Digimon Ghost Game

Digimon Ghost Game (Japanese: デジモンゴーストゲーム, Hepburn: Dejimon Gōsuto Gēmu) is a Japanese anime television series and the ninth anime series in the Digimon franchise. The series premiered on Fuji TV on October 3, 2021.[2]

Digimon Ghost Game
Digimon Ghost Game Official Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
デジモンゴーストゲーム
(Dejimon Gōsuto Gēmu)
GenreAdventure, Fantasy, Psychological thriller
Anime television series
Directed byKimitoshi Chioka
Masato Mitsuka
Written byMasashi Sogo
Music byKow Otani
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Original networkFuji TV
Original run October 3, 2021 – present
Episodes53 + 1 special (List of episodes)
Digimon franchise

PlotEdit

In a relatively near future, an innovative technology has emerged. On social networks, rumors are circulating about strange phenomena whose authenticity is unknown, referred to as "Hologram Ghosts". Hiro Amanokawa is a middle school freshman at Hazakura Academy, who by activating a mysterious device left behind by his father called the "Digivice -V-", has the effect of making unknown creatures that cannot be seen by ordinary people, the Digimon, visible to his eyes.

Since the day he met Gammamon, a mischievous Digimon entrusted to him by his father, Hiro is caught up in various strange phenomena: A man with a sewn mouth steals time from human beings, a mummy wanders around every night and kidnaps humans... The hologram ghosts are all around us and take us for target. From now on, here is the story of this other side of the world that nobody is aware of. Alongside their friends Ruli Tsukiyono and Angoramon, and later Kiyoshirō Higashimitarai and Jellymon, Hiro and Gammamon dive into the mysterious world where these creatures live.

CharactersEdit

HeroesEdit

Hiro Amanokawa (天ノ河 宙, Amanokawa Hiro)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[3]
A 13-year-old who attends the private school Hazakura Academy, an inquisitive and relatable youth who never turns down a request. He is a reliable person who can do most of the things on his own that others often rely on. He's very curious and started getting interested in Digimon after meeting Gammamon, whom he met through his father, Hokuto Amanokawa. Due to his upbringing, he tends to suppress his childish side while being energetic and caring for others. He has a scar on his left ear.
Gammamon (ガンマモン, Ganmamon)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro[3]
Hiro's partner, he is a white Ceratopsian Digimon with small wings on his back. Gammamon possesses multiple Champion-level forms that he can Digivolve into, one of which is a corrupted form called GulusGammamon.
Ruli Tsukiyono (月夜野 瑠璃, Tsukiyono Ruri)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi[3]
Ruli is a first-year middle school student attending a combined middle and high school for girls. A friendly 13-year-old who attends an all-girls' school and runs a popular occult-related social media account. She is sociable and has lots of friends. She looks for things that suit her taste and wants to stick her nose into everything. Furthermore, she plays the piano, which Angoramon likes to listen to. Although she is an outgoing girl who is skilled and can do pretty much anything, she actually struggles to find things that she deems appropriate and therefore feels bored.
Angoramon (アンゴラモン, Angoramon)
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai[3]
Ruli's partner who is a large rabbit-like Beast Digimon with a pacifistic personality, initially following Ruli as he enjoyed her piano playing.
Kiyoshirō Higashimitarai (東御手洗 清司郎, Higashimitarai Kiyoshirō)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida[3]
A 14-year-old genius who graduated from an American school and currently attends Hazakura Academy. He is afraid of ghosts and always look for talismans to ward them off. He usually talks in a condescending manner, but on the other hand, he's quite a coward when things get serious...? "An unfortunate hottie." While he yearns for strength, he is devastatingly cowardly, which is why his right hand is wrapped in bandages as a symbol of two extremes - one in which he poses as a martial artist who does "so as not to injure his fist" and the other, where he makes the excuse that "by hurting it, he cannot give it all". However, he could only have eight-degree syndromes.
Jellymon (ジェリーモン, Jerīmon)
Voiced by: Yū Shimamura[3]
A jellyfish-like Mollusk Digimon and Kiyoshirō's partner, whom she likes to scare and cause mischief towards.

DigimonEdit

The following Digimon have appeared as ghosts that Hiro and Gammamon have to deal with:

Clockmon (クロックモン, Kurokkumon)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata
A clock-themed Digimon who initially plagued humans with his time-based abilities, but becomes an ally to Hiro’s group.
Mummymon (マミーモン, Mamīmon)
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugō
A mummy Digimon who becomes an ally to Hiro’s group following a misunderstanding about his methods of healing humans.
Dracmon (ドラクモン, Dorakumon)
Voiced by: Kōki Miyata
A vampire Digimon who caused trouble before aligning himself with Myotismon, only to be destroyed by him for defying his orders to not harm Ruli.
Crowmon (ヤタガラモン, Yatagaramon)
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani
A yatagarasu-like Digimon who controls birds at night.
Bokomon (ボコモン, Bokomon)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Numata
A mutant Digimon who aids Hiro’s group before being killed by Sealsdramon, his death causing Gammamon to gain the ability to digivolve to GulusGammamon.
Sealsdramon (シールズドラモン, Shīruzudoramon)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
A cyborg-like reptile Digimon who is a serial killer, and is responsible for the many deaths of innocent Digimon, and also responsible for killing Bokomon, before being killed by Gammamon as GulusGammamon to avenge Bokomon’s death.
Archnemon (アルケニモン, Arukenimon)
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki
An intelligent jorōgumo Digimon with a temperamental disposition, feeding on human brains before being destroyed by Gammamon as GulusGammamon.
Ajatarmon (アヤタラモン, Ayataramon)
Voiced by: Takako Honda
A humanoid plant-like creature Digimon who attempts to turn humans into Ajatarmons like herself, before killing herself after a battle between Hiro and friends.
Myotismon (ヴァンデモン, Vandemon, Vamdemon in the Japanese version.)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
An aggressive and evil vampire-like Ultimate-level undead Digimon who aspires to take over the human world, acquiring followers while establishing the trendsetter company Scarlatto Vento under the guise of Kyogoku Aviel, before being defeated by Gammamon as Canoweissmon and turning into a bat.
Splashmon (スプラッシュモン, Supurasshumon)
Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura
A humanoid white tiger-like Digimon who can turn humans into water.
Espimon (エスピモン, Esupimon)
Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi
A jetpack themed Digimon who helped Gammamon rescue Hiro when he was under the influence of a Doumon. He is looking for Hiro, using his student ID, unaware that the Hiro on the card is the same Hiro who befriended Gammamon.

OtherEdit

Akane
Ruli's Teacher. She has brown eyes and brown hair, and she wears a yellow t-shirt with a star on it.
Aoi Uwada (宇和田 アオイ, Uwada Aoi)
Voiced by: Arisa Sekine
Ruli's friend and classmate, she has yellow eyes and brown hair.
Mika Kashiwagi (柏木 ミカ, Kashiwagi Mika)
Voiced by: Kanami Taguchi
Ruli's friend and classmate, she has blue eyes and black ponytail hair.
Nana
Ruli's friend and classmate, she has brown eyes and dark brown hair with twin tails.
Moe
Ruli's friend and classmate, she has blue eyes and black hair.
Yuina
A little girl Kiyoshiro saves.
Kayono Aramaki (荒巻 カヨノ, Aramaki Kayono)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō
A little girl who's Aoi's friend once.
Hokuto Amanokawa (天ノ河 北斗, Amanokawa Hokuto)
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi
Hiro's father, who's been trapped in the digital world.

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Digimon Ghost Game teaser visual

Digimon Ghost Game was officially announced at Bandai's DigiFes 2021 event on August 1, 2021[4] with a first teaser visual for the series, by Tenya Yabuno.[5] The series is directed by Kimitoshi Chioka and Masato Mitsuka, with Masashi Sogo supervising series' scripts, Tenya Yabuno designing characters and Mariko Itō adapting those designs for animation, Kenji Watanabe designing the Digimon and Cho Shinozuka adapting those designs for animation.[3]

In the October issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine on August 19, 2021, the presentation specifically stated that Ghost Game is going to be the franchise's first horror-themed entry.[6] The creation of this series required putting thought into how to reinterpret the Digimon and the background lore that Bandai has created, for the horror context.[7] New Digimon have been created specifically for this new series and old Digimon that can fit in and play an active role in this story, not only through their background but also in their aspect, would make an appearance.[7] In this iteration, Digimon are seen as poltergeists from Japanese folklore ;[7] the first promotional poster introduced them as "Hologram... ?" and "Ghost... ? ".[4] The series is produced for an episodic format.[7]

DevelopmentEdit

The announcement was originally leaked on Chinese social media on July 28, 2021.[8] On August 7, 2021, the teaser visual was updated on the official website with the only difference being, Kiyoshirō's left hand covered with bandages.[9] On September 3, 2021, Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine announced Digimon Dreamers, unrelated to the anime, with a first illustration from the monthly illustrated by Yabuno featuring Hiro, the main character of Ghost Game, with goggles.[10] The design of the protagonist wasn't finalized at the time of submission, and then changed to an original character in a new illustration revealed by the author via Twitter on September 4, 2021.[11] On September 10, 2021, the official website revealed the cast, the airing date, as well as the main visual featuring the characters in their school uniforms, design by Mariko Itō.[3]

Broadcast and distributionEdit

The first trailer for the series was shown during the 65th episode of Digimon Adventure:.[5] The series premiered on Fuji TV on October 3, 2021, set to start after Adventure: in the same timeslot.[3] Digimon Ghost Game is broadcast on Fuji Television, and available for streaming on TVer, U-NEXT, Bandai Channel, Anime Hodai and Docomo Anime Store in Japan.[12]

Digimon Ghost Game is distributed simultaneously by Crunchyroll in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the MENA and CIS zones[13] with English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, German and Russian (1–21[14]) subtitles for premium members within the first week of release. Starting in spring 2022, new episodes are available by subscription only, the first twenty-one episodes remaining available to all users.[15] The anime is also simulcast on VRV in the United States.[16] In France, the anime is also available on Anime Digital Network and J-One.[17]

On March 6, 2022, Toei Animation announced a broadcast hiatus for the following Sunday due to the Nagoya Women's Marathon.[18] On March 7, 2022, Toei Animation and Digimon Ghost Game's social network revealed that they had been affected by a computer hacking attack, the series produced by the studio faced postponements starting on March 20, 2022.[18] In Japan, Fuji TV decided to rebroadcast the first episode of Digimon Ghost Game on March 20 and a selection of episodes the following weeks.[19]

SoundtrackEdit

The composer of the Japanese version is Kow Otani. Wienners performs the opening theme "FACTION",[20] with Aiiro Apollo performs the series' ending theme "Pedal".[20] A new ending for the anime started airing from July 3, 2022. The song, "Monster Disco", written by Shikao Suga and arranged by Hyadain, started from episode 32.[21][22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cardine, Kyle. "UPDATE: Crunchyroll Announces Fall 2021 Lineup! (9/28)". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  2. ^ "Digimon Franchise Gets New Fall TV Anime, New Digimon Adventure 02 Anime Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Pineda, Rafael Antonio (September 10, 2021). "Digimon Ghost Game TV Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, October 3 Debut". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 10, 2021.
  4. ^ a b デジモンパートナーズ【公式】(@DM_Partners). "<<<2大重大発表>>>新作TVアニメ 「デジモンゴーストゲーム」 フジテレビほかにて2021年秋放送! 本宮大輔たち『02』の物語となる新作映画製作決定!【田口智久 × 大和屋暁】超特報映像公開! https://youtu.be/IsMYoRUXIHo #デジモン #digimon #デジモンアドベンチャー02 #デジフェス2021" August 1, 2021, 11:42 AM. Tweet.
  5. ^ a b "メインビジュアル、スタッフ、メインキャストが解禁気になるPV映像の情報も発表! | ニュース". デジモンゴーストゲーム | 東映アニメーション (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  6. ^ "Digimon in October V-Jump- Ghost Game, 02, Vital Bracelet Updates, Adventure:, Booster Set 7, & ReArise". With the Will. Archived from the original on 2021-08-19. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
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  8. ^ "Gamerbraves: "Digimon Ghost Game animated series slated for Fall 2021"". gamerbraves. 30 July 2021. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  9. ^ "Ghost Game Art Update- Seishirou Bandage". With the Will. Archived from the original on 2021-08-08. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  10. ^ "New Digimon Manga from Tenya Yabuno in Saikyo Jump Beginning Next Month". With The Will. 2021-09-03. Archived from the original on 2021-09-03.
  11. ^ Yabuno, Tenya. "予告カットの入稿時点では少年のキャラが固まっておらず、デザインが変わりました". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2021-09-04. Retrieved 2021-09-04.
  12. ^ "放送・配信". デジモンゴーストゲーム | 東映アニメーション (in Japanese). Retrieved 2022-03-12.
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  14. ^ "Crunchyroll, Wakanim Suspend Services in Russia". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  15. ^ "Changes to Ad-Supported Viewing". Crunchyroll.
  16. ^ Watch Digimon Ghost Game, retrieved 2022-03-12
  17. ^ "ON AIR". DIGIMON GHOST GAME | TOEI ANIMATION (in Japanese). Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  18. ^ a b Harding, Daryl. "Digimon, One Piece, Pretty Cure, Dragon Quest Anime See Production Affected by Toei Animation Hack, Broadcasts Will be Delayed [UPDATED]". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
  19. ^ "One Piece, Digimon Ghost Game Will Not Air New Episodes on March 20 After Toei Animation Hack". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  20. ^ a b Harding, Daryl. "Digimon Ghost Game Uploads Wienners, Aiiro Apollo As Theme Song Performers". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2022-03-12.
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