What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about the Digimon Adventure premiere! Not only is this the eighth anime series in the Digimon franchise and a reboot of the Digimon Adventure series, which began with the 1999. This is a great time for Digimon fans who have felt that this series for too long has fallen to the background while series like Pokemon continued to flourish over the years. Now some may read the words reboot and instantly find this to be a turnoff. However, I think there is something to be gained by re-imagining this world in the modern age of internet.
Off the bat, the new opener was something to get used to. You get so used to the nostalgia from the old one, that it was an adjustment that they would also try for something a bit more modern as well. Not a bad song, and I do have to give them some credit for carrying over some old animations at the very least.
From there, it was a lot of changes to what we remember about how the first episode played out. The camp trip wasn’t the moment where they fell into the Digital World for their adventure to begin. Neither were all of the other DigiDestined involved either. There wasn’t even that big bird Digimon who was their first experience with an enemy Digimon. Now is any of that a problem? Not at all, because the best thing that this reboot has going for it is that they adapted everything to modern times. Personally I loved that they pulled everything positive about Adventure Tri into this one. When you spend too much time in the Digital World, you miss out on how the Digital World is supposed to influence what goes on in the material world. And vice versa, you would miss out on understanding exactly what these kids and Digimon are supposed to be fighting for.
So it made sense that this time around the first problem would be one which affected Japan’s network. If they just dropped another humongous Digimon into a city? That would have been too easy. Just as easy as if they went through the same encounter with the bug looking Digimon in the old series. They made a statement this time around that the problem would be more internal, and having a real effect on the outside world.
As for the characters they focused on most, I was surprised that it ended up being Taichi and Koshiro (Izzy). Well not so much Taichi, but definitely Izzy who they now call Koshiro. Maybe that’s how it was with the sub, but as we were all kids, he was called Izzy. Either way, I enjoyed that he had a bigger part to play as someone who could properly bridge the gap between the material world and the Digital World. I honestly don’t think they took advantage of his skill set nearly as much as they could have in the original series. It was even cool that he went from having a tablet to a laptop. Beyond that, it was just smart that they would choose these two to connect rather than simply throwing the mismatch of Tai and Yamato (Matt) together.
That said, our introduction to Taichi was more the same. The same kid full of energy, ready to make new friends, and of course without a second thought willing to spring into action to save someone.
When it came to the action, once more I enjoyed that they went for the same approach as Adventure Tri. Less single move strikes, and more effort put into genuine combat. Agumon was hacking, slashing, flipping, and hitting consecutive fire without having to say the name of his Baby Flame repeatedly. There was an actual choreography to appreciate which I hope sets the tone for everything else to follow. Aside from that, the effects were great too. It went a long way seeing how Agumon and even Greymon could change the intensity of their blasts, and have everything look like it hit with impact. The same could be said for the virus Digimon too. If there was anything that someone might complain about, it might be the evolution animation. Its just one of those things where you get so used to seeing it one way, that it is hard to see it another way. Though with that said, it was hard to argue with seeing the appeal in the lightshow they still managed to pull off for that big moment. There was certainly more detail put into the actual transformation.
If anyone had their reservations about the reboot? I would say that the Digimon Adventure premiere “Tokyo: Digital Crisis!” put some of those worries to rest as a start. There’s still much more differences to explore in this new adventure, and I do hope that every opportunity is taken to make use of what it means for a story like this to take place in 2020 rather than 1999.