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Digimon Frontier

Digimon Frontier (デジモンフロンティア Dejimon Furontia?) is the 4th Digimon TV series first broadcast in 2002. After prompted to do so by unusual phone messages, the five main characters go to a subway station and take a train to the Digital World. Once there, they meet two secondary characters, Bokomon and Neemon, who act as guides, and tell the DigiDestined that the Digital World is in danger. They must fight the antagonist, Cherubimon and his Legendary Warrior servants before they succeed in dominating the world; it's up to the children to save it. Unlike previous series, where the protagonists had their own Digimon, the DigiDestined actually transform into Digimon themselves, with each DigiDestined having a Human Spirit form and a Beast Spirit form.


PlotEdit

Long ago, a group of ten Digimon sacrificed themselves to defeat an ultimate evil that threatened the Digital World. These Ancient Warriors created artifacts from their data, the twenty "Spirits" (ten Beast spirits and ten Human spirits, one of each for each element), before leaving the Digital World in the care of the three Celestial Digimon. However, one of the three, Cherubimon begins a reign of terror. To counter this, the Celestial Digimon Ophanimon summons five children from the human world into the Digital World via the train-like Trailmon. There, these five Digi-Destined find their respective Human Spirits and "Spirit Evolve" into Digimon, the Legendary Warriors. However, while finding their respective Beast Spirits, the five find themselves hunted by five other Legendary Warriors that serve Cherubimon (for five of these spirits were given to the care of Cherubimon before his corruption).

After they defeat four of them (JP destroys one, another loses his Beast Spirit to Koji and is destroyed by Duskmon for being useless, Zoe destroys another and Takuya destroys the last one), Koji Minamoto discovers that Duskmon, the fifth evil Legendary Warrior, is really his twin brother Koichi Kimura. With Takuya Kanbara's help, Koji is able to free his brother, and Kouichi restores the Spirits of Darkness to their true forms and joins the team as the true Warrior of Darkness, Löwemon.

After they defeat Cherubimon, who is killed by Takuya as EmperorGreymon, the DigiDestined learn that the true mastermind was the very evil the Ancient Warriors sealed away within the Digital World's core, Lucemon. So now the six DigiDestined must try to defeat the two Royal Knights who were sent by Lucemon to scan all of the Digital world's data to complete his rebirth. Ultimately Takuya and Koji succeed in defeating the Knights, but not before they destroy and scan the whole digital world and free Lucemon (who scans the Royal Knights after the DigiDestined defeat them, allowing him to evolve to a more powerful form than he was before). At this point, after defeating Takuya and Koji as EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon, Lucemon destroys the Digital World's moons. He then began opening a portal to the real world: a portal that leads to the underground train station in which the DigiDestined were brought. He is confronted by the Digidestined who try to attack him with a mutli hit tactic, fighting together as a complete team. However Lucemon ends up killing Koichi (who sacrificed himself to save the others). Forming the ultimate Legendary Warrior Digimon Susanoomon by combining all the spirits in Takuya and Koji, Lucemon is defeated and scanned. However, all of his evil transforms into another form of Lucemon, one of pure evil, which tries to go to the real world. Having almost given up, the spirits of the Ten Legendary Warriors come to life, along with the spirits of Ophanimon, Cherubimon and Seraphimon, giving the kids new hope. Together, they all form a seemingly more powerful Susanoomon, and defeat and ultimately destroy Lucemon (at least the evil part of Lucemon) once and for all, giving the Digital World its data back, ultimately restoring its true form. The children go back to the real world and find that an hour hasn't even passed since they left (only a 1/2 hour at most). They find Koichi, who they discover was only in the Digital World for having been in a coma for falling down a flight of stairs. He then wakes up when Koji arrives, leading everyone into living happily ever after, having the events of the Digital World change them forever.

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of Digimon Frontier characters

Main charactersEdit

Character Voice actor
Takuya Kanbara

Kanbara Takuya (神原拓也)
Jeong-Hoon Woo

Michael Reisz, Dave Wittenberg (EN)
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
Jeong-Shin Woo (KO)
Leader of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Flame to become Agunimon (Agnimon) and the Beast Spirit of Flame to become BurningGreymon (Vritramon). He later received the power to assume the forms of Aldamon (Ardhamon) and EmperorGreymon (KaiserGreymon).
Koji Minamoto

Minamoto Kōji (源輝二)
Hyeon Seon-Woo

Steve Staley (EN)
Hiroshi Kamiya (JP)
Sang-Hyeon Eom (KO)
He was quiet and reserved, the "lone wolf." Uses the Human Spirit of Light to become Lobomon (Wolfmon) and the Beast Spirit of Light to become KendoGarurumon (Garmmon). He later received the power to become Beowolfmon (Beowulfmon) and MagnaGarurumon.
Junpei "J.P." Shibayama

Shibayama Junpei (柴山純平)
Do-Yeong Ahn

Steven Blum (EN)
Masato Amada (JP)
In-Sook Han (KO)
The oldest of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Thunder to become Beetlemon (Blitzmon) and the Beast Spirit of Thunder to become MetalKabuterimon (Bolgmon).
Izumi "Zoe" Orimoto

Orimoto Izumi (織本泉)
Eun-Bi Go

Michelle Ruff (EN)
Sawa Ishige (JP)
Seon-Yeong Bak (KO)
The main female member of this series, and is very independent. Uses the Human Spirit of Wind to become Kazemon (Fairymon) and the Beast Spirit of Wind to become Zephyrmon (Shutumon).
Tomoki "Tommy" Himi

Himi Tomoki (氷見友樹)
Ga-Ram Jin

Brianne Siddall (EN)
Kumiko Watanabe (JP)
Hyeon-Seo Ahn (KO)
The youngest of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Ice, to become Kumamon (Chakmon) and the Beast Spirit of Ice to become Korikakumon (Blizzarmon).
Koichi Kimura

Kimura Kōichi (木村輝一)
Yoon Seon-Woo

Crispin Freeman (EN)
Kenichi Suzumura (JP)
Han-Ho Shin (KO)
Koji's twin brother. He and Koji were separated as babies when their parents divorced. Originally lost his memory and became Duskmon/Velgemon, an enemy to the others, but later became purified. Uses the Human Spirit of Darkness to become Löwemon and the Beast Spirit of Darkness to become JägerLöwemon (KaiserLeomon).

Secondary charactersEdit

  • Bokomon & Neemon: Duo of Digimon who follow the DigiDestined on their adventures in the Digital World.
  • The Three Celestial Digimon: The three digimon chosen to rule the Digital World after the fall of Lucemon.
  • Original Legendary Warriors: The Warriors who defeated Lucemon prior to the series.
    • AncientGreymon (Movie): Warrior of Flame, consist of Agunimon (Human) and BurningGreymon (Beast).
    • AncientGarurumon (Movie): Warrior of Light, consist of Lobomon (Human) and KendoGarurumon (Beast).
    • AncientBeetlemon (AncientBeetmon): Warrior of Thunder, consist of Beetlemon (Human) and MetalKabuterimon (Beast).
    • AncientKazemon (AncientIrismon): Warrior of Wind, consist of Kazemon (Human) and Zephyrmon (Beast).
    • AncientMegatheriumon: Warrior of Ice, consist of Kumamon (Human) and Korikakumon (Beast).
    • AncientSphinxmon: Warrior of Darkness, consist of Löwemon (Human) and JägerLöwemon (Beast).
    • AncientVolcamon: Warrior of Earth, consist of Grumblemon (Human) and Gigasmon (Beast).
    • AncientTroiamon: Warrior of Wood, consist of Arbormon (Human) and Petaldramon (Beast).
    • AncientMermaimon: Warrior of Water, consist of Ranamon (Human) and Calmaramon (Beast).
    • AncientWisemon: Warrior of Steel, consist of Mercurymon (Human) and Sakkakumon (Beast).
  • Allies:
  • Evil Legendary Warriors (5-32, 42, 50): Originally Cherubimon's minions. Their spirits would later on appear to help the DigiDestined against the Royal Knights and then again against Lucemon.

VillainsEdit

FamilyEdit

  • Yuriko & Hiroaki Kanbara: Takuya's mother and father.
  • Shinya Kanbara: Takuya's brother. He and Takuya often fought each other, like most siblings.
  • Kousei Minamoto: Kouichi's and Koji's father. He took custody of Koji when he divorced Tomoko and told Koji that she was dead. He later remarried Satomi.
  • Satomi Minamoto: Koji's stepmother. She was depressed when she thought that Koji did not love her because he thought about his biological mother.
  • Tomoko Kimura: Koji's & Kouichi's biological mother. She took custody of Kouichi when she divorced Kousei. Though she suffered from sickness, she continued to work because she knew she had to support Kouichi.
  • Tomoki's brother / Yutaka Himi: Tommy's older brother. He did not want Tommy to become spoiled, so he kept telling Tommy not to keep asking their parents for everything. This created a distance in their relationship. In the Japanese version, Tommy simply referred to him as 'brother.' The American dub gave him the first name of Yutaka—possibly because it is an anagram of 'Takuya,' Tommy's surrogate older brother, friend and hero.

Other childrenEdit

These are all the other children that were brought by the Trailmon but not chosen to receive a spirit. Ophanimon sent them a message asking them to go home but they chose not to. Ophanimon sent Angemon to protect them, but they thought of Angemon as their Digimon and ignored what he told them. At some point in time, they came to the Beanstalk Village, where the Pidmon gave them the last of their peas. The group planted the peas where a giant bean stalk used to be, and it grew into another beanstalk. After Angemon was killed by the Royal Knights they decided to go back to the real world, but the Royal Knights captured them and took them back to the Beanstalk Village and demanded to know where the code was. After Takuya and crew saved them, they boarded a Trailmon and went back to the real world.

  • Katsuharu: He bullied Tommy in the past and forced him onto the Trailmon that brought him to the Digital World. He seemed to be the group's unofficial leader.
  • Teppei: He also bullied Tommy in the past. He told Tommy to go back because he thought he was too weak to stay. When he saw Tommy beast spirit evolve, he took back what he said.
  • Chiaki: She felt she could become stronger if she stayed in the Digital World.
  • Teruo: He felt that his old life was boring and that he was more free in the Digital World.

MediaEdit

Anime television seriesEdit

Main article: List of Digimon Frontier episodesThe series aired 50 episodes on Fuji TV in Japan from April 7, 2002 to March 30, 2003.

The show then aired later on UPN, ABC Family Channel, and Toon Disney in the United States, and in Canada on YTV from September 9, 2002 to July 14, 2003 but the Digimon Tamers US logo remains. It was scheduled to air in the United Kingdom on Fox Kids UK, and much more recently Jetix UK, but it never happened (a fate shared by the third season of Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon S)). On June 2, 2003, this series of Digimon was first aired in Australia on Network Ten's Cheez TV.

The German version of the series first aired in Austria on ATV Plus from December 22, 2003 to March 4, 2004 and in Germany on RTL 2 from February 16 to April 27, 2004.

The Latino American version was first aired from March to June 2003 on weekdays at 8:30 p.m. (-4 GMT) on Fox Kids. The first four episodes were aired on Sunday during the Digimon Tamers marathon.

Theme songsEdit

Opening theme
Ending themes
  • "Innocent ~Mujaki na Mama de~" (イノセント〜無邪気なままで〜 Inosento ~Mujaki na Mama de~?, "Innocent (Remain Innocent)") by Kōji Wada
    • Episodes: 1-26
  • "an Endless tale" by Kōji Wada and Ai Maeda
    • Episodes: 27-50
Insert songs

Differences in the English dubEdit

[1][2]A deleted dub scene from episode 15*The opening in the English dub is brand new consisting mostly of clips from the original Japanese opening and original Japanese ending.

  • In episode 6, the dub cut out two minor scenes: the first showing a hand print on J.P.'s face after Zoe slaps him, and the second showing Koji hitting Takuya on the head with a stick.
  • In episode 9, a short scene where Tommy attacks Zoe with a burning stick (with Koji leaping in front of her to defend her), is cut from the dub.
  • In episode 11, the fraudulent fortune telling methods of Gekomon and Sepikmon were changed in the English dub. In the original Japanese version, Gekomon "uses the momentum from getting drunk on sake to tell the future", while Sepikmon hits people on the head with his boomerang and reads the cartoon stars that circle the person's head to tell their fortune.
  • In episode 13, the dub cut a scene where Arbormon chokes Deramon.
  • In episode 15, a scene where the words "Sexy Dynamite" was shown in the background was edited out. The scene depicted Zoe Orimoto in a red bikini.

Anime filmEdit

Main article: List of Digimon films

Audio dramaEdit

This audio drama[1] takes place during their adventures in the Digital World. The children find a mailbox and decide to write letters to the people they care about, expressing things that they normally cannot say.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ English translation of Digimon Frontier CD Drama

External linksEdit

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