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- Sep 8, 2006
It's April 5th in Japan, so another anniversary, this one more recent! Digimon Adventure: began last year on April 5th, 2020.
Digimon Adventure: has been a bit of a wildcard. It's the first time we've gotten a reboot/start-over for Digimon going back to old characters in that manner, and it was announced in the midst of the leadup to Kizuna, the newest story about the kids from the original version of Adventure:
Adventure: even kind of came quick and fast, at least to us, as it was on air just a few months after we found out about it (minus a hiatus period due to coronavirus that Toei did for most of the shows it currently had on air.) That quick and fast styling has always been sort of written in the DNA of the show, with the first episode introducing Taichi, Koushiro, Koromon, and having Koromon evolve to Agumon and Greymon in short order. And then revealing the next episode was called War Game, and was a mock remake of the 2nd Digimon movie. And the show largely has kept up running quick and fast.
The show has still pulled out the occasional twist surprising people while running full speed, and at the moment it's actually a touch behind where the original was as far as evolutions the Digimon have, so it'll be interesting to see how it continues along.
Generally, Adventure: has had, probably, the best animation we've seen in TV based Digimon, with it's strongest episodes being amazingly good, and even it's lower episodes being animated relatively competently. The show has also continued a general theme of strong music in Digimon, with various high points being the score by Toshihiko Sahashi, the opening and various inserts by Takayoshi Tanimoto, who has shown up in Digimon a few different times over 20 years, and (thus far) four end themes from newer musical acts, all seemingly taking inspiration from the original show for their music.
With us not knowing how much longer Adventure: will run, we're still waiting to see what type of legs it has in the fandom once it ends, but at least for now, it's been the bearer of one of the strongest years the franchise has had with untold numbers of products, v-pets, a big card game, etc., and it'll be interesting to see what else shows up.
The first 2 Digimon Adventure: Blu-ray and DVD boxes are out, with the 3rd and 4th coming soon, plus numerous CDs featuring music from the show: (CDJapan links are affiliate links)
Digimon Adventure: Blu-ray Box 1
Digimon Adventure: DVD Box 1
Digimon Adventure: Blu-ray Box 2
Digimon Adventure: DVD Box 2
Digimon Adventure: Blu-ray Box 3
Digimon Adventure: DVD Box 3
Digimon Adventure: Blu-ray Box 4
Digimon Adventure: DVD Box 4
Digimon Adventure: Original Soundtrack 1 (BGM from the first part of the show, plus TV size of the opening and end theme 1.)
Unidentified Airship by Takayoshi Tanimoto (Opening Theme Single, plus the first 2 inserts)
Aiha Headphone Kara by Chiai Fujikawa (Normal version, includes end theme 1, Regrets Bring Fruit )
Aiha Headphone Kara by Chiai Fujikawa (Limited version, includes end theme 1, Regrets Bring Fruit )
Q? by Reol (digital single info for end theme 2)
Mind Game by Maica_n (digital single info for end theme 3, plus pre-order details for album)
Overseas Highway by Wolpis Carter (digital single info for end theme 4)