Digimon: Digital Monsters Season 1 Review (Anime)

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Plot “Seven kids at summer camp are mysteriously transported to another reality, where they are befriended by a group of strange creatures who call themselves “Digimon”, Digital Monsters. The seven children are now dubbed as the DigiDestined, tasked with protecting the Digital World from evil Digimon like Devimon. Can they save the Digital World and find a way back home?”

Finally after so many years Digimon is available on DVD in the UK. You don’t realise how happy I am to say that! I’ve been an avid follower of Digimon since the show first debuted here in 2000, and now thanks to Toei Animation and Manga UK it’s possible to own the complete first (and best) series of Digimon whereas before it’s only been possible to buy the first 8 episodes on discs. So for a series based on the virtual pet craze of the 90’s how does the series hold up 16 years later?

So it begins with our goggle headed protagonist Tai and his friends enjoying the sun and relaxing at their schools annual summer camp. That is until a freak snowstorm spoils their fun and an oddly placed aurora borealis shoots miniature digital devices at them. Their situation only gets worse as they’re sent hurtling into a new world filled with monsters. They’re quickly introduced to a group of friendly critters claiming to be their friends and calling themselves Digital Monsters, creatures who can evolve to higher forms in order to fight. This, along with its art style, lead people at the time to draw a lot of comparisons between this series and another popular kids anime that had released a little earlier, Pokemon. Comparing the two though would be a massive disservice, one focused on raising and competing monsters while the other had a fascination with technology and virtual reality. This was one of the reasons I feel in love with Digimon as well the fact the series had a slightly darker tone.

To read the full review head on over to NerdHub.com.

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