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Digimon Fusion,[6] known in Japan as Digimon Xros Wars (デジモンクロスウォーズ, Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu, pronounced "Cross Wars"), is the sixth anime television series of the Digimon franchise, produced by Toei Animation. It follows the adventures of Michael "Mikey" Kudo, who utilizes the power of fusing any Digimon partners. The series was broadcast on TV Asahi and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation between July 6, 2010 and March 21, 2012. It is divided into three arcs with the latter two given the subtitles of The Evil Death Generals and the Seven Kingdoms (悪のデスジェネラルと七つの王国, Aku no Desu Jeneraru to Nanatsu no Ōkoku), and The Boy Hunters Who Leapt Through Time (時を駆ける少年ハンターたち, Toki o Kakeru Shōnen Hantā-tachi) respectively. The series was licensed outside of Asia by Saban Brands for an English dub produced by Studiopolis. The first arc was dubbed as the first season of Digimon Fusion. The second arc premiered on March 8, 2015.[7] The series was adapted into a manga series and for multiple video games. The use of deeper themes and striking fight scenes have earned a positive response from critics, despite the series intended for young viewers.

Digimon Fusion
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デジモンクロスウォーズ
(Dejimon Kurosu Wōzu)
Genre Action[1]
Manga
Written by Yuki Nakashima
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine V-Jump
Original run June 21, 2010March 21, 2012
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuya Endo
Written by Riku Sanjo
Music by Kousuke Yamashita (JP)
Noam Kaniel (US)
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Saban Brands (2013–2018)
Saban Capital Group/Hasbro Studios (2018–present)
Original network TV Asahi, ABC, NBN, QAB, Kidz TV
English network
Nickelodeon (2013)[4]
Nicktoons (2013–2016)
The CW (Vortexx) (2014)[5]
Original run July 6, 2010 September 27, 2011
Episodes 54 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Digimon Fusion 2[a]
Directed by Yukio Kaizawa
Written by Riku Sanjo
Music by Kousuke Yamashita
Studio Toei Animation
Original network TV Asahi, ABC, NBN, QAB, Kidz TV
Original run October 4, 2011 March 21, 2012
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Related works

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Contents

PlotEdit

After Michael "Mikey" Kudo meets Shoutmon and receives the Fusion Loader, he and his friends are sent to the Digital World. There, they learn that Lord Bagramon is attempting to conquer the world by collecting 108 Code Crown fragments. Mikey forms his own team (Fusion Fighters) and recruits some Digimon partners, in order to oppose Bagramon. After Mikey meets Christopher Aonuma and Nene Amano, the evidence is revealed that SkullKnightmon is using the Darkness Loader. Mikey collects some fragments from each zone. However, Bagramon recruits SkullKnightmon, takes all fragments and sends the others back to the human world. Mikey returns to the Digital World alone. When Bagramon creates an empire divided into seven kingdoms, Mikey and his friends defeat each generals. They learn that Bagramon is using Ewan to oppose them, while they gathered negative energy from the suffering they caused to transform the Code Crown into a Dark Stone (D5). When Bagramon absorbs SkullKnightmon, Mikey saves Ewan and retrieves the Code Crown. After Shoutmon defeats Bagramon, he plans to bring peace to both worlds.

Mikey discovers an unstable realm between both worlds. The DigiQuartz is where Digimon Hunters capture Digimon for leaving any world to feed negative emotions on any humans. The Clock Store Owner reveals the truth about Quartzmon, who was born from the residual power and it absorbs the data. The owner travels through time and space, uniting all separated characters from different universes. When Ryouma Mogami identifies Bagramon's lost arm as a weapon (Brave Snatcher), Quartzmon reveals the truth that he used him. Tagiru Akashi defeats Quartzmon, sealing him. With both worlds restored, all humans and their partners are separately return to their own universe. The series ends with the owner revealing to be Bagramon's reincarnation.

ProductionEdit

Digimon Xros Wars was first publicly revealed in the June 2010 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine, including the name of the series and brief descriptions of the series and several main characters.[8] It was directed by Tetsuya Endo and written by Riku Sanjo.[9] Digimon Fusion received positive ratings in Japan. However, the third season was rushed, with Kaizawa Yukio becoming the main writer. In order to retain the series' popularity, Mikey Kudo remained as a returning character, while Kiriha and Nene were removed from the main cast. Instead, Yu remained as a protagonist due to his character still needing growth.[10] The series was the first to be broadcast in widescreen 16:9 and in HD 1080i and aired on TV Asahi between July 6, 2010, and March 25, 2012. Crunchyroll began streaming the original Japanese version of the series outside of Japan, with English subtitles, in November 2011.[11] Disney XD in Malaysia aired a William Winckler-produced English version along with original Chinese and Malay dubs based on the original Japanese version from December 8, 2012, titled Digimon Fusion Battles.[12]

The series was licensed by Saban Brands for an English language release to air in North America, contracting Studiopolis to dub the series into English and hiring Noam Kaniel (who worked on X-Men, & Power Rangers,) to compose the music for the series. The series began airing on Nickelodeon on September 7, 2013, was moved to Nicktoons after three episodes, and later began airing on The CW's Vortexx programming block from January 25, 2014 to September 27, 2014.[4][5][13][14] The first season became available for streaming on Netflix starting September 13, 2014, while the second season became available on March 8, 2016. In Latin America, the series began being broadcast on Cartoon Network in May 1, 2014.[15] Beginning on February 24, 2014, Fusion began airing in the United Kingdom on CITV, the same channel that aired the first three seasons.[16][17] In Canada, YTV, which aired previous installments of the franchise (barring Digimon Data Squad), began airing the series on February 28, 2014, with thirty episodes.

Home mediaEdit

The series was released on DVD with nineteen volumes by Bandai Visual in Japan from April 22, 2011 to August 24, 2012.[18][19] A DVD box was released on November 22, 2016.[20] Part I was released in the US on February 10, 2015 via Cinedigm,[21] in Germany on June 15, 2015,[22] and in the UK in via ITV Studios Home Entertainment. In Australia, Part I was released in several volumes from June 11, 2014.[23]Part II was released in the US on March 1, 2016 via Cinedigm.[24]

Theme songsEdit

Kousuke Yamashita composed the music for the series. A total of three CD soundtracks under the label of Music Code were released in Japan on September 29, 2010, March 23, 2011 and January 18, 2012.[25][26][27]

Opening theme songs (Japan)
  • "Never Give Up!" (ネバギバ!, Neba Giba!) by Sonar Pocket (1-30)
  • "New World" by Twill (31-54)
  • "STAND UP" by Twill (55-79)
Insert songs (Japan)
Theme song (US / International - Outside Asia)
  • "Act as One (Digimon Fusion Theme)" by Noam Kaniel and Frederic Jaffre (1-54)

Related mediaEdit

A manga adaptation of the series by Yuki Nakashima began serialisation in Shueisha's V-Jump magazine from June 21, 2010, featuring several major plot differences from the anime.[8] The manga consists of twenty-one chapters in four volumes. The last one was released on March 21, 2012.[28][29]

Two arcade machines, Digimon X Arena (デジモンクロスアリーナ, Dejimon Kurosu Arīna) and Super Digicard Battle (超デジカ大戦, Sūpā Dejika Taisen), have been released, which utilise special cards.[30][31] A video game based on the series, Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars (デジモンストーリー超クロスウォーズ, Dejimon Sutōrī Sūpā Kurosu Wōzu), was released in Red and Blue versions for the Nintendo DS on March 3, 2011. Together, Super Xros Wars serves as the fourth game in the Digimon Story series.[32][33] Bandai also released a series of card games in North America.[34]

ReceptionEdit

On its Japanese premiere, Digimon Fusion had a rating of 4.1 viewers.[35] Digimon Xros Wars: The Boy Hunters Who Leapt Through Time was nominated for the 2012 International Emmy Kids Awards for "Best Animation".[36] Famicom Tsūshin scored Digimon Story: Super Xros Wars 32 out of 40.[37] Early responses by Anime News Network praised the pilot, stating nostalgic Digimon fans would enjoy it based on its new approach to power-ups within the main cast and compared it to the highly acclaimed mecha series Gurren Lagann despite suffering from cliches often seen in other anime.[38][39][40] Voice actor Kyle Hebert said he enjoyed working in the English dub of the series as his two characters, Dorulumon and Balistamon, offered diverse characterization.[41] Fellow actor Ben Diskin shared similar feelings, commenting he had been a fan of Fusion ever since its Japanese premiere and thus was glad to be voicing both Shoutmon and Cutemon, another pair of characters whose personalities differ greatly.[42]

General critical reception has also been positive. Mediaverum enjoyed the early episodes from Fusion and recommended it to fans of both the first two Digimon Adventure series.[43] While noting the series was aimed at a young audience, DVDCorner wrote that the series still had deep themes which might attract older viewers despite its flaws.[44] ICv2 recommended the series for a young audience when checking the English DVDs.[45][46] CulturedVultures left it up to the viewers to watch it or not, also recommending it to an audience that has knowldege of the franchise,[47] while Metro stated it retained the appeal of its predecessors which overshadowed the famous Pokémon back in the 1990s.[48] DVDTalk found mixed feelings when reviewing Fusion. While he lamented the series' focus on Digimons rather than humans, he still praised the show for its animation and recommended it to fans of the series.[49] Capsule Monster commented that despite the apparent attempts of the series to expand marketing, Fusion offers an appealing story, as rather than focusing on friendship, it also contains dark themes rarely seen in children's shows which might attract other audiences.[50]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Digimon Fusion 2 is the official title of the third season of Digimon Xros Wars outside Japan.

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