Digimon Adventure 02
Digimon Adventure 02 (デジモンアドベンチャー02, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū), known as Digimon: Digital Monsters (Season 2) in English-speaking territories, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is the second series in the Digimon franchise and sequel to Digimon Adventure. It aired in Japan from April 2, 2000 to March 25, 2001.
|Digimon Adventure 02|
(Dejimon Adobenchā 02)
|Genre||Adventure, fantasy, science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroyuki Kakudō|
|Written by||Atsushi Maekawa|
|Music by||Takanori Arisawa|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||April 2, 2000 – March 25, 2001|
|Digimon Hurricane Landing!! / Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals|
|Directed by||Shigeyasu Yamauchi|
|Released||July 8, 2000|
|Revenge of Diaboromon|
|Directed by||Takahiro Imamura|
|Released||March 3, 2001|
An English language dub, produced by Saban Entertainment, aired in North America from August 19, 2000 to May 19, 2001. In 2015, a six-part film series titled Digimon Adventure tri. began screening in theaters as a continuation to Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 for the series' 15th anniversary.
Four years[a] after the events of Digimon Adventure, the Digital World is invaded by the Digimon Emperor, who is enslaving Digimon with the Dark Rings while building Control Spires that negate Digivolution.[b] To fight him, three new DigiDestined are recruited, each gaining an ancient Digimon for a partner. The three, along with T.K. and Kari, each possess a D-3, a new type of Digivice that allows them to open a gate to be transported to the Digital World through any computer. They are also given D-Terminals that hold Crest-themed Digi-Eggs that allow their Digimon partners to undergo Armor Digivolution to counter the presence of Control Spires. The Digimon Emperor, revealed to be boy genius Ken Ichijoji, flees to the Digital World. Assisted by Ken's partner, Wormmon, the DigiDestined defeat Ken and have him realize his mistakes.
While the DigiDestined rebuild the Digital World, Davis, Yolei, and Cody unlock normal Digivolution. At the same, they ally themselves with a reformed Ken, who joins the team to fight Arukenimon, a Digimon who revives the Control Spires as other Digimon. When the Control Spire Digimon prove to be stronger than them, the DigiDestined learn DNA Digivolution,[c] which enable two champion-level Digimon to merge into a stronger ultimate-level one. When Arukenimon creates BlackWarGreymon, he begins to destroy each Destiny Stones, hoping to fight Azulongmon, who appears when each Stone is destroyed. After BlackWarGreymon flees, Azulongmon warns the DigiDestined about an impending threat behind Arukenimon and Mummymon.
During Christmas, Control Spires appear across the human world, bringing Digimon with them. While the DigiDestined set off with Imperialdramon to destroy them with the help of the international DigiDestined, Arukenimon and Mummymon begin kidnapping several children for Yukio Oikawa, a friend of Cody's father who dreams of entering the Digital World. Once the DigiDestined return to Japan, they fight the Daemon Corps while Oikawa uses the Dark Spore inside Ken to implant them into the children. BlackWarGreymon sacrifices himself to seal the portal to the Digital World at Highton View Terrace, before Oikawa and the kids can transport there.
The DigiDestined are transported to a Dream World with Oikawa and the kids, where Myotismon splits from Oikawa and uses the energy from the Dark Spores to be reborn as MaloMyotismon. With help from the DigiDestined all over the world, the DigiDestined defeat MaloMyotismon and Oikawa sacrifices himself to rebuild the Digital World. Twenty five years later, humans and the Digimon live side by side, with the Original and new DigiDestineds' kids now defending the Digital World.
Digimon Adventure 02 aired with fifty episodes on Fuji TV in Japan between April 2, 2000, and March 25, 2001. The opening theme is "Target ~Akai Shōgeki~" (ターゲット～赤い衝撃～, Tāgetto ~Akai Shōgeki~) by Kōji Wada, which peaked at #85 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart. The ending themes are performed by AiM, the first half of the show being "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" (アシタハアタシノカゼガフク) and the second half being "Itsumo Itsudemo" (いつもいつでも). "Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku" peaked at #50 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, while "Itsumo Itsudemo" charted at #93. Insert songs featured in the show include "Break up!" by Ayumi Miyazaki as the Armor Digivolution theme and "Beat Hit!" by Miyazaki as the DNA Digivolution theme. The Japanese version was streamed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll in 2008, followed by Funimation Entertainment in April 2009.
Saban Entertainment produced an English-language adaptation which aired on Fox Kids in the US and YTV in Canada between August 19, 2000, and May 19, 2001 as the second season to Digimon: Digital Monsters. Much like the English version of Digimon Adventure, which was dubbed as the first season of Digimon: Digital Monsters, the original soundtrack of the show was replaced by music composed by Udi Harpaz and Shuki Levy, and the opening theme is "Digimon Theme" by Paul Gordon. Other songs featured in the show include "Let's Kick it Up", "Change into Power", and "Hey Digimon", also by Gordon. Jasan Radford also performed songs to the show, including "Run Around", "Going Digital", and "Strange." The songs, including "Digimon Theme", were released on the original soundtrack of Digimon: The Movie.
After the success of season 1 of Digimon: Digital Monsters, the producers requested the writers to add more North American jokes to the script, resulting in several revisions. Eventually, along with the result of Digimon: The Movie, this caused writers Jeff Nimoy and Bob Buchholz to leave the writing team near the end of the series' run. A DVD boxset of the English dub was released in North America by New Video Group on March 26, 2013 and in Australia by Madman Entertainment on July 23, 2014.
Digimon Adventure 02 was added to the Netflix Instant Streaming service along with Digimon Adventure from August 3, 2013 to August 1, 2015 in separate English dubbed and Japanese subtitled versions. Crunchyroll acquired streaming rights to the English dubbed versions, while Funimation acquired rights to the English subtitled versions. The English dubbed version of Adventure 02 briefly returned to Netflix while the English subtitled version is now exclusive to Funimation.
Several short films were screened in Japanese theaters during the show's run. A two-part featurette, Digimon Adventure 02: Part I: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Part II: Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals (デジモンアドベンチャー02: 前編 デジモンハリケーン上陸！！ / 後編 超絶進化！！ 黄金のデジメンタル, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Zenpen: Dejimon Harikēn Jōriku!!/Kōhen: Chōzetsu Shinka!! Ōgon no Digimentaru) was released on July 8, 2000 as part of Toei Animation Summer 2000 Animation Fair. The film was featured along with Ojamajo Doremi #: The Movie, which was screened in between. In the film, the older DigiDestined are abducted by Wendigomon. The younger DigiDestined investigate their disappearance along with American DigiDestined Willis and his partner, Terriermon, who share a common past with Wendigomon. The film grossed ¥120 billion. The film's ending theme song is "Stand By Me ~Hitonatsu no Bōken~" (スタンド・バイ・ミー～ひと夏の冒険～, Sutando Bai Mī ~Hitonatsu no Bōken~) by AiM.
Digimon Adventure 02: Part 1: Digimon Hurricane Landing!!/Part 2: Transcendent Evolution!! The Golden Digimentals was released in North America on October 6, 2000, as the third part of Digimon: The Movie, which included Digimon Adventure (1999) and Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game! (2000). The film was heavily altered, one of the cuts including the subplot where the older DigiDestined are kidnapped by Wendigomon, because Saban Entertainment lacked funding to produce a full two-hour movie. Scriptwriter Jeff Nimoy had wanted to release the movie separately as a television film, but the idea was overruled. In addition to Japanese elements being removed and North American jokes added, Willis' backstory was slightly rewritten to include that he had created Diaboromon in order to draw a connection to Digimon Adventure: Children's War Game!
Digimon Adventure 02: Revenge of Diaboromon (デジモンアドベンチャー02: ディアボロモンの逆襲, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Diaboromon no Gyakushū) was released on March 3, 2001. The story follows the DigiDestined fighting against a resurrected Diaboromon. The film was released in the United States on August 5, 2005 and dubbed by Studiopolis and was distributed by Disney through BVS Entertainment and Jetix International.
Various audio dramas were released onto CD in Japan, with the cast reprising their roles from the television series.
The first drama CD, Digimon Adventure 02: Drama CD: The Unknown Armor Digivolutions (デジモンアドベンチャー02 ドラマCD 未知へのアーマー進化, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Dorama Shīdī: Michi e no Āmā Shinka) was released on February 7, 2001 and is centered on the DigiDestined fighting Boltmon, who captures Sora, Mimi, and Kari on Valentine's Day.
Afterwards, Tobira Door (扉 DOOR) was released on April 4, 2001 and as a single from the Teen-age Wolves and features a drama track where Matt receives a letter from a fan who is about to undergo eye surgery.
The third drama CD, Digimon Adventure 02: Drama CD: The Door to Summer (デジモンアドベンチャー02 ドラマCD 夏への扉, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Dorama Shīdī: Natsu e no Tobira) was released on October 3, 2001 and is centered around Davis visiting Mimi and Willis during summer vacation.
Digimon Adventure 02: Original Story Spring 2003 (デジモンアドベンチャー０２ オリジナル ストーリー ２００３年－春－, Dejimon Adobenchā Zero Tsū: Orijinaru Sutōrī 2003nen Haru) was released on April 23, 2003 and follows the lives of each DigiDestined after the events of Digimon Adventure 02.
Along with Power Rangers, Digimon Adventure 02 was one of the most popular shows on Fox Kids during its run and also contributed to the channel's high ratings, beating out competitors such as ABC, Kids' WB, and Nickelodeon.
- In the Japanese version, Digimon Adventure 02 takes place three years after Digimon Adventure. The English version changed it to take place after four years.
- Digivolution (進化, Shinka) is the process by which a Digimon evolves into a higher-leveled, more powerful form.
- DNA Digivolution (ジョグレス進化, Joguresu Shinka, "Joint Progress Digivolution" in the Japanese version) is a type of Digivolution that merges two Digimon.
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