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Digimon (デジモン Dejimon, branded as Digimon: Digital Monsters, stylized as DIGIMON), short for "Digital Monsters"(デジタルモンスター Dejitaru Monsutā), is a Japanese media franchise encompassing virtual pet toys, anime, manga, video games, films, and a trading card game. The franchise focuses on Digimon creatures, which are monsters living in a "Digital Universe", a parallel universe that originated from Earth's various communication networks. In many incarnations, Digimon are raised by humans called "Tamers", and they team up to defeat evil Digimon who are trying to destroy the fabric of the Digital World.The franchise was first created as a series of virtual pets, akin to—and influenced in style by—the contemporary Tamagotchi toys. The creatures were first designed to look cute and iconic even on the devices' small screens; later developments had them created with a harder-edged style influenced by American comics. The franchise gained momentum with its first anime incarnation, Digimon Adventure, and an early video game, Digimon World. Several seasons of the anime and films based on them have aired, and the video game series has expanded into genres such as role-playing, racing, fighting, and MMORPGs. Other media forms have also been released.Contents1 Conception and creation2 Eponymous creatures3 Virtual pet toy4 Series4.1 Episodes and films4.2 Digimon Adventure4.3 Digimon Adventure 024.4 Digimon Tamers4.5 Digimon Frontier4.6 Digimon Savers/Data Squad4.7 Digimon Xros Wars/Fusion4.8 Films4.9 Distribution and localization5 Manga5.1 Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 015.2 Digimon Chronicle5.3 Digimon Next5.4 Digimon Xros Wars5.5 Digimon World Reigitize5.6 Digimon World Reigitize Decode5.7 Yuen Wong Yu manhua5.8 D-Cyber5.9 Dark Horse5.10 Panini6 Video games7 Card game8 Reception9 Notable contributors10 See also11 References12 External linksConception and creationDigimon was first conceived as a virtual pet toy in the vein of Tamagotchis and, as such, took influence from Tamagotchis' cute and round designs. The small areas of the screens (16 by 16 pixels) meant that character designers had to create monsters whose forms would be easily recognizable. As such, many of the early Digimon—including Tyrannomon, the first one ever created—were based on dinosaurs. Many further designs were created by Kenji Watanabe, who was brought in to help with the "X-Antibody" creatures and art for the Digimon collectible card game. Watanabe was influenced by American comics, which were beginning to gain popularity in Japan, and as such began to make his characters look stronger and "cool." The character creation process, however, has for most of the franchise's history been collaborative and reliant on conversation and brainstorming.Eponymous creaturesDigimon hatch from types of eggs which are called Digi-Eggs (デジタマ Dejitama?). In the English iterations of the franchise there is another type of Digi-Egg that can be used to digivolve, or transform, Digimon. This second type of Digi-Egg is called a Digimental (デジメンタル Dejimentaru?) in Japanese. (This type of Digi-Egg was also featured as a major object throughout season 2 as a way of Digivolution available only to certain characters at certain points throughout the season.) They age via a process called "Digivolution" which changes their appearance and increases their powers. The effect of Digivolution, however, is not permanent in the partner Digimon of the main characters in the anime, and Digimon who have digivolved will most of the time revert to their previous form after a battle or if they are too weak to continue. Some Digimon act feral. Most, however, are capable of intelligence and human speech. They are able to digivolve by the use of Digivices that their human partners have. In some cases, as in the first series, the DigiDestined (known as the 'Chosen Children' in the original Japanese) had to find some special items such as crests and tags so the Digimon could digivolve into further stages of evolution known as Ultimate and Mega in the dub.The first Digimon anime introduces the Digimon life cycle: They age in a similar fashion to real organisms, but do not die under normal circumstances because they are made of reconfigurable data, this data and can be seen all throughout the show. Any Digimon that receives a fatal wound will dissolve into infinitesimal bits of data. The data then recomposes itself as a Digi-Egg, which will hatch when rubbed gently, and the Digimon goes through its life cycle again. Digimon who are reincarnated in this way will sometimes retain some or all their memories of their previous life. However, if a Digimon's data is completely destroyed, they will die.Virtual pet toyMain article: Digital Monster (virtual pet)Digimon started out as digital pets called "Digital Monsters", similar in style and concept to the Tamagotchi. It was planned by Wiz and released by Bandai on June 26, 1997. The toy began as the simple concept of a Tamagotchi mainly for boys. The V-Pet is similar to its predecessors, with the exceptions of being more difficult and being able to fight other Digimon v-pets. Every owner would start with a Baby Digimon, train it, evolve it, take care of it, and then have battles with other Digimon owners to see who was stronger. The Digimon pet had several evolution capabilities and abilities too, so many owners had different Digimon. In December, the second generation of Digital Monster was released, followed by a third edition in 1998.SeriesEpisodes and filmsSee also: List of Digimon episodes and moviesOn March 6, 1999, the franchise was given an anime as the first of the Digimon movies aired in theaters in Japan. Originally, the Digimon Adventure movie was supposed to be a short film, but after the storyboard was finished, a request for Digimon becoming a children's television show was made. On March 7, 1999, they began airing a television sequel titled Digimon Adventure.Five more series would follow, most of them with their own tie-in movies, and the series was dubbed for release in western markets in the fall of the same year. The show spawned card games, with Hyper Colosseum in Japan and later Digi-Battle in America, and more video games. The animated series is easily the best-known segment of the Digimon universe and responsible for the majority of its popularity."Digimon" are "Digital Monsters". According to the stories, they are inhabitants of the "DigiWorld", a manifestation of Earth's communication network. The stories tell of a group of mostly pre-teens, who accompany special Digimon born to defend their world (and ours) from various evil forces. To help them surmount the most difficult obstacles found within both realms, the Digimon have the ability to evolve (Digivolve) In this process, the Digimon change appearance and become much stronger, often changing in personality as well. The group of children who come in contact with the Digital World changes from series to series.As of 2011, there have been six series— Digimon Adventure, the follow-up sequel Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, Digimon Data Squad and Digimon Fusion. The first two series take place in the same fictional universe, but the third, fourth, fifth and sixth each occupy their own unique world. However, in Tamers the Adventure universe is referred to as a commercial enterprise- a trading card game in Japan, plus a show-within-a show in the English dub. It also features an appearance by a character from the Adventure universe. In addition, each series has spawned assorted feature films. Digimon still shows popularity, as new card series, video games, and movies are still being produced and released: new card series include Eternal Courage, Hybrid Warriors, Generations, and Operation X; the video game, Digimon Rumble Arena 2; and the previously unreleased movies Revenge of Diaboromon, Runaway Locomon, Battle of Adventurers, and Island of Lost Digimon. In Japan, Digital Monster X-Evolution, the eighth TV movie, was[when?] released, and on December 23, 2005 at Jump Festa 2006, the fifth series, Digimon Savers was announced for Japan to begin airing after a three-year hiatus of the show. A sixth television series, Digimon Xros Wars, began airing in 2010, and was followed by a second season, which started on October 2, 2011 as a direct sequel to Digimon Xros Wars.Digimon was produced by Toei Animation and Bandai of Japan. The series were broadcast in Japan by Fuji Television, except for Xros Wars, which instead aired on TV Asahi. The first four series were called Digimon: Digital Monsters in international markets, while Savers was released as Digimon Data Squad and Xros Wars has been released as Digimon Fusion.Digimon AdventureMain article: Digimon AdventureThe first Digimon television series, which began airing on March 7, 1999 in Japan on Fuji TV and Kids Station and on August 14, 1999 in the United States on Fox Kids dubbed by Saban Entertainment for the North American English version. Its premise is a group of 7 kids who, while at summer camp, travel to the Digital World, inhabited by creatures known as Digital Monsters, or Digimon, learning they are chosen to be "DigiDestined" ("Chosen Children" in the Japanese version) to save both the Digital and Real World from evil. Each Kid was given a Digivice which selected them to be transported to the DigiWorld and was destined to be paired up with a Digimon Partner, such as Tai being paired up with Agumon and Matt with Gabumon. The children are helped by a mysterious man/digimon named Gennai, who helps them via hologram. The Digivices help their Digimon allies to Digivolve into stronger creatures in times of peril. The Digimon usually reached higher forms when their human partners are placed in dangerous situations, such as fighting the evil forces of Devimon, Etemon and Myotismon in their Champion forms. Later, each character discovered a crest that each belonged to a person; Tai the Crest of Courage, Matt the Crest of Friendship, Sora the Crest of Love, Izzy the Crest of Knowledge, Mimi the Crest of Sincerity, Joe the Crest of Reliability, T.K. the Crest of Hope, and later Kari the Crest of Light which allowed their Digimon to digivolve into their Ultimate forms. The group consisted of seven original characters: Taichi "Tai" Kamiya, Yamato "Matt" Ishida, Sora Takenouchi, Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa, Joe Kido, and Takeru "T.K." Takaishi. Later on in the series, an eighth character was introduced: Hikari "Kari" Kamiya (who is Taichi's younger sister).Digimon Adventure 02Main article: Digimon Adventure 02The second Digimon series is direct continuation of the first one, and began airing on April 2, 2000. Three years later, with most of the original DigiDestined now in high school at age fourteen, the Digital World was supposedly secure and peaceful. However, a new evil has appeared in the form of the Digimon Emperor (Digimon Kaiser) who as opposed to previous enemies is a human just like the DigiDestined. The Digimon Emperor has been enslaving Digimon with Dark Rings and Control Spires and has somehow made regular Digivolution impossible. However, five set Digi-Eggs with engraved emblems had been appointed to three new DigiDestined along with T.K. and Kari, two of the DigiDestined from the previous series. This new evolutionary process, dubbed Armor Digivolution helps the new DigiDestined to defeat evil lurking in the Digital World. Eventually, the DigiDestined defeat the Digimon Emperor, more commonly known as Ken Ichijouji on Earth, only with the great sacrifice of Ken's own Digimon, Wormmon. Just when things were thought to be settled, new Digimon enemies made from the deactivated Control Spires start to appear and cause trouble in the Digital World. To atone for his past mistakes, Ken joins the DigiDestined, being a DigiDestined himself, with his Partner Wormmon revived to fight against them. They soon save countries including France and Australia from control spires and defeat MaloMyotismon (BelialVamdemon), the digivolved form of Myotismon (Vamdemon) from the previous series. They stop the evil from destroying the two worlds, and at the end, every one on Earth and the Digital World has their own Digimon partner.Digimon TamersMain article: Digimon TamersThe third Digimon series, which began airing on April 1, 2001, is set largely in a "real world" where the Adventure and Adventure 02 series are television shows, and where Digimon game merchandise (based on actual items) become key to providing power boosts to real Digimon which appear in that world. The plot revolves around three Tamers, Takato Matsuki, Rika Nonaka, and Henry Wong. It began with Takato creating his own Digimon partner by sliding a mysterious blue card through his card reader, which then became a D-Power. Guilmon takes form from Takato’s sketchings of a new Digimon. (Tamers’ only human connection to the Adventure series is Ryo Akiyama, a character featured in some of the Digimon video games and who made an appearance in some occasions of the Adventure story-line.) Some of the changes in this series include the way the Digimon digivolve with the introduction of Biomerge-Digivolution and the way their "Digivices" work. In this series, the Tamers can slide game cards through their "Digivices" and give their Digimon partners certain advantages, as in the card game. This act is called "Digi-Modify" (Card Slash in the Japanese version). The same process was often used to Digivolve the Digimon, but as usual, emotions play a big part in the digivolving process. Unlike the two seasons before it and most of the seasons that followed, Digimon Tamers takes a darker and more realistic approach to its story featuring Digimon who do not reincarnate after their deaths and more complex character development.Digimon FrontierMain article: Digimon FrontierThe fourth Digimon series, which began airing on April 7, 2002, radically departs from the previous three by focusing on a new and very different kind of evolution, Spirit Evolution, in which the human characters use their D-Tectors (this series' Digivice) to transform themselves into special Digimon called Legendary Warriors, detracting from the customary formula of having digital partners. After receiving unusual phone messages from Ophanimon (one of the three ruling Digimon alongside Seraphimon and Cherubimon) Takuya Kanbara, Koji Minamoto, Junpei Shibayama, Zoe Orimoto, Tommy Himi, and Koichi Kimura go to a subway station and take a train to the Digital World. Summoned by Ophanimon, the Digidestined realize that they must find the ten legendary spirits and stop the forces of Cherubimon from physically destroying the Digital World. After finding the ten spirits of the Legendary Warriors and defeating Mercurymon, Grumblemon, Ranamon, and Arbormon, they finally end up fighting Cherubimon hoping to foil his effort to dominate the Digital World. After the defeat of Cherubimon, the Digidestined find they must face an even greater challenge as they try to stop the Royal Knights—Dynasmon and Crusadermon—from destroying the Digital World and using the collected data to revive the original ruler of the Digital World: the tyrannical Lucemon. Ultimately the Digidestined fail in preventing Lucemon from reawakening but they do manage to prevent him from escaping into the Real World. In the final battle, all of the legendary spirits the digidestined have collected thus far merge and create Susanoomon. With this new form, the digidestined are able to effectively defeat Lucemon and save the Digital World. In general, Frontier has a much lighter tone than that of Tamers, yet remains darker than Adventure and Adventure 02.Digimon Savers/Data SquadMain article: Digimon Data SquadAfter a three year hiatus, a fifth Digimon series began airing on April 2, 2006. Like Frontier, Savers has no connection with the previous installments, and also marks a new start for the Digimon franchise, with a drastic change in character designs and story-line, in order to reach a broader audience. The story focuses on the challenges faced by the members of D.A.T.S. ("Digital Accident Tactics Squad"), an organization created to conceal the existence of the Digital World and Digimon from the rest of mankind, and secretly solve any Digimon-related incidents occurring on Earth. Later the D.A.T.S. is dragged into a massive conflict between Earth and the Digital World, triggered by an ambitious human scientist named Akihiro Kurata, determined to make use of the Digimon for his own personal gains. The English version was dubbed by Studiopolis and it premiered on the Jetix block on Toon Disney on October 1, 2007. Digivolution in Data Squad requires the human partner's DNA ("Digital Natural Ability" in the English version and "Digisoul" in the Japanese version) to activate, a strong empathy with their Digimon and a will to succeed. 'Digimon Savers' also introduces a new form of digivolving called Burst Mode which is essentially the level above Mega (previously the strongest form a digimon could take). Like previously in Tamers, this plot takes on a dark tone throughout the story and the anime was aimed, originally in Japan, at an older audience consisting of late teens and people in their early twenties from ages 16 to 21. Because of that, along with the designs, the anime being heavily edited and localized for western US audiences like past series, and the English dub being aimed mostly toward younger audiences of children aged 6 to 10 and having a lower TV-Y7-FV rating just like past dubs, Studiopolis dubbed the anime on Jetix with far more edits, changes, censorship, and cut footage. This included giving the Japanese characters full Americanized names and American surnames as well as applying far more Americanization (Marcus Damon as opposed to the Japanese Daimon Masaru), cultural streamlining and more edits to their version similar to the changes 4Kids often made (such as removal of Japanese text for the purpose of cultural streamlining). Despite all that, the setting of the country was still in Japan and the characters were Japanese in the dub. This series was the first to show any Japanese cultural concepts that were unfamiliar with American audiences (such as the manju), which were left unedited and used in the English dub. Also despite the heavy censorship and the English dub aimed at young children, some of the Digimon's attacks named after real weapons such as RizeGreymon's Trident Revolver are not edited and used in the English dub. Well Go USA released it on DVD instead of Disney. The North American English dub was televised on Jetix in the U.S. and on the Family Channel in Canada.Digimon Xros Wars/FusionMain article: Digimon FusionThree and a quarter years after the end of the fifth series, a new sixth series was confirmed by Bandai for the Digimon anime, its official name of the series revealed in the June issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine being Digimon Xros Wars. It began airing in Japan on TV Asahi from July 6, 2010 onwards. Reverting to the design style of the first four series as well as the plot taking on the younger, lighter tone present in series one, two and four throughout the story. The story follows a boy named Mikey Kudō (Taiki Kudo in Japan) who, along with his friends, ends up in the Digital World where they meet Shoutmon and his Digimon friends. Wielding a digivice known as a Fusion Loader, Mikey is able to combine multiple Digimon onto one to enhance his power, Shoutmon being the usual core of the combination, using a technique known as 'DigiFuse'. Forming Team Fusion Fighters, Mikey, Shoutmon and their friends travel through the Digital World to liberate it from the evil Bagra Army, led by Bagramon(Lord Bagra in English), and Midnight, a shady group led by AxeKnightmon with Nene as a figurehead before joining the Fusion Fighters. The Fusion Fighters also finds themselves at odds with Blue Flare, led by Christopher Aonuma (Kiriha Anouma in Japan). The second arc of Xros Wars was subtitled The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms. It saw the main cast reshuffled with a new wardrobe while Angie (Akari in Japan) and Jeremy (Zenjiro in Japan) stay behind in the Human World; thus making Mikey, Christopher and Nene the lead protagonists as they set off to face the Seven Death Generals of the Bagra Army and AxeKnightmon's new pawn: Nene's brother Yū. A new evolution known as Super Digivolution was introduced at the end of the first arc. The English dub of the series began airing on Nickelodeon on September 7, 2013, which is produced by Saban Brands.On August 17, 2011, Shueisha's V-Jump magazine announced a sequel set one year later, a third arc of Xros Wars subtitled The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time, which aired from October 2, 2011 to March 25, 2012, following on from the previous arc. It focuses on a new protagonist, Tagiru Akashi and his partner Gumdramon who embark on a new journey with an older Taiki, Shoutmon, an older Yū and the revived Damemon, along with other new comrades as they deal with a hidden dimension that lies between the Human World and the Digital World called DigiQuartz. The series finale reintroduces the heroes of the previous five seasons as they all come together and help the current heroes in the final battle due to the fact that the DigiQuartz is essentially a tear in Space and Time, allowing all of the Digimon universes to converge.Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time was a nominee for the 2012 International Emmy Kids Awards for "Best Animation".FilmsThere have been nine Digimon movies released in Japan. The first seven were directly connected to their respective anime series; Digital Monster X-Evolution originated from the Digimon Chronicle merchandise line. All movies except X-Evolution and Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode have been released and distributed internationally. Digimon: The Movie, released in the U.S. and Canada territory by Fox Kids through 20th Century Fox on October 6, 2000, consists of the union of the first three Japanese movies.Digimon Adventure (Part one of Digimon: The Movie)Digimon Adventure: Our War Game (Part two of Digimon: The Movie)Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Touchdown/Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals (Part three of Digimon: The Movie)Digimon Adventure 02: Diablomon Strikes Back (Revenge of Diaboromon)Digimon Tamers: The Adventurers' Battle (Battle of Adventurers)Digimon Tamers: Runaway Digimon Express (Runaway Locomon)Digimon Frontier: Revival of the Ancient Digimon (Island of Lost Digimon)Digital Monster X-EvolutionDigimon Savers: Ultimate Power! Activate Burst Mode!!Distribution and localizationUnited StatesIn the United States, the series premiered in August 1999 on the Fox Television Network. It was dubbed by Saban Entertainment (later Sensation Animation), and was initially broadcast through Fox Network's Fox Kids and Fox Family. The first four series were collectively retitled Digimon: Digital Monsters. Some scenes from the original version were omitted from the Saban dub, or were modified, in order to comply with Fox's Standards and practices which considered several scenes to be inappropriate for the target age group. Often dialogue was changed, and the show became less "Serious" in tone compared to the Japanese version, instead featuring more jokes and added dialogue, along with a completely different musical score (usually orchestral music) and completely different sound effects, due to licensing issues. Another noticeable change in the dub is using different voice actors for different forms of a certain Digimon, whereas in Japan, the voice actor merely changes the tone of his/her voice, sometimes being altered for effect. This is especially the case in Season 1.After Disney acquired Saban during the third series, the first three series moved to the cable network ABC Family, while the fourth (Frontier) premiered on UPN. This was due to a deal between Disney and UPN which concluded with Digimon Frontier. Frontier was syndicated on ABC Family shortly after that. Digimon Data Squad also had a brief run on Disney XD. Disney eventually lost the license to Digimon. Toei Animation has however released an official subtitled version of Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Lept Through Time. Funimation Entertainment has online streaming rights to subtitled version of Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Tamers.In 2012, Saban Brands licensed Digimon Xros Wars with an English dub in the works. In February 2013, It was announced that the English version of Digimon Fusion would air on Nickelodeon in the United States on September 7, 2013.In September 2012, Saban Brands announced it had re-acquired the Digimon franchise and MarVista Entertainment will distribute the series outside of Asia. In the U.S. insular area of Puerto Rico, the show was redubbed in Spanish.CanadaIn Canada, the Saban version was broadcast on YTV; the fifth series aired on Family Channel. In Quebec (where Digimon Adventure aired on TQS, and Digimon 02 on TÉLÉTOON), the show was redubbed in French. A French version of Digimon Tamers was aired in France, but not in North America.United KingdomIn the United Kingdom, the American dubbed version of Digimon is broadcast. Digimon first aired in the UK on subscription cable/satellite channel Fox Kids but gained most popularity on terrestrial channel ITV's children's slot CITV from 2001-2002, which broadcast Adventure, Adventure 02 and a small amount of Tamers airing during after school hours. The entirety of Tamers aired on cable/satellite channel Fox Kids from 2002-2004. Digimon Frontier (the fourth series/season) never aired in the UK as the show's (then) provider Jetix placed the season on hold. From 2011, Digimon Data Squad (the fifth series/season) airs in the UK on Kix! (the show's sole provider). According to Fox Kids's (2000-2003) and Kix's (2010-) BARB Television ratings, Adventure, Adventure 02 Tamers (with Data Squad in last place) have been the most popular series'/seasons in the United Kingdom and was consistently in the weekly top 10 broadcasts for both channels for new episodes. Broadcast rights and merchandising sub-licensing rights for Digimon Fusion in the UK have been acquired by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Digimon Fusion will air in Spring 2014 on Digital Terrestrial Channel, CITV.Other AreasDigimon has also aired in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Chile, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and others. After the overwhelming popularity of Pokémon in India and Pakistan, Cartoon Network started to air Digimon in 2004. Later, all 4 series were aired.The Latin American, Brazilian, Spanish, German and Italian versions of Digimon are completely uncensored and uncut from the original Japanese edition. In Latin America, the first four series were aired on Fox Kids and later on Jetix and Disney XD, which also aired the fifth series Digimon Data Squad. The current season; Digimon Fusion will air on Cartoon Network in 2014.The show also aired in the Philippines in the middle of 2000 on ABS-CBN. It would air Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. ABS-CBN hired Filipino voice actors to dub the show in English. The dubbing, in most cases, was similar to the original japanese version of the show, which was the medium for the dub except the fact that some of the voices sounded like the U.S. version (e.g., Taichi having an adolescent's voice instead of a kid's) or completely original to the dubbing crew (e.g., Gabumon's deep, grumbly voice). The entire first series of Digimon Adventure was dubbed in English (in order to compete with the 4Kids version of Pokémon which aired on the rival network GMA 7 on the same day and time), along with Digimon Adventure 02. The second series aired on a new Saturday morning block at 10 A.M. two weeks after the first series finale. This series was dubbed in both English and Tagalog, so that it would be compatible with the other shows in the block. Cartoon Network Philippines began airing Digimon Tamers around 2003, then Digimon Frontier late in 2004. This time, the show, along with some of the other anime that aired with it, was dubbed by Singaporean voice actors. Tamers and Frontier were dubbed in Filipino when both series aired on ABS-CBN on its weekday morning line-up of animated shows (Tamers first followed by Frontier after a few months). Digimon Savers began airing in the country on September 8, 2008 and has currently ended. However, in January 2008, Hero started to broadcast the Digimon series with Digimon Adventure. The series which is currently shown on Hero is Digimon Xros Wars (May 2013)In the Czech republic, Digimon was aired after the success of Pokémon by the TV Nova but it never got that popular. The first season was taken from America, it had the same dialogues and the soundtrack was just translated (instead of "Digimon, digital monsters, digimon are the championa" it was "Digimon, digitální monstra, digimoních strážců šampion" and so on). The second season, however, was translated from Japanese version (although to keep the continuity with the first season the engish dubbed names of the characters were used). Digimon Tamers along with Digimon Frontier got there many years later and it was aired by czech version of Animax.In Sweden, only the first two seasons were dubbed into Swedish and aired on Swedish channel TV3 (2001-2002) (Reruns were shown on the Swedish version of Fox Kids from 2002 to 2004), it was a straight dub from the North Americen English version. After the second season was over, the third season was neither dubbed nor aired on Swedish TV. Digimon couldn't compete against Pokémon in Sweden. The first three movies were cut and merged into a movie. The fourth movie "Diaboromon Strikes Back" was never released in Sweden.In Serbia, as in Sweden, only two seasons were dubbed into Serbian language and aired in two separate dubs. Very first season was dubbed by Radio Television Belgrade and aired on RTS1 in 2000. Years later, the first season was dubbed again, but this time by Mirius studio and aired on RTV Pink. The second season launched on RTV Pink but later took place on Pink Kids. Third and fourth seasons were planned, but the project pulled out.MangaDigimon first appeared in narrative form in the one-shot manga “C'mon Digimon”, released in the summer of 1997. C'mon Digimon spawned the popular Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga, written by Hiroshi Izawa, which began serialization on November 21, 1998.Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01Main article: Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01Digimon ChronicleMain article: Digimon ChronicleDigimon NextMain article: Digimon NextDigimon Xros WarsMain article: Digimon Xros Wars (manga)Digimon World ReigitizeMain article: Digimon World ReigitizeDigimon World Reigitize DecodeMain article: Digimon World ReigitizeYuen Wong Yu manhuaA Chinese manhua was written and drawn by Yuen Wong Yu (余 遠鍠 Yu Yuen-wong), who based its storyline on the television series. This adaptation covers Digimon Adventure in five volumes, Digimon Adventure 02 in two, Digimon Tamers in four, and Digimon Frontier in three. The original stories are heavily abridged, though on rare occasions events play out differently than the anime.The Cantonese language version was published by Rightman Publishing Ltd. in Hong Kong.Two English versions were also released. The first one was published by Chuang Yi in Singapore. The second one, which was adapted by Lianne Sentar, was released by TOKYOPOP in North America.The three volumes for Digimon Frontier have been released by Chuang Yi in English. These have not been released by TOKYOPOP in North America or Europe. However, the Chuang Yi releases of Digimon Frontier were distributed by Madman Entertainment in Australia.D-CyberMain article: D-CyberDark HorseMain article: Digimon: Digital Monsters (comics)Dark Horse Comics published American-style Digimon comic books, adapting the first thirteen episodes of the English dub of Digimon Adventure in 2001. The story was written by Daniel Horn and Ryan Hill, and illustrated by Daniel Horn and Cara L. Niece.PaniniThe European publishing company, Panini, approached Digimon in different ways in different countries. While Germany created their own adaptations of episodes, the United Kingdom (UK) reprinted the Dark Horse titles, then translated some of the German adaptations of Adventure 02 episodes. Eventually the UK comics were given their own original stories, which appeared in both the UK's official Digimon Magazine and the official UK Fox Kids companion magazine, Wickid. These original stories only roughly followed the continuity of Adventure 02. When the comic switched to the Tamers series the storylines adhered to continuity more strictly; sometimes it would expand on subject matter not covered by the original Japanese anime (such as Mitsuo Yamaki's past) or the English adaptations of the television shows and movies (such as Ryo's story or the movies that remained undubbed until 2005). In a money saving venture, the original stories were later removed from Digimon Magazine, which returned to printing translated German adaptations of Tamers episodes. Eventually, both magazines were cancelled.Video gamesMain article: List of Digimon video gamesThe player battles with three Digimon: "Rosemon", WarGreymon, and SkullGreymon. The opponent's Digimon are Ninjamon, Centarumon, and SandYanmamon. Battling is an integral concept of the Digimon video game series and media franchise.The Digimon series has a large number of video games which usually have their own independent storylines with a few sometimes tying into the stories of the anime series or manga series. The games consists of a number of genres including life simulation, adventure, video card game, strategy and racing games, though they are mainly action role-playing games. The games released in North America are: Digimon World, Digimon World 2, Digimon World 3, Digimon World 4, Digimon Digital Card Battle, Digimon Rumble Arena, Digimon Rumble Arena 2, Digimon Battle Spirit, Digimon Battle Spirit 2, Digimon Racing, Digimon World DS, Digimon World Data Squad, Digimon World Dawn and Dusk, Digimon World Championship, and Digimon Masters.In late 2009, Bandai created a webpage in Japanese showing a new game to be released in 2010 called Digimon Story: Lost Evolution, which uses the same engine as their predecessors Digimon World DS and Digimon World Dawn and Dusk and was released on July 1, 2010. In February 2010, a website for the online multiplayer game, Digimon Battle Online, was launched, showing it to be based primarily in the world of the Tamers saga and its characters.In 2011, Bandai posted a countdown on a teaser site. Once the countdown was finished, it revealed a reboot of the Digimon World series titled Digimon World Reigitize.On September 22, 2011, online game publisher Joymax announced the release of an MMORPG game called Digimon Masters, which was developed by the Korean publisher DIGITALIC.Inside a large, brightly lit convention center room with white walls is positioned a promotional display booth for a video game. A saleswoman clad in a blue shirt and skirt and a red bowtie motions towards several illustrations on the booth, explaining their implications. The illustrations are anime-styled and depict several outlandish and brightly colored creatures. Three men in dark jackets watch the demonstration.A presentation at a Digimon RPG booth in South Korea.Card gameThe Digimon Collectible Card Game is a card game based on Digimon, first introduced in Japan in 1997 and published by Bandai. The third season (Digimon Tamers) utilized this aspect of the franchise by making the card game an integral part of the season. Versions of the card game are also included in some of the Digimon video games including Digital Card Battle and Digimon World 3.Reception[icon] This section requires expansion. (February 2014)Notable contributorsAkiyoshi Hongo: Creator of the original Digimon concept.Hiroyuki Kakudō: Director of Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.Yukio Kaizawa: Director of Digimon Tamers and Digimon Frontier.Naozumi Itō: Director of Digimon Savers.Tetsuya Endo: Director of Digimon Xros Wars.Jeff Nimoy: U.S. Director of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, and Digimon Data Squad (Savers).Mary Elizabeth McGlynn: U.S. Director/Writer/Editor of Digimon Tamers and Digimon Frontier.Chiaki J. Konaka: Head writer of Digimon Tamers.Riku Sanjo: Head writer of Digimon Xros Wars.Hiroshi Izawa: Author of the Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga.Tenya Yabuno: Illustrator of the Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 manga.Yuen Wong Wu: Writer and illustrator for the Digimon manhua series.Takanori Arisawa: Composer of the Japanese versions of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers and Digimon Frontier.Keiichi Oku: Composer of Digimon Savers.Kousuke Yamashita: Composer for the Japanese version of Digimon Xros Wars.Shuki Levy: Composer for the English language releases of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02 and Digimon Tamers.Deddy Tzur: Composer for the English language release of Digimon Frontier.Thorsten Laewe: Composer for the English language release of Digimon Data Squad (Savers)".Paul Gordon: Co-Composer for the English language theme song.Ayumi Miyazaki: Singer of many songs in the Digimon series, like "Brave Heart",Kouji Wada: Performer of the opening themes of Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, the second opening theme of Digimon Savers, and the evolution song of Digimon Xros Wars.
Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 are the first two seasons of the Digimon anime series. Digimon Adventure originally aired from March 7, 1999 – March 26, 2000 whilst Digimon Adventure 02 originally aired from April 2, 2000 – March 25, 2001 as a direct sequel to the preceding series. Both series feature a variety of different characters but mostly centre upon The DigiDestined, a group of children and their partner Digimon who have been chosen to protect the Digital World from various forces of evil.Contents1 DigiDestined1.1 Tai Kamiya1.2 Matt Ishida1.3 Sora Takenouchi1.4 Izzy Izumi1.5 Mimi Tachikawa1.6 Joe Kido1.7 T.K. Takaishi1.8 Kari Kamiya1.9 Davis Motomiya1.10 Ken Ichijouji1.11 Yolei Inoue1.12 Cody Hida1.13 DigiDestined Digimon1.13.1 Agumon1.13.2 Gabumon1.13.3 Biyomon1.13.4 Tentomon1.13.5 Palmon1.13.6 Gomamon1.13.7 Patamon1.13.8 Gatomon1.13.9 Veemon1.13.10 Wormmon1.13.11 Hawkmon1.13.12 Armadillomon2 Gennai3 Villains3.1 Apocalymon3.2 Parrotmon3.3 Devimon3.4 Etemon/MetalEtemon3.5 Datamon3.6 Myotismon3.6.1 Yukio Oikawa3.6.2 Myotismon's Army22.214.171.124 DemiDevimon126.96.36.199 Arukenimon188.8.131.52 Mummymon3.7 Dark Masters3.7.1 Dark Masters' Army184.108.40.206 Scorpiomon220.127.116.11 Divermon18.104.22.168 Blossomon and Mushroomon22.214.171.124 Deramon and Floramon126.96.36.199 Cherrymon188.8.131.52 WaruMonzaemon184.108.40.206 LadyDevimon220.127.116.11 Vilemon3.8 Kimeramon3.9 Daemon3.10 Diaboromon4 Other Humans4.1 Families4.1.1 Ryo Akiyama4.1.2 Willis and Terriermon5 Other Digimon5.1 Ally Digimon5.1.1 Andromon5.1.2 Leomon/BlackLeomon/SaberLeomon5.1.3 Ogremon5.1.4 Sukamon and Chuumon5.1.5 Whamon5.1.6 Piximon5.1.7 Digitamamon5.1.8 Otamamon, Gekomon and ShogunGekomon5.1.9 Gotsumon and Pumpkinmon5.1.10 Wizardmon5.1.11 BlackWarGreymon5.2 Azulongmon6 ReferencesDigiDestinedThe DigiDestined are a group of children and their partner Digimon who have been chosen to protect the Digital World from various forces of evil. Each child is given a device known as a "Digivice" which serves many purposes but is mostly used to allow their Digimon partners to digivolve into stronger forms.Prior to the events of the series, The DigiDestined Digimon are created as part of a project to control the balance between good and evil in the Digital World. Each Digimon is attached to a specific digivice and Crest, which in turn are also connected to a specific child. However, the facility in which they are housed comes under attack, forcing Gennai to flee with the eight Digimon (then as eight Digi-eggs), their digivices and their crests. During his escape however, Gatomon's digi-egg becomes separated from the rest, causing her to join Myotismon's army instead. She would reunite with her allies later on after discovering that she was the eighth Digimon and partner of Kari Kamiya, the younger sister of Tai Kamiya, the DigiDestined leader.The DigiDestined of the first series consisted of eight children (Tai, Matt, Sora, Mimi, Izzy, Joe, T.K. and Kari) and eight Digimon (Agumon, Gabumon, Biyomon, Palmon, Tentomon, Gomamon, Patamon and Gatomon). These children were chosen to become DigiDestined after witnessing a battle between a Greymon and Parrotmon at Highton View Terrace, prior to the events of Digimon Adventure. Four years later, whilst attending summer camp, Tai, Joe, T.K., Matt, Sora, Izzy, and Mimi are transported to the Digital World after receiving their Digivices. Once there, they meet and befriend their Digimon partners and together, they embark on a quest to protect the Digital World from various forces of evil. Early on in the series, all the DigiDestined Digimon manage to digivolve into their champion forms, usually when their partner is in some sort of danger. Gatomon was the lone exception as she was separated from the group and naturally digivolved into her champion form during this time. As the series progresses, the DigiDestined learn that their Digimon will be able to digivolve further into their ultimate forms by invoking the powers of Crests which each represent a specific trait that each child possesses. During the DigiDestined's battle against VenomMyotismon, Gennai comes across a prophecy which leads to Agumon and Gabumon warp digivolving into their mega forms, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon.The DigiDestined of the second series consisted of six children (Davis, Yolei and Cody, T.K. and Kari from the previous Digidestined and Ken after he renounced his evil persona as the Digimon Emperor) and six Digimon (Veemon, Hawkmon, Armadillomon, Patamon and Gatomon from the previous Digidestined and Wormmon). Davis, Yolei, Cody and Ken are given a new type of digivice known as a D3 which, in addition to allowing their partner Digimon to digivolve, can also be used as a way of traveling to and from the real world and Digital World. T.K. and Kari's digivices meanwhile, would change into D3's once they attained their armour digi-eggs. Early on in the series, Ken emerges as the evil Digimon emperor, enslaving innocent Digimon and preventing them from digivolving via the use of "Control Spires". The DigiDestined overcome this by using Digi-Eggs that allow their partner Digimon to "armour digivolve". Each of these Digi-Eggs represent a specific trait, the same traits that are represented by the crests held by members of the previous DigiDestined. As the series progresses, the DigiDestined discover a new form of digivolution known as "DNA Digivolving", which allows two of their Digimon to fuse and digivolve into one ultimate level Digimon. However, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon had also DNA digivolved into Omnimon, prior to the events of Digimon Adventure 02 during their battle against Diaboromon. Towards the ends of the series, Paildramon (X-Veemon and Stingmon's ultimate form through DNA digivolution) gains the ability to mega digivolve into Imperialdramon after all the DigiDestined receive a power boost from one of Azulongmon's digicores. During the DigiDestined's confrontation with SkullSatamon, Imperialdramon gains the ability to switch to his alternate form, "Imperialdramon Fighter Mode", where his "fighting strength is tripled".During the final events of the series, it is revealed that there are also numerous other DigiDestined from other parts of the world such as Australia, the United States, France, Russia and Asia. These DigiDestined and their partner Digimon would later band together with the new DigiDestined and their Digimon to defeat MaloMyotismon.Tai KamiyaTaichi "Tai" Kamiya, known as Taichi Yagami (八神 太一 Yagami Taichi?) in Japan, is the main protagonist of Digimon Adventure and the leader of the original DigiDestined. His aggressive and impulsive personality often put him in danger, and he eventually learnt that empathy and compassion are the keys to success rather than reckless courage, but he remains willing to put his life on the line for all his friends at any time, particularly his sister Kari. Aside from his role as leader of The DigiDestined, Tai is also the star player on his school's soccer team and at the time the kids enter the Digital World, he is best friends with Sora Takenouchi, another member of The DigiDestined.Prior to the events of the series, Tai and his younger sister Kari receive a Digi-Egg which eventually digivolves into a Greymon in order to protect them from a Parrotmon, which attacks Highton View Terrace. These events in turn would lead to them being chosen to become members of the DigiDestined. Four years later whilst attending summer camp, Tai and his friends, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe and T.K. are transported to the Digital World after receiving their Digivices. Once there, Tai meets and befriends his partner Digimon, Agumon and takes it upon himself to lead his friends on their journey for civilization. However, the group soon become separated as Devimon divides File Island into separate fragments. During this time, Tai befriends Frigimon who takes him and Agumon to another part of the island where they meet Matt and Gabumon once again. Afterwards, Tai, Matt, Agumon and Gabumon travel to the Primary Village where they are reunited with the rest of their group whilst protecting T.K. from Leomon who had been under the control of a Black Gear. Soon afterwards, Tai and the others learn about their role as the DigiDestined and subsequently defeat Devimon after T.K.'s partner digimon, Patamon digivolves to Angemon.After Devimon's defeat, The DigiDestined are contacted by a man named Gennai who instructs them on the next phase of their adventure. After leaving File Island, Tai leads his allies to the Server Continent where he obtains the "Crest of Courage", during the group's initial confrontation with Etemon. After becoming the first member of the DigiDestined to find their crest, Tai becomes arrogant and attempts to force Agumon to digivolve into his ultimate form before he is ready, causing Agumon to dark digivolve into SkullGreymon. Tai is left disheartened by this experience but Piximon restores his confidence by reminding him of how he learned to ride a bike. This allows Tai to face his own fear, activating his Crest and allowing Greymon to digivolve into MetalGreymon and defeat Etemon. However, Etemon's defeat causes a dimensional rift to open, which transports Tai and MetalGreymon back into the real world. Tai returns home to find that only minutes have passed in the real world since the children vanished from camp, and that his little sister Kari recognises Koromon as a Digimon. When both Tai and Kari begin to see Digimon crossing over to the real world, with most of the general public oblivious to their presence, Tai realizes he must return to prevent a disaster for both worlds. Despite receiving a transmission from Izzy pleading him not to return, Tai and Agumon take the first portal they can find, and reappear at the site of Etemon's defeat. The pair set off to find the other children, and learn their attempts to find Tai have left them scattered, and the schemes of Demidevimon have caused some to turn against each other.After reuniting with his allies and reassembling their group, Tai and the others learn of Myotismon's scheme to enter the real world to find and kill the eighth DigiDestined child. Tai and his allies pursue Myotismon and his forces and eventually discover that the eighth DigiDestined child is in fact Tai's younger sister Kari and that her partner Digimon is Gatomon. Although Myotismon is initially defeated by Angewomon, he returns soon afterwards as VenomMyotismon. During this time, Gennai informs the DigiDestined of a prohecy which leads to Agumon and Gabumon warp digivolving into their mega forms, WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon after Tai and Matt are shot with arrows of Light and Hope from Angewomon and Angemon respectively. Together with help from the remaining DigiDestined, they are able to defeat VenomMyotismon but are forced to return to the Digital World straight afterwards to do battle against The Dark Masters and later Apocalymon. After Apocalymon's defeat, Tai and his allies are forced to leave the Digital World as it begins its restoration.In the sequel, Digimon Adventure 02, Tai becomes more patient and mature and relinquishes his role as leader of the DigiDestined to Davis Motomiya and signifies this change by giving him his trademark goggles. In the epilogue, Tai becomes a diplomat for both Earth and the Digital World at the United Nations.During the events of Digimon Hurricane Landing!/Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals, edited out of Digimon: The Movie, Tai is among those captured by Wendigomon during his search for Willis and is de-aged until Davis and Willis defeat him. Tai is also featured in supplementary audio dramas released on CD during the television series' run, most of which consist miscellaneous adventures with the other DigiDestined that do not relate to the overall plot of the show. These include a mystery adventure Tai and Sora go on and tap dancing to distract Boltmon on Valentine's Day. In an audio drama released years after the end of Digimon Adventure 02, which takes place between Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, Tai is heard talking to Agumon after a Digiport briefly opens. In addition to his appearances in Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, Tai also makes a brief appearance in the third and final season of Digimon Xros Wars.Tai's character was designed by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru. In an exclusive interview released with the Digimon Adventure DVD box on December 21, 2007, producer Satoru Nishizono revealed that as the staff decided on Tai's name using kanji that related to "luck."In the Japanese version, all of Tai's appearances were voiced by Toshiko Fujita. In the English dub, Joshua Seth provided his voice. However, by the time the film Revenge of Diaboromon was dubbed in English, he was unable for dubbing due to him traveling the world with his touring stage show causing casting director Jeff Nimoy to cast Jason Spisak as his replacement, remarking how similar he sounded to Seth.In a series of online polls conducted on Toei Animation's Digimon website, Tai was ranked 3rd by Japanese voters as their favorite DigiDestined. When the same question was asked three more times, his rank fell to 6th, rose to 4th, and finally landed at 5th.Matt IshidaYamato "Matt" Ishida, known as simply Yamato Ishida (石田 ヤマト Ishida Yamato?) in Japan is a member of the original DigiDestined. Matt lives with his father alone in Odaiba due to a divorce between his parents. This leads to an awkward relationship between his mother and himself, as he feels that they treat each other more as strangers instead of family, as well as pressures him to prioritize T.K.'s safety. In the English version, there was a dub error where Matt indicates that they are half-brothers when in fact they were full brothers.Matt is regarded as "cool" by his peers and is seen as a "born rebel" who "prefers to do things his own way." However, he can be passionate and emotional as well and behind his façade, lies an "introspective, sensitive side" that comes mostly through his younger brother T.K, whom he is fiercely protective of. He takes caution in the Digital World and often clashes with Tai Kamiya because of the leader's recklessness. Matt owns a harmonica and plays it frequently, usually when he is resting.When Matt becomes separated from the rest of his group after Devimon divides File Island into separate fragments, Matt remains with Gabumon during this time until they meet Tai and Agumon again. They eventually reunite with the rest of their group at The Primary Village after protecting T.K. from Leomon who had been under the control of a Black Gear at the time. Soon afterwards, Matt and the others learn about their role as the DigiDestined and subsequently defeat Devimon after T.K.'s partner digimon, Patamon digivolves to Angemon.After Devimon's defeat, The DigiDestined are contacted by a man named Gennai who instructs them on the next phase of their adventure. When a Kuwagamon attacks the DigiDestined, Piximon appears and saves them. Whilst training with him, Matt finds his "Crest of Friendship". When Tai and Agumon are transported back to the real world after Etemon's defeat, Matt and the other DigiDestined split up to find him. Matt stays with his younger brother T.K. and Patamon and they eventually come across an abandoned theme park. Matt decides to ride a swan shaped boat around the nearby lake and promises T.K. that he will be back in a few hours but he and Gabumon become lost and eventually wind up at a restaurant where they find Joe working off his debt. Matt elects to stay with Joe and help him work off his debt but becomes increasingly frustrated with him when he continually causes accidents which force them to continue working. Some time later, Tai arrives at the restaurant along with Agumon, T.K. and Patamon and suggests that they all leave together but Matt refuses to go anywhere with Joe, accusing him of do everything wrong on purpose. Digitamamon and DemiDevimon then attack the group and T.K. is captured by Vegiemon but Joe intervenes and saves him, only to be captured himself. Matt is touched by Joe's willingness to help T.K, despite his treatment of him, activating his "Crest of Friendship" and allowing Garurumon to digivolve into WereGarurumon who then defeats Digitamamon and scares away Vegiemon. After the battle, the boys decide to split up into groups (with Matt staying with T.K.) to follow separate readings on their Digivices in the hopes that it will lead them to their friends.After reuniting with his allies and reassembling their group, Matt and the others learn of Myotismon's scheme to enter the real world to find and kill the eighth DigiDestined child. They all pursue Myotismon and his forces and eventually discover that the eighth DigiDestined child is in fact Tai's younger sister Kari and that her partner Digimon is Gatomon. Although Myotismon is initially defeated by Angewomon, he returns soon afterwards as VenomMyotismon. During this time, Gennai informs the DigiDestined of a prohecy which leads to Gabumon and Agumon warp digivolving into their mega forms, MetalGarurumon and WarGreymon after Matt and Tai are shot with arrows of Hope and Light from Angemon and Angewomon respectively. Together with help from the remaining DigiDestined, they are able to defeat VenomMyotismon but are forced to return to the Digital World straight afterwards to do battle against The Dark Masters. It is during this time that Cherrymon (a Digimon working for Puppetmon) tricks Matt into thinking that he doesn't have any friends and that Tai is his rival. This leads to a heated argument between the two and a confrontation between their Digimon which culminates in Matt's departure from the group and the temporary disbandment of the DigiDestined. However, Matt and MetalGarurumon would briefly reunite with the others to aid them in defeating Puppetmon. After Puppetmon's defeat, Matt falls into a state of depression but with Gabumon's continued companionship, he is able to overcome this. They reunite with Joe and Gomamon soon afterwards and help Sora to overcome her doubts as well. They along with their allies, eventually defeat Piedmon, the last of the Dark Masters and later, Apocalymon as well. After Apocalymon's defeat, Matt and his friends are forced to leave the Digital World as it begins its restoration.In the sequel, Digimon Adventure 02, Matt becomes more mature and easy-going. He forms a band with three other classmates called the Teen-age Wolves (stylized TEEN-AGE WOLVES) and serves as their lead vocalist and bassist. He makes fewer appearances as he relinquishushes most of his responsibilities to Davis Motomiya, the leader of the new generation of DigiDestined but provides assistance and guidance when needed. By the end of the series, Matt becomes an astronaut where he became the first person on Mars when he was supposed to go to the Moon.Matt's character was designed for the pilot movie storyboard by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru. In an exclusive interview released with the Digimon Adventure DVD box on December 21, 2007, producer Satoru Nishizono revealed that as the staff had agreed on deciding Tai's name, he had tried to name the other characters similarly with kanji that related to "luck." Jeff Nimoy, co-screenwriter of the English version of Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, noted that if there were anything he could change about Matt, it would be making him "less indecisive", citing his complication of adapting the script of the scene where Matt confronts his feelings in a cave with Gabumon.In the Japanese version, excluding the pilot film Digimon Adventure, all of Matt's appearances were voiced by Yūto Kazama, although he auditioned for Gabumon and Joe. Masami Kikuchi auditioned for Matt, but was cast as Joe instead. At first, Kazama felt that he couldn't voice a "pretty boy character" like Matt, but later discovered he related to him and ultimately felt as though he "lived as [him]." In the English dub, Matt is voiced by Michael Reisz.Matt is one of the most popular characters in the Digimon Adventure series. In a series of online polls conducted on Toei Animation's Digimon website, Matt was ranked 1st by Japanese voters as their favorite DigiDestined. When the same question was asked three more times, his rank remained at 1st but fell to 2nd, losing to Kari. In addition to this, Matt is ranked 1st as the DigiDestined voters would want to switch places with, whom the voters would want as a brother, as the best-looking DigiDestined in the winter, and whom the voters would want as their boyfriend. He placed 2nd as the DigiDestined who voters related the most to, as the best-looking DigiDestined in the summer, and as the best-looking DigiDestined in the autumn, and as the DigiDestined who voters thought was the strongest. In addition to this, Matt's harmonica ranked 1st for the indiv