Digimon Adventure

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Digimon Adventure
Digimon Digital Monsters Season 1 DVD Cover.png
Cover of the U.S DVD box-set.
デジモンアドベンチャー
(Dejimon Adobenchā)
Genre Action, Adventure
Anime film
Digimon Adventure
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 6, 1999
Runtime 20 minutes
Anime television series
Digimon Adventure
Directed by Hiroyuki Kakudou
Produced by Keisuke Okuda
Written by Satoru Nishizono
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV, Spacetoon
English network
Original run March 7, 1999March 26, 2000
Episodes 54 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Our War Game!
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 4, 2000
Runtime 40 minutes
Anime film
Digimon: The Movie
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Produced by Terri-Lei O'Malley
Written by Bob Buchholz
Jeff Nimoy
Music by Udi Harpaz
Studio Fox Kids
Toei Animation
Released October 6, 2000
Runtime 97 minutes
Anime film
Digimon Adventure 3D:
Digimon Grand Prix!
Studio Toei Animation
Game
Developer Prope
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre RPG
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP January 17, 2013
Anime television series
Digimon Adventure sequel
Original run Spring 2015scheduled
Related works
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Digimon Adventure (デジモンアドベンチャー Dejimon Adobenchā?), known in North America 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 a few years after the events of Adventure. For the series' 15th anniversary, a new sequel to Digimon Adventure series will begin in Japan in spring 2015.

Plot and characters[edit]

On August 1, 1999, Taichi "Tai" Kamiya, Yamato "Matt" Ishida, Sora Takenouchi, Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa, Joe Kido, and Takeru "T.K." Takaishi are at summer camp when it suddenly begins snowing. As they begin to wonder how the snow is falling in the middle of the summer, the seven children are transported into a strange dimension based on computing known as the Digital World, where they each befriend one of the inhabitants, the Digimon. When faced with a threat, the children discover that with the Digivices that their Digimon partners give them, they can help them digitally evolve, or Digivolve, into stronger more powerful forms to combat the new threat.

As they travel through the Digital World's File Island, wanting to find a way home, the children learn that they are the DigiDestined, chosen children who are compatible with Digimon. They were brought to the Digital World to help combat the evil Devimon, who wishes to take over the island. The children overcome his many obstacles, and with their Digimon partners they manage to defeat Devimon, but they learn that he is only the first of several threats to the Digital World. The mysterious Gennai contacts the children and informs them that they should travel to the Server continent in order to retrieve the artifacts known as Crests, which will further empower their Digimon partners, from the evil Etemon and his minions. After more trials and tribulations, the DigiDestined each retrieve their destined Crest and they defeat Etemon when Tai gets his partner Agumon to Digivolve to a new level of power. After Etemon's defeat, Tai and Agumon (as the weaker Koromon) are sent back into the human world, where Tai is reunited with his younger sister Kari Kamiya, who could not join them at summer camp, and discovers that barely minutes have passed since they disappeared. When Tai receives a message from Izzy, he realizes he must return, and says goodbye to his sister, both unaware that another Digivice is in their home.

Tai returns to the Digital World and rounds up his friends who have been scattered and tormented by the evil Myotismon and his minion DemiDevimon in an attempt to have them fail to unlock their Crests' powers. Once Tai reunites the group, Matt, Sora and Izzy manage to unlock their Crests' powers and learn from Gennai that Myotismon intends to head into the human world to find the eighth DigiDestined. After returning to the human world, the group leads an offensive to stop the minions of Myotismon from taking over Tokyo, with Joe and Mimi gaining their Crests' powers, and they learns that the eighth DigiDestined child is Tai's sister Kari, who is partnered with Myotismon's former minion Gatomon. However, even with the power of all eight children, after Kari gain the power of her Crest, they find they are no match for Myotismon when he becomes VenomMyotismon, at least until Tai and Matt unlock a new power that causes Agumon and Gabumon to Digivolve into their Mega forms. With the defeat of Myotismon, the children learn that a new evil threatens the Digital World, which would cause the destruction of both the human and Digital Worlds. With all eight DigiDestined in the Digital World, they learn that the Dark Masters, four elite evil Digimon comprising MetalSeadramon, Puppetmon, Machinedramon, and Piedmon, have been the orchestrators of all of the evil that had come before. The DigiDestined continue to face off against the Dark Masters and their minions, slowly freeing the Digital World from their grasp after they turned it into the single Spiral Tower. During their journey, they learn that they were chosen to become the DigiDestined after they were all witnesses to a fight between two Digimon that entered the human world while they were much younger. Once T.K. finally unleashes his Crests' power, the last of the Dark Masters is finally defeated, only to reveal the evil Apocalymon standing in their way. Apocalymon intends to destroy both worlds, and after the DigiDestined defeat him, he sets up a massive suicide attack to destroy all existence, only to be stopped by the powers of the DigiDestined. With the human and Digital Worlds safe once more, Gennai sends the children back home, warning them that they will not be able to return and see their Digimon friends, again. However, Tai is sure that this is not true, and the link between the two worlds will not be closed forever.

Development[edit]

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.

The DigiDestined's character designs were created by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru. The staff had decided to name the characters based on kanji that related to luck.[2] For the original Japanese version of Digimon Adventure, all music was composed by Arisawa Takanori who was best known for his compositions for the Sailor Moon franchise and Galaxy Fraulein Yuna. in addition to composing original music for digimon adventure, Arisawa Takanori has also recycled and made remixed versions of several music tracks from Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

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.

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.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

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[3] and was released by Madman Entertainment on June 18, 2014 in Australia.[4]

Digimon Adventure and its sequel, Digimon Adventure 02, were added to the Netflix Instant Streaming service on August 3, 2013 in separate English dubbed and Japanese subtitled versions. The initial subtitles used were incomplete and contained many translation errors, and Toei has responded by gradually replacing the older subtitles with newer, more accurate tracks beginning the day of the initial series upload.

At an event celebrating the series' 15th anniversary on August 1, 2014, a new Digimon Adventure series was announced, scheduled to air in Spring 2015, depicting the main characters as they enter high school. The event also announced a Blu-ray Disc box of the original series, to be released in Japan on March 15, 2015.[5]

The main opening theme for all episodes aired in Japan is "Butter-Fly" by Kōji Wada. "I wish" by Ai Maeda is used as the ending them from episodes 1—26. She also sang the ending theme titled "keep on" from episodes 27—54. The series also uses three insert songs, "brave heart" by Ayumi Miyazaki, "Seven" by Kōji Wada and "Yūki o Tsubasa ni Shite" (勇気を翼にして?, "Winged Courage") by Toshiko Fujita. For the North American version, the opening theme for all episodes is "Digimon Theme" by Paul Gordon

Films[edit]

Two theatrical films based on the series were released in Japanese theaters in 1999 and 2000 respectively, with a 3D film shown in 2000. The first two movies were combined with one of the movies from Digimon Adventure 02 and was released as Digimon: The Movie in North America. A Blu-ray Disc containing all of the franchise's movies will be released in Japan on January 9, 2015.

Digimon Adventure[edit]

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 events from the movie were used in episodes of Digimon Adventure to explain why Tai and company became DigiDestined.

Our War Game![edit]

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[edit]

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![edit]

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[edit]

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. Digimon V-Tamer 01 is another manga about Taichi Yagami in a parallel universe.

Light novels[edit]

Hiro Masaki, one of the screenwriters of Digimon Adventure, co-wrote a novelization of Digimon Adventure with series director Hiroyuki Kakudou.[6] The light novels were separated into three parts.

Drama CDs[edit]

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[edit]

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.[7][8] 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.[9] The game also features original story elements and an unlockable dungeon mode featuring the protagonists of the other anime series in the franchise.[10]

Reception[edit]

On its initial release, Digimon: Digital Monsters was widely criticized for being an alleged rip off of the much more popular Pokémon TV series. Despite this, the series has found a rather large success in the United States and is even regarded by some as the better series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lazarus, George (March 8, 2000). "Digesting Latest Promotion For Kids: Digimon". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Memories of Our Digimon Adventure, Part 6". Retrieved 2010-12-26. 
  3. ^ "New Video Group to Release Digimon Adventure Season 1 on DVD". Anime News Network. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  4. ^ http://www.madman.com.au/catalogue/view/20879/digimon-digital-monsters-season-1-collection
  5. ^ "Digimon Adventure Anime Returns Next Spring in High School Sequel - News". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  6. ^ Kakudou, Hiroyuki; Hiro Masaki (2001). Shōsetsu Digimon Adventure: Ima Bōken ga Hajimaru. Tokyo: Shueisha. p. 260. ISBN 978-4-08-630029-2. 
  7. ^ "Sonic Creator's Prope Studio Develops Digimon Adventure RPG". Anime News Network. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  8. ^ Gil, Andrea (2012-10-19). "Prope’s Digimon Adventure finally got a release date". TSSZ News. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  9. ^ "Digimon Adventure PSP to Cover All Episodes, 2nd Film". Anime News Network. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  10. ^ "Digimon Adventure PSP Game's 4-Minute Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 

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