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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is a Bittersweet Swansong That Fails to Stick The Landing

Since 1999, the Digimon Adventure anime series has been a great source of entertainment, depicting the journeys of the Digidestined through a couple of anime series and a number of movies.

Last Evolution Kizuna is a film that serves as a celebration of the series’ 20-year run as well as the ultimate finale to the overarching story. Befitting this theme, the film poses the question: what happens to our Digimon when we grow up?

Note: While the English dubbed version of this film is not out yet, we will still refer to the characters and Digimon with their English-dubbed names, since those are more commonly known to English-speaking audiences.


The story begins with Tai, Kari, and T.K taking down a wild Parrotmon in downtown Tokyo before Matt comes in with Garurumon with the save. They soon meet up with Izzy, who was contacted by a professor named Menoa Belluci. Menoa has been investigating a curious case where several Digidestined around the world fall into comas.

They soon find out that a rogue Digimon named Eosmon is the culprit and, after a disastrous battle against it, both Tai and Matt find a timer on their Digivices. Menoa says this is an indicator that their time with their Digimon is coming to an end. Overall, the story is well-paced and wastes no time in getting things moving, though it is a little sad that the rest of the cast does not get as much screentime as Tai and Matt.


Though this movie is still somewhat of a sequel to the Digimon tri. series of movies, anyone who grew up with the original two Digimon Adventure animes can jump right into this finale. The story centres around Matt and Tai finding a way to avoid severing their connection with Gabumon and Agumon. Tech whizz Izzy and the entire Digimon 02 cast are there as supporting characters, while the rest of the Digidestined make sporadic appearances throughout the film.

The new character, Menoa Belluci, does get a lot of screentime devoted to her. The only problem is that her character arc is very reminiscent of another new character that was introduced in Digimon tri., so it can be quite predictable if you have been keeping up with current Digimon media.

Digimon Are The Champions

The best part of Last Evolution Kizuna is the many references and callbacks it makes to the rest of Digimon canon. The first battle in the movie is a callback to the first-ever Digimon battle in the series, Greymon versus Parrotmon, and there are cameos from characters that we have not seen in years.

One major criticism that Digimon tri. received, besides its haphazard and uneven storytelling, is the cast of Digimon 02 barely making a significant appearance in any of the six films. So, to make up for this, Davis, Ken, Cody, and Yolei all have significant roles in this movie and contributed to a lot of the plot. It is a shame that there’s no Imperialdramon in the film at all, though.


All in all, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna handles its subject matter and the central theme of “outgrowing Digimon” expertly, with an ending that is rightfully earned and might just bring a tear to your eye. However, there are a couple of things that kind of soften the impact of this ending.

Firstly, both Digimon tri. and Last Evolution Kizuna ensured that the epilogue that was shown at the end of 02 is canon: Matt somehow becomes an astronaut and Davis achieves his dream of owning a ramen shop. They could have easily retconned the epilogue but instead, they now exist and contradict each other.

Secondly, the Digimon: Adventure reboot anime series that debuted recently also makes this poignant ending lose its edge. Seeing a 22-year old Tai finally growing up and then switching to the reboot’s 10-year old Tai meeting Agumon for the first time can be quite the tonal whiplash. It’s almost as if Toei wanted to say goodbye to the franchise, while also keeping it alive with a total reboot with the exact same characters. It is as if they aren’t willing to fully let go of Digimon Adventure.

So, to reiterate, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, as a stand-alone movie and a swansong to the 20-year legacy of Digimon Adventure, is a great watch and a must-see for longtime fans. Diehard Digimon fans may have a few problems here and there, but it can honestly be much worse. Here’s hoping that Digimon Tamers gets the Kizuna treatment as well down the line.


The new Digimon Adventure: anime is moving alarmingly fast

In 1999, the anime Digimon Adventure debuted in Japan and North America, unleashing big-haired Tai, surly Matt, and their digital-monster companions upon the world. The franchise was reportedly more inspired by Tamagotchi than the similar Pokémon series — digimon originated on small devices that let players interact with and care for a single digital pet — but the anime, which debuted two years after Pokémon, positioned it conceptually as a direct rival for the popular pocket-monsters series.

As time passed, Digimon Adventure’s characters grew up, getting into high school (Digimon Adventure tri., which ran from 2015-2018) and moving into adulthood (Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna in February 2020). Now, however, the hands of the clock are moving backward. 2020 also marked the beginning of Digimon Adventure:, a reboot of the 1999 series streaming on Crunchyroll as it’s released in Japan. Tai and company are back, but they’re children again, now living through an all-new set of digital adventures.

The original series, directed by Hiroyuki Kakudō, transported the “DigiDestined” kids from the real world to a verdant island filled with monsters. The reboot, directed by Masato Mitsuka, takes them into the internet, which in the two episodes that have aired so far, is composed of a lot of empty space and line-covered blue blocks. (Think Tron, but less interesting.) Once inside the internet, the kids and their monster companions fight against cyberterrorist monsters who hack the system to crash real-world subway trains or launch nuclear missiles. That makes the stakes much higher than the fate of a fantasy realm totally separate from Earth.

Image: Toei Animation

The alarming thing about the new series is just how fast it’s moving. It doesn’t feel like a reboot meant to entice more people to the franchise. Digimon Adventure: is playing the hits as rapidly as possible, to mash its existing fans’ nostalgia buttons. Like their Pokémon counterparts, Digimon grow through Digivolution, turning into bigger, stronger monsters, going from In-Training to Rookies, then Champions, Ultimates, and Megas. The first series spent several episodes Digivolving the monsters one by one. The reboot has Agumon, Tai’s companion, hit his Champion level in the first episode, and when Matt is introduced, his Digimon is already at Champion level as well. The second episode introduces an even stronger Digivolution that the original anime only reached in the second movie, which took place after the series.

In other words, Digimon Adventure: is hitting the fast-forward button. It’s making the stakes the kids are dealing with much higher, and forcing the Digimon to evolve at a faster rate to accommodate that change. That escalation brings up the question of where the series is now supposed to go, as the dramatic engine that powered the original series is being used up at such a rapid pace. The idea of covering new ground rather than rehashing old events is exciting, but Digimon Adventure: hasn’t yet built a base for that kind of growth.

In moving so fast, the series has yet to reveal much about its cast. The three kids who’ve had the most screen time so far — Tai, Matt, and computer whiz Izzy — are defined by broad traits, and whatever investment the audience has in their success stems largely from the things they’re trying to prevent, rather than investment in the characters themselves. The reboot is relying on audiences being familiar with the original series and thereby carrying over their emotional ties to the characters. The rush through Digivolutions, presumably in order to get to new monsters, also suggests that the priority is on showing viewers something new, rather than showing them something fully fleshed-out and truly rebooted.

Image: Toei Animation

The way the internet is rendered is the most damning aspect of the show in that respect. Though the bland blue boxes and lines are pulled from the recent Digimon video games, they were the worst parts of the games, too, arguably just meant as a way to try to distinguish Digimon’s digital realm from Pokémon’s fantasy world. The latest Digimon games, which deal with similar themes about hacking and cyberterrorism, are the most fun when they let players travel back to the real world, simply because the amount of detail that goes into, say, recreating Tokyo can’t be fudged. By contrast, while the digital monsters are great, the vast empty spaces in the digital world are just dull. The internet feels empty and uninhabited in comparison to the forests and villages the original series featured, and even in comparison to the imaginative renderings of the internet in films like Ralph Breaks the Internet, or Tron: Legacy.

Though it’s nice to have Tai and company back, there’s no sign as of yet of the focus on friendship that made the original series so compelling, and the speed at which the monsters are going through their Digivolutions makes an overload seem inevitable. How are we meant to get to know these characters, real and digital alike, when they don’t stop moving? Given how quickly the first two episodes of the series have amped things up, finding time to actually slow down and develop these characters will be the key things to look for as the show progresses.

Kakudō made Digimon a gripping anime in its own right, and not just a Pokémon rival, by making the action serve the burgeoning relationships between the kids and their Digimon. Mitsuka, who previously worked on Digimon Fusion, a 2010-2011 series with all-new characters, has action down pat. But his take on Digimon Adventure:, at least in its early stages, lacks a sense of character both in terms of the world it takes place in, and the characters themselves.

[Correction: A previous version of this story indicated that Mamoru Hosoda directed all of the Digimon Adventure television series.]

New episodes of Digimon Adventure: are simulcast with subtitles on Crunchyroll every Saturday.

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Digimon Is Ending - and Rebooting - Its Original Continuity With a New Anime

Digimon Adventures is rebooting later this year, bringing back the original cast of DigiDestined for a new take on the classic series.

The recent announcement that the original characters from Digimon Adventures would be receiving a final send-off in the form of the upcoming Digimon: Last Evolution film meant that longtime fans had to say goodbye to some old favorites. But it turns out the DigiDestined aren't going away for long.

Later this year, Namco-Bandai will be rebooting the franchise, retelling the original Digimon Adventure series for a new generation in an entirely new anime series.

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According to AnimeNewsNetwork, an upcoming issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine has announced that Digimon Adventures will be receiving a brand new incarnation in the form of an upcoming television series. The premise should be familiar to fans of the original series, although the time-period and the characters have been updated for the modern-day. While preparing for a camping trip, Taichi (or Tai to Western audiences) is surprised to see a massive wireless network malfunction hit Tokyo. This sends most of the largely digital city into chaos.

While his mother and sister are stuck on a constantly looping train due to the confusion, Tai heads out to try and help them. But along the way, he and the rest of the children who become the original DigiDestined are swept up and into the Digital World. There, they'll be forced to contend with all the potential threats that exist in that plane of existence. But they'll be helped by their Digimon partners, friendly monsters that grow more powerful as they become closer to their human partner.

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While the trailer doesn't offer much in the form of new footage, it does imply what kind of series the new show will be. This seems to be a full reboot of the original run of the series, which was later confirmed by Bandai Namco.

This new series seems intent on retelling the events of the first Digimon Adventure series from a modern perspective. It's been confirmed that Agumon will still be Tai's Digimon partner, and the brief teaser released for the show implies that the rest of the cast will have their traditional Digimon partners as well. This will also make it likely that the series will tackle the initial storyline from the series (which centered on the DigiDestined trying to adapt to the Digital World and learning more about the power they share with their Digimon partner), which means the show can also introduce many of the classic fan-favorite characters, such as Leomon, Andromon and the fearsome Devimon.

Suddenly, the somber goodbye the original versions of the characters are getting in Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution takes on another very different light that makes perfect sense. That film gives fans the chance to say goodbye to the versions of the characters they grew up with, before setting up a whole new take on the premise. Technology and our collective understanding of it have changed radically since the original run of the show in the 1990s and early 2000s, so it makes sense to revisit the original story with more modern ideas and concepts. It's an exciting prospect for fans, especially with the original continuity effectively ending with Final Evolution.

Digimon: Final Evolution Kizuna will screen in select theatres across the United States on Mar. 25. Digimon Adventure comes to Japan in April.

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Digimon Adventure (2020 TV series)

2020 television anime created by Toei Animation

This article is about the 2020 reboot anime series. For the original 1999 anime series, see Digimon Adventure.

Digimon Adventure: (Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャー:, Hepburn: Dejimon Adobenchā:) is a Japanese anime television series. It is the eighth anime series in the Digimon franchise and a reboot of the original 1999 anime television series of the same name. The series premiered on Fuji TV in April 2020.


See also: List of Digimon Adventure (2020 TV series) episodes

In the year 2020, a series of cyber-attacks across Tokyo are the result of catastrophic events in another world within the internet, the Digital World, where creatures called Digimon roam. Taichi, a young boy gets transported to the internet and meets Agumon while they are attacked by a swarm of Argomon. They meet up with Yamato and his partner Gabumon and together they defeat the Mega Argomon as Omnimon.

While getting ready for summer camp, Taichi Yagami, Yamato Ishida, Sora Takenouchi, Koushiro Izumi, Mimi Tachikawa and Joe Kido are transported to the Digital World where they acquire Digivices and Digimon partners while learning that they have been chosen to stop the Dark Digimon causing attacks both the Network and the Digital World. They are lured into a fake Tokyo dimension where Eyesmon, another opponent attacks them. Omnimon is able to destroy Nidhoggmon (Eyesmon’s Mega form) before the countdown to annihilate the real Tokyo in the Real World happens.

They are joined by Takeru Takaishi, Yamato's brother on their mission to stop Devimon, an evil Digimon who rules the Cloud Continent. Later, after Devimon’s defeat, on the Eternal Continent, they are joined by Taichi's sister Hikari and her partner Tailmon, who serves as their guide to the Sealed Grounds, where Millenniummon, an ultimate weapon of the Dark Digimon, is to be revived. Unfortunately, Millenniummon’s servants, Vademon and Sakkakumon were able to restore Millenniummon’s body, and was unleashed in an attempt to destroy the entire Digital World, but was defeated by WarGreymon with the hopes of the friendly Digimon the Chosen Children befriended in their adventure.

And finally, after Millenniummon’s defeat, all eight Chosen Children must discover the true power of the Crests in their Digivices to stop Negamon from bringing the Great Catastrophe (and also learn that Omnimon can stop Negamon). Taichi and Agumon encountered the Argomon again, and this time meet a humanoid Argomon sent by Negamon to test Taichi and Agumon’s bond. After reuniting with each other, the Chosen Children face a swarm of Soundbirdmon, who digivolve to their true form, Ghoulmon. After Ghoulmon’s defeat, Negamon was released from its prison and begins the Great Catastrophe. The Chosen Children come face to face with their final enemy after defeating the humanoid Argomon. A brutal battle between Negamon and the Chosen Children begins, and later, Negamon digivolves into Abbadomon and destroys the physical forms of four of the Chosen Children while Taichi, Hikari, Takeru and Yamato continue to fight Abbadomon. The hopes of the humanity restore the four children back into their physical forms and enable Agumon and Gabumon to fuse into Omnimon. Taichi, Yamato and Omnimon enter inside Abbadomon where they confront the core body. After a great battle, Omnimon destroys Abbadomon for good, and peace of both worlds were restored.

In the epilogue, Taichi chooses to remain in the Digital World with Agumon.


Main article: List of Digimon Adventure (2020 TV series) characters



The series was officially announced in the March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine on January 20, 2020.[11] The project was developed independently and in the same period of time as the theatrical release of Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, by producer Hiroyuki Sakurada and series director Masato Mitsuka, initially together behind Digimon Xros Wars and Dragon Ball Super. Matsuki Hanae and Naoko Sagawa are also the producers, Atsuhiro Tomioka is supervising the series scripts, Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru returns from Digimon Adventure to design the characters, Akihiro Asanuma is the chief animation director, Ryouka Kinoshita is the art director, Toshiki Amada is in charge of art setting.[12]

The opportunity of a reboot of the original Digimon Adventure series was hoped for since the days of Digimon Adventure tri. by Hiroyuki Sakurada, then producer of Dragon Ball Super. Sakurada expressed that the stopping point of the original Adventure series reached on its twentieth anniversary by Last Evolution Kizuna was "sad", but opportune to be able to propose, produce this reboot and deliver it in its current form, terming it as a proper Digimon entry that wasn't for the "children of the past", but for a new generation of children "And in order to introduce it to them, what better way to do it than to start from the beginning one more time with Digimon Adventure?" while mentioning the difficulties encountered to find the right timing back then, as the production team wanted to broadcast Digimon again on Fuji TV at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning "To secure that timeslot and produce content for it, you need the right timing and right elements for all sorts of things. Without such a close gamble, it’s difficult to produce a TV anime".[13] The nine o'clock slot on Sunday morning is the historical timeslot for the first five Digimon series on Fuji TV, from 1999 to 2007.

The original Digimon Adventure staff, working on the movie Last Evolution Kizuna, was not consulted for this project. Masato Mitsuka was referred as a director representing the younger generation, "He ensures the future of Toei Animation, as well as the rest of its staff." considered Hiroyuki Sakurada.[13]


Hiroyuki Sakurada indicated that the highlights of this series would be the battle scenes, the "special trait" of each Digimon and how they would deal with the abilities of the Digimons that will attack them.[14] Atsuhiro Tomioka announced that as many different Digimon as possible will be shown, defining it as a festival "according to the situation, without holding back".[14]

"Our important task is to make sure things come across to the viewer as cool" stated Masato Mitsuka and specified that, although they were very enthusiastic about wanting to show off the pride of a Digimon of the Champion-level, they had trouble thinking about how to portray "cool" action sequences using the physics of the Digimon and especially Greymon, compared to Son Goku and his panoply of attacks in the director's work on Dragon Ball Super ; Mitsuka also claimed in August 2020 that the Digimon will reach the Mega-levelvery quickly, so in the long run, the time Agumon will actively spend as a Greymon will be gone ; calling Omegamon one of the most impressive "symbols" of Digimon to this very day with many derivatives. Its appearance and the when and how in the series were determined even before Mitsuka was brought into the project.[13]

In response to the Japanese media outlet What's In, calling the first three episodes "A start close to be a cinematic project, yet chaotic" by the story developments ; Sakurada said that the intention behind it was to display freshness without waiting. For Mitsuka, the overuse of privileged segments in the animation[15] for a TV anime was to show Greymon ; and Omegamon looking "cool" from its first fight, in order to leave just as much of a strong impression on those new viewers as on the old ones, a proper action-like depiction of it being uncommon in the previous projects, special circumstances protecting it for very particular moments, this production aimed to depict Omegamon as the miracle that appears after overcoming great difficulties "May each of its appearances in this new TV series be a chance to make it fight powerful enemies, while displaying his strength and a status of crisis saviour".[13] Mitsuka wanted to portray children actively fighting in the fights, a story in which the children participate with a keen awareness of what they have to save. "The children feel an obligation and a determination to "do something" [...] The central theme of the series' direction is "a person and a creature" in both battle and adventure. It is the "way of life" that seduces me, my vision of the link between the two".[13]

Producer Sakurada invited children to have the feeling of traveling through this anime "even if they are stuck at home [...] From the jungle to the oceans, discover a vast world without constraints"; by experiencing things that had become difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in August 2020.[13] Atsuhiro Tomioka has been called to be the main screenwriter of the project, with the request of Toei Animation to take the manga Digimon Adventure V-Tamer 01 as a reference. "Of course, [Taichi] still works together with other allies, but we want him to be a heroic figure with a strong sense of responsibility and dependability. It's a willingness with the director and the production team to mix influences".[16]

The show premiered on April 5, 2020 on Fuji TV. Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, "the last adventure of Taichi and Agumon", was still on the big screens and in promotion up to the end of July 2020, due to the shutdowns and postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of movie theaters.[17] In mid-2020, Toei Animation Europe listed Adventure for 66 episodes.[18] On September 2, 2021, a 67th episode was announced.[4] Two weeks later it was confirmed the series would end with 67 episodes and be succeeded by Digimon Ghost Game.[19]


On March 30, 2020, Toei Animation organized an advertising campaign at Shibuya Stream, a retail complex in Tokyo's Shibuya district and in the Shibuya Station with posters and animations.[20] On March 19, 2021, Toei Animation unveiled a new key visual that hinted at new digivolved forms appearing within the series; with new taglines: "Everything of "Digimon Adventure" is Epic! The story reaches its climax!" and a marketing campaign based on the buzzword "Epic" (アツい) on social media.[21][22][23]

Broadcast and distribution[edit]

On March 6, the first trailer for the series was released, announcing the series' April 5, 2020 premiere date. Digimon Adventure: has been broadcast on Fuji Television, and became available for streaming on Netflix, U-NEXT, Bandai Channel, Anime Hodai and Docomo Anime Store in Japan.[24] On April 19 2020, Toei Animation announced that the fourth scheduled episode and new episodes would be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[25][26] A delay of about two months occurred until the return of the show; from April 26 to May 31, 2020 GeGeGe no Kitarō reruns in Digimon Adventure: timeslot.[26] Episodes were rebroadcast from Episode 1 beginning June 7.[27] Toei Animation later announced on June 19 that the series will resume broadcasting new episodes starting with Episode 4 on June 28.[28]

Crunchyroll began streaming the series starting April 4, 2020.[29] The series is distributed simultaneously by Crunchyroll in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the MENA and CIS zones, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa[30] with English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, German and Russian subtitles. The anime was also simulcast on Hulu (1-49)[31] and VRV[32] in the United States, AnimeLab (1-52)/Funimation ANZ (from episode 53-60) in Australia and New Zealand[24] and iQIYI (1-48)[33] in Southeast Asia[34] with English subtitles and other languages including Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. In France, the anime is also available on Anime Digital Network and J-One.[35]

On May 2021, iQIYI stopped its simulcast at episode 48.[33]Hulu stopped its simulcast at episode 49, having bought a licence for the first forty nine episodes.[36] Previously released episodes remain available on demand ; the licensing agreement won't be renewed for further episodes during the simulcast. On August 11, 2021, AnimeLab and Funimation ANZ announced that they were unable to offer new weekly episodes.[37] Released episodes were no longer available on Funimation ANZ ; the licensing agreement won't be renewed during the simulcast.

Toei Animation Europe announced that the show would run for 66 episodes,[18] though on September 2, 2021, the episode count was official changed to 67 episodes on Bandai's calendar.[4] The series will end on September 26, 2021 with a total of 67 episodes and be succeeded by Digimon Ghost Game, at the same time on Fuji TV.[19]


Composer Toshihiko Sahashi was commissioned to write forty compositions by the director of the series, the idea explored was sounds played by a large orchestra. A first recording was conducted on February 25, 2020.[38] Two soundtrack albums were released by Nippon Columbia. The first volume on September 30, 2020[39] featuring 34 tracks and the second volume on August 25, 2021, for 31 tracks.[40]

The opening theme for the series is "Mikakunin Hikousen", performed by Takayoshi Tanimoto.[41][42] Tanimoto also sung three Insert Songs. The first is "Be The Winners", which is the theme song for the Champion level digivolutions,[41][43] the second is "X-treme Fight", which is the theme song for the Ultimate level digivolutions[41] and the third is "Break the Chain", which is the theme song for the Mega level digivolutions.

The first ending theme during episodes 1-13 is "Kuyashisa wa Tane" by Chiai Fujikawa.[44] The second ending theme during episodes 14-26 is "Q?" by Reol.[45] The third ending theme during episodes 27-38 is "Mind Game" by Maica_n.[46] The fourth ending theme during episodes 39-54 is "Overseas Highway" by Wolpis Carter and Orangestar.[47] The fifth ending theme during episodes 55-67 is "Dreamers" by the K-popboy bandAteez.[48]


Digimon Adventure: was distributed in Japan on DVD and Blu-Ray by Happinet: in a first box set on December 2, 2020 containing the first 12 episodes.[49] Episodes 13 to 24 were released in a second box set on March 3, 2021.[50] Episodes 25 to 36 were released in a third box set on June 2, 2021.[51] Episodes 37 to 48 were be released in a fourth box set on September 3, 2021.[52] Episodes 49 to 67 will be released in a fifth, and final, box set on February 2, 2022.[53]


Early responses[edit]

As the series is not only the reboot of the first generation, but also the first Digimon series to be simultaneously distributed around the world, the launch attracted a great amount of media coverage and critical reviews. First impressions of the series' debut episodes were mostly positive-to-mixed with production values being praised;[54][55] although criticized for noticeably recycled plot beats from previous productions and specifically the Digimon movie' Our War Game!, Joshua Graves of Comic Book Resources notes "When you recreate scenes directly -- save for a few minor alterations -- it comes across more as a disservice to fans."[56] Despite this praise, most critics were puzzled by the general approach and shared some concerns about the narrative,[57][58] possibilities of world-building,[59][58] character developments,[57] the way the show can keep the stakes presented meaningful;[57][58] and the series' potential for reaching a new audience due to the pace,[57][59][58] the lack of introductions and exposition[57][59] about the overall concept and the digivolutions as anything other than regarded as a "senseless plot boost" in this early stage;[56][13][58]

Polygon's Karen Han saw this reboot as not being aimed at a new audience, but aimed at mashing its existing fans’ nostalgia buttons in a minimum amount of time.[58] Still, the announcement and debut of the anime was encouraged by the qualities seen in the original series as an adventure developing emotional growth, its characters and their relationships to each other and themes relating to childhood, society and technology.[57][59][60]Digimon Adventure: is considered part of the reboots & revivals craze seen in the West and Japan in the early 2020s.[60][61]

Critical response[edit]

Digimon Adventure: received harsher responses and criticism through its run and, getting panned due to the overall structure, style, prioritization of the story and the lack of motivating ideas of the plot, as well as the absence of character, emotional and interpersonal dynamics developments,[62][63][64] "an absurd character psychology with no sense of wonder nor amazement";[65][66] and an excessive focus on Taichi,[67][63][64] sidelining the other characters in favor of "episode after episode of constant exhaustingly showdowns, fights and unearned power-ups".[62][63][64]Manga-News wrote, "Everything seems then artificial: The human-Digimon relationship exists only to bring some nekketsuesque situations and the new evolutions, only to bring some moneyshots".[66] Christopher Farris of Anime News Network stated that the writing tries to excuse a lack of development by saying the characters always had a defining destined relationship, as an excuse for consistently easy digivolutions, at-will, existing only to show power-ups that "we might recall" for characters that this iteration "counts on us to remember" to have any real interest or investment.[62]

Digimon Adventure: was named one of "The Worst Anime of 2020" by Anime News Network in their year-end selection.[68] Writing for Comic Book Resources, Laura Thornton stated that the show had a fatigued story, tiring not only for its characters but for the audience as well, with the single focus of creating spectacle through life-and-death battles; and wrote about the importance of the light-hearted episodes in the original series, but also with models such as My Hero Academia or Avatar: The Last Airbender; considering that constant spectacle of over-the-top fights "has long grown stale", Thornton also criticized how the series, reintroducing some talking Digimon after thirty episodes, portrayed the monsters essentially as victims who must be protected by Taichi rather than making them proper characters with a culture or unique problem.[64] Hannah Collins opined that this iteration has too often traded the adventure part and strong character work, which traditionally anchored each iteration of Digimon, for spectacle and near-constant separation of the main group.[63]

Polygon felt that Masato Mitsuka's take lacked a sense of character, both in terms of the world it takes place in, and the characters themselves.[58]Manga-News considered it as a lazy and a hardly praiseworthy work for such prolific figures,[66]Anime News Network described the reboot as a failure and a wasted attempt, criticizing the lack of planning of the staff behind it.[68] Observed as an attempt to turn Digimon Adventure into action-packed genres and to expand marketing with ingredients similar and compared to what was done with the Dragon Ball franchise in the 2010s;[67][66] the commercial target was considered ambiguous, for an age group undecided by its marketing, a loss of singularity by picking up current production codes to address the youngest, and elements from the first productions that appear to only serve as "aesthetic figures" defying any coherence and purpose such as the characters from vintage, the Crests, the titles of old episodes, etc. to address its long-time fans; Manga-News then questioned the legitimacy of such regarding the intentions of Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna.[66]Digimon Adventure: was regarded as predicated on a nostalgia simplified to "mere style references", power-ups and a feeling of false-familiarity.[62][67][58]

As the forty-episode mark was reached; what were considered to be the first demonstrations of development and interaction would be observed in the first filler episodes of the series;[63] these episodes also received a more favorable critical reception for their more episodic, calm and humorous tone.[69][70]

Public response[edit]

Responses from fans and spectators would be observed by various media and the international broadcaster as very mixed through its run. Comic Book Resources observed that the first three episodes divided fans about the direction the reboot was heading in,[56] Daniel Dockery, senior writer for Crunchyroll expressed his understanding of viewers' disappointment due to, among other things, the excessive focus on Taichi and said that the series doubled down on the aspects that the creators found to be the most appealing "Namely the idea of Taichi as a hero and the Digimon as combatants. I understand it if isn't everyone's cup of tea".[71]

Manga-News perceived that newcomers of all ages had turned away from the series due to a lack of introduction and a narrative that discouraged even regulars, and felt that the anime took "its youngest viewers for idiots".[66] Promotional images of episode 38 "The Blazing Blue Friendship", depicting crucifixions; went viral; spreading via memes from fans and nostalgics.[72]

Although the producer's ambition was to bring the franchise back "for a new generation of children";[13] Toei Animation declared that the series "struggled to acquire new audiences of children" in May 2021. The official reason given was the COVID-19 pandemic.[73]

TV ratings[edit]

Six episodes can be seen in the TV Rankings of Japanese Animation: Episode 6 "The Targeted Kingdom", on July 12, 2020 (for 2.9% rating),[74] episode 11 "The Wolf Standing Atop the Desert", on August 16, 2020 (for 2.3% rating),[75] episode 40 "Strike! The Killer Shot", on March 21, 2021 (for 2.6% rating),[76], episode 58 "Hikari New Life", on July 25, 2021 (for 1.9% rating),[77], episode 59 "Bolt, HerakleKabuterimon", on August 1, 2021 (for 2.3% rating),[78] and episode 60 "Vikemon Ventures the Glaciers", on August 8, 2021 (for 1.5% rating).[79] Due to the spread of COVID-19, from April 26 to May 31, 2020, it was Kitarō (2018) that was temporarily rerun in the slot of Digimon,[80] the repeats of the first episodes of Adventure: and its pilot aired from June 7, 2020 with unranked ratings.[81][82]


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Over is digimon

Digimon Adventure Fans Bid Farewell to the Reboot Following Final Episode

Digimon Adventure fans are bidding farewell to the reboot anime following the release of its final episode! Kicking off in Spring 2020, Toei Animation and Bandai celebrated the monumental 20th Anniversary of the Digimon franchise with a brand new take on the original Digimon Adventureseries released back in 1999. This reboot not only lasted much longer than the original series (capping off with an impressive 67 episode run), but offered a much different take on Tai and the other original DigiDestined than fans had been used to. Bigger battles, bigger enemies, and just a larger scope in general. 

The newest episode of the series officially brought the reboot to an end, and with it not only unleashed the biggest and most impressive battle in the series to date, but offered a new kind of ending that had not been seen for these particular DigiDestined before. Digimon Adventure has now ended Tai and Agumon's story three times in different canons (technically four if you count Digimon Adventure Tri. as something other than a bridge to Last Evolution Kizuna's proper ending), but this reboot had to have been the most open ended of them all. 

With the reboot anime now ended and the Digimon franchise getting ready for its next new entry already, fans are bidding the reboot goodbye following its final episode. Read on to see what fans are saying about Digimon Adventure:'s big series finale, and let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

Fantastic Art for the Final Battle!

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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna

2020 Japanese film

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution – Kizuna

Japanese Theatrical release poster

デジモンアドベンチャー Last Evolution 絆
Directed byTomohisa Taguchi
Written byAkatsuki Yamatoya
Produced byYōsuke Kinoshita
CinematographyTetsuya Kawata
Edited byKentaro Tsubone
Music byHarumi Fuuki[1]


Distributed byToei Company, Ltd.

Release date

  • February 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)

Running time

94 minutes[2]
Box office$24.2 million[3][4]

Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution – Kizuna (Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャー Last Evolution 絆, Hepburn: Dejimon Adobenchā Last Evolution Kizuna) is a 2020 Japanese anime adventure film produced by Toei Animation and animated by Yumeta Company.[5] The film was released in Japanese theaters on February 21, 2020.[6] Set in the same continuity of the first two Digimon television anime series, the film serves as the series finale of the original Digimon Adventure story.

On May 28, 2018, original Director of Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02, Hiroyuki Kakudo revealed he had quit the staff of Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna after something was approved that he claimed was incompatible with what the previous series had established.[7] On September 20, 2020, Producer Yosuke Kinoshita stated that Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is in continuity with Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Adventure 02: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals, and Digimon Adventure tri.. This included the end of the final episode of 02, set in 2028, where the DigiDestined are adults.[8]

Originally scheduled to have a limited release in the U.S. by Fathom Events, the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on cinemas.[9][10][11] The film was released in the U.S. on home media formats in October and received extremely positive reviews. Critics considered the film to be a satisfactory conclusion to the Adventure arc, praising the story, voice acting, animation, and mature themes. Many considered the film to be on par with that of Mamoru Hosoda's previous works on Digimon, as well as comparing the film favorably to Toy Story 3.[12][13][14][15][16]


Five years after the events of Digimon Adventure: tri., Tai and the other DigiDestined are approaching adulthood; however, Tai and Matt still remain undecided about their future goals. The DigiDestined later meet Menoa Bellucci, a professor at Columbia University in New York City, and Kyotaro Imura, her bodyguard. Menoa claims that Eosmon is targeting DigiDestined around the world by robbing both them and their Digimon partners of their consciousness. With Menoa's help, Tai, Matt, Izzy, T.K., and their Digimon fight Eosmon on the Internet.

When Tai and Matt fuse their Digimon into Omnimon, Omnimon's form falls apart, allowing Eosmon to escape. In the real world, Tai and Matt find countdown rings on their Digivices. Menoa explains the Digivices are powered by the infinite potential of children, and because Tai and Matt are growing up with their potential fulfilled, they have a time limit before they are separated from their Digimon forever. She also warns them that Digivolving will accelerate the countdown. While Izzy examines Eosmon's gems, Matt suspects Imura is involved with Eosmon and asks Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken to perform a background check in New York. Meanwhile, Gennai visits Tai and Agumon, corroborating Menoa's statement.

After Eosmon leaves Mimi unconscious, Matt gives Tai and Izzy prepaid mobile phones out of suspicion they are being tracked and also shows them a news article revealing that Menoa used to have a Digimon partner. As Matt continues to investigate Imura, he learns from Davis' group that Imura's identity is fake and Eosmon's data was found on his hard drive, deducing that he is the culprit. Izzy is sent a link to a live stream video of T.K. and Kari held hostage, prompting Tai and Matt to rescue them, while Joe goes missing. By the time they arrive, T.K. and Kari are already unconscious from Eosmon. On the way, Matt confronts Imura, who reveals he is an FBI agent investigating Menoa, and he realizes that Menoa orchestrated the kidnappings and Eosmon as a distraction to target Izzy for the list of DigiDestined. Realizing this as well, Izzy texts Tai with the coordinates to Menoa's location in the Digital World before she renders him unconscious.

In the Digital World, Menoa confirms that she lost her Digimon partner, Morphomon, prematurely from growing up, and discovered Eosmon's digi-egg during the recent aurora. To prevent the other DigiDestined from experiencing loss, she has captured their consciousness to allow them to be with their Digimon partners as children forever. Menoa sends a swarm of Eosmon clones to the real world to kidnap more DigiDestined, sparking battles worldwide. Tai, Matt, and their Digimon resolve to stop Menoa even if it quickens their separation, and Agumon and Gabumon DNA Digivolve into Omnimon to fight her and the Eosmon clones. After Menoa biomerges with Eosmon, Eosmon cuts Omnimon into pieces, causing it to split again. Tai and Matt are assaulted by the DigiDestined and their Digimon partners, but Tai grabs Kari's whistle and blows into it, awakening and turning them back to normal. While the DigiDestined and their Digimon partners join the battle, Tai, Matt, and their Digimon make one final Digivolution, forming Agumon (Bond of Courage) and Gabumon (Bond of Friendship). The two Digimon defeat Eosmon, with Menoa finding closure with Morphomon.

After the battle, Imura arrests Menoa. Tai and Matt spend their remaining time with Agumon and Gabumon respectively until they vanish and their Digivices turn into stone. In the following spring, Tai and Matt move on with their lives and pursue their dream careers, under the belief that they may see their Digimon partners again in the future.

Voice cast[edit]

See also: List of Digimon Adventure characters

The Japanese cast of Digimon Adventure tri. returned to reprise their roles. As was the case with that series of films, the DigiDestined characters from Digimon Adventure 02 were recast with new actors while their Digimon retained their original actors.

The English cast from Digimon Adventure tri. reprised their roles with two recast roles. As for the Digidestined and their Digimon from Digimon Adventure 02, all characters were recast to new actors with the exception of Ken, Veemon, and Wormmon who retained their original actors.


Japanese Logo of Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna

A new film project was announced on July 29, 2018 as part of the series' 20th anniversary.[23] The film, titled Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and written by Akatsuki Yamatoya, featuring animation by Yumeta Company.[24] It was then teased on Toei's YouTube movie account that Toei Animation is producing the film, and the rest of the staff and cast are returning to reprise their roles.[25] It premiered on February 21, 2020.[26]

Development for Last Evolution Kizuna started in 2017, whilst Digimon Adventure tri. was in the middle of airing. It was made as the staff realized the Digimon Adventure series was the most popular part of the Digimon franchise as a whole after the positive reception to Adventure tri., so they decided to make another Adventure movie for its 20th anniversary. Toei aimed the main cast to become far more likable as characters. While the teenagers were known as heroes in television series, they had yet to mature in the narrative to be appeal more to the audience.[27]

Before the film's release in the U.S., Comic Book Resources held an interview with Executive Producer Yosuke Kinoshita regarding the franchise itself and what he wanted the fans to take away from the film. During the interview, Yosuke stated, "As we go through life, I believe that it is not only success and joy that makes you grow as a person but also overcoming failure. Hard and sad realities are what keeps us alive. I'm sure there will be a lot of obstacles in the future, but let’s go live our lives forward strongly! This is the message that we are trying to convey."[28]

During the production of the English dub, Brian Donovan was supposed to reprise Davis Motomiya. Unfortunately, he was unable to because of a fault in his home studio and the role was recast to Griffin Burns.[29]


The film was released in Japanese theaters on February 21, 2020.[6] Set in the same continuity of the first two Digimon television anime series, the film serves as the finale to the original Digimon Adventure story.

The film was also scheduled to be released in its original Japanese format with English subtitles through Fathom Events in the United States on March 25, 2020, but was cancelled because of movie theater closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11][10][30] The film was set to be released direct-to-video in the United States on July 7, 2020[9] but production was delayed indefinitely on May 9, 2020.[31] On July 20, 2020, it was announced it will be released digitally on September 29, 2020, and on DVD/Blu-ray on October 6, 2020.[18]

The Japanese release of the DVD and Blu-ray was released on September 2, 2020 along with an audio drama to come with it on CD.[32]


Critical Reception of the film was very positive. Kambole Cambell from IGN gave the film a 9/10, stating, "An impressively bold and mature final installment, Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna realizes the full potential of its cast and the power of a definitive ending, driven by an inventive visual sensibility, exciting set-pieces, and heart-wrenching emotional stakes."[16]Common Sense Media gave the film a 4/5, stating, "This is a bittersweet coming-of-age story that manages to transcend the expected anime battles and action. For those coming into the movie without knowing all of the ins and outs of this particular anime universe, the movie's heady themes of life and death, growing up and moving on, and making your own way in the world are poignant, universal, and relatable."[15]

Polygon gave the film a positive review, stating, "It’s a love letter not only to the entire franchise, but to those who have grown up watching these characters throughout the years. This is the conclusion fans have been waiting for."[14]Comic Book Resources also gave the film a positive review, stating, "Last Evolution isn't a cinematic masterpiece (no surprise there) but what it is is a masterclass on how to age a long-running, commercial property with grace and bring it to a conclusion with dignity. The original DigiDestined's journey, as we once knew it, is over, but this isn't a story about putting away childish things."[13]

Critics praised the film for its themes of adulthood and, "letting things go."[14][15][16] Daryl Harding of Crunchyroll states that, "it is about growing up and letting go. For the characters, it’s hard to be a DigiDestined and still have a job – apparently saving the world doesn’t pay well. It’s not about them choosing what to focus on, it’s about them learning how to juggle both responsibilities without cracking."[12] Regarding the themes, IGN also felt that the film handled them very well, "It’s ultimately bittersweet, but the film’s embrace of change is tackled with inspiring optimism, positing that moving forward shouldn’t be treated as a loss, but as a new direction, definitively closing this chapter of Digimon Adventure while looking forward to what new things might spring from it." Regarding the themes, Polygon also stated "for those who are on board with the way the film handles the transition out of childhood, Last Evolution will be like saying goodbye to a childhood friend you don’t often speak to, but still hold close to your heart."

The film drew comparisons to Mamoru Hosoda's previous works on Digimon, as well as drawing comparisons to Toy Story 3.[13][14][15][16][12] Polygon stated, "Like Toy Story 3, Kizuna goes for a bittersweet conclusion that waves goodbye to childhood while suggesting that eventually, we all learn to find a balance between our responsibilities and our desires...Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna manages to be the best addition to the Digimon franchise since Mamoru Hosoda was at the helm. Its references to previous franchise installments, its surprising cameos, and its emotional story all help put a bow on 20 years of adventures, while providing a nice returning point for fans who may have skipped the underwhelming Tri series of films." IGN stated, "The hallmarks of Mamoru Hosoda (who directed the first Digimon movie along with a number of short films) are still in play, with simple yet creative visual distinctions between the digital world and in the real world, clean red lines used to draw characters while moving about the former, sometimes flattening their coloring as the space around them changes. The conclusion recalls the likes of Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, as a film that trusts its audience to be able to let go, though here with a more definitive and perhaps even more heart-wrenching finality."

Digimon Adventure 20th Memorial Story[edit]

Digimon Adventure 20th Memorial Story (Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャー20th メモリアルストーリー, Hepburn: Dejimon Adobenchā 20th Memoriaru Sutōrī) is a series of Japanese anime shorts related to Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, the first of which, To Sora, being a prequel set a day before the film. The rest feature side stories about the DigiDestined and their Partner Digimon going about their every day lives that were unable to make it into the film itself.[33][34]


No.[nb 1]Title Release
1"To Sora"
Transcription: "Sora e" (Japanese: 空へ)
November 22, 2019 (2019-11-22)[nb 2]
2"Hole in the Heart"
Transcription: "Kokoro no ana" (Japanese: 心の穴)
February 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)[nb 3]
3"Medical Student Joe Kido"
Transcription: "Igaku-sei Kido Jō" (Japanese: 医学生・城戸丈)
July 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)[nb 4]
4"The Desired Jogress Evolution"
Transcription: "Akogare no Jogress Shinka" (Japanese: あこがれのジョグレス進化)
October 16, 2020 (2020-10-16)[nb 5]
5"The Shibuya-ish Heroic Saga of Pump and Gotsu"
Transcription: "Panpu to Gotsu no Shibuya-kei buyū-den" (Japanese: パンプとゴツの渋谷系武勇伝)
December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25)[nb 6]


  1. ^On August 20, 2019 Toei Animation announced that they planned to create five anime shorts to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Digimon Adventure, and decided to fund them through Crowdfunding, opening a page on the crowdfunding website, Campfire. Starting on August 22, Japanese fans would have until October 2 to raise ¥10,000,000 for the shorts to funded, though stated that even if the funding project failed, the shorts would still be made using an alternate method.The crowdfunding was a success, finishing at 383% funded with a total of ¥38,336,588 raised.[35]
  2. ^The first episode, To Sora played between November 22, 2019 and January 9, 2020 as part of a Digimon Limited Base Pop-Up Theatre in Shibuya Parco. On January 31, 2020 Toei uploaded To Sora with both English and Japanese subtitles to their official YouTube page.
  3. ^The second episode, Hole in the Heart, aired as part of another Pop-Up Theatre between February 21, 2020 and April 16, 2020.
  4. ^The third episode, Medical Student Joe Kido, aired as part of another Pop-Up Theatre between July 10, 2020 and Septepmber 2, 2020.
  5. ^The fourth episode, The Desired Jogress Evolution, aired as part of another Pop-Up Theatre between October 16, 2020 and November 11, 2020.
  6. ^All five episodes, including the final episode, The Shibuya-ish Heroic Saga of Pump and Gotsu, shipped on Blu-ray Disc to backers on December 25, 2020.


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  21. ^Twitter: "モルフォモン役させてもらったっていうのもあるけど…ほんとに全体的なあの感動をもう一度…"
  22. ^jeffnimoy (@jeffnimoy) "I can finally announce that I return to the Digimon franchise to voice Tentomon, Kabuterimon, and Young Genai, and I adapted the script into English as well. I did not voice direct. Hope you fans love it as much as I loved working on it!" April 20, 2020, 18:31 PM. Instagram
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Digimon: Last Evolution Kizuna Producer Talks Conclusions and Cameos

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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna is the final chapter for the original DigiDestined, and after two decades, the franchise continues to impress (see our review here). Ahead of the official release of the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD, we were able to speak to the longtime franchise producer Yosuke Kinoshita. He provided a little insight into the final installment of first-gen Digimon and their partners, an exciting cameo for fans of the previous Digimon films, and how the Last Evolution Kizuna alters the highly debated ending of Digimon Adventure 02.

Bleeding Cool: Something that was really exciting for longtime Digimon fans was a very brief cameo from Willis. At a glance, it looked like he appeared alongside Terriermon (Gummymon) and Lopmon (Kokomon) — was this reference a genuine nod to him still being recognized in this timeline?

Kinoshita: The story portrayed in this movie is based on the same timeline as Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, and Digimon Adventure Tri. So it was inevitable that Willis and other DigiDestined all over the world would make an appearance. I did want Kokomon to be there as well as Gummymon as our answer to the ending of the Digimon Adventure 02 movie The Golden Digimentals.

Digimon: Last Evolution Kizuna Producer Talks Conclusions and Cameos

BC: Was this particular ending the film meant to be the final chapter, or is there still room for more story with this group of DigiDestined?

Kinoshita: We think of the film as "Tai and his friends' last adventure," and as such, it is recognized as the final chapter. However, they are still only 22 years old, and as depicted in the last episode of "Digimon Adventure 02", their lives will continue on as they advance in age. It can be said that as long as they live, so will their stories. However, these are not the only DigiDestined, so in that regard, I think there is still an infinite number of adventures to look forward to.

BC: We witnessed two new evolutions from Gabumon and Agumon, was there a specific idea behind this bold new level?

Kinoshita: A "Partner's mental growth" is a trigger of the Digimon's evolution. I think each Digimon changes to their new appearance as a reflection of when their partner human makes a new decision. We look forward to hearing what fans will take from each new evolved form upon watching the film.

BC: It was extremely exciting to see the Digimon Adventure 02 group return, and in the original epilogue of that series, we witnessed a time leap. Was this film meant to rewrite the ending, or is it still something that could lead to that conclusion?

Kinoshita: Per the last episode of Digimon Adventure 02, being that the year 2028 is specified, it should be maintained for this new story. However, a major component of the overall premise is that anything can and could happen, given that everything up to this point had yet to be drawn to life.

Digimon: Last Evolution Kizuna Footage Brings Back the Second Generation of DigiDestined

BC: Growth has always seemed to play a major role in Digimon, especially in the newer adaptation. Is there any specific direction you envision for the future of a more mature-themed Digimon universe?

Kinoshita: I find that getting older isn't always the only growth there is. We have depicted important life themes since Digimon Adventure in 1999. That is something we have never changed, and I don't think it would be "Digimon" anymore if we did. Whether a character is an elementary school or university student, the truly important things in life never change, do they?

Digimon: Last Evolution Kizuna will be available in both sub/dub starting September 29, courtesy of Toei Animation. Are you ready for the end of an era as we know it?

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