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Digimon Adventure 02
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Digimon Adventure 02
デジモンアドベンチャー02
(Dejimon Adobenchā 02)
GenreAdventure,[1] fantasy, science fiction[2]
Anime television series
Directed byHiroyuki Kakudō
Written byAtsushi Maekawa
Genki Yoshimura
Music byTakanori Arisawa
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Saban Entertainment (2000–2001)
BVS Entertainment (2001–2010)
Saban Brands (2012–2018)
Hasbro Studios/Toei Animation (2018-present)
Original networkFuji TV
English network
M-Net (K-TV)
Original run April 2, 2000 March 25, 2001
Episodes50 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Digimon Hurricane Landing!! / Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals
Directed byShigeyasu Yamauchi
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedJuly 8, 2000
Runtime65 minutes
Anime film
Revenge of Diaboromon
Directed byTakahiro Imamura
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedMarch 3, 2001
Runtime30 minutes
Related works
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Digimon Adventure 02 (デジモンアドベンチャー02, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū), known as Digimon: Digital Monsters (Season 2)[3] in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation.[4] It is the second series in the Digimon franchise and sequel to Digimon Adventure.[5] It aired in Japan from April 2, 2000 to March 25, 2001.

An English language dub, produced by Saban Entertainment, aired in North America from August 19, 2000 to May 19, 2001. In 2015, a six-part film series titled Digimon Adventure tri. began screening in theaters as a continuation to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 for the series' 15th anniversary.

Plot[edit]

Three years[a] after the events of Digimon Adventure, the Digital World comes under attack from the Digimon Emperor, who is enslaving Digimon with his Dark Rings while building Control Spires that negate Digivolution.[b] To fight him, three new DigiDestined are recruited, each gaining an ancient Digimon for a partner. The three, along with T.K. and Kari, each possess a D-3,[12] a new type of Digivice that allows them to open a gate to be transported to the Digital World through any computer. They are also given D-Terminals that hold Crest-themed Digi-Eggs that allow their Digimon partners to undergo Armor Digivolution to counter the presence of Control Spires. The Digimon Emperor, revealed to be boy genius Ken Ichijoji, flees to the Digital World. Assisted by Ken's partner, Wormmon, the DigiDestined defeat Ken and have him realize his mistakes.

While the DigiDestined rebuild the Digital World, Davis, Yolei, and Cody unlock normal Digivolution. At the same, they ally themselves with a reformed Ken, who joins the team to fight Arukenimon, a Digimon who revives the Control Spires as other Digimon. When the Control Spire Digimon prove to be stronger than them, the DigiDestined learn DNA Digivolution, which enable two champion-level Digimon to merge into a stronger ultimate-level one. In response, Arukenimon creates BlackWarGreymon, but BlackWarGreymon begins to destroy the Destiny Stones to validate his existence and challenge Azulongmon, who appears when each Stone is destroyed. Once Azulongmon defeats BlackWarGreymon and sends him off, he warns the DigiDestined about an impending threat behind Arukenimon and Mummymon.

During Christmas, Control Spires appear across the human world, bringing Digimon with them. While the DigiDestined set off with Imperialdramon to destroy them with the help of the international DigiDestined, Arukenimon and Mummymon begin kidnapping several children for Yukio Oikawa, a friend of Cody's father who dreams of entering the Digital World. Once the DigiDestined return to Japan, they fight the Daemon Corps while Oikawa uses the Dark Spore inside Ken to implant them into the children. BlackWarGreymon returns to defeat Oikawa, but after he is mortally wounded, he sacrifices himself to seal the portal to the Digital World at Highton View Terrace before Oikawa can transport himself and the children there.

The DigiDestined are transported to the Land of Dreams with Oikawa and the children, where Myotismon splits himself from Oikawa and uses the energy from the children's Dark Spores to be reborn as MaloMyotismon. With help from the DigiDestined all over the world, the DigiDestined defeat MaloMyotismon and Oikawa sacrifices his body to rebuild the Digital World. Twenty five years later, humans and the Digimon live side by side.

Production[edit]

Japanese staff[edit]

  • Original Concept: Akiyoshi Hongo
  • Director: Hiroyuki Kakudou
  • Series Composition, Writers: Atsushi Maekawa, Genki Yoshimura
  • Writers: Hiro Masaki, Reiko Yoshida, Yoshio Urasawa, Satoru Nishizono (Ep 8), Chiaki J. Konaka (Ep 13)
  • Character Design: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru
  • Chief Animation Director: Setsuko Nobuzane
  • Art Director: Yukiko Iijima, Tetsuhiro Shimizu
  • Color Design: Yasue Itasaka
  • Director Of Photography: Atsushi Iwazaki, Kazuhiro Yoshino, Fumio Hirokawa
  • Editor: Kouichi Katagiri
  • Sound Director: Sadashi Kuramoto
  • Music: Takanori Arisawa
  • Producer: Daisuke Kawakami (Fuji TV), Kyotaro Kimura (Yomiuri Advertising), Hiromi Seki (Toei Animation)
  • Production Cooperation: Toei
  • Production: Fuji TV, Yomiuri Advertising, Toei Animation

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

Digimon Adventure 02 aired with fifty episodes on Fuji TV in Japan between April 2, 2000, and March 25, 2001. The opening theme is "Target ~Akai Shōgeki~" (ターゲット~赤い衝撃~, Tāgetto ~Akai Shōgeki~) by Kōji Wada, which peaked at #85 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.[13] The ending themes are performed by AiM, the first half of the show being "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" (アシタハアタシノカゼガフク)[14] and the second half being "Itsumo Itsudemo" (いつもいつでも).[15] "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" peaked at #50 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, while "Itsumo Itsudemo" charted at #93.[14][15] Insert songs featured in the show include "Break up!" by Ayumi Miyazaki as the Armor Digivolution theme[16] and "Beat Hit!" by Miyazaki as the DNA Digivolution theme.[17] The Japanese version was streamed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll in 2008, followed by Funimation Entertainment in April 2009.[18]

Saban Entertainment produced an English-language adaptation which aired on Fox Kids in the USA and YTV in Canada between August 19, 2000, and May 19, 2001 as the second season to Digimon: Digital Monsters.[3] Much like the English version of Digimon Adventure, which was dubbed as the first season of Digimon: Digital Monsters,[19] the original soundtrack of the show was replaced by music composed by Udi Harpaz[20] and Shuki Levy,[21][22] and the opening theme is "Digimon Theme" by Paul Gordon.[23] Other songs featured in the show include "Let's Kick it Up", "Change into Power", and "Hey Digimon", also by Gordon.[23] Jasan Radford also performed songs to the show, including "Run Around", "Going Digital", and "Strange."[24] The songs, including "Digimon Theme", were released on the original soundtrack of Digimon: The Movie.[23][24]

After the success of season 1 of Digimon: Digital Monsters, the producers requested the writers to add more North American jokes to the script, resulting in several revisions. Eventually, along with the result of Digimon: The Movie, this caused writers Jeff Nimoy and Bob Buchholz to leave the writing team near the end of the series' run.[25] A DVD boxset of the English dub was released in North America by New Video Group on March 26, 2013[26] and in Australia by Madman Entertainment on July 23, 2014.[27]

Digimon Adventure 02 was added to the Netflix Instant Streaming service along with Digimon Adventure from August 3, 2013 to August 1, 2015 in separate English dubbed and Japanese subtitled versions.[citation needed] Crunchyroll acquired streaming rights to the English dubbed versions, while Funimation acquired rights to the English subtitled versions. The English dubbed version of Adventure 02 briefly returned to Netflix while the English subtitled version is now exclusive to Funimation.[citation needed]

Films[edit]

Several short films were screened in Japanese theaters during the show's run. A two-part featurette, Digimon Adventure 02: Part I: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Part II: Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (デジモンアドベンチャー02: 前編 デジモンハリケーン上陸!! / 後編 超絶進化!! 黄金のデジメンタル, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Zenpen: Dejimon Harikēn Jōriku!!/Kōhen: Chōzetsu Shinka!! Ōgon no Digimentaru) was released on July 8, 2000 as part of Toei Animation Summer 2000 Animation Fair. The film was featured along with Ojamajo Doremi #: The Movie, which was screened in between. In the film, the older DigiDestined are abducted by Wendigomon. The younger DigiDestined investigate their disappearance along with American DigiDestined Willis and his partner, Terriermon, who share a common past with Wendigomon. The film grossed ¥120 billion. The film's ending theme song is "Stand By Me ~Hitonatsu no Bōken~" (スタンド・バイ・ミー~ひと夏の冒険~, Sutando Bai Mī ~Hitonatsu no Bōken~) by AiM.[28]

Digimon Adventure 02: Part 1: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Part 2: Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals was released in North America on October 6, 2000, as the third part of Digimon: The Movie, which included Digimon Adventure (1999) and Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game! (2000). The film was heavily altered, one of the cuts including the subplot where the older DigiDestined are kidnapped by Wendigomon, because Saban Entertainment lacked funding to produce a full two-hour movie. Scriptwriter Jeff Nimoy had wanted to release the movie separately as a television film, but the idea was overruled.[25] In addition to Japanese elements being removed and North American jokes added,[29] Willis' backstory was slightly rewritten to include that he had created Diaboromon in order to draw a connection to Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game![25]

Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon (デジモンアドベンチャー02: ディアボロモンの逆襲, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Diaboromon no Gyakushū) was released on March 3, 2001. The story follows the DigiDestined fighting against a resurrected Diaboromon. The film was released in the United States on August 5, 2005.

CD dramas[edit]

Various audio dramas were released onto CD in Japan, with the cast reprising their roles from the television series.

The first drama CD, Digimon Adventure 02: Drama CD: The Unknown Armor Digivolutions (デジモンアドベンチャー02 ドラマCD 未知へのアーマー進化, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Dorama Shīdī: Michi e no Āmā Shinka) was released on February 7, 2001 and is centered on the DigiDestined fighting Boltmon, who captures Sora, Mimi, and Kari on Valentine's Day.[30]

Afterwards, Tobira Door (扉 DOOR) was released on April 4, 2001 and as a single from the Teen-age Wolves and features a drama track where Matt receives a letter from a fan who is about to undergo eye surgery.[31]

The third drama CD, Digimon Adventure 02: Drama CD: The Door to Summer (デジモンアドベンチャー02 ドラマCD 夏への扉, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Dorama Shīdī: Natsu e no Tobira) was released on October 3, 2001 and is centered around Davis visiting Mimi and Willis during summer vacation.[32]

Digimon Adventure 02: Original Story Spring 2003 (デジモンアドベンチャー02 オリジナル ストーリー 2003年-春-, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Orijinaru Sutōrī 2003nen Haru) was released on April 23, 2003 and follows the lives of each DigiDestined after the events of Digimon Adventure 02.[33]

Reception[edit]

Along with Power Rangers, Digimon Adventure 02 was one of the most popular shows on Fox Kids during its run and also contributed to the channel's high ratings, beating out competitors such as ABC, Kids' WB, and Nickelodeon.[34]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the Japanese version, Digimon Adventure 02 takes place three years after Digimon Adventure.[6] The English version changed it to take place after four years.[7][8]
  2. ^ Digivolution (進化, Shinka) is the process by which a Digimon evolves into a higher-leveled, more powerful form.[9][10][11]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b "Digimon: Digital Monsters". Fox Family Properties. Archived from the original on 2000-11-09. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  4. ^ "Digimon Adventure: Volume 4 (Season 2, Part 1) : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  5. ^ "The Official Digimon Adventure Set: The Complete Second Season : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  6. ^ "勇気を受け継ぐ者". Toei Animation (in Japanese). 2000-04-02. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
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  12. ^ "『デジモンアドベンチャー tri.』タケル・ヒカリのデジヴァイス「D-3」初の商品化!登場デジモンぬいぐるみセットも発売". Dengeki (in Japanese). 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  13. ^ "ターゲット~赤い衝撃~". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  14. ^ a b "アシタハアタシノカゼガフク". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  15. ^ a b "いつも いつでも". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-11-02.
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  17. ^ "Beat Hit!/FOREVER FRIENDS". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-11-02.
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  25. ^ a b c Chris McFeely (2005). "Retrospective with Jeff Nimoy". Retrieved December 27, 2010.
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  27. ^ "Digimon: Digital Monsters 02 (2000) Season 2 Complete Collection". Madman.com.au. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
  28. ^ "スタンド・バイ・ミー~ひと夏の冒険~". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-10-31.
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