90s Virtual Pets, SVES and the return of Digimon – Cartoons With A Robot
Hiya kids. It’s been a minute since I took the time but welcome back to Cartoons With A Robot! Today’s discussion brings us to one of my favorite animated series, Digimon. And the upcoming Digimon Adventure Tri! As a child you don’t think about why you ike something, you just do. You’re ability to express interest and fascination with something isn’t developed enough to explain why one thing makes you happy and onething doesnt. I first saw Digimon when it premiered on Fox Kids in the fall of 1999. The promo hooked me instantly. Then again I was also 9 years old and easily entertained. But I was instantly hooked on Digimon: Digital Monsters. I followed for three seasons before Fox Kids was cancelled and my tastes in media began to actually develop. A little less Saturday morning cartoon, a little more Toonami Midnight Run & Saturday Video Entertainment System. Does anyone even remember the Saturday Video Entertainment System?
For months Digimon fans have been salivating as they wait for some kind of news to be released about the upcoming Digimon Adventure Tri. A continuation of the original Digimon Adventure animated series. Digimon gained steam as a toy during the virtual pet boom of the mid to late 1990s. (I had one, that I quickly lost when it fell out of an 8 story window. My mother and I have yet to forgive each other.) An animated series hit Japanese television screens in March of 1999, and quickly in North America shortly after that. However Digimon never quite gained the same steam as it’s main competitor, Pokemon. Many have said that what Pokemon lacks for in storytelling, in television and film, Digimon more than made up for. But the Pokemon franchise has thrived where many of it’s counterparts, including Digimon, have struggled. It will never be the powerhouse that Pokemon became, but Digimon has maintained a cult status across the globe. Enough of one for Toei Animation to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the series by reviving the original series’ mythos with the upcoming Digimon Adventure Tri.
Fans were encouraged to visit the official Digimon website and rub digital eggs once a day until they hatch (Digimon Adventure fans understand the significance of this act.) Toei did not anticipate the swift activity of their fans; they came in droves of the hundred-thousands. With every hatched egg fans got a glimpse into what was in store with the latest installment of the Digimon franchise. With the series set for the spring 2015 release fans continued to be patient while waiting for an official announcement from Toei Animation.
Well they got a whole lot more than they were expecting yesterday when Toei Animation announced that there was no Digimon Adventure television series coming, instead Digimon Adventure Tri will be released as a six part film series featuring the original cast of character’s from 1999’s Digimon Adventure, expanding on storylines created during that original series. A teaser trailer, seen below, was released to satiate fans a bit longer until the first film finally hit theaters this November in Japan. Digimon Adventure Tri: Senkai (‘Reunion’ in english) will premiere on November 21, 2015.
I have the utmost faith in the team put together for these productions, though I’ll admit I’m bitter that no one thought to reach out to Chiaki Konoka. His work on Digimon Tamers is arguably the best piece of storytelling to come out of the Digimon franchise( and the best animation too.)