Simple enough. The game was fairly popular (enough so to warrant six versions and a world release, though production costs were understandably minuscule for the rather simplistic system), and proved to be a hit overseas. Rolling in that sweet, sweet digital monster dough, Bandai made the same business decision practically anyone with a franchise even somewhat popular with the kids did:
Make a show about it.
And I'd say the show did okay for itself. If you call launching a multimedia empire that at its peak, threatened even the brand domination of fellow juggernaut Pokemon okay. Let's not beat around the bush: in the early 2000s, if you were a small child living in any prominent, english-speaking nation, Digimon was the thing. Even if you purposely avoided it, you were defined as a hater of digimon; children fought small-scale gang wars over their favorite choice of cartoon, and Digimon commanded a legion as large as all of them. It had everything: a kickass show, card games, video games, an easily recognizable theme tune, cool monsters, what more did you need?
Apparently, a way to retain that popularity. Digimon's popularity in the western world dipped after the third series began, and crashed during the fourth- Japan was hit as well, though not nearly as hard. For years, the franchise seemed dead, until an unexpected comeback with series 5 breathed new life several years later; since then, the familiar monsters have clawed back into the popular eye within Japan, and are even staging a minor return to western television sets.
With the recent conclusion of series 6(.5) in Japan, I've decided it's about time to pay my respects to one of my fondest-remembered pieces of childhood entertainment. I will be watching every episode of every series of Digimon, in order, and reporting my thoughts as I go through.
Yes, all 332 episodes.
I'm probably including the movies as well, which will be slotted in as appropriate. Updates will come as I get time to watch, but will be at least once a week unless I state otherwise. The episodes I watch are all going to be Subtitled Japanese, as opposed to any of the English dubs; with this, I'd like to take a crack at what's closest to the original material as possible.
Digimon Adventure 02
Digimon Xros Wars
Rules for the thread:
- Try to talk about events and seasons I haven't gotten to as little as possible. I've watched them all before, but I'd like to keep this spoiler-free in case someone without knowledge of digimon deigns to read.
- Making your own reviews of the episodes are fine (so long as I've gotten to them first), as is critiquing my own summaries/reviews.
- You guys are all reasonably intelligent people. I think you know what's acceptable in general nowabouts.
With that done, it's time to begin with the start of it all: Digimon Adventure.
1 - Adrift? The Island of Adventure!