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Digimon Frontier
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Digimon Frontier
デジモンフロンティア
(Dejimon Furontia)
Genre Action, Adventure, Sentai
TV anime
Director Yukio Kaizawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan Fuji TV
Original run April 7, 2002March 30, 2003
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Island of Lost Digimon
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 20, 2002
Runtime 40 mins
Related works
Anime and Manga Portal

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.

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Plot summary

Logo used by Bandai of America to represent Digimon Frontier.

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", 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.

After they defeat four of the them (JP destroys one, another loses his Beast Spirit to Koji and is destroyed by Duskmon for being useless, Zoe destroys another and Takuya gets 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 EmporerGreymon, 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 before they scan all of the Digital World, sending it to Lucemon to complete his rebirth. Ultimately Takuya and Koji succeed in destroying the Knights, but not before they free Lucemon. After fighting a losing battle, the Spirits of the Legendary Warriors come to life and along with the spirits of Seraphimon, Ophanimon and Cherubimon (who was purified of his evil by Takuya when he killed him) give the children new hope. The children and the spirits evolve together to form Susanoomon and defeat Lucemon. The Spirits ultimately expel the children from them, take on their human warrior forms and destroy the weakened Lucemon forever with a sword. The children return home to live happily ever after.

Episodes

The season aired 50 episodes on Fuji TV in Japan from April 7, 2002 to March 30, 2003.

The show then aired later on UPN and ABC Family Channel in the United States (now on Jetix/ Toon Disney in the US), and in Canada on YTV from September 9, 2002 to July 14, 2003. 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 Season Three 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.

Characters

Main characters

Character Voice actor
Takuya intro digimon.jpg Takuya Kanbara
Kanbara Takuya (神原拓也)
Michael Reisz, Dave Wittenberg (EN)
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
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 intro digimon.jpg Koji Minamoto
Minamoto Kōji (源輝二)
Steve Staley (EN)
Hiroshi Kamiya (JP)
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.
JP intro digimon.jpg J.P. Shibayama
Shibayama Junpei (柴山純平)
Steven Blum (EN)
Masato Amada (JP)
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).
Zoe intro digimon.jpg Zoe Orimoto
Orimoto Izumi (織本泉)
Michelle Ruff (EN)
Sawa Ishige (JP)
The main female member of this season, and is very independent. Uses the Human Spirit of Wind to become Kazemon (Fairymon) and the Beast Spirit of Wind to become Zephyrmon (Shutumon).
Tommy intro digimon.jpg Tommy Himi
Himi Tomoki (氷見友樹)
Brianne Siddall (EN)
Kumiko Watanabe (JP)
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).
KoichiKimura.jpg Koichi Kimura
Kimura Kōichi (木村輝一)
Crispin Freeman (EN)
Kenichi Suzumura (JP)
Koji's twin brother. He was separated from Koji when they were 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 characters

  • Bokomon & Neemon: Duo of Digimon who follow the DigiDestined on their adventures in the Digital World.

Villains

  • Onismon (Ornithmon) (Movie): Killed by AncientGreymon and AncientGarurumon.

Family

  • 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 children

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 Mamemon 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.

Island of Lost Digimon

The seventh of the TV-based Digimon movies, Takuya and company end up on a floating island in the middle of a civil war between human and beast Digimon, instigated by an evil Digimon named Murmuxmon. He was posing as the leader of each side in the war so that he could free an ancient evil - known as Onismon - that the Ancient Warriors, AncientGreymon and AncientGarurumon had defeated. The team then tries to end the war but it is too late and Onismon is resurrected. However he is soon after defeated by the also resurrected AncientGreymon and AncientGarurumon. The movie ends with the two sides finally making peace.

(NOTE: Ironically, while the other previous Digimon movies use the US Frontier opening theme for unexplained reasons, this movie, where it should have been used, does not. Only the end credits use the song, without words)

CD Drama

Digimon Frontier: Original Story, Tsutaetai Koto

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 can't say.

English dub edits

A deleted dub scene from episode 15
  • In the original Japanese version Crusadermon was portrayed as an extremely effeminate male character. In the English dub, he is simply a female.
  • Grumblemon was portrayed as a street smart thug, speaking in an old downtown Tokyo accent in the original Japanese version, while in the English version he is portrayed as illiterate.
  • Ranamon was portrayed as a Southern U.S woman in the English version instead of a childish girl.
  • Mercurymon was much more verbally abusive in the English version than in the Japanese version.
  • Duskmon was more silent in the Japanese version than in the English version.
  • 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. Also, the Minomon's tendency of suffixing their sentences with "mino" was removed.
  • 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. When removing her shirt, she raises it a slight bit higher and shows a bit of her panties and a bit of her breasts in the original Japanese version. Also, when Takuya and J.P run in on her after she screamed, J.P had a nose-bleed.
  • From episode 48 onwards, when the children were in the Hybrids as Susanoomon, certain parts were airbrushed out to avoid showing them nude. During the evolution to Susanoomon (Takuya and Koji only) had a key part cut to avoid showing Takuya and Koji nude as well. Later, in the final evolution to Susanoomon, the English dub re-created the entire hand motion (first 10 seconds of spirit evolution). This can be seen because Takuya and Koji have their old digivices instead of the new ones. In the original Japanese version however, they have the newer ones.

Despite these edits, the English version of Digimon Frontier, in general, is much closer to the original Japanese version than previous seasons. One example of this was to keep the Japanese term "evolution" instead of using the usual "digivolution". Other overseas dubs such as the Spanish and German dubs, use terms derived from digivolution, despite this change.

Theme songs

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~?, ep. 1-26)
    • Artist: Kōji Wada
  • "an Endless tale" (ep. 27-50)
    • Artist: Kōji Wada and AiM
Insert songs
  • "With The Will"
    • Artist: Kōji Wada
  • "The Last Element"

Credits

Cast (Japan)

Cast (English)

*All Characters listed here are referred to by their English Names.

Movie Cast

Notes

  1. ^ English translation of Digimon Frontier CD Drama

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