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- Sep 8, 2006
It's January 3rd in Japan, so today is the 17th Anniversary of when X-Evolution aired on television!
(Various text below has been used in prior anniversary articles.)
X-Evolution was based on Digimon Chronicle, the mini comic included with the Digimon Pendulum X V-Pets. It's an abridged and altered version of that story, with the most notable change being the removal of any human characters, which is still reasonably rare in Digimon stories.
Originally announced as a full length feature, a press release re-announced it as a TV special a little more than a month before it aired, with only some of the initially announced merchandise.
X-Evolution was directed by Hiroyuki Kakudou, well known to Digimon fans as the director of Adventure and 02.
The screenplay is credited to two writers:
Kazunori Ito, who worked on Dirty Pair, Ghost in the Shell, .hack, Patlabor, Urusei Yatsura, and a number of other well known franchises.
Miu Kawasaki, who worked on .hack (including various novels for the franchise) and Air Master.
Imagi animated X-Evo during their early upswing and it ended up being one of the few bigger projects they did that ended up being released.
While X-Evolution came and went reasonably quickly, it did end up getting a DVD later in 2005, some elements were used in Digimon World 4 (released as Digimon World X in Japan a couple days after X-Evo came out), and while various announced toys didn't ever appear after their initial announcement in a press release, the Digitalize Booster Pack for the Digimon card game had a large number of cards featuring characters from the movie (using their movie CGI renders), and Alphamon continues to get new products with X-Evolution branding, a big one being the Digivolving Spirits figure, plus a recent updated Figuarts.
In addition, Digimon Chronicle, which X-Evolution was based on, got a sequel story to tie into the Digimon X V-Pets. With the recent release of the Digimon X in the US, plus the upcoming US release of the X2, even this is still relevant.
A couple years ago X-Evolution streamed as part of DigiFes 2020 Online. As promotional fodder for that, we finally got a good high quality version of the poster art (embedded above.)
We're also a couple months away from the 9th Digimon Card Game booster set, which will have X-Antibody Digimon as a main focus.
So despite coming and going itself relatively quickly, elements of X-Evolution still pop up a decent amount.