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Digimon Fusion
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Digimon Fusion promo poster
デジモンクロスウォーズ
(Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fantasy,
Manga
Written by Yuki Nakashima
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine V-Jump
Original run June 21, 2010March 21, 2012
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuya Endo
Written by Riku Sanjo
Music by Kousuke Yamashita
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Network TV Asahi, ABC, NBN, QAB
English network
Nickelodeon (2013)[3]
Nicktoons (2013-present)
The CW (Vortexx) (2014)[4]
Original run July 6, 2010March 25, 2012
Episodes 79 (List of episodes)
Game
Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars
Blue and Red
Developer Namco Bandai
Publisher Namco Bandai
Genre RPG
Platform Nintendo DS
Released March 3, 2011
Related works
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Digimon Fusion,[5] known in Japan as Digimon Xros Wars (デジモンクロスウォーズ Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu?, pronounced "Cross Wars"), is the sixth anime children television series in the Digimon franchise by Akiyoshi Hongō, produced by Toei Animation. It follows a boy named Taiki Kudō (Mikey Kudo in the English dub) who utilizes the power of joining together Digimon in order to save the Digital World. The series' was broadcast on TV Asahi and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation between July 6, 2010 and March 25, 2012, divided into three arcs, with the latter two given the subtitles of The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms (悪のデスジェネラルと七つの王国 Aku no Desu Jeneraru to Nanatsu no Ōkoku?) and The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time (時を駆ける少年ハンターたち Toki o Kakeru Shōnen Hantā-tachi?) respectively. The series was licensed outside of Asia by Saban Brands for an English-language dub produced by Studiopolis. The first arc was dubbed as the first season of Digimon Fusion, with the second season to come in 2015.[6]

Plot[edit]

Part I (episodes 1-30)[edit]

Taiki Kudo, a 7th grade boy with a need to help others, hears a mysterious voice and finds a dying Digimon named Shoutmon in a nearby alley. Taiki's desire to save Shoutmon causes a mysterious, legendary Digivice called the Fusion Loader to appear in front of him, dragging him, and his friends Angie Hinomoto and Jeremy Tsurugi, into the Digital World. There, they find that an evil empire ruled by Bagramon is systematically taking over the 108 Zones of the Digital World by collecting the Code Crowns, special artifacts that, when all collected, allow the holder to rule the Digital World. Deciding to save the Digital World, Taiki forms his own team, the Fusion Fighters, befriending various Digimon and using his Fusion Loader to DigiFuse them to battle Bagramon's army and collect the Code Crowns. On his journey, 's group encounters two other generals: Christopher Aonuma and his Blue Flare group and Nene Amano with her team Midnight. However, Nene is later revealed to be a figurehead for Midnight's true leader AxeKnightmon, who blackmailed her into aiding him; after he attempts to dispose of her once she outlived her usefulness, Nene joins the Fusion Fighters.

While the Fusion Fighters continued to collect the Code Crowns and slowly restore peace and order to the Digital World, Bagramon manages to steal all of the Code Crowns and send Taiki, Angie, and Jeremy back to the human world along with Shoutmon and Bagramon's general, Tactimon. With the Fusion Fighters' core members out of the way, Bagramon begins his reign alongside his AxeKnightmon, revealed to be his younger brother. Ending up in their hometown of Koto, the Fusion Fighters meet Omnimon, an ancient warrior sealed in a DigiCard and the one who gave Mikey his Fusion Loader. An enlarged Tactimon begins causing havoc until the feelings of Angie and Jeremy enable Shoutmon to digivolve into OmniShoutmon to destroy Tactimon for good. Omnimon used his remaining energy to send Taiki and Shoutmon back to the Digital World, with Angie and Jeremy remaining in the human world.

Part II: The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms (episodes 31-54)[edit]

Upon returning to the Digital World, Mikey and Shoutmon find that Bagramon has reconstructed the Digital World into an empire surrounding by seven Kingdoms, each ruled by a denominated Death General with their own Darkness Loaders, with the ability to forcibly DigiFuse Digimon, gained from their now-Admiral AxeKnightmon. Reunited with their allies, Taiki and Nene convince Christopher to join forces with them and they set to travel together through the Kingdoms to defeat the Generals. They also have to face Nene's brother, Ewan Amano, who is AxeKnightmon's human partner and joined the Bagra Army on the notion that Digital World as a game for his pleasure. Meanwhile, Bagramon adds negative energy, gained from his seven Generals, into his Code Crown and transforms it into the "Dark Stone" for his upcoming day for ultimate destruction, which he calls "D5". During the journey, Kiriha, Nene and Ewan's pasts and motivations are revealed, some Digimon are killed in battle, allies are made, and new, stronger DigiFusions are created to better combat the Death Generals. After defeating the Death Generals while opening Ewan's eyes to the truth, the Fusion Fighters finally confront Bagramon, who reveals his intentions to combine the human and digital worlds with Bagramon himself as ruler.

Bagramon's plans are temporarily disrupted when AxeKnightmon forcibly absorbs his brother to gain more power, but Bagramon overpowers him while reversing the DigiFusion to become DarknessBagramon. In the process, Shoutmon dies while Bagramon sends Taiki and his friends to a void, where they are saved by Angie and Jeremy using the last two DigiCards. In the final battle, Ewan's Darkness Loader turned into a yellow Fusion Loader for his use. Taiki, Angie and Cutemon decide to go inside the Dark Stone to find Shoutmon where they are attacked by the metaphysical incarnation of Bagramon. When the completed Code Crown chooses Mikey and not Bagramon as its true owner, Shoutmon revives alongside all dead Digimon, including allies and former enemies, while the Digimon trapped in the DigiCards regain their original forms. From there, the Digimon are all DigiFused into Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode, who destroys DarknessBagramon and saves both worlds. Taiki, Jeremy, Akari, Christopher, Nene and Ewan return to the human world, while the Digimon begin to rebuild their world, with Shoutmon as king.

Part III: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time (episodes 55-79)[edit]

A year has passed since the battle against Bagramon, and Mikey established the Fusion Fighters basketball team consisting of himself, Ewan, and his classmate, Tagiru Akashi. One day, Tagiru discovers a strange, unstable realm in-between the human and digital worlds, the DigiQuartz, where Fusion Loader-wielding children known as Digimon Hunters hunt down and capture Digimon that escape from the Digital World and feed off the negative emotions of humans. Given a Fusion Loader by a strange old man and accompanied by a Digimon named Gumdramon, Tagiru, along with Mikey, Ewan and their Digimon, join the Digimon Hunt to investigate and protect their world from rampant Digimon, while clashing against rival hunters. In the end, the Clock Store Owner reveals to everyone the truth that the Digimon Hunt was to select one among the Digimon Hunters to battle Quartzmon: A deadly Digimon born from the residual power that lingered after Bagramon's defeat being combined with the Digital Power in the human world that intends to change the entire human world into DigiQuartz while absorbing all converted data.

To fight the threat, the Clock Store Owner traveled through time and space to summon the Digidestined, the Digimon Tamers, the Legendary Warriors, and the operatives of DATS from their different universes to fend off Quartzmon alongside the reunited United Xros Heart Army while Taigiru and the other Digimon Hunters battle each other to unlock the "Brave Snatcher", a weapon created from Bagramon's right arm that can defeat Quartzmon. Though a Hunter named Ryouma wins the Brave Snatcher, he is revealed to be a tool by Quartzmon in the form of his partner Astamon. With the blessing of Mikey and the other group leaders, Tagiru is chosen as Ryouma's replacement and, in a decisive battle, uses the power of the Brave Snatcher to defeat Quartzmon and capture his DigiEgg. With Quartzmon defeated, the balance between the Human and Digital Worlds is restored, forcing the Hunters, their Digimons and the heroes from other universes to get separated and return to their original places. A month after Quartzmon's defeat, Tagiru and Gumdramon are reunited and the Clock Store Owner reappears, revealing that there are still some Digimon running astray in the Human World. In the occasion, Taiki confirms his suspicion that the Clock Store Owner is actually the reincarnation of Bagramon, now dedicated to protecting the human and Digital worlds instead of leaving them to be destroyed.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Digimon Xros Wars was first publicly revealed in the June 2010 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine, including the name of the series and brief descriptions of the series and several main characters.[7] The series was the first to be broadcast in widescreen 16:9 and in HD 1080i and aired on TV Asahi between July 6, 2010, and March 25, 2012. Crunchyroll began streaming the series outside of Japan in November 2011.[8] Disney XD in Malaysia aired a William Winckler-produced English version along with original Chinese and Malay dubs based on the original Japanese version from December 8, 2012, titled Digimon Fusion Battles.[9]

The series has been licensed by Saban Brands for an English language release began airing in North America, contracting Studiopolis to dub the series into English and hiring Noam Kaniel to compose the music for the series. The series began airing on on Nickelodeon from September 7, 2013 and later began airing on The CW's Vortexx programming block from January 25, 2014 - September 27, 2014[3][4][10][11][12] and the entire first arc became available on Netflix on September 13, 2014.

In Latin America, the series began being broadcast on Cartoon Network in early 2014.[13] Beginning on February 24, 2014, Fusion began airing in the United Kingdom on CITV, the same channel that aired the first three seasons.[14][15] In Canada, YTV, which aired previous installments of the franchise (barring Data Squad), began airing the series on February 28, 2014.

Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme songs (Japan)
  • "Never Give Up!" (ネバギバ! Neba Giba!?) by Sonar Pocket (1-30)
  • "New World" by Twill (31-54)
  • "STAND UP" by Twill (55-79)
Insert songs (Japan)
Theme song (US / International - Outside Asia)
  • "Act as One (Digimon Fusion Theme)" by Noam Kaniel and Frederic Jaffre (1-79)

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation of the series by Yuki Nakashima began serialisation in V-Jump magazine from June 21, 2010, featuring several major plot differences from the anime. The manga consists of twenty-one chapters included in four volumes. The last chapter was released on March 21, 2012.

Video games[edit]

Two arcade machines, Digimon X Arena (デジモンクロスアリーナ Dejimon Kurosu Arīna?) and Super Digicard Battle (超デジカ大戦 Sūpā Dejika Taisen?), have been released, which utilise special cards. A videogame based on the series, Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars (デジモンストーリー超クロスウォーズ Dejimon Sutōrī Sūpā Kurosu Wōzu?), was released in Red and Blue versions for the Nintendo DS in Japan on March 3, 2011.

Reception[edit]

Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time was a nominee for the 2012 International Emmy Kids Awards for "Best Animation", but lost against The Amazing World of Gumball.[16]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (October 18, 2013). "ITV licenses Digimon Fusion". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Nickelodeon dives into Digimon | News". C21Media. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  4. ^ a b Dorich, Alan. "Saban Brands". Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "TV Kids Digital Edition: October 2012 (Page 91)". WorldScreen. 
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/RangerCrew/status/478658215614222337
  7. ^ "Digimon's New Anime Titled & Dated: Digimon Xros Wars in July". Anime News Network. April 17, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Digimon Xros Wars Anime". Anime News Network. November 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Digimon Fusion Battles premiere in Malaysia". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  10. ^ Crowe, Deborah (September 25, 2012). "Saban Brands Acquires Digimon Anime Brand". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Saban Brands Acquires Digimon Brand". BSCKids. September 25, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ "Saturday Morning Cartoons Are Gone, A Nation Weeps". Refinery 29. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Digimon Fusion: análise da estreia no Cartoon Network". ANMTV. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  14. ^ Name (Required):. "ITV to broadcast Digimon Fusion anime in 2014". Rapid TV News. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  15. ^ "Digimon Fusion - ITV Player". itv.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  16. ^ "News - News - Item Detail - International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Iemmys.tv. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 

External links[edit]

Official English Websites
Official Japanese Websites
Others