Logo used in the Japanese version (above) and the English version logo (below)
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy-Drama|
|Directed by||Mamoru Hosoda|
|Music by||Takanori Arisawa|
|Released||March 6, 1999|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroyuki Kakudou|
|Produced by||Taiichiro Fujiyama
|Written by||Satoru Nishizono|
|Music by||Takanori Arisawa|
|Licensed by||Saban Entertainment |
|Original run||March 7, 1999 – March 26, 2000|
|Our War Game!|
|Directed by||Mamoru Hosoda|
|Music by||Takanori Arisawa|
|Released||March 4, 2000|
|Publisher||Namco Bandai Games|
Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー Dejimon Adobenchā ), known outside of Japan as the first season of Digimon: Digital Monsters, is a Japanese anime television series created by Akiyoshi Hongo and produced by Toei Animation in cooperation with Bandai and Fuji Television. It is the first anime installment in the Digimon media franchise, based on the virtual pet of the same name. The series aired in Japan between March 7, 1999 and March 26, 2000. An English-language version produced by Saban Entertainment aired in North America between August 1999 and June 2000. A video game adaptation of the series by Prope was released for PlayStation Portable on January 17, 2013. The series was followed by Digimon Adventure 02, which takes place four years (three years in original Japanese because the different regions wanted to match the characters aid to their respective educational-system) after the events of Adventure.
On August 1, 1999, seven children from Japan are suddenly thrust into a strange dimension called the "Digital World" while they are at summer camp. During their adventure, children Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, and T.K., discover that they are in a land where digital creatures called "Digimon" dwell. Befriending seven other Digimon, the children learn that they have the ability to help their partners digitally evolve (digivolve) into stronger, powerful forms that can combat enemies for a short amount of time. Setting off on their journey, the children start searching for a way home.
- Arc 1 (episodes 1-13)
The children later learn that they are the "DigiDestined", chosen children with compatibilities with Digimon, and they are the only hope in destroying the evil that is slowly consuming the Digital World. When the culprit reveals himself to be Devimon, who sent Black Gears that would brainwash other Digimon into attacking them, he begins targeting T.K. and Patamon, as the two are the ones prophesised to destroy him. Fortunately, Patamon, digivolving to Angemon for the first time, defeats him at the cost of his own life and is reborn as a Digimon Egg. However, Devimon is only a pawn in a greater threat, forcing the DigiDestined to move out across the world.
- Arc 2 (episodes 14-21)
Following the defeat of Devimon, and a transmission from a mysterious being named Gennai, the DigiDestined travel to the continent Server. They also learn from Gennai that they have the ability to help their Digimon digivolve further with the power of Crests. However, Etemon, who runs his Dark Network across the continent, is also interested in them and attempts to prevent the DigiDestined from obtaining them. Once all the Crests have been gathered, Tai helps Agumon digivolve to MetalGreymon, who destroys Etemon and his Dark Network for good. Unfortunately, Etemon's destruction opens a rift that pulls Tai and Metalgreymon into the Real World, where they realize that evil Digimon have begun crossing a dimensional gate from the Digital World to enter Earth.
- Arc 3 (episodes 22-39)
Tai returns to the Digital World to round up the DigiDestined, where he learns of another threat, Myotismon, who, through his minion Demidevimon, is preventing them from working together and activating their Crests. When Myotismon fails, he decides to enter the Real World to capture a pre-destined eighth DigiDestined child. The DigiDestined follow Myotismon to their hometown, where Tai learns that his younger sister, Kari, is the eighth child and is partnered with Gatomon, one of Myotismon's henchmen. Gatomon digivolves to Angewomon to destroy Myotismon, only for him to transform into the collosal Vemonmyotismon. Once Vemonmyotismon is destroyed, the DigiDestined realize that the Digital World has grown worse since their departure, when it appears in the sky above their world.
- Arc 4 (episodes 40-54)
Upon returning, the Dark Masters, four elite evil Digimon, reveal themselves to be the true culprits behind every enemy the DigiDestined had faced thus far. As the DigiDestined battle them while losing old allies in the process, they experience hardships of their own, including their group temporarily disbanding. However, all of them realize they cannot save the Digital World without each other, and once the last Dark Master is defeated, Apocalymon reveals himself to be their final enemy. Once he is defeated, the children returned to the Real World, leaving their Digimon partners behind.
The English version of Digimon Adventure was somewhat unique at the time it was dubbed. Most anime dubbed in the 1990s changed the names of characters and locales for the sake of localization. In Digimon, however, most names of the DigiDestined remained unchanged or were shortened to Americanized nicknames, and almost all name references to the locations in Japan visited during the series were retained. Some Digimon names were modified into English equivalents, and in rare cases to Japanese equivalents.
The eight DigiDestined children are listed first, followed by their Digimon partners.
Main characters 
|Character||Voice actor||Digimon||Voice actor|
|Taichi "Tai" Kamiya
Yagami Taichi (八神 太一)
|Joshua Seth (EN)
Toshiko Fujita (JP)
|Agumon||Tom Fahn (EN)
Chika Sakamoto (JP)
|The adventurous leader of the DigiDestined and the older brother of Kari Kamiya. He is characterized as being stubborn and thick-headed, but also cheerful and brave.|
|Yamato "Matt" Ishida
Ishida Yamato (石田 ヤマト)
|Michael Reisz (EN)
Yūto Kazama (JP)
|Gabumon||Kirk Thornton (EN)
Mayumi Yamaguchi (JP)
|Though a caring person and a secondary leader to the group, he is often seen as the "lone wolf" of the group. He is the older brother of T.K. Takaishi.|
Takenouchi Sora (武之内 空)
|Colleen O'Shaughnessey (EN)
Yuko Mizutani (JP)
|Tifanie Christun (EN)
Katori Shigematsu (JP)
|While somewhat a tomboy, Sora is a very reliable person and tries to take care of the other kids. Thus, her role is often to be a motherly figure for various characters.|
|Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi
Izumi Kōshirō (泉 光子郎)
|Mona Marshall (EN)
Umi Tenjin (JP)
|Tentomon||Jeff Nimoy (EN)
Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
|A very intelligent and logical thinker, despite being amongst the youngest of the group. He is also a computer expert and constantly uses his laptop.|
Tachikawa Mimi (太刀川 ミミ)
|Philece Sampler (EN)
Ai Maeda (JP)
|Palmon||Anna Garduno (EN)
Shihomi Mizuwaki (JP)
|Although initially seen as being selfish, Mimi is loving and greatly loyal to her friends.|
|Jyou "Joe" Kido
Kido Jō (城戸 丈)
|Michael Lindsay (EN)
Masami Kikuchi (JP)
|Gomamon||R. Martin Klein (EN)
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
|The oldest of the group. He is dependable and thoughtful, although he is always a worrywart. He tries to act as the voice of reason within the group.|
|Takeru "T.K." Takaishi
Takaishi Takeru (高石 タケル)
|Wendee Lee (EN)
Hiroko Konishi (JP)
|Patamon||Laura Summer (EN)
Miwa Matsumoto (JP)
|The youngest of the group and the younger brother of Matt. A bright child, he grows from being reliant on others to being as much of a fighter as they are.|
|Hikari "Kari" Kamiya
Yagami Hikari (八神 ヒカリ)
|Lara Jill Miller (EN)
Kae Araki (JP)
|Edie Mirman (EN)
Yuka Tokumitsu (JP)
|Gentle but frail, Kari joins the group after the other DigiDestined and is the younger sister of Tai.|
|Episodes 8-13||Tom Wyner (EN)
Kaneto Shiozawa (JP)
|The first villain the DigiDestined faced. Destroyed by Angemon. Resurfaces in Episodes 19-21 in Digimon Adventure 02, where the Digimon Emperor uses his remains to complete Kimeramon, and consequently he manipulates the latter's actions, unbeknownst to the DigiDestined (except possibly TK).|
|Episodes 15-20, 46-47||Richard Epcar (EN)
Yasunori Masutani (JP)
|The second villain the DigiDestined faced. First destroyed by MetalGreymon, but later returned as MetalEtemon. Permanently destroyed by SaberLeomon and Zudomon.|
|Episodes 15-20||Michael Sorich (EN)
Masami Kikuchi (JP)
|Etemon's henchmen that do their best to get rid of the DigiDestined and their Digimon for him. and the rest were sucked into the Dark Network.|
|Episodes 19-20||Eddie Frierson (EN)
Hidenari Ugaki (JP)
|A Digimon that wasn't a friend of Etemon. He was killed into the Dark Network after he took Etemon with him.|
|Episodes 22-39||Richard Epcar (EN)
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (JP)
|The third villain the DigiDestined faced. First destroyed by Angewomon, but returned as VenomMyotismon. Destroyed again by WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon. Reppears in Digimon Adventure 02 as MaloMyotismon, destroyed for good by Imperialdramon Fighter Mode.|
|Episodes 22-38||Derek Stephen Prince (EN)
Kōki Miyata (JP)
|Myotismon's flunky. Not as competent as Gatomon, but has the added benefit of not being a DigiDestined's partner Digimon. Orchestrated a series of traps and lies to prevent the DigiDestined from reuniting, and to bog them down in selfishness and despair, quashing their best qualities, and thereby preventing their crests from ever glowing. Though loyal to Myotismon to the bitter end, his master consumed him to gain the energy needed to evolve into his final form.|
|Episodes 35-37||Dave Guerrie (EN)
Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
|Myotismon's other flunky. Killed by Angemon when he attacked Myotismon with his Hand Of Fate attack.|
|Episodes 53-54||Paul St. Peter (EN)
Chikao Ōtsuka (JP)
|The villain that originally put the Digital World in danger. The creator of the Dark Masters and the one who gave the DigiDestined's three original enemies (Devimon, Etemon and Myotismon) their powers. Permanently destroyed by the combined efforts of WarGreymon, MetalGarurumon, Garudamon, MegaKabuterimon, Lillymon, Zudomon, MagnaAngemon and Angewomon.|
|Episodes 40-42||Doug Erholtz (EN)
Yuuto Kazama (JP)
|The ruler of the Net Ocean, which consisted of large Ocean space with a few little islands. During the time the DigiDestined were fighting Myotismon in Tokyo, MetalSeadramon had taken to ruling over the Ocean portion of Spiral Mountain. Destroyed by WarGreymon.|
|Episodes 41||Lex Lang (EN)
Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
|MetalSeadramon's minion. Killed by MetalSeadramon after failing him to kill the DigiDestined.|
|Episodes 42||Tom Fahn (EN)
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
|MetalSeadramon's minion. Killed by Zudomon.|
|Episodes 40, 43-47||David Lodge (EN)
Etsuko Kozakura (JP)
|The smallest of the Dark Masters and the one who lasted longest fighting against the DigiDestined (five episodes, though this is partly because of other major enemies and events, such as the return of Etemon as MetalEtemon, and the group discovering why they were selected as the DigiDestined). Destroyed by MetalGarurumon.|
|Episodes 44||Junko Takeuchi (EN)
Hiroaki Hirata (JP)
|Puppetmon's minion. Killed by Lillymon, MetalGreymon and MetalGarurumon.|
|Episodes 47||Dan Lorge (EN)
Hiroaki Hirata (JP)
|Puppetmon's minion. Killed by Puppetmon.|
|Episodes 40, 48-49||Dave Guerrie (EN)
Hisao Egawa (JP)
|The ruler of the Digital City, which looked like a fusion of the prominent cities on Earth. He was the third Dark Master to attempt to destroy the Digidestined. Destroyed by WarGreymon.|
|Episodes 49||Dan Lorge (EN)
Hiroki Takahashi (JP)
|Machinedramon's minion. Killed by Machinedramon after he failed him.|
|Episodes 40, 50-52||Derek Stephen Prince (EN)
Chikao Ōtsuka (JP)
|The leader of the Dark Masters. Destroyed by MagnaAngemon with the help of WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon.|
|Episodes 50||Melodee Spevack (EN)
Ai Nagano (JP)
|One of Piedmon's Nightmare Soldiers. Killed by Angewomon.|
|2nd Movie||Paul St. Peter (EN)|
|Materialized inside the Internet. First appeared as Kuramon but later Digivolved into Tsumemon and Keramon. Digivolved into Infermon while fighting Greymon and Kabuterimon and defeated them before they had a chance to Digivolve. Digivolved into Diaboromon while fighting WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon; nearly defeated them but was destroyed when they DNA Digivolved (combined) into Omnimon for the first time.|
Other Digital World characters 
- Gennai (13-54): An old man created from data who acts as a guide to the DigiDestined.
- Andromon (5, 48-52, 54): An android-like Digimon that was freed in Episode 5 by Sora, Tai, and Joe, but attacked due to the presence of one of Devimon's Black Gears. Defeated and freed by Kabuterimon, he reappeared in Episodes 48 and 49 to hunt down and destroy Machinedramon, and stayed with them until the final battle with Piedmon, going so far as to hold him off while they attempted to escape all being turned into keychains and defeated. Once revived by MagnaAngemon, he participated in the final battle against Piedmon and the Vilemon swarm, and returned with their other allies to congratulate the Chosen Children on defeating Apocalymon.
- Centarumon (Kentarumon) (10-14, 52-54): Guardian of an ancient temple on File Island, the place in the Digital World the children were first transported to. Returned to help the kids build a raft, and met Gennai at the Wall of Fire. He congratulated them on defeating Apocalymon, and went on to point out the eclipse and informs the children that it was time to say good-bye.
- Leomon (8-14, 46-47): Protector of File Island. Constantly enslaved, freed and reenslaved by the Black Gears, until right before the final battle with Devimon. He surprised the partner Digimon when he attacked them with Ogremon, as his reputation was that of a just Digimon and was well-known to be Ogremon's mortal enemy. Presumably, it was he who organized the party of Digimon who built the Chosen Children a raft to travel to Server Continent. Was given the ability to Warp Digivolve into SaberLeomon after intense exposure to Tai, Matt, Mimi and Izzy's Digivices. He is killed by MetalEtemon, taking an attack intended to kill Mimi.
- Ogremon (8-13, 46-54): Leomon's rival. Was the only Digimon willing to help Devimon not under the influence of the Black Gears, as he wished to finally defeat Leomon. After Devimon was destroyed, Leomon scared him off. He reappears in episode 46, wounded badly after a fight with Woodmon and the earthquake caused by MetalEtemon. Mimi and Joe tend his wounds, and he is incredibly touched that they would help him after he tried to kill them. He allies himself with Mimi and Joe after Leomon's death, realizing he was more than just a rival, and agrees to help the Chosen Children fight the Dark Masters. He is present for the final battle with Piedmon, and appears after the final battle with Apocalymon to thank and congratulate the children, but leaves after they take a commemorative photograph in Primary Village
- Whamon [14-15, 41-42 (42-43 in the English Dub)]: The second to last Digimon with a Black Gear, encountered en route to Server Continent. Once the Gear is destroyed, he apologizes for destroying their raft and offers to ferry the Chosen Children to Server himself. Reappeared in episode 41 (42 in the dub version) to save and protect the children from MetalSeadramon, but is killed in the ensuing battle.
- Piximon (Piccolomon) [18, 40 (and 41 in the English Dub)]: Well known in the Digital World as a trainer, Piximon takes on the Chosen Children, particularly Tai and Agumon. Returns in episode 40, sacrificing himself to the Dark Masters to ensure the escape and safety of the Chosen Children.
- Wizardmon (Wizarmon) (30-37): Gatomon's old friend. She saved him from death, and told him she was looking for someone. Out of gratitude and affection, Wizardmon allied himself with Myotismon to keep an eye on Gatomon, and ultimately repaid her by solving the mystery of who she was waiting for and why. He briefly united her with Chosen Child partner, before they took on Myotismon together, in an effort to retrieve the Crest of Light. Ultimately, he died to protect Gatomon and Kari. He returns briefly on Earth during 02 as a ghost to warn Gatomon of danger ahead.
In 1999, a short film based on the virtual pets called Digimon Adventure was released. However, shortly after the film's storyboard was completed in 1998, producers at Toei Animation were requested to turn it into a television show as well.
When Saban acquired the US rights to the show, Wendee Lee, Michael Sorich, and David Walsh became the voice directors. The original soundtrack of the show was replaced by music composed by Udi Harpaz and Shuki Levy.
For the Saban dub, Shuki Levy recycled several music soundtracks from Starcom: The U.S. Space Force an 1980s cartoon produced by DIC Entertainment in addition to recycling some of the music from the Masked Rider TV series based on 1980s Tokusatsu Kamen Rider Black RX.
Digimon Adventure was produced by Toei Animation and ran for 54 episodes on Fuji TV in Japan between March 7, 1999 and March 26, 2000. Saban Entertainment licensed the series in North America and produced an English language version which aired on Fox Kids between August 14, 1999 and June 24, 2000. The English version featured an original soundtrack and made changes to character names, as well as edits pertaining to certain aspects such as violence to make the series more suitable for younger audiences. The series was released on DVD by Twentieth Century Fox (Saban's parent company) in 2000 and by Buena Vista Home Entertainment in 2002. A complete DVD boxset of the English dub was released by New Video Group on October 9, 2012 in the U.S.
Theme songs 
- Opening theme
- Ending themes
- "I wish" by Ai Maeda
- Episodes: 1-26
- "keep on" by Ai Maeda
- Episodes: 27-54
- Insert song
- "brave heart" by Ayumi Miyazaki
- "Seven" by Kōji Wada
- "Yūki o Tsubasa ni Shite" (勇気を翼にして, "Winged Courage") by Toshiko Fujita
Digimon Adventure 
Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー Dejimon Adobenchā ) is the first Digimon film. It was released in Japan on March 6, 1999, a day before the television series began airing in Japan. It was released in the United States on October 6, 2000 as the first part of Digimon: The Movie called Eight Years Ago.
This film acts like a pilot episode for Digimon Adventure. The first story focused on Tai and Kari Kamiya four years before their adventure in the Digital World. It shows their first encounter with Digimon and what happened to them (as well as the other children that saw it became the other DigiDestined) when they participated in their first Digimon battle after raising a quickly growing Botamon. In the story, that Digimon hatches from a Digi-egg and eventually digivolved into Greymon to fight a Parrotmon who appeared in the city. The movie was used in episodes of Digimon Adventure to explain why Tai and company became DigiDestined.
Our War Game! 
Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! (デジモンアドベンチャー ぼくらのウォーゲーム! Dejimon Adobenchā: Bokura no Wō Gēmu! ) is the second Digimon film. It was released in Japan on March 4, 2000. It was released in the United States on October 6, 2000 as the second part of Digimon: The Movie called Four Years Later.
The second story occurs a few months after the battle against Apocalymon. It shows many of the DigiDestined, but primarily focuses on Tai, Matt, Izzy, and T.K., as they end up saving the day when a computer virus Digimon raises havoc all over the world through the Internet. The kids must stop the evil Digimon quickly before he provokes the launching of a nuclear ICBM aimed at Japan (where the kids live). Tai and Matt end up getting so worried about their Digimon (in the form of WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon) badly losing to the evil Digimon Diaboromon that they actually phase into the Internet and miraculously give them the power to destroy him in time. Both Digimon merge, evolving into the powerful Omnimon. However, Diaboromon is still too fast, until Izzy comes up with the idea to redirect e-mails that they are receiving from children watching the battle all over the world via the internet to slow Diaboromon down, allowing Omnimon to finish him off just before the missiles hit. In the end, the deactivated ICBM lands harmlessly in Tokyo Bay. Our War Game! appears to be inspired by the 1983 film, WarGames and inspiring its own director Mamoru Hosoda to make Summer Wars.
Digimon: The Movie 
Digimon: The Movie is an English language movie released in North America by Fox Kids on October 6, 2000. The movie edits together both two Digimon Adventure movies, as well as the Digimon Adventure 02 movie, Digimon Hurricane Touchdown, editing some scenes and story details to form one story.
Digimon Adventure 3D: Digimon Grand Prix! 
A stereoscopic 3D movie, Digimon Adventure 3D: Digimon Grand Prix! (デジモンアドベンチャー3D デジモングランプリ! Dejimon Adobenchā: Dejimon Guran Puri ), was shown at Harmony Land in Sanrio Puroland in July 2000. The movie was later screened at the 'Tobidasu 3D! Toei Animation Festival' on October 3, 2009 and was later included on a set of DVD works released on February 21, 2010.
Manga and comics 
A manga adaptation illustrated by Yu Yuen Wong was published in five volumes. Tokyopop published the series in English. In North America, a comic adaptation of Digimon: Digital Monsters was published by Dark Horse Comics between May and November 2000.
Light novels 
Drama CDs 
A series of mini-drama CDs were released throughout the run of Digimon Adventure and included supplementary audio dramas that did not influence the television show's plot. In addition to this, character image songs for the main DigiDestined were included. The first drama CD was released on November 5, 1999, followed by two more releases on December 3, 1999, and January 7, 2000.
A final drama CD, titled Digimon Adventure: Original Story: 2 and a Half Year Break was released in 2003.
Video games 
Characters and Digimon from Adventure appear throughout many video games based on the franchise, such as Digimon Rumble Arena.
An RPG based on the original storyline of Adventure developed by Prope and published by Namco Bandai Games, also title Digimon Adventure, was released for the PlayStation Portable on January 17, 2013, part of the line-up of video games of the 15th anniversary celebration of the franchise. The game covers the entire series as well as the second Japanese movie, Bokura no War Game, and sees the return of all the main voice actors. The game also features original story elements and an unlockable dungeon mode featuring the protagonists of the other anime series in the franchise.
Production staff 
North American english staff 
- Wendee Lee - Voice Director
- Michael Sorich - Voice Director
- David Walsh - Voice Director
- Shuki Levy - Composer
See also 
- Lazarus, George (March 8, 2000). "Digesting Latest Promotion For Kids: Digimon". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-09-03.
- "デジモンウェブ | デジモンオフィシャルポータルサイト" (in Japanese). Digimon.net. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Memories of Our Digimon Adventure, Part 6". Retrieved 2010-12-26.
- "New Video Group to Release Digimon Adventure Season 1 on DVD". Anime News Network. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Kakudou, Hiroyuki; Hiro Masaki (2001). Shōsetsu Digimon Adventure: Ima Bōken ga Hajimaru. Tokyo: Shueisha. p. 260. ISBN 978-4-08-630029-2.
- "Sonic Creator's Prope Studio Develops Digimon Adventure RPG". Anime News Network. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Gil, Andrea (2012-10-19). "Prope’s Digimon Adventure finally got a release date". TSSZ News. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Digimon Adventure PSP to Cover All Episodes, 2nd Film". Anime News Network. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Digimon Adventure PSP Game's 4-Minute Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-23.