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Digimon Frontier

Digimon Frontier
Digimon Frontier
デジモンフロンティア
(Dejimon Furontia)
Genre Action, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Yukio Kaizawa
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Akatsuki Yamatoya
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV
English network
Original run April 7, 2002March 30, 2003
Episodes 50
Anime film
Island of Lost Digimon
Directed by Takahiro Imamura
Written by Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Takanori Arisawa
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 20, 2002
Runtime 40 minutes
Related works

Digimon Frontier (デジモンフロンティア Dejimon Furontia), known outside of Japan as the fourth season of Digimon: Digital Monsters, is the fourth television anime series produced by Toei Animation based on the Digimon franchise. The series is noticeably different from other seasons as the main characters, the Digidestined, don't train Digimon to fight for them but instead merge with ancient spirits (known as 'Legendary Warriors') to become Digimon themselves.

The series aired in Japan between April 7, 2002 and March 30, 2003, with an English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation, airing in North America between September 9, 2002 to July 14, 2003. It was the last season to use the Digital Monsters title as subsequent series, beginning with Digimon Data Squad, began using unique localized titles.

Contents

  • Plot 1
    • Act 1 ( episodes 1-33 ) 1.1
    • Act 2 ( episode 34-38 ) 1.2
    • Act 3 ( episode 39-50 ) 1.3
  • Characters 2
    • Main characters 2.1
    • Secondary characters 2.2
    • Villains 2.3
    • Family 2.4
    • Other children 2.5
  • Media 3
    • Anime 3.1
      • Theme songs 3.1.1
        • Japanese 3.1.1.1
        • English 3.1.1.2
    • Anime film 3.2
    • Audio drama 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Plot

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" (ten Beast spirits and ten Human spirits, one of each for each element), 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 six children (Takuya, Koji, Zoe, Tommy, J.P. and Koichi) from the human world into the Digital World via the train-like Trailmon.

Act 1 ( episodes 1-33 )

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 (for five of these spirits were given to the care of Cherubimon before his corruption). After they defeat four of them (JP destroys one, another loses his Beast Spirit to Koji and is destroyed by Duskmon for being useless, Zoe destroys another and Takuya destroys 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 Koichi restores the Spirits of Darkness to their true forms and joins the team as the true Warrior of Darkness, Löwemon.

Act 2 ( episode 34-38 )

The DigiDestined arrive at the Rose Morning Star and find Ophanimon, trapped, who teaches them of Cherubimon's past and the war. Cherubimon then shows up and fights the lot. Proving to be too powerful for the DigiDestined, he steals all of their D-Tecors except Zoe's, who is still fighting to the very end as Zephyrmon. Just as Cherubimon is about to destroy Zephyrmon, Ophanimon breaks out of her imprisonment and sacrifices herself to save Zephyrmon and retrieve the others' D-Tectors. The children then discover that Ophanimon upgraded Takuya's and Koji's D-Tectors with her last bit of strength to allow them to Unity Spirit Evolve into EmperorGreymon and MagnaGarurumon, respectively. After using these new evolutions to defeat Cherubimon, the DigiDestined learn that the true mastermind is the very evil the Ancient Warriors sealed away within the Digital World's core, Lucemon.

Act 3 ( episode 39-50 )

So now the six DigiDestined must try to defeat the two

  • Toei's Digimon Frontier website (Japanese)
  • Digimon Frontier (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

External links

  1. ^ "Digimon Frontier: The Complete Fourth Season: Mari Adachi, Akiyoshi Hongo: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-09-03. 
  2. ^ English translation of Digimon Frontier CD Drama

References

This audio drama[2] takes place during and after 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 cannot say.

Audio drama

Anime film

Insert Song
Ending Theme
Opening Theme
English
  • "With the Will" by Kōji Wada
  • "The Last Element" by Ayumi
  • "Salamander" by Junko Takeuchi
  • "Oreta Tsubasa de - With Broken Wings" by Spirit Shinkers
Insert songs
  • "Innocent ~Mujaki na Mama de~" (イノセント〜無邪気なままで〜 Inosento ~Mujaki na Mama de~, "Innocent (Remain Innocent)") by Kōji Wada
    • Episodes: 1-26
  • "an Endless tale" by Kōji Wada and Ai Maeda
    • Episodes: 27-50
Ending themes
Opening theme
Japanese

Theme songs

[1]

New Video Group released a complete DVD box set of Frontier on September 10, 2013 in the US. Following previous releases, it uses the English dub and includes a character book.

The series was originally scheduled to air on Jetix in the United Kingdom (following on from Digimon Tamers). However, the series was put on hold and was never broadcast by the time the channel ended in August 2009.

The dubbed version featured an original soundtrack, original sound effects, changes to character names and edits pertaining to violence and other scenes thought to be inappropriate for younger audiences.

An English-language version, produced by Sensation Animation and recorded by Studiopolis, aired in North America on UPN, ABC Family Channel, Toon Disney and YTV between September 9, 2002 and July 14, 2003.

The series, produced by Toei Animation, aired in Japan for 50 episodes on Fuji TV between April 7, 2002 and March 30, 2003.

Certain scenes involving sexuality were censored for the North American release.

Anime

Media

  • Teruo: He felt that his old life was boring and that he was more free in the Digital World.
  • Chiaki: She felt she could become stronger if she stayed in the Digital World.
  • 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.
  • 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. After Tommy saved Teppei he made peace with and befriended Tommy, acknowledging him as the better person.

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 Pidmon 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.

Other children

  • Yuriko Kanbara (神原 由利子) & Hiroaki Kanbara (神原 宏明): Takuya's mother and father.
  • Shinya Kanbara (神原 信也): Takuya's brother. He and Takuya often fought each other, like most siblings.
  • Kosei Minamoto: Kouichi and Koji's father. He took custody of Koji when he divorced his biological mother and told Koji that she was dead and later remarried.
  • Satomi Minamoto: Koji's stepmother. She was depressed when she thought that Kouji did not love her because he thought about his biological mother.
  • Tomoko Kimura: Koji & Kouichi's biological mother. She took custody of Koichi when she divorced his father. Though she suffered from sickness, she continued to work because she knew she had to support Kouichi.
  • Yutaka Himi: Tomoki's older brother. he is currently in college. 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. While Tommy didn't understand what he was telling him at the time, when Asuramon tried to use him, Tommy got it. After Tommy killed Asuramon, he silently thanked Yutaka for trying to tell him something he now got.

Family

Villains

  • Evil Legendary Warriors (5-32, 42, 50): Originally Cherubimon's minions. Their spirits would later on appear to help the DigiDestined against the Royal Knights and then again against Lucemon.
  • Original Legendary Warriors: The Warriors who defeated Lucemon prior to the series.
    • AncientGreymon (Movie): Warrior of Flame, consist of Agunimon (Human) and BurningGreymon (Beast).
    • AncientGarurumon (Movie): Warrior of Light, consist of Lobomon (Human) and KendoGarurumon (Beast).
    • AncientBeetlemon (AncientBeetmon): Warrior of Thunder, consist of Beetlemon (Human) and MetalKabuterimon (Beast).
    • AncientKazemon (AncientIrismon): Warrior of Wind, consist of Kazemon (Human) and Zephyrmon (Beast).
    • AncientMegatheriumon: Warrior of Ice, consist of Kumamon (Human) and Korikakumon (Beast).
    • AncientSphinxmon: Warrior of Darkness, consist of Löwemon (Human) and JägerLöwemon (Beast).
    • AncientVolcamon: Warrior of Earth, consist of Grumblemon (Human) and Gigasmon (Beast).
    • AncientTroiamon: Warrior of Wood, consist of Arbormon (Human) and Petaldramon (Beast).
    • AncientMermaimon: Warrior of Water, consist of Ranamon (Human) and Calmaramon (Beast).
    • AncientWisetmon: Warrior of Steel, consist of Mercurymon (Human) and Sakkakumon (Beast).
  • Bokomon & Neemon: Duo of Digimon who follow the DigiDestined on their adventures in the Digital World.

Secondary characters

Character Voice actor
Takuya Kanbara
Kanbara Takuya (神原拓也)
Jeong-Hoon Woo
Michael Reisz, Dave Wittenberg (EN)
Junko Takeuchi (JP)
Jeong-Shin Woo (KO)
Bryan Homecillo (FIL)
Leader of the group. Uses the Human Spirit of Flame to become EmperorGreymon (KaiserGreymon).
Izumi "Zoe" Orimoto
Orimoto Izumi (織本泉)
Eun-Bi Go
Michelle Ruff (EN)
Sawa Ishige (JP)
Seon-Yeong Bak (KO)
Kathyin Masilungan (FIL)
The main female member of this series, and is very independent. Uses the Human Spirit of Wind to become Kazemon (Fairymon) and the Beast Spirit of Wind to become Zephyrmon (Shutumon).
Junpei "J.P." Shibayama
Shibayama Junpei (柴山純平)
Do-Yeong Ahn
Steven Blum (EN)
Masato Amada (JP)
In-Sook Han (KO)
Noel Escondo (FIL)
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).
Tomoki "Tommy" Himi
Himi Tomoki (氷見友樹)
Ga-Ram Jin
Brianne Siddall (EN)
Kumiko Watanabe (JP)
Hyeon-Seo Ahn (KO)
Mary Joy Adorable (FIL)
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).
Koji Minamoto
Minamoto Kōji (源輝二)
Hyeon Seon-Woo
Steve Staley (EN)
Hiroshi Kamiya (JP)
Sang-Hyeon Eom (KO)
AJ Constantino (FIL)
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.
Koichi Kimura
Kimura Kōichi (木村輝一)
Yoon Seon-Woo
Crispin Freeman (EN)
Kenichi Suzumura (JP)
Han-Ho Shin (KO)
Benjie Dorango (FIL)
Koji's twin brother. He and Koji were separated as babies when their parents divorced. Originally suffered from amnesia 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).

Main characters

Characters
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