This Week in Anime - The Ghost of Digimon Future

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Digimon superfan Jean-Karlo gushes astir the newest Digimon series, Ghost Game and however it revitalizes the franchise with its unsocial designs and spooky vibes.

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Jean-Karlo
Hey Nicky, truthful like, I cognize we're talking astir Digimon contiguous but I truly don't similar the Saban taxable from mode back, truthful I'd admit it if we didn't truly bring it up—

GOD DAMMIT

Nicky
Hey, adjacent if I person nary due nostalgia for Digimon Adventure I can't contradict the entreaty of a catchy (but besides kinda lame) kid amusement taxable song. However, you cognize what's not lame? Digimon Ghost Game!! Today, we'll beryllium teaming up with the latest horror-tinged iteration of those adorable integer monsters.

Me, I'm a longtime instrumentality of Digimon. I mainlined the archetypal 4 seasons increasing up; those archetypal 7 kids that went to campy for the summertime consciousness similar longtime friends of mine, the show of that aged ruined thoroughfare car by the water tugs astatine my heartstrings, and I agelong to marque a pilgrimage to the Fuji TV presumption wherever Wizardmon made his past stand. I adjacent liked Frontier, truthful writer me. And—bear with me, I committedness there's a constituent to this digression—it each starts with virtual pets! Back successful the 90s, erstwhile Bandai's Tamagochi toys were each the rage, Bandai decided to marque a enactment more-obviously aimed astatine boys. So they ditched the cutesy abstract designs, reskinned the feeding and playing minigames to marque them "tougher" (candy was replaced with "protein", playing was replaced with "training"), made the pets look much similar tokusatsu heroes oregon kaiju, added a data-sharing mechanic that allowed for battling, and created the Digital Monster enactment of virtual pets which went connected to animate the anime. I had 1 arsenic a kid, earlier I adjacent watched the anime, but it's agelong since been mislaid to time. Bandai has continued making caller Digital Monster pets since the 90s, but precise fewer person travel to the US implicit the past 20 years. This past summer, I had a nostalgia-bomb and bought the US releases of 20th Anniversary variation of the archetypal Digital Monster pet, pictured here, arsenic good arsenic the consequent Digital Monster X update. And it was fun! It decidedly helps contextualize the archetypal show, its obsession with the Digimon being decently fed oregon pooping creating Digi-sludge, oregon the choices successful Digimon that appeared.

Bandai went connected to unveil a caller Digital Monster favored implicit the summer, the "Vital Bracelet". A pedometer artifact aimed astatine kids, this allowed kids to rise Digimon with carnal activity. You tin instal caller Digimon to the instrumentality with "DIM cards" (like SIM cards, but Digimon instead). It's fun, and Bandai has expanded the Vital Bracelet enactment to the Ultraman brand. But you can't support a bully franchise down, truthful Bandai decided to marque a caller anime to necktie into the caller toys. Hence Ghost Game! See, I told you my bloviation would wage off.

Ah, I see! I was wondering however the watches played into the real-world merchandising aspect, arsenic a full Digimon novice. I ne'er got into the archetypal series. My parents were precise strict astir not letting maine bask definite things aimed astatine boys, increasing up. I sneaked immoderate I could anyways but I couldn't acceptable successful Digimon and I kinda consciousness similar I missed the vessel ever since. Then, erstwhile I was funny successful worldly similar Tri oregon the caller mentation of Adventure those ended up kinda dropping the ball. So don't writer maine for being a small skeptical astir a caller Digimon. However, since Digimon Ghost Game is not connected to the Adventure continuity successful immoderate way, it made it beauteous casual to dive-in arsenic a newcomer.

Which is arsenic large whether you're an big who ne'er watched Digimon oregon besides if you're the intended audience, that is, children.

I was excited to effort retired the caller show, but besides afloat expecting to beryllium fto down. Digimon Adventure was ambitious for a amusement made to hawk toys and dealt with themes similar children forced to turn up accelerated to assistance with chronically-ill siblings, kids dealing with divorced parents, oregon kids learning that they're adopted earlier their parents are acceptable to archer them. And portion I haven't seen Tri oregon Last Evolution, overmuch of what I've heard is that they kinda driblet the shot connected the penning front. A shame, that. So ideate my astonishment erstwhile I queue up the archetypal occurrence of Ghost Game and what I find is assemblage fearfulness and forced transformation! Which really freaks maine retired a full lot, I mightiness add!

It's a large "All-ages" spooky times that's conscionable skilled capable to marque my definitely-not-a-kid-anymore tegument crawl. I was thoroughly impressed by the code of the archetypal episode, it lands the absorption and audio conscionable capable to beryllium scary portion ne'er being explicitly gruesome adjacent with different humble animation. It's precise overmuch "What if Digimon acted much similar yokai?" It really reminds maine a batch of the latest GeGeGe nary Kitarō series, which I watched immoderate of but it besides went beauteous hardcore successful a mode that was besides amusive and stylish.

Digimon has usually been mean serialized narratives with immoderate grade of isekai-flavor, beryllium it the kids being dropped into the Digital World oregon their Digimon partners being dropped into the Human satellite and needing to beryllium passed disconnected arsenic stuffed animals. But successful today's property of robotic carnal toys and Altered Reality games, I conjecture they needed a antithetic hook, truthful they rolled with the thought of a satellite wherever holograms are the norm, lone immoderate (which, unbeknownst to the radical successful the amusement but knownst to us) are really masquerading Digimon causing occupation for humans. Lending a fearfulness twist to this amusement is thing abbreviated of originative and I admit the effort.

It besides fits nicely into a (no pun intended) "Monster-of-the-week" format that feels autochthonal to a kids amusement and allows america to research each the chill Digimon decently arsenic they wreak havoc upon the existent world. It besides plays a batch with rumors, societal media, and astute devices arsenic added flavor, thing I emotion amongst much caller horror-outings erstwhile it's done well. Regular readers and radical who cognize maine should cognize that I person a soft-spot for fearfulness and spooky worldly and kid's fearfulness is nary exception, in-fact a batch of kids shows are somewhat scary due to the fact that fearfulness is 1 of the fewer emotions children recognize easy and tin person amusive with successful the harmless discourse of a cartoon.

I cognize a batch of folks bemoaned Yōkai Watch being heavy episodic and not having a batch of fights, and it feels close retired of the gross similar Ghost Game took cues from that arsenic good arsenic the caller GeGeGe nary Kitarō adaptation. But the spooks are genuine, the fights are snappy and the set-ups are intriguing. But I'm getting up of myself.

So, our main quality is Hiro Amanokawa. His begetter vanished nether mysterious circumstances and his parent is overseas doing humanitarian work, truthful helium lives astatine the dorm for his section mediate school. Rumors abound of Hologram Ghosts attacking students, and 1 time 1 of them adjacent pops into his bedroom. A hologram of his begetter presents him with a trio of Vital Bracelents (the amusement conscionable calls them "Digivices"), which let him to interact with small Gammamon. His father's last connection is that Gammamon his "his brother". With a spouse that tin assistance decision the rampaging Hologram Ghost Digimon and nary different clues to his father's whereabouts, Hiro sets disconnected to get to the bottommost of the large Digimon mystery.

Hiro's beauteous handy, actually. He's wide easy-going industrious cognition acknowledgment to his dad. He's adjacent capable to ace unfastened doors! I was precise gladsome that the amusement didn't shove immoderate goggles connected his caput and marque him similar each different dumbass kid-protag and alternatively his pro-active quality immunodeficiency the shows detective elements arsenic they effort to get to the bottommost of things each week and means there's precise small clip wasted solving the mysteries. His biggest occupation mightiness beryllium much astir trying to fig retired however to beryllium a "Big Brother" to his caller favored and "younger sibling" that besides happens to beryllium shaped similar a tiny dinosaur.

Oh yeah, this shouldn't person to beryllium said but here's a reminder that ne'er provender your Digimon aft midnight.

I'm really shocked that helium doesn't person goggles, either. Like, dye Adol from Ys into a feline with greenish hairsbreadth and marque his caller romanticist involvement a blonde, wherefore don't you. Give Professor Xavier a mullet. Give Kirby a Tom Sellick porn-stache. The goggles are a large portion of Digimon iconography (Takato from Tamers went done the effort of getting himself immoderate erstwhile helium met Guilmon, and the Digimon amusement was canonically fabrication successful his world!). Not utilizing goggles was a ballsy move—and by God, they pulled it off. Who needs goggles erstwhile you person a lockpicking kit?

Likewise, Gammamon could person been precise annoying—people hatred kids oregon radical with kid-like brains. Gammamon is each id, nary communal sense, and has his ain weird mode of speaking, similar calling Salmon "shiny" oregon referring to cocoa arsenic "the champion". But he's nevertheless precise cute. The large gully for Digimon has ever been the thought that retired determination successful the world, you person a champion person waiting for you who conscionable happens to beryllium a talking dinosaur that tin crook into a bigger talking dinosaur and they privation thing much than to devour junk nutrient and play video games with you. (You're connected you're ain if you get the snarky seal-guy with the marching fishes.) The 2 autumn successful measurement with each different precise rapidly and Hiro is shown to beryllium precise diligent successful raising Gammamon close from the connection "go".

Gammamon is besides like, precise reminiscent of a toddler wherever adjacent young kids tin empathize with portion looking similar a cute carnal wherever his behaviors are forgivable and amusing adjacent if helium does things similar destruct the principal's bureau erstwhile you get talked to for bringing your dino-dog to school.

Hiro truly lookin' similar he's experiencing each the wonders of parenthood astatine property thirteen.

Can testify, that's the Digimon-raising experience. Those babies poop a batch successful the 20th Anniversary device.

This besides means that Gammamon is perfectly garbage astatine thing that involves utilizing a braincell, and Hiro is near searching for answers connected his ain for astatine slightest a fewer episodes. However, our small scrapper is besides precise cute and precise loyal and is implied to person 3 cool-ass transformations similar a afloat gen's worthy of Pokémon starters rolled into one.

It doesn't assistance that Gammamon doesn't cognize anything astir Earth. Like, astatine all. Hiro has to bash the reasoning for some of them.

Now, I privation to underline thing I said earlier: the fights aren't overmuch of an accent successful this show. In the archetypal 7 episodes, Gammamon digivolves possibly erstwhile each different episode—and he's the lone 1 who has digivolved. Indeed, galore of the conflicts with Hologram Ghost Digimon are lone truly started with a fewer Breaclaws and Horn Attacks earlier Hiro points retired to the Hologram Ghost that what they're doing is really rather hurtful and they sheepishly caput for someplace other truthful arsenic not to inconvenience people. Episode 2 is simply a large example: a Mummymon (ps: I emotion seeing Mummymon again aft Digimon 02) is wrapping radical up into mummies reasoning that it's the cure for their regular malaise. It's not until Hiro points retired to him that mummification is simply a positively past signifier that helium instantly ceases his "treatments", and excitedly goes disconnected to shadiness existent doctors successful hospitals truthful helium tin larn however to assistance people. I mean, I dunno what he'll execute arsenic a glorified integer poltergeist, but it's a saccharine sentiment from the guy.

Yeah, portion a larger information of the amusement is dedicated to figuring retired the problem, the solution usually isn't from warring but Hiro acting arsenic a diplomat of logic, goodwill, and reasoning towards the Digimon. Again, portion of the crushed I comparison the Digimon to yokai a lot, compared to accepted western-style shade is that they're kinda fae-like. They're not inherently malicious, but they don't recognize humans oregon quality logic and truthful they person a beauteous grey-morality strategy wherever immoderate of them enactment maliciously and immoderate of them are simply acting connected misunderstanding. A batch of them besides travel circumstantial rule-sets and astir importantly, they're truly conscionable seeking for ways to person a bully clip adjacent if it means messing with humans successful cruel ways. I enjoyed the Halloween-centric occurrence with the pumpkin monster who truly conscionable wants to beryllium friends for this reason. By making radical into surviving jack-o-lanterns conscionable similar him!


They scope from elemental alien logic wherever they don't recognize that they mightiness really beryllium causing harm oregon they don't attraction due to the fact that of their single-minded quality but that besides means it's casual to recognize and sympathize with immoderate of the Digimon and leads to the acquisition of each episode.

I would similar to congratulate Pumpkinmon connected yet escaping Myotismon's acheronian DigiDungeon. I tin lone anticipation Gotsumon besides recovered his mode out.

But yeah, this is simply a happening I like. I whitethorn emotion Kamen Rider and the show of villains getting blown up each week, but there's thing to beryllium said astir a kid's amusement wherever the occupation tin beryllium resolved diplomatically and with nary sick volition towards either side. Sometimes, radical conscionable don't cognize that what they're doing is wrong. People are nice, if you springiness them a chance. And I admit that, astatine the extremity of the day, a batch of Digimon conscionable privation to beryllium friends with humans. AND THEN THERE'S THIS ASSHOLE.

Pretty definite the lone 1 I would statement arsenic actively-malicious truthful far! But the singlemindedness inactive applies. Dracumon is conscionable harming radical for funsies. and besides truthful helium tin materialize successful the existent satellite but we'll get into that.

Dracumon up determination was utilizing his Mystic Eyes of Entropy oregon immoderate to origin people's precious limbs (or hair) to degrade implicit 2 days. This brings successful Ruli, 1 of Hiro's classmates whose hands commencement to vanish due to the fact that of Dracumon's curse. Ruli has immoderate grade of fame among her classmates arsenic the net fig Lirurun, who'd been investigating the rumors of Hologram Ghosts connected societal media. But arsenic Hiro finds out, determination was different Digimon tailing Ruli: Angoramon, who wanted to assistance her but couldn't find a mode to pass with her. Using 1 of Hiro's spare Vital Bracelets, Ruli is capable to enslaved with Angoramon and find her ain big, plush tubby friend.


Seriously, Angoramon looks similar Big the Cat with belts connected his arms and an existent vocabulary, I emotion the guy. And he's got Tails' quality to fly, lone helium uses his ears!

Angoramon is precise good! Not lone is helium a brushed and plush BIG FRIEND TM, he's besides astute and helium kicks ass. Also named aft the peculiarly floofy angora breed of rabbit. He's a small broody but he's fundamentally "the mature one", speaking rather blase compared to Gammamon, and he's adjacent capable to bask Ruli's soft playing. He gives Hiro immoderate info astir Digimon and adjacent tells him however to fell his caller person truthful it's little of an contented keeping him retired each the time. I besides deliberation him and Ruli person the champion narration retired of each 3 of the main pairs. Ruli is simply a bully girl-lead, she's much societal than Hiro but she isn't immoderate dumber oregon little proactive than him. Instantly, she works good with some Hiro and her caller Digimon friend.

His plan is specified that I'm disappointed we ne'er spot him Digivolve. In the contented of rabbit-like Digimon similar Terriermon having badass forms similar Gargomon oregon Rapidmon, I'd emotion to spot the benignant of happening Angoramon turns into.

Oh yeah, is should notation that some the OP and ED are precise catchy, and the euphony for the amusement does it's occupation good with assorted synths for some the spooky parts oregon the much action-y parts.

But not each partnerships tin beryllium steadfast relationships. It conscionable wouldn't beryllium Digimon if it didn't present kids to weird kinks astatine an wholly inappropriate clip (shout-out to the legendary catfight betwixt LadyDevimon and Angewomon—there was hairsbreadth pulling, Izzy became a antheral that day). So connected that note: Jellymon.

Ahem, Jellymon-sama.

Jellymon-sama is decidedly the astir fae-like of the main Digimon, lol. Including the precocious consciousness of superiority. Too atrocious Jellymon-sama's partner, Kiyoshirō Higashimitarai ,is a small scaredy baby, an overachiever, and besides a large chuuni, who is magically not annoying astatine each acknowledgment to a astonishing quality by seasoned Akira Ishida. I did not expect to perceive him successful this aft the past large relation I heard him successful was the past freakin' Eva movie!

That's each to accidental that I emotion him and deliberation helium is precious.

To wit: Kiyoshiro is successful mediate schoolhouse but helium graduated with a Master's grade successful America. He came backmost to Japan due to the fact that he's an incurable weeb who wanted to acquisition Japanese schoolhouse beingness similar successful his Japanese anime. Jellymon-sama is definite to telephone him retired connected that.

Sorry, Kiyoshiro. Jellymon's got the Louis Vuitton CBT boots on, excessively precocious to backmost retired now.

Kiyoshiro is besides painfully superstitious, similar Benny from The Mummy. He goes truthful acold arsenic to hack 1,000 devices successful his metropolis to acceptable up a web of talismans successful an effort astatine preventing Jellymon from "haunting" him. The kid turned the blockchain into a integer sealing ward, and it didn't work.

He's someway some hypercompetent, and cool, and besides beauteous pathetic with however paranoid helium his. He besides keeps talking astir his sealed bandage hand.

Also, I'm not kidding astir Jellymon having a domme-streak—she astir assuredly is into Findom due to the fact that she hijacks Kiyoshiro's talisman blockchain and turns it into a computerized wealth talisman that winds up disrupting the city's full fiscal system. So she turns a sealing blockchain into immoderate benignant of money-hijacking blockchain, each due to the fact that wealth amuses her. I accidental again: she whitethorn not wholly recognize however wealth works, but Jellymon knows what findom is.

Also, Jellymon does this happening wherever she tin curl up her assemblage into the doorbell of her jellyfish-hat, and it cannot beryllium a coincidence that this makes her look similar Kuramon from the Digimon question picture, which is simply a grave notation to marque but besides fitting with however she volition measurement each implicit you. You're gonna wish she lone had entree to motorboat codes.

I decidedly noticed a mates motion-picture changeable references successful ep 5 successful particular. Especially for Majiramon considering his Kaiju-sized presence. Because of Jellymon's mischief Mr. Dorm Leader Sempai Kiyoshiro is sought retired by the Shenron of Money Digimon, and each his zodiac pals. Who's gonna unleash 108 arrows of airy of beatified retribution for thing helium didn't mean to bash (though helium did hack everyone retired of paranoia).


But Jellymon ends up helping him retired anyways, and helium does extremity up being utile arsenic the radical hacker successful different episodes, erstwhile the crippled needs. Meaning each the kids are comparatively skilled astatine antithetic things.

She besides earns a grade of respect for Kiyoshiro erstwhile she sees that, coward that helium is, he's inactive consenting to instrumentality work and basal by his friends. She adjacent goes arsenic acold arsenic to bash the Lum Invader-thing of calling him "Darling" (hey, she tin power energy already, wherefore not?)

Anyways, that's each to accidental I deliberation the formed isn't precise analyzable arsenic characters but they person beardown capable elemental personalities to the constituent wherever they aren't annoying oregon whiny similar a batch of kid shows are and they ne'er dilatory down the episode. Helps that the beats and jokes are presented successful a beauteous snappy manner truthful they don't overstay their welcome. Even immoderate of the much repeat-phrases don't interruption the code to consciousness similar a existent "turn to the camera" moment.

There's a enactment betwixt characters having personalities and characters conscionable having a shtick, and Digimon Ghost Game stands rather firmly successful the erstwhile and not the latter. It's the quality betwixt a kids' amusement and a bully kids' show, and for the astir portion Digimon has been large connected that beforehand arsenic a franchise. Ghost Game isn't rather Tamers, but it's up determination successful presumption of execution. Way amended than 02, astatine least.

I mean, astatine slightest the writer for Digimon Ghost Game hasn't been caught posting conspiracy theories connected twitter afaik. So there's that. (sad)

Though does the occurrence wherever crows crook retired to really beryllium drones count?

This occurrence is simply a bizarre twist connected the "Pigeonman" occurrence from Hey, Arnold!: a antheral who loves birds becomes enchanted by Yatagarumon and helps it escaped each of the birds successful the city. The pack has to halt him from freeing the birds astatine a section quality preserve, since it has eagles and condors that are overmuch much unsafe than sparrows oregon budgies.

The occurrence allows Gammamon entree to a 2nd alternate form, KausGammamon. It lets him fly!

At different times it feels similar a kid's mentation of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, truthful that's fun. I besides enjoyed the occurrence anterior with Sirenmon who besides has a batch of bird-like qualities, and weird beak disguise reminds maine of Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise.

An full procreation of mecha-fans recoils astatine the words "Listen to my song" arsenic echoes of "Fire Bomber" bubble to the aboveground of their memory...

Also, the aerial conflict successful the astir caller occurrence was probs 1 of the much extended combat scenes, it's chill however the onslaught names conscionable randomly look successful the kid's head. Idk if that existed successful erstwhile Digimon bid but I deliberation it's a neat mode of making that trope much diegetic.

That's caller to this show; for the astir part, the older shows had the Digimon warring connected their ain portion the children offered motivation enactment and fueled them with the powerfulness of relationship (not kidding, that's however it worked). There was ne'er a request for the Digidestined to telephone retired their partners' attacks before. Considering however the Vital Bracelets IRL beryllium connected the user's carnal enactment for the Digimon to beryllium capable to combat oregon Digivolve, it's a neat mode to show however there's much of a request for the kids to instrumentality portion and lend to the fights, adjacent if it's conscionable their heartbeat oregon whatever.

Anyways, I don't see Ghost Game to beryllium a extremist instrumentality connected the franchise oregon the genre but it's coagulated astatine what it is and it seems to clasp a batch of respect for the assemblage watching it careless of what property you are capable for maine to bask it without encountering immoderate of the plentiful kid amusement hang-ups. Which is beauteous ideal, honestly.

In fact, I could astir apt sanction astatine slightest 3 different shows I'm watching that wasted my clip much than Ghost Game does.

I'm a long-time Digimon instrumentality and I tin honestly accidental that, ignoring my nostalgia, Ghost Game is simply a competent amusement that does everything it has to successful bid to gain that distinction. Nicky's right; the amusement respects the quality of the audience, the characters are distinguished and consistent, the mysteries are engaging and genuinely gripping, and determination are bully lessons to beryllium had. Even with this amusement revolving astir selling a artifact pedometer to kids (that doesn't adjacent way your question each that great—the Vital Bracelet is simply a spot inaccurate), this is simply a truly amusive show.

Taking my nostalgia into account? Even then, Ghost Game stands connected its own. The references aren't adjacent aimed astatine the older shows successful particular, though seeing older Digimon popular up each truthful often is fun. The amusement is not similar the older ones successful presumption of format, and that's fine—it works precise well. Maybe this amusement volition crap the furniture and tack connected immoderate laborious world-saving crippled that'll crumble its delicate foundations, similar successful 02. Or possibly it'll weave successful an absorbing space arsenic to wherefore Digimon are bleeding into the existent satellite and we'll get immoderate benignant of tragic twist of a last villain that casts the actions of the main formed successful a antithetic light, similar with Apocalymon successful Adventure.

I mean, hell, they inactive bash the happening wherever the Digital World has random splotches of colour successful the entity and foliage. I can't assistance but emotion that.

Oh yeah, we didn't notation but they bash occasionally swap betwixt the existent and integer world, it's conscionable doesn't marque a large woody astir it.

I'm kinda gladsome I haven't seen Tri oregon Kizuna. As overmuch arsenic I emotion the archetypal Digidestined, I deliberation Ghost Game is overmuch amended arsenic a continuation of Digimon Adventure. Sure, there's nary world-saving crippled and the kids person overmuch simpler lives than Joe-"You don't understand, this seal is ruining my beingness and helium won't halt owning me, idiosyncratic delight assistance me"-Kido, but it's a amusement astir kids having adventures with their champion friends. Sometimes, the adventures are dangerous, sometimes they're little so. Sometimes they marque caller friends, sometimes they find a caller force leering astatine them from the shadows. But they're ever with their champion friends, done heavy and thin, and I could ne'er inquire for much from Digimon. It's wherefore we're here.

So please. Bandai. Release the Pendulum Z and the X-3 Digital Monster pets successful the US, I americium dying here, assistance a feline out.

Well arsenic for myself, I mightiness support up with this amusement connected a casual level. But for now. I gotta instrumentality this leafage of contented from the large fox Digimon. Even adults request to instrumentality naps! ZZZZZZZZ

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