Digimon Fusion promo poster
(Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu)
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy-Drama|
|Written by||Yuki Nakashima|
|Original run||June 21, 2010 – March 21, 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tetsuya Endo|
|Written by||Riku Sanjo|
|Music by||Kousuke Yamashita|
|Licensed by||Saban Brands (Outside Asia)
MarVista Entertainment (Distributor)
|Network||TV Asahi, ABC, NBN, QAB, RBC|
|English network|| Nickelodeon,
The CW (Vortexx)
|Original run||July 6, 2010 – March 25, 2012|
|Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars
Blue and Red
|Released||March 3, 2011|
Digimon Fusion, known in Japan as Digimon Xros Wars (デジモンクロスウォーズ Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu , pronounced "Cross Wars") and in Malaysia as Digimon Fusion Battles, 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 Kudou 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, titled Xros Wars, 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 has been licensed outside of Asia by Saban Brands and is internationally by MarVista Entertainment. An English-language version, produced by Saban, began airing in North America on Nickelodeon from September 7, 2013 and will later air on The CW's Vortexx programming block. An alternate English-language, original Chinese-language and Malay-language version began airing on Disney XD in Malaysia from December 8, 2012.
Part I: Xros Wars
Mikey Kudou, 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. Mikey's desire to save Shoutmon causes a mysterious, legendary Digivice called the Fusion Loader to appear in front of him that drags him, and his friends Angie Hinomoto and Jeremy Tsurugi, into the Digital World. Learning that the DigiWorld's 108 Zones are slowly being taken over by an evil empire under the rule of Bagramon, who is after the Code Crown fragments needed to control the DigiWorld. Feeling the strong responsibility to save the world, Mikey forms his own group called the Fusion Fighters to battle the Bagra Army. But on the way, Mikey's group encounters two other generals: Christopher Aonuma and his Blue Flare group and Nene Amano with her team Twilight. However, Nene is later revealed to be a figurehead for Twilight's true leader DarkKnightmon, who blackmailed her into aiding him. But when he attempts to dispose of her once she outlived her usefulness, Nene joins Xros Heart.
Later on, the Fusion Fighters learn that the assembled Code Crown has the power to make the wishes of those who reunite them come true, but Bagramon manages to it all while Mikey, Angie, and Jeremy are sent back to the human world along with Shoutmon and Tactimon. With the Fusion Fighters' core members out of the way, Bagramon begins his reign alongside his younger brother DarkKnightmon. Ending up in their hometown of Kyoto, the human Xros Heart members and Shoutmon meet Omnimon, a DigiMemory-sealed Digimon who gave Mikey his Fusion Loader. By then, an enlarged Tactimon begins causing havoc until the feelings of Angie and Jeremy enable Mikey to digivolve Shoutmon into OmegaShoutmon to destroy Tactimon for good. Then, Omnimon use his remaining energy to send Mikey and Shoutmon back to the Digital World while Angie and Jeremy are on standby.
Part II: The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms
Upon returning to the Digital World, Mikey and Shoutmon learn that Bagramon had it reconstructed into an empire surrounding by seven Kingdoms, each ruled by a denominated Death General with their own Darkness Loaders gained from their now-Admiral DarkKnightmon. Reunited with their allies, Mikey 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, Yū Amano, who becomes DarkKnightmon's human partner and joins the Bagra Army by thinking the 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, more about the main characters past is revealed, some Digimon are killed in battle and a new DigiXros called the Great Xros giving Shoutmon the power to become Shoutmon X7. After defeating the Death Generals, and opening Yū's eyes to the truth, the Xros Heart United Army finally confronts Bagramon. But in a turn of events, having gathered the energy needed, Bagramon reveals that D5 is the "Dimension Delete and Deadly Destruction Day" that would cast both the real and digital worlds in darkness which would combine them with Bagramon himself reigning over a new world.
Though DarkKnightmon reveals his true colors in an act to absorb his brother by forcibly DigiXrossing with him. When Bagramon DigiXros with his brother DarkKnightmon from the inside and fused into DarknessBagramon. In the process, Shoutmon dies while Bagramon sends Mikey and his friends to an empty space, where they are saved by Angie and Jeremy using two DigiMemories. In the final battle, Yū's Darkness Loader turned into a yellow Xros Loader for his use. Mikey, 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 enemies) while the DigiMemories regain their original forms. From there, the Digimon are all DigiXrossesed Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode who destroys DarknessBagramon and save both worlds. All the Digimon returned to the Digital World while Mikey and his friends resume their lives in the human world.
Part III: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time
A year has passed since the battle against Bagramon, and Team Xros Heart has become a basketball team consisting of Mikey, Yū and his classmate, Tagiru Akashi. One day, Tagiru discovers a strange, unstable realm in-between the human and digital worlds, known as the DigiQuartz, where Xros 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 Xros Loader by a strange old man and accompanied by a Digimon named Gumdramon, Tagiru, along with Mikey, Yū 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: The remaining power from Bagramon after his defeat combined with the Digital Power in the human world created a deadly Digimon called Quartzmon whose goal is to change the entire human world into DigiQuartz while eliminating every human. To fight that, the Clock Store Owner travels to different universes, bringing known heroes from other Digital Worlds to unlock the "Brave Snatcher", created from Bagramon's right arm, in order to defeat Quartzmon. While a Hunter named Ryouma was chosen to be the one to hunt Quartzmon, Ryouma turned out to be manipulated by Quartzmon, gravely injuring Mikey. Tagiru is chosen as Mikey and 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, Mikey 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 conquering them.
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. 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. Saban Brands has licensed the series outside of Asia under the title Digimon Fusion. An English-language version produced by Studiopolis began airing in North America on Nickelodeon from September 7, 2013, with Vortexx planning to air the series later in 2013. In Malaysia, an alternate English, original Chinese and Malay dub based on the Japanese version, titled Digimon Fusion Battles, began airing on Disney XD from December 8, 2012. On October 17, 2013, Saban Brands and MarVista Entertainment announced that Fusion will air on CITV in the United Kingdom in spring 2014. The same channel that aired the first three series of Digimon.
- 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)
- "WE ARE Xros Heart!" (WE ARE クロスハート! WE ARE Kurosu Hāto! ) by Kōji Wada
- "Blazing Blue Flare" by Hideaki Takatori
- "X4B The Guardian!" by Kōji Wada
- "Sora Mau Yūsha! X5" (空舞う勇者!×5 Sora Mau Yūsha! Kurosu Faibu , "Whirl Through the Sky! X5") by Kōji Wada
- "Dark Knight ~Fujimi no Ōja~" (DARK KNIGHT～不死身の王者～, "Dark Knight (The Immortal Lord)") by Takayoshi Tanimoto
- "Evolution &Digixros ver.TAIKI" by Kōji Wada & Takayoshi Tanimoto
- "Evolution &Digixros ver.KIRIHA" by Takayoshi Tanimoto & Kōji Wada
- "WE ARE Xros Heart! ver. X7" (WE ARE クロスハート! ver. X7 WE ARE Kurosu Hāto! ver. X7 ) by Kōji Wada, Takayoshi Tanimoto & Ayumi Miyazaki
- "Tagiru Chikara!" (タギルチカラ!, "Overflowing Power!") by Psychic Lover
- "Shining Dreamers" by Takafumi Iwasaki
- "Legend Xros Wars" (レジェンド・クロスウォーズ Rejendo Kurosu Wōzu ) by YOFFY and Takafumi Iwasaki
- Theme song (US / International - Outside Asia)
- "When Three Become One"
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.
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.
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- Official English Websites
- Official Japanese Websites
- TV Asahi's official Digimon Xros Wars website
- Toei Animation's official Digimon Xros Wars website
- Digimon website
- Data Carddass: Super Digica Taisen
- Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars, Blue and Red
- Digimon Fusion (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Lept Through Time at Anime News Network
- Digimon Xros Wars at the Internet Movie Database