Digimon, digital monsters, Digimon are the champions! ~
Your childhood was not complete if you didn’t live for Saturday morning cartoons and Digimon. Digimon was one of the first anime I ever watched without ever knowing what anime was (along with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z). I’ve said it over and over again (because d*mn, I seem to be the only one reliving their childhood in RC posts) but the amount of nostalgia I get just seeing the same characters come back to life is indescribable. And this isn’t a remake folks, this is a sequel to the original Digimon Adventure series which brings back all your favorite people – just older and more relatable. I promise that this post isn’t going to be filled with fluffy, sappy stuff past this point but I just wanted everyone to acknowledge that it’s okay to still love cartoons and get all emotional with me. And if you also rewatched the entire first 2 seasons recently – I will not judge you (and hope you do the same for me) \o/
Contrary to popular belief as a kid, Digimon is a series unlike the very popular and similarly named series, Pokemon. It’s about a group of kids (way back when they were… 10? 12?) whom all met during “summer camp” when it started to mysteriously snow. They were transported to a mysterious world called the Digital World and as the “Digidestined”, they were assigned Digimon of their own that have the abilities to “digivolve” to become stronger and defeat evil. I would definitely recommend that you watch the first two seasons to get a good taste of what the anime has to offer – it’s fun, definitely aimed towards juvenile audiences but isn’t your typical kiddy show with lots of repetitiveness for no reason. There’s history and a lot of triumph stories thrown in with character development that’s real. The twist with this new season is that even though all the characters return as more mature individuals, the story isn’t in the Digital World anymore – it’s in our world (or just Japan for now). The first two seasons were primarily based on the terror inside the Digital World and how it impacts “our” world as it becomes imbalanced. Now, it seems like most of the issues are in the real world with the Digimon being the only forces that can go into the “virtual” world and out. I’m not sure how that will play out later on, but from the first four episodes, most of our problems seem to be how the Digimon are terrifying Japan. Plus we have a new girl named Mochizuki Meiko (Arakawa Miho), who is holding an old digivice…? Don’t tell me she’s another long-lost Digidestined.
As it’s been stated before, Digimon Adventure tri. brings back all the first generation characters with new seiyuus but has the Digimon seiyuus reprising their old roles. It’s refreshing to hear new voices and at the same time reminiscent of what the original series was. One of the reasons I loved the original series was because even though it started off very stereotypical, focusing on each character individual every episode, it became something much more. By the end of the seasons, the group of characters acted as a group in order to win and save the Digital World and you really see that growth and progression. They all still have their quirks, but it feels like a true adventure, action series when you see just how far they’ve come with their Digimon friends. I’m hoping to get that same triumphant feeling at the end of Digimon Adventure tri.
I can already feel that this version of Digimon is different from the rest – not because it’s returning after a long time and there’s new cast/staff members, but just the artwork, animation and flow of the series is different. It might be because the Digidestined are now older too, so the issues they experience should correlate to their age… for example having high school crushes and dating and exams! It’s evident in these past few episodes that rather than sending the more juvenile messages of friendship and love conquering all, Digimon Adventure tri. will focus more on the realism of what’s happening to Tokyo as these Digimon attack. The friendship strains on the team are all too familiar, but the fact that everyone is not always together is just real life. Digimon’s audience has grown up a lot in the past 15 years and so has the show in order to bring us something that we find more interesting and relatable. I’ve also noticed that the show has lost a lot of spark by taking place in everyday Tokyo compared to the Digital World that gave the series a larger sense of adventure. With more involvement from adults and “outsiders”, it shifts the focus from the children to the general public in Tokyo which isn’t what I’m used to.
As a whole, I’d say that I’m enjoying the anime so far. I was promised a full series, but these batch-releases of “movies” is fine by me because I’ll just end up marathoning the four episodes at once. The next “movie” will be released in 2016 for everyone wondering so don’t hold your breath. Digimon Adventure tri. definitely hits all the right buttons when it comes to bringing back all the childhood feels. However, there are a few things here and there that gives the show a different vibe. For instance, did anyone else notice that the only sound played during the fights was the background music? There’s no yelling or screaming on the streets, no disgruntled Tai noises (however awkward that may sound)… just a solid musical track played. I thought this was very odd since I was expecting more epic music or more of a build-up but I didn’t get that. The fights were therefore, more lackluster compared to the older Digimon seasons. Also, what’s up with the ultimate/mega digivoles not being animated? Did anyone else get really excited and then super disappointed with Omegamon showed up?
So before this post gets too long (and hence why it’s so late), I’ll end off with a generic overview. It’s great if you’ve seen Digimon Adventure and it reminds me a great deal of my childhood; similar to all the other posts I’ve done this year. It’s a joy to see all the characters and Digimon returning together and seeing just how far they’ve grown and developed in the past few years; like a long-lost best friend! With older characters comes more mature issues though and everyone is going through different stages in their lives. The overall feel and tone of the series is very different – the soundtrack, music and even artwork varies from what I’ve come to know and love. Whether or not it really picks up or dies down will have to wait until next year though. Having seen the show after being delayed for over half a year, I’d say that it probably didn’t meet up to the hype I initially had, but it’s still decent and worth waiting for.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Watching #DigimonTri brings back so many memories! It’s just so weird hearing their Japanese seiyuus again =X Some things I missed… the shipping! SO MUCH SHIPPING <3 Secretly hoping TK and Hikari get together… #DigimonTri