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Thread: Digimon Memorial Story Project Details! Episode Titles, Blu-ray, Figure, & More!

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    Digimon Memorial Story Project Details! Episode Titles, Blu-ray, Figure, & More!

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    The Digimon Adventure 20th Anniversary Memorial Story Project was announced as a crowdfunding campaign almost a month ago.

    With the crowdfunding beginning on August 22nd, the project page has gone live on Campfire, the Japanese crowdfunding project it will be run thru.

    There are a lot of details here. Translations will be cleaned up and expanded as time allows.

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    The Digimon Adventure 20th Anniversary Memorial Story Project is a 'limited time fan club' done thru crowdfunding to further elevate the 20th Anniversary celebration.

    It will run August 22nd thru October 2nd

    The target goal is 10,000,000 yen (about $94,000)

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    The focus of the project are special movies that depicts the daily life of the adult characters and their Digimon that couldn't be fit into Last Evolution Kizuna.

    Kenji Watanabe and Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru have participated in the special items for this project.

    There are messages to fans from Hiromi Seki and Yosuke Kinoshita.

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    Update- We have translations of these thanks to onkei. Various translations have been cleaned up and updated throughout the article.

    From: Hiromi Seki (first producer of the Digimon series)
    I suppose this is how a parent must feel when their child has graduated into adulthood-- a sort of relief.
    Since I don't have children, I can only imagine that feeling, but I have a deep sense of emotion over watching [the Digimon series] grow into such a grand presence. I'd like to extend my gratitude to the supporters around them when they were in elementary school, middle school, high school, university, and as full-fledged adults.

    During those times when things went well and when they didn't, when they were fighting and when they were closely working together, when they had to overcome countless painful experiences; there were many hands that extended out to offer them aid, and I do not wish for them to ever, not even in the future, forget the feelings that were held in those hands. I pray that, of course the staff and cast that were involved with them, as well as all of the fans who change shape and spread throughout, have lives like their full of much good fortune waiting for them!
    Even if they've reached adulthood, the life that lies ahead for them is still long. As one of their parents, I would like to leave that thought with them. For the future that's ahead, the adventure keeps evolving!
    From: Yosuke Kinoshita (producer for movie "Digimon Adventure LAST EVOLUTION Kizuna")
    The '20th anniversary' started off in March. There were times when people would tell me 'Digimon is amazing.' I felt that for myself in the 2017 Fes during the big chorus for "Butter-Fly." I saw all of the fans singing it aloud with their eyes shining. That sight touched my heart to the point that tears came to my eyes. Although that sight was limited to the Fes, there are Digimon fans throughout the world. And I am one of them. I would always ask myself 'What can I do to unite all hearts as one like that time?" before doing something.

    'What can I do to have everyone get excited together for the 20th anniversary?'

    I believe that this project is one of those chances for everyone to get excited together. I think it would be impossible during a normal anime production, but while I thought that it would be something that the cast, staff, and my seniors would say no to, everyone surprisingly gave their ready consent when I discussed it with them.

    This is an amazing thing. And it's all because everyone loves Digimon. It's because we want to send our thanks to the "children" who have traveled along with us for these past 20 years.

    Doing something that hasn't been done before is unsettling. But immediately I changed my mind to think that, since it's Digimon and everyone that is involved, it will be okay. I think that "Digimon Adventure" is a series that has grown along with all of the fans. I would be extremely happy if you also brought up this project together as well.

    The latest work will depict the various experiences that the generation goes through as they become adults, while overlapping the transformations of the relationships between appearing characters and their Digimon. However, what could not be depicted in the movie has been made into the spin-off short stories, Memorial Stories, that this project will be producing.

    As you would already been aware from previous announcements, the "02" characters will also be appearing and we-- including the voice cast, of course, as well as a work that was produced by Producer Seki, special character designs by Kenji Watanabe, etc-- are putting our heart and soul into creating it. There will be side stories and a prequel of the movie, and I'm sure that if you watch them, you will have a more in-depth experience for the movie.

    "Digimon 20th Memorial Stories" is planned to be special short animations of side stories showing the everyday lives of the adult children and Digimon, and a prequel to the movie 'Digimon Adventure Last Evolution Kizuna' that couldn't be fit into the movie itself.

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    These memorial stories can be viewed in the theater room as a purchase benefit at the LB Pop-Up Theater, which will open in late November, for those who want to watch these as soon as possible.

    They also mention there will be no general release for the 5 episodes minus the screenings at the LB Pop-Up Theater screenings, and one other exception- The first episode will be released online.

    The Memorial Story chapter titles are:
    1- 'To Sora' or 'To the Sky' (the text allows either... or both, to be potentially accurate.)
    2- 'Hole in the Heart'
    3- 'Medical Student, Jou Kido'
    4- 'The Coveted Jogress Evolution'
    5- {Secret Title}

    Each of these 5 episodes are about 5 minutes long.
    They note the episode titles may not be final. Episode number and details may also change.

    Introduction of the items those who participate can get. These are all sample images, and may not represent what the final items look like.

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    Digimon 20th Limited Special booklet- This booklet will only be available here. The cover will feature images drawn for this project and include unpublished information. It will be 8 pages and is A4 size. *The images shown are just general samples.

    Email & email Magazine- The producers and other Digimon officials will send a thank you email, along with comments only for backers and progress as needed to backers. These will be sent as an email magazine to backers.

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    Blu-ray- The Blu-ray featuring the special side stories to Last Evolution Kizuna. This will include all 5 episodes. The 1st episode will also be released on the internet.

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    An A4 size clear file using images drawn for the project.

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    A set of 8 can badges using art drawn for the project.

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    Image reproductions- These will be reproductions of artwork used in the production of Last Evolution Kizuna. There are 3 sheets, each from a different scene.

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    Post-recording script and storyboard book- This includes a post-recording script and a storyboard book (they note that the storyboards will be copies, and it isn't noted if these are comprehensive, but all 5 episodes are mentioned. Also, the stand in for the storyboard book are clearly storyboards from Children's War Game.)

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    Last Evolution Kizuna screening- You'll be able to go to a special advance screening of Last Evolution Kizuna. The screening will include a talk show with guests. The screening is scheduled for February 2nd and will be at a currently undecided theater in Tokyo.

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    Angemon GEM Figure- A special figure based on a design by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru. This figure of Angemon was designed for this project. The figure wil be based on the illustration shown. It will be a high quality figure and part of the GEM Series. A postcard featuring the design illustrations by Nakatsuru will also be included.

    *There will be no domestic (Japanese) sales of this Angemon figure. It will be limited to the Memorial Story Project only. There are plans for overseas sales.

    The figure is planned to be roughly 9.8 inches tall.

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    Dubbing Participation- You'll be able to participate in the recording of the film as background chatter (most of us would likely know this as walla.) You'll receive a tour of the recording studio and a signed script also. This will be done at a studio in Tokyo on October 12th.

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    Kenji Watanabe Designs Your Digimon Partner- Digimon designer Kenji Watanabe will draw your partner Digimon! In addition, they will make a stuffed animal of the design. After meeting with Kenji Watanabe, they will design an original partner Digimon and you will receive the stuffed toy and data on the Digimon.
    *Copyright and other rights will not be given to the character.

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    Digimon Adventure, which was born in 1999, is a work that shows the process of eight chosen children and their partner Digimon joining together and growing thru adventures and battles.

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    The "Digimon" anime has developed in many different series, but I think that the unique trait about "Digimon Adventure" is that "the characters age." In many cases, the characters in anime aren't shown to age. However, in "Digimon Adventure," Taichi, Yamato, Sora, and everyone all grow up from children into adults. When the series first began, they were in elementary school, but in the latest work, they've become 22-year-old adults.

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    All of the Chosen Children are at that age where they're just one step short of being adults, but in real society, it's the time period when they go out into the world from students to working adults, and their relationships with family, friends, and their own community has major changes. They no longer need the support of their parents, and their relationships with old friends grow vaguely awkward. It's a time period that everyone experiences.

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    "Digimon Adventure" is a series that, since the beginning, has introduced social problems in its story, while spinning a tale that acts in tandem with real society. The fans who had grown up along with them and cheered on the Digimon even now as adults, have gone through the same changes as Taichi and the children. I'm sure there are many who are heading now to a new life stage of career change, marriage, and raising children.

    Please consider the lives of the Chosen Children and your own and how they may intertwine.

    I think that Digimon Adventure has grown together with it's fans.

    -Producer Yosuke Kinoshita

    Supporter Reward Levels

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    3,000 yen- 20th Special Booklet, Thanks Mail, crowdfunding email magazine

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    5,000 yen- Memorial Stories Blu-ray, booklet, Thanks Mail, email magazine

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    7,000 yen- Clear File, can badges, Blu-ray, booklet, Thanks Mail, email magazine

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    10,000 yen- Kizuna Image Reproductions, Blu-ray, clear file, can badges, booklet, Thanks Mail, email magazine

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    10,000 yen- Memorial Story Script, Storyboard Collection, Blu-ray, Clear File, Can Badges, booklet, Thanks Mail, email magazine

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    15,000 yen (330 people max)- Early Kizuna screening, Blu-ray, Clear File, Can Badges, booklet, thanks mail, email magazine

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    40,000 yen- Angemon figure, Angemon figure postcard, Blu-ray, clear file, can badges, booklet, thanks mail, email magazine

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    200,000 yen (5 people max)- Participate in recording, script signed by main cast, Blu-ray, clear file, can badges, booklet, thanks mail, email magazine

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    300,000 yen (5 people max)- Kenji Watanabe draws an original partner Digimon and it will be delivered as a stuffed animal, script, Blu-ray, clear file, can badges, booklet, thanks mail, email magazine

    The thanks email and email magazine are scheduled for October 2019.
    The booklet, can badges, and clear file are scheduled for February 2020.
    The Blu-ray, signed scripts, image reproductions, figure, and partner Digimon designs and plush are scheduled for December 2020.

    A few hours ago they updated the page and social media with a basic rewards chart.

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    Thanks to onkei we have a translated version of that chart on top of the list form above.

    Campfire is 'all or nothing' ala Kickstarter, so if it doesn't reach the goal, nothing will be charged.

    Some of the other Q&A content they have listed:
    There will be no general sales of these crowdfunding items.
    You can do multiple levels if you want.
    This will be done only for those living in Japan.
    The Memorial Story will be released as planned even if the crowdfunding doesn't succeed. They don't clarify the exact details, but it's likely referring to the 1 episode online and all 5 at the Limited Base Pop-Up Theater (and possibly other future events.)

    Lots of interesting things for this, although nearly all of us are in the position of it being rather hard to get any of this if we really want to..

    Update- Thanks to onkei for some updated translations, including on the interviews. Some additional bits may be cleaned up later.

    This is a bit more complicated in some ways than prior items, but if you want to try.... Here is the Campfire page for the project again.

    You'll want to contact an intermediary to get these items sent to you. WtW is not affiliated with any, but here are a selection of intermediaries that have worked well for various WtWers and their friends in the past:
    From Japan
    Rider Proxy

    You'll want to provide your chosen intermediary with the link to the item. Just copy paste the links to the product pages for what you want and send them a message about it and they'll take care of it after they discuss pricing and their policies with you. The link embedded in the news article for the product items are exactly what you'll need to send them.

    Some of the intermediaries have a full storefront and may have the item listed, so you may want to check that first. Be aware that due to the added complexities of dealing with a crowdfunding project, intermediaries may also not be willing to deal with it.
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    My main thought is if this "partner Digimon" would become a canon species, but probably not. I would just make a fourth Sistermon if it were me lol. Or some sort of evolution to an old Digimon like Drimogemon or something.

    and by "dubbing", I'm assuming it doesn't mean the actual English dub but rather someone Japanese being in background sound for the OG version?

    also that mini OVA episode about "jogress" takes my fancy. I wonder if that'll be a new jogress, or just like... Shakkoumon and Silphymon killing a random mook or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muur View Post
    My main thought is if this "partner Digimon" would become a canon species, but probably not. I

    and by "dubbing", I'm assuming it doesn't mean the actual English dub but rather someone Japanese being in background sound for the OG version?
    Everything you were wondering about is literally answered above...its not going to be a canon digimon.

    I am really interested if the jogress episode will have a new evolution but... I dont even know how we will ever get a chance to see these.

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    "*Copyright and other rights will not be given to the character" could be interpreted in several ways, but the most obvious interpretation does suggest it won't become an official Digimon.

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    The most obvious interpretation of that to me is that the person doesn't gain any rights to the character and those rights stay with Bandai and/or Toei and/or another affiliated company.

    Whether they are ever used or not.

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    There are a number of those items that I really want...
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    Kind of wish i could get the GEM figures but i don't really have money like that but they're always nice to look at i hope we get a Dukemon one eventually.

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    So unfortunately the fans from overseas won't get to watch the special episodes? (except the first episode that'll release online)
    And did they mention when they'll release it online?

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    Am I the only one that feels this is completely superflous and unnecessary? If only I would like to make a crowdfunding to put forward the Digimon Tamers 2018 sequel Konaka was willing to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Shinji View Post
    Am I the only one that feels this is completely superflous and unnecessary?
    Twelve out of thirteen* Adventure kids and their Digimon are being crammed into what will be, at minimum, a 1hr 30m film. Inevitably this means some characters are going to get more screentime while others end up getting the short end of the stick. Not to mention it's already looking to be very Taichi and Agumon centric.

    So, on the contrary, I think these are absolutely necessary if we want everybody to get a decent amount of screentime.

    *Number 13 being Meiko, of course. But we don't know if she'll end up appearing in Kizuna too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Shinji View Post
    If only I would like to make a crowdfunding to put forward the Digimon Tamers 2018 sequel Konaka was willing to make.
    Speaking of which, am I the only one who feels that using a special anniversary Drama CD as a poorly disguised sequel pitch was not only superfluous and unnecessary, but also a slap in the face to the fans?
    Last edited by wildwing64; 08-21-2019 at 12:27 AM. Reason: Miscounted the kids. D'oh.

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    I like Hiromi Seki's hair and outfit in that photo of her; she looks beautiful. ♡u♡

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