Digimon Frontier

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Digimon Frontier
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Digimon Frontier
デジモンフロンティア
(Dejimon Furontia)
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy-drama
Anime television series
Directed by Yukio Kaizawa
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Akatsuki Yamatoya
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV
English network
Original run 20022003
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Island of Lost Digimon
Directed by Takahiro Imamura
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 20, 2002
Runtime 40 minutes
Related works
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Digimon Frontier (デジモンフロンティア Dejimon Furontia?), known outside of Japan as the fourth season of Digimon: Digital Monsters, is the fourth television anime series produced by Toei Animation based on the Digimon franchise. The series is noticeably different from other seasons as the main characters, the Digidestined, don't train Digimon to fight for them but instead merge with ancient spirits (known as 'Legendary Warriors') to become Digimon themselves. The series aired in Japan between April 7, 2002 and March 30, 2003, with an English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation, airing in North America between September 9, 2002 to July 14, 2003. It was the last season to use the Digimon: Digital Monsters title as subsequent series, beginning with Digimon Data Squad, began using unique localised titles. It is also currently the only season to have not aired in the United Kingdom.

Plot[edit]

Long ago, a group of ten Digimon sacrificed themselves to defeat an ultimate evil that threatened the Digital World. These Ancient Warriors created artifacts from their data, the twenty "Spirits" (ten Beast spirits and ten Human spirits, one of each for each element), before leaving the Digital World in the care of the three Celestial Digimon. However, one of the three, Cherubimon begins a reign of terror. To counter this, the Celestial Digimon Ophanimon summons five children from the human world into the Digital World via the train-like Trailmon.

Act 1 ( episodes 1-33 )[edit]

There, these five Digi-Destined find their respective Human Spirits and "Spirit Evolve" into Digimon, the Legendary Warriors. However, while finding their respective Beast Spirits, the five find themselves hunted by five other Legendary Warriors that serve Cherubimon (for five of these spirits were given to the care of Cherubimon before his corruption). After they defeat four of them (JP destroys one, another loses his Beast Spirit to Koji and is destroyed by Duskmon for being useless, Zoe destroys another and Takuya destroys the last one), Koji Minamoto discovers that Duskmon, the fifth evil Legendary Warrior, is really his twin brother Koichi Kimura. With Takuya Kanbara's help, Koji is able to free his brother, and Kouichi restores the Spirits of Darkness to their true forms and joins the team as the true Warrior of Darkness, Löwemon.

Act 2 ( episode 34-38 )[edit]

The DigiDestined arrive at the Rose Morning Star and find Ophanimon, trapped, who teaches them of Cherubimon's past and the war. Cherubimon then shows up and fights the lot. Proving to be too powerful for the DigiDestined, he steals all of their D-Tecors except Zoe's, who is still fighting to the very end as Zephyrmon. Just as Cherubimon is about to destroy Zephyrmon, Ophanimon breaks out of her imprisonment and sacrifices herself to save Zephyrmon and retrieve the others' D-Tectors. The children then discover that Ophanimon upgraded Takuya's and Koji's D-Tectors with her last bit of strength to allow them to Unity Spirit Evolve into EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon, respectively. After using these new evolutions to defeat Cherubimon, the DigiDestined learn that the true mastermind is the very evil the Ancient Warriors sealed away within the Digital World's core, Lucemon.

Act 3 ( episode 39-50 )[edit]

So now the six DigiDestined must try to defeat the two Royal Knights who were sent by Lucemon to scan all of the Digital world's data to complete his rebirth. Ultimately Takuya and Koji succeed in defeating the Knights, but not before they destroy and scan the whole digital world and free Lucemon (who scans the Royal Knights after the DigiDestined defeat them, allowing him to evolve to a more powerful form than he was before). At this point, after defeating Takuya and Koji as EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon, Lucemon destroys the Digital World's moons. He then began opening a portal to the real world: a portal that leads to the underground train station in which the DigiDestined were brought. He is confronted by the Digidestined who try to attack him with a mutli hit tactic, fighting together as a complete team. However Lucemon ends up killing Koichi (who sacrificed himself to save the others). Forming the ultimate Legendary Warrior Digimon Susanoomon by combining all the spirits in Takuya and Koji, Lucemon is defeated and scanned. However, all of his evil transforms into another form of Lucemon, one of pure evil, which tries to go to the real world. Having almost given up, the spirits of the Ten Legendary Warriors come to life, along with the spirits of Ophanimon, Cherubimon and Seraphimon, giving the kids new hope. Together, they all form a seemingly more powerful Susanoomon, and defeat and ultimately destroy Lucemon (at least the evil part of Lucemon) once and for all, giving the Digital World its data back, ultimately restoring its true form.

The children go back to the real world and find that an hour hasn't even passed since they left (only a 1/2 hour at most). They find Koichi, who they discover was only in the Digital World for having been in a coma for falling down a flight of stairs. He then wakes up when Koji arrives and the kids D-Tectors heal him before turning back into cell phones, leading everyone into living happily ever after, having the events of the Digital World change them forever.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Character Voice actor
Takuya Kanbara
Kanbara Takuya (神原拓也)
Jeong-Hoon Woo
Michael Reisz, Dave Wittenberg (EN)
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
Jeong-Shin Woo (KO)
Leader of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Flame to become Agunimon (Agnimon) and the Beast Spirit of Flame to become BurningGreymon (Vritramon). He later received the power to assume the forms of Aldamon (Ardhamon) and EmperorGreymon (KaiserGreymon).
Kouji Minamoto
Minamoto Kōji (源輝二)
Hyeon Seon-Woo
Steve Staley (EN)
Hiroshi Kamiya (JP)
Sang-Hyeon Eom (KO)
He was quiet and reserved, the "lone wolf." Uses the Human Spirit of Light to become Lobomon (Wolfmon) and the Beast Spirit of Light to become KendoGarurumon (Garmmon). He later received the power to become Beowolfmon (Beowulfmon) and MagnaGarurumon.
Junpei "J.P." Shibayama
Shibayama Junpei (柴山純平)
Do-Yeong Ahn
Steven Blum (EN)
Masato Amada (JP)
In-Sook Han (KO)
The oldest of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Thunder to become Beetlemon (Blitzmon) and the Beast Spirit of Thunder to become MetalKabuterimon (Bolgmon).
Izumi "Zoe" Orimoto
Orimoto Izumi (織本泉)
Eun-Bi Go
Michelle Ruff (EN)
Sawa Ishige (JP)
Seon-Yeong Bak (KO)
The main female member of this series, and is very independent. Uses the Human Spirit of Wind to become Kazemon (Fairymon) and the Beast Spirit of Wind to become Zephyrmon (Shutumon).
Tomoki "Tommy" Himi
Himi Tomoki (氷見友樹)
Ga-Ram Jin
Brianne Siddall (EN)
Kumiko Watanabe (JP)
Hyeon-Seo Ahn (KO)
The youngest of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Ice, to become Kumamon (Chakmon) and the Beast Spirit of Ice to become Korikakumon (Blizzarmon).
Kouichi Kimura
Kimura Kōichi (木村輝一)
Yoon Seon-Woo
Crispin Freeman (EN)
Kenichi Suzumura (JP)
Han-Ho Shin (KO)
Kouji's twin brother. He and Koji were separated as babies when their parents divorced. Originally lost his memory and became Duskmon/Velgemon, an enemy to the others, but later became purified. Uses the Human Spirit of Darkness to become Löwemon and the Beast Spirit of Darkness to become JägerLöwemon (KaiserLeomon).

Secondary characters[edit]

  • Bokomon & Neemon: Duo of Digimon who follow the DigiDestined on their adventures in the Digital World.
  • Original Legendary Warriors: The Warriors who defeated Lucemon prior to the series.
    • AncientGreymon (Movie): Warrior of Flame, consist of Agunimon (Human) and BurningGreymon (Beast).
    • AncientGarurumon (Movie): Warrior of Light, consist of Lobomon (Human) and KendoGarurumon (Beast).
    • AncientBeetlemon (AncientBeetmon): Warrior of Thunder, consist of Beetlemon (Human) and MetalKabuterimon (Beast).
    • AncientKazemon (AncientIrismon): Warrior of Wind, consist of Kazemon (Human) and Zephyrmon (Beast).
    • AncientMegatheriumon: Warrior of Ice, consist of Kumamon (Human) and Korikakumon (Beast).
    • AncientSphinxmon: Warrior of Darkness, consist of Löwemon (Human) and JägerLöwemon (Beast).
    • AncientVolcamon: Warrior of Earth, consist of Grumblemon (Human) and Gigasmon (Beast).
    • AncientTroiamon: Warrior of Wood, consist of Arbormon (Human) and Petaldramon (Beast).
    • AncientMermaimon: Warrior of Water, consist of Ranamon (Human) and Calmaramon (Beast).
    • AncientWisetmon: Warrior of Steel, consist of Mercurymon (Human) and Sakkakumon (Beast).
  • Evil Legendary Warriors (5-32, 42, 50): Originally Cherubimon's minions. Their spirits would later on appear to help the DigiDestined against the Royal Knights and then again against Lucemon.

Villains[edit]

Family[edit]

  • Yuriko Kanbara (神原 由利子) & Hiroaki Kanbara (神原 宏明): Takuya's mother and father.
  • Shinya Kanbara (神原 信也): Takuya's brother. He and Takuya often fought each other, like most siblings.
  • Kosei Minamoto: Kouichi and Koji's father. He took custody of Koji when he divorced his biological mother and told Koji that she was dead and later remarried.
  • Satomi Minamoto: Koji's stepmother. She was depressed when she thought that Kouji did not love her because he thought about his biological mother.
  • Tomoko Kimura: Koji & Kouichi's biological mother. She took custody of Koichi when she divorced his father. Though she suffered from sickness, she continued to work because she knew she had to support Kouichi.
  • Yutaka Himi: Tomoki's older brother. he is currently in collage. He did not want Tommy to become spoiled, so he kept telling Tommy not to keep asking their parents for everything. This created a distance in their relationship. In the Japanese version, Tommy simply referred to him as 'brother'. The American dub gave him the first name of Yutaka. While Tommy didn't understand what he was telling him at the time, when Asuramon tried to use him, Tommy got it. After Tommy killed Asuramon, he silently thanked Yutaka for trying to tell him something he now got.

Other children[edit]

These are all the other children that were brought by the Trailmon but not chosen to receive a spirit. Ophanimon sent them a message asking them to go home but they chose not to. Ophanimon sent Angemon to protect them, but they thought of Angemon as their Digimon and ignored what he told them. At some point in time, they came to the Beanstalk Village, where the Pidmon gave them the last of their peas. The group planted the peas where a giant bean stalk used to be, and it grew into another beanstalk. After Angemon was killed by the Royal Knights they decided to go back to the real world, but the Royal Knights captured them and took them back to the Beanstalk Village and demanded to know where the code was. After Takuya and crew saved them, they boarded a Trailmon and went back to the real world.

  • Katsuharu: He bullied Tommy in the past and forced him onto the Trailmon that brought him to the Digital World. He seemed to be the group's unofficial leader. After Tommy saved Teppei he made peace with and befriended Tommy, acknowledging him as the better person.
  • Teppei: He also bullied Tommy in the past. He told Tommy to go back because he thought he was too weak to stay. When he saw Tommy beast spirit evolve, he took back what he said.
  • Chiaki: She felt she could become stronger if she stayed in the Digital World.
  • Teruo: He felt that his old life was boring and that he was more free in the Digital World.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The series, produced by Toei Animation, aired in Japan for 50 episodes on Fuji TV between April 7, 2002 and March 30, 2003.

An English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation and recorded by Studiopolis, aired in North America on UPN, ABC Family Channel, Toon Disney and YTV between September 9, 2002 and July 14, 2003.

The dubbed version featured an original soundtrack, changes to character names and edits pertaining to violence and other scenes thought to be inappropriate for younger audiences. The series was originally scheduled to air on Jetix in the United Kingdom.

However, the series was put on hold and was never broadcast by the time the channel ended in August 2009.

New Video Group released a complete DVD box set of Frontier on September 10, 2013 in the US. Following previous releases, it uses the English dub and includes a character book.

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Theme songs[edit]

Japanese[edit]
Opening theme
Ending themes
  • "Innocent ~Mujaki na Mama de~" (イノセント〜無邪気なままで〜 Inosento ~Mujaki na Mama de~?, "Innocent (Remain Innocent)") by Kōji Wada
    • Episodes: 1-26
  • "an Endless tale" by Kōji Wada and Ai Maeda
    • Episodes: 27-50
Insert songs
  • "With the Will" by Kōji Wada
  • "The Last Element" by Ayumi
  • "Salamander" by Junko Takeuchi
  • "Oreta Tsubasa de - With Broken Wings" by Spirit Shinkers
English[edit]
Opening Theme
Ending Theme
Insert Song

Differences in the English dub[edit]

A deleted dub scene from episode 15
  • The opening in the English dub is brand new consisting mostly of clips from the original Japanese opening and original Japanese ending.
  • In episode 6, the dub cut out two minor scenes: the first showing a hand print on J.P.'s face after Zoe slaps him, and the second showing Koji hitting Takuya on the head with a stick.
  • In episode 9, a short scene where Tommy attacks Zoe with a burning stick (with Koji leaping in front of her to defend her), is cut from the dub.
  • In episode 11, the fraudulent fortune telling methods of Gekomon and Sepikmon were changed in the English dub. In the original Japanese version, Gekomon "uses the momentum from getting drunk on sake to tell the future", while Sepikmon hits people on the head with his boomerang and reads the cartoon stars that circle the person's head to tell their fortune.
  • In episode 13, the dub cut a scene where Arbormon chokes Deramon.
  • In episode 15, a scene where the words "Sexy Dynamite" was shown in the background was edited out. The scene depicted Zoe Orimoto in a red bikini.

Anime film[edit]

Audio drama[edit]

This audio drama[2] takes place during and after their adventures in the Digital World. The children find a mailbox and decide to write letters to the people they care about, expressing things that they normally cannot say.

References[edit]

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