FUNimation’s “Digimon” Fail Corrected


If you haven’t heard, FUNimation is streaming Japanese episodes of Digimon Adventure 02. The current description of the series reads:

Three years have passed since Taichi, Takeru and Hikari’s original adventure, but a new threat arrives in the peaceful DigiWorld – the Digimon Emperor intent on enslaving the Digimon for his own purposes. Two of the original DigiDestined, Hikari and Takeru, return joined by three newcomers: Daisuke, Miyako and lori. Together they go to the DigiWorld and with their Digimon partners Gatomon, Patamon, Veemon, Hawkmon and Armadillomon fight the new menace to save the DigiWorld they love.

Thankfully, someone changed it since I last visited the site on May 13th. Then, it said:

Three years has past from Taichi’s adventure, but a new virus arrives in the peaceful DigiWorld. Due to the virus’ special power, Agumon and others can’t evolve. At the time, Veemon, one of the new type Digimon who is able to evolve into many types of Digimon using a Digi-Egg. Newcomer Hikari is partnered with Veemon, and along with her friends Takeru and Daisuke they venture into the DigiWorld.

Um…no. There’s no virus attacking the Digital World, Hikari (Kari) is a season one veteran, and Daisuke (Davis) is the newbie partnered with Veemon. The new summary is right, except that it blends the language versions. Gatomon, Veemon, and Armadillomon’s Japanese names are Tailmon, V-mon, and Armadimon, respectively, and the Digimon Emperor is called the Digimon Kaiser. Also, the original version uses the terms “chosen children” (選ばれし子供 erabareshi kodomo) and “Digital World” instead of “Digi-Destined” and “Digi-World” (the dubbers were obsessed with putting digi in front of everything).

Pickiness aside, I am thrilled that a company like FUNimation has an interest in Digimon. Maybe they have some other plans for the series…

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“Digimon Data Squad” Boxset May Already Be Out


Retailers said it wouldn’t be available until May 26th, but I bought my copy today. So, Digimon fans, call or visit your neighborhood Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, etc. to see if they already have it in stock. (I paid $30, but Target has it for $20. If you like buying online, Amazon also has it for $20. Comparison shopping works.) As expected, it has three DVDs and a booklet with information about the DATS members and summaries of the thirteen episodes.

I noticed a couple interesting things on the jacket. Fans have been talking about the product description on the publisher’s website (Well Go USA). The last sentence says, “Experience the final Digimon series like never before.” That line, along with the lack of news for a year or two, confirmed for most of us that Digimon is done. However, the boxset itself says, “Experience the newest Digimon series like never before.” (Here’s the proof—sorry about the quality.) Why the change? An error? A cover-up? A glimmer of hope for a season six, perhaps? The show’s still popular. (Why else would they be bringing Digimon RPG to North America and making a sequel?)

The other thing I saw gave me a nice laugh. The image on the back shows Marcus, Agumon, and GeoGreymon, but the picture is…incomplete. I know a Digimon and its partner are joined at the hip, but…

Anyway, I won’t be able to watch the DVDs until Wednesday or Thursday (at the earliest), so that’s when I’ll tell you about the menu, any extras, and things like that. Of course, you may have bought it yourself by then! If so, enjoy!

“Digimon Data Squad” Boxset? Oh, yeah!


Digimon fans, rejoice! A legal boxset of season five, Digimon Data Squad (the English Digimon Savers dub), will become available online on May 26 through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. You can pre-order it now on all three sites. The set contains three disks with the first thirteen episodes: “There are Monsters Among Us” to “The Rise of RizeGreymon.” And since it’s labeled “Collection One,” we can expect at least two or three more volumes soon to complete the series.

Besides the English version of Digimon RPG, this might be some of the best Digimon news I’ve heard in a while. While Digimon Data Squad is not my favorite season, it still has its charms, and I am definitely going to buy these DVDs. Plus, it’s about time someone released a real Digimon boxset, instead of the bootlegs floating around. (Do these season one and season two covers look familiar?)

An Amazon user wrote a review of the boxset that ruffled me up a little, so I want to say a few words about the dub versus original “debate.” I’ll speak more about it later, but to summarize, fans should watch what they like. If you like the Japanese version more, fine, but don’t tell the rest of us what to watch. Not everyone thinks dubs are horrible. Personally, I prefer the Digimon dub. The original actually bores me. Does that mean I’m childish just because the dub is marketed towards children? No. It simply means the dub interests me in a way that the original does not. Bottom line. Whatever that appeal is, it isn’t necessarily the same as it is for a younger fan. There are shows I would rather watch the Japanese version of than the English version—Tokyo Mew Mew is an example—but it’s not a quality issue but a taste issue. Everyone have different tastes. That’s what being an individual is about.

That said, back to the point.

If you’re a fan of the show, please buy this boxset. If it’s popular enough, Disney might…might…decide to release not only the rest of this season but the other four as well. What a collection that would be!

Objective Dub Comparison Site (A Follow-up to “Uncensored”)

If you need an example of what I was talking about in “Uncensored,” check out this site: Royal Patraine, which shows the differences between Ojamajo Doremi and its 4Kids dub Magical DoReMi, besides also being a general Ojamajo Doremi fan site. (The link goes to the page on Magical DoReMi.) While the site’s incomplete and a little hard to read, there’s not a lot of bias in the episode pages, and there’s a separate link to the site owner’s opinion on the dub. (She says she doesn’t “believe in dub bashing and 4Kids-bashing,” which is probably why this site is more objective.)

Uncensored

Are you a fan of Digimon?

Have you heard of the site Digimon Uncensored? It shows the differences between the Japanese and English versions of the show. Commentary on three of the five seasons is complete, with the others close to being finished.

It’s a great site…except for all the bias.

Usually, people who hate anime dubs are the ones who make sites like this one. The real purpose seems to be to bash the dub, which becomes clear when you see categories like “Stupid Dialogue.” What’s the problem? Not everyone thinks the extra dialogue in the Digimon dub (or any other dub) is stupid. It also annoys me when these people start slamming the dubbing company, too. You try dubbing an anime if you think you’d be better at it!

Don’t get me wrong—I don’t mind people having their own opinion, although when I see bad things written about something I like, it puts me down. If you’re going to make a site like this one, it ought to be just the facts (this was cut, this dialogue was added, this plot point was changed, etc.) and not your opinion (or have a separate place for it).

There’s another reason I’m not a fan of Digimon Uncensored: the dirty language. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the commentaries for Digimon Frontier. I can’t tell you how sick it makes me to hear someone call one of the characters a filthy slang word for a body part.

“So,” I hear you say, “just don’t go to the site anymore and stop whining about it!”

Fine with me, but I’m not done with the whole business yet. I’m thinking about making my own site just as I described—just the facts, no fooling around. Maybe someone will appreciate it.