Okay. So this isn’t happening this summer.
But nonetheless, it’s just one of the things that has made me super excited.
Like most people born in the 90s, I grew up with Saturday morning cartoons throughout the 90s and early 2000′s: Dragon Ball Z, Voltron, Speed Racer, Pokemon, Digimon… One by one, each of these cartoons are celebrating a nostalgic anniversary of sorts.
A new season of DBZ was recently announced, the “Pokemon: The Origins” series aired last year, and now it’s Digimon’s turn, with this “return to the past” series expanding on Digimon Season 1 & 2, the original Adventures series. Not any of the sequels (although Digimon Tamers was nice!), the original series.
Sure, it’s the Japanese animated version. Yes, it will use different voice actors than the original Japanese series. It won’t be the English dub version, and even if it does port to the US, there’s no telling if it will even be the same voice actors as the original series.
But it’s still a bit of the past, welcome in this age of enormous change and growth.
Postscript. Its amazing when one thinks about this new series in the context of the past two. The last two series were more “Americanized”… although the anime originated in Japan, there were elements of it that mirrored the growth and instability of the 90s, the new technology, and the influence of America.
The first Digimon movie had elements of American and global culture, while the two series were drawn a bit more “modern” and less animated… But when one looks on this new series, one can instantly tell how Japanese this series is, how it really hearkens back to its roots, but also how far Japanese animation has come in the past few decades.
Post-Postscript: Apparently some fans aren’t happy with the new character designs: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2015-05-12/digimon-fans-alter-atsuya-uki-tri-character-designs-to-match-original-style/.88073
Frankly, I’m all right with the new character designs, since I can see a bit of each character in the original English dub in the new designs. Some of them are outright recognizable – like Tai, Joe, TK, and Sora.
Matt is recognizable, but looks a bit more annoyed and subdued than the earlier series. Izzy looks very much annoyed in the new designs, not as much like he has something to say, but would rather keep to himself – and the tech of today. Mimi doesn’t look like the go-getter she once was…and don’t even get me started on how unrecognizable Kari looks!