Daigo's and Maki's age?

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I thought I'd make this thread because I've kind of wondered about a lot of stuff regarding the characters Daigo Nishjima and Maki Himekawa for some time now: such as how old they are during the events of Tri, what respective years they were born, what year the flashback in Loss took place in, etc. And I'm pretty sure others here might have wondered the same too.

If I had to guess myself, I'd assume that Daigo and Maki are probably in their mid-to-late 30s (and were most likely born in the early 70s) and the flashback might've took place sometime in the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe the actual ages and years will be confirmed by Toei or otherwise in the near-future, but for now, it remains a mystery.

But those are my thoughts, what about yours?
 

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Daigo is like 15 yo or less. Just look at him, I like to call him a "shota sensei" since he looks younger than the kids he is teaching.

I think they're at the middle or end of their twenties. Oikawa is early 30s (and does look like a zombie a grandpa), and he was born some time during the '60s. During the events of Tri he would be like 35 yo. Considering that the event of Zero Two take place in 2002, so Tri takes place in 2005, I think I can agree with you that they were born in the late 70s or early 80s, and have like 25 years old.
 

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Daigo is like 15 yo or less. Just look at him, I like to call him a "shota sensei" since he looks younger than the kids he is teaching.
Is that supposed to be a joke or something? Just curious.
 

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Yeah, a joke. In my second paragraph I'm talking about realm him (and Maki).
 

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A typo. I meant "real him". I wrote that right before leaving to work, so I tried to write that fast.

Maki probaby is older than Daigo but only by a year or two. I would make her 27 at max. Daigo 25. I don't remember now how the remaining kids looked like, but I remember that one of them was looking really young, so I would give him 23. Maybe it doesn't look like that, but it's been already 6 years since Taichi and the rest entered the Digital World, so the Original Chosen Children are also 6 years older now. When Taichi and co. entered the DW, the Original Chosen Children were already adult or almost adult. So I would guess they entered the DW when they were ~11 or ~12 yo as well. Like 7~8 years before Taichi and the rest, so ~1991 or ~1992.
 

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Maki probaby is older than Daigo but only by a year or two. I would make her 27 at max. Daigo 25. I don't remember now how the remaining kids looked like, but I remember that one of them was looking really young, so I would give him 23. Maybe it doesn't look like that, but it's been already 6 years since Taichi and the rest entered the Digital World, so the Original Chosen Children are also 6 years older now. When Taichi and co. entered the DW, the Original Chosen Children were already adult or almost adult. So I would guess they entered the DW when they were ~11 or ~12 yo as well. Like 7~8 years before Taichi and the rest, so ~1991 or ~1992.
I would say their ages are somewhere between 27 and 35, largely based on the flashback to when they were in University. Given that Tri. takes place in 2005, and the library they're in has several computers that don't look insanely ancient/enormous, I would estimate that they were in school sometime in the mid 90s.

I say 27 as a minimum because Maki mentioned she would be graduating 'next year', putting her age at the time of the flashback at around 21, and I think it's a safe assumption that it took place before the August 1 1999, because with Maki's obsession, she would have been all over any Digimon sightings. So there would have to be at least 6 years between the flashback and the start of Tri.
 
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I personally like the theory that Maki/Daigo's group are part of the cause of the Hikarigaoka incident with Parrotmon and Greymon when Taichi and Hikari were little.
 

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Maki probaby is older than Daigo but only by a year or two. I would make her 27 at max. Daigo 25. I don't remember now how the remaining kids looked like, but I remember that one of them was looking really young, so I would give him 23. Maybe it doesn't look like that, but it's been already 6 years since Taichi and the rest entered the Digital World, so the Original Chosen Children are also 6 years older now. When Taichi and co. entered the DW, the Original Chosen Children were already adult or almost adult. So I would guess they entered the DW when they were ~11 or ~12 yo as well. Like 7~8 years before Taichi and the rest, so ~1991 or ~1992.
I would say their ages are somewhere between 27 and 35, largely based on the flashback to when they were in University. Given that Tri. takes place in 2005, and the library they're in has several computers that don't look insanely ancient/enormous, I would estimate that they were in school sometime in the mid 90s.

I say 27 as a minimum because Maki mentioned she would be graduating 'next year', putting her age at the time of the flashback at around 21, and I think it's a safe assumption that it took place before the August 1 1999, because with Maki's obsession, she would have been all over any Digimon sightings. So there would have to be at least 6 years between the flashback and the start of Tri.
If they're ~35, then it would mean that they're like 3 years younger than Oikawa. But the Digital World Oikawa and Iori's father saw was much different than the world Daigo and the rest been in. And I don't think it would be possible for a world to change its GameBoy appearance to a PC appearance within a few years. Therefore I think that either they're younger or Oikawa's life history is not canon in Tri.
 

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If they're ~35, then it would mean that they're like 3 years younger than Oikawa. But the Digital World Oikawa and Iori's father saw was much different than the world Daigo and the rest been in. And I don't think it would be possible for a world to change its GameBoy appearance to a PC appearance within a few years. Therefore I think that either they're younger or Oikawa's life history is not canon in Tri.
I chose 35 as a max more just due to their physical appearance, that they could be in their 30s, but not much older than that.

As for the appearance of the Digital World, it's never really consistent on how it is seen in the real world. When it appears in the sky, it looks real to the whole world, but everything everything Oikawa has in relation to it has pixelated graphics. Maybe it changes based on whether people have actually been there or not, or maybe every the DigiDestined save the Digital World, something in the coding resets and changes how it's perceived in the real world. All speculation of course and I doubt they'll ever explain it.

Ultimately, I do agree that Maki and Daigo are probably younger than Oikawa, but it's hard to tell for sure.

I personally like the theory that Maki/Daigo's group are part of the cause of the Hikarigaoka incident with Parrotmon and Greymon when Taichi and Hikari were little.
I like the theory too, but I don't think it really makes sense with the timeline. That event occurred in 1995, and it's now 2005. If we assume that Maki and Daigo were about 11 when they first went to the Digital World, that means they'd be in their early 20s at the time of Tri. Given that they showed us the two in their late teens/early 20s in one of the flashbacks, I don't think the timing fits.

However, since we don't have solid confirmation on any of their ages, they certainly could have partly caused the Hikarigaoka incident. If they were, I would certainly hope that gets explained at some point.
 

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I would place them more in the thirties range than the twenties (and consequently their digital world adventure before 1990) mainly for the sake of the role they play in the plot. They are working with some kind of elite unit and besides some rather minimal briefings with higher ups they seem to have pretty much free reign with what they do, especially Himekawa seems to run much of the operation on her own with access to all the information, etc placing her relatively high up the command chain. So it doesn't make sense for her to be too young, the Japanese government (especially with the complex most of japanese culture has about seniority) wouldn't just leave critical secret operations involving monsters that could very well blow up Tokyo under the authority of some inexperienced newbie agents that only just graduated from college and joined whatever agency we're dealing with here 2 years ago. Them being former chosen children might explain their motives for ending up where they are but (especially since I'm not sure the government even knows of that) it doesn't qualify them for anything in particular. So it's more believable that they are older and had time to work their up in the agency throughout the years.
(Of course bad writing is always an option)

If they're ~35, then it would mean that they're like 3 years younger than Oikawa. But the Digital World Oikawa and Iori's father saw was much different than the world Daigo and the rest been in. And I don't think it would be possible for a world to change its GameBoy appearance to a PC appearance within a few years. Therefore I think that either they're younger or Oikawa's life history is not canon in Tri.
I don't think the digital world actually ever looked like a gameboy game. After all, everything we see from that time is just a representation of it on a monitor, not an actual gate. We see the same effect in Movie 2 when Gennai contacts Taichi and Koushiro on their computer and his garden is represented as simple sprite graphics even though we know that it's a physical environment in the actual digital world.
 

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30s sound about right. Considering a lot of us watching might be that. heh But it would fit well.
 

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I don't think the digital world actually ever looked like a gameboy game. After all, everything we see from that time is just a representation of it on a monitor, not an actual gate. We see the same effect in Movie 2 when Gennai contacts Taichi and Koushiro on their computer and his garden is represented as simple sprite graphics even though we know that it's a physical environment in the actual digital world.
This is what I was trying to say, but you did such a better job of articulating it. :p So thanks for that.
30s sound about right. Considering a lot of us watching might be that. heh But it would fit well.
You know, that's something I hadn't really considered, but it does make some sense. Having characters of an age closer to many of the viewers, since we've aged 15+ years since Digimon began, could make some viewers feel a bit more connected. Certainly wouldn't be the only reason, but it's something.

Ultimately, I'm still sticking with my 27 - 35 estimate. Though now I want them to actually confirm their ages because I'm curious. I didn't really care before... haha
 

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So it's more believable that they are older and had time to work their up in the agency throughout the years. (Of course bad writing is always an option)
Not necessarily -bad- writing, but it would be extremely -anime- for them to be 'the youngest agents to ever hold such a prestigious positions in such an agency!'....Just look at Tohma from Savers. Or Koushirou in tri itself! Or Yuu/Nene/Kiriha from XW for slightly less egregious versions of it. Even Ruki and Ryou are flavors of this, but that makes slightly more sense due to them being world champions of a children's card game. ...Basically, I'm saying I wouldn't even blink an eye if it turned out that Maki and Daigo are supposed to be 23.
 

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25+, I'd say Daigo is a little younger than Maki though by a year or two. the youngest 25, though that's generous.
 

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Is Daigo qualified as a school teacher? Early 20s is the least he could have as age.
 

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Is Daigo qualified as a school teacher?
We don't know about his qualifications. He was only a part-time/substitute teacher so that's sets the bar a bit lower and of course he was basically put in the school by the government so they could have just faked his qualifications to get him in. I guess it's possible they had him get an actual license to make his cover more believable... It's probably not something that tri will ever go into detail about, as usual.
 

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Is Daigo qualified as a school teacher?
We don't know about his qualifications. He was only a part-time/substitute teacher so that's sets the bar a bit lower and of course he was basically put in the school by the government so they could have just faked his qualifications to get him in. I guess it's possible they had him get an actual license to make his cover more believable... It's probably not something that tri will ever go into detail about, as usual.
Was he a substitute? I don't remember them saying that and the kids seemed close to him. Maybe I missed something but I'm pretty sure he was a regular teacher.
 

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I guess that the adventure of the original five happened prior to 1995, since the Hikarigaoka event caused the next Chosen Children to be chosen and the Gennais were preparing their Digimon, DigiVices and Crests in preparation. And even if we say the were in the Digitial World in 1995, they would be around 21+.

I'm not sure how and when the events went. The Four Holy Beasts defeated the Dark Masters and Apocalymon. Apocalymon was the reason for the time difference between the two worlds. The Dark Masters returned and sealed the Four Holy Beasts. And the Dark Masters seemed to be the course of several Digimon being evil and devoted to the darkness, since I've never seen any of those running around in 02 other than Demon and his corpse and they are the only exception.

But if the Dark Masters returned in 1995+ or maybe even prior to that, what were they doing between 1995 and 1999? Were they gathering power or setting plans or something? In Adventure, it took them approximately 11 years to create the Spiral Mountain and they did it after the Chosen Children left the Digital World to protect Hikari. The reason I'm convinced that they returned in 1995+ is because Gennai's team was already preparing the next set of Chosen Children. They wouldn't do that if the original Chosen Children could had done the job themselves. But they couldn't because their partners were sealed and there was nothing they could do unseal them. And there's no indication that the original five had even Crests and the Crests might be a post-1995 invention.

If someone can show me a timeline, please do so.
 

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well if we go by what SharpBB said and they are 21 in the university flashback (which seems logical) and since Maki seems to imply that they both graduate that would make them the same age
but Maki wasn´t obsessed with digimon at that point, let´s say the 1995 incident happened the same year, then Maki and Daigo would be 31 in Tri, seems reasonable.
if we say they are about 11 back on their adventure then that would be 1985

if you are curious, that means that 14 years have passed between Daigo and Makis adventure and the Adventure we know.
14 years in the digital world would be equal to exactly 20160 years.
 
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