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Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー) is a 2020 Japanese anime television series. It is the eighth anime series in the Digimon franchise and a reboot of the original 1999 series. The series premiered on Fuji TV on April 5, 2020

In the year 2020, a series of cyber-attacks across Tokyo are the result of catastrophic events in another world within the internet, the Digital World, where creatures called Digimon roam. While getting ready for summer camp, eight children are transported to the Digital World where they acquire Digivices and Digimon partners while learning that they have been chosen to stop the unknown threats to their worlds

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    Digimon Anime Reboot Reveals First Story Details

    In celebration of Digimon Adventure's 20th anniversary, the franchise is rebooting its original anime series with a different take on its events.

    JAN 22, 2020

    Despite many claiming that Digimon constantly looms in the shadow of its oft compared predecessor Pokemon, the Digimon franchise has built up its own respectable following in the 20 or so years that the IP has been around. Even the franchise’s recent video games –  like the much anticipated tactical strategy game Digimon Survive – have received considerable attention.

    Now, in celebration of the original anime's twentieth anniversary the first Digimon anime series, Digimon Adventure, is getting a new reboot. The series is set to be animated by Toei Animation, who co-animated the latest Digimon movie, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, with Studio Deen. However, the rebooted series will apparently differ slightly from the original series in terms of its setting and narrative.

    For those who may be unaware, the original Digimon Adventure anime series that this reboot is based off of first aired in 1999. The series followed a group of characters called the DigiDestined, who are summoned to the Digital World by Digivice that appeared to them during summer camp. In the Digital World, the characters befriend Digimon partners and search for a way to return home.

    While the original series took place in the current time of 1999 when the series aired, it gradually updated to modern times as new entries in the series were released. However, one of the bigger changes for the reboot is that the series will be set in 2020 – nearly 21 years after the original series took place. What’s more is that the characters will remain the same but appear slightly younger than their original appearances.

    According to a Tweet translated by @JP_Excelsior on Twitter, the reboot will still be a retelling of the original anime’s events. The anime will be set in the year 2020, will feature modern technology, and the main cast will appear younger than their original counterparts. Additionally, the catalyst for their transportation to the Digital World will be different this time around.

    Though some fans may take issue with some of the changes, it could very well provide a refreshing modern twist on the beloved franchise’s roots. Additionally, the reboot may finally tie up some storylines that never got resolved from the original series.

    With Digimon Adventure now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, it seems like this will be a good year for Digimon fans. With some promising new screenshots and updates from the upcoming Digimon Survive title, it looks to be a game that fans of the series won’t want to miss. Hopefully, the anime reboot and new game are exactly what fans of the franchise are hoping for.


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    'Digimon Adventure' Is Set to Return With a New TV Anime Reboot

    Focusing on the original seven “DigiDestined” children.

    Entertainment Jan 21, 2020 By Nicolaus Li

    According to reports, the original Digimon Adventure is series is set to receive a new television anime reboot.

    Set to premiere in Japan this April, will take place in the year 2020 and offer a new look at the seven original “DigiDestined” children. The characters are brought together by a large-scale network malfunction in Tokyo that leads them to a new world. After befriending a group of Digimon (Digital Monsters), the kids must save the human and Digital Worlds as the boundaries between the two begin to collide.

    Watch the trailer for the new TV anime reboot of Digimon Adventure above.


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    New 'Digimon Adventure' Reboot Trailer Looks to Excite Old and New Fans

    The new series will begin airing in Japan on April 5.

    Following its announcement earlier this yearToei Animation has released an official English trailer for the upcoming reboot series Digimon Adventure. The footage above showcases a bit of action with Tai and his partner Agumon, but this series will not be a retelling of the original tale.

    This new series is looking to wipe away two decades of Digimon‘s animated history in order to present a wholly different plot in contemporary times. The description for the video reads: “It’s been decided that Digimon Adventure will be broadcast on Japanese TV in 2020 as a completely new animated show. It will depict a “new” adventure that can only be envisioned in modern times, now that the Digital World and real-world are closer to each other than ever before.”

    The new anime series will begin airing in Japan on April 5, with an English subbed version speculated to be inbound soon after.

    In other entertainment news, Netflix has released a new trailer for Baki season 2.


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    The Original Digimon Anime Gets A Remake

    by Sage Ashford

    After several years of sequels including Digimon Adventure tri and the upcoming film, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, Toei has finally given in and decided to do a complete reboot of the original television series. The series synopsis has mentioned the re-imagined story will take place in the present, which makes sense as humanity’s connection to digital technology is more crucial than ever.

    Once more, the main character will be Taichi Yagami, a young boy living near Tokyo, preparing to leave for a summer camp. When his mother and sister Hikari get stuck on a train due to its failed breaks, Taichi makes an attempt to go help them. But before he can reach the station, he finds himself transported (along with the other DigiDestined) to a new world — the digital world, where he’ll meet his new partner and go on a unprecedented adventure.

    The producer for this series is Hiroyuki Sakurada (Digimon Xros WarsDigimon Adventure 02), while the director will be Masato Mitsuka (Suite PrecureYes! Precure). Series composition will be done by Atsuhiro Tomioka (PokemonInazuma Eleven), and character design will be done by the returning Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, responsible for both the original Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.

    It won’t be long to wait to see whether this series can live up to the original either, as Toei Animation will be bringing this series to viewers in April 2020.


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    Digimon Adventure Gets New TV Anime Reboot With Original Cast

    January 22, 2020

    The Pokémon franchise might have captured the hearts of many with its multitude of adorable little monsters, but Digimon has quite a following worldwide too. Thanks in large parts to the many Digimon anime series that have premiered over the years, with the most popular of the bunch being, of course, the original Digimon Adventure series from 1999.

    Despite receiving many a direct sequel with Digimon Adventure 02 and a number of film adaptations, none could quite match up to the popularity of the original.

    Now, fans of the original series can celebrate as Toei Animation will be bringing back the original cast for a 2020 reboot. A teaser trailer has also been released for the reboot, showing some scenes taken from the 1999 original before ending off with “A new adventure awaits the DigiDestined and their Digimon!”

    The new Digimon Adventures reboot, titled Digimon Adventures: will take place in 2000 and will feature an all-new story centring around young Taichi Yagami and his Digimon partner Agumon. The other characters Yamato, Sora, Koshiro, Mimi, Joe, Takeru, Kari, and their respective Digimon partners will also be making a return to the reboot. Though it is unclear how different the reboot will be from the original show and what changes will be made. 

    It could be entirely possible that the reboot could tell the exact same story only now with better animation or it could bring our DigiDestined on a whole new adventure. The trailer left much to the imagination so, at this point, anything is possible.

    Digimon fans seem excited at the prospect of Digimon Adventures getting a reboot, though some are wondering why other Digimon series like Digimon Tamers and Digimon Frontier aren’t getting the same amount of love. 

    Digimon Fandom:

    We are getting But it's just
    a new Adventure related
    TV series!! again. pic.twitter.com/9TWJo7lHvh

    — ??Satou MASKING??@バンドリ3rd Seasonネタバレ (@masulock06)January 18, 2020

    The series is set to air in Japan in April 2020, so at least fans won’t have to wait all that long to see what the new Digimon Adventure reboot has to offer. Pokémon fans don’t be disheartened as there is something for you too, Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution will be making its way to Netflix!

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    Digimon Adventure Reboot Coming

    A new version of the classic first season of Digimon Adventure will be released this year and we've got the trailer.

    By Shamus Kelley|January 21, 2020|
    Digimon Adventure Reboot

    Digi-see, digi-hear, digi-know Digimon was being rebooted? Unreleated to the upcoming Digimon Adventure Last Evolution (which is more or less in continuity with the original series), this new series is set to restart Digimon where it first began with some key changes to the original story. Below we’ve got the first teaser trailer that shows off some new art from the series.

    Digimon Adventure Reboot Trailer

    While it doesn’t give us much to go on we can see that some of the kids outfits have changed. Pretty much everyone except for Joe have slightly altered designs in their clothing. It’s not a huge change but still. More interesting is that Kari is present right from the beginning it looks like, which is a huge change from the original series. In that she only joined the group about half way through the first season. What will be changed now that she’s along for the ride? She only features on the first poster for the project as well, which you can see here.

    Digimon Adventure Reboot Poster

    Digimon Adventure Reboot Release Date

    While we don’t have an exact date we do know Digimon Adventure will make its debut in the spring of 2020. We’ll have more information as it comes!

    Digimon Adventure Reboot Story

    Thanks to With The Will we have a synopsis for this new reboot. You can read it below.

    An adventure of the unknown takes place in 2020! 

    STORY: It’s the year 2020. Computer networks have become an irreplaceable component for human lifestyles. However, what humans don’t know is that on the other side of the network lives an endless world, the Digital World, and the Digimon who live there… Large-scale network malfunctions occur in the capital city area. Streetlights blink erratically, big screen advertisements are filled with garbled text. The news reports it as cyber terrorism.

    The main character is fifth grader Taichi Yagami, who lives in a high-rise apartment building in the Tokyo suburbs. He has stayed at home alone in order to prepare for his summer camp at the end of the week, but his mother and younger sister Hikari who have gone out to Shibuya are trapped inside a moving train that can’t be braked. Taichi hurries to Shibuya to save his mom and sister, but the moment he heads to the train station platform… Something strange happens and Taichi finds himself in the Digital World!

    The children meet their Digimon partners and face an unknown “adventure”…!

    Tai going to the Digital World before he goes to camp? That’s certainly a big change from the original. Thankfully we’ve got an interview with producer Hiroyuki Sakurada and screenplay writer Atsuhiro Tomioka that sheds some more light on this element and others.

    What points should we pay attention to in the new visual poster? Sakurada: There’s the new Digivice that Taichi is holding, as well as the starring characters whose designs have changed a bit. In the background, the bottom part of it is the real world, while the upper part is the Digital World.

    What kind of story is it? Tomioka: Digimon will cause dangers in the real world, which Taichi and the others will solve through the Digital World. There will be some realism in the dangers that happen.

    What are the highlights of this series? Sakurada: The battle scenes, which will make the best use of each Digimon’s “special trait.” How they face on the ability of the Digimon attacking them will differ. We’ll be showing each monster’s charmpoint through their fighting.

    What Digimon will appear in the show? Tomioka: It will be like a festival. We’ll be showing as many as possible, according to the situation, without holding back. We also have a small surprise ready after their partner has evolved!

    Tai and the others will solve dangers in the real world by going to the Digital World? Will they be traveling back and forth? Again, another big change if that happens. Stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things Digimon!

    Shamus Kelley is a pop culture/television writer and official Power Rangers expert. Follow him on Twitter! He also co-hosts a Robotech podcast, which covers the original series and the new comics. Give it a listen! Read more articles by him here!


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    The Digimon Adventure Reboot Is Looking Good

    Announced back in January with a teaser trailer, Toei Animation has released a short but action-packed trailer for the new Digimon Adventure anime, showing Tai and his partner Agumon in action. It’s good stuff.

    The new series is a reboot of the Digimon franchise, wiping two decades of animated history to give fans a fresh, modern tale featuring the faces of familiar Digidestined children and their digital monster companions. It looks like a fitting follow-up to feature film Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna, which portrayed the popular characters as adults outgrowing their unique bonds with the digital world.

    The new series starts airing in Japan on April 5. Considering Toei released an English version of this latest trailer, we can expect it to be subbed in short order.

    • I know I have mentioned it before here, but the original series was amazing for kids because it touched on so many issues that directly affect kids. Childhood is often just portrayed as this whimsical, carefree time of life where you don’t have to worry about the bigger issues going on in the political realms, but that doesn’t mean kids don’t go through things in their own little bubbles. It had kids dealing with sibling relationships, divorced parents, living up to family expectations, privilege, adoption, gender roles, the vulnerability of adults, and so much more. It wrapped everything in around fighting monsters and in a way that kids could actually understand instead of just lectures from adults that would normally be tuned out.  A lot of cartoons in America were just vehicles to sell merchandise but the first season of Digimon touched on so much while also being kick *****.  I hope that those messages can still be retained while just modernizing the show a little bit but I fear they won’t be.

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        Yeah, all of that! Also the overall story was just, to me, really compelling and it was in service of the character development through and through

      • I can’t tell much of anything from that trailer, but I’ll keep my wall of skepticism built, thank you. :-P

        I’m always wary when companies re-make things for little to no reason other than money. Yes, the animation quality of the beginning of the first season wasn’t the best, and some of the technology is outdated, but other than those extremely minor aesthetic reasons, there’s nothing wrong with the original. Does that mean they simply can’t re-make it? Of course not, but it does signal to me that the re-make might not end up being nearly as good as the original.

        That said, if they’re going to re-make it anyway, can they please correct all the labeling changes between the Japanese franchise and the English dub localization? Switching Digidestined to Chosen Children, fixing the Child/Adult/Perfect/Ultimate labeling, fixing the sincerity/reliability/purity crest labeling, and changing some of the altered digimon names back to their originals (tailmon vs. gatomon, etc.).

        • The franchise has embraced the dub changes, so that’s a no-go. In fact, they’ve pretty much fazed out “Chosen Children” entirely for “Digidestined” even in Japan. 

          • There’s no way they’re going to walk back the localization terms at this point, but by the same token they haven’t phased out “Chosen Children” in Japan at all. It’s there in the dialogue and in the Japanese text just as surely as “Ultimate” evolves from “Perfect” in Japan. “Digidestined” is just the official term they’ve chosen as the English localization for “Erabareshi Kodomo”

            This is possibly true even in the canon of Digimon Adventure itself, there’s an English speaking kid in 02 who actually does say he’s a “Digidestined”, even in the Japanese dub.

            • Yeah, Japan may not adopt every change the dub made, but they still embrace them (like your example of the canon acknowledgement that the term is “digidestined” in English). Look also at “Takeru’s” hat in the new reboot - it literally says “TK” on it. I’m sure they won’t *call* him that in the Japanese version, but they actively acknowledge the dub changes and certainly don’t feel they need to be erased or anything.

              I love Digimon, and I love the dub. It bothers me when people complain about the “renamed” Digimon when that’s just how localization works. There are hundreds of Pokemon with different names in every language - for example, Charizard is Lizardon over there. We all survive. It’s fine.

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                My problems with Digimon name changes are a) When they’re weirdly contradictory (IE the dub of Xros Wars where they changed things so Agumon was “Augumon” or Lilithmon became “Laylamon”, or the time where they gave Hangyomon two localized names) or b) when they suck a lot (see the names of nearly every hybrid in the dub of Frontier)

                I don’t care about localization as long you’re consistent and actually try. I’m not over the moon for every dub name in Digimon, but it takes a really bad name before I’ll actually say I think it’s honestly a bad localized name. Hangymon becomes either Scubamon or Divermon depending on dub? Fine, Hangyo is a Japanese portmanteau and both names fit the digimon, if they’d have picked one absolutely no problem. Tonosama Geckomon becomes Shogun Geckomon? Fine again, no reason for an American fan to have to ask what a “Tonosama” when the point is it’s a goofy and explicitly Japanese digimon, “Shogun” gets that across quite well all on its own. By the same token Igamon becomes Ninjamon and that’s also totally fine, most American fans wouldn’t associate the word “Iga” with being a ninja, and being a ninja is the important part of it. Megalo Growmon becomes War Growlmon? Fine, it fits the character to have that name on several levels and Megalo isn’t a well known English word. Garmmon becomes “Kendo Garurumon”? Okay, now I’ve got problems. Firstly because that dub name is an ungraceful mouthful, secondly it misses the Mythological theme a lot of the Hybrids had, and thirdly it misses the fact that “Garmmon” is named in part as contrast to “Velgrmon” who is his opposite number.

                Be consistent, get as much information in the name across as is reasonable, and don’t suck and you’re welcome to dub however you like. Digimon has had some iffy dub decisions here and there, but considering its era it was actually pretty well done.

              • This better have the classic theme or they’ll be riots in the streets I tell ya.

                • Which classic theme?

                  Butterfly? That would be nice but it’s already officially been deconfirmed. The opening is UFO by Takayoshi Tanimoto, who’s probably the right choice (RIP Wada Kouji). Maybe they’ll still use it sometime.

                  Brave Heart? God I hope not. That song is limp and lifeless as hell. I’m pulling for them to put in a GOOD insert song.

                  • Oh Butterfly. So many memories.

                    When I was in tenth grade, I’d downloaded the full song and burned it to a CD. I was in art class painting and my friend asked if he could borrow my portable CD player to listen to while we were working and I was like “oh sure.”, as I was in the middle of a conversation with another friend. I figured he wanted to focus. I gave it to him, resumed my conversation, and everything was cool until...

                    ...BAM! He screamed and leaped out of his chair, sent my CD player flying, and knocked over his water, spilling it all over both his project, and mine. I of course was like “WTF, dude?!” and he yelled at me for creepily whispering something in his ear. I had no idea what the hell he was talking about, and then it hit me.

                    “What track were you on?”



                    For the uninitiated, the full recording of Butterfly involves the lead singer sort of loudly whisper singing a word in the final verse (I to this day have no idea what he’s saying), but it’s sort of loud and out of nowhere compared to the musical part of the track. Couple that with bad 90s headphones squished against your head and a volume sent to maximum, and, well...

                    It kinda does sound like someone’s whispering in your ear.

                    TL;DR: My friend destroyed both of our art projects because the singer of Butterfly loudly whispered something during the final moments of the song.

                  • I hope it’s not a fitting follow-up to Last Evolution, all signs in point to Last Evolution being an incredibly terrible film, one confused and borderline self-destructive.

                    I don’t have an incredible amount of faith in this one (It is, after all, an eighth season of Digimon and even numbered seasons have historically fallen short), but I’m nonetheless pulling real hard for an incredibly unfitting follow-up. Basically I want this season of Digimon to be actually good to wipe away the taste of Tri and everything to do with Tri.

                    It’s impossible to tell just from a trailer (Last Evolution had a good trailer for instance because you could assume they were actually going for the right ending and not what we’re actually getting), but the fact that this trailer looks an awful lot like Appmon? That’s actually good sign.

                    • My only issue of this reboot is they drive too hard the point that this is like the inside of a cyber space. In the original It was sort of nice to have the kids believe this really was some far away foreign island in reality... and that 0's and 1's compose a world as realistic as the matrix, instead of an obvious, I’m inside of a video gamelike world wibe that this trailer’s setting gives off.

                      Although there were i

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                    Digimon Adventure's Hard Reset Is Key to the Franchise's Evolution

                    3/25/20 7:00PM

                    Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, the latest film in Toei’s Digimon franchise, is set to bring the story of the eight children who saved both the real and Digital Worlds by partnering up with living, digital creatures to an end. But it isn’t the end. Much in the same way that Digimon can’t truly “die,” the DigiDestined are coming back in a fascinating way.

                    While the original Digimon Adventure’s premise revolved around a number of aspects about our reality—like the widespread use of the internet—the ways that we interact with technology has changed considerably since the series first premiered in 1999. Unlike Last Evolution Kizuna, which is set in 2010 (in keeping with the passage of time established in the original series), Toei’s new reboot Digimon Adventure: reimagines Tai and the other DigiDestined as young children living in modern-day Japan. (Note that the colon hanging out at the end of Digimon Adventure: is a purposeful choice to differentiate the reboot from the original.)

                    The basic premise of the story appears to be largely unchanged as a disturbance in the Digital World begins to affect electronics in the real world and DigiDestined meet their partner Digimon for the first time. What’s different, though, is that all the kids seem to have cell phones, their Digivices are all somewhat physically different, and the Digital World itself appears to be a more abstract, conceptual place.

                    As the kids embark on their adventure and learn that it’s up to them to battle whatever creatures are causing the Digital World’s problems, back in the real world the prevailing idea is that the digital problems are part of a larger string of cyberterrorism attacks. It’s in ways like that which Digimon Adventure: is keeping in the series’ tradition of tackling real-world issues while also being fantastical, and at the same time, it’s introducing new elements into its story that reflect our present-day reality.

                    A big part of what made the original Digimon series so satisfying to watch over the years has been its willingness to let its characters continue to age and evolve in ways that many cartoons like Pokémon tend not to. Emotional depth was one of Digimon’s strong suits from the very beginning, and so it stands to reason that Digimon Adventure: will keep in that tradition, but now the franchise can do that in a world that feels as if it exists much closer to our own.

                    The original Digimon Adventure was very much a product of the way global telecommunications functioned throughout the end of the 20th century, but in 2020, the basic principles of how people access information on the web is just drastically different. Things like chat rooms, message boards, and the very concept of hyperlinking have all become subsumed by social media platforms and applicationsDigimon originally worked with the idea of the internet being a massive, shared space that one could explore the way one might a continent. But today, the web is increasingly composed of walled-off gardens that we create portals into through our phones to scroll through TikTok, or through our consoles to go hang out with friends in Animal Crossing.

                    What’s going to be interesting to see is how Digimon Adventure: ends up capitalizing on what the shape of the modern-day internet is like as the kids venture deeper into the Digital World. In a time where we’re all extremely online as a way of life, what does it mean to physically travel across the digital networks that keep the world operating? The DigiDestined might be the first people to discover the Digital World’s existence, but in 2020 they’re probably not the only hyper-connected children with the potential to become the unlikely saviors of two worlds.

                    In nearly every Digimon series, when a digital monster’s life comes to an end (usually as the result of sustaining too much damage in battle), the creation disintegrates into glowing bits of dust that scatter to the wind, making it seem as if they’re lost. In reality, though, their data actually ends up being pulled to the Primary Village, a place where the Digimon is reincarnated (or recompiled, depending on how you think of it) as a fresh Digiegg full of new life and possibility. In a way, Digimon Adventure: is the Digiegg meant to be born in Last Evolution Kizuna’s wake. They’re interconnected stories that represent two distinct phases of life for the same franchise and how it’s time for Digimon to evolve into something new and more advanced.

                    While Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna’s premiere here in the U.S. has currently been postponedDigimon Adventure: is set to hit Fuji TV on April 5.


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                      It’s been SUCH a long time since I’ve seen me a Digimon, and I’ll be sure to watch this when it eventually rolls around.

                      What’s everyone’s favorite season? I’m honestly partial to Tamers and Frontier just a bit more than Adventure. 

                      • Adventure and Tamers are my personal favorite. Frontier was great too, but i ended up not finishing it for unknown reasons

                        • Tamers was a real game changer and is great for a quick re-watch. To me it’s the most heady and dramatic series by far and It’s a definite number two for me. My issue with it is that it’s buttoned up nicely at the end and never really expanded upon again. I loved Frontier for the Judeo/Christian mythology stuff thrown in all over but the same thing there. That doesn’t mean they aren’t awesome or better written than Adventure.

                          But to me Adventure I and II are the winner just based on the scope and lore. . Adventure I and II had some silly stuff at the beginning but both kind of veered into the mature towards the end and both played off each others themes well enough that they told a nice complete story that was easily expanded upon and re contextualized in some of the supplementary material. The villain twist at the end of II genuinely got me and was a great callback to I.

                          I was really hoping Tri would be better and while I appreciate what they were attempting, they dropped the ball big time. There are some pretty dark and haunting themes in there but its all lost in the nostalgia trip. And the final villain is kind of horrific if you think about it but again, lost in the mix. Maybe Last Evolution sticks the landing, but I’m more looking forward to the new interpretation of Adventure at this point.

                          • Favorite to least favorite:

                            1) Adventure - Even though the visuals have not aged well AT ALL (I think Aqua Teen Hunger Force is more animated at points), the story is actually still decently told and the “adventure” part of the title lives up to the name. The monster designs still hold up even today, and I even love the evolution sequences. Plus, the fact that they were able to give 8 protagonists decent character development is something a lot of shows struggle with even today.

                            2) Tamers - While I don’t like the Digimon designs as much as Adventure, the tighter storytelling and more focused character development makes up for that. It’s also, IMO, the best Digimon dub (not counting Tri, since I’ve only seen a few clips of the dub), as even with the changes, the spirit and tone of the show still shined through.

                            3) Applimonsters - Maybe it’s because Tri was such a wreck, but god, I love this show. The core group is immensely fun to watch, the development is arguably better than Tamers’, and the Appmon themselves are extremely clever interpretations of their smartphone origins. It’s also one of the few series where the Digimon themselves have actual personalities and issues, with each one getting their own spotlight episode. Honestly, the only reason it’s not #1 for me is a few relatively minor issues that kind of stack up, but it’s still a series I would happily rewatch again and again. It also had some pretty kickass fights.

                            4) Xros Wars Season 2 - Separating the seasons because they are practically different beasts entirely. Season 2 cut out all the fat from Season 1, focused more on Taiki being a gameplanner and Kiriha’s obsession with power, while allowing Nene to actually do stuff. Also gave all three vastly superior wardrobe upgrades. The visuals also received a bigger budget, and the design and lighting effects used on the Digimon make the battles supremely epic. It also helps that the season had some pretty kickass music, from the opening to the main fight music.

                            5) Frontier - I understand the gripes about this season being the one where the humans turned into Digimon rather than having partners, but I think it works well enough here. Both the Human and Beast Spirit forms look cool, and each character has enough personality and development that the bond between them shines through. Unfortunately, it’s riddled with problems that bring it down. Izumi is a fine character on her own, but the show REALLY did like having her do well. Takuya and Koji dominate the second half of the series, and the last 1/3 with the Royal Knights just drags on and on. It also makes the others more or less useless since their ultimate forms require all the Spirits and only Takuya and Koji got their fused forms.

                            6) Xros Heart Season 1 - It’s not a bad series, per se, but it’s pretty bland. The whole Digi Xros replacing evolution thing takes some getting used to and a lot of the plot is focused on wacky crazy antics rather than beating the bad guys. Plus, it started the trend that would follow in the other two seasons of having previously ultra powerful Digimon be taken out easily. For example, Lillithmon is, in franchise canon, God-tier level in power, but in Xros Wars, she’s comic relief.

                            7) Savers - This series just did not grab me at all. I get what they were going for with Masaru, but they emphasized his hot-blooded attitude too much and it made it seem like the main Aesop was “knowledge is bad.” Plus, his signature technique of needing to punch a Digimon in order for Agumon to evolve is novel at first, but it becomes a bit ridiculous near the end of the series. There ARE some things I like about the show, but almost all of them were done better in other Digimon series.

                            8) Adventure 02 - Again, there are a lot of things I really like about this series. The Armor Evolution designs are really cool, the Digimon Emperor is a great idea, and the World Tour 3-parter is great. However, the behind-the-scenes issues just became too much. Daisuke, Iori, and Miyako could grate on your nerves quick, the Jogress forms weren’t anywhere near as impressive as they should have been, and the only good part of the final battle was when the group attacked with every evolution they had access to.

                            9) Xros Wars Season 3 - Bleck. Tagiru is a horrible main character, Taiki and OmegaShoutmon had to be massively depowered to not break the plot, the rivals have no characterization other than “be jerks to the heroes,” the animation is a step down, and Digi Xros, the signature form of this series, was heavily downsized. Even the finale, with bringing in all the previous protagonists, isn’t great because of MASSIVELY changing everyone’s scale, not using the old evolution sequences, bad animation, and only really having them be around to power up Tagiru. Eh, at least the opening is cool.

                            10) Adventure Tri - Oh my god, what a ***** mess. Horrible fanfiction that was made canon, contradicting almost every plot point from 02 while still mining lore from it, lazy evolution sequences, visuals that don’t feel theatrical at all until the final battle, dropped plot points everywhere, the 02 kids not only getting waylaid early but none of the 01 kids care for most of the series, Yggdrasil’s motivations not making sense AT ALL, Meiko and Meicoomon are annoying as *****, and endless padding. Pretty much the only positive from this entire series, IMO, is the beginning of Movie 4 where we learn about the previous Digidestined.

                            • thank you so much for this. Will always be a fan of Seasons 1, 2 and 3, and will fight anyone who says Pokemon has a better story (does it even have a story?)

                              j/k Not a Pokemon hater at all, I understand the appeal, but to me Digimon(Seasons 1, 2, and 3) just had so much character development for a kid’s show.

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                              Digimon Universe Applimonsters did something similar, using the smartphone apps.

                              Gatchmon (the Search Engine app) fuses with Navimon (the Navigation App) to become Dogatchmon (Super Search Appmon), who then fuses with Timemon (Standardized Time app) to become Globemon (Globalization Appmon). His personality is that he’s extremely curious, wanting to find out whatever info he can. Whenever a problem arises, he immediately uses his Search function to find whatever he can on the issue and any solutions. Haru can use his Applidriver to refine the search and seek out enemy weaknesses.

                              Dokamon (Action Games app) fuses with Perorimon (Food Review app) to become Dosukamon (Fighting Games app, based on a sumo wrestler), then fuses with Coachmon (the Fitness Training app) to become Oujamon, the Wrestling Games app, who is a big buff werewolf wrestler. Since he’s an Action Games app, he’s always charging ahead and ready for a fight, while being very easy to get along with. Eri’s ability allows her to control Dokamon using an AR game controller, though it’s only ever used once.

                              Musimon (Music Player app) fuses with Recomon (Recording app) to become Mediamon (Media Player app), and by adding Dreamon (a sleep app that enhances creativity), he becomes Entermon, the Entertainment Appmon. Musimon likes to chill and have fun and adores anything that will make for a fun memory. Astora’s ability allows him to becomes a DJ and enhance Musimon’s attacks.

                              Hackmon (Hacking app) fuses with Protectmon (Firewall app) to become Raidramon (which allows Hackmon to bypass digital protective fields), then combines with DeZipmon (the Zip File app) to become Revivemon (System Recovery app). Hackmon is pretty secretive and likes to hide in the shadows, though he does have a weakness for sweets. Rei can pull up two or three AR keyboards in order to use the Double Hack or Triple Hack abilities.

                              Offmon (the Offline appmon) unfortunately doesn’t get his partners revealed, but he ends up turning into Logmon (the Logout appmon) and further into Shutmon (Shut Down appmon). Since he’s the Offline app, he’s a huge introvert. He wants to make friends, but interacting with literally anyone frightens him a lot and makes him want to hide.

                              The show also showcases that, despite how cool it is to have monsters based on smartphone apps, living in such a digital age has its drawbacks, especially since the world of Applimonsters is even more technology-reliant than we are today. In one episode, the Calendar app removes December 25th from all digital calendars worldwide, meaning any (and I mean, ANY) program that relied on checking to make sure the date is correct stopped functioning and caused havoc. Another episode had Haru being stalked by the Camera app, who is able to hack into any camera anywhere. Not just security cameras, but regular cameras and smartphone cameras as well. Since he lives in the city, Haru had nowhere he could hide. The Appmon also only survive as long as they are in service. If a company goes under or disables the app, that Appmon dies. Also, the upgraded forms of Appmon (the Super, Ultimate, and God Grades, akin to Champion, Ultimate, and Mega of older series) are all rendered in CG, but it’s actually acknowledged as CG in-universe as well. The forms also have a layer of text code all around them. In a nice twist, when Agumon guest stars later on, he digivolves into Wargreymon and instead of text code, he has binary covering him.

                              The Big Bad, Leviathan, creates an OS that is trying to take down Waffle Corp (Not!Apple), and one of their plans causes the launch of Waffle Corps’ new OS to break any phone it’s downloaded into, causing their stock to drop and L-Corp’s to rise until it reaches 90% penetration around the world. Come the final battle, Leviathan uses its OS to turn literally every human being near a smartphone into data, including babies and little kids. It actually gets pretty horrifying because the humans are grinded into data bits for Leviathan to absorb. That’s not hyperbole, by the way. Leviathan creates a giant digital grinder and feeds thousands of people into it, and we hear each and everyone scream in pain as they’re torn apart digitally.

                              God, Appmon was such a good show. It’s a shame it wasn’t available legally until a few months ago and has no dub. It also has some pretty rocking theme songs.

                            • Though I understand the why and the possibilities and all that, I don’t think this can recapture the magic of watching the old show on Fox Kids and the attachment I felt to the Saban dub characters, how they behaved and sounded. That’s one of the reasons I appreciated what Eleven Arts/Toei/Studiopolis did with Tri, they got the band back together to the extent possible.

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                            Digimon Adventure Reboot Changes the Original’s Premise in a Big Way

                            Digimon are the champions!

                             Posted March 6, 2020, 3:20 p.m.

                            Areimagining of the first season of Digimon Adventure will be airing in Japan beginning April 5. The story is loosely based on the original with a number of changes to fit a more modern reinterpretation.

                            The original Digimon Adventure took place in 1999 when a group of children were whisked away from their summer camp into the Digital World. There, they are christened as the DigiDestined who must free the Digital World from the darkness with the help of their partner Digimon.

                            The biggest change is that the new series takes place in the year 2020 instead of the 90s. This will no doubt change the dynamics of the protagonists and their partner Digimon since they no longer need a dial-up connection to enter the Digital World.

                            Based on the official website’s translated synopsis, the beginning of the series will be different as well. The synopsis is as follows:

                            A large-scale network failure occurs in the Tokyo metropolitan area. A flickering signal or garbled screens are prevalent. The news report that it’s cyber terrorism.

                            The main character is Taichi Yagami, a fifth-grader living in a tower apartment near Tokyo.

                            He was home alone to prepare for the weekend summer camp. His mother and sister, Hikari, were on their way to Shibuya but got stuck on an affected train with failed breaks. Taichi hurries to Shibuya to help his mother and sister, but the moment he heads to the platform at the station-

                            A mysterious phenomenon overtakes the DigiDestined, transporting Taichi to the Digital World! The children meet their partner Digimon and embark on an unknown adventure!

                            Originally, Tai and six other DigiDestined are transported to the Digital World together from their summer camp. It seems that the reboot will bump the trip to the Digital World earlier, as well as introduce Tai’s sister, the mystery eighth DigiDestined, Kari a lot sooner too.

                            New looks for the DigiDestined!

                            While the eight DigiDestined and their partner Digimon are the same, wardrobe updates were made for Matt, Sora, Izzy, T.K, and Kari.

                            This reboot comes on the heels of Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, a movie that ties up the original series and was released last month in Japan. We will see what other changes will be made to the Digimon Adventure we all know and love when it premieres in Japan on April 5.

                            Hopefully, this new reboot reinvigorates everyone’s interest in the Digimon franchise. The franchise is in need of an MMORPG, a new fighting game like the Rumble Arena series, or even a reimagining of Digimon Tamers.


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                            Digimon Adventure 2020 Has Already Improved on the Original Series

                            Digimon Adventure 2020 has started with a far higher state of intensity than its original series.

                            Digimon is a franchise that has spanned two decades now. During that time, we've watched characters like Tai and Izzy grow up to adolescence and embarking on grander and grander adventures over the years. It might seem a little jarring for older fans, therefore, to arrive at Digimon Adventure 2020, a reboot of the original series, and be taken right back to the property's anime roots all over again. Same DigiDestined, same digital partners -- but different times, different places.

                            However, while the original series is a fan favorite, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. The action of Digimon Adventure seldom advanced beyond the limits of the Digital World and, in that regard, Digimon Adventure 2020 is already surpassing its predecessor by adding huge, real-world consequences from the get-go.

                            A Digitally Connected World

                            A lot has changed in the 20 years since Digimon first aired. Computers are everywhere and society is more connected to the digital world than ever before. Digimon Adventure 2020 reflects that, with the actions of rogue Digimon directly affecting the real world. In fact, this is the catalyst that sparks the conflict of this first episode.

                            This episode starts with only Tai and Izzy learning of a series of cyberattacks that are causing pandemonium in the real world. Tokyo's infrastructure starts going haywire, which is terrible for Tai because his mom and sister are on an out-of-control train. However, they can do virtually nothing in the real world to stop it. Their only solution is to fight the cause of the problem, which is how Tai ends up being transferred into the Network, where he unites with Agumon to battle the Digimon at the center of it all. Meanwhile, Izzy assists them both from the real world.

                            What this does effectively is demonstrate immediate, personal stakes, heightening the tension on an emotional level, right away. There is only one way to stop the problem and one person to do it. And, of course, it has to be done with Digimon. Tai is helpless to save his family without his partner.

                            The Original Digimon World

                            The original Digimon Adventure series started by taking a group of friends -- known as the DigiDestined -- and transporting them to the Digital World where digital monsters exist. At this point in the series, the children were left trapped there, fully submerged in a new world where they had to learn new rules on how to survive.

                            RELATED: Digimon Adventure Trailer Shows The First Meeting Between Agumon And Taichi

                            This structure was how Digimon was introduced to audiences. In the late '90s, cyberspace and computers were still fairly new and much more removed from our real-world society. As a result, there was a novelty in a group of kids being sucked into an alien, virtual realm that we still found to be mysterious and out-of-the-ordinary. However, the problem was that, whenever Digimon attacked, it would only affect the Digital World. If Tai, Matt, Sora and the others failed, then the digital world would be destroyed, but not necessarily humanity.

                            The big exception, obviously, for this early era was Digimon: The Movie, which was a compilation of multiple short Digimon films released first in Japan. In particular, Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! featured the rogue Diaboromon attempting to hack the Pentagon to access its nuclear weapons -- after, of course, crippling international communication. We wouldn't see Digimon interfere with the real world in as significant a way again until Digimon Tamers, the third season.

                            At the end of the premiere, we learn that something is now affecting the United States, much like in Digimon: The Movie, hinting that this is just the beginning of something huge. The fact that Digimon Adventure 2020 is starting with a level of intensity its original only reached in its theatrical film spinoff is certainly an exciting statement of intent for its fans -- both old and new.

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                            The boys are back in town. Image: Toei Animation

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                            The new Digimon Adventure: anime is moving alarmingly fast

                            The reboot of the 1999 series puts a heavy emphasis on action

                            By Karen Han@karenyhan  Apr 16, 2020, 4:25pm EDT

                            In 1999, the anime Digimon Adventure debuted in Japan and North America, unleashing big-haired Tai, surly Matt, and their digital-monster companions upon the world. The franchise was reportedly more inspired by Tamagotchi than the similar Pokémon series — digimon originated on small devices that let players interact with and care for a single digital pet — but the anime, which debuted two years after Pokémon, positioned it conceptually as a direct rival for the popular pocket-monsters series.

                            As time passed, Digimon Adventure’s characters grew up, getting into high school (Digimon Adventure tri., which ran from 2015-2018) and moving into adulthood (Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna in February 2020). Now, however, the hands of the clock are moving backward. 2020 also marked the beginning of Digimon Adventure:, a reboot of the 1999 series streaming on Crunchyroll as it’s released in Japan. Tai and company are back, but they’re children again, now living through an all-new set of digital adventures.

                            The original series, directed by Hiroyuki Kakudō, transported the “DigiDestined” kids from the real world to a verdant island filled with monsters. The reboot, directed by Masato Mitsuka, takes them into the internet, which in the two episodes that have aired so far, is composed of a lot of empty space and line-covered blue blocks. (Think Tron, but less interesting.) Once inside the internet, the kids and their monster companions fight against cyberterrorist monsters who hack the system to crash real-world subway trains or launch nuclear missiles. That makes the stakes much higher than the fate of a fantasy realm totally separate from Earth.

                            two boys atop two giant monsters
                            Those’re my boys.
                             Image: Toei Animation

                            The alarming thing about the new series is just how fast it’s moving. It doesn’t feel like a reboot meant to entice more people to the franchise. Digimon Adventure: is playing the hits as rapidly as possible, to mash its existing fans’ nostalgia buttons. Like their Pokémon counterparts, Digimon grow through Digivolution, turning into bigger, stronger monsters, going from In-Training to Rookies, then Champions, Ultimates, and Megas. The first series spent several episodes Digivolving the monsters one by one. The reboot has Agumon, Tai’s companion, hit his Champion level in the first episode, and when Matt is introduced, his Digimon is already at Champion level as well. The second episode introduces an even stronger Digivolution that the original anime only reached in the second movie, which took place after the series.

                            In other words, Digimon Adventure: is hitting the fast-forward button. It’s making the stakes the kids are dealing with much higher, and forcing the Digimon to evolve at a faster rate to accommodate that change. That escalation brings up the question of where the series is now supposed to go, as the dramatic engine that powered the original series is being used up at such a rapid pace. The idea of covering new ground rather than rehashing old events is exciting, but Digimon Adventure: hasn’t yet built a base for that kind of growth.

                            In moving so fast, the series has yet to reveal much about its cast. The three kids who’ve had the most screen time so far — Tai, Matt, and computer whiz Izzy — are defined by broad traits, and whatever investment the audience has in their success stems largely from the things they’re trying to prevent, rather than investment in the characters themselves. The reboot is relying on audiences being familiar with the original series and thereby carrying over their emotional ties to the characters. The rush through Digivolutions, presumably in order to get to new monsters, also suggests that the priority is on showing viewers something new, rather than showing them something fully fleshed-out and truly rebooted.

                            a small orange dinosaur sits across from a boy
                            A boy and his dinosaur.
                             Image: Toei Animation

                            The way the internet is rendered is the most damning aspect of the show in that respect. Though the bland blue boxes and lines are pulled from the recent Digimon video games, they were the worst parts of the games, too, arguably just meant as a way to try to distinguish Digimon’s digital realm from Pokémon’s fantasy world. The latest Digimon games, which deal with similar themes about hacking and cyberterrorism, are the most fun when they let players travel back to the real world, simply because the amount of detail that goes into, say, recreating Tokyo can’t be fudged. By contrast, while the digital monsters are great, the vast empty spaces in the digital world are just dull. The internet feels empty and uninhabited in comparison to the forests and villages the original series featured, and even in comparison to the imaginative renderings of the internet in films like Ralph Breaks the Internet, or Tron: Legacy.

                            Though it’s nice to have Tai and company back, there’s no sign as of yet of the focus on friendship that made the original series so compelling, and the speed at which the monsters are going through their Digivolutions makes an overload seem inevitable. How are we meant to get to know these characters, real and digital alike, when they don’t stop moving? Given how quickly the first two episodes of the series have amped things up, finding time to actually slow down and develop these characters will be the key things to look for as the show progresses.

                            Kakudō made Digimon a gripping anime in its own right, and not just a Pokémon rival, by making the action serve the burgeoning relationships between the kids and their Digimon. Mitsuka, who previously worked on Digimon Fusion, a 2010-2011 series with all-new characters, has action down pat. But his take on Digimon Adventure:, at least in its early stages, lacks a sense of character both in terms of the world it takes place in, and the characters themselves.

                            [Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that Mamoru Hosoda directed all of the Digimon Adventure television series.]

                            New episodes of Digimon Adventure: are simulcast with subtitles on Crunchyroll every Saturday.


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                            Digimon are the Champions!

                            I dislike the approach that the Digimon remake is taking. There is lots of filler that could be removed from the 1999 series, but to remove the friendship building from the series is a step backwards to me.

                            The concept of Digimon appealed to me because the emotions of the trainer and digimon were usually in sync in a way that made sense for digimon to digivolve. If digimon can reach advanced levels without first bonding with trainers, then that removes a lot of the investment.

                            My favorite Digimon series is still Digimon Tamers. In that series, relationships between digimon and tamer were very personal, and it made the plot much more compelling.

                            Guilemon was hilarious.

                            Here is the thing: the evolution to Omnimon isn’t going to be something that will happen all the time; I don’t think they are skipping anything per se. They purposely framed it as an act of divine intervention; Both TK and Kari found and touched angelic looking feathers that triggered the evolution. My take is that who ever is in charge of the Digital World in this version decided to give a temporary power up so that the two new guys don’t get curb stomped in their first major fight. I think this gives both us and Tai and Matt a taste of what they will be able to achieve naturally later on. I can see the two trying to replicate the process but not succeeding because they don’’t know how it happened to begin with.

                            So in other words, the growth will come but I think right now this is a one time thing to help the kids along before they got demolished by a mega level villain

                            I honestly cannot believe that there are so many fans on the Digimon subreddit that are so insistent on keeping things the same. So many want the original theme song, original evolutions, original story and everything. They want a 1:1 remake pretty much.

                            I think the real problem here is that no one asked for a remake to Digimon Adventures in the first place.

                            It’s totally cool to change things up.

                            But those changes need to meaningfully improve on what came before, not remove the heart and soul of it to be replaced with something else entirely.

                            See: Fruits Basket and FMA: Brotherhood, two incredibly well-done remakes that changed the tone and pacing in exciting ways without sacrificing the spirit or narrative themes of their originals.

                            The thing that has separated Digimon from Pokemon all these years is the overwhelming emphasis on grounded interpersonal relationships. Remove that from the formula and what even is Digimon anymore?

                            To be fair, FMA:Brotherhood was just adapting the manga. The original FMA pulled ahead of the manga and basically had to make up the second half of the series.

                            We’ve had reboots to Digimon that have been very well received before, its just how they do it that matters.

                            Tamers is considered to be one of the most well liked versions of Digimon and it has absolutely nothing to do with the original trilogy.

                            Adventures isn’t as well liked, but its rarely panned as bad because its so different from the original series. Its biggest shortcoming, to me, is that they the last half drags so long with the protags getting their butts handed to them over and over.

                            Bigger question is, will they have that Elvis Monkey villain in this remake?

                            yeah, his name may be Etemon, but I prefer the name "Monkey Elvis"

                            English dub released?

                            The first three episodes are remakes of the 2000 movie Digimon Adventure: Our War Game which was released in the U.S. as the second part of Digimon: The Movie and if you look at the name of the third episode its obvious where things are going.

                            They have decided to use this story as the starting point to give more context to them being chosen, Taichi showing courage in trying to save his mother and sister while Koshiro (Izzy) proving himself a wise man by gathering all the information Taichi needs.

                            So don’t worry they have not ruined the show, just taking a different approach to staring it.

                            I think this is an overreaction based on two elements:
                            1. Only having seen two episodes so far (the third episode hints at resolving some of the issues brought up here) and being impatient for the series to set its own course.
                            2. Nostalgia for the exact structure of the original series.

                            This show has only released TWO (now three) episodes. Give it time to continue to expand on its story and characters. One of the greatest indications that this show hasn’t even attempted to establish its characters more deeply is that only three of the EIGHT main cast has been introduced (five or six as of the third episode). That’s okay! It’s early on — this show is allowed to take a different path than the original, which hurriedly introduced seven characters within the first couple minutes. When did we begin to learn more about those characters, though? Over the rest of the season!

                            The context is different too: without the immediate survival context of the original show, these characters understandably have less incentive to talk about themselves and work together. Yamato (Matt) can go back to his life out in the rural countryside (episode 3) and not have to immediately interact with Taichi again. However, as the show goes on, I imagine that context may change. If the third episode is any indication, it may yet end up more similar to the original than initially was let on.

                            Showing Omegamon this early on is fine — in fact it’s a well-established trope of many other shows (and media in general) to provide an early glimpse at the heights of power its characters can experience.

                            If anything, I think this show is MORE approachable to a new viewer than an entrenched nostalgia-bound older viewer. The former would be along for the ride, wondering about these weird new concepts and not judging everything prematurely.

                            Who knows — maybe the whole show will be rushed and terrible by the end, but right now it’s just setting its pieces in place. Give it that chance.

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                            Digimon Adventure: Anime to Return on June 7

                             Joseph Luster  June 4, 2020

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                            After being delayed due to COVID-19, the Digimon Adventure: anime is almost ready to return to the airwaves in Japan. Much like Food Wars! The Fifth Plate plans to do next monthDigimon Adventure: will be starting from the beginning, with a rebroadcast of episode 1 to kick things off on June 7.

                            If things go according to plan, we should be diving into new territory in just a few weeks. The series managed to get three episodes out on Fuji TV and streaming services like Crunchyroll before the postponement, so here’s hoping we’ll get to see episode 4 and beyond soon.

                            Source: @digimonweb_net

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                            Digimon Adventure: Anime Restarts Broadcast From Episode 1 on Sunday

                            posted on 2020-06-04 21:00 UTC-8 by Adriana Hazra
                            Series resumes 9:00 a.m. Sunday timeslot on Fuji TV

                            The official Twitter account of the Digimon franchise announced on Sunday that the Digimon Adventure: anime will restart its broadcast on June 7 at 9:00 a.m. JST. Fuji TV and other networks will begin rebroadcasting the series from episode 1. The anime is resuming its previous Sunday timeslot from before new episodes were delayed.

                            The anime's official website announced on April 13 that Toei Animation would delay further episodes of the series due to the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

                            Digimon Adventure: premiered in Japan on April 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

                            The new anime takes place in 2020 and features an all-new story centering on Taichi Yagami when he is in his fifth year in elementary school. His partner is Agumon. The story begins in Tokyo when a large-scale network malfunction occurs. Taichi is preparing for his weekend summer camping trip when the incident happens. Taichi's mother and his younger sister Hikari get stuck on a train that won't stop moving, and Taichi heads to Shibuya in order to help them. However, on his way there, he encounters a strange phenomenon and sweeps him up into the Digital World along with the other DigiDestined.

                            Masato Mitsuka (Digimon Fusion episode director) is serving as series director at Toei AnimationAtsuhiro Tomioka (Inazuma ElevenPokémonOne PieceBeyblade Burst) is supervising the series scripts, and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru returns from Digimon Adventure: to design the characters. Akihiro Asanuma (Digimon: Data Squad) is the chief animation director. Ryouka Kinoshita (Little Witch AcademiaKeep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) is the art director, and Toshiki Amada (Fire ForceKeep Your Hands Off Eizouken!) is in charge of art setting. Matsuki Hanae, Naoko Sagawa, and Hiroyuki Sakurada are the producers.

                            Source: Digimon franchise's Twitter account via Crunchyroll (Daryl Harding)


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                            Digimon Adventure Promo Makes Big Change to Some Famous Evolutions

                            By NICK VALDEZ - June 9, 2020 06:31 pm EDT

                            Digimon Adventure's big reboot anime will soon be coming to TV screens with brand new episodes following its COVID-19 hiatus, and it recently shared a promo that teased some major changes to the evolutions we had come to know from the original series. Now that Digimon Adventure has begun re-airing in Japan from the very first episode, it will only be a couple of weeks before we see new episodes again. Toei Animation launched a special promo highlighting what's to come in these new episodes, and there's one notable change to the Mega level evolutions.

                            At one point in the promo for the new episodes, fans can see the new versions of Tai and Sora stumbling on an ancient statue and seeing a vision of a future battle (or potentially an ancient one) featuring the Mega Evolutions of each of the DigiDestined's Digimon. This is notable for a few reasons, but one peculiar bit for WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon sticks out.

                            If we look at the size of each of these Mega Evolutions, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon appear much larger than we have seen of them in the past. They used to be far more close to human sizes (especially WarGreymon) but like the rest of the new Digimon here, it seems they will be getting a size boost to go along with the general power boost of the reboot series.

                            Digimon Adventure Promo Mega Evolution Changes Tease
                            (Photo: Toei Animation)

                            Another interesting thing to note is the fact that the Mega Evolutions for the other DigiDestined's Digimon are here at all. In the original series, Tai and Matt were the only ones who were able to unlock their full evolution lines but in the years since (and Digimon Adventure tri.) the other members of the group unlock their full lines as well. This is one of the benefits Digimon Adventure 2020 gets from being a reboot. Not only does it get to pull any ideas it chooses to from the original series, but it also gets to incorporate all sorts of new elements that have been introduced to the franchise in the years since.

                            But what do you think of these changes to the original series? Are you looking forward to Digimon Adventure's new episodes? Are you looking forward to see what other changes will be made in the new series? Excited to see the rest of the Megas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or you can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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                            Digimon Adventure Promo Teases New Evolution Sequence

                            By EVAN VALENTINE - June 10, 2020 01:27 pm EDT

                            The rebooted anime series of Digimon Adventurewhich retells the story of the "Digi-Destined" kids and their respective digital monsters, hit a big snag when it was delayed early in its run as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but the series is looking to make a big return with a promo video that shows off that there are some evolutions in the works! With the new anime making a number of changes to the story of the Digimon protagonists, it seems as if the series will hold to the tried and true tradition of digital monster evolutions!

                            While the first episodes of the Digimon Adventure reboot showed us a virtual world that was closer to that which was displayed in the likes of the video game franchise, Digimon Cyber Sleuth, this latest video promo shows us that the environment is starting to look far more familiar to the original locales of the series. While Tai and the other children that have found themselves locked in the digital world look amazingly close to their original interpretations, it's clear that not everything is going to go down the same way as it had in the first anime series.

                            Digimon Digital Monsters Anime Promo Evolution
                            (Photo: Toei Animation )

                            A big part of the Digimon franchise, much like its "cousin" Pokemon, is that the monsters have the ability to evolve into much stronger forms. Usually taking place after a digital monster goes through enough battles and gains enough experience, the levels will go from "rookie" to "Champion" to "Ultimate" to "Mega" with each plateau giving the Digimon new levels of power. While fans of the original series have a good idea of where monsters like Agumon and Gatomon are going when it comes to their strength level, it will certainly be interesting to see what changes are made to the story overall and any of the characters involved!

                            Aside from the shadowy evolved forms of the Digimon that we see in the promo, the video also gives us an idea of where the adventures of the Digi-destined are taking them as the series finally returns following the delay caused by COVID-19. With the Digimon franchise continuing with new series, games, and merchandise, it's clear there's plenty of "gas left in the tank" for the long running anime.

                            What do you think of this new promo video for Digimon Adventure? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of digital monsters!


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                            Digimon Adventure: remake anime teases return with new PVs

                            Posted on Jun 23rd, 2020

                            The Digimon Adventure remake series, Digimon Adventure:, was one of the anime which were forced to postpone due to COVID-19. And now, the anime is teasing that it’s about to return by releasing two new PVs. They tease Sora joining the group in these new videos, as well as some new enemies:

                            The anime will restart its broadcast starting with episode 1 on June 7. New episodes will then begin airing on June 28, and these will be the latest episodes since the delays begain last April. Expect even more delayed anime from this current spring 2020 season to also make their returns next season, which begins in July.

                            This new anime is taking place in 2020, and will feature a brand new story featuring Taichi and Agumon, and Taichi is back as a 5th grader! In the story, a large-scale Network Malfunction causes a train which Hikari and her mom are riding to malfunction. Taichi then rushes to Shibuya to try and help them, but he and the rest of the DigiDestined gets transported to the Digital World. This will be a reboot of the original series. It will premiered last April 5 in Japan.

                            Much like the original 1999 TV anime, Toei Animation will also be animating the project. And not only that, but Masato Mitsuka is serving as series director, with original Digimon Adventure character designer Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru also returning. Expect Toei to reveal more details about this new anime in the days to come.

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                            Digimon Adventure Digivice Will Arrive at Premium Bandai in February 2021

                            By JENNI LADA June 29, 2020
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                            A new Digivice is on the way, and it’s a rather elaborate one. Bandai Premium has begun preorders for the Digimon Adventure Digivice. This is based upon characters seen in the anime, complete with LED light effects that change depending on the character you have. So if you have a character from Tai’s Agumon line, the LEDs will be orange, while one from Sora’s Biyomon line would make it appear red. The device is $98, can be preordered until August 31, 2020, and will launch sometime in February 2021.

                            As far as gameplay goes, this Digimon Adventure Digivice adds two new systems. The Battle System has a roulette connected to the LEDs on your device. Digimon buffs can be earned by stopping it at the right time. The Quest System gives you a Digital World map with 11 areas. As you go through them, you’ll be able to fight enemies and perhaps meet new Partner Digimon. In the screenshot on the product page, it shows Agumon meeting Tentomon.

                            Here’s a gallery looking at some of the different stages of evolution in the Digimon Adventure Digivice. Keep in mind that the LEDs for some have processed and artificial lights.

                            The Digimon Adventure Digivice will arrive in February 2021. Bandai Premium pre-orders will end on August 31, 2020. Make sure to bookmark the product page if you get one, as you will be importing a Japanese device with instructions completely in Japanese, and Bandai Premium will release the translated manual on its site.


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                            Digimon Adventure Clip Brings Back Classic Villains, Debuts Mystery Digimon

                            A new compilation video from Digimon Adventure teases the return of classic villains from the anime's original series, as well as a less familiar creature.

                            BY HANNAH COLLINSJUN 08, 2020

                            Following the Digimon Adventure (2020)'s hiatus, Toei Animation has released a new compilation video to mark the return of the anime to broadcasting and streaming services.

                            Entitled "Special Clip - Character Introductions," the video, which was uploaded to Toei's official YouTube channel, reintroduces fans to the rebooted series' DigiDestined kids and their digital partners: Taichi Yagami (Tai) and Agumon; Yamato Ishida (Matt) and Gabumon; Koshiro Izumi (Izzy) and Tentamon; Sora Takenoichi and Birdramon; Joe Kido and Gomamon; Mimi Tachikawa and Palmon; Takeru Takaishi (T.K) and Patamon and Hikari Yagami (Kari) and Gatomon. As well as clips from Episodes 1-3, which were the only episodes to air before the show's release was halted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in April, the video previews unaired footage from future ones.

                            The new footage also features the return of many familiar creatures from the original Digimon Adventure series, which first aired in 1999, and more notably, classic villains, such as the Evil Digimon, Ogremon and Devimon. The first major villain encountered by the original DigiDestined, Devimon reappeared in multiple video games and series' thereafter, such as Digimon Tamers.

                            RELATED: Digimon Adventure 2020 Has Already Improved On The Original Series

                            The closing minute of the video teases fresher material for fans, with Tai, Sora and their Digimon standing in a mysterious, circular temple at the feet of three large statues of Celestial Digimon. The two on the left and right are recognizable as Ophanimon and Cherubimon, respectively, but the middle figure -- a winged, white dragon is a new character for the anime. The mystery Digimon's closest visual match is the Holy Bird Digimon, Valdurmon, a mythical being that "has existed since the creation of the Digital World." Until now, it hasn't made any appearances outside of the franchise's video games.

                            While Digimon Adventure will begin re-broadcasting from the start this Sunday in Japan, it's not yet known when anime streaming site Crunchyroll, which had been simulcasting the series before it went on hiatus, will resume releasing new episodes.

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