of Target ~Akai Shougeki~.[4] Rather than digivolving, Digimon call for their older brothers (older brothers being their forms) and the evolution sequences were edited to portray such.[5] In addition, the characters' names were changed to Arabic names.

Digimon Adventure also aired in the Iran under the name دیجیمون on IRIB Koodak & Nojavan. The dub changes most of the show's music and censors with paint edits. The show does not have a logo in Persian and the intro is left in instrumental.[6]

Hebrew dubs of the first four Digimon shows aired in Israel on Fox Kids and later Jetix. These were dubbed from the English dub and use the English logos and theme songs. The dub for Tamers uses the logo and theme song used in the first two series,[7] whereas Frontier used the logo and theme song from its English dub.[8]Digimon: The Movie also had a home video release in Israel.[9] More recently, they have aired on ZOOM in Israel[10] along with dubs for Data Squad[11] and Fusion.[12]

This show also aired in the Philippines in early 2000 on ABS-CBN. It would air Friday nights at 7:30PM. ABS-CBN hired Filipino voice actors to dub the show in English. This dubbing is mostly true to the original. Though they used the original Japanese show as the medium for the dub, some of the voices seem to sound like the U.S. version (e.g., Taichi having an adolescent's voice instead of a kid's) or completely original to the dubbing crew (e.g., Gabumon's deep, grumbly voice). The entire first season of Digimon Adventure was dubbed in English (in order to compete with the 4Kids version of Pokémon which aired on the rival network GMA 7 on the same day and time), along with Digimon Adventure 02. The second season aired on a new Saturday morning block at 10 A.M. two weeks after the first season finale. This season was dubbed in both English and Tagalog, so that it would be compatible with the other shows in the block. In 2003, Cartoon Network Philippines began airing Digimon Tamers around 2003, then Digimon Frontier late 2004. This time they, along with some of the other anime that aired with it, were dubbed by Singaporean voice actors. Tamers and Frontier were dubbed in Filipino when both series aired on ABS-CBN this year on its weekday morning line-up of animated shows (Tamers first followed by Frontier after a few months). The whole Digimon series was repeated last January 2008, from Adventure to Savers on Hero TV. Actually, they did not change the original voice. Digimon Savers is currently aired at ABS-CBN this September 2008.

Cast

Main article: List of Digimon cast members

Manga

Digimon first appeared in narrative form in the one-shot manga "C'mon Digimon", released in the summer of 1997. C'mon Digimon spawned the popular Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga, written by Hiroshi Izawa,which began serialization on November 21, 1998. None of the Japanese manga have been localized into English, although the Korean manhhua have.

C'mon Digimon

Main article: C'mon Digimon

Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01

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Digimon Chronicle

Main article: Digimon Chronicle

Digimon Next

Main article: Digimon Next

Yuen Wong Yu manhua

A Chinese manhua was written and drawn by Yuen Wong Yu (余 遠鍠 Yu Yuen-wong), who based its storyline on the television series. This adaptation covers Digimon Adventure in five volumes, Digimon Adventure 02 in two, Digimon Tamers in four, and Digimon Frontier in three. The original stories are heavily abridged, though on rare occasions events play out differently than the anime.

The Cantonese language version was published by Rightman Publishing Ltd. in Hong Kong.

Two English versions were also released. The first one was published by Chuang Yi in Singapore. The second one, which was written by Lianne Sentar,[13] was released by TOKYOPOP in North America.
The three volumes for Digimon Frontier have been released by Chuang Yi in English. These have not been released by TOKYOPOP in North America or Europe. However the Chuang Yi releases of Digimon Frontier were distributed by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

D-Cyber

Main article: D-Cyber

Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics published American-style Digimon comic books, adapting the first thirteen episodes of the English dub of Digimon Adventure in 2001. The story was written by Daniel Horn and Ryan Hill, and illustrated by Daniel Horn and Cara L. Niece.[14]

Panini

The European publishing company, Panini, approached Digimon in different ways in different countries. While Germany created their own adaptations of episodes, the United Kingdom reprinted the Dark Horse titles, then translated some of the German adaptations of Adventure 02 episodes. Eventually the UK comics were given their own original stories, which appeared in both the UK's official Digimon Magazine and the official UK Fox Kids companion magazine, Wickid. These original stories only roughly followed the continuity of Adventure 02. When the comic switched to the Tamers series the storylines adhered to continuity more strictly; sometimes it would expand on subject matter not covered by the original Japanese anime (such as Mitsuo Yamaki's past) or the English adaptations of the television shows and movies (such as Ryo's story or the movies that remained undubbed until 2005). In a money saving venture, the original stories were later removed from Digimon Magazine, which returned to printing translated German adaptations of Tamers episodes. Eventually, both magazines were cancelled.

Digimon Xros Wars

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Digimon World Re:Digitize

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Digimon World Re:Digitize Encode

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

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Digimon Universe Appli Monsters

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Appli Monsters: Appmon Academy!!

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker's Memory

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Digimon Chronicle X

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Video games

Digimon has multiple video games over the course of the franchise, some of which form their own series, such as Digimon World and Digimon Story.

Card game

Main article: Digimon card game

The Digimon Collectible Card Game is a collectible card game based on Digimon, first introduced in Japan in 1997 and published by Bandai. The card game is also put into games. Digital Card Battle is one of them and it's also featured in Digimon World 3.

Pokémon and Digimon

The Digimon franchise has been criticized as being a clone of the more popular Pokémon title, as both properties are aimed at children and feature interaction between humans and fictional monsters. Thematically, though, they bear little in common. A Digimon human counterpart almost always has only one Digimon partner, while Pokémon trainers can have as many Pokémon as they want provided they have enough Pokéballs (however they are only allowed to have six on hand at any time); in Pokémon, this makes the focus of the series catching and training more monsters, while in Digimon, the focus is in developing friendships with them and defeating evil forces. A human will become a DigiDestined if, as the name implies, they are destined to be one or share a special bond with them, while in Pokémon, anyone can become a trainer, and can have any Pokémon they capture or buy. Some Digimon video games also center on sportsmanship, but the purpose of the fighting is to survive or otherwise become the "ultimate digital lifeform" by destroying their enemies, as opposed to Pokémon battles in which the Pokémon merely faints. In addition, with very few exceptions in recent games, once a Pokémon evolves it has no way to go back to its original state, while a Digimon can.

While both Pokémon and Digimon are wild creatures and display a degree of instinctual behavior, Digimon are anthropomorphized, possessing human speech and individuality. In the Pokémon franchise, most Pokémon only do evil things if their trainer commands them to (With a few exceptions), while in the Digimon franchise, there are many Digimon that have decided to become evil of their own accord (Devimon, for example). While some Pokémon may show some individuality, it is nothing compared to the range that Digimon exhibit. With exceptions not limited to Team Rocket's Meowth and certain legendary Pokémon (including Mewtwo), most Pokémon can only speak the syllables of their name, and are incapable of normal speech. Trainers are able to understand their Pokémon to some extent; the Pokémon can understand human speech, most notably orders from their trainers. Even more so, Pokémon and their trainers exist in a completely fictional world with no connection to the real one. In this world animals are almost completely absent, being substituted with Pokémon as their equivalents. In Digimon the Digital World is a parallel sub dimensional universe to the real one with parts of the story taking place in typically Japan and the Digital World though in rare cases the DigiDestined and their partners will travel to other countries and dimensions. Much of Digimon focuses on the interaction between the two worlds and how they effect one another. Pokémon are also organic, biological organisms typically resorting to natural abilities in battle rather than weapons (Though rare cases do have a form of weaponry which is organic or non convential). Digimon are made of data that can become physical when entering the real world. For this reason Digimon can appear in almost any form including but not limited to: machines, beasts, mythological creatures, androids, toys, human, demon, angelic and more. Because of this many Digimon carry weapons that can be anything from a sword to heat seeking laser shooting rockets.

Pokémon also has what could be considered a more episodic style where generally each new episode is different and does not have a large, elaborate plot-line that it builds into or is a part of. Digimon on the other hand uses an arc style within the show, with each episode contributing to a larger goal.

In actuality, Digimon seems to have more in common with Mecha anime and Tokusatsu superhero shows than it does with Pokémon and other monster training shows.

Notable Contributors

  • Akiyoshi Hongo: Maker of the original Digimon concept.
  • Hiroyuki Kakudo: Director of Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.
  • Yukio Kaizawa: Director of Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier and Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time.
  • Naoyuki Itō: Director of Digimon Savers.
  • Tetsuya Endō: Director of Digimon Xros Wars.
  • Jeff Nimoy: U.S. Director of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, and Digimon Data Squad (Savers).
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: U.S. Director of Digimon Tamers and Digimon Frontier.
  • Chiaki J. Konaka: Head writer of Digimon Tamers.
  • Hiroshi Izawa: Author of the Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga.
  • Tenya Yabuno: Illustrator of the Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga.
  • Yuen Wong Wu: Writer and illustrator for the Digimon manhua series.
  • Takanori Arisawa: Composer of the Japanese versions of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers and Digimon Frontier.
  • Keiichi Oku: Composer of the Japanese version of Digimon Savers.
  • Kōsuke Yamashita: Composer of the Japanese version of Digimon Fusion.
  • Shuki Levy: Composer for the English language releases of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Tamers.
  • Deddy Tzur: Composer for the English language release of Digimon Frontier.
  • Thorsten Laewe: Composer for the English language release of Digimon Data Squad (Savers).
  • Noam Kaniel: Composer for the English language release of Digimon Fusion (Xros Wars).
  • Paul Gordon: Co-Composer for the English language theme song.
  • Kōji Wada: Performer of the opening themes of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier and the second opening theme of Digimon Savers.
  • Ai Maeda: Performer of the ending themes of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers and the second ending theme of Digimon Frontier.
  • Miyazaki Ayumi: Performer of the opening and Digivolution themes of Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.
  • Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru: Character designer for the first four seasons and their related films, before returning in 2019 for Last Evolution Kizuna and the reboot.

See also

External links

English

Japanese

Chinese

Notes

Sours: https://digimon.fandom.com/wiki/Digimon

Digimon

Japanese media franchise

Digimon (Japanese: デジモン, Hepburn: Dejimon, branded as Digimon: Digital Monsters, stylized as DIGIMON), short for "Digital Monsters" (デジタルモンスターDejitaru Monsutā), is a Japanese media franchise encompassing virtual pet toys, anime, manga, video games, films and a trading card game. The franchise focuses on the eponymous creatures, who inhabit a "Digital World", a parallel universe that originated from Earth's various communication networks.

The franchise was created in 1997 as a series of virtual pets, intended as the masculine counterpart to Tamagotchi. The creatures were first designed to look cute and iconic even on the devices' small screens; later developments had them created with a harder-edged style influenced by American comics. The franchise gained momentum with its first anime incarnation, Digimon Adventure, and an early video game, Digimon World, both released in 1999. Several anime series and films based on them have been released, and the video game series has expanded into genres such as role-playing, racing, fighting, and MMORPGs.

Conception and creation

Further information: Digital Monster (virtual pet)

Virtual petmodel distributed on the Japanese market by Bandai,[1]that allowed the popularization of Digimonin Japan.

The Digimon franchise began as a series of virtual pets created by WiZ and Bandai, intended as a masculine counterpart to the more female-oriented Tamagotchi pets.[2][3] It was released in June 1997[1][4] with the name Digimon,[5] short for Digital Monster.[6][7] This device shows to players a virtual pet composed entirely of data and designed to play and fight.[1][5][8][9] In February 1998, the DigiMon fighting game, compatible with Windows 95 and developed by Rapture Technologies, Inc., was announced.[10] The one-shotmangaC'mon Digimon, designed by Tenya Yabuno, was published in the Japanese magazine V-Jump by Shueisha in 1997.[11][12]

A second generation of virtual pets was marketed six months after the launch of the first, followed by a third in 1998.[13] Each player starts with a baby-level digital creature that has a limited number of attacks and transformations[14] and to make the creature stronger by training and nourishing the creature;[1][5] when the player is successful in a workout, the Digimon becomes strong, when the player fails, the Digimon becomes weak.[1][5] Two devices can be connected, allowing two players to battle with their respective creatures, an innovation at the time,[1] however, the battle is only possible from the moment the creature is in the child level or bigger.[1] Playgrounds and subways were where the majority of users of the apparatus were concentrated; The virtual pet was banned in some Asian schools by being considered by parents and teachers as very noisy and violent.[15] The first Digimon were created by Japanese designer Kenji Watanabe, influenced by American comics, which were beginning to gain popularity in Japan, and as such began to make his characters look stronger and "cool." Other types of Digimon, which until the year 2000 totalled 279,[16][17] came from extensive discussions and collaborations between the Bandai company members.[18]

The original Digital Monster model that was released in 1997 sold 14 million units worldwide, including 13 million units in Japan and 1 million overseas, up until March 2004.[19] By 2005, more than 24 million Digital Monster units had been sold worldwide.[20]

Premise

Though most works in the franchise are contained within their own continuity, they all share basic setting and lore elements. Most Digimon stories begin with a human child coming into contact with a Digimon, either through accidentally entering the Digital World [21] or encountering a Digimon who has come into the human world.[22] The child or children will find themselves equipped with a "digivice", a device modelled after the series' virtual pets that enables them to empower their partner Digimon.

While some digimon act like wild beasts, many form small societies and follow governing bodies such as the Royal Knights[23] or Digimon Sovereign.[24] Digimon can grow through evolution (or "digivolution" in most English-language dubs) by absorbing additional data and changing forms; the process is normally linear but their are other methods. For example, "Jogress" (a portmanteau of "joint progress"; "DNA Digivolution" in most English-language dubs)[25] is when two or more Digimon combine into a single being. Though evolution can occur naturally, Digimon can progress faster and into stronger forms when partnered with a human.

Anime

See also: List of Digimon episodes and films

Television series

The Digimon anime series was produced by Toei Animation and Bandai of Japan. Beginning in 1999, an anime series was green-lit as the first of the Digimon films aired in theaters. Originally, Digimon Adventure was supposed to be a short film, but after the storyboard was finished, a request for the film to become a children's television series was made.[26] Several anime series have since been produced, with the first six series localized into English for release in Western markets.

Overview

No. TitleEpisodes Originally aired Network
First aired Last aired
1 Digimon Adventure (1999) 54 March 7, 1999 (1999-03-07)March 26, 2000 (2000-03-26)Fuji TV
2 Digimon Adventure 0250 April 2, 2000 (2000-04-02)March 25, 2001 (2001-03-25)
3 Digimon Tamers51 April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)March 31, 2002 (2002-03-31)
4 Digimon Frontier50 April 7, 2002 (2002-04-07)March 30, 2003 (2003-03-30)
5 Digimon Data Squad48 April 2, 2006 (2006-04-02)March 25, 2007 (2007-03-25)
6 Digimon Fusion79 July 6, 2010 (2010-07-06)March 25, 2012 (2012-03-25)TV Asahi
7 Digimon Universe: App Monsters52 October 1, 2016 (2016-10-01)September 30, 2017 (2017-09-30)TV Tokyo
8 Digimon Adventure (2020) 67 April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)September 26, 2021 (2021-09-26)Fuji TV
9 Digimon Ghost Game1 October 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)Present
Total 452 episodes

Films

Main articles: List of Digimon films and Digimon: The Movie

Several Digimon featurette films were released in Japan, with some of them seasonal tie-ins for their respective television series.

  1. Digimon Adventure / Digimon: The Movie (1999)
  2. Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! / Digimon: The Movie (2000)
  3. Digimon Adventure 02: Part 1: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown!! / Part 2: Supreme Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals / Digimon: The Movie (2000)
  4. Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon (2001)
  5. Digimon Tamers: Battle of Adventurers (2001)
  6. Digimon Tamers: Runaway Locomon (2002)
  7. Digimon Frontier: Island of Lost Digimon (2002)
  8. Digital Monster X-Evolution (2004)
  9. Digimon Savers: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!! (2006)
  10. Digimon Adventure 3D: Digimon Grand Prix! (2009)
  11. Digimon Savers 3D: The Digital World in Imminent Danger! (2009)
  12. Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 1: Reunion (2015)
  13. Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 2: Determination (2016)
  14. Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 3: Confession (2016)
  15. Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 4: Loss (2017)
  16. Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 5: Coexistence (2017)
  17. Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 6: Future (2018)
  18. Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (2020)[27][28]
  19. Untitled Digimon Adventure 02 film[29][30]

Distribution and localization

In the United States, Digimon Adventure premiered in August 1999 on the Fox Broadcasting Company. An English-language adaptation of the series produced by Saban Entertainment (later Sensation Animation), the series was broadcast on Fox Kids. Saban would dub the first four anime series in the franchise, which were collectively retitled Digimon: Digital Monsters.[31] Some scenes from the original version were modified or omitted in order to comply with Fox's standards and practices. The show also featured more jokes and added dialogue, along with a completely different musical score. As a cross-promotional stunt, 2001 and 2002 saw Digi-Bowl specials co-produced with Fox Sports; NFL on Fox commentator Terry Bradshaw provided interstitial segments in-between episodes as if the episodes were actually a football game.[32]

The Walt Disney Company would acquire Saban during the third series, Digimon Tamers. Reruns of the first three series began airing on the cable networkABC Family, while the fourth series, Digimon Frontier, premiered on UPN as part of a deal between Disney and UPN.[33] UPN aired the series until late August 2003, when they severed their ties to Disney.[33]Frontier aired on ABC Family concurrently, and also aired in reruns on Toon Disney under the Jetix branding. An English version of Digimon Data Squad, produced by Studiopolis, would premiere October 1, 2007, on Toon Disney.

In September 2012, Saban Brands, a successor to Saban Entertainment, announced it had acquired the Digimon anime franchise.[34][35][36] Saban would announce that they would be producing an English dub for Digimon Xros Wars, retitled Digimon Fusion, for broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States starting September 7, 2013.[37]Saban Capital Group would later sell most of Saban Brands' entertainment properties to Hasbro in 2018 and shutter the division in July of that year.[38][39]

The Digimon Adventure tri. series would be distributed in North America by Eleven Arts. The English dub would utilize localized names from Saban's original dub, reunite several voice actors from the original cast, and feature a remixed version of the English opening theme,[40] while retaining the original Japanese score.[41]Shout! Factory would acquire the broadcast and home media distribution rights for the films.[42][43]

International

In Canada, the English versions of Digimon were broadcast on YTV, with the exception of Data Squad, which aired in Family Channel's Jetix block. YTV would eventually acquire Digimon Fusion, but only the first 26 episodes were shown.[citation needed]

In the United Kingdom, Digimon first aired on Fox Kids. ITV's children's slot CITV would broadcast Adventure, Adventure 02 and several episodes of Tamers during after school hours from 2001–2002. The rest of Tamers aired on Fox Kids from 2002–04.[citation needed]Digimon Frontier was originally announced to be broadcast on Jetix, but the series was later dropped.[citation needed] The series eventually saw a release on October 29, 2018.[44] From 2011, Digimon Data Squad airs on Kix!. According to Fox Kids' (2000–03) and Kix's (2010–) BARB Television ratings, Adventure, Adventure 02 & Tamers have been the most popular series'/seasons in the United Kingdom and was consistently in the weekly top 10 broadcasts for both channels for new episodes.[45] Broadcast rights and merchandising sub-licensing rights for Digimon Fusion in the UK have been acquired by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Digimon Fusion has aired since Spring 2014 on digital terrestrial channel, CITV.[46][47]

Manga

Digimon first appeared in narrative form in the one-shot manga C'mon Digimon, released in the summer of 1997. C'mon Digimon spawned the popular Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga, written by Hiroshi Izawa, which began serialization on November 21, 1998.

  1. C'mon Digimon
  2. Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01
  3. Digimon Chronicle
  4. Digimon Next
  5. Digimon Xros Wars
  6. Digimon World Re:Digitize
  7. Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode
  8. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
  9. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory
  10. Digimon Chronicle X

Yuen Wong Yu manhua

A Chinese manhua was written and drawn by Yuen Wong Yu [zh] (余 遠鍠 Yu Yuen-wong), who based its storyline on the television series. This adaptation covers Digimon Adventure in five volumes, Digimon Adventure 02 in two, Digimon Tamers in four, and Digimon Frontier in three. The original stories are heavily abridged, though on rare occasions events play out differently from the anime. The Chinese-language version was published by Rightman Publishing Ltd. in Hong Kong. Yu also wrote D-Cyber.

Two English versions were also released. The first one was published by Chuang Yi in Singapore. The second one, which was adapted by Lianne Sentar,[48] was released by TOKYOPOP in North America.
The three volumes for Digimon Frontier have been released by Chuang Yi in English. These have not been released by TOKYOPOP in North America or Europe. However, the Chuang Yi releases of Digimon Frontier were distributed by Madman Entertainment in Australia.

Dark Horse

Main article: Digimon: Digital Monsters (comics)

Dark Horse Comics published American-style Digimon comic books, adapting the first thirteen episodes of the English dub of Digimon Adventure in 2001. The story was written by Daniel Horn and Ryan Hill, and illustrated by Daniel Horn and Cara L. Niece.[49]

Panini

The Italian publishing company, Panini, approached Digimon in different ways in different countries. While Germany created their own adaptations of episodes, the United Kingdom (UK) reprinted the Dark Horse titles, then translated some of the German adaptations of Adventure 02 episodes. Eventually the UK comics were given their own original stories, which appeared in both the UK's official Digimon Magazine and the official UK Fox Kids companion magazine, Wickid. These original stories only roughly followed the continuity of Adventure 02. When the comic switched to the Tamers series the storylines adhered to continuity more strictly; sometimes it would expand on subject matter not covered by the original Japanese anime (such as Mitsuo Yamaki's past) or the English adaptations of the television shows and movies (such as Ryo's story or the movies that remained undubbed until 2005). In a money saving venture, the original stories were later removed from Digimon Magazine, which returned to printing translated German adaptations of Tamers episodes. Eventually, both magazines were cancelled.

Video games

Main article: List of Digimon video games

The Digimon series has inspired various video games, including the Digimon World and Digimon Story sub-series of role-playing games. Other genres have included life simulation, adventure, video card game, strategy, and racing games.

The player's Digimon (in the foreground) battles with an opponen's digmon in Digimon World 2.

In February 2010, a website for the MMORPGDigimon Battle Online was launched.[50] On September 22, 2011, online game publisher Joymax announced the release of an MMORPG game called Digimon Masters, which was developed by the Korean publisher DIGITALIC.[51] In June 2021 it was announced that they were developing a new MMORPG titled Digimon Super Rumble.[52]

In 2011, a new entry in the Digimon World series was announced after a seven-year hiatus, titled Digimon World Re:Digitize.[53] The game would be released in Japan on July 19, 2012, followed by an enhanced version for Nintendo 3DS released in 2013.[54]

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth was first released in Japan in 2015.[55] It would be the first game in the Digimon Story series to be released in North America under its original title; Digimon World DS and Digimon World Dawn and Dusk were originally marketed as entries in the Digimon World series, with the latter game being the last to be released in the West for nine years until Cyber Sleuth's release on February 2, 2016.[56]

There have also been several mobile games. Digimon Linkz was active from March 2016 to July 2019, and was similar to the Story games in that the player raised digimon in a farm and fought enemies using team of three of their digimon.[57] It was succeeded by Digimon ReArise, which launched June 2018 in Japan and October 2019 in America.[58]

Card game

Cardback of the first version Digimon CCG from 1999.
Cardback of the Digimon CCG from 1999, one of several iterations of the CCG.
Cardback of the Digimon CCG from 2000, one of several iterations of the CCG.
Cardback of the Digimon CCG from 2003, the lastest iteration of the CCG.

Some examples of the different versions of the Digimon CCG.

The Digimon Collectible Card Game is a card game based on Digimon, first introduced in Japan in 1997 and published by Bandai. The third season (Digimon Tamers) utilized this aspect of the franchise by making the card game an integral part of the season. Versions of the card game are also included in some of the Digimon video games including Digital Card Battle and Digimon World 3.

During the fourth anime (Digimon Frontier), Bandai created the D-Tector Card Game to tie in to their own D-Tector virtual pet toys. This was a West-only card game. From February 25 2011 to September 28 2012, Digimon Jintrix was an online card game supported by physical card releases.[59] It was followed up by the mobile game Digimon Crusader, which lasted fom December 2012 to December 2017.[60]In 2020 a new card game was launched to coincide with Digimon Adventure: using a new system, this was released in the West in January 2021.[61]

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Digimon Universe: App Monsters

Digimon Universe: App Monsters[2] (Japanese: デジモンユニバース アプリモンスターズ, Hepburn: Dejimon Yunibāsu Apuri Monsutāzu) is a Japanese multimedia project created by Toei Company, Dentsu and Bandai Namco Holdings, under the pseudonym Akiyoshi Hongo. It is the seventh installment of the Digimon franchise.[3] The series' theme revolves around technological singularity and artificial intelligence, a theme shared with the Appmons and the dangers of technology when used unwisely.

An anime series was produced by Toei Animation and Dentsu and began airing on all TXN stations in Japan from October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017. The series was directed by Gō Koga and written by Yōichi Katō, with character designs by Kenichi Ōnuki.It got TAFF2018 best of 100 No.12.

Plot[edit]

Main article: List of Digimon Universe: App Monsters characters

In the year 2045, technology has finally evolved to a degree of prosperity for the world. The World Wide Web has become a world for "App Monsters" (アプリモンスターズ, Apurimonsutāzu) or "Appmons", artificially intelligent beings born within mobile apps. The series focuses on Haru Shinkai, an everyday Junior High Student. One day, he discovers an Appmon lurking in his Smartphone, which reveals himself to be Gatchmon and the two become partners. Haru also learns from Gatchmon that the artificial intelligenceLeviathan is creating viruses to turn all Appmons evil, and the two join forces to stop them. As the series progresses, Haru gains the help of the rookie idol Eri Karan, the famous AppTuber Torajirou Asuka, the prodigy hacker Rei Katsura, who is in search for his younger brother that was kidnapped by Leviathan, and Haru's best friend Yūjin Ōzora, each one partnered with their own Appmon to help in the fight to defeat Leviathan and restore the balance between their two worlds.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Main article: List of Digimon Universe: App Monsters episodes

The anime adaptation of the series began airing on all TXN stations in Japan on October 1, 2016, replacing Time Travel Girl on its original timeslot, and aired until September 30, 2017.[4][5] The series's opening theme from episodes 1 to 25 is "DiVE" by Amatsuki and from episodes 26 to 52, "Gatchen!" by SymaG. The ending theme from episodes 1 to 13 is "Aoi Honoo Syndrome" (青い炎シンドローム, Aoi honō shindorōmu, "Blue Flame Syndrome") by Riho Iida, from episodes 14 to 25, "Ai" (アイ, "Eye") by Ami Wajima, from episodes 26 to 38, "Little Pi" by Ange☆Reve and from episodes 39 to 52, "Perfect World" (パーフェクトワールド) by Traffic Light.[6][7]

Manga[edit]

Two manga adaptations were released by Shueisha. The first one was illustrated by Naoki Akamine and was serialized in V Jump from September 21, 2016, to August 21, 2017.[8][9] The Second manga, titled Digimon Universe Appli Monsters: Appmon Gakuen (Japanese: デジモンユニバース アプリモンスターズ アプモン学園, Hepburn: Dejimon Yunibāsu Apuri Monsutāzu Apumon gakuen) is illustrated by Katsumi Hirose and was serialized in Saikyō Jump from October 1, 2016.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^"LAST PRODUCTION APPMON LANDS ON SCREENS ! | TOEI Animation Europe". Archived from the original on 2017-11-22. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  2. ^"DIGIMON UNIVERSE APP MONSTERS". Toei Animation. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  3. ^"Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Project Revealed With TV Anime, Game". Anime News Network. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  4. ^"New Digimon Universe TV Anime Unveils Story, Cast, Staff, Videos, Visual". Anime News Network. 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  5. ^"デジモンユニバース アプリモンスターズ:アプモン" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Archived from the original on December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  6. ^Yuan, Kevin (December 19, 2016). "Ami Wajima Performs New Ending Theme For Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  7. ^"7月からのEDテーマが、トラフィックライト。『パーフェクトワールド』に決定!" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. May 22, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  8. ^Piselli, Justin (August 20, 2016). "Digimon Universe Appli Monsters Manga Begins Next Month". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  9. ^Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 21, 2017). "Digimon Universe Appli Monsters Manga Ends in August". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  10. ^Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 1, 2016). "Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters Project Gets Comedy Manga in October". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 30, 2018.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digimon_Universe:_App_Monsters

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